Girl Scout Brianna had the unique opportunity earlier this month to shadow Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as part of the Distinguished Women Shadow Program. Brianna got an inside look at the Mayor’s day attending meetings, public hearings, and more. “I was so impressed with Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s professional and straightforward approach in everything she does,” Brianna later wrote. “I admire her so much from the day I spent with her and hope that I can have this same type of dedication in my […]
We’re excited to announce a new initiative to welcome more girls into the world of Girl Scouting–Girl Scouts NOW! Thinking about joining Girl Scouts? We invite you to join us fun, affordable events where you can participate in a few hours of Girl Scout programming and learn more about how to get involved. Already a Girl Scout? Bring a non-Girl Scout friend! We have a bunch of exciting events already lined up. Love American Girl? Come to one of our All American […]
It’s not every day that a teenaged aspiring lawyer has a mentoring opportunity with a lawyer of 25 years experience. Through the Distinguished Women Shadow program, Girl Scout Chloe was able to spend a day with Ava Lias-Booker, Esq., Managing Partner of the McGuire Woods Baltimore Office. Chloe was able to go to court with Ms. Lias-Booker and get a glimpse of what really happens during a major case. Chloe said her experience gave her a glimpse of what court is really […]
Several Girl Scout Gold Award recipients and potential recipients were featured in the news this week. Explore Baltimore County reports that Girl Scouts Molly and Alyssa of Troop 3122 in Catonsville were honored for their completion of the Girl Scout Gold Award last weekend at the Girl Scout Gold Award Banquet in Annapolis. Alyssa used her project to raise awareness of homelessness as well as donate supplies for homeless to Arbutus Emergency Services, the article stated. Molly’s project collected and donated First […]
While Distinguished Women Shadow Girls are often paired with Honorees who are leaders in fields they know they’d like to work in, sometimes the shadow girls are exposed to a new field they never thought about entering. When asked why she wanted to shadow Harriet Dopkin, President of the Classic Catering People, Girl Scout Mercedez answered that culinary arts was a field she didn’t know much about and wanted to learn more. During her day with Ms. Dopkin, Mercedez toured the Classic […]
Girl Scout Sarah had the opportunity to get an inside look at the field of finance and wealth management when she shadowed Distinguished Women Honoree Marianne Fishler, President of Foundry Wealth Advisors, LLC. Sarah said Ms. Fishler told her it’s important to not only find a field she’s passionate about, but also to build her network and give back to the community. “She told me I should focus on my passions first, and that my job and the rest of my life […]
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 […]
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. […]
When Girl Scout Allison shadowed President of Maryland Chemical, Jeanette Glose Partlow, she got the unique opportunity to see a new side of a field she was already interested in–science. Allison, who said she’d like to be a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) teacher, said she was glad to be able to see what it was like to work in the field outside of a classroom setting. “Chemistry is a big part of science and engineering, so it was interesting to […]
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 […]
For Girl Scout Samantha, being paired with St. Agnes President and CEO Bonnie Phipps as a Distinguished Woman Shadow was a perfect match. Samantha has aspirations to work in pediatric medicine and she spent her day with Ms. Phipps getting an inside look at how a hospital operates. “I wanted to become a Distinguished Woman Shadow Girl because I thought it would be a great experience. When I heard Ms. Phipps was one of the Honorees, that made it even better since […]
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland is proud to announce that Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will be honored as one of the 2012 100th Anniversary Honorees at the annual Distinguished Women’s Awards Reception being held Thursday, April 26, at the Baltimore Country Club in Roland Park. Mayor Rawlings-Blake joins five additional esteemed 2012 Distinguished Women Honorees: Ava Lias-Booker, Esq., Managing Partner,Baltimore Office, McGuire Woods; Harriett Dopkin, President, The Classic Catering People; Marianne Fishler, President, Foundry Wealth Advisors, LLC; Jeanette Glose Partlow, President, Maryland […]
Yesterday, Girl Scout Ambassador Brianna met with the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Judge Catherine O’Malley, and GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chavez during a town hall meeting at the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center. The meeting focused on saving women’s historical sites across the nation and ensuring the history of women is preserved and shared.
