Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital Announce Officers’ Award
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Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital Announce Officers’ Award


Girl Scout Alice Paul Tapper awarded for Raise Your Hand movement

Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital Announce Officers’ Award

WASHINGTON--Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital presented the Officers’ Award at the President’s Circle Dinner on March 8, 2019. This year, two awards were presented to an individual and a foundation whose significant financial contributions to Girl Scouts has given more girls the chance to take the lead. 

Calvin Cafritz from The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation received the award for donating $2.4 million to support the Girl Scout outdoors initiatives for 30 years. The foundation’s contributions have included building a lodge at Camp Winona in Hughesville, MD, and providing funding for girls from low-income families to go to camp and get outdoors.

For the first time in the award’s history, a girl was chosen to receive the Officers’ Award. Girl Scout Cadette Alice Paul Tapper was recognized for her work in building girls’ confidence and starting the Raise Your Hand movement. Alice observed that girls in her class were shying away from raising their hand in class or volunteering for school activities. She brought the issue to the attention of her Girl Scout troop, and they agreed that Girl Scouts should have a patch for that! “What Alice observed is grounded by research, girls’ self-esteem drops 3.5 times below that of boys. In fact, girls’ self-esteem doesn’t catch up to boys until they reach 70 years of age,” said Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital. “The opportunity for a girl to create a movement can only happen in a girl-led organization.” 

The Raise Your Hand campaign has resulted in over 12,000 girls and women taking the pledge and purchasing the patch. Alice is one of the youngest persons to get an op-ed published in the New York Times about her efforts to raise girls’ confidence. She was approached by Penguin Workshop, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers to bring this message to young readers as a children’s book. The book, Raise Your Hand, chronicles Alice’s advocacy initiative for girls, and will be released March 26, 2019. Alice is donating her advance of $25,000, as well as a donation from Oprah Winfrey for the Raise Your Hand movement to Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital. 

The Raise Your Hand book is on sale in our Girl Scout shops and from bookstores nationwide. Alice will be featured on the Ellen Show the same week of the book release. 

The President’s Circle Dinner honors major contributors to Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital, the premier leadership development organization for girls. The non-profit raises money to support the development of girl programs, volunteer development and financial assistance so that all girls have access to a robust Girl Scout experience. The event was held at the Renaissance Hotel, with over 200 guests. Learn more about Alice Paul Tapper here. Learn about Calvin Cafritz and The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation here.

About Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital

We are the largest Girl Scout council in the nation serving 87,254 members in the Greater Washington Region. We provide girls in grades K-12 with opportunities to learn new skills, explore STEM, discover the outdoors, become entrepreneurs, while making new friends and having fun! We believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader™) to change the world. Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to grow and lead.  

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Learn more about Raise Your Hand movement

To purchase the patch and book

President’s Circle Dinner Photos credit Mariah Miranda

L-R: Faye Fields, Julianna Grimson, Lidia Soto-Harmon, Calvin Cafritz and Jacqueline Grimson

L-R: Lidia Soto-Harmon, Joelle Walters, Alice Paul Tapper and Faye Fields