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 […]

Northrop Grumman funds Girl Scouts of Central Maryland STEM Center

CNN Money reported that Northrop Grumman and Girl Scouts of Central Maryland joined forces to establish a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) educational outreach center in Baltimore. “Northrop Grumman and Girl Scouts of Central Maryland to Collaborate on STEM Education Center in Baltimore” published on September 21, 2011 on money.cnn.com.

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 […]

Girl Scout Troop 1402 completes Bronze Award

Junior Girl Scout Troop 1402 received their Girl Scout Bronze Award for their project to purchase books about inspiring women for the Prettyboy Elementary School library, the Columbia Flier reported. The girls held a car wash to raise the money for the library. “Girl Scout Troop 1402 completes Bronze Award” published September 15, 2011 in the Columbia Flier.

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 […]

Girl Scout troops forming at Aberdeen Proving Ground

The APG News reported that new Girl Scout troops were forming on Aberdeen Proving Ground. The effort to form new troops was led by Annie Brock, a lifetime Girl Scout and president of the installation’s Military, Civilian and Spouses’ Club. Brock told the APG News that having new troops would be a big benefit for girls new to the area. “Girl Scout Troops forming at APG” by Rachel Ponder, published Thursday, July 28, 2011 in APG News.

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 […]

Team Rachel and Natalee’s Song Walk-a-thon in June a Success

Girl Scout Natalee Huber has worked hard to fundraise for children with leukemia and had formed her own charitable organization, Natalee’s Song, when she learned a good friend and fellow troop member, Rachel Reynolds, had been diagnosed with leukemia, the Severna Park Voice reported. Natalee’s Song formed Team Rachel to support Reynolds. With her troop leader, Natalee organized the “Just Beat It” walk-a-thon to raise funds and awareness for Reynolds, according to the article. “Team Rachel and Natalee’s Song walk-a-thon in June […]

Around Annapolis: Girls Become ‘buddies not bullies’ at camp

About 150 students learned how to recognize the signs of bullying at P.A.V.E. (Project Anti-Violence Education) Camp at Camp Woodlands in Annapolis, the Capital reported. Camp attendees learned about the various forms of bullying, including physical, verbal, emotional and online, as well as how to get help and recognize roles in the bullying cycle. “Around Annapolis: Girls become ‘buddies not bullies’ at summer camp” by Diane M. Rey, published July 1, 2011 in The Capital.

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, […]

Patch Design by local Scout puts her in the pink

Girl Scout Linda Redd’s winning patch design for Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s World Thinking Day event earned her a ride in a pink limousine, the Maryland Gazette reported. Redd took her parents and five friends on the celebratory ride, which included a stop at the park, a cruise through Glen Burnie, and a grand entrance at a party at her house, the article said. Redd’s patch design was given to hundreds of girls who attended the World Thinking Day event. “Patch […]

Brownies Help the Birdies

Girl Scout Brownie troop 422 made bird habitats out of recyclable materials like milk jugs, bottles and planters, the Carroll County Times reported. The bird houses, feeders and baths were given to the Golden Living Center in Westminster. “Brownies help the birdiess” published June 17, 2011 in the Carroll County Times. 

Mark Your Calendars! Rock the Mall is June 9, 2012

The date for the Girl Scouts Rock the Mall: 100th Anniversary Sing-Along has finally been announced: June 9, 2012! The Girl Scouts Rock the Mall: 100th Anniversary Sing-Along on the National Mall, is expected to draw over 200,000 Girl Scouts, friends, family and alumni from around the world to Washington, D.C. The Girl Scouts have a long tradition of holding a Sing-Along on the National Mall. For Girl Scouts’ 85th, 90th and 95th anniversary – over 250,000 Girl Scouts lined the National […]

Recycling Project Earns Ellicott City Girl Scouts Silver Award

Three members of Girl Scout Troop 1929 earned their Girl Scout Silver Award for their project, “Be Cool: Recycool” the Howard County Times reported. The project included a website and a game, “Recycling Rhythms” that taught children the importance of recycling. “Recycling project earns Ellicott City Girl Scouts Silver Award” by Lisa Gueli Regnante, published June 16, 2011 by the Howard County Times.

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.

Aviation Workshop

Local Girl Scouts attended a one-day aviation workshop at Bay Bridge Airport in Stevensville the Capital reported. The Girl Scouts were able to learn about airplanes and flight from local pilots and fulfilled the requirements for the Girl Scout World of Flight aviation interest patch. “Aviation Workshop” by Karen Helfert, published on June 2, 2011 in the Capital.

