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 […]

Authors Share their Stories at Women’s Leadership Forum

Last Wednesday, a group of women came together for GSCM’s 5th Annual Women’s Leadership Forum, held this year at the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center, to share their stories and inspire us to share ours as well. Local authors Jerdine Nolan, Mary Claire Helldorfer (nomme de plume Elizabeth Chandler), Ginny Gong and Mia Redrick made up the panel of Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s 5th Annual Women’s Leadership Forum. Watch the video to get a glimpse of the panelists’ discussion: The night also […]

Girl Scouts Sweeten Soldiers’ welcome-home celebration

Crofton Girl Scout troop 1551 sweetened the welcome-home celebration for U.S. soldiers returning from their tours of duty, the Capital reported. The Girl Scouts welcomed the soldiers by cheering, holding signs and passing out boxes of Girl Scout cookies as they disembarked at BWI Airport, the Capital reported. The boxes of cookies were donated through the “Gift of Caring” program. “Girl Scouts sweeten soldiers’ welcome-home celebration” by Jennifer Ginn, published on March 15, 2011 in the Capital.

Central Md. Girl Scouts Visit White House for International Women’s Day

On Tuesday, three Central Md. Girl Scouts joined guests at a reception hosted by Mrs. Obama at the White House to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of women and girls for International Women’s Day. Here’s a video of the First Lady greeting the girls: The First Lady addressed all of the guests and spoke about expanding opportunities for women and girls in America and all over the world. As more opportunities have become open to women, it hasn’t just enriched our own […]

GSCM Vice President and Board Chair Named in Maryland’s Top 100 Women

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Vice President of Advancement Maria Johnson and Founder and President of the Murthy Law Firm and Chair of the GSCM Board Sheela Murthy were named in Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Daily Record. The honor recognizes outstanding achievement by women as demonstrated through professional accomplishment, community leadership and mentoring. Read more about the honor and this year’s honorees here. Congratulations Maria and Sheela!

Girl Scouts Teams Up with Earth Hour

Earlier today, Girl Scouts of the USA announced a collaboration with Earth Hour to  increase environmental education, awareness and action. Since its inception, Earth Hour has encouraged individuals, businesses and governments to turn off non-essential lights and other electrical appliances for one designated hour each year as a symbolic gesture to raise awareness of the need to take action on climate change. Earth Hour is encouraging participants to go beyond the hour by making a pledge of ongoing sustainable action for the […]

Former Girl Scouts Return as Volunteers

The Baltimore Beacon profiled two Girl Scout alumni who are active volunteers, Roberta Dorsch and Pat Disharoon. Both were active Girl Scouts growing up, volunteered as troop leaders for their daughters’ troops and have continued to volunteer with the GSCM Council. Dorsch volunteers with the archives committee and has recently been working on GSCM’s 100th anniversary keepsake book, and Disharoon heads the travel pathway group and Girl Scout chorus. “Former Girl Scouts return as volunteers” by Carol Sorgen, published March 2011 in […]

Girls Rock 1st Mariner for World Thinking Day

More than 1,000 Girl Scouts, friends and family filled 1st Mariner Arena on Sunday to celebrate World Thinking Day, an annual Girl Scout event where girls participate in activities, games, and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries. This year’s theme, Empowering Girls Will Change Our World, was showcased in several performances and displays about different cultures and countries, which also showed how girls live in different parts of the world. Watch our […]

Water system to be renovated at Girl Scouts camp?

The Record reported that three state legislators proposed bills to secure funding to renovate the water system at Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s Camp Conowingo. Camp Conowingo had an aged water distribution system throughout the entire camp. With the secured funding over 8,000 feet of pipe was installed in Spring 2012 feeding every camp unit and building. In addition, each of the four existing wells has been brought up to current State code, well pumps replaced and electric feeds replaced. The two […]

Take the Power of Girls Pledge

With World Thinking Day right around the corner, it’s important to think about the issues that face girls globally. It’s hard to believe, but tens of millions of girls around the world are not allowed to go to school. In some parts of the world, simply being born a girl means being kept from getting an education. Yet, the more education a girl gets, the more likely she is to have a healthy family, a solid income to invest back into her […]

GSCM Partners with Vehicles for Change

GSCM and Vehicles for Change (VFC) are teaming up to raise funds to enrich the programs and experiences that Girl Scouts offer young women while simultaneously helping low-income families obtain reliable transportation.Vehicles for Change is a nonprofit organization that refurbishes and provides donated vehicles to low-wage families for employment purposes. VFC exists so worthy families can achieve financial and personal independence that comes from owning a vehicle. In many cases, single-mothers are the beneficiaries of the program. Every time a friend of […]

There’s still time to give your gift!

Girl Scouts are destined for greatness. With your support, and the support of other caring donors, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland continues to work with girls in our community to inspire the values of courage, confidence and character so that they may make the world a better place. Have you been thinking of making a donation to support Girl Scouts of Central Maryland? Be sure to make your donation December 31 in order to receive a 2010 tax deduction. There are several […]

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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