Letter from the President & CEO

Dear Girl Scout Family,

Girl Scouts takes girls on a journey to explore the outdoors, participate in hands-on STEM experiments, run a business, while gaining valuable skills and fostering a powerful sisterhood and friendships. We have a track record of championing girls who raise their hand, and then as adults extend it back to support the development of young girls.

There is no organization more capable or more committed to developing the future of change-makers and trailblazers than Girl Scouts. In 2018, our girls were exposed to so many exciting opportunities. Some went to camp to throw tomahawks, spelunk in caves and conquer their fears in the tree tops on our high adventure rope courses. Others sold cookies to finance their travel to Belize, Costa Rica, Iceland, and a few troops went to Puerto Rico to aid sister Girl Scouts in rebuilding their community after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. One of our Girl Scouts even started her own movement to encourage girls to raise their hand in class, to build girls’ confidence.

Our annual report doesn’t just provide facts and figures, it demonstrates that Girl Scouting works. As you turn each page, you will see Girl Scouts throughout our council and how this program has impacted their lives. Girl Scouts is where girls are first, and it’s the reason we remain the best leadership experience for girls. Our emphasis is on girls, and providing them with opportunities to follow their ambitions in a safe all-girl space. We encourage them to actively participate in solving world problems to earn our highest award, the Gold Award. With your support and dedication, we will continue to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who lead from the front.

Throughout this report you will find data from the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) Impact Study 2017. This summary of findings draws on data from a nationally representative sample of Girl Scouts and non- Girl Scouts aged 5-18, and shows that Girl Scouts are more likely than non-Girl Scouts to develop strong leadership outcomes.

From the boardroom to the courtroom and everywhere in between, only Girl Scouts has the experience and program to give girls the tools they will need to become leaders.

Sincerely,

Faye Fields
President of the Board


Lidia Soto-Haromon
Chief Executive Officer

Membership at a Glance

Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital values diversity and inclusiveness, reaching out to all girls in every neighborhood throughout the Greater Washington Region. Nowhere else can girls engage in challenging activities, explore STEM, go on adventures in the outdoors, volunteer to help their community and develop life skills while having fun with friends and caring mentors.

membership chartWe remain the largest Girl Scout council in the nation with
87,312 members.

70%
Girls retained from 2016.

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Image: Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA

GO-GETTER

She’s bold, brave and ready to make her mark.

Last year, go-getting Girl Scout entrepreneurs ran the largest girl-led business in the world. In our region, girls sold 4.4 million boxes of Cookies to finance their activities, like travel, camping and community service projects. The Girl Scout Cookie program helped girls gain the skills needed to run a business, teaching them how to set goals, market their product and confidently interact with customers. It’s no wonder so many successful businesswomen say they got their start selling Girl Scout Cookies.


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4.4 M
boxes of Girl Scout
Cookies sold by girls.

133,984
Cookies were donated to local Hometown Heroes and military service members through the USO Metropolitan Washington.


Cookie booth Ft Belvoir

Girl Scout S’mores™ was added to the lineup, becoming the most popular new cookie launched in 100 years, comprising eight percent of our total cookie sale. Not bad for a new cookie!


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Over 10,000 Girl Scouts participated in the Fall Product Sale Program, selling magazines, nuts and candy to friends and family. This Council-sponsored program gives troops a head start to earning money to finance their Girl Scout adventures.

Image: Metro Station, Silver Spring, MD

 

INNOVATOR

She thinks outside the box.

While many girls begin to lose interest in science and math as early as middle school, Girl Scouts captures girls’ natural curiosity and creativity, helping girls unleash their inner innovators through hands-on experiences and career exploration in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

At Girl Scout Maker Day, nearly 300 Girl Scouts showcased their STEM projects, from a computer program coded with Scratch, to a campsite decked out in LED lights. We introduced 203 Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies to robotics, partnering with University of Maryland Center for Women in Computing. Booz Allen Hamilton mentored girls on leadership and STEM through our Make the Connection program, reaching 400
Girl Scouts.

2,000
Girl Scouts became citizen scientists, by learning how to collect data for NASA’s Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program.
2,700
Girl Scouts and  their families participated in STEM activities held at the Udvar-Hazy National Air and Space Museum.

33316256320_16c5b82253_o.jpgIn 2017, Girl Scouts USA made a major commitment to girls and STEM, creating a pipeline for girls in STEM careers. They launched three new STEM Journeys:

⚬ Think Like an Engineer
⚬ Think Like a Programmer
⚬ Think Like a Citizen Scientist

17 new badges were introduced for Daisy, Brownie and Junior levels to gain skills as naturalists, digital artists, scientists, programmers and mechanical engineers.

Image: Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, VA

OUTDOORS

Be COURAGEOUS like a Girl Scout.

Girl Scouts challenges girls to get outside their comfort zone & stretch their capabilities. When girls get outdoors they discover they are better problem solvers, develop leadership skills, become team players and are happier overall. The more time girls spend in nature, the better they feel about their physical selves, being active and outside makes girls focus on what their bodies can do… rather than how they look.

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Girl Scouts traveled 33 miles hiking, sailed the Aquia Creek, hit the bullseye on our archery ranges, learned how to throw a tomahawk, cared for and rode horses, went deep underground spelunking and climbed 30 feet above ground to balance across a wobble beam, before ziplining to the ground.

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