Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland is an inclusive organization dedicated to the growth and empowerment of all girls so they become confident, courageous, strong and successful women. With a personal commitment to purposeful interaction between girls, volunteers, staff and board members, we are able to provide a girl-centered program grounded by the Girl Scout mission and Promise and Law. We will empower girls to face and meet new challenges, develop their self-esteem, create opportunties for self-actualization, and value and learn from diverse experiences and relationships. Girls will be encouraged to explore the world and appreciate other cultures. Working together with volunteers and corporate partners GSCM will continue to enhance our visibility in the community, realizing that public financial support is crucial to fulfilling our mission.
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland serves 30,000 girls in 2,053 troops and groups in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties with the help of nearly10,000 dedicated and committed adult volunteers.
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As seen in the latest issue of Girls World, Girl Scouts Jessica, Haley, Audrey, Isable, Eliana, Lydia and Amanda of Troop 335 […]
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! […]
“Girl Scout Cookies are an icon of American culture. For nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts, with the enthusiastic support of their families, […]
This year as a major service project, the girls in Service Unit 46 made 28 pillowcase dresses for donation to refugees in […]
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 […]
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, […]
*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 […]
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 […]
While the girl who sells you cookies is working to do great things, she needs your support to learn the skills she needs to tackle whatever challenges come her way. Membership in Girl Scouting isn’t just for girls! Moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and older siblings can join, too. As long as you support girls’ reaching their full potential, you can be a member. When you join, you help today’s girls transform their dreams into reality. More girls will find a place […]
Why do girls need Girl Scouts? That is a question that is often asked; the answer varies from girl to girl. The journey begins with the Girl Scout environment itself. A girl’s leadership blooms among other girls—away from school pressures, social cliques, and boys—where she can be herself and try new things. The Girl Scout experience gives young women the confidence and the tools to lead—to find, inside the uncertain girl, the young woman who will make a difference in her world. […]
We’re very excited to tell you that GSCM.org will be getting a whole new look in just one week! The new website will begin the transition process on Thursday, July 12 and will continue throughout the weekend. We may experience website downtime over the weekend and some pages may transition early and appreciate your patience during this period. We are anticipating that the website will be fully operational on Monday, July 16 and we are eagerly anticipating the improvements the new site […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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. […]
Girl Scout Samantha Smith shaved her head in a public ceremony to show her support for pediatric cancer research, the Capital reported. The teen let go of her locks during the St. Baldrick’s Foundation Shave-A-Thon in Annapolis after promising to if she made her $6,000 fundraising goal for St. Baldrick’s. “Teen of the Week: Samantha Smith” by Wendi Winters, published October 7, 2011 in the Capital.
Girl Scout troop 1832 crafted a quilt to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts, the Broadneck Patch reports. The troop hosted a “quilt-in” so area Girl Scouts could participate by creating quilt squares. The finished quilt was displayed at the Broadneck Library during March of 2012, Girl Scouts’ 100th birthday month. “Girl Scouts craft quilt for centennial anniversary” by Wendi Winters, published October 24, 2011 in the Capital.
Girl Scout Hannah Roberts incorporated her love of dance into her Silver Award project by teaching preschoolers at her church about different ways to worship God through a dance performance, Explore Carroll County reported. “Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock: Girl Scout Cadette organizes park cleanup after Hurricane Irene” by Cassie Felch, published on October 11, 2011 in Explore Caroll County.
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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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
The Howard County Times reported that Girl Scout troop 1022 dedicated their Take Action Project to cleaning up the parking lot of Reservoir High School. With the help of family and friends, the troop picked up more than 100 plastic bottles from the lot. Published on June 23, 2011 in the Howard County Times.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland was named one of the 60 non-profits you should know by What’s Up? Annapolis magazine. The list includes “commendable nonprofits in the Chesapeake region” worthy of community support. Published May 1, 2011 in What’s Up? Annapolis magazine.
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.
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.
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 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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Girl Scout troops 2153 and 1739 organized a project to donate 26 fleece-tied blankets to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Pediatric […]