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Krysten Appelbaum

Marketing Coordinator for Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

Girls talk leadership at Columbia Mall Lock-In

The Agence France – Presse reports that Girl Scouts are working to emphasize leadership skills in their centennial year. Girl Scouts gathered at the Columbia Mall Lock-In last weekend for some Girl Scout fun, to work on badges and patches, and older girls had the opportunity to test their leadership skills and teach younger girls about subjects like camping, STEM, disability awareness, first aid, and more. “It’s a great way to connect with your friends and, as you get older, to educate […]

Howard County Girl Scout Named 2012 Girl Gone Great

Rupini, a Girl Scout Ambassador from Columbia, Md. was named this year’s Girl Gone Great, WomanTalk Live’s scholarship essay contest. In her essay, Rupini wrote about her passion for community service and her vision to change the world by working in medical research. In addition to Girl Scouting, Rupini spends her time volunteering as a peer tutor and with the Teen Time After-School Initiative at Howard County Library. The winner of the Girl Gone Great contest receives a $2,000 scholarship, a guest […]

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland CEO named to the Top 100 Women Circle of Excellence

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland CEO Traci Barnett was named to the Daily Record’s Top 100 Women Circle of Excellence. The Top 100 Women award recognizes high-achieving Maryland women who are making an impact through their leadership, community service and mentoring. Honorees are inducted into the Circle of Excellence after being nominated three times. The winners are selected by an outside panel of business leaders based on professional accomplishment, community involvement and commitment to mentoring. Congratulations to Traci and all of the […]

Vote For Your Favorite Girl Scout Version of ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’!

To get ready for Girl Scouts’ Grand Slam on June 24, the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland staff brainstormed some new lyrics to the song ‘Take me out the the ball game!’ We picked our top three and would like you to pick your favorite! Once the favorite version is selected, we’ll include the song in a special promo for Girl Scouts’ Grand Slam! Learn more about Girl Scouts’ Grand Slam and get your tickets here. Sung to the tune of ‘Take […]

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Launch Local Year of the Girl Campaign

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland yesterday received the official proclamation naming 2012 the Year of the Girl in Maryland by the State Legislature. GSCM CEO Traci Barnett and Board Chair, Sheela Murthy received the proclamation with Girl Scouts from across central Maryland. The Year of the Girl is a national campaign with the goal of identifying what impedes girls’ leadership aspirations. Peer pressure, a lack of role models and mentors, unhealthy images in the media about beauty, and bullying from their peers […]

Harford County Girl Scouts Work to Raise Awareness on Hunger

The Aegis reports that Harford County Girl Scout Troop 821 is working to raise awareness about hunger in their community. The article states that the girls had an initial goal of raising 20,000 pounds of food to donate to the Maryland Food Bank. After making a presentation to Rosedale Federal Savings and Loan Association about their project, the bank gave a $3,000 grant for their project, more than enough to help them make their goal. The girls are now working to donate […]

Central Md. Girl Scouts kick off Year of the Girl on Capitol Hill

This morning, 34 Girl Scouts from central Maryland helped kick off the Year of the Girl at Washington D.C.-launch of ToGetHerThere at the Cannon House Office Building. The ToGetHerThere campaign celebrates Girl Scouts’ 100 year history of providing girls with the requisite skills, including courage, confidence and character, to become leaders in their schools, communities and the world. The central Maryland girls joined Girl Scouts from surrounding councils to talk to legislators and other event attendees about Girl Scout programs, like the […]

Girl Scouts Launch ‘ToGetHerThere’ Leadership Campaign

Today, Girl Scouts of the USA launched ToGetHerThere, the largest advocacy and fundraising cause dedicated to girls’ leadership in the nation’s history. The launch of ToGetHerThere follows the release of a new study that found that while girls are generally optimistic about their futures, they still see barriers in today’s society that block them from achieving their leadership potential. The study, based on a telephone survey of 1,000 girls aged 8-17, found that close to three in five girls think that women […]

Celebrate a Century of Girl Scouting at Girl Scouts Grand Slam!

