Winter 2013
Dear Girl Scout Family
Inauguration Day
Art Contest
Girl Scout Medal of Honor
Cookie Time
Camp Registration Open
National Photo Contest
Donate to SHARE
White House Codeathon
World of Good Campaign
Keys to Leadership Conference
History and Archives Committee
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A message from the desk of  

Lidia Soto-Harmon 


Lidia Soto-Harmon


Dear Girl Scout Family,


Cookies season is here!


One of the most important entrepreneurial programs that Girl Scouts offers is here - the Girl Scout Cookie Program! And it takes everyone to make it a success.


As Girl Scouts participate in the Cookie program, they learn 5 Skills: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethic that are essential to leadership, to success and to life. These skills can help girls throughout their academic life, and are also desirable to future employers, whether it's a bank, a retail store, government agency, or high tech company. I am often approached by businesswomen who tell me that their first business experience was selling Girl Scout Cookies. It's no wonder that 80 percent of women executives and business owners are former Girl Scouts.


The Girl Scout Cookie Program also plays a fundamental role in the success of our Council. Proceeds from the sale are a major source of support for Girl Scout activities, from special programs and events for girls, adult volunteer training and maintaining our beautiful camps; to supporting community service projects and helping girls from economically challenged families fully participate in Girl Scouting. Many Girl Scout troops even set goals to finance travel abroad to World Centers.


Help your daughter realize the value of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Support your daughter's troop by participating in a booth sale and working with her troop's cookie mom/dad or troop leader. Your daughter is part of something big, the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program! Last year, our Girl Scouts sold 4,583,738 boxes of cookies. I look forward to an even greater Girl Scout Cookie season this year. Thank you for your continued support of Girl Scouts.




Lidia Soto-Harmon

Chief Executive Officer

Annual Meeting: Soaring Into the Next Century

Saturday, April 13, 2013 


All members are invited to attend the GSCNC annual business meeting, however, only Delegates may vote. This year, our Annual Meeting will be held at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA on Saturday, April 13, 2013. To learn more about the Annual Meeting, go to our website. At the meeting,  meet Association and Service Unit volunteers and staff from your area, learn more about the exciting programs offered by GSCNC and visit our Girl Scout super-shop.

Girl Scouts Participated in  

Inauguration Day Event


Girl Scouts Volunteer at the Presidential Inauguration  

Over 750 Girl Scout teens volunteered at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC on January 21, 2013. Girl Scouts have marched in the Inaugural parade since 1917 and began volunteering in 1933.  The Girl Scout volunteers, managed by a committed volunteer and staff team, worked directly with the Inaugural parade helping with seating, providing directions to Metro and heating tents, and assisting the elderly and persons with disabilities.  Girl Scouts had a close and personal view of the entire operations, and were highly recognizable wearing red aprons and knit hats emblazoned with "Girl Scout Volunteer."


"The experience I gained from volunteering is priceless." Nieve S.


"I am very thankful that I had this very amazing opportunity, especially coming from a small town in Shenandoah County, Virginia." Rachael F.


"Our team leader was amazing and we were responsible for showing individuals with disabilities to a special section of the parade route." Troop 2414


Girl Scout Art Contest

Soaring into the Next Century




Calling all Girl Scouts! Enter this year's Girl Scout art contest for a chance to have your artwork made into a mural at the Council's Washington, DC office. Art should reflect the theme, Soaring into the Next Century.  


Girls can create a drawing, a painting or even a graphic design. The contest is open to registered GSCNC Girl Scouts; you can submit art as an individual or as a troop. Selected art work will also be on display at Girl Scout events throughout the year. The deadline is March 4, 2013. Visit our website for contest details.


Local Girl Scout Receives
Girl Scout Medal of Honor

Rebecca with Medal of Honor

The Girl Scout Medal of Honor is awarded to a Girl Scout for saving or attempting to save a life without risk to the girl's own life. We are proud to share the story of Girl Scout Brownie Rebecca C. While playing in a pool with her friends, she saved the life of two-year old Samantha. Samantha was thought to be napping in the house, but had crawled outside through a doggie door and slipped into the pool. Rebecca was observant and noticed something in the water. She approached and was able to pull Samantha out of the pool. No injuries were sustained by either girl. 


