Community Service

A “Thank You” for Troop 346

Earlier this month we received an email from a woman who encountered a nice surprise on her daily walk. She asked that we pass her gratitude along to the troop and leaders. Read her message below: I’m a resident of Ednor Gardens, and every day I walk across the field south of E 36th to the Y.  Starting this week, I noticed a box filled with bags (both grocery and specifically doggy-waste bags) at the top of the hill. Upon closer inspection, I […]

Cookies with a Cause: Clarksville Troop Helps Local Charities

Clarksville troop 1948 is already service-oriented, so finding a cause to dedicate their Cookie proceeds to was only natural, the Columbia Flier reports. The Girl Scouts decided they’d like to help local children and animals in need, so they donated boxes of Cookies and dedicated portions of their proceeds to the Ronald McDonald House Charities and Frisky’s Wildlife Sanctuary. Read the full report here. Way to go girls!

From Girl Scout Cookies to Capitol Hill

During the Girl Scout Cookie sale, girls earn funds for their Girl Scout activities and learn essential skills that help them throughout their lives—but that’s not all. The Girl Scout Cookie sale gives girls a unique opportunity to network and connect to their community. This summer, Girl Scouts Helen and Marie ran a four week summer camp for Burmese-Chin refugee children in Catonsville for their Girl Scout Gold Award projects. The summer camp aimed to help the children improve their English speaking […]

Troop 1962 Plans Carnival for Children at Local Shelter

Girl Scout Silver Award projects not only benefit the greater community, but they also each have their own special meaning for both the Girl Scouts and the benefiting organization or people. The members of Girl Scout Troop 1962 chose a cause that was meaningful for them—they knew that they wanted to work with disadvantaged children, because they realized that not everyone had the same opportunities and possessions they did. The girls dedicated their Girl Scout Silver Award Project by planning a carnival […]

Halethorpe Troop Participates in Great American Can Roundup

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland took 7th place in this year’s Great American Can Roundup (GACR) Scout/Council Challenge—a nationwide challenge in which Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts from across the U.S. are invited to participate and vie for top recycling awards.  This year 28 troops from 21 states collected aluminum beverage cans between January 15 and April 30 in a competition for prizes, awards and cash. Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Troop 496, from Halethorpe, collected 209 pounds of cans, for an […]

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Presented with Governor’s Service Award

This week, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland was honored at the 29th annual Governor’s Service Awards for 50 years of service to girls in the central Maryland region, and 100 years of service nationwide. The Governor’s Service Awards recognize significant contributions of Maryland citizens to the life and health of the State and its people. In addition to GSCM, Girl Scout alumna and volunteer, Sarah Bryner was honored for her work on her Girl Scout Gold Award project, which focused on wildlife […]

Girl Scouts Help Clean Up Baltimore on Good Neighbor Day

Over the weekend, Girl Scouts helped clean up their Baltimore neighborhood during the Comprehensive Housing Assistance Program’s Good Neighbor Day community clean up program, WJZ- CBS Baltimore reports. During the community clean up, the Girl Scout troop 1726 helped pick up trash and plant flowers. “Part of our Girl Scout is the Girl Scout Law and Girl Scout Motto and we have to be resourceful and use resources widely so our hands are today’s resources,” troop 1726’s Girl Scout Leader Atara Lazar told […]

Girl Scout Raises Awareness of Dating Violence through ‘Project A.L.E.R.T.’

When choosing the project issue for her Girl Scout Gold Award, Girl Scout Meghan wanted to focus on an issue that everyone is impacted by or at least hears about, but is rarely talked about openly: dating violence. “Domestic violence and dating safety is a big deal and it impacts most communities, but people rarely talk about it openly,” Meghan said. She said she heard about a relative of a girl in her community who was killed as a result of an […]

Girl Scout Gold Award Provides Resources to Children of Diabetics

Growing up with a parent who has diabetes can be confusing and scary for a child. That’s why Girl Scout Elizabeth, who is a child of a diabetic parent, dedicated her Gold Award project to creating learning resources for children of diabetic parents. “When you’re young and you have a parent who is diabetic you don’t necessarily understand why something is wrong and you can find yourself in situations that can be scary and you don’t know what to do,” she said. […]

