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  • Statement from the CEO Regarding new BSA Policy

    On October 11, 2017, Boy Scouts of America voted to accept girls into their program starting in 2018. Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, however, remain committed to providing single gender, girl-only, girl-led programming that it has been offering for 105 years.  

    In 1912 Juliette Gordon Low created Girl Scouts to provide girls with opportunities to develop into strong, independent, successful women. Today, we continue to offer research-based programs for girls with their learning styles and development in mind. It has been well-documented by educators, scholars, and other girl- and youth-serving organizations, as well as Girl Scouts themselves, that girls want and need opportunities to explore, create, discover and learn in a safe environment to build confidence, find their voice and take the lead without the distractions or dynamics of a co-ed environment.

    Companies and community organizations continue to explore ways to cultivate women leaders and provide more women with opportunities to move into leadership roles. Yet, despite these advances, women are still underrepresented in board rooms, executive suites, elected offices, and many industries – including science, technology, engineering and math.  There is more work to be done.

    To create more female leaders, we must start young and make sure today’s girls are acquiring the courage, confidence, character, and skills they need to take the reins of leadership in t...

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  • Kemba Smith to Keynote Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s Beyond Bars 25th Anniversary Luncheon

    Baltimore— Kemba Smith Pradia,  author of “Poster Child: The Kemba Smith Story,” and former federal prison inmate, will serve as keynote speaker at Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s Beyond Bars 25th anniversary luncheon, Saturday, November 4, 2017. The luncheon will be held at La Fontaine Bleue in Glen Burnie, MD. Tickets to the event can be purchased at

    Twenty-five years ago, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland partnered with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to create a parent-child visitation program at the urging of Judge Carol E. Smith who had sentenced dozens of mothers in her court.  Her concern for their children began the development of the pilot for Girl Scouts Beyond Bar program (GSBB). After a successful launch in Maryland at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women (MCIW), this one-of-a-kind program, designed to strengthen the mother-daughter bond, strengthen the self-esteem of daughters and mothers and, lessen the anxiety experienced by children of incarcerated parents, was replicated by Girl Scout councils across the country.

    In 2012, government funding for the program ended; as a result, only 15 states (it had operated in as many as 30 Girl Scouts councils across the country) continued the program. GSBB has operated continuously in central Maryland for 25 year...

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  • Society of Italian American Businessmen Donates More than $4,000 to GSCM

    On June 5, 2017, the Society of Italian American Businessmen (SIAB), a local non-profit civic group, presented the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland with a check donation of $4,011 to support Girl Scouts in Harford County, MD. We are so grateful for this donation that will enable more girls to unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ and take the lead like a Girl Scout! 


  • Donald Biles Joins Girl Scouts of Central Maryland as CFO

    Baltimore native, Donald W. Biles, joined the GSCM staff on June 15th as our new Chief Financial Officer.  Donald is a Certified Public Accountant who graduated with honors from the University of Baltimore.  He brings over 20 years of finance and accounting knowledge to the organization.  Much of his experience was gained in the healthcare field working for companies that include,  Baltimore Medical System, Inc., Dankmeyer, Inc., The Arc of Baltimore, Sheppard Pratt Health System Alliance, Inc., and Good Shepherd Services.  Donald has held a variety of positions including, accounting manager, budget director, controller, CFO and COO where he was responsible for finance, accounting, billing, purchasing, information systems, human resources, marketing, business development, facilities management, transportation, and grant and HUD administration. 

  • Kristi Halford Joins Girl Scouts of Central Maryland as CDO

    Kristi S. Halford has been named the new Chief Development Officer for Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. She will begin June 1, 2017.

    Halford has more than 15 years of experience in development, communications, and marketing. Prior to joining the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, she served as the Foundation Director for Harford County Public Library where she was responsible for all individual giving, major gifts, and capital campaigns; and implementing effective donor cultivation, recognition and stewardship strategies.

    She has also served as Director of Marketing and Communications for the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore; Senior Account Executive for Nevins & Associates; Director of Marketing for Downtown Partnership of Baltimore; and Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the Maryland Historical Society.

    She has extensive experience in developing collaborative partnerships, cultivating donors, supporting strategic planning, creating effective marketing and communications campaigns, and fundraising through sponsorships, grants and individual and major gifts.

    Halford holds a bachelor's degree in communication arts from Notre Dame of Maryland University, where she serves as Vice President of the alumnae executive board and chairs its Networking and Leadership Committee.

    She is an active community volunteer who serves on several boards and advisory committees including Urban Alliance, Big Brothers Big Sisters of th...

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  • AOL Gives Back to GSCM for Monster Help Day

    In addition to donating over 110 hours of volunteer time, AOL sent us some great gifts for camp: 12 dodge balls, a box of arrows for archery, 3 sets of Goldieblox, and hundreds of new crayons, markers, multi-color pencils. We are so grateful that they chose to donate their time amd talents to GSCM for their annual Monster Help Day and look forward to working with them in the future. Click here to visit our Flickr page and see photos from the day.

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Danita Terry Director of Marketing & Communications 410-358-9711 ext 231

Quandra Gray Brand & Production Services Manager 410-358-9711 ext 229

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