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Juliette Gordon Low with early Girl Scout troop holding banner

March 2012

Happy 100th birthday, Girl Scouts!

Juliette Gordon Low (pictured above) founded the Girl Scout movement on March 12, 1912, with a goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments into a world of new possibilities.

The first Girl Scout handbook taught girls how stop runaway horses and tie up a burglar with eight inches of cord! The earliest badges and activities included signaling, telegraphy, camping and basketball. By adding such nontraditional offerings to more conventional topics like homemaking and nursing, Girl Scouting opened doors to exciting futures for girls. So it’s no coincidence that two-thirds of our nation’s most accomplished women in public service, education, the arts and community life – and 93 percent of female astronauts – were Girl Scouts. Today’s members continue to soar, fueled by opportunities to explore formerly male-dominated fields such as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Juliette would be proud.

Cheers to the next century of Girl Scouting!

Jo Dee C jacob

Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer

Year of the Girl  

Calling all alumnae!
Welcome to The Year of the Girl! That’s our national theme, which sets the stage for Girl Scouts of the USA’s campaign, designed to open doors to girls’ success. Join this effort – and network with Girl Scouts everywhere – by joining the Girl Scouts Alumnae Association. Former and current Girl Scouts (including adult members), volunteers and staff are welcome. There is no cost to join, and plenty to gain…including weekly raffle prizes. Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout!  

Sunset Celebration  

100th birthday bash: See you at sunset!
As the sun sets on Monday, March 12, Girl Scouts members and alumnae – and their friends, families and other supporters – will gather at venues countywide from 6-7 p.m. to celebrate our 100th Anniversary. Organized by volunteers, the once-in-a-lifetime Sunset Celebration features songs, swaps and opportunities to reconnect with friends, all to mark the day Juliette Gordon Low launched Girl Scouting. A commemorative patch is included in the cost of $3 per person, which helps cover each city's permit fees and other event expenses. See website for locations and to sign up.

KUSI and OTM  

KUSI saluting Operation Thin Mint®
Operation Thin Mint® is all over the airwaves, thanks to a special KUSI TV campaign featuring weekly live broadcasts, anchor promos and PSAs. Through interviews with Girl Scouts, volunteers, military personnel and CEO Jo Dee Jacob, KUSI is encouraging San Diegans to support our military through “OTM.” Join reporters Leslie Lopez and Dave Scott aboard the USS Midway Museum on Saturday, May 12 as they cover and emcee our free Operation Thin Mint® Sendoff. Next up: Tune in for KUSI's San Diego People on Sunday, March 11, 10 a.m. for a special Girl Scouts segment. Thank you, KUSI!


Bloomingdales Girl Scout event



Bloomingdale's hosts Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Day
All-day benefit
Shop ‘til you drop at Bloomingdale’s Fashion Valley on Wednesday, March 14, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.,
when 10 percent of sales go to our council. (Submit your receipts to Customer Service on level 2.) Enjoy displays of vintage Girl Scout uniforms, spring fashions informally modeled by Girl Scouts (3-5 p.m.), and a book reading/signing by First Girl Scout: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low author Ginger Wadsworth (4-5 p.m.), then try Thin Mint-topped “40 Carrots Yogurt” at the cafe. The day concludes with an exclusive event for donors (see below).

Congratulations, Sue and John Major
We will present generous Girl Scouts San Diego patrons Sue and John Major with the 2012 Promise Circle Award on Wednesday, March 14, 5-7 p.m. at Bloomingdale’s. To attend this special reception, join our Legacy and/or Promise Circles by Monday, March 12. For more information, contact Cindy Polger, (619) 610-0724.

Maxine and Marti Gellens speak with Girl Scouts  

Cookies pave a path to success
Take it from the pros: mother-daughter realty duo Maxine and Marti Gellens (pictured), TV personality Carol LeBeau and global business mogul Patti Roscoe know from personal experience that success starts with Girl Scouting and the Cookie Program. They recently shared the media limelight with Troops 3329, 8420 and 2014 in a North Park News article.


Destiny counting money


Volunteers and program + imagination = financial literacy
Girl Scout Brownie Destiny (pictured) and her doll counted out $10 from their “Elf Money” budget to shop for healthy groceries, then made a list of items to keep them healthy and strong. Destiny opted for milk, peaches, apples, pears, and grapes, to the applause of volunteers. That was just one of the money management lessons for newly registered members at six recent Girl Scout Cookie Series workshops countywide (see pictures). To learn more about Girl Scout volunteer opportunities, contact Dayana Silva, (619) 610-0771.

San Diego Science Festival  

Girl Scouts ignite science/engineering fest
Making (light) waves – Bring the whole family to the week-long, multi-venue San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering, March 17-24). It includes Girl Scouts San Diego Presents: Lighten Up, a science-of-light workshop for elementary school children, on  Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m.

Flash mob and 100th Anniversary tribute – Hip hop your way to the spotlight! Girl Scouts San Diego and Eveoke Dance Theatre invite girls of all levels to participate in a community flash mob. Free rehearsals begin Saturday, March 10 for the Saturday, March 24 performance, 11:55 a.m. at PETCO Park. We’ll invite dancers and all Girl Scout festival volunteers to come up on stage during a salute to our 100th Anniversary.


Forever Green



Girl Scouts Forever Green
Take action!
Girl Scouts Forever Green is our national 100th Anniversary Take Action Project, sponsored locally by SDG&E. San Diego troops will earn a special patch for making their communities greener by reducing plastic waste, planting rain gardens, joining in Earth Hour (below), or pledging to educate others how to “go green.” We encourage girls to share online. To learn more, contact Amanda Host Freese, (619) 610-0781.

Lights out for Earth Hour
As part of Girl Scouts Forever Green, join our members and millions of people worldwide in turning off lights for 60 minutes on Earth Hour: Saturday, March 31, 8:30-9:30 p.m. In addition, throughout this month, we’re uniting to reduce energy by exchanging incandescent light bulbs for ENERGY STAR-qualified or other energy-efficient bulbs.

Girl Scouts planting trees  

Troop greening up San Diego
For Troop 5912, outdoor “play” includes restoring natural habitats and protecting wildlife at Otay Valley Regional Park. Members recently painted a mural on a park ranger tool storage bin to discourage graffiti. They also decorated buckets for I Love A Clean San Diego and collected/ repurposed cloth shopping bags. While they’re earning Girl Scouts Go Green and 100th Anniversary patches – and their Silver Awards – the girls say their greatest reward is protecting the planet.

I Love GS Camp  

Get ready to camp
Girl Scouts love camp, and that’s our theme for this year’s adventure-packed day and resident programs. We’ll host 30 day camps throughout the region, including more spring break sessions and new Red, White and YOU!, Girl Scout Olympiad, and Twilight California camps. Resident camps at Whispering Oaks and Winacka near Julian feature expanded program choices and a year-round-school-friendly start-date of Monday, June 25. Find details here.

Bridging ceremony  

Don't miss these upcoming events
We have plenty in store for Girl Scouts and supporters this centennial year!

  • I Love a Clean San Diego/Girl Scouts Creek-to-Bay Clean-up – Saturday, April 28
  • Operation Thin Mint® Sendoff Celebration – Saturday, May 12
  • Bridge to the New Century of Girl Scouts– Saturday, May 19
  • Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony – Saturday, June 16
  • Urban Campout 2012: A Space Odyssey – Friday, Sept. 14  
  • New Day 5K walk/run – Sunday, Oct. 7
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About Girl Scouts
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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