Oriole Park at Camden Yards June 24, 2012, 1:35 pm vs. Washington Nationals Celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting at the Yard! Help us make this anniversary celebration the biggest ever – bring ALL your family and friends to Birdland for a Grand Slam party. There will be plenty of fun and prizes for all who attend. We want to share our excitement with EVERYONE in Maryland — Delaware, Washington, DC and Virginia, too!  Invite your friends, Girl Scout buddies and family […]

Girl Scouts Dedicate Silver Award Project to Helping Camp Whippoorwill

Congratulations to Girl Scouts Rose and Emily of Troop 2313 in Elkridge who recently earned their Girl Scout Silver Awards for their work to refurbish Peter Pan Pines at Camp Whippoorwill. To complete their project, the girls dedicated their summer days to building six benches for a fire ring, clearing away brush from the camp area, building a firewood box and painting the pavilion and picnic tables. The girls said they hoped their work would make the area more accessible and enjoyable […]

2012 Distinguished Women Honorees Announced

We are proud to announce our 2012 Distinguished Women Honorees. Our Distinguished Women honorees demonstrate what Girl Scouts term the pillars of leadership: courage, confidence and character. Join Bonnie Heneson, Distinguished Women Chair, Karen Singer, Distinguished Women Vice Chair and the GSCM Board and staff as we congratulate and celebrate our 2012 Distinguished Honorees: Jeanette Glose Partlow, President, Maryland Chemical Company   Harriet Dopkin, President, The Classic Catering People Ava Lias-Booker, Esq., Managing Partner, Baltimore Office, McGuire Woods Bonnie Phipps,  President & […]

Camp Woodlands Teepee Restoration Featured in the Baltimore Sun

GSCM’s campaign to repair and restore the Camp Woodlands teepee, Lamb Lodge, was recently featured in the Baltimore Sun. In the early 1950’s, the teepee at Girl Scouts’ Camp Woodlands was conceived and built by a team of volunteers that included the Anne Arundel County Girl Scouts Council, the Naval Academy Math Department, and numerous Girl Scouts and their families. The Lodge’s conical, circular design, which was inspired by the Girl Scout custom of gathering in a circle for grace before meals, […]

Summer Camp Registration is Open!

It may be chilly outside, but we’re dreaming of fun in the summer sun with all of our Girl Scout friends at Camp Conowingo! Check out our website for this year’s camp offerings and pricing. Register online today! Want to get a taste of the summer camp experience but stay with your troop or group? Join us for the GSCM 50th Anniversary Encampment April 27-29, 2012 at Camp Conowingo. Sign up early to take advantage of early-bird pricing and benefits! Register online […]

2012 is the Year of the Girl!

Welcome to 2012, the Year of the Girl! We are excited to be embarking on Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary year and GSCM’s 50th anniversary! Make sure to mark your calendar for our 100th anniversary celebration on June 24, 2012 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards! Stay tuned for more information about Council events and celebrations.

Two Gold Award Winners Featured in ‘View From the Cupola’

Two Girl Scout Gold Award Winners were featured in View from the Cupola, a magazine published for the Mount de Sales community. The first Girl Scout featured is Molly, who collected First Communion dresses to distribute to girls in Belize. Molly started with the goal of collecting 20 dresses, but has gotten an overwhelming response and received 75 dresses, as well as four boys’ suits, 14 veils and six pairs of white shoes, 20 pairs of socks, and a multitude of rosary […]

Junior Troop 659 Participates in the 14th Annual Festival of Wreaths

Junior Troop 659 from Westminster participated in the 14th Annual Festival of Wreaths earlier this month. The Girl Scouts decorated a wreath with a Girl Scout theme and donated it to the Carroll County Arts Council, which challenges non-profit organizations to submit their wreaths in the Charity Challenge. At the Festival, wreaths are auctioned off and wreath that earns the highest bid receives a $250 check for their charity.  The troop said they enjoyed making the Girl Scout-themed wreath and felt that […]

Girl Scout Media Day at the Newseum is January 14!

Girl Scout Media Day at the Newseum is right around the corner! You can spend a few hours or all day at the Newseum learning about the role of women in news history through stories, artifacts, photos and video.  You’ll even learn more about the role Girl Scouts have played in journalism history! You can watch a 4-d movie about the history of journalism, see pieces of the Berlin Wall, and experience what it’s like to be a TV anchor or weather […]

Troop 2226 Creates Girl Scout-themed Tree for Festival of Trees

The Girl Scouts of Troop 2226 have been busy creating ornaments and decorations for a Girl Scout-themed Christmas tree for the Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees. The theme, “Girl Scouts Through the Years! 1912-2012″ was chosen to kick off the celebrations as we head into the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting. The Festival of Trees is a three-day family festival that benefits the Kennedy Krieger Institute, which is dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with pediatric developmental disabilities and […]

The Sweet Taste of Success

Need help motivating your troop to meet their individual cookie goals? Tell them about the Sweet Taste of Success Contest. If a girl sells at least 150 boxes of cookies (must be recorded in eBudde), she gets entered in a drawing for a trip for four to Hershey Park! Girl Scouts of Central Maryland strives to have a successful cookie sale—a sale where all girl members achieve success. A sale where all girls participate in an activity that will build skills and […]

Congratulations, Emma!

