Council Connection

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors tour UCSD during a recent STEM field trip

May 2012

Reaching for the stars

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to conclude that girls can become…well, rocket scientists! Yes, girls can “reach for the stars” and become aerospace engineers, or whatever they want. They just need fuel for thought.

That’s where Girl Scouts steps in. By empowering girls to explore out-of-this-world career options, we help them to dream big. Through camp, badge activities, workshops and other offerings, girls learn about everything from STEM (science, engineering, technology and math fields) and public policy, to the arts, “green” living and athletics. You can support these opportunities by participating in Urban Campout 2012: A Space Odyssey, our annual fundraiser. This year’s theme salutes the next century of Girl Scouting, which is all about launching bright futures. Read on for event details and other news related to the above.

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Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer

CEO Anna Maria Chávez  

June 15: Meet GSUSA's new CEO!
Save the date for Friday, June 15, when Girl Scouts of the USA Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chávez will speak at breakfast and luncheon events celebrating Girl Scouts' 100th Anniversary and The Year of the Girl. Ms. Chávez, an attorney, formerly served as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano's deputy chief of staff for urban relations and community development, and as CEO of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. Watch for event details on our website, Facebook page and the June edition of Council Connection.


"STEM-gineers" for a day
Our AT&T-funded IMAGINE: Your STEM Future program helps girls soar! Last month, nearly 50 high school Girl Scouts spent a day at UCSD “imagining” themselves as engineers, oceanographers and computer programmers. They experimented with circuitry to create “light-up jewelry,” dabbled in marine biology at Scripps Institute of Oceanography (left), designed computer games, toured labs, and interviewed STEM professionals and graduate students (see pictures). By evening, Girl Scout Sydney decided to major in engineering, while Sylvan now aspires to forensic science. We can only imagine what other girls are musing!

STEM volunteers  

Volunteers needed to steer girls toward STEM
The IMAGINE program enables us to introduce STEM career options to high school girls of diverse backgrounds, including those in the foster care system, shelters, detention centers and low-income neighborhoods. Please help us reach more students! Currently, our greatest need is for volunteers to mentor Latinas. No prior experience needed; with our guidance, adult participants “learn by doing,” Girl Scout-style. For more information, contact Stephanie Dawes, (619) 610-0792.


Cool Women


Very cool: 10 world-changing ladies
Please join us in applauding a group of legendary local women (pictured at left with their presenters). Named as San Diego’s 10 Cool Women of 2012 were Sahra Abdi (humanitarian), Beth Burns (San Diego State University women's basketball coach), Joan Embery (wildlife and environmental advocate), Judith Fox (artist/author/businesswoman), Jeanne Jones (author/philanthropist), Gail Naughton, Ph.D.(scientist/entrepreneur), Tina Nova, Ph.D. (scientist/entrepreneur), Susan Polis Schutz, (filmmaker/poet/businesswoman), Karin Winner (journalist/businesswoman) and Su-Mei Yu (chef/author). See event pictures here.

OTM sendoff 2012  

OTM Sendoff: Two millionth cookie box!
Join KUSI’s Leslie Lopez (guest emcee) and Dave Scott (broadcasting live) aboard the USS Midway Museum at our 11th annual Operation Thin Mint® Sendoff, on Saturday, May 12, 9-10 a.m. Register now for this popular event, in which the Girl Scout community, the general public, military troop members and other VIPs will celebrate sending the two-millionth box of cookies overseas. Don't miss it—we've just added teen singing sensation Timyra-Joi and the Patrick Henry Bel Canto a big surprise!


Bridging event


Councilwide bridging party: Everyone welcome!
All San Diego Girl Scouts, alumnae, friends and families are invited to Bridge to the Next Century of Girl Scouts on Saturday, May 19, 9-11:30 a.m. in Balboa Park. Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime event, where we’ll celebrate our 100th Anniversary and girls’ program level progression. From the Organ Pavilion, we’ll march across the Cabrillo Bridge to a fun-filled lawn party with travel trivia games, animal friends, a “diapering challenge” to test babysitters’ skills, games, crafts and cupcakes. Plus, songstress Ani Hesse will Ignite the crowds with the Girl Scouts’ centennial anthem. Cost of $8 includes patch; no charge for guests not wishing to receive patch. Registration closes Monday, May 14. For questions, contact Leah McFail, (619) 610-0714.


