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Fall 2009

T A L K C A PI Newsletter of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital

One Great New Council The former Shawnee Council joined the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital as the Shenandoah Region on October 1, 2009. Check out some fun facts about the Shenandoah Region. You can explore the entire C&O Canal and still be inside GSCNC boundaries, from Washington, DC to Cumberland, MD. To learn more about Junior Ranger opportunities and historic landmarks along the Canal points in DC, Maryland and West Virginia, visit Many colleges call the Shenandoah Region home including: Shepherd University, Mountain State University, Shenandoah University, Frostburg State University, and a host of community colleges. Even more of the George Washington National Forest is now included in our Council’s boundaries. Information about outdoor troop activities like canoeing, camping, equestrian trails, fishing and waterfall hikes in George Washington National Forest can be found at the National Forest Service website, Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies will love to explore Dutch Wonderland, an amusement park geared towards younger children (ages 5-10), and older girls will be interested in new Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) programs and opportunities for

The Shenandoah region includes 14 counties, in Virginia (Page, Shenandoah, Warren, Clarke and Frederick), in Maryland (Allegany and Washington), and in West Virginia (Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant and Mineral). This map also shows our 8 camp properties and office locations.

regional theater and art. Look for program partners in the GSCNC Yellow Pages as we add new vendors. The Shenandoah Region offers new adventures for girls!

The Hill Hosts Girl Scout Congressional Aides

Calendar Depots opened October 17 and will close December 17 (or while supplies last). Calendars can be purchased in wall ($5.00), pocket planner ($4.00), and day planner ($7.00) sizes. Troops receive $1.50 from each calendar sold. Visit www.gscnc. org/calendars.html to find a depot near you!

This year 59 Girl Scouts participated in the Congressional Aide Program on Capital Hill. Girls spent one week learning first-hand about our nation’s political process, helping members of Congress and their staff with daily assignments behind the scenes, and earning federal service hours to apply to various Girl Scout recognitions, including the Silver Trefoil. This program continues to be an opportunity for Girl Scouts to gain hands-on experience in a professional environment and to develop a network in the political landscape.

Ali Sue Patterson and Aliya Rehman during their Congressional Aide experience at the office of Representative Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.

Jan Verhage, Executive Director


elcome to a new Girl Scout year. We look forward to a year filled with fun, adventure and opportunities that encourage our girls to be their best. We hope you will participate in all that your Council has to offer-- excellent programs, adult training courses, and beautiful camp facilities. We want you to get the most out of your Girl Scout experience!

This also promises to be a particularly special year as we welcome the new Shenandoah Region to our family. As our membership grows to 90,000 girls and adults, and our borders expand to 14 additional counties in Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia, we truly are becoming “One Great New Council.” Take a look at some facts about this region in this issue of Capitalk. We know that the GSCNC website has become an important resource for our parents and our volunteers. With nearly 40,000 visitors to our website monthly (, many of our members are getting their information about the Council online. After many requests we have decided to enter the world of social media. Parents and adult volunteers can now find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and in our very own GSCNC blog. Our hope is that this will give us more ways to share news from around the Council with everyone.

CareFirst Helps Girls Develop Healthy Habits CareFirst recently awarded GSCNC a grant to enable 4,500 local girls to participate in the Grow Strong Healthy Living Program during the 2009/2010 Girl Scout year. Program activities, which are housed in an easy to transport and age-appropriate kits, teach girls how to make smart eating and lifestyle choices to be healthy and happy now and into the future. Girls can participate in the program with their troops, at council events or through day camp. CareFirst has generously supported the Grow Strong Program for three years. Special thanks to Maria Harris Tildon and Carla Diggs Smith of CareFirst, for their dedication to the health and well being of local Girl Scouts!

