Girl Scouting includes those of ALL abilities. Inclusion is a top priority at Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital. We are proud that Christine Hoehl, in 2003, was the first Girl Scout Nation's Capital member with accommodations to earn the Gold Award. We strive to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for every youth member and their family.
Our staff is committed to serving as resources and guides to ensure the participation of Girl Scouts with disabilities. This is done by providing adaptive resources, including American Sign Language interpreters and Braille translation; training and education on inclusion and disability awareness; and inclusion resources.
Inclusive Girl Programming:
- The Gold Award and Inclusion - Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is committed to ensuring that youth members of all abilities are able to achieve the Gold Award - A Girl Scout’s highest honor.
- Girl Scouts with diagnosed disabilities
- Girl Scouts who have IEPs/504 plans in the school setting
- Girl Scouts who receive disability related accommodations within the school setting
- Girl Scouts who identify as having disability/ “special need,” including those who may not have a formal diagnosis.
- When a Girl Scout indicates they need accommodations, the Council staff will contact the family to get clarity on the types of accommodations needed. We will decide on reasonable accommodations. The Council then communicates directly with the Gold Award Panel about the accommodations and ensures the Panel feels capable of fulfilling them.
- Our aim is to treat every Girl Scout with the attention and respect they deserve as a Gold Award Earning Girl Scout.
- To request a disability-related accommodation, such as an ASL interpreter, Braille document, or adaptive camping equipment, click here.
Girl Scout Inclusion Resources:
External Websites/Resources for Engaging Girls with Disabilities:
For additional inclusion-related inquiries, please contact Customer Care at firstname.lastname@example.org.