Council Connection
Girl Scouts Songfest

November 2012

Singing out, singing strong!

What a joy to fill Balboa Park with the “sound of music!” More than 900 Girl Scouts descended on the Spreckles Organ Pavilion for our Councilwide 100th Anniversary Songfest (see pictures). I’m still hearing echoes of “Boom Chicka Boom” and the "Brownie Smile Song."

Vocalizing tunes known by Girl Scouts everywhere is a time-honored way to make new friends while keeping the old. “It’s really fun to sing with other Girl Scouts at events and camps, and a good way get to know people,” one Cadette, Jenna of Troop 5131, told me.

The celebration was a fitting tribute to Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low during her birthday week. This time of year, we’re more thankful than ever for her legacy. Because of Juliette, Girl Scouts will always have plenty to sing about!

Jo Dee C. Jacob

Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer


new cookie boxes


New generation, new cookie boxes!
Girl Scout cookie boxes have a whole new look. As reported by the New York Times, the revamped design is part of our 100th Anniversary “This is What a Girl Can Do” multi-media campaign (see video). To illustrate how the “world’s biggest girl-led business” prepares girls for the future, the boxes feature images of Girl Scouts taking action, along with financial literacy and other badges they can earn.


Got Milk?


Picture this: Girl Scouts GOT MILK contest
The California Milk Processor Board and California Girl Scout councils are teaming up for a nostalgic tribute to an iconic 1997 ad featuring an adorable Girl Scout named Megan. The 2012 GOT MILK Girl Scouts photo contest offers girls a chance to star in a remake of the memorable campaign. Three lucky winners will appear in the new ads and receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond. To enter the Nov.5-Dec.21 contest, girls may submit a picture of themselves illustrating how Girl Scouts and milk help make them strong, healthy and confident. Find details here, beginning Monday, Nov. 5.


Campaign for Girls



Tax season giving opportunities
Gift-match doubles donations
To help launch the new century of Girl Scouting, an anonymous donor will generously match gifts dollar for dollar – up to $100,000 – from now through the end of the year! Your $1,000 donation becomes $2,000, for example. Funds raised through the 100th Anniversary Campaign for Girls will support Girl Scouts San Diego’s five focus areas: Financial literacy, STEM, arts/culture, outdoor/environment and health/wellness. Contact Erin Miserlis, (619) 610-0735, for details.

Pickup truck and all-terrain vehicle needed
Our property maintenance staff does everything from fixing leaky cabin roofs to building composting bins (pictured) for Girl Scouts learning to “go green.” Help us leverage their efforts by identifying prospective donors for a half-ton pickup truck and an all-terrain (four-wheeler). To learn more, contact Erin Miserlis, (619) 610-0735.


Feed Your Neighbor program


Feed Your Neighbor: 100th Anniversary service project
Girl Scouts and their friends and family members can help the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank fight hunger by participating in our holiday season Feed Your Neighbor campaign, which continues through Sunday, Dec. 23. For information, contact Amanda Host Freese, (619) 610-0781.

North Coastal  

North Coastal Service Center move
Our new North Coastal office opens Tuesday, Nov. 6. Located at 5315 Avenida Encinitas, Suite 100, in Carlsbad (just west of the I-5, between the Cannon Road and Palomar Airport Road exits), the facility features a store and program center. For the latest updates, call (800) 643-4798, ext. 451.

Retail Sales Associate Leanna Contreras stocks “Girl Scouts Rock” car stickers at the new store.


SDGE Energy Innovation Center


WATT's up with Girl Scout Forever Green?
Bright ideas abound at SDG&E’s new, state-of-the-art Energy Innovation Center, where 60 Juniors recently learned planet-saving tips as part of our Girl Scouts Forever Green initiative (see photo album). In one session, participants used digital laser thermometers to determine that LED light bulbs emit the least amount of heat. In another, they discovered, through bucket-and-syringe relay races, that it takes a lot of energy to transport water. It was the eco-friendly facility’s first-ever youth event – and marked the launch of ongoing Girl Scout programs focusing on sustainability, environmental stewardship, “green” buildings and careers in those areas.


Nursing workshop

Dog House building


AT&T empowering girls to imagine their futures
Exploring nursing at USD
Ariel (left) and Larissa suited up in protective gear before nursing student Carolyn Hoggott taught them about wound care using one of the center’s high-tech simulated patients. Twenty Girl Scouts participated in the AT&T-funded “Imagine Yourself as a Nurse” workshop at USD’s Hahn School of Nursing (see pictures and Facebook post.) The high schoolers learned to treat injuries, take vital signs, give injections and maintain a hygienic hospital environment. They even assisted with a simulated birth.

Dog house 101: A lesson in construction engineering
Fifteen Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts joined 100 top-achieving AT&T employees from across the country for a unique teambuilding experience using engineering and math: creating custom dog houses. AT&T staffers partnered with Girl Scout “project managers” who oversaw the design, implementation and creative process. As an added challenge, teams answered engineering, math and pop culture questions in order to “earn” construction materials. The dog houses were later donated to an animal shelter.


Older girl


Girl Scouts: Where it's at
Older girls think it’s cooler than ever to be Girl Scouts! We launched our 2012-2013 membership year with 44,810 girl and adult members – nearly 1,000 more than last year, due in part to increases in middle and high school registrations. The spike was propelled by AT&T’s Imagine initiative and MetLife grants for programs serving that population, such as STEM career sessions and a cyber-bullying prevention series.

Super Computer  

They've got (computer programing) game
Amanda (pictured) created a computerized maze, complete with hazards and goals, during the “You Can Be. . . in the Cloud” workshop at UCSD’s Supercomputer Center. Cadettes through Ambassadors learned to use Scratch, the programming language developed by MIT. The girls designed original games, building each component block by block and “painting” their own characters.


5K race


Sharp-looking 5K crowd
Cheers to all who took strides toward better health at our 6th annual New Day 5K and Sharp Health Expo, including the race winners and those who committed to new habits on our New Day Resolution Wall. Big thanks go everyone who contributed, especially title sponsor Sharp Health Plan, 100-plus volunteers and other supporters, including Kashi, Healthy Within, Cooking 4 Life and Souplantation.




Kick, block, strick! Taekwondo powers up new Girl Scouts
Tenth-grader Whitney (far left) is already a red belt, yet strives to raise her skill level. The newly registered Girl Scout is just one of the Roosevelt Middle School students who found a pathway to Girl Scouting through an ongoing Taekwondo program. Funded by private donors, the free classes – which include special sessions focusing on girls’ issues – serve youth who could not otherwise access martial arts training.


Mad Scientist


Mad scientists for a day
Second through fifth grade girls had a blast – literally – at Science Saturday. They whizzed through the day, launching rockets, building solar power machines and experimenting with microscopes. Plus, they enjoyed a science magic show, sang songs and participated in a flag ceremony, all to reconnect past Girl Scout Outreach program participants with Girl Scouting.

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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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