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The Girl Scout Leadership Experience-Advocacy

Honorary Congressional Girl Scout Troop

In 2001, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. convened the first Honorary Congressional Girl Scout Troop on Capitol Hill, comprised of women members of Congress. Members of Girl Scout Troop Capitol Hill have made a commitment to help Girl Scouts substantially address issues important to girls and Girl Scouting on a national level. They also serve as role models for 2.8 million girls nationwide.


Virginia Honorary Girl Scout Troop 1924, Capitol Square

Virginia Honorary Girl Scout Troop Capitol Square 1924 – named for the year (1924) that the first women were elected to the Virginia legislature --Helen Timmons Henderson representing Buchanan County and Russell County, and Sarah Lee Fain, representing Norfolk– is a bipartisan delegation of women members of the Virginia State Legislature established by The Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Coalition to educate our great state’s legislative body about issues affecting girls and young women.


In 2005, the Virginia Honorary Girl Scout Troop Capitol Square, a derivative of the national Girl Scout initiative launched with the following focus:

  • Serve as role models for 75,00 Girl Scouts in Virginia
  • Connect Girl Scouts to policy issues important to girls and Girl Scouting
  • Attend Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremonies or special Girl Scout event in respective councils
  • Assist the Girl Scouts in appropriation efforts to ensure top quality programming for girls.
  • Sponsor Girl Scout Legislative Day during the General Assembly session.


Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Coalition

  • Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay
  • Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of VA
  • Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast
  • Girl Scouts of the Nations Capital
  • Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline
  • Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians


Annually, the Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Coalition, comprised of board presidents and CEOs of the seven (7) Girl Scout Councils in Virginia, invite female state legislators, legislative aides and members of the Governor’s Cabinet to join the Virginia Honorary Girl Scout Troop 1924, Capitol Square as “The Promise” a special investiture and rededication ceremony. During the reception at this event, Girl Scout executive and governance leadership network with legislators to discuss the Virginia Girl Scouts’ Legislative agenda. Girl Scouts can lend expertise to policymakers combating a host of related and overlooked issues that affect girls’ healthy living including; relational aggression and bullying; cyber-bullying; healthy media images; and eating disorders. The Girl Scouts welcome the opportunity to work with legislators on these four issues which are informed by Girl Scouts’ own research and extensive programmatic expertise:

  • Promoting Girls’ physical, social and emotional Health;
  • Increasing girls involvement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM);
  • Girls and leadership; and financial literacy.


Advocacy Strategies

The Girl Scouts has a long-standing commitment to the well-being of girls and serves more than 75,000 girls and adult volunteers throughout Virginia. For almost 100 years, Girl Scouts has been engaged in girls’ lives and a resource and expert on their growth and development. To advance our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place, and ensuring that all girls have the opportunity to be successful, Girl Scouts can serve as a resource for information, advice, and support. We welcome the opportunity to work with you on these four issues of particular interest to us. These issues are informed by Girl Scouts’ own research and extensive programmatic expertise:

  1. Promoting Girls’ physical, social and emotional Health;
  2. Increasing girls involvement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM);
  3. Girls and leadership; and
  4. Financial literacy.


In partnership with local schools, the Girl Scout program compliments the state’s Standards of Learning, assisting students in the fields of reading, math, science and technology in addition to self-esteem, relationship aggression and healthy living. Some of the programs include:

  • Choose Respect supported by the Virginia Department of Health for middle school and court services girls, focusing on self esteem and relationship aggression.
  • Challenge and Change –supported by USDA to implement programs for girls 11-17 in King and Queen and Charles City Counties
  • It’s Electric III in collaboration with Dominion, is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math retreat for older girls.
  • It’s Your World, Change It *educates girls in Charles City and Northumberland County Schools on environmental education through the Journey Books – It’s Your Planet, Love It.*
  • Robotics -FIRST LEGO® League (FLL), created through a partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and The LEGO Group, inspires future scientists and engineers. Girls at Richmond’s Peter Paul Development Center learned hands-on problem solving, teamwork skills, programming experience, real-world application of science and math concepts. The Girl Scout Robotic team competed against 60 other teams on November 6th at Maggie Walker High School *Girl Scout Journeys.



Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia partners with non-profits, schools and other organizations on a variety of initiatives that include community service, outreach, diversity, advocacy and educational and leadership programs for girls. Below is a partial list of organizations that partner with us to bring about positive change for girls, Girl Scouts and the greater community:


Non-Profit Organizations

  • Regional Boys and Girls Club
  • Peter Paul Development Center
  • Neighborhood Resources Center
  • Friends Association
  • United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg
  • Rappahannock United Way
  • Hopewell United Way
  • Regional YMCA
  • Knights of Columbus of Hopewell
  • White Stone Women’s Club
  • American Legion Post 252, Montross
  • Chester Ruritan Club
  • The Cameron Foundation


  • Charles City Middle School
  • Northumberland Elementary School
  • Prince Edward Middle School
  • Richmond Public Elementary Schools
  • Hopewell Public Elementary School
  • Petersburg Public Elementary School
  • Chesterfield County Public School
  • Millwood School
  • Northumberland Elementary School
  • King and Queen Public Schools


  • Chesterfield Baptist Church
  • St Mark’s UMC
  • Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
  • Islamic Center of VA
  • Catholic Dioceses
  • Mount Pleasant Baptist Church
  • Wesley United Methodist Church
  • Cameron Avenue Church of Christ

Governmental  Departments

  • Cities Parks and Recreation
  • Counties Parks and Recreation
  • GRIP ( Gang Reduction Initiative Program)
  • Chesterfield County Health Department
  • City of Richmond Hispanic Liaison Office
  • Enlace Hispano Chesterfield County
  • Fort Lee CAC (Community Action Council)
  • Enon Fire Station and Rivers Bend Fire station
  • Phillip Morris


Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia extends a warm thank you to the many corporations, foundations, government agencies and affiliates for their continued support of our mission: building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
The following is an ever growing list of some of our valued partners that offer a variety of activities and events for Girl Scouts of all ages:


Central Virginia Food Bank   


Children’s Museum of Richmond www.c-mor.org
Dominion  www.dom.com

Exhibits Inc.   

