September 18, 2013
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Homegrown Fun and 'Farm Fresh' Adventure


Who: Girl Scouts of all ages  


When: Friday, October 4 2013 (5 pm - 10:30 pm)

           Saturday, October 5, 2013 (10 am - 10:30 pm)

           Sunday, October 6, 2013 (10 am - 7 pm)


Where: 5620 Butterfly Lane  

   Frederick, MD 21703


A simple visit to Summers Farm will fulfill some badge requirements. Highlighted activities include our corn maze, moonlight maze, giant jumping pillow, farm animals, pumpkin picking, hayrides, slides, pig races, farm fresh baked goods, concessions and much more!   


Fees: Weekend group rate for 15 or more people: $8 per person with two leaders being free. Regular admission is $10 per person. Participation patches available for purchase for $1 each. Campfire sites available by reservation for an additional fee of $55. Please note the price change for campfires from the last e-Edition.


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Capital One Bank Supports our Financial Fitness Challenge for the 2013-2014 Girl Scout year!


If you participated last year, please do another financial badge this year and you will receive a NEW patch!


Girl Scouts Nation's Capital Capital One Financial Fitness Challenge empowers  

Girl Scouts of all levels to build their money management and business skills through a variety of pathways, including our national badge programs and of course, the  

Girl Scout Cookie Program, the largest girl-led business in the world.


How do you join the Financial Fitness Challenge?  It's easy! Earn at least one of the new Financial Literacy Badges or Cookie Business Badges, and you will gain the skills and knowledge to take control of your finances. You can also check out a kit to complete some of the patches.


Let us know which badge you earned between September 2013 and July 2014 and we will send you a FREE patch!   You can find the link to the survey here:


Service Units are involved in the challenge as well!  The Service Unit with the highest percentage of girls earning a Financial Literacy or Cookie Business Badge or Leaf, and reporting it through the survey by July 31st will receive a prize!


The Girl Scouts Nation's Capital Capital One Financial Fitness Challenge will move GSUSA's new national financial literacy curriculum to the forefront of our programmatic agenda and challenge every one of our 90,000 members to empower themselves with financial literacy skills. We are grateful for Capital One's support for the Financial Fitness Challenge.


Multiple Levels

Ghosts & Goblins Party with Geocacher Badge

Who:Girl Scout Juniors


When: Saturday/Sunday October 5-6, 2013

  Saturday/Sunday October 19-20, 2013


Where:  Lincoln Caverns

7703 William Penn Highway,

Huntingdon, PA 16652


Scream with fright as our ghoulish friends lead you on a haunted tour through Lincoln Caverns. Play games, make crafts, and explore the haunted trail at night. Experience the all new Haunted Hayride! Included is a presentation about cave formation, cave life, and cave conservation. A tour through Whisper Rocks is provided for all to experience the natural beauty of a cave.  Survivors will participate in the Geocacher Badge on Sunday while learning about the fun game of geocaching and how to use a GPS. Play a vocabulary game, create a poster, and make a pet rock as a trade item as preparation to Go Geocaching!  Sleeping accommodations are slumber party style in the visitor's center.


Fee:  $45.00/person


Register:  Register online at, or call 814-643-0268 for more information





Clara Barton National Historic Site  

Homeschool Day: "Clara Barton Humanitarian in War and Peace"


Who: Girl Scouts of all ages   


When: September 24th from 11:30 am to 3 pm   


Where: 5801 Oxford Rd, Glen Echo MD20812  


Clara Barton, known as the "Angel of the Battlefield" during the Civil War and founder of the American Red Cross, dedicated her life and energies to helping others in times of need at home and abroad and in peacetime and wartime. She lived in the now 122 year old structure at Glen Echo for the last fifteen years of her life, during which time the building also served as headquarters of the American Red Cross, lodging for Red Cross volunteers, and as a warehouse for disaster relief supplies (1897 to 1904).


Inspired by her legacy, the Clara Barton NHS Homeschool Day, "Clara Barton Humanitarian in War and Peace," will consist of educational and fun activities including a Red Cross recovery effort obstacle course, an arts and crafts project, discovery stations, and Junior Ranger activities. Additionally, NPS interpreters in period dress will interact with participants and discuss the lives of soldiers and nurses during the Civil War. No prior knowledge about Miss Barton is necessary but information can be found on the Clara Barton NHS website, Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch or snacks to enjoy at picnic tables on site and at adjacent Glen Echo Park. Please note: in the case of inclement weather the program will continue with some minor adjustments.


Fee: Free


To register: Reservations are not necessary but appreciated. Please call 301-320-141.


Website: or


13th Annual Library of Congress
National Book Festival

Who: All Girl Scouts


Where: National Mall


When: Saturday, September 21st & Sunday, September 22nd


Book lovers of all ages will convene on the National Mall to celebrate books and reading. Consider a trip for your troop to the Library of Congress National Book Festival to hear from popular authors and illustrators, get books signed, and take part in fun activities. This year's line-up of children's authors includes Holly Black, Kadir Nelson, Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson, Rafael L�pez and many more! There is also a digital bookmobile and a pavilion to discover more about the Library of Congress.    

