Jan 17, 2013
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Welcome to your monthly update on programs and events at the Smithsonian Institute!  


  • What animal has the largest eyes? How many oceans are on the planet? Find the answers at www.seriouslyamazing.com  - the Smithsonian's fun new website!
  • Girls worldwide say "together we can save children's lives." Visit the Smithsonian museums - onsite and online - to do your research for World Thinking Day.
  • How did the Smithsonian come to the aid of children in Haiti after the big earthquake? See African Art's online exhibition, The Healing Power of Art: Works of Art by Haitian Children After the Earthquake.
  • Water is essential to life. Visit the Anacostia Community Museum's exhibition  Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways and Civic Engagement to learn about how waterways affect people living in cities in the U.S., London, and Shanghai. How do communities use waterways to improve urban life? Through art and objects, learn how we recover, clean up, re-imagine, and engineer urban rivers. Have you improved rivers and creeks in your neighborhood?
  • You can improve children's lives by conserving water. With the  Smithsonian Quests badge H2O Hero, you can calculate your own "water footprint" and brainstorm advice on how to conserve water with your troop and family.
  • Celebrate international friendships. Many Smithsonian museums have global stories to share and global connections to make. Visit African Art, American Indian, Freer/Sackler, Natural History, and the National Zoo to learn about people and communities around the world. Check out our World Cultures online resources, too.      
  • And just for fun, look up to the skies with the new Smithsonian Space Shuttle Discovery App. Land the Space Shuttle Discovery, collect artifacts, and learn amazing fun facts about the Space Program!

Girl Scouts - Celebrate Black History Month!


Check out what is happening for  Black History Month at the Smithsonian. Join us for the Black History Month Family Day on Saturday, February 2, from 11 am to 4 p.m. at the National Museum of American History. While you are there, and throughout the spring, participate in Join the Student Sit-Ins at the Greensboro Lunch Counter and take part in a training session based on an actual 1960s training manual and prepare for you first sit-in.  


For all things Girl Scouts at the Smithsonian, visit your special page. You can download the Girl Scouts Discover! self-guides and link to the Girl Scout Badge Guide from the National Museum of American History.


Next month we'll see what is happening for Women's History Month. Join us for the Women's History Month family festival at American History on Saturday, March 2, from noon to 4 p.m.


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Girl Scout Day at the National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Who: Girl Scouts of All Ages   

: March 23, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  

National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center 

Chantilly, VA 


**PLEASE NOTE - this does not take place at the museum on the National Mall**  


Come and explore exciting science activities during the Girl Scout Day at the National Air & Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center!  Take the controls of a flight simulator, see the Space Shuttle Enterprise, experiment with the forces of gravity, and speak with women scientists and engineers all on the same day. Presenters from the museum, Federal Aviation Administration, National Capital Astronomers and many more make this a unique opportunity. 

Cost: FREE!
Patches may be purchased online for $1 per patch.  Please make sure you also register for the event.  Patches will be available for pick up at Registration Check-In the day of the event.

Troops have the choice between AM and PM check in.  To register click the appropriate link below.  Registration will close on March 6, 2013.

Morning Check-In 10:00 a.m.

Afternoon Check-In 12:30 p.m.

Parking: $15 per vehicle

For more information and volunteer opportunities  CLICK HERE!

Creative Arts Program - Arts Council of Fairfax County

Who: Girl Scouts of All Ages


When: Most of our artists' programs run from 45 minutes to one hour; they are also willing to work with your group to meet your particular needs.    


Where: Artists can perform at any location of your choice.


CAPs connects high-quality, juried artists and art groups to audiences throughout Northern Virginia. Our artist roster includes dancers, musicians, theater, storytellers, and other educational acts from 14 states and Canada. When your troop or service unit subscribes to CAPs, you receive access to our online directory of artists, including videos of performances, photos, contact and booking information. Groups can then contact artists directly to book workshops and performances, which are perfect for Thinking Day, as well as cultural and educational programming.


Fees: $75 annual subscription fee + artist fees


To Subscribe: https://artsfairfax.org/index.php?option=com_acctexp&task=subscribe


Contact: Erin Daga, CAPs Assistant, at (703) 642-0862 ext. 7 or edaga@artsfairfax.org for more information.


Financial Literacy Basics


Who: Girl Scouts of All Ages

When: Call 301-802-7712 to Schedule

Where: We come to you!

This program fulfills age appropriate financial literacy badge requirements. Concepts covered include budgeting, goal setting, career planning, planning for large purchases such as a home, a cars vacations, giving back, investing, entrepreneurship, and so much more!


Fees: Girl: $15.00 Tagalong: $10.00


How to register: www.financialfuturesnow.com


2013 Art Contest       


Who: Girl Scouts of All Ages     


Deadline: March 4, 2013


The theme for the contest is "Soaring into the Next Century" and we would like Girl Scouts to show us what they hope for Girl Scouts and Girl Scouting in the next 100 years. They can create a drawing, painting, collage, etc.


The winner will have their art created into a mural in the DC Girl Scout Office and top winner's art will be displayed at different Council events throughout the year.




Dine-Around Series 


Are you working toward your Gold Award? Have you already earned your Gold Award? If so, we'd love to have you join us for one of our 

Dine-Arounds this season. Check out how fellow Girl Scouts have earned their Gold Award here! 


What's a Dine-Around? Dine-Arounds are informal dinners, brunches, teas or other events that are hosted by Women's Advisory Board members at their homes or businesses.  They are a unique chance to gain insight from successful women and will prove to be an amazing networking session. Please note there is no cost to attend a Dine-Around.


Dine-Around Opportunities



Mexican Fiesta Dine-Around

When: Sunday, January 27, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: Arlington, VA

A Mexican Fiesta hosted by Karen Penn, Sodexo Health Care Market & Government Services and Kathy McKinless, Archdiocese of Washington


Securing Cyber Space Dine-Around

When: Tuesday, January 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Herndon, VA

Securing Cyber Space hosted by Patricia Titus, Vice President & Chief Security Information Officer, Symantec


Gift of Hearts Bake-Around

When: Sunday, February 10, 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Where: McLean, VA

Gifts of Heart Bake-Around hosted by Abby Mackness, Morpotrak and Jeri Fellerman, Wells Fargo  


English Tea Dine-Around  
When: Sunday, February 24, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Where: Alexandria, VA

English Tea hosted by Margie Auer, Department of Veterans Affairs, Abby Mackness, Morphotrak and Marilyn Burroughs, New Leaf Collaborative Architecture & Design   


Trinity University Dine-Around

When: Thursday, April 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Washington, DC

Dinner with college aged women who have earned the Gold Award; hosted by Pat McGuire (President, Trinity University). This Dine-Around event allows girls to bring one adult as a guest.


Dine-Arounds are added regularly so check back often: www.gscnc.org/dine_arounds.html 


To register: email dinearounds@gscnc.org with the following information: name, girl and parent email, contact phone #, Senior or Ambassador, troop #.

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