Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital Expansion The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC) and neighboring Shawnee Girl Scout Council merged on October 1, 2009. As a result of the merger, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital expanded its membership and borders to include 6,500 new members and 14 additional counties in Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. The Shenandoah Region of GSCNC will operate a regional office in Martinsburg and Camp White Rock in Capon Bridge, WV. The merger is part of the Girl Scouts of the USA initiative to establish high capacity councils across the country.
Girl Scouts Reach All Girls, Everywhere Partnerships help Girl Scouts thrive
Jan Verhage, Executive Director of GSCNC, Diane Tipton, GSCNC President, Bobby Lerch, first GSCNC President, Marguerite Cyr, first Shawnee Council President, Berniece Collis, President of the Shawnee Council and Maggie Witherbee, CEO for the Shawnee Council at the official merger event.
Girls Go Green at Summer Day Camps
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 Clark-Winchcole 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 funders make it possible to: • 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 which 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.
2009 Camp CEO: Dreaming Your Future Once again this summer, high-powered women from the Greater Washington Region, took time to mentor teen Girl Scouts at Camp CEO. This unique program takes all of the fun of a traditional camp experience—songs, tye-dye, boats and adventure—and adds the daily interaction of our girls with corporate women. This year the conversation focused on careers. Building on the success of last year’s book, Voices from the Woods, Girl Scout Women’s Advisory Board member Wendy Wysong and her law firm Clifford Chance, LLP will underwrite a new book, Dreaming Your Future, highlighting the career success and career dreams of our girls. This new book will allow readers to journal about their aspirations and dream of
Over 1,200 local girls learned to go green at summer day camps, thanks to the new Environmental and Energy Conservation Program sponsored by Washington Gas. Girls learned about air quality, renewable energy and how to make S’mores using solar energy. Thank you to Roberta W. Sims and Lynn Battle at Washington Gas for their longtime commitment to Girl Scout environmental programs.
CareFirst Helps Girls Develop Healthy Habits Girls learn how to make smart choices CareFirst recently awarded GSCNC a grant for 4,500 girls to participate in the Grow Strong Healthy Living Program during the 2009-2010 Girl Scout year.
Ris Lacoste, a world-renown chef, takes time to mentor a girl at Camp CEO. their future careers while sharing the Camp CEO experience with girls and members throughout the region.
Now in its third year, the Grow Strong program features age-appropriate kits with fun activities that teach girls how to make smart eating and lifestyle choices. Girls participate in the program with their troops, at council events and through our day camps. Special thanks to Maria HarrisTildon and Carla Diggs-Smith of CareFirst, for their dedication to the health and well being of local Girl Scouts!
Thank You for Your Support of Girl Scouts! 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 to support financial aid for campers • Anchor Construction for the lease of a truck for use at resident camp • AT&T for the 2010 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, as well as summer 2009 sleep-away camperships • The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation for Summer 2009 outreach day camps in the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County, MD • Calvert for general operations • Capital One for the 2009/2010 year of the Capital Currency Financial Literacy Program • CareFirst for the 2009/2010 year of the Grow Strong Healthy Living Program • CarMax Foundation for the 2009 Encuentro de Chicas Latinas • Clark Construction for capital projects at Camp Brighton Woods and Girl Scout outreach in low-income communities • Clifford Chance, LLP for the Camp CEO Careers Book • The Charles Delmar Foundation for general operating • The Dimick Foundation for outreach in low-income communities
• Dominion Virginia Power for the Forever Green Community Action Program • Ernst and Young for the Young Leaders Program • Fannie Mae for Girl Scout Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) programs • Frederick County Schools for Girl Scout programs at Community Learning Centers • GEICO for the DASHboard Road Safety Program • Giant for 2009 Encuentro de Chicas Latinas • HSBC for 2009 Your Turn to Lead • Integrated Resource Technologies for 2009 Your Turn to Lead • The George Preston Marshall Foundation for summer 2009 sleep-away camperships • Polinger, Shannon and Luchs for general operations • UPS for general operations • USGA for the 2009/2010 year of the Girl Scout/First Tee Golf Program • Washington Forrest Foundation for 2009 Encuentro de Chicas Latinas • Washington Gas for the Air Quality Environmental Learning Patch Program at summer 2009 community-based camps • Prince George’s County for capital projects at Camp Aquasco • The Sewell-Belmont House for general operations
Leadership Opportunities Continue to Grow for Girl Scouts Annual Programs Promote Girl Scout Leadership for Girls Encuentro de Chicas Latinas
At the 2009 Encuentro de Chicas Latinas, close to 300 girls ages 11-17 attended workshops on academic achievement, goal setting and college planning, led by over 80 successful Latina corporate and community leaders. Girls participating in the threeday leadership conference also learned Zumba, martial arts, how to prepare ethnic food and how to join Girl Scouts. TV Anchor Alison Starling, co-host of Good Morning Washington, made a presentation about safe driving that was featured on Channel 7 News. Thanks to the CarMax Foundation, Ernst & Young, Honest Tea, The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, Paradigm Technologies, Telemundo and the Washington Forrest Foundation for their sponsorship of our Latina youth conference. Alison Starling of WJLA meets with girls at Encuentro de Chicas Latinas
As part of the Young Leaders program, college students lead local Girl Scout troops.
Young Leaders Program
The Young Leaders Program (YLP), our initiative to recruit and train college students to be troop leaders for girls in the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County public schools, continues to thrive. To date, Young Leaders Program has reached 1,335 girls in troop programs at 55 elementary schools, led by 122 college students from nine area participating universities. This year, many Young Leader Program troops met throughout the summer engaging girls in fun-filled activities. Thank you to the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Programs; Bank of America; Ernst and Young; The Meyer Foundation and Wachovia Foundation for their continued support of the Young Leaders Program.
Your Turn to Lead
More than 200 girls from the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County took part in the 2009 Your Turn to Lead: An Overnight at Howard University. Girls were able to meet influential women during a power mentor dinner, including Girl Scouts of the USA National President, Connie Lindsey who gave the keynote address. At the event, girls participated in hands-on workshops that focused on leadership development, career exploration, preparing for college, money management, healthy lifestyles and networking. In addition to Howard University, we would like to thank HSBC Bank, Integrated Resource Technologies, and The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation for their sponsorship of Your Turn to Lead. Marie Johns, Women’s Advisory Board Member, mentors girls during the Your Turn to Lead conference.
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