Congrats to Emma Doherty of Troop 1640, winner of the Goal Getter Contest! Emma won a drawing for an iPod Touch after selling Girl Scout Cookies to 20 additional customers. Way to go!

Invest in the Future of Girl Scouting

Join AT&T in celebrating  Girl Scouts’ Centennial and supporting Girl Scouts of Central Maryland AT&T has announced a special matching gifts initiative just for AT&T employees.  If employees make a gift to a local Girl Scout council or to GSUSA between now and March 31, 2012*, AT&T will match their gifts dollar for dollar up to $500,000.  Employee gifts made to Girl Scouts through the 2012 United Way/Employee Giving campaign will also be matched. AT&T Employees can visit the company intranet, AT&T […]

Girl Scout Cadette Helps Veteran Send 500 Care Packages to Military

Happy Veteran’s Day and a heartfelt thank you to our brave men & women who serve and have served our country! It’s important on Veteran’s Day and throughout the year to let our active military members and veterans know we are thinking of them and are thankful for their service. Girl Scouts and Troops across Central Maryland often complete service projects to do just that. One example is Girl Scout Cadette Malerie who read a newspaper article about a military veteran, Don […]

GSCM Supports Military Families Through Military-Connected Girl Program

We recently sat down to chat with Emily Penn, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Membership and Community Development Specialist & Military Connected Girl Liaison, to learn more about GSCM Military Connected Girl program, which helps girls in military families adjust to their new homes when their families move. If you’re interested in volunteering or helping with the Military Connected Girl Program, contact Emily at epenn@gscm.org. Q: What is the Military Connected Girl program? A: Girls in military families often face the hardship […]

GSCM Kicks off Stars & Stripes Week on WJZ’s Manic Monday

This morning we kicked off Stars & Stripes week on WJZ’s Manic Monday. Girl Scouts from all over Central Maryland sang, cheered and waved Girl Scout Cookie signs and boxes to promote the Cookie Program and Operation U.S. Mint. Check out the video here. During Stars & Stripes Week we are asking all Girl Scouts to promote Operation U.S. Mint at their cookie booths by asking customers to show their support for our military troops by purchasing additional boxes of cookies for […]

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Blog, Facebook & Twitter Nominated for Mobbies

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s Blog, Twitter and Facebook page have been nominated for Mobbies! This is the third annual Mobbies competition, where local blogs compete against each other for prizes that can help promote their organization. Voting starts today, October 31 and ends November 10 at 5 pm! Voters can submit their votes once every 24-hour period, so vote often! Click here to submit your vote!

Support our Troops During Stars & Stripes Week

In support of Operation U.S. Mint—our cookies to U.S. troops Gift of Caring project– we have established a special emphasis campaign—Stars & Stripes Week, November 7-14. The week will kick off on the morning of November 7 when Girl Scouts will make a special appearance on WJZ’s Manic Monday with Ron Matz to promote the Girl Scout Cookie Program and the Stars & Stripes Campaign. Tune in to WJZ at 6 am  on Monday November 7 to see us! Want to join […]

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Honors Senator Barbara Mikulski

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland yesterday honored Senator Barbara Mikulski, a longtime Girl Scout, advocate and longest-serving female Senator and the second longest-serving female member in the history of the United States Congress, for her dedication to girls across the United States. Listen to her remarks during the ceremony:

Love for Animals Drives Girl Scout to Help Local Humane Society

Girl Scout Senior Elizabeth has always had a love for animals and used her spare time outside at the Harford County Humane Society. While volunteering, Elizabeth took notice of needs at the shelter. ” I wanted to help the animals at the Humane Society so she I chose to do my Gold Award project there,” she wrote.  For her project Elizabeth renovated the Harford County Humane Society’s Free Roam Cat Room and the exercise area of the Critter Cottage.  Elizabeth raised money […]

