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You Can Be a Pilot

Girl Scouts Naomi (left) and Mila explore the cockpit of a 1968 Cessna 172 with pilot Eline Kok.

November 2013

Up, up and away!

On a recent Saturday, 60 Girl Scouts discovered they can be … air traffic controllers, U.S. Navy helicopter crew members, UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) engineers, National Transportation Safety Board investigators, flight instructors, airframe propulsion mechanics, jet charter company CEOs — and, yes, pilots!

During You Can Be … a Pilot (see photo album, East County Californian and KUSI stories), girls met females from a wide range of aviation and aerospace fields. Hosted by Women in Aviation International-San Diego (WAISD) chapter and Air Group One Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, the workshop featured interactive sessions and tours of vintage aircraft.

Paris Clement, WAISD director of community outreach and a 2006 Girl Scout Gold Award recipient who aspires to become an Air Force officer, coordinated the event, part of our ongoing “You Can Be …” series that introduces girls to STEM careers. Next up: You Can Be … a Marine Biologist, on Nov. 9.

You can help us continue to teach girls that — when it comes to their futures — the sky’s the limit!

Jo Dee C. Jacob

Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer


Girl Scouts Scare Away Hunger


Scaring away hunger
Hundreds of Girl Scouts recently learned about hunger issues and nutrition while helping to secure 16,448 pounds of groceries (or 13,707 meals!) for needy San Diegans. (Check out pictures, and TV spots.) We proudly partnered with Albertsons, Metropolitan Transit System, North County Transit District, the Armed Services YMCA and the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank for Stuff the Bus, our 2013 councilwide service project. Participants such as Troop 3856 (left) of Clairemont and Del Mar Troop 8766 (which happily reported, “The collection bins were overflowing!”) earned a patch by volunteering at their neighborhood Albertsons the Saturday before Halloween.


Juliette Low birthday


Happy birthday, Daisy
Our founder, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, was born on October 31, 1860. Local Girl Scouts who celebrated that historic day included members of the Oak Creek Service Unit. Cadettes and Seniors led younger girls in games and crafts at Pomerado Elementary School. In addition, Seniors Kaiya and Tessa of Troop 8285 (pictured with “Juliette,” aka Tessa’s mom, troop leader Stephanie Strout) shared stories of the legendary lady’s life with help from GSUSA’s new interactive timeline.





Local leaders just can't wait for what's next!
Gotta like this: Adult relish years with Girl Scouts
When we asked on Facebook for volunteers to share favorite Girl Scouting experiences, they gladly brought up memories: seeing their girls bridge across the Golden Gate; make new friends; conquer fears like horseback riding or sleeping on the top bunk; serve at senior retirement homes; and grow into leadership roles — as camp counselors, Gold Award recipients and world destinations travelers. Read posts here  … then “like” us on Facebook and tell us your story!

GSUSA spotlights Adela Resendiz
As she explains in a new video produced by Girl Scouts of the USA, Adela Resendiz began volunteering for us at the insistence of her young daughter — who just couldn’t wait to join Girl Scouts! Today, Adela inspires others to lead. The Vista resident tells viewers (in Spanish, with English subtitles), “The Girl Scout Promise reflects the values we have within our families, and Girl Scouts calls us to live within that promise.” Adela’s interview was part of GSUSA’s national I Can’t Wait recruitment campaign.