Girl Scout Creates ‘Baskets of Hope’ for Homeless

Girl Scout Megan isn’t a stranger to helping to the homeless–every year she volunteers with her church at a homeless shelter, serving food and talking with people who come in for a meal. She also delivered bag lunches to homeless in Baltimore City with her youth group. When she began thinking about what to do for her Girl Scout Gold Award project, she decided to take her volunteer work to help the homeless a step further. “Through my volunteer work I was […]

Girl Scout Troop 1241 Named Oakland Mills Volunteers of the Year

Girl Scout Troop 1241 have been selected by the Oakland Mills Board of Directors as the 2012 Oakland Mills Volunteers of the Year. Girl Scout Troup Leader Rebecca Conover and troop members Kara, Grace, Anna, Liza, Mia, Rachel, Jessica, Rebecca, Virginia, Kaitlyn, Rupini, Leticia and parent assistants Karen Lampron and Jamie Murphy, have volunteered at the Oakland Mills Community Association for the past seven years. Troop members run the Crafts for Kids event at the annual Cultural Arts Festival and assist with […]

Girl Scout Collects First Communion Dresses for Less Fortunate

The Catholic Review reports that Girl Scout Molly collected 85 first communion dresses for the less fortunate for her Gold Award project. Molly said she wanted to help ease the expenses for families who maybe didn’t have the finances and make receiving first communion special for the girls. In addition to collecting dresses from five local parishes, Molly, a senior at Mount de Sales Academy, and several volunteers spent hours making veils for the girls. The dresses, veils and other items were […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fulfilling a Passion for Service with AmeriCorps

Last week, we caught up with some AmeriCorps volunteers working out at Camp Conowingo. The team has been busy cleaning up camp sites and trails, painting Bell Manor, and making other improvements in preparation for the camping season. Whenever we ask a team of AmeriCorps volunteers what inspired them to join, each of the individual responses echo a commitment to service and a desire to help others. When asked whether AmeriCorps service is worth all of the hard work and the year […]

Gold Award Project Preserves a Part of Baltimore History

There are few figures in literary and Baltimore history that are as recognizable as Edgar Allan Poe, and when Sierra of Troop 2510 found the opportunity to help preserve a part of that history, she jumped on the chance. “I love history—it’s one of my passions, as is reading and writing. Edgar Allan Poe is an absolute master of his craft and one of the great literary figures that I admire,” she said. During a trip to the Edgar Allan Poe House […]

Gold Award Project Spreads Healthy Smiles Beyond Borders

When it came time for Julie of Troop 329 to plan her Gold Award project, choosing an activity to serve a Spanish-speaking community seemed to be an obvious choice. Julie, who had taken Spanish courses since kindergarten, chose to write a book in Spanish for children in San Bartolo, El Salvador, where her church frequently traveled for mission trips. “I talked to the woman who runs the trip about what the biggest need was in the community and she said that the […]

Girl Scout Gold Recipient Forms Teens Together Support Group

On Sunday, April 10, GSCM will be awarding Girl Scout’s highest honor, the Girl Scout Gold Award, to 94 girls. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, girls must use the organizational, leadership, project management and networking skills they acquired as a result of their Girl Scout experiences. The girls’ projects covered a wide range of services and needs, and all had a significant and sustainable impact on the communities they served. We decided to highlight a few projects here on the […]

Prudential Spirit of Community Award Honors Central Md. Girl Scout

Last night, Girl Scout Christina Antonini of Edgewater, Md. was honored for the community service work she completed during her Gold Award project by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program that honors young people for outstanding community service. She will receive a $1,000 award, an engraved silver medallion and a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend special recognition events in early May. View a video about Christina’s project here: The awards program, conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National […]

Troop 1231 Volunteers at American Council of the Blind Regional Convention

Over the weekend,  Ambassador Troop 1231 from Crofton volunteered at the American Council of the Blind Mid-Atlantic Affiliates’ Regional Convention at the BWI Airport Marriott in Baltimore. The Troop shared with us their experience and some of the things they learned during the convention: Our troop was asked if we could help out at the Convention and  although we were not sure exactly what to expect, we ended the day with lots of stories about the fun that we had and all that […]

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