Edgewater Girl Scout Awarded the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

Girl Scout Christina of Edgewater, Md. was recently awarded the 2011 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors outstanding young leaders who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Their leadership and courage make them true heroes—and inspirations to us all. Each year, the Barron Prize honors twenty-five young people nationwide. Christina led a team of Girl Scouts in designing, fundraising for, and building the $275,000 Butterfly Boutique at the Chrysalis […]

October 17: Living the Legacy

Join us October 17 at Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s Urban Program & STEM Center as we celebrate Juliette Gordon Low’s legacy and those who continue to embody her vision. We are thrilled to honor Senator Barbara Mikulski, longtime Girl Scout, advocate and longest-serving female Senator and the second longest-serving female member in the history of the United States Congress, for her dedication to girls across the United States. Discover all that Girl Scouts has to offer girls and women in the […]

Girl Scout Works to Restore Mill Creek, Chesapeake Bay

 Girl Scout Alexanna grew up swimming and sailing in Mill Creek, which is a part of the Chesapeake Bay in Anne Arundel County. Over the years, she watched the river become more polluted and area wildlife leave their habitats due to sewage spills. “…I feel very strongly about helping the environment, especially the Chesapeake Bay.” she said in her report. “I knew I wanted to do something to help restore the headwater habitat so that the creek would have a healthier ecosystem […]

What Can a Cookie Do in Your Backyard?

The Girl Scout Cookie program is giving girls across the country and right here in Maryland the experience of a lifetime and the chance to make a difference. What can a Cookie do for girls in your community you ask? GSCM Troop 2013 used their Cookie earnings to expand their school’s recycling program and reduced the school’s trash waste by 80%. Read more about them in the latest issue of Girls World. GSCM Troop 4162 used their Girl Scout Cookie money to […]

Empowering Girls to Make Smart Financial Decisions with the Girl Scout Cookie Program

Forbes ran a column this month about the power financial literacy gives to women in their households and their workplaces. The column states that introducing girls to financial literacy at an early age prepares them for healthy relationships and the gives them the confidence that they can take care of themselves. The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls set financial goals and gain the confidence they need to ultimately take control of their own financial future. The money management skills the program […]

Fast Facts for Girl Scout Cookie Nutrition

Picture this: you’re at the booth sale, teetering on the edge of giving in to that persistent Girl Scout and purchasing one or two boxes (or cases!) of Girl Scout Cookies…but you’re not sure what fits in with your nutritional needs. Well we’ve got you covered. Have a nut allergy? Four Girl Scout Cookies are made without peanuts or treenuts: Samoas, Trefoils, Thank U Berry Munch, and Thin Mints     Avoiding high fructose corn syrup? Seven Girl Scout Cookies do not […]

Savannah Smiles a Delicious Way to Celebrate 100 Years

A new Girl Scout Cookie, Savannah Smiles, are being introduced this year as a tribute to Juliette Low’s birthplace in Savannah, GA,  the Brownie Smile Song, and to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting. The new cookie  is a crescent-shaped, lemon flavored cookie that is dusted with powdered sugar and bursting with zesty lemon flavor. Little Brownie Bakers featured this cookie once before in their line-up as the Lemon Cooler. You’ll be able to order these lemony treats during the Cookie pre-sale, […]

GSCM CEO Wins Daily Record Innovator of the Year Award

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland CEO, Traci A. Barnett has recently been named Innovator of the Year by the Daily Record. She shares this honor, given to Maryland individuals and companies that have created a product, service, program or process that has had a positive effect on their business, industry or community, with 23 other business innovators. The innovation award is directly related to the creation of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) center at the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland […]

Wired Magazine Crunches Cookie Sales Data

Tech magazine Wired gave a shout out to Girl Scout Cookies in this month’s issue, analyzing the preferences of the populace based on cookie sales data. Data analysis has never looked so delicious! Speaking of tech, remember to download the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app. Cookie season is right around the corner and with the app you’ll have all the booth sale listings right at your finger tips. Read more about the app here.

Girl Scouts of the USA Names New CEO

Girl Scouts of the USA announced that Anna Maria Chávez, who grew up in Arizona and served as the deputy chief of staff to that state’s then-Gov. Janet Napolitano, has been appointed as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. Chávez will replace Kathy Cloninger, who is retiring after leading the organization for eight years. Read more about Chávez’s appointment here.

