Council Connection
Gold Awardees with Anna Chavez

July 2012

Seeing Gold

Anna Maria Chávez liked what she saw. After spending three days getting to know Girl Scouts San Diego members, volunteers and staff, GSUSA’s new CEO headed back to New York impressed and inspired. Her visit here started with media appearances, including one with a Gold Awardee whose Girl Scouting experiences led her to major in nanotechnology at UCSD. Anna wrapped up her trip at our Gold Award ceremony, where she met 59 other remarkable honorees. Sandwiched between those golden moments Anna experienced countless other memorable nuggets, such as seeing Latina troop leaders “in action,” changing girls’ lives. (This U-T San Diego article details her vision of increasing such leadership nationwide.)

Thank you to all who participated in Anna’s historic visit, a highlight of our 100th Anniversary year!  

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Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer

Anna Chavez plants tree at Girl Scouts San Diego councill  

GSUSA's CEO tours our council
What an honor to celebrate our 100th Anniversary with Girl Scouts’ national CEO! Anna Maria Chávez enjoyed seeing many of you at special events during her stay. Attendance topped 400 at our MANA-sponsored Latino Community Breakfast (hosted by SeaWorld and supported by SDG&E, Walmart and Southwest Airlines) and professional women's luncheon (co-sponsored by the Lawyers Club of San Diego). Anna also met with our council staff, and teamed up with Troop 5912 to beautify Otay Valley Regional Park before attending our Gold Award ceremony. See pictures and media stories, including a Univision radio interview and TV coverage.

Girl Scout Troop 1288  

Congratulations, Gold Awardees!
Sixty Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors recently accepted their Gold Awards, Girl Scouts’ highest recognition. Honorees spent two to three years on community service projects that “make the world a better place.” The culmination of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, this prestigious award is earned by just 5.4 percent of Girl Scouts nationwide. See web page for pictures and a short video that premiered at the ceremony.


Watermellon weight lifing


Summer "Café" is back
Girl Scout Junior Kassandra lifted watermelon weights at the kick-off event of Summer Fun Café, San Diego Unified School District’s free lunch series held in partnership with our council (see pictures). This year’s “Power Up Your Summer” theme is designed to promote healthy lifestyles at 69 sites citywide. Our role is to provide “You Are What You Eat” program activities such as Olympic nutrition decathlons, yoga, berry relay races and other games involving fruits and veggies. See KPBS story for details and event schedule; to volunteer or participate, contact Marcela Martinez, (619) 610-0778.


Healthy Habits booklet


Fun in the sun: Free Healthy Habits booklets
Pass the pogo sticks and fruitsickles! Troop leaders can energize Daisy, Brownie or Junior Girl Scouts this summer through GSUSA’s new Healthy Habits booklets, developed in collaboration with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. Designed to supplement the It’s Your Planet, Love It series adult Journey guides, the free publications feature fun activities to help girls achieve an optimal “energy balance” (calories consumed vs. those burned through physical activities). To learn more, contact Mary Mautino, (619) 610-0719.


Eco Artists


Spotlight on camp
As seen on San Diego 6’s Eco Revolution show: Hosts Marc Bailey and Tiger Palafox joined Troops 5260 and 5001 and Program Director Jen Nation for a sneak preview of Girl Scout camp. To showcase our Eco Artist session, the girls created headbands, jewelry and tote bags from recycled T-shirts. All girls are welcome at Girl Scout camp and need not be current members to join. Plenty of sessions are still open, so there’s still time to sign up. For more information, contact Sharon Benintende, (619) 610-0738.


Kayaking Girl Scout


Keeping camp affordable
Anna had never been kayaking prior to attending Adventure Chasers day camp last month. Her reaction? “It’s so fun! When you try something new, at first you’re a little nervous . . . until you see you can do it, then it’s awesome!” Thousands of girls enjoy similar experiences each year, thanks to a flexible, tiered fee structure that keeps Girl Scout camp affordable for all income levels. We also offer “camperships” (financial aid) for those who need a deeper subsidy. Please help us keep camp opportunities accessible by donating today. To learn more, contact Erin Miserlis, (619) 610-0735.


Girl Scouts Mountain Adventure


Reaching more girls
Lucero (far left) and Zeta learned about teamwork by playing “Thread the Needle” at the Girl Scout Outreach Program’s Mountain Adventure Camp at our Whispering Oaks property. To date, more than 1,200 girls from underserved communities have attended this annual camp, which introduces Girl Scouting to newcomers. This month, our Outreach team will host STEM Discovery Day Camp, where participants will tinker with robotics, electric circuits, rockets, microscopes, fossils and simple machines and enjoy a Mad Science workshop-plus-show. We applaud all the volunteers who make this possible. To help, call Yesenia Antolin, (619) 610-0796.


Coach Beth Burns


SDSU coach to keynote conference
Meet Beth Burns (pictured), former Girl Scout and the winningest coach in SDSU women’s basketball history, at our 2012 Volunteer Conference and Celebration, on Saturday, Aug. 18. All adult members are welcome to attend one or both of these sessions: A conference (9 a.m.-4:15 p.m.; includes lunch) with a choice of three timely, “news-you-can-use” workshops, and a dinner/volunteer awards celebration (4:30-7:30 p.m.) when Coach Burns will speak. Get details and register online. To learn more, contact: Heather Mournian, (619) 610-0748.


Target 2-person tent


Target, SD County team up for tent giveaway
Girl Scout troops can earn a two-person tent from Target when they register 10 individuals for AlertSanDiego, the county’s mass emergency notification system. The top three troops win a Target-sponsored pizza party and preparedness kits for each member. Download materials here.


Urban Campout


Other upcoming events

  • 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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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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