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Girl Scouts say Thank You!

November 2011

Keeping our promises to girls

In this season of thanksgiving, I salute all who help us keep our promise to make a difference in the lives of San Diego Girl Scouts.

Thanks to you, Girl Scouts are growing up with memories they might not have had otherwise, like fireside skits with their dads at “He & Me” camp, creating "smog" in a jar to explore pollution issues, or teaching senior citizens how to use technology and social media to communicate with loved ones.

You will soon receive a letter asking to help fund Girl Scouts San Diego programs and activities. Please consider doing so. It will be an investment well worth your while. I promise!

In appreciation,

Jo Dee C jacob

Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer

new Girl Scout badges  

New century, new badges
“Fashion, Fitness and Makeup” is out. ”Innovation” is in. And that’s just for starters! In honor of our 100th Anniversary – and in conjunction with our hot-off-the-press Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting – Girl Scouts of the USA debuted all-new badges. As reported by Time, ABC News and NPR, while traditional cooking and camping themes remain available, now girls can earn badges such as “Science of Style” (examining the chemistry of sunscreens and the nanotechnology of fabrics) and “My Promise, My Faith” (connecting the tenets of any faith to the Girl Scout Law).  Other themes include movie production, financial literacy and website design.


AT&T helping steer girls to STEM
Through a $1 million grant to GSUSA, AT&T joined forces with Girl Scouts to interest high school girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. Girl Scouts San Diego is one of 18 councils participating in the AT&T-funded “IMAGINE: Your STEM Future” program, designed to draw girls of all backgrounds to fast-growing STEM fields. Locally, AT&T also sponsors our Urban Campout fundraiser and San Diego’s 10 Cool Women luncheon.

Marion Hutson  

Birthday cheers to Girl Scout centenarian
Local Girl Scouts recently helped celebrate the 100th birthday of Girl Scout alumna – and Legacy Circle member – Marion Hutson at her Coronado home. Members of Troops 1, 801 and 5557 recited the Girl Scout Promise, sang “Happy Birthday,” and shared hand-made cards, gifts and stories with the centenarian. They also enjoyed seeing a 1959 photo of Marion (a former troop leader) and her daughter in their Girl Scout uniforms and a 1929 picture of her serving in a Girl Scout Pioneer Unit. See these and other pictures in our photo gallery.           

Cookie Kickoff at SeaWorld  

SeaWorld Cookie Kickoff
Let the fireworks begin! Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to the biggest event of our 100th Anniversary year: Cookie Kickoff at SeaWorld on Friday, Jan. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Festivities will start with a splash, and end with a pyrotechnic bang at Shamu Stadium. Cookie entrepreneurs will also enjoy music, cheering, a Shamu show, a big screen view of cookie recognitions and learning selling tips.

Girl Scouts Go Pink walk  

Seeing pink: Breast cancer awareness
Sporting “Girl Scouts go pink” shirts and signs, Girl Scout staffers recently took to the streets and pathways of Balboa Park to observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month (see photos). We started the tradition three years ago to support a colleague fighting the disease and to honor Girl Scouts founder Juliette Low, who died of breast cancer.

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Founded in 1912, Girl Scouting provides the world’s best leadership experience for girls. Through Girl Scouts, girls discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place. Girl Scouts San Diego ( provides activities for 43,000 local girls and adult members, trains volunteers, and maintains three camps and four program and service facilities.

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