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Community Programs

Through a wide variety of innovative programs and unique opportunities Girl Scouts of Central Maryland helps every girl reach her full potential and realize her self-worth. GSCM’s Community programs provide a special focus on self-esteem, conflict resolution, and healthy lifestyles. The goal of these programs is to develop the natural leader in each girl through activities and programs that empower them to be the captains of their own destinies. Moreover, Community Programs provide a setting in which girls can foster good decision-making skills while discovering their abilities and interests.

For more information about GSCM’s Community programs, contact Candace Allmond, Director of Community Girl Initiatives and Partnerships at CAllmond@gscm.org  or 410.358.9711 ext. 259 

In School and After School Programs

It’s not just what girls do, but how you engage them that creates a high-quality experience. Nowhere is this more important than in our in-school and after-school activities where the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is available to girls 5-17 years of age through the series pathway delivery system.

Our six-week programs enhance girls’ academic and leadership skills as they explore concepts intended to build self-esteem, confidence and leadership ability. We create a safe, girl-only space that fosters collaboration instead of competition, and promotes support among girls.

You G.L.O.W. Girl! (Growing and Loving Ourselves from Within) (K-8th)
Finding self-love through self-discoverys
This program is all about having the right attitude and confidence! Girls will learn the power of self-care and self-love — tools essential to helping them grow into beautiful-minded women who can take on the world! After completing this program, girls will realize that the sky isn’t the limit for them, it’s just the view.

#RelationshipGoals (K-8th) 
Creating positive environments for healthy relationships
Girls will learn more about the skills needed to build and maintain healthy relationships in various areas of their lives including with friends, family, community members and themselves. Girls will discover the importance of using their voices to create change in relationships they encounter in the world around them. Program topics introduce girls to a new Girl Scout pillar (STEM, Outdoors, Life Skills, Entrepreneurship) each week via fun, hands-on activities!.

Art for the S.O.L.E. (K-8th)
Discovering Girl Scouting through the Arts
This program takes girls on a journey of discovering various forms of art, while learning about the four Girl Scout pillars: STEM, Outdoors, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship. Each week girls have the opportunity to discover the arts by learning the basics of writing songs and screenplays, sculpting, fashion design and abstract art. Girls will enjoy applying these concepts on virtual museum tours while also participating in creative, hands-on activities! Girls will even have the opportunity to showcase their art and special talents in a concluding Gallery Walk!

Page Turners (K-5th)
An engaging and inspirational Girls-Only Book Club for emerging readers
This program uses books to introduce girls to the importance of self-care and mindfulness, as they discover their own leadership skills. Girls will take a journey through different books and experience the joy that Girl Power can bring. These thought-provoking books will encourage girls to use their imagination, explore other subjects such as science and writing, and even become the author of their own stories. Book topics are guaranteed to keep girls turning the pages.

S.T.E.A.M. Dream (K-5th)
An exciting journey through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math that girls won’t ever forget!
This program encourages girls to explore the world around them through S.T.E.A.M. Girls will dream big as they learn about strong role models with S.T.E.A.M careers. They will take a giant leap into the many different areas of S.T.E.A.M. with hands-on activities and experiments. They will also explore the additional pillars of Girl Scouting (Entrepreneurship, Outdoor Skills & Life Skills), all while learning more about themselves. In doing so, they will be able to confidently and creatively put together pieces of their own futures with S.T.E.A.M Dream.

Are you interested in having one of these 6-week programs offered at your school, recreation center, church or community based organization?  If so, please email: Community@gscm.org today!

Beyond Bars

The Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB) program helps strengthen relationships between girls ages 5 through 17 and their mothers incarcerated at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women. In addition to organizing mother-daughter troop meetings at the prison and leading mothers-only meetings focused on such themes as relationship building, GSBB also offers girls more traditional Girl Scout activities outside of the prison setting.  By participating in such activities as camping, college tours, field trips and community service projects, the girls develop leadership skills and bond with others whose mothers are also incarcerated. These shared Girl Scout experiences teach girls that despite the ache of parental separation, they are not going through it alone.

Strengthening the bond between mother and daughter continues to be an effective strategy for teaching girls to make better choices. GSBB has been proven to fortify the mother-daughter relationship and reduce the stress of separation for both. The program fosters development of the girls’ self-esteem, personal growth, and leadership skills, and increases the likelihood of successful reunification following the mothers’ release. 

“Not only has the Girl Scout program affected my daughter in so many positive ways, but it has had a huge impact on my life as well. Being a mother behind bars can lead many into feelings of helplessness and severe depression. Girl Scouts has allowed me the opportunity to spend quality time with my daughter teaching, sharing, and being more of a positive role model.”—Beyond Bars troop mother

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For more information about the program, or getting involved as a volunteer, email Domonique Jenkins at djenkins@gsm.org, or via phone at 410-358-9711, ext. 242. To invest in this life-changing program, contact the Fund Development team at giving@gscm.org.