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Distinguished Women Awards

At Girl Scouts, we are all about practicing everyday leadership, preparing girls to empower themselves, and promoting G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) experiences. 

The Distinguished Women's Award Celebration is Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s annual signature fundraiser that honors Baltimore area women who reflect the attributes that Girl Scouting aspires to instill in every girl.

In 2018, event proceeds ensured that all girls who wanted to participate in Girl Scouts could. Funds raised helped keep program fees low, offered financial assistance for memberships and resident camp, and provided volunteer training—expanding our capacity to serve girls throughout central Maryland.

To create more female leaders, we have to 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 the 21st century. Girl Scouts develops programs that address a girl’s physical, emotional and mental development — focusing on the total girl — highlighting those areas that help girls to grow and become successful business owners, scientists, engineers, doctors, civic leaders, and environmental stewards.

When you sponsor the Distinguished Women's Award Celebration, purchase a ticket, bid on a silent auction package, or simply make a donation, you will be supporting an environment where girls are called upon, where they have an opportunity to try their hand at a variety of activities and feel comfortable failing, dusting themselves off, and trying again!


Shadow Girl Program

Each year, five high school-aged Girl Scouts are selected to serve as Shadow Girls as part of GSCM's annual Distinguished Women's Award Celebration. Each Shadow Girl is paired with an honoree and has the opportunity to spend the day with her. During their day together, Shadow Girls experience a typical day in her mentor's role and learn more about how she navigated her career. The Shadow Girl Program is an excellent way for girls to explore career interests and learn more about the female leadership experience. 

Click here for the 2020 Shadow Girl Application!

Distinguished Women's Award Nomination

Each year, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland holds a Distinguished Women's Award Celebration to celebrate outstanding leaders in central Maryland whose professional accomplishments and community contributions make them positive role models for today’s Girl Scouts. The Distinguished Women honorees exemplify the Girl Scout Promise and Law through ethical leadership and a commitment to making a difference in the lives of their fellow citizens through community service. In highlighting these women, we hope to inspire girls to achieve their own goals and dreams.