Council Connection

June 2012

Celebrating Girl Scouts

What will you do today? We love asking that of future members, because it appeals to their un-tapped dreams to do more in life. One of our Girl Scout Outreach flyers, for example, illustrates that question with pictures of Girl Scouts whitewater rafting, conducting science experiments and exploring Stonehenge.

Current Girl Scouts often add word-of-mouth appeal to that message, as they did at our recent Councilwide Bridging Ceremony. As 1,500 of us marched en masse from the Organ Pavilion across the Cabrillo Bridge, Balboa Park echoed with happy chatter about favorite Girl Scouting memories, plans for new adventures and how it feels to “bridge.” As seven-year-old Harmonie put it, “I’ll miss being a Daisy, but I can’t wait to be a Brownie!”

And we can’t wait to hear what she and all her Girl Scout sisters get to do today, tomorrow and in the years to come. Read on for more.

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Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer

Anna Maria Chavez  

Meet GSUSA's new CEO, Anna Maria Chávez
Join us on Friday, June 15, for a rare opportunity to meet Girl Scouts of the USA’s new chief executive officer, Anna Maria Chávez. Hear about her groundbreaking journey that culminated when she became the first Latina to lead the world’s premier leadership development organization for girls. The inspiring visionary will speak at two Girl Scouts San Diego 100th Anniversary events open to the public: the Latino Community Breakfast ($15) and the Leading the Way to Equality Luncheon ($30). For more information, contact Adina Veen, (619) 610-0789.

Juliette Gordon Low  

Juliette Low receives Medal of Freedom
President Obama recently presented America’s highest civilian award posthumously to Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low. In this C-SPAN coverage, the president describes Low's achievements (at 14:36 minutes and again at 29:35). Dick Platt of Savannah, GA accepted the Medal of Freedom on behalf of his great-aunt. His daughter, Nina de Burgh, and her daughters Daisy and Belle (fifth generation Girl Scouts) are local residents.




June 3: KPBS spotlights Girl Scouts' history
KPBS TV takes viewers back to the early days of local Girl Scouting in Ken Kramer’s About San Diego on Sunday, June 3. Tune in at 11:30 a.m. for a segment about Girl Scout Genevieve Pauly, who received the U.S. Treasury’s War Service Medal from General John J. Pershing in 1920 . . . and what became of her.   


OTM Sendoff


OTM Sendoff aboard USS Midway Museum
We did it! At the 11th annual Operation Thin Mint® Sendoff, we celebrated reaching our goal of two million cookie boxes (since OTM’s inception in 2002). SDG&E CEO and Chair Jessie J. Knight, Jr. made it official by purchasing the milestone box from top-seller Roni Nelson, as 3,100 Girl Scouts, military and guests looked on. The festivities featured live music, skydivers and helicopters, including a U.S. Coast Guard chopper lifting off a sling of Thin Mints. According to OTM shipping sponsor APL, destinations include Navy base Diego Garcia, “where civilians aren’t allowed, but Girl Scout cookies are welcome!” (See Sendoff pictures, KUSI broadcasts and other media coverage.)


OTM Partner


Thank you, OTM Sendoff partners!
We are extremely grateful to those who made our OTM Sendoff possible, including presenting sponsor SDG&E, plus APL, KUSI, Ashford University, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, the USS Midway Museum, San Diego Food Bank, military partners and, of course, our cookie-sellers and everyone who supported them. Plus, guests donated 679 pounds of food for the San Diego Food Bank to share with military families in need…that’s enough for 2,037 meals. We salute you all!

SDG&E CEO and Chair Jessie J. Knight, Jr. purchases the two-millionth box of OTM cookies from top cookie-seller Roni Nelson. Girl Scouts San Diego CEO Jo Dee Jacob is at left.


Love San Diego Cleanup


Making San Diego sparkle
More than 1,000 Girl Scouts partnered with I Love a Clean San Diego at the 10th annual Creek to Bay Cleanup last month to beautify 88 sites throughout the county, including parks, canyons and beaches (see pictures). Teams included Daisy Troop 3057 (left), which volunteered at the Mission Valley site. After she and other troop members transported a giant piece of plywood from a ditch to a dumpster, five-year-old Juliette declared she felt strong and proud, “Just like the big Girl Scouts!”


Juliette Low and Girl Scouts


Bridging to the next century
Ahh…there’s nothing like a stroll in the park with 1,500 or so local citizens of our thriving Girl Scout community! With “Juliette Low” and bagpipers leading the way, we made history at our 100th Anniversary Councilwide Bridging Ceremony in Balboa Park. Hats off to all the girls from San Diego and beyond who moved up to new program levels, and big applause to those who hosted booths and games. As these pictures attest, it was a great day to be a Girl Scout!


SWEET Workship


How SWEET: Girls in action
Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes simulated earthquakes, cleaned up oil spills, wrote specs for construction projects, assembled and launched miniature air planes and built a Morse code generator (then discovered it was faster than texting). It was all part of the recent SWEET Time Machine workshop, hosted by the Society of Women Engineers Exploring Technology to spotlight how life has changed since the launch of Girl Scouting in 1912. See pictures here.


Day camp


Camp adventures await
While our summer camps are filling up fast, several engaging sessions still have openings. Check out the Mini-Adventure Camp, Fairy Wings and Princess Things and Girl vs. Wild resident camps; and the Twilight California, Girls Empowered to Make Movies (see below), Aquatic Adventures and Girl Scout Olympiad day camps. Everyone is welcome, so suggest that your girl bring a friend. Find details/register online, or contact our camp team at (619) 298-8391.


Girl Scout badges


GSUSA debuts website just “for girls”
Girl Scouts of all ages will find plenty to keep them busy this summer on the new girlscouts/forgirls web section, which features oodles of activities they can do on their own, as a troop or with friends. Through fun, interactive pages – such as Be the Director, The Studio and Design Your Eco Dream House – girls can have fun, try new things and make the world a better place.

Girls Empowered to Make Movies  

A G.E.M.M. for future movie makers
Lights, camera, action! At Girls Empowered to Make Movies (G.E.M.M.), day campers entering grades 7-12 use state-of-the-art equipment and software to gain experience in every aspect of filmmaking, including directing, cinematography, writing, editing, sound mixing, lighting and acting. Learn more or register here.


Volunteer Conference and Celebration


Volunteers: Save the date
Join us on Saturday, Aug. 18, for our first annual Volunteer Conference and Celebration, featuring a day of informational sessions, beginning at 9 a.m., followed by a tribute to our top volunteers at 4:30 p.m. All adult members are welcome. (This event replaces the Leading the Way Conference and the Volunteer Celebration and Annual Meeting.)


Urban Campout


Other upcoming events

  • Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony – Saturday, June 16
  • Urban Campout 2012: A Space Odyssey – Friday, Sept. 14
  • New Day 5K walk/run and health expo – Sunday, Oct. 7
  • Juliette Gordon Low Birthday Bash and SongFest – Saturday, Oct. 27
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Celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting   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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