Council Connection
Urban Campout 2012

October 2012

Sending Girl Scouts to infinity...and beyond!

If any real extraterrestrials or interplanetary travelers landed at Urban Campout 2012: A Space Odyssey, they likely sensed a kinship with the costumed among us – ranging from Trekkies, Coneheads, Mork, Jane Jetson and Buzz Lightyear to Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Miss Piggy in Space.

Were the visitors drawn by our NASA connections (Astronaut Woody Spring, Lost in Space actress-turned-NASA-ambassador June Lockhart and Girl Scout Reagan in her space camp flight suit)…or tempted to pick up technology secrets from Qualcomm, our presenting sponsor? Maybe they just wanted to join the fun! We played, danced, bid, and enjoyed great camaraderie and music (see
pictures, video and TV spots) to raise funds and launch the next century of Girl Scouting.

Sincere thanks to all who made our annual fundraiser an astronomic success, helping to fund STEM programs and other activities benefiting future scientists like Maria. (Read her letter).

Because of you, Girl Scouts San Diego will live long and prosper!

Jo Dee C. Jacob

Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer

P.S.: Mark your calendar for Urban Campout 2013, on Friday, Sept. 6 at our Balboa Campus. Meanwhile, please join us this month when Sharp Health Plan sponsors the New Day 5K and 100th Anniversary SongFest.




Thank you, Urban Campers!
The Force was certainly with us at Urban Campout, where we raised more than $300,000 for programs that empower Girl Scouts to reach for the stars! We’d like to beam across-the-board gratitude to all who contributed, including our funding partners: Qualcomm (presenting sponsor) AT&T, Wells Fargo, Nadine and Carlo Daleo, Wells Fargo, Ann and Ben Haddad, Issa Family Foundation, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Merrill Lynch, Union Bank, Barbara and David Groce, University of San Diego, Procopio, Tipton Honda, Holland America Line, Karl Strauss, KPBS, Southwest and The Westgate Hotel, as well as our VIP Table Hosts and Underwriters.


Feed Your Neighbors Program


Feed the need: 100th Anniversary service project
Girl Scouts and their friends and family members can help fight hunger by participating in our 100th Anniversary Feed Your Neighbor campaign from Oct. 1-Dec. 23. Girls can earn a patch by collecting non-perishable goods in their community. Participants may also tour the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank to see first-hand how their donations will serve needy San Diegans. For questions, contact Amanda Host Freese, (619) 610-0781.


Deck the halls for charity
Creative Girl Scouts can help others by designing and decorating holiday wreaths or trees at any  Westfield Mall during the first two weeks of November.The best six Festival of Trees teams will win $250 each to donate to a charity of their choice. Participants (troops or individuals) need to apply by Friday, Oct.12. To learn more, contact Regina Todd, (619) 610-0699.


Chocolate Pretzels


Chocolate-dipped pretzels, anyone?
Get a head start on your holiday shopping through the Girl Scout Fall Nut Sale, a program that helps troops jump-start their funding. Joining past favorites such as Mint Trefoils and Spicy Cajun Mix is a new product: Chocolate Covered Pretzels, a crunchy, sweet-and-salty treat in a collectible holiday tin. For more information, contact your favorite Girl Scout or Francisco Sandoval, (619) 610-0749.


GSO Pet care lesson


Reaching out to future Girl Scouts
Back-to-school season is a busy season for our Outreach staff, as they introduce Girl Scouting to students throughout the region. Through “Going Green” projects, hands-on pet care and safety sessions (pictured) and other activities, prospective Girl Scouts learn what our organization has to offer. During the 2011-2012 school year, Girl Scout Outreach served more than 9,300 girls at nearly 150 elementary and middle schools, and through community groups. For volunteer opportunities – including helping with upcoming STEM and anti-bullying series – contact Dayana Silva, (619) 610-0771.

San Diego State University  

Opening doors to college
Thanks to grants from the Imperial Valley Community Foundation, Wells Fargo Bank and El Centro Rotary Club, a future-minded group of Imperial Valley high school girls participated in our recent College Summit Series. The unique, week-long event at SDSU's Calexico campus included college application workshops, leadership training, skills development and tours to SDSU, UCSD and USD.


Girl Scouts visit San Diego Police Department


Cops for a day
Girl Scout Harley (pictured with Officer Dave Bautista) explored a career in law enforcement during “Inside SDPD” at the San Diego Police Department last month. She and other participants engaged in a canine unit demonstration, a session on use of force, a traffic stop simulation and a SWAT security activity. They also benefited from hearing keynote addresses by San Diego Police Foundation CEO Sara Napoli and Assistant Police Chief Shelly Zimmerman, a Girl Scouts San Diego board director.


100th Anniversary Girl


Join Girl Scouts during our 100th year
Girls and adults: If you’re not already a member, please join us during this historic Year of the Girl to create even more opportunities for girls to reach their full potential. Click here to learn more about a special membership promotion happening now, or contact Heather Mournian, (619) 610-0748.


Ability Awareness


Ability Awareness Celebration: Register by Sunday, Oct. 7
Brownies and Juniors will learn American Sign Language phrases, meet assistance dogs, explore an adaptive van and more, at our Ability Awareness Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-noon at the Balboa Campus. Cost of $8 includes an Ability Awareness and Inclusion patch. To learn more, contact Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714.


New Day 5K



Celebrate our 100th Anniversary at upcoming events sponsored by
Sharp Health Plan:
New Day 5K – Oct. 7
There’s still time to sign up to run, walk (or rollerblade, pogo stick, stroller-jog or skip!) your way to greater health and wellness, at Girl Scouts 6th annual New Day 5K and Sharp Health Expo on Sunday, Oct. 7, 8-10 a.m. You’ll have fun in the sun while helping support Girl Scouts’ Live Healthy, Lead Healthy programs, including R.A.N.T. (Revolt Against Negative Talk), PHIZ (Positive Healthy Image Zone) and a variety of sports, nutrition and fitness programs. To learn more, contact Cindy Polger, (619) 610-0724.

Councilwide SongFest – Oct. 27
Cue the “Brownie Smile Song”: We’ve got something in our pockets, and it belongs across our faces…it’s a great big smile we can’t contain as our 100th Anniversary Councilwied SongFest approaches! Join your sister Girl Scouts – and our new Glee Chorus – for this special sing-along honoring founder Juliette Gordon Low, during her birthday week. It all happens on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion, 3-4:30 p.m. To learn more, contact Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714.

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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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