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Girl Scout Cookie U

At Teen Cookie U, Cadettes and Seniors honed their sales strategies with guidance from students at the USD School of Business Administration.

February 2013

Building experiences of a lifetime

Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program – which continues through March 10 – young entrepreneurs are gaining money management skills and other business know-how. That’s just one way local Girl Scouts are learning financial literacy, a key program theme, along with STEM, arts/culture, outdoor/environment and health/wellness.

Thanks to supporters like you, we are working to expand opportunities in these areas, collaborating with community partners and volunteers. We’re especially grateful to all who contributed to our 100th Anniversary “matching-dollar” campaign, which raised $102,520. What a wonderful birthday present for our 31,000 local Girl Scouts!

Let’s continue to positively impact girl’s lives, together.

Jo Dee C. Jacob

Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer


Financial Literacy

National Cookie Day


Girl Scout cookie season is here!
Managing their cookie dough
In a recent San Diego 6 story, Girl Scout Senior Elizabeth Hosie led Brownies and Daisies in a trip to a make-believe farmer’s market to teach them about budgeting. The broadcast illustrated how local Girl Scouts are becoming financially fit through the Cookie Program and Outreach Cookie Series. At Teen Cookie U, Cadettes and Seniors got a crash course in sales strategies from students at the USD School of Business Administration. Other girls gained money management tips at the Cookie Rally/Disney on Ice celebration and regional cookie kickoffs. (See photo gallery for highlights.)

National Girl Scout Cookie Day debuts Feb. 8
Get ready for the first-ever National Girl Scout Cookie Day, set for Friday, Feb. 8! Girl Scouts throughout the country will invite the public to support the world’s biggest girl-led business by purchasing cookies. Local Girl Scouts and volunteers will promote the big day at booth sales, community events, social media sites and in the media.


KOGO radio

Girl Scout billboard in Spanish


Clear Channel partners with Girl Scouts
Contest spotlights service projects, OTM
Star 94.1, KISS FM, Channel 933, KOGO, XTRA Sports and KGB (Clear Channel Media + Entertainment radio stations) have issued a new Girl Scouts Cookie Troop Challenge! Through Sunday, Feb. 10, troops may describe their cookie-funded community service projects. Listeners can view the top 20 entries online and vote daily for their favorites through March 4. Clear Channel purchase a total of 1,000 boxes of Operation Thin Mint® cookies from the three winning troops.

Outdoor media en español
Another way CCM+E is promoting the Cookie Program is by helping underwriting 12 Spanish-language billboard ads produced by GSUSA. Currently appearing in neighborhoods throughout San Diego, each features a photo of a Girl Scout accompanied by a headline such as, “Tu obtienes deliciosas galletas, nosotras el aprendizaje para toda la vida” ("You get great-tasting cookies. I get a lifetime of learning").


Cookie challenge


Girl Scouts in the spotlight
Check out our Girl Scouts in the News web page for the latest on how our local members, volunteers and donors are making the world a better place. Recent posts include cookie TV stories (NBC 7, News 8, Fox 5, San Diego 6, KUSI) and Clear Channel radio spots, along with newspaper articles about topics ranging from Gold Awards to serving veterans.




Free adult enrichment session: Working with Challenging Girls and Adults
Learn to understand and manage ADHD and other behavioral and emotional problems at a free workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Balboa Campus Leadership Center. Dr. Lori Rappaport, licensed clinical psychologist and co-director of the ADHD Center for Success, will include tips for fostering a healthy group dynamic for troop leaders/members.


Girl Scout camp brochure 2013



Gearing up for summer camp
Registration now open
This year, girls will have the “Best. Summer. EVER!” At our action-packed day and resident camps, they’ll achieve things they never imagined they could do: Explore the galaxy, write and star in their own movies, hit the trail on horseback, navigate a kayak … and the list goes on. Girls in grades K-12 may choose from more than 160 sessions including 25 new camps, like STEM Invention Convention, Robin Hoods (archery), Camp Out Loud! And Yarnology. See our camp brochure for details; and register online.

Send a girl to camp
Thousands of girls experience the wonders of Girl Scout camp each year, thanks to our flexible, tiered fee structure that helps accommodates families’ varied incomes. Our council also offers full “camperships” for those in need. Please help us keep camp affordable to all girls by donating today. To learn more, contact Erin Miserlis at (619) 610-0735.


In Her Shoes Nursing


In Her Shoes
Professional women: Inspire girls to discover their passions, set goals and explore
careers . . . starting with yours! Join other women in various fields – from medicine and aerospace to finance and the environment – in sharing your expertise with a local Girl Scout through In Her Shoes, our unique job shadow program. You can change a girl’s life by hosting a brief visit at your workplace. You’ll inspire her to dream big and perhaps follow in your footsteps. For more information, contact Amanda Host Freese at or (619) 610-0781.


Adventure Zone


Endeavor together at the Adventure Zone
Girls can build leadership skills at the Adventure Zone challenge course, located on our Balboa Campus. Guided by trained facilitators, girls also learn about teamwork, trust, communication and creative thinking. During a recent visit by Cadette Troop 1479, (see pictures), girls took turns scaling the 40-foot climbing wall with encouragement from their friends. Other activities included “rock the boat” (a balance platform), “crossing a river” (using just four stepping stones) and working in teams while blindfolded to create shapes. Book sessions for girls or adults by contacting Kim Lesnau at (619) 610-0690.

Festival of Trees  

The votes are in: Congratulations to our Festival of Trees winners!
In December, Westfield Shopping Malls hosted the Festival of Trees, giving more than 40 San Diego Girl Scout troops a chance to earn a combined $9,000 in prize money for a charity of their choice. Participants decorated themed trees and wreaths, displayed at six local Westfield locations. The public voted for their favorite festive foliage; see their top choices in our photo album of winning entries.

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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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