Monthly Archives: March 2011

Girls can raise money for Japan relief

From the GSCNC website at

Friends and Colleagues,

We are all saddened with the terrible news from Japan over these past few days. Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone suffering from this horrible tragedy.

This is the news from GSUSA:

  • USA Girl Scouts Overseas: As many of you know, we do maintain an office and staff in Japan to support the families of military personnel stationed there. Reports are that our office has suffered minor damage -and that all the staff and their families are fine.
  • Fund Raising Policy: It is fine for troops/groups/girls to raise money to aid victims of this horrible disaster. Remember that in the early stages of disasters like this, money is more helpful than “care packages”.
  • Helping Girl Scouts of Japan: We are very concerned about our Girl Scout sisters who are members of Girl Scouts of Japan and we would like to provide some movement-wide sport to them. Details are not available yet, but we will be setting up an account at Girl Scouts of the USA to collect donations to go to Girl Scouts of Japan so that we can send one large donation on behalf of all of Girl Scout sisters in the USA.


Early Bird Registration

Early Bird is the opportunity for girls and adults  to register in the spring for the following Girl Scout year.

The GSUSA membership year runs from October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012. The typical “troop year” begins in September and usually wraps up in late May or early June.  For many families, the fall is chaotic as they adjust to the new school year.  So, GSCNC provides the opportunity for girls and adults to register for the next Girl Scout year  before troops take the summer “off”.

Why Early Bird?  Troops and even service units are able to focus on girl programming from their very first fall meetings.   Leaders and service unit registrars have one less form to process in the fall.  Service units have time to develop fall recruitment strategies to fill openings for leaders and troops.  Girls and troops have a chance to receive incentives:

Early Bird Patch is Rockin’ in 2011

Girls may earn a patch or a rocker if they Early Bird register by June 10, 2011 using our new online registration system.
If a girl received a patch for the 2010-2011 year, she is eligible to receive a rocker.
If a girl did not receive a patch for the 2010-2011 year, she may receive a patch this year.
Girls may receive either an Early Bird patch or rocker, but not both in the same year.  Leaders will request the patches and rockers through survey monkey at:
Patches will be given directly to the Troop Leaders.

Early Bird Coupon
To be eligible for a shopping spree in our Girl Scout Shop, a troop must Early Bird 50% of their “active” girls no later than June 10, 2011.

A $20.00 GSCNC Shop coupon redeemable Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2011, will be awarded to all troops that electronically register for Early Bird 50% or more of their “active” girls online. The troop must register a minimum of 5 girls to qualify.

In advance of distribution, a list of qualifying troops will be provided to service unit registrars and leaders for review and validation. This must be completed by June 30, 2011. The coupons will be distributed directly from field director to troop leader in September.

Source: Every Girl, Everywhere  Spring 2011


Girl Scout Cupcakes

From Barbara Krebs, Area C Membership Manager:

In honor of the upcoming Girl Scout Week, the owners of “Cupcakes Actually”, which is located in the Fairfax Corner shopping center near the Fairfax County Government Center, will offer a free cupcake to any Girl Scout wearing her uniform and accompanied by a parent on March 14-16.
I have attached a copy of the flyer and want to note that Sue Woodhouse, one of the owners, and her daughter were Girl Scouts!  Please note that the offer is one girl per parent.  Throughout the week, two kinds of cupcakes sold in the shop will be embellished with Girl Scout cookies!

Click below for the flyer!



Girl Scouts celebrate Thinking Day in style

Herndon Patch covers Herndon Girl Scout troops celebrating Thinking Day

Teen scholarships

Get Ready for school with $500 from APHA (American Public Health Association)
Get Ready ScholarshipAttention all high schoolers, college and graduate students: To raise awareness about emergency preparedness, APHA is offering its third annual Get Ready Scholarship. Six scholarships of $500 each will be awarded to two high school students, two college undergraduate students and two graduate students who write the best essays on preparedness. Winning students will also receive a one-year membership in APHA. To learn more, visit the scholarship website or contact Pooja Bhandari at The deadline is March 28, or when each submission level has received 300 essays.

Technology and Girl Scout Cookie sales

Washington Post story on how technology is helping some Girl Scouts sell hundreds, even a thousand, boxes of cookies!