SHARE Patch Design Contest!

Draw or color what YOU think GSCM’s new 2013-14 SHARE patch should look like. We want to see your ideas! Girls may drop entries off at the front desk at the GSCM Urban Program and STEM Center or mail in entries to: Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Attn: Jennifer Moumane 4806 Seton Dr. Baltimore, MD 21215 Entries must be dropped off or postmarked by October 31, 2013 With your submission please answer the following questions: – What is your FAVORITE thing about […]

What Girl Scouting Does for Girls

According to Girl Scout Research Institute report, Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study, women who were Girl Scouts as children display significantly more positive life outcomes than those who did not join Girl Scouts. With approximately one in every two adult women in the U.S. having at some point been a member of Girl Scouts, it is no surprise that there is much more to this organization than camping, and cookies. Girl Scout alumnae display significantly more positive life outcomes on several indicators of […]

How do you welcome new Girl Scouts?

Originally posted on Girl Scouts Today:
Some of our second grade Girl Scout Brownies wrote welcome letters to new Girl Scouts. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="1878,1880,1881,1882,1883,1884,1886,1888,1889,1890,1891,1879,1892"] What ways are other Girl Scouts welcome new Girl Scouts? Share your ideas with us and others in a comment!

Thanks To Our Sponsors for Supporting SHARE!

We wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our sponsors for this year’s SHARE-the-Journey Online Auction.  The auction was a huge success.  Thank you for supporting our Mission:  to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Pizza Hut of Maryland, Inc. Glory Days Grill Capital Services, Inc. Shoprite Klein Supermarket

Guest Blog: Congressional Aide Shares her Experience on Capitol Hill

Originally posted on CapiTalk Blog:
Guest Blog by Morgan B., who shadowed Rep. Bennie Thompson for a week By being a Congressional Aide I learned about how a congressional office works on a daily basis. It is really cool because we live so close to Washington, D.C. and rarely get to see how this country is run. I gained a greater understanding about how the government works by asking lots and lots of questions and by getting involved, like attending meetings and…

A Tribute to Troop 31815

Originally posted on Brian Castner:
I never got used to sweating at night. Middle of the day, under the blaze of the Iraqi desert sun, helmet and body armor a primitive dutch oven, sure, it made sense. But to have your t-shirt and underwear wet and stuck to your skin at two in the morning, somehow that was worse. Laden with gear and ruck sack, standing in a line of Marines waiting on a deafening tarmac to board a C-130, sweat in…

CEO wins Brava! Award from SmartCEO Magazine

Congratulations to our CEO, Traci Barnett, who has received SmartCEO Magazine’s Brava! Award. This award “celebrates top female CEOs who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community. These female CEOs have become exemplary leaders in their companies and the community at large by encouraging local philanthropy, mentoring fellow CEOs and setting their companies on the path to tremendous growth.” Way to go Traci – we are all very proud to have you as our CEO! […]

One way to successfully overcome your little one’s fear of camp

As a first year Daisy, my daughter was trying to earn her first nature badge. To do this we decided to take a hike through some of the trails at Loch Raven. Not only did my daughter not like bugs, she hated the idea of being in the woods. Needless to say she cried, retreated from the trails and vowed to never go into the woods again. I figured there had to be a way to get her to adjust to being […]

GSCM CEO Traci Barnett Guest Speaker for Leadership Conversations

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland CEO, Traci A. Barnett, M.B.A., was the guest speaker at the Towne Group’s Leadership Conversations series on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Leaders of nonprofit enterprises, many of whom are women, that are based in Howard County and beyond gathered at Ascend One to participate in the third of Towne Group’s Leadership Conversations series. Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in October 2012, serves 27,000 girls in grades K-12 in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, […]

Meet Taz

*This interview was featured in the Winter 2013 issue of GirlsWorld Megan “Taz” Hardy is GSCM’s new Outdoor Program Specialist and Camp Director this summer. The new camp season begins in a few months on June 17. To find out more about the summer camp programs coming up this year, download Great Adventures, the Summer Camp Guide. Register for summer camp online. Were you a Girl Scout: Yes! I have been involved in Girl Scouts for 21years, and I am currently a […]

Beyond Bars Troop Unveils Banners

October 27, 2012—Girl Scout Beyond Bars troops 7140 and 7856 unveiled their banner exhibit called “Our Hopes and Dreams for the Future” at the Baltimore Circuit County Court. The project—a series of banners—was created by the troop’s members under the direction of Hannah Brancato, a community artist. During the dedication, girls were invited to speak about their banners and the dream represented in the artwork. Then all were invited to join in a traditional Girl Scout Friendship Circle while the girls were […]

Lutherville Troop Members Earn Girl Scout Silver Awards

Several members of Lutherville Girl Scout troop 1635 earned their Girl Scout Silver Awards and celebrating with an awards ceremony earlier this month, the Baltimore Sun reports. The girls worked on a variety of projects to earn their awards, including a performance at College Manor in Lutherville on St. Patrick’s Day and a father-daughter dance for local Girl Scouts and their fathers and grandfathers, the Sun reports. Click here to read the full report. Congratulations, girls!

Girl Scout Named Capital Gazette Teen of the Week

Girl Scout Ambassador Jacqueline Velasquez of Troop 61 in Annapolis was named the Capital Gazette’s Teen of the Week. Jacqueline, who has been a Girl Scout since the seventh grade, said she enjoys earning badges, camping with her troop and has been busy lately selling Girl Scout Cookies in her neighborhood, the article reports. In addition to Girl Scouts, Jacqueline has taken on several leadership roles at her school, serving as a student ambassador for incoming freshmen and is involved with student […]

Cookie Locator App Wins Smarties Award

The Cookie Locator app, which helps users to find Girl Scout Cookie booth sales, won a Smarties Award from the Mobile Marketing Association this week. The Cookie Locator app, created for Little Brownie Bakers by EachScape, Inc., allows users to find fun cookie facts, delicious recipes and inspiring videos about what girls learn through the cookie program and how they use their cookie money to do a world of good, in addition to finding, saving and sharing cookie booth sale locations. Download […]

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!

Girl Scouts Attend World War II’s Unsung Heroines Program

This weekend, members of Girl Scout troop 259 attended the Maryland Women Heritage Center‘s World War II’s Unsung Heroines Program. The event gathered female WWII veterans and women of that era to be recognized and honored for their contributions to the war effort abroad and at home. The Girl Scouts served as color guard, led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and met several servicewomen members, including a woman pilot. The girls told the group about their activities in Girl Scouting […]

Perseverance Pays Off: the Story of Andrea, a Girl Scout Cookie Superstar

It was a race to the finish for Girl Scout Andrea. Her goal of 1,000 boxes last year seemed just out of reach when she had sold 990 boxes and hit a selling wall. Those last 10 boxes were her biggest obstacle, but she was persistent and dedicated and ultimately made her goal. Letting customers know about your goal can help boost your cookie sales. When asked about what motivated her to be a 1000+ club member she said, “I always strive […]

Tips for Cookie Rookies: How to Make Your First Cookie Volunteer Experience a Success

Serving as a Girl Scout Cookie volunteer is no easy task. After you’ve gone through Cookie training, set up your eBudde account and prepared for the sale, there may be some questions lingering or challenges you might face that are best learned from experience. That’s why we sought the expertise of Girl Scout Cookie volunteer veteran Linda Grice, who gave us some insight and advice for first time Cookie volunteers. Last year, Grice’s troop, troop 841 from Arbutus sold more than 8,000 […]

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 […]

Claiming the Crown: the Story of Girl Scout Hope, a Cookie Superstar

Girl Scout Hope, who is a three year veteran of the Girl Scout Cookie program, sold an astonishing 2,120 boxes last cookie season. Hope said she saw the crown one of the girls received the year before for being the top seller in her area. She decided then that the next cookie crown would be hers and she set her goal to be in the 1,000 Plus Club. Hope’s troop had a goal of selling 4,000 cookies. They combined forces, especially in […]

Honor Community Heroes with Cookies from the Heart

We have expanded our annual Gift of Caring campaign, which, until now, focused solely on donations to U.S. military personnel. This year, teachers, firefighters, police, EMTs, nurses and military personnel can be recipients of the Gift of Caring campaign– Cookies from the Heart. Girl Scouts will accept donations during the pre-order phase and the booth sale phase. Orders can also be made online and Girl Scout troops can be given credit for the donation. More information about the new Gift of Caring […]

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