Have a great Girl Scout year,

Here’s to the Season of Nearly 4,000 girls from across the Council enjoyed Girl Scout sleep-away camps this summer, while an additional 8,700 girls attended our day and evening camps. Despite a challenging economy, enrollment in our camp programs was strong. Many girls who wanted to attend camp were able to do so, thanks in part, to the generosity of our friends and families who helped sponsor campership financial assistance for girls. Thanks to these contributors, more financial assistance was made available this camp season than ever before. Girls at sleep-away camps enjoyed swimming, kayaking, culinary arts, and gardening, to name a few of the activities, all while having fun and making new friends. A special guest and Girl Scout, Holly Morris from Fox 5 TV News, dropped by Camp Winona and interviewed Broadine Brown, our First Vice President, about the summertime tradition of Girl Scout camp. Holly also spent time with campers tending the vegetable garden, jumping in the pool for a polar bear swim at 7 AM and participating in the traditional Girl Scout flag ceremony before breakfast. If you missed this special segment, visit www. and click on “What’s New” to see it online.


S’mores and Campfires

During our Summer Day and Evening programs, both new and current Girl Scouts enjoyed high-adventure activities such as archery, canoeing, and swimming, while others participated in specially funded programs like CareFirst Grow Strong that promoted ways to encourage healthy behaviors, the Be Prepared patch program funded by FEMA, and the Washington Gas Air Quality Environmental Learning Program, which helped girls learn how to save energy and our planet.

Ris Lacoste, world-renowned chef; Christine Brennan, TV reporter and sports columnist for USA Today and Laila Krause, Executive Vice President of PNC Bank, were some of the high-powered women who took time out of their busy schedules to earn badges and mentor girls. This fall we will release our second book about Camp CEO, Dreaming Your Future. Special thanks to Girl Scout Women’s Advisory Board member Wendy Wysong and her law firm Clifford Chance, LLP for generously providing funding for our book.

It was the 12th year of Camp CEO, and this summer girls and CEOs focused on careers. Girls who took part in Camp CEO had the opportunity to interact with executives from the greater Washington area.

Pictured here clockwise from left: Camp CEO mentor Shirley Edwards and her buddy; Girls try on scuba gear while at Camp Potomac Woods; Holly Morris from Fox 5 news checks out the vegetable garden at Camp Winona; Roberta Sims, a Vice President at Washington Gas, “mines” for renewable resources with girls at Camp Funshine.


Fall 2009



The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital would like to thank the following foundations, corporations and government agencies for their generous grants to Girl Scouting in the Greater Washington, DC Region:

• The Adegboyega and Mozella Ademiluyi Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region for camperships • AT&T for the Keys to Leadership Conference • Booz Allen Hamilton for the 2009/2010 year of Make the Connection and the new On Your Way College and Life Skills Workshop • The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation for Summer 2009 outreach day camps in the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County, MD

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Clark Construction for capital projects at Camp Brighton Woods Clifford Chance for the Camp CEO Careers Book The Charles Delmar Foundation for general operations The Dimick Foundation for Girl Scout outreach in low-income communities Dominion Virginia Power for the Forever Green Community Action Program and camperships for girls in summer 2009 Ernst & Young for the Young Leaders Program Prince George’s County for capital projects at Camp Aquasco The Sewell-Belmont House for general operations

Forever Green Community Action Project GSCNC is one of several Girl Scout councils selected by GSUSA to pilot the Forever Green Community Action Program. These girl-led projects address a variety of environmental topics in our communities such as energy use, improving air quality, water use, waste management or green space. Girls find support and involvement for their projects from fellow students, school administration and faculty. In the first year, nine green action projects were developed by 118 girls in grades K-12. The projects included: • Establishing three recycling programs at area schools • Planting over 160 plants • Removing 47 bags of debris from communities • Spreading over 140 lbs of fill dirt and a truckload of compost. The Girl Scouts Forever Green Community Action Project is a national community service effort celebrating Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary in 2012.