"I was swimming in the pool and talking with my friends. I saw something in the pool and swam towards it. It was Samantha. So I pulled her out of the pool, and took her to her mommy," said Rebecca. According to her mom, "Rebecca is such a sweet girl and just loves everyone! She didn't realize just how her actions saved this little girl. She was more worried that Samantha was going to be in trouble for not taking a nap."


Congratulations to Rebecca for receiving the Girl Scout Medal of Honor.

 It's Cookie Time!


Cookie College


The Council hosted Cookie College at Howard University. Over 700 Girl Scouts of all ages participated in Cookie College and several satellite events throughout the Greater Washington Region. Girl Scouts

Cookie College Graduates attended and spent the day learning how to set goals, safely market their sales, understand the product and other fun activities. We are also thankful to all the Girl Scouts who volunteered as program aides, conducting classes and delivering a fun learning experience for the younger Girl Scouts.


Girl Scout Cookie Sleepover


For the first time we held Cookie Sleepovers at Camp Brighton Woods, Camp Crowell and Camp Winona the weekend of January 12, 2013. Over 450 girls and adults participated.  Troops discussed how to spend their cookie money and girls made t-shirts, clipboards and cookie charm bracelets.  The event ended with a Cookie Rally and video, a fun way to kick-off the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie sale.

Cookie Media Spokespersons


This year, girls attended the Council's first cookie media training session. They learned how the media works, how to tell their story and created videotaped public service announcements, which are featured on the GSCNC YouTube channel. National Girl Scout Cookie Day was February 8, and several of our Cookie Media Spokespersons appeared on local television and radio.

Sleep-Away Camp Registration Open


This year, members received a fun camp poster in the mail as a reminder that it's time to register for Girl Scout summer camp. Program information was published on our website. Summer sleep-away camp registration opened January 23, and Day and Evening Camp will open on February 13 at a new time, 9:00 a.m.


We thank our members for their patience on opening day for sleep-away camp registration. Technical problems disrupted our online registration system, but we were grateful to get the system back up the next day. Over 2,800 first-time and seasoned campers are registered for a fun-filled week of sleep-away camp this summer. There are still openings at our sleep-away camps, so register your daughter for a camp experience she will always remember. Girl Scout sleep-away camps are the place for girls to play, gain skills, lead and make new friends. For more information visit our sleep-away camp pages on our website.


Registration for Day and Evening Camps opens on February 13 at 9:00 a.m. Information on day camp programs can be found on our website. We are delighted to offer our Girl Scouts plenty of options this summer to continue their Girl Scout experience.


An Important Message about Membership 

Membership Dues Increasing to $15 for the 2014 Girl Scout Year


In order to help you plan for next year, we wanted to let you know that Girl Scouts of the USA membership dues will increase to $15 for the 2013-2014 Girl Scout year. Your membership dues go directly to Girl Scouts of the USA to support national program initiatives. This is the first dues increase in over four years. Early-bird registration for the new membership year is April 13 - June 28, 2013. Register early so troop leaders can begin planning for the new Girl Scout year, as well as get ready for Fall Product sales at the start of the school year.

Daisy Troop Wins Second Place in  

National Photo Contest


Winning Picture  


Girl Scout Daisy Troop 4574 won second place in the National Public Lands Day (NPLD) Photo Contest. The photo contest featured volunteers in action, performing projects and having a great time too. In the photo they submitted, the Girl Scout troop is seen planting Mondo grass at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC.


View all photos submitted to the contest. The National Environmental Education Foundation's Public Lands Every Day Program encourages Americans to enjoy, protect and maintain our public lands through public engagement, professional development and partnerships. National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands, and this year it falls on Saturday, September 28, 2013. For more information visit their website.

Help Us Reach Girls with the  

Gift of Girl Scouting

President's Circle Dinner  

There is still time to donate to SHARE and attend the President's Circle Dinner on Friday, March 8, 2013. For your contribution of $750 or more, you and a guest will be invited to cocktails and dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel for an enchanting evening. Funded by an anonymous corporate donor, this is our way of thanking our contributors. Visit our website for more information.


Girl Scouts thanks those who donated their unwanted car to SHARE. To date, seven cars have been donated and our SHARE campaign received over $5,000. Spread the word and share this link with your friends: Remember to indicate that you want your car donation to be credited to your Troop, Service Unit or Association SHARE Goal.