Girls Work to Empower Women by Sharing Their Love of Sports

Since they were little girls, Roxanne and Aloise of Ambassador Troop 1667 have had a love for soccer. Their love of the sport and desire to share it with others led them to organize and direct their Gold Award project, Empowering Women Through Soccer, through which they founded a new girls’ soccer league in Solola, Guatemala. The girls worked with the non-profit organization, Soccer Without Borders (SWB), which provides women and girls in developing nations with an opportunity to play soccer where […]

Corrine Jeannine Schillings Foundation Awards Scholarships to Girl Scout Alumna

Corrine Jeannine Schillings Foundation recently awarded 20 Girl Scout alumna who had earned their Silver or Gold Awards with scholarships for study of a foreign language or study abroad. The foundation provides financial assistance to young women who are pursuing undergraduate college degrees in the study of languages, or who are studying in a foreign country as enrichment for their undergraduate college program. It is dedicated to the memory of Corrine, a Silver Award Girl Scout, who lost her life in the […]

A Busy Week in D.C. for Healthy Media Movement

Advocates and leaders in the movement for positive media images and Central Md. Girl Scouts have been busy this week in Washington D.C. Girl Scouts of the USA, Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC), Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D- WI) and Academy Award Winner Geena Davis campaigned in support of the Healthy Media for Youth Act. The group outlined the bill which would improve media literacy for youth and encourage the promotion of healthier media messages about girls and women. A Central Md. Girl Scout […]

What’s Your Destination?

Last year, Christi of Girl Scout Troop 203 in Howard County embarked on her first Destination trip to Costa Rica. She loved the experience so much that she is headed Peru on the Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley Destination trip next week. Christi told us a bit about her trip to Costa Rica last year: “I was in Costa Rica for 16 days and I got to experience the culture and a lot of things through the trip that a regular […]

Camp Conowingo Easement

This morning the final signatures were signed to the Camp Conowingo easement that will provide funds for Camp Conowingo. Girl Scouts of Central Maryland worked during the past legislative session to secure the funds, which will be partially used for immediate water treatment needs at the camp and the remained used as an endowment to fund future camp needs.

Board Chair Sheela Murthy Featured in New Book ‘Immigration and Women’

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Board Chair Sheela Murthy shares her story and insight as a woman immigrant and entrepreneur in the new book Immigration and Women; Understanding the American Experience. Sheela grew up and attended college in India. She attended Harvard Law School and in 1994 founded her own law firm that specializes in immigration law. The book provides an inside look at immigrant women who live in the United States today and how they describe their contributions to work, culture, […]

Two Central Md. Girl Scouts Attend State Dinner Preview

Earlier this week, two Girl Scouts from Central Maryland attended a State Dinner Preview and hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. The girls heard remarks by the First Lady and Ambassador Brooke Anderson, National Security Staff Chief of Staff in which they highlighted the importance of women in diplomacy. Check out a video of the remarks here.

Food Network ‘Unwraps’ Samoas® Girl Scout Cookies

Ever wonder how the bakery gets that delicious caramel-coconut-chocolate combination just right in Samoas Girl Scout Cookies? Saturday night, the answer will be revealed. Samoas will be one of several American classics featured on a special one-hour “All-American Eats” segment on the Food Network’s “Unwrapped” series. Each week, “Unwrapped” uncovers behind-the-scenes details on classic American foods and recently visited the Little Brownie Bakers in Louisville to film how Samoas are made. Tune in to the Food Network, Saturday, May 28 at 9 […]

Save the Date: Girl Scout Night at Camden Yards

Watch the Orioles take on the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, June 25 and the L.A. Angels on Saturday, September 17 for Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Night at Camden Yards. A portion from every ticket purchased those nights will benefit GSCM. The event is not limited to Girl Scouts–bring family and friends, too! Click here to download an information flier and ticket order form. Questions? Contact gsdaysatcamdenyards@yahoo.com.

Girl Scout Alumna Honored for Commitment to Service

On Monday morning, students at Glen Burnie Park Elementary School filed noisily into the school gym and sat criss-cross, fiddling with shoe laces and chattering excitedly as they waited for the day’s assembly to begin. “Today we’re here to honor someone who once sat where you did,” Theresha Zablonski, Principal of Glen Burnie Park, told the students. “Amber was not so different from you, attending her classes, listening to her teachers, working hard to get good grades, and learning about the world. […]

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