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April 2013

Camp adventures await!

Imagine a place where girls explore galaxies, storyboard and star in their own movies, hit the trails on horseback, navigate kayaks, sculpt with clay or learn the culinary secrets of top chefs! These adventures and more await Girl Scouts at summer camp. With 176 day and resident sessions designed with girl input, there’s a camp for girls of every age and interest.

Campers have the time of their lives diving into new experiences while building confidence, character and a sense of independence. As girls make new friends and lasting memories, they’re sure to have – as our camp brochure predicts – the Best. Summer. EVER.

Send a girl to camp today! See below to learn how our SHARE campaign helps keep camp and other Girl Scouting opportunities available and affordable to all girls.

Jo Dee C. Jacob


Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer




Spread the word: April is SHARE Month
While a girl pays just $15 to join Girl Scouts, it costs us $258 to provide her with one year of quality, relevant programming. Donate to our SHARE campaign to help us plan and implement girl activities; grant financial assistance for camps, events and other opportunities; train volunteers; and provide six council properties. This month, raise awareness about SHARE or make a contribution of your own. Donate online or contact Adina Veen at (619) 610-0775.


Racing in Balboa Park


Racing to the finish line
Girls followed clues to attractions all over Balboa Park at Girl Scouts’ Amazing Race – a day of fun, team-building challenges (see photo album). Participants took pictures of specified sites to fill tic-tac-toe squares, assembled a world map jigsaw puzzle at the International Village, solved riddles at Palm Canyon, answered Mad Libs about Juliette Lowe at Casa del Prado and tied knots at the Spanish Village art center (left). Junior Troop 6011 was first to complete every challenge.


OTM Sendoff


Free OTM Sendoff Celebration set for May 4
Join Girl Scouts, friends, families, cookie customers, VIPs and military personnel aboard the USS Midway Museum on Saturday, May 4, 9-10 a.m. The public is welcome. Register now for this free, popular event, where we’ll celebrate sending the 2013 Operation Thin Mint® cookies to deployed military troops. Enjoy live music, girl activities, and photo opportunities, and cheer on top cookie sellers as they arrive by helicopter. Girl Scouts receive a star patch and a mini U.S. flag. Dress in Girl Scout or patriotic attire to show your spirit!


Cookie Challenger contes

Cookeis for Conga


Cheers for cookie contest winners!
Clear Channel radio promo
Tune into this: It’s time to divulge the winners of the Girl Scouts Troop Cookie Challenge contest, sponsored by Star 94.1, Channel 933, KOGO and XTRA Sports. Clear Channel radio donated $4,000 in OTM orders to the following troops based on their cookie-funded service projects: First place – San Marcos Troop 4192, left, (for giving duffle bags and backpacks to Casa de Amparo’s foster care clients); second place – Chula Vista Troop 5273 (providing resources for special needs children); and third place – Spring Valley Troop 6014 (helping Christie’s Place support families affected by AIDS/HIV).

Cookies for Republic of Congo
Let's have a round of applause for Serena Ingram of Junior Troop 6674. Her inspiring artwork (pictured), representing the Democratic Republic of Congo, earned her an order for 312 boxes of cookies. It was all part of a contest sponsored by the American Embassy Recreation and Welfare Association, whose members will soon receive a delicious taste of home! See other creative artwork and essay samples here.


Mix It Up event


It's all about chemistry
Girl Scouts of all ages had a blast during the recent San Diego Science and Engineering Festival (see pictures). At our Mix It Up! workshop, they learned about the surprising things everyday household items can do. Cornstarch and water make a crazy mixture that acts as both a liquid and a solid; non-dairy creamer or Epsom salts can fuel flames; and combining Mentos and diet soda causes an explosive reaction! Later, at the festival EXPO in Petco Park, some of our scientists-in-the-making took the stage to demonstrate experiments.


Cool WomenSnigdha


Meet San Diego's 10 Cool Women of 2013
Introducing our 2013 Cool Women: Kathryn Ashworth (Voices for Children founder); Joye Blount (businesswoman); Pauline Foster (philanthropist); Arlene Harris (“first lady of wireless”); Dolores Huerta (children’s and labor activist); Lee Ann Kim (Pacific Arts Movement founder); Rosy Mancillas Lopez (immigration reform advocate); Cindy Marten (San Diego City School District’s new superintendent); Zandra Rhodes (fashion/textile designer); and Ellen Whelan (attorney). Our first-ever Cool Girl is Snigdha Nandipati (2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion). They will be honored at a sold-out luncheon on April 19. Watch for photo in the May Council Connection.




A longtime Girl Scout's generous gift
“I want Girl Scouts to always be an adventure … where girls go places they wouldn’t otherwise go and try things they wouldn’t otherwise try.” – Carol Stachwick, CPA and professor of nonprofit finance.

Carol experienced plenty of adventures with Girl Scouts, from learning horseback riding as a Junior to canoeing with her daughter’s Senior troop. By leaving a bequest to Girl Scouts, she and her husband Steve (pictured left with their children) will help ensure more young women will enjoy similar experiences.Read more about Carol in Giving Wisely, our quarterly newsletter about planned giving.


VCC Awardees

Volunteer Celebraiton


Applauding our volunteers
Weeklong tribute
National Girl Scout Leaders’ Day, on Monday, April 22, kicks off our Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 22-27. Help us thank the dedicated troop leaders and other adults who mentor our 31,000 local Girl Scouts. Salute volunteers with personalized thank you cards, crafty or culinary creations, gifts from our retail stores, SHARE donations in their names and awards (see below) – or other creative ways to express your gratitude.

Honor Girl Scout champions
Remarkable individuals bring the Girl Scout mission to life. Nominate them by Tuesday, April 30 to receive adult recognitions at the Volunteer Conference and Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 3. Find details and fillable forms here. For more information, contact Dayana Silva-James, (619) 610-0771.

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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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