Girl Scouts Participated in First Ever  

White House "Codeathon"

  Whitehouse Codeathon


Five Girl Scout teens attended the first White House "Codeathon" on December 17, 2012, and worked with successful women coders and designers to brainstorm ideas for possible apps. The goal of the event was to inspire girls to create mobile apps that inform and motivate their peers to become effective leaders, to run for office and engage with their elected officials.


Nominate a Girl or Troop for Girl Scouts do a World of Good


  World of Good


Nominate a Girl Scout or troop who has made their community or world a better place. Girl Scouts do a World of Good is a Council recognition for the service work Girl Scouts perform in the Greater Washington Region. Take a look at the amazing stories we've already received. We are pleased that over 200 Girl Scouts will receive a World of Good certificate in recognition of the good work they have done in their communities. From helping out at a senior center to donating home-grown vegetables to a local food bank, our Girl Scouts do amazing things! To nominate a girl or troop, visit our website.


Keys to Leadership  

Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital has a proud track record of including all girls. It is ingrained in our culture and supported by an incredible team of volunteers and staff.  


On March 9, 2013 at American University, our Council is sponsoring Keys to Leadership, "Unlocking the Leader in You!" All girls are invited to attend the conference, which will include sessions on: Girl Power: The Influence of Women & Girls in Politics, the Media and the Arts; Studying like a Girl: Bridging the Gender Gap in Math and Science; and Making Your Voice Heard: Advocacy 101.  


Girl Scouts are encouraged to invite their non-Girl Scout friends to participate. Register online; the registration fee is $15, which includes lunch and all conference materials.


The Keys to Leadership Adult Training will be held on March 9, 2013 at American University from 1-4 p.m. Also, the program cost is $10. Visit our website for more information or to register online.

For more information contact GSCNC Inclusion Specialist Andraea LaVant at


Adults Encouraged to Become Members, Too!

Can adults join Girl Scouts? You bet they can. Whether you are a parent or someone who loves Girl Scouts, you can join the movement. Visit our websiteto begin the process. We can always use adult volunteer support. Volunteers can serve in many capacities: as trainers, administrative volunteers, leaders or co-leaders. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, click here and begin volunteering today. Thank you for helping Girl Scouts build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. 


Visit the History and Archives Committee Display at the Washington, DC Office   


The History and Archives Committee creates displays, which are updated every two months, that honor our Council's rich Girl Scout history. Stop by the office in Washington, DC to get a taste of history. Stay connected by reading the History and Archives Committee's blog.

Thank You for Supporting Girl Scouts!


  • The Acacia Foundation for Girl Scout leadership development programs
  • The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation for outreach day camps
  • Capital One for the Capital One Financial Fitness Challenge
  • The Grants for Girls Fund at the Community Foundation of Frederick County, MD for Girl Scout programs for County girls
  • The Philip and Janis Wertheimer Fund at the Community Foundation of Frederick County for Girl Scout programs for County girls
  • Ecolab for the Science Discovery Program
  • Girl Scouts of the USA and the Alcoa Foundation for the Global Girl Scouts Forever Green Take Action Program
  • Girl Scouts of the USA and the Coca-Cola Foundation for healthy living programs for teen girls
  • Girl Scouts of the USA and Dell for the Powering the Possible Program
  • Girl Scouts of the USA and the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors for STEM Innovation Camps
  • The Hearst Foundation for the Young Leaders Program
  • The HSC Foundation for Girl Scout outreach to girls with disabilities
  • The James M. Johnston Trust for Charitable and Educational Purposes for outreach day camps
  • The Mary and Daniel Loughran Foundation for Girl Scout outreach to girls from low-income families
  • The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation for the Young Leaders Program
  • The Meyer Foundation for the Young Leaders Program
  • Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation for Girl Scout outreach to girls with disabilities
  • Prince Charitable Trusts for Girl Scout programs for teens in the District of Columbia
  • The Purple Promise Foundation for the Sun Safety Day Camp
  • The ShenTel Foundation for Girl Scout leadership development programs
  • TMA Resources, Inc. for Girl Scout leadership development programs
  • US Silica for Girl Scout STEM programs
  • Venable LLP for Girl Scout leadership development programs
  • The US Forest Service for the Connecting Girls to Nature Initiative