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Believe what you read--Girl Scouts are amazing! Our Council publications are sure to impress. Our Annual Report tells a dynamic story of girls and adults making the world a better place. And we also provide resources to help you in your volunteer role.

  • #GirlScoutingIs Contest Rules

    Theme: #GirlScoutingIs


    October 1-31



    Follow @gsblackdiamond on instagram and post your photo depicting what Girl Scouting is to you, including the hashtag #GirlScoutingIs for a chance to win one of our many individual prizes or our troop prize!


    Full contest rules and guidelines:

    ·        Troop prize: weekend at the Girl Zone, we provide s’mores and try to secure clay center tickets or discount

    ·        Individual prize: GS I can’t wait to swag bag

    ·        Additional individual prizes – if we can secure them – gift cards


    Full contest rules and guidelines:

    Sponsored by Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council ("Sponsors").


    Sweepstakes Details: Promotion/Contest Name (the "Sweepstakes"): Girl Scouting Is Instagram Photo Contest Entry deadline is October 31, 2015 To enter: Follow @GSBlackDiamond on Instagram. Then post your photo depicting what Girl Scouting is to you and use the hashtag #GirlScoutingIs, for a chance to with the giveway between October 1, 2015 and October 31, 2015. (“Entry Period”). In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a winner, the winner will be deemed to be the person in whose name...

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  • Updated Safety Activity Checkpoints now available.

    The new safety activity checkpoints are now online.


    • Indoor Trampoline Parks added
    • Tree Climbing added
    • Shooting Sports added
    • Ziplining added
    • Vaulting on Horseback added



    • Caving is now Spelunking
    • Cookie Product Sale is now Girl Scout Cookie/Council Sponsored Product Sale
    • Group Camping is now Camping
    • Theme Parks is updated to include Adventure Parks and is now titled Adventure and Theme Parks
    • Safety updates throughout including links to resources
    • Updated certifications
    • Updates in Girl Scout Cookie/Council-Sponsored Product Sales and Computer/Online Safety to match Digital Cookie and the advent of online product sales
    • Changes throughout that include formatting, typos, etc.

    This document is a GSUSA created and modified document. Typically updated once per year. 

  • Venture Out with Girls

    Let’s face it—girls REALLY enjoy the outdoors. With Venture Out, Girl Scouts is helping build confident volunteers who can empower girls to build leadership skills through outdoor activities. It all starts with YOU, the volunteer. Have you heard?  Venture Out! is a fun online experience through GSUSA that helps leaders gain confidence as they explore different ways to get girls outside. Browse through the variety of helpful tips and tricks to inspire you to set up little outdoor excursions and adventures for girls! #gsoutdoors


  • Make next summer her best summer yet!

    Do you know a Girl Scout Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador who's seeking the experience of a lifetime? Summer 2016 Destinations have just been released, and they look amazing! From surfing camp on the east coast and breathtaking hikes out west to the crazy-cool wonder of new cultures abroad, there's an incredible trip waiting for every girl! Whether she's dreaming of kayaking to an island campsite, passionate about protecting animal habitats, or looking to explore the cobblestone alleys of Europe, there is a Girl Scout Destination trip for her. Destinations bring together girls from across the US and the world. She'll have the time of her life—and make new friends along the way.

    Any girl in grades 6–12 can apply by the council deadline of November 1st. Encourage her to take a look at this year's Destinations!  Also, check out the Getaways too.  Troops/groups can apply for these experiences.

    If your girl is not quite old enough to participate in Destinations, be sure to Kathy Storage, the Camp and Travel Manager, to learn about the programs and summer camps available to her.

  • Every Kid in the Park Initiative

    With Every Kid in a Park, fourth-grade Girl Scouts will have access to educational programs at our national parks that are designed just for their age group. And they can start now! Encourage your girl to visit, click on the Every Kid in a Park link, and complete one of the engaging educational activities (again, designed just for fourth-graders). She’ll receive a downloadable paper voucher giving her and her family free access to any national park, seashore, or historic monument/site for one year.

  • Customer Engagement Initiative

    Customer Engagement Initiative

    IMAGINE A WORLD where girls and volunteers join Girl Scouts with ease. New volunteers are recruited and complete the process to become a leader in a matter of days instead of weeks or months. Volunteers receive the support they need when they need it. Girl and volunteer retention is on the rise.

    That time is coming!

    GSUSA reviewed the state of councils in the nation and determined we needed a complete overhaul of our on-boarding process. Changes need to be made from the moment we have a potential volunteer who wants to come in and help, how they get the information, through registration and the background/approval screening process.

    The Customer Engagement Initiative focuses on making sure councils have well thought out processes and systems to make things easier for both recruitment and retention. The goal is to make sure we are consistently providing a quality experience  - resulting in girl and volunteer membership growth. Efforts will focus on the Girl Scout experience being more user-friendly, taking less time to volunteer and becoming more enjoyable for all involved. Development of this project has been supported by GSUSA to ensure the long-term sustainability of Girl Scouts.

    GSBDC began preparing for this system and roll-out in the spring with plans to launch this winter.


    Recently Released!

    New website! Earlier this month we...

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  • Girl Scout Ranger Program

    The National Park Service (NPS) and Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) have partnered to create the Girl Scout Ranger Program. Through this program you are invited to explore the outdoors and learn about the history of national parks


    Girl Scouts are encouraged to participate in a variety of existing, organized educational or service projects, such as interpretive tours, Junior Ranger programs, service projects and environmental education programs. They also can design their own experience or project to align with Journey work, badge activities, or a Take Action or Highest Award project.