Wing Scouts 1962


Forever Girl Scouts: Reconnect on May 19!
Calling all alumnae! Whether you were a Brownie for one year, a member for five or you’ve been volunteering for 20, you’re forever part of a rich, vibrant movement. Meet us in Balboa Park for Alumnae Reconnect on Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m.-noon, following the official portion of the Councilwide Bridging Ceremony. We’ll meet up for food, film, friendship and fun at the San Diego History Center. Free for Girl Scouts Alumnae Association members. Join today to attend this and other events, have a chance to win weekly prize raffles, and benefit from connecting with nearly 60 million alums. To RSVP or learn more, contact Cindy Polger, (619) 619-0724.


Erin Miserlis and Kathleen Stoughton


New directors take helm
We welcome Erin Miserlis (far left) and Kathleen Stoughton, our council’s new development and centennial arts initiative directors (see news release). Erin’s extensive background includes overseeing the Center for Community Solutions’ first-ever development department, where she raised over $500,000 through sources that include the Oprah Winfrey Angel Network Grant. Kathleen is an accomplished curator, educator, development specialist and musician who has worked at noted institutions such as the J. Paul Getty Museum, the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art. She is implementing an exciting new visual/performing arts program for Girl Scouts, including a chorus. (See next item.)


Girl Scouts Glee Chorus


Sing for "glee!"
Let the hills of San Diego come alive with the sound of Girl Scout music! We’re starting our very own chorus, where girls will lift their voices to harmonize on everything from revered classics to today’s trendiest tunes. Juniors and Cadettes will build friendships and self-confidence through public performances led by a professional choral director. Interested girls may audition on any of the following dates: 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, May 9, 16 or 23 (at our Balboa Campus); and Tuesdays (in Escondido), May 15 or 22. To make an appointment or learn more, contact Leah McFail, (619) 610-0714.


Urban Campout 2012 a Space Odyssey


Urban Campout set for star date 9.14.12
Earthling grownups: Get ready to blast off to Urban Campout 2012: A Space Odyssey on Friday, Sept. 14, 6-10:30 p.m. Play futuristic games, dine and dance under the constellations and bid for out-of-this-world auction prizes. Guests will also have a close encounter with Lost in Space star June Lockhart. For information about tickets, sponsorships and volunteer opportunities, contact Annie Revel, (619) 610-0807.


US Mercy and Girl Scouts


Cookie mission of Mercy
How’s this for a switch? Instead of receiving Operation Thin Mint® cookies when they pass through Bahrain or Singapore, the USNS Mercy hospital ship took them along when they left San Diego on May 1 for a four-month deployment to Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia. The crew was delighted and thankful to load five pallets of cookies aboard their ship last month.

Day and Resident Girl Scout camp  

Summer camp: Every girl will find something to love!
Calling all adventurers! This summer, girls will hit the trails, catch a wave or saddle up to their hearts’ content. At resident camps such as Adventure Seekers and Packs & Paddles, girls can try new things like bouldering, backpacking, canoeing or horseback riding. Or they can “go Katniss” with outdoor survival and archery sessions like Girl vs. Wild and Wilderness Adventure. Day camp sessions include Wilderness Hiking and Adventure Chasers. We’re providing nearly 140 day and overnight sessions for every grade level. All girls are welcome, so suggest bringing a friend. Find details/register online, or contact our Camp Team, (619) 298-8391.

Archery hopeful  

Girl Scouts in the news
Read (and watch) all about it! Girl Scouting is good news for San Diego, as you’ll note from recent TV and print stories. Highlights include Girl Scouts practicing archery on KUSI TV with Olympic hopeful/former Girl Scout Kristin Madeleine Braun (see pictures), Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary Day at Bloomingdale’s (San Diego Magazine), a News 8 segment about a baby girl born at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns who joined our “100th Anniversary Troop 2012”; Girl Scout Brittany earning her Gold Award (La Jolla Light); Girl Scout Malia championing for inclusion (Rancho Santa Fe Review); service projects and 100th Anniversary tributes.


Gold Awardee


Other upcoming events

  • Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony – Saturday, June 16
  • Volunteer Conference and Celebration – Saturday, Aug. 18
  • New Day 5K walk/run and health expo – Sunday, Oct. 7
  • Feed Your Neighbor Food Drive – Saturday, Oct. 20
  • Juliette Gordon Low Birthday Bash and SongFest – Saturday, Oct. 27
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