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Girl Scouts at Camp Winacka pool

August 2012

Girls love camp!

Nearly 3,000 Girl Scouts are having the time of their lives at camp this summer. At Winacka and Whispering Oaks, girls have honed lifesaving skills, rode and groomed horses, cooked outdoors, chilled at the pool, shot arrows, canoed, met team challenges and studied DNA. (See slide show.) And that’s just resident camp! Day campers are diving into their own adventures, ranging from Olympic-style games and sailing to art and technology.

We make these experiences accessible and affordable to all girls through camperships and sliding-scale fees. Thank you, supporters. Your donations generate mountains of fun for girls!

Jo Dee C jacob

Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer


GSO science day camp


Science adventures abound at Outreach camp
Samantha and Yaritza (pictured) fine-tuned their solar-powered vehicle at the Qualcomm-sponsored STEM Outreach Discovery Day Camp. They and 113 other girls tinkered with robots, peered into microscopes, built circuits and engaged in other science fun (view photos). The five-day session was part of our Outreach Program, which each year brings Girl Scouting to nearly 9,000 girls in underserved populations, including those from low-income neighborhoods, detention centers and foster homes.


Ellen Browning Scripps


Thank you, Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation
Our Girl Scout Outreach Program is poised to serve more girls than ever, thanks to a $20,000 Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation grant. During her lifetime, the renowned La Jolla philanthropist, women’s suffrage activist and teacher donated millions to resources benefiting youth and families (including the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, The Bishop’s School, Scripps Memorial Hospital and the San Diego Natural History Museum).

Urban Campout  

Gearing up for Urban Campout 2012
Blast off to Urban Campout 2012: A Space Odyssey on Friday, Sept. 14, 6-11 p.m., for the best party in the galaxy! We’ll celebrate Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary in style at this year’s new location: the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park. Our annual fun fundraiser for grown-ups mixes it up with live music, futuristic games, dining, dancing and out-of-this-world auction packages. Stargazers will also meet June Lockhart of TV’s Lost in Space. Steller sponsor and volunteer opportunities are available. To learn more, contact Annie Revel, (619) 610-0807; purchase tickets here.


100th Anniversary SongFest


Join us for our big sing-along on October 27
Mark your calendars for our councilwide 100th Anniversary SongFest, set for Saturday, Oct. 27, 3-4:30 p.m.  Girl Scouts, friends and families will lift their voices to honor our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, during the week of her birthday. To learn more, contact Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714.

New Day 5K starting line  

Get ready to run, walk...and get healthy!
Join us for Girl Scouts’ 6th annual New Day 5K and SHARP Health Expo on Sunday, Oct. 7, at Mission Bay/De Anza Cove. Walk or run as individuals or teams in the 1K or 5K; proceeds benefit Girl Scouts San Diego’s Live Healthy, Lead Healthy initiative. To learn how to volunteer, sponsor or raise funds, contact Cindy Polger, (619) 610-0724.


teen CERT program


New: TeenCERT emergency preparedness training
Girls in grades 9-12: Train to become first-responders through our new TeenCERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program, offered in partnership with GSUSA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. For just $30, you’ll learn skills like natural disaster preparedness, fire safety and light search-and-rescue operations. Wednesday sessions take place on Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24, 6-9 p.m. at our Balboa Campus, followed by a Friday-Sunday, Oct. 26-28 retreat and disaster simulation at the Escondido Program Center. For details, contact Sandy Sultz, (619) 610-0814.


Gold Awardee


Changing the planet: Girls' World Forum
Girl Scouts San Diego 2012 Gold Award recipient Shivani Katbamna (pictured) and Girl Scout Ambassador Andrea Quintanar were delegates to the Girls World Forum 2012 in Chicago. Read Andrea’s blog entry about joining thousands of girls from 145 countries and 100 U.S. councils to address global challenges.


Wizard of Oz camp


Young actresses shine at drama day camps
The Rainbow’s End Plays Again day camp culminated in two hilarious, girl-led fairy-tales-with-a-twist performances: Cinderella Finds Time and The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf.  In another theater day camp – CYT Presents The Wizard of Oz – enthusiastic girls spent just four and a half days creating sets, designing costumes, and rehearsing speaking parts, songs and dances before debuting a polished musical. Check out the pictures! The theater sessions were among 30 other Girl Scout summer day camps held countywide.




Watch KPBS' Girl Scout history special
In case you missed it: Ken Kramer’s About San Diego segment takes viewers back to 1920, when San Diego Girl Scout Genevieve Pauly received a War Service Medal from General John J. Pershing.


Coronado Parade


We love a parade!
Girl Scouts were out in full force celebrating our 100th Anniversary at the Coronado Independence Day parade (pictured). Follow in their footsteps at upcoming parades: Poway Days (Saturday, Sept. 8), Halloween Boo (Saturday, Oct. 27, College Area), Veterans Day (Monday, Nov. 12), Mother Goose (Sunday, Nov. 18), North Park Toyland (Saturday, Dec. 1), Chula Vista Starlight (Saturday, Dec. 1), Coronado Holiday (Friday, Dec. 7) and Escondido Christmas (Saturday, Dec. 8). To participate, contact Cindy Polger, (619) 610-0724.


Volunteer Conference and Celebration


Don't miss our volunteer extravaganza on August 18
Our Volunteer Conference and Celebration offers something for everyone! The 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. conference – featuring 18 breakout sessions – is followed by a 4:30-7:30 p.m. awards dinner with keynote speaker Beth Burns, former Girl Scout and the winningest coach in SDSU women’s basketball history. Register by Sunday, Aug. 12. For questions, contact Heather Mournian, (619) 610-0748.

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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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