    Girls Scouts participating in 5 hours of activities at parks get a certificate and those members participating in 10 hours receive a patch. It’s important to note that the patches are FREE to any girl who completes these hours. The certificates will be downloadable on the national park service website, so either a park ranger or a troop leader can download the certificates.

    Another thing that should be mentioned is that next year is the National Park Service centennial. This could lead to even more oppo...

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  • Are you prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse?

    Think zombies aren’t real?  That’s what everyone says until… the Zombie Apocalypse!  Learn about disaster preparedness and earn your First Aid Badge.  Pay close attention!  Your new skills will be put to the test as we divide you into three groups of Zombies, Preppers, and Marauders (thieves) in a real life, camp-wide obstacle course!  Who will fall victim to the zombies and who will secure the ultimate win for their team?   Better be prepared.

    On September 26th, Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council will be hosting Zombie Apocalypse 2.0 at Camp Giscowheco in Triadelphia, WV!

    This is sure to be a very exciting event, as girls will be navigating a camp-wide obstacle course, while competing in challenges such as archery – all in order to earn first aid supplies to help them and their team survive the impending zombie apocalypse! Meanwhile, the Zombies will be preparing for their deadly invasion with the help of special effects make-up and more.  Girls will also be learning valuable first aid skills along the way.

    Zombie Apocalypse 2.0 will be taking place on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 1-4pm at Camp Giscowheco in Triadelphia, WV.  This special event is open to girls in grades 4-12.  We will be running an Early Registration Special discount of $10/girl and $5/adult if registered by August 31, 2015.  After that, cost returns to $12/girl and $7/adult.

    *CPR Certification* Additionally, we...

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  • Whovian's Unite!

    Do you love Doctor Who? Looking for a great camp this fall? Then sign up for the Doctor Who Camp at Girl Scout Camp Rocky Ledges in Milton, WV, scheduled for September 11-13. The weekend experience starts at 7 pm on Friday and runs through 11 am on Sunday. The fee is $45 for girls in grades 4-12 and $25 for adults.


    This camp provides a cool way for popular culture to be incorporated into the programming to create an atmosphere of fun, teamwork and learning. Then there are the great Doctor Who food and snacks to eat, like TARDIS pies and fish fingers or adipose marshmallow men treats, or chocolate dalek cakes. 

    Don't know what all this means? Then you better get up to speed on the character Doctor Who and his history, as well as his abilities. He has something important to teach you, and while you are at it, you have to help him solve exciting mysteries at camp.

    Ready to register for this awesome event? Head on over to our events calendar!  Registration deadline is August 21st or when all spots are filled!

  • Reach New Heights!

    The Fall Product Sale is right around the corner and girls will begin selling on September 25, 2015.  This year’s theme is all about setting a goal to “Reach New Heights!” The theme animal is a giraffe!

    Additionally, there are FOUR new products this year.  See below for more info:

    Mint Treasures – Creamy milk chocolate with a refreshing mint filled center

    Black Forest Trail Mix – Dark chocolate mini cups, almonds, peanuts, cranberries, cashews, filberts and dried cherries

    Honey Mustard Pretzel Mix – Honey roasted cashews and almonds with honey mustard cashews, almonds and pretzel pieces

    Caramel Caps with Sea Salt – Dark chocolate covered caramel topped with sea salt

  • Girl Scouts Honor Top Award Recipients

    In recognition of “What a Girl Can Do,” Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council (GSBDC) honored the 54 girls within the council who sold over 1000 boxes of cookies this year.  We also celebrated our graduating seniors, Gold and Silver Award, and Medal of Honor recipients.  

    Nearly 250 girls and their parents gathered in Beckley, Charleston, Morgantown, Triadelphia and Parkersburg, to celebrate their accomplishments. The girls had the opportunity to share their stories, talk about their goals and share their secrets of success. They also shared how the proceeds from the cookie sale will be used in their communities. 

    To find out more about the girls who were recognized during this event, click here.  

    This year’s Girl Award Ceremonies were generously sponsored by BB&T Foundation. 

  • New Outdoor Badges NOW AVAILABLE!!!

    You voted, and now they’re here! This summer, girls will have the opportunity to earn Outdoor Adventurer, Horseback Riding, Archery, Paddling and Ultimate Recreation Challenge badges. The Girls’ Choice Outdoor badge materials and guidelines are now available online.

    While girls can begin earning badges this summer, the badges themselves and the physical booklets will be available from the Council shops in the fall. Stay tuned to our website for more information. 

  • Camp Out on the White House Lawn

    In honor of the National Park Service Centennial, the Let’s Move campaign and Great Outdoors Month, Girl Scouts had the sleepover of a lifetime during the first ever campout on the White House South Lawn, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. Girls practiced tying knots, took on the rock wall, and worked on their orienteering skills. 

    The girls received a surprise visit from President Obama, who joined them for a round of campfire songs, followed by a group hug. Stargazing with NASA astronaut Cady Coleman capped off an unforgettable day for these Girl Scouts.

    The event also celebrated the release of the new Girls’ Choice Outdoor badges. While the badges themselves will be available in the fall, girls can now download guidelines for earning the Outdoor Adventurer, Horseback Riding, Archery, Paddling and Ultimate Recreation Challenge badges.