Check out the following badges and how they connect to the National Library Festival: Brownie: Celebrating Community, My Family Story; Junior: Scribe; Cadette: Book Artist, Screenwriter, Comic Artist; Senior: Novelist


Order the patch for your Girl Scouts and let them proudly show off their attendance at this memorable event. Patches will also be available for purchase on-site at the festival.


Fee: Free


How: For more information, visit



Environmental Leadership Institute

Who: Girl Scout Cadettes (as participants), Girl Scout Seniors and Girl Scout Ambassadors (needed as volunteers to help run event)


When: Saturday, October 26th, 2013 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 


Where: Camp Potomac Woods

    Lucketts, VA   


In partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton, Girl Scouts Nation's Capital is excited to invite Girl Scout Cadettes to the fourth annual Environmental Leadership Institute.


At this event you will:

  • Become an advocate for the environment.
  • Hike the Potomac Woods RiverWalk environmental learning trail. 
  • Meet women engineers, biologists and artists.
  • Attend a Silver Award workshop.

Fee: $10 per girl *Program fee includes lunch, patch, materials, and a gift!


How: Registration is open via the registration portion of the website 


For more information: Contact Elyse Roland at, 202-274-3310


Make the Connection Event #1:

Making Impressions!


Who: Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, & Ambassadors 


Where: Booz Allen Hamilton Corporate Headquarters
            McLean, VA   


When: Sunday, November 3; 1-4pm


Girls learn and practice key people skills including skillful introductions, the art of conversation and the power of a hand shake. As they practice, they realize that body language and tone affect how they communicate much more than the words they use-it's not what you say but how you say it. The day tops off with a fun fashion show where the girls identify what NOT to wear, so they leave the day fully armed and ready to make the right impressions.

This is the first of three Make the Connection events.  Girls who participate in the first two will be able to attend the third event next spring for free!


Cost: $3 per girl. To register, please click here.  For more information or questions, please contact


Lincoln Caverns Ghosts & Goblins Party with Directions Matter Patch

Who: Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors


Where:  Lincoln Caverns

7703 William Penn Highway,

Huntingdon, PA 16652


When: Saturday/Sunday October 26-27, 2013


Scream with fright as our ghoulish friends lead you on a haunted tour through Lincoln Caverns. Play games, make crafts, and explore the haunted trail at night. Experience the all new Haunted Hayride! Included is a presentation about cave formation, cave life, and cave conservation. A tour through Whisper Rocks is provided for all to experience the natural beauty of a cave. On Sunday, girls will learn about orienteering - working their way through a mapping course, learning to use a GPS unit, playing the fun game of letterboxing, and going geocaching to complete the Directions Matter Patch. Craft materials for each girl are included. Sleeping accommodations are slumber party style in the visitor's center.


Fee: $58.50/girl $50.50/adult


Register: Register online at or call 814-643-0268 for more information






Energy Matters with EIA


Who:  Age 11 years old and up


When: Oct. 26 from 9:30 am to 1 p.m.


Where: U.S. Department of Energy Headquarters (Forrestal Building) Cafeteria 

            1000 Independence Avenue, SW  

   Washington, DC 20585


October is "Energy Action Month" and the U.S. Energy Information Administration is again holding its Girl Scout patch day! This exciting day gives girls the opportunity to participate in hands-on energy activities and work with U.S. Energy Information Administration professionals. In addition to teaching an Energy patch class, EIA will teach two new classes: Electricity and Nuclear Science. The U.S. Energy Information Administration is designing special Girl Scout patches for each of the three classes which will be given to each participating Girl Scout at the end of the event. Want to learn more? Check out the video of last year's program:


Energy Patch- Saving, producing, and using energy wisely will be critical to America's future. If we are to leave future generations with a world in which they can live as well or better than we have, Girl Scouts and other potential leaders of tomorrow must begin the hard work of understanding energy and the vital role it will play in the future.


Electricity Patch- Electricity is a powerful and fascinating force of nature. As early as 600 BC, observers of the physical world suspected that electricity existed but did not have a name for it. In fact, real progress in unraveling the mystery of electricity has come only within the last 250 years.


Nuclear Science Patch- Nuclear science gives us a simple explanation of the natural world. The ultimate goal of nuclear science is to find out if there is one fundamental rule that explains how matter and forces interact. Earning the Nuclear Science merit badge/patch is a chance for Girl Scouts to learn about this exciting field at the cutting edge of science today.


Activities targeted for this event may help girls work towards the following Journeys:


Cadettes Breathe Journey- Pages 35, 91-99

Seniors Sow What Journey- Page 78

Ambassadors Justice Journey- Pages 36, 40-41, 47


Fee: Free








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