Image Designers www.imagedesignersinc.com
James River Bus Line www.onetransportationsolution.com
King’s Dominion www.kingsdominion.com
Landmark Theater   


Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens            www.lewisginter.org
Little Brownie Bakers    www.littlebrowniebakers.com

Longwood University   

University of Mary Washington www.umw.edu/
Martins Grocery Stores    www.martinsfoods.com
Maymont Foundation www.maymont.org

Randolph Macon College   

Rappahannock Astronomy Club www.raclub.org/
Rappahannock Goodwill www.fredgoodwill.org
Richmond Friends of the Homeless www.richmondfriendsofthehomeless.org
Richmond Lady Riders Arena Football www.richmondraidersprofootball.com/
Salvation Army www.uss.salvationarmy.org/richmond
Science Museum of Virginia www.smv.org
State fair Of Virginia www.statefair.com/
The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar      www.tredegar.org
The Richmond Flying Squirrels www.minorleaguebaseball.com/
The Virginia Historical Society    www.vahistorical.org
The Virginia House Museum    www.vahistorical.org/vh/virginia_house
Trophy Nuts    www.trophynut.com
United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg www.yourunitedway.org
University of Richmond www.richmond.edu
Virginia Aviation Museum www.vam.smv.org
Virginia Fish and Inland Game www.dgif.virginia.gov/
Virginia Museum of fine Arts    www.vmfa.state.va.us
Virginia State University www.vsu.edu 
Women in Science/VCU/MCV   www.medschool.vcu.edu/wims/student_org/wis.html





Girl Scout Mission, Promise & Law

The Girl Scout mission, promise and law are shared by every member of Girl Scouting and define the way Girl Scouts agree to act toward one another, other people, and the world on a daily basis.

Girl Scout Mission:

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.


Girl Scout Promise:

On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

Girl Scout Law:

I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place,
and be a sister to every Girl Scout.


About Girl Scouts

Welcome to Girl Scouts, the world’s premiere organization dedicated solely to all girls.

Girl Scouts is a "girl-led" organization where girls take charge, in partnership with committed volunteers, to make decisions and discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls teaming together in a supportive, nurturing environment.

Through an amazing array of enriching experiences, girls are encouraged to express themselves freely, try new things, and experiment in various leadership roles. The process of leading, learning by doing, and collaborating develops character, strong values, social conscience, confidence in one’s potential and self-worth, as well as skills for success in the real world – qualities that will serve girls all their lives.

Every Girl Scout is part of a worldwide family of girls and adults in 145 countries. Today, there are 3.7 million Girl Scouts in the U.S., 2.7 million girl members and 928,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers. More than 50 million women in the U.S. today are Girl Scout alumnae.


Board members are elected by the corporate membership and are accountable to the membership for governance of the council and stewardship of the council's critical resources, to the National Board of Directors of GSUSA for compliance with charter requirements, and to the state of Virginia.  The board of directors is accountable to the federal government in matters affecting nonprofit corporations. For the 2014 Slate, click here.


Click here for 2014 Association Meeting Dates


GSCV Board of Directors

AnnetteCousinsChair, Annette Cousins

BarbaraBaileyVice Chair, Barb Bailey

GS ART profilesSecretary, Giovonni Hargraves Smith

MerithewTreasurer, Scott Merithew

JBBryanJ.B. Bryan
GS ART profilesSamantha Batchelor
GS ART profilesLisa Bruer
GS ART profilesRandy Dillard
EricksonJessica Erickson
GS_ART_profilesLynne Geisz
GastanagaClaire Guthrie Gastañaga
PhebeGreenwoodPhebe Prescott Greenwood
MarkHastyMark D. Hasty
JudyJenningsJudy Jennings
GS ART profilesTawanda Johnson
GS_ART_profilesPaula Otto
GS ART profilesColleen Quinn
GS ART profilesPamela Wade


GS ART profilesDevon Altman

GS ART profilesSarah Beth Neal


ViolaBaskervilleEX OFFICIO
Viola Baskerville, CEO

JillAveryBoard Recorder

Jill Avery, Staff






Bonnie Atwood          2010-2012                  

Barbara Bailey                        2011-2013                                          

Carol Baker                 2010-2012                              

Marci R. Catlett                                                                                                          2011-2013                              

Jane Kornegay Eng                                                                                                     2010-2012                              

Jessica Erickson          2010-2012                                          

Carmen Foster             2011-2013                                          

Claire Guthrie Gastanaga                                                                                            2010-2012      

Vicki Harris                 2011-2013                              

Debra Harrison            2010-2012                                          

Mark D. Hasty                        2010-2012                              

Kimberly Lettner        2010-2012                                          

Scott Merithew           2010-2012                                          

Steve Malone              2011-2013                              

Elizabeth Morgan        2011-2013                              

Michelle Oliver           2011-2013                                

Tiyona Taylor              2011-2013                                     

Gabriela Wetherington            2011-2013                    

Adrienne M. Whitaker            2010-2012        

Girl Scout History

Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid. Within a few years, Daisy's dream for a girl-centered organization was realized.

Annual Report


Based on policy decisions made by the board of directors, the CEO establishes councilwide operational procedures and provides guidelines and ways of work that are used by volunteers and staff in carrying out their responsibilities of delivering the Girl Scout program to girls.


Click here for a Region Map with listing of staff members for each region.


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