New Journey Books Make an Impact This summer GSUSA released the second series of the popular Journey books, “It’s Your Planet—Love it.” The title for the book was created by Teen Girl Scouts at the 2009 Institute on Climate Change where they said that Girl Scouts have a responsibility to protect and preserve our planet. The new Journey series allows girls to explore and aid the world’s water supply, save energy, and discover how our food network and choices impact the environment and find the formula that will bring environmental justice in our world. The new books

also encourage girls to get back to basics with hiking, camping, observing animals, and watching the stars, while earning patches. “It’s Your Planet—Love It!” continues the Journey tradition of a making a positive difference. The new book encourages girls to identify community leaders, friends, and family who can help build a network of action for eco-projects. Our shop has a full range of Journey books for you and your troop—stop by and see what all the excitement is about!

Girl Scout Troop 3377 took part in restoring a stream bed at their school, which was later designated a “Schoolyard Habitat” by the National Wildlife Federation.

Conservation Program Makes Debut at Camp This summer over 1,200 local girls learned to go green at day camps, thanks to the new Environmental and Energy Conservation Program sponsored by Washington Gas. Through the program, girls learned about air quality, energy efficiency and how to harness solar energy at home. Thank you to Roberta W. Sims and Lynn Battle at Washington Gas for their longtime commitment to Girl Scout environmental programs.

Girl Scouts Committed to Reaching Girls from Financially Challenged Families GSCNC is committed to providing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to every girl who wishes to participate, regardless of her family’s financial situation. Thousands of local girls will benefit from the generous support from funders such as Bank of America, the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Capital One, CareFirst, Chevy Chase Bank, Clark Construction, the ClarkWinchcole Foundation, the Dimick Foundation, Ernst & Young, HSBC, The James M. Johnston Trust for Charitable and Educational Purposes, the George Preston Marshall Foundation, the Adegboyega and Mozella Ademiluyi Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, the United States Golf Association, the Wachovia Foundation and Washington Gas.


Our donors: • Support the Council’s financial aid program for Girl Scout supplies, activities, and camperships; • Offer special outreach programs such as the Young Leaders Program, Your Turn To Lead and Encuentro de Chicas Latinas; • Provide day camps that target traditionally underserved girls and often serve as an introduction to long-term participation in Girl Scouting; • Include free transportation to Girl Scout events and activities; • Support a dedicated outreach department with nine full-time staff members; • Develop free publications and recruitment materials in both Spanish and English.


Fall 2009

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This summer, Girl Scout Ambassador Marymagdaline Onyango from Woodbridge, Virginia, took part in a Girl Scout destination to India with other Girl Scouts. While there the girls visited the GSUSA Sangam World Centre, learned how to wear a Sari and even met sister Girl Guides.

Connect With Us! GSCNC is now located on the following social media networks! Please check out for guidance on social network safety.

This summer girls in Troop 2151 from Washington, DC made a splash while whitewater rafting at Whitewater Challengers Scout Rally weekend in New Haven, PA.

Girls from Troop 2551 in Herndon, VA presented a flag ceremony for the first annual Women’s Congressional Softball game in Washington, DC as part of a Sudden Service opportunity. Gulmeena Khan was asked to sing the national anthem! Here, the girls pose for a picture with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

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Girl Scout Ambassador Colleen Duda from Fairfax, VA took part in the Girl Scout destination Amazon Adventure: Peru. While on her trip, Colleen got to visit a rainforest, fish in the Amazon River for piranhas and paint a school during a service project for a Peruvian community. Colleen met many sister Girl Guides from Peru.

Girl Scouts from across the Council visited the UK this summer where they had a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone, visit Stonehenge, and tour Pax Lodge, which is one of the four WAGGGS World Centers. Girl Scouts stand in front of the famous Tower Bridge in London.

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Editor: Ashley Lusk Executive Director: Jan Verhage President: Diane Tipton 800.523.7898 202.237.1670 Washington, DC 20008 4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital CAPITALK is published by the




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