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Girl Scout Gold Awardees 2013

July 2013

Solid gold
Congratulations to our 2013 Girl Scout Gold Awardees!

Board Chair Debbie Rider and I recently presented 48 young women with their Girl Scout Gold Awards. During the ceremony, we learned about the leadership each girl demonstrated as she created and executed a “take action” project to address a community need. Imagine what lies ahead for these young women: Serving in Congress? Designing opera sets? Sequencing genomes? Or perhaps running California’s second largest school district …

On July 1, the latter became the reality for Cindy Marten, our Gold Awards keynote speaker. The new San Diego Unified School District superintendent traces her leadership skills back to Girl Scouting and earning a Gold Award. (See U-T article.) Cindy’s story exemplifies that when girls “go gold,” the sky’s the limit.

Our Gold Awardees join an elite sisterhood: Just 5.4 percent of Girl Scouts nationwide earn this prestigious recognition. We wish our class of 2013 the best as they continue to make the world a better place.

Jo Dee C. Jacob

Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer


Day Camp

Whispering Oaks cabin newly painted


Summer camp in full swing
Send a girl to camp: Sign up or donate!
We’re making good on our promise to make this Best. Summer. EVER! Just ask Sophie (left), who built a boat with new friends during our Aquatic Adventures camp. At our 176 day and resident camps, girls are diving into all sorts of new experiences. Some sessions still have space available, so sign up now … or consider changing a girl’s life by donating a campership. To learn more about giving opportunities, contact Director of Fund Development Erin Miserlis, (619) 610-0735. For camp registration questions, email us at

Keeping camp beautiful
Campers will notice several improvements at our Julian properties. At Winacka, girls sleep under the stars in style on the new Kelly Family Deck (donated by Shannon and Shirley Kelly in memory of Jack Kelly). We also replaced the vinyl-clad exteriors of the Whispering Oaks cabins with fire-resistant, concrete-based siding. Plus, a high ropes course between both camp properties will debut in August. Next up: improving Upper Lake at Camp Winacka.


Urban Campout


Sashay over to Urban Campout on Sept. 6
Kick up your heels at Urban Campout: Sparkles & Spurs! Presented by Wells Fargo Bank, our popular, annual fun fundraiser is set for Friday evening, Sept. 6 at Girl Scouts’ Balboa Park campus. Savor gourmet fare catered by Festivities, bid on must-have auction items, and rock n’ roll and boot scoot to the tunes returning favorite band, The Heroes. Don’t dilly dally: Early bird discounts end on Wednesday, July 31. Purchase tickets here; to learn more, contact Annie Revel, (619) 610-0807.  


Ingrid Croce


Ingrid Croce to keynote voluteer awards dinner
Adult members: Join us on Saturday, Aug. 3, for our second annual Volunteer Conference and Celebration. Gain invaluable Girl Scout Leadership Experience tools and resources while networking and sharing best practices with peers. During the daytime conference, choose from three of 29 dynamic breakout sessions. Later, meet restaurateur/artist/author Ingrid Croce – a former Girl Scout – who will share her insights during the volunteer awards dinner. The conference cost of $25 includes lunch; the evening dinner and awards show celebration is free for members and $10 for others. Register by Friday, July 26.




Empowering Latinas
More than 1,000 Latina teens and adults recently got a taste of Girl Scouting at
Celebrando, an annual all-Spanish conference hosted by El Latino newspaper. Ambassador Troop 3423 served as color guard, and connected with other girl attendees by leading icebreaker activities and helping with a Girl Scout “Test Your Bullying I.Q.” quiz and positive self-image session. They also met celebrity keynote speaker Inocente (left; star of a 2012 Oscar-winning documentary) and enjoyed other event highlights, including a health/wellness/business expo.  


Empowering Young Women


STEM Girl Scouts


STEM + Girl Scouts topic of national dialogue
U.S. Representatives feature Girl Scouts at empowerment forum
After hosting a local forum, U.S. Congresswomen/former Girl Scouts Susan Davis and Nancy Pelosi were set to tell their Capitol Hill colleagues how Girl Scouting draws girls to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) futures. Guest panelist Jo Dee Jacob, our CEO, relayed Girl Scout Research Institute findings that while many girls are interested in STEM, they don’t see a path to related careers. That’s when Girl Scouts delivers hands-on experiences for them! Scheduled to observe the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, the event focused on mentoring, empowering and creating opportunities for young women. It included a flag presentation by Girl Scout Juniors, many of whom aspire to STEM majors in college.

Clinton Global Initiative launches GSUSA, NY Academy of Sciences partnership
Nearly all female astronauts were once Girl Scouts. And now — through a new partnership between Girl Scouts of the USA and the New York Academy of Sciences — STEM professionals will have more even more avenues to serve as role models and mentors for middle school-age Girl Scouts. That’s the core of a Clinton Global Initiative plan to raise $3 million for girl-targeted STEM programs, according to the Wall Street Journal.


Outdoor gear


Go outdoors in style!
Girl Scouts love to camp … so our three council stores are stocked with an exclusive new line of Girl Scouts San Diego outdoor gear. Shop for T-shirts, zip-up hoodies, hats, duffle bags and Plush Pillow Friendz. Stop by our semi-annual clearance sale — which runs through Monday, July 22 — for 25-50 percent off already marked-down merchandise. Find summer hours and store locations here. For questions, call (800) 643-4798, ext.760.


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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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