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Girl Scout Daisy Troop cleans up!

December 2012

Girl Scouting: The gift that keeps on giving

Anecdotes from our 100th Anniversary year show that Girl Scouting enhances lives! Daisy Troop 3057 (pictured) beautified San Diego. Girl Scout Cadette Amanda designed a computer game, while Mikayla earned her Gold Award by creating a children’s Eco Club. On other occasions, Yaritza built a solar-powered car, Anna kayaked for the first time, Elizabeth shadowed a concert violinist and six-year old Destiny used make-believe money to budget for healthy groceries.

In this season of giving, please help us provide girls with the nation’s best leadership development experiences. By donating your time or dollars, you can “make the world a better place” through Girl Scouting.

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2013!

Jo Dee C. Jacob

Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer


Girl Scouts experience nursing


100th Anniversary campaign doubles donations
Through the end of the year, a generous anonymous donor will match every dollar you give to Girl Scouts San Diego – up to $100,000! Funds raised through the 100th Anniversary Campaign for Girls support our five focus areas: financial literacy, STEM, arts/culture, outdoor/environment and health/wellness. To learn more, contact Erin Miserlis, (619) 610-0735.


Girl Scout imagines shes an oceanographer


The world is their oyster
UCSD graduate students led high school Girl Scouts in exploring how sea water erodes rocks, during the AT&T-funded “Imagine Yourself as an Oceanographer” workshop at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The girls also investigated natural history with the institution’s invertebrate collection, and toured the Hubbs Hall Experimental Aquarium, where researchers study live sea creatures. Marine biologist Caitlin Scully shared with the girls how her passion for geology and whales took her from the Birch Aquarium to the sunken Titanic.


Global Water Exployers program


Brownies make a splash
At our recent Global Water Explorers event,Girl Scouts Kaila and Mika (left to right) of Troop 3333 used plastic pipes to build an aqueduct. They fashioned it after a bamboo system created by women in India to haul buckets from village streams more efficiently. In addition, the girls explored the planet’s needs for clean water and conservation. The activities helped them fulfill WOW! Wonders of Water Journey requirements.



Cox Cares


Expanding digital literacy
Grants show that Cox Cares
Fueled by a $10,000 grant from Cox Cares, we’re launching a new program initiative, “Generation STEM.” More than 1,000 current and future Girl Scouts in grades K-12 will participate in the four- to six-week series. They’ll learn to be savvy through hands-on lessons covering interactive apps, internet safety, cyber-bullying awareness and digital literacy. In addition, 100 of the girls will have the opportunity to attend our new technology day camp in July.

Vote for additional funding
Our council could receive another $5,000 digital literacy grant from Cox Cares – just say the word!  Help Girl Scouts San Diego win the funding: Vote by Wednesday, Dec. 5; it takes only seconds.

December Nights  

Behold our 100th Anniversary tree!
Jingle all the way to Balboa Park’s 35th annual December Nights (pictured) on Friday-Saturday, Dec. 7-8. The free festival features entertainment, food and holiday cheer for all ages. Attractions include a special Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Christmas Tree, sponsored by the San Diego Floral Association as part of its “Carols and Songs of the Season” reception. Don’t miss out!


girls decorating tree at the Westfield Mall


Deck the mall . . . for charity
Through Monday, Dec. 24: Venture out to Westfield Malls’ Festival of Trees to cast your vote for any or all of the Girl Scout-decorated trees and wreaths on display. The troops with the most popular winter wonderland designs will each win $250 to donate to the local charity of their choice. Participate at Horton Plaza, North County, Mission Valley, Parkway Plaza, Plaza Camino Real or Plaza Bonita.

Lianna, Sierra, Emma and Gena (left to right) of Junior Troop 8173 worked on their entry at Westfield North County.


Girl Scout with photo of Chuck Yeager


Scouts' honor shines for veterans
Nearly 100 Girl Scouts saluted past and present military personnel by marching in the San Diego Veterans Day parade (see photo album), many waving signs bearing images of World War II heroes. Lizzy, for example, carried a poster of test pilot Chuck Yeager, the parade’s Grand Marshall.


2 Daisy Girl Scouts collecting food


Combating hunger: Feed Your Neighbor
Twins Isabella and Sophia teamed up with other Daisies from 4S Ranch Troop 8774 to participate in Feed Your Neighbor, our council’s 100th Anniversary service project. The girls collected canned goods, cereals and pasta, filling eight paper grocery bags to donate. In addition, they’ll tour the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank to see how the nonprofit serves San Diegans in need. The campaign continues through Saturday, Dec. 23.

Disney On Ice  

Cookie Rally, ice show set for Jan. 24
Girl Scouts and families: Launch the cookie season by jumping, spinning and gliding over to Valley View Casino Center (formerly San Diego Sports Arena) on Thursday, Jan. 24, 5-9 p.m. for a high-energy pep rally and Disney On Ice Presents: Dare to Dream! Girls will check out program updates and new rewards, cheer on the “Super Six” variety costumed characters, and discover why “there’s more to cookies than what comes in the box!” Get details here and register early; tickets ($17.50-$23.50) are limited.


Got Milk Ad of 1997


Wanted: New face of GOT MILK . . . 15 years later!
Local girls are invited to particiapte in the statewide GOT MILK?-Girl Scouts Photo Contest for a chance to win a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and star in the remake of a nostalgic ad (left) featuring a Girl Scout named Megan. The now-25-year-old recently appeared on San Diego 6 to invite San Diego Girl Scouts to submit a captioned photo illustrating how Girl Scouts and milk make them strong, healthy and confident. The deadline is Monday, Dec. 17.


Girls with county supervisors


Girl Scouts in the House (and the Senate)
Sign of the times: Following the November election, the United States Senate has more female members than ever before, thanks to Girl Scouting. Seventy percent of the 20 women senators (and 60 percent of women in Congress) were once Girl Scouts. GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chávez attributes the high level of politically successful alumnae to the program’s focus on community service and leadership.




Mountain property sold
The recent sale of our Palomar Mountain property completed a four-year process of research; volunteer input; deliberation by a committee of volunteers, board members, staff and outside experts; and unanimous approval by our board of directors. Factors influencing the decision to sell included the property’s safety, fire liability, condition, annual usage, and maintenance expenses. Sale proceeds will enable Girl Scouts San Diego to continue providing members with exceptional leadership opportunities and outdoor programs, including wilderness camping in undeveloped areas of Camp Winacka.

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Founded in 1912, Girl Scouting provides the nation’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 girl and adult members, trains volunteers, and maintains three camps and four program and service facilities.

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