Around South County: Edgewater Girl Scouts gather donations for food pantry

Girl Scout Troop 428 collected donations for the food pantry at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church as part of their work on the “It’s Your World – Change It!” Journey, the Capital reported. The troop wrote letters, went door to door and asked friends and families to contribute to build support for the project. “Around South County: Edgewater Girl Scouts gather donations for food pantry” by Jerri Anne Hopkins, published May 26, 2011 in the Capital.

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. […]

Lutherville Lab Fifth Grader Aids Japan Relief Efforts

Girl Scout Hanna Marshall organized a Fun Run fundraiser to benefit the American Red Cross’s Japan Fund in the wake of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the Timonium Patch reported. Hannah asked local businesses and community members to support her efforts, the article said. At the time of publication, Hannah had earned more than half of her $2,500 goal. “Lutherville Lab Fifth Grader Aids Japan Relief efforts” by Joanna Bell, published April 4, 2011 in Lutherville-Timonium Patch.

World Reknowned Jewelry Designer Donates to DW Auction

Jewelry designer and artist Betty Cooke has created an original piece for Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s Distinguished Women’s Award reception auction. A former Distinguished Woman honoree and Girl Scout alumna, Ms. Cooke is known internationally for her original jewelry pieces. She received the De Beers diamonds Today Award in 1979 and 1981for her unique and artful approach to design. Fashionable women from around the world don her unique jewelry which has been featured in in Bazaar and Vogue magazines. The necklace will be auctioned […]

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 […]

Art, Fashion Bloom in the Park

Girl Scout troop 2399 in Severna Park held a fashion show to raise money for the Girl Scouts of Japan relief effort and collect donations for the SPAN food pantry, the Capital reported. The Girl Scouts, who modeled spring casual wear and prom dresses, raised $200, which they donated to the Japanese tsunami relief effort. “Art, fashion bloom in the Park,” by Sharon Lee Tegler, published April 14, 2011 in the Capital.

A Special Thanks to Our Volunteers during National Volunteer Week

This National Volunteer Week we’d like to give a special ‘thanks’ to all of our wonderful volunteers. The amazing things that thousands of girls in our community accomplish would not be possible without the adult volunteers who donate their time and talents to serve the girls in their community. Girl Scout volunteers can get involved in many ways other than as troop leaders. Women and men, young and old, can share their passion for a particular hobby, become a mentor for an […]

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 […]

Girl Scouts Gather for Annual Mamas in Pajamas Event

Girl Scout troop 1801 asked Girl Scouts in their Service Unit to donate new pairs of pajamas to benefit the Casey Cares Foundation, the East County Times reported. More than 350 of the pajama drive’s participants attended the annual Mamas in Pajamas event to present their donation to the Foundation. “Girl Scouts gather for annual Mamas in Pajamas event” by Sheri Booker, published April 7, 2011 in the East County Times.

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 […]

Scouts boost cookie sales with online tools

Girl Scouts started using technology to get an extra boost in their Girl Scout Cookie sales, the Baltimore Sun reported. From e-mail marketing, to social media, to iPhone apps, the tools enabled Girl Scouts to spread their message farther and gain new entrepreneurial skills. “Scouts boost cookies sales with online tools” by Jill Rosen, published March 28, 2011 in the Baltimore Sun.

Girl Scouts Turn to Tech to Boost Cookie Sales

Girl Scouts of the USA announced Wednesday the launch of the official Cookie Finder App for the iPhone and iPod touch. The free app uses your  location to show you cookie sales nearby, which are sorted by date, radius, or you can view them all on a map. The app is just one of many ways Girl Scouts can use technology to their advantage during the Cookie selling season. An article in today’s Baltimore Sun features Central Maryland Girl Scouts who were top […]

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 […]

Cookies to Containers: Brownies’ Bright Idea

Girl Scout Brownie Troop 2013 worked to expand Monsignor Slade Catholic School’s recycling program as part of the It’s Your World – Change it! Journey, the Maryland Gazette reported. The Brownies presented their project idea to their school principal and gained the support of their local state Senator and Councilman. As a result of the Brownies’ work, recycling containers were placed in the school cafeteria, each classroom, and faculty lounge, and a recycling dumpster was purchased for the school grounds. “Cookies to […]

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