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OTM Sendoff

June 2013

Thin Mints headed abroad

Spirits were high aboard the USS Midway Museum as we celebrated sending 180,968 boxes of Girl Scout cookies around the globe to deployed military troops (see photos and TV clips). Local Girl Scouts have worked hard to sell over 2.2 million boxes of cookies since we launched “OTM” in 2002.

This year’s OTM Sendoff Celebration gave us the opportunity to applaud our young entrepreneurs for their determination and success, thank our cookie customers, and revel in patriotism and pride. Hats off to all who helped send “a taste of home and a note to show we care” to our service men and women overseas.

Now, on to the highlight of the summer: camp! Register your girl or send one on the adventure of a lifetime by donating a "campership" today.

Jo Dee C. Jacob

Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer


Top Cookie Sellers


Three cheers for our top cookie sellers
Congratulations to top cookie sellers who sold 2,013 or more boxes in 2013, earning a helicopter ride at the OTM Sendoff Celebration. Melissa Thomas, Taylor Ann Quick, Dianna Seaux, Jazmin Romero, Jaden Ferguson, Michaella Norby, Alexandra Delgado, Christina Bailey, Jenna Beck, Kate Urrutia, Freya Sadler, Rebecca Ebling, Megan Ebling, Jessica Bailey and Roni Nelson sold a grand total of 38,747 boxes! Roni, at 4,571 boxes, led the pack. In addition to investing 130 hours selling cookies door-to-door and at booths, she spent time making signs and emailing her customers. See how our 2013 Cookie Program stacked up in this cool infographic.


Girl Scouts academic success


Girl Scouting linked to academic success
In a new report, Linking Leadership to Academic Success: The Girl Scout Difference, the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) examines how our organization enhances school performance. Findings included evidence that the leadership skills Girl Scouts develop directly boost academic engagement and achievement, especially for girls whose parents didn’t go to college. GSRI also recently released Having it All: Girls and Financial Literacy, a study that shows girls see themselves growing up to become economically independent and empowered.




Channel 6 at Girl Scouts event


SDG&E fueling girls' futures
Grant expands STEM and environmental programs
Thanks to a generous grant from San Diego Gas & Electric, our Girl Scout Outreach Program will provide a variety of K-12 STEM series to 1,000 girls in underserved areas. Each four-week workshop will include age-appropriate, “learn-by-doing” activities – including using tablets to build digital skills and learn about cyber safety. The goal is to connect the girls with positive role models and promote leadership and STEM careers. For information about volunteer opportunities, please contact Dayana Silva at (619) 610-0771.

Energizing Girl Scouts
Juniors and Brownies appeared on San Diego 6 to spotlight a Girl Scouts Forever Green workshop at the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center. Girls teamed up for a water relay to demonstrate how much energy it takes to move water, and played “Flex Your Power” bingo, developed by Victoria McKellips while earning her Gold Award in 2005. Anchor Kristen Mosteller also interviewed SDG&E spokeswoman Allison Zaragoza and Girl Scouts San Diego Program Director Jen Nation. Check out our Facebook photo album.


Mountain Adventure Outreach Camp


Girl Scout Outreach gets girls outdoors
“Since joining Girl Scouts, I feel like I can do anything!” said fifth-grader Samantha Ramos, pictured, after conquering a challenge course with help from new friends. “I love coming to camp and trying new things.” Nearly 100 girls from underserved communities joined Samantha at our Whispering Oaks property, building teamwork skills, discovering new capabilities and exploring nature during Girl Scout Outreach Mountain Adventure camp (see photos).


Mural at Mariachi Festival


Painting the next century of Girl Scouting
At the National City Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Festival and Competition, Congressman Juan Vargas — a proud Girl Scout dad — presented Girl Scouts San Diego with a proclamation and helped Troops 5260 and 5965 unveil a colorful mural the girls created with artist Berenice Badillo. (See photos, TV clips and a North Park News article.) The portable 100th Anniversary-themed mural depicts the past, present and future of Girl Scouting, including opportunities to explore careers in arts/culture, science, technology, finance and the environment. The mural will serve as a tool to introduce Girl Scouting to families of all backgrounds.


Eileen Doyle with Girl Scouts


Visitor from New York
When Eileen Doyle, vice president of program for Girl Scouts of the USA, traveled here in May, she got a taste of the passion and spirit that embody Girl Scouts San Diego. She met with older girls to exchange ideas about social media, technology, Girl Scout programs and social issues; participated in our Conversations of Consequence: Gender Inequality and Economic Empowerment luncheon; and led sessions at our council staff conference.


1917 Girl Scout Troop in Coronado


A walk through history
Watch this: As part of KPBS’s San Diego’s Historic Places series, former Girl Scout Elsa Sevilla turned a camera on our council. (The Girl Scout segment starts at 7:01.) With the help of volunteer historian Marlene Williams, Sevilla shared vintage Girl Scout photos and notable moments from our past. When the first local troop started in 1917 in Coronado, most activities focused on camping and nature. Today, our Girl Scouts continue to enjoy outdoor adventures, and also explore science, business, the arts and other fields.


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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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