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 […]
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 […]
A century of Girl Scouting is a big deal– 100 years, 3.2 million members and 60 million alumni is a lot to comprehend. To get a taste for just how big a milestone the anniversary actually is, Girl Scout Brownie Troop 4149 of Arnold, Md. is working to collect 100 Girl Scout memories from Girl Scout members and alumni of all ages. “We wanted to give the girls an understanding of what 100 years means and also the significance of how much […]
Broadneck Patch reports that Girl Scout Troop 1832 unveiled a quilt they created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts of the USA and the 50th anniversary of Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. Two hundred and twenty girls from Service Unit 44 worked on the quilt, which will be on display at the Broadneck library throughout March, according to the article. Click here to read the full article and to see photos.
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating 2012 the ‘Year of the Girl’ to mark the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts. The resolution recognizes the more than 50,000,000 women in the United States that are Girl Scout alumnae and the importance of empowering girls to lead with courage, confidence, and character. “I love the Girl Scouts and I love being a Girl Scout. For 100 years, the Girl Scouts have stood for the education and empowerment of girls,” said Senator Barbara […]
100 years ago today, Juliette Gordon Low gathered 18 local girls in her house for the first Girl Scout troop meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. That humble beginning has since grown to a national movement that has touched the lives of millions of girls and women. Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of over 3.2 million girls and adults and nearly 60 million living women in the […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 & […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 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 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 […]
Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton: Troop 4503 Junior Girl Scouts Help the environment while working toward Bronze Award
Girl Scout Troop 4503 dedicated their Girl Scout Bronze Award project to collecting trash along Triadelphia Road, Explore Howard County reported. The troop collected 23 pounds of trash and 77 pounds of recyclable materials, the article said. “Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton: Troop 4503 Junior Girl Scouts Help the environment while working toward Bronze Award” by Leslie Bauer
Girl Scout Troop 1667 continued their five-year tradition of donating Christmas stockings to the Salvation Army, the Perry Hall Patch reported. The stockings were filled with toys and candy and were distributed to children in need through the annual Giving Tree program. “Perry Hall Girl Scouts Donate 72 Christmas Stockings” by Emily Kimball, published December 12, 2011 in Perry Hall Patch.
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 […]
In 1912, shortly after one of her many trips to England, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low established the Girl Guides of America. What started out as a group of 18 girls who met regularly to learn about the outdoors and their surroundings evolved in to a movement that brought girls of all backgrounds together to develop self-reliance and resourcefulness. By 1915, Girl Scouts of America was officially incorporated and by 1916, there were more than 7,000 girls participating in Girl Scouts. The response […]
Girl Scout Alexandra LaPierre was named the Capital’s Teen of the Week for her Girl Scout Gold Award project–a rain garden on the grounds of her high school. The rain garden was built to promote environmental literacy in her school and community. She was awarded her Girl Scout Gold Award in a ceremony hosted by the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Council on April 15, 2012. “Broadneck teen goes for highest Girl Scout award” by Wendi Winters, published November 25, 2011 in […]
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 Troop 5339 supported the “Be a Santa to a Senior” campaign, delivering food, gifts, and offering companionship to needy seniors in their community. “Community Digest: Santas for Seniors” published November 19, 2011 in the Maryland Gazette.
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 […]
Thanksgiving, the biggest eating day of the year, is just a week away. While you’re pondering what dessert to take over to your family gathering or what appetizers to serve to your desk, consider incorporating Girl Scout Cookies into your recipes. It’s not only delicious, but a great conversation piece. For a light Thanksgiving breakfast, try Thank You Berry Munch Granola over yogurt. Download the recipe here. Try Fried Samoas Shrimp for an appetizer before the big meal. Download the recipe here. […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Q: What is the Military Connected Girl program? A: Girls in military families often face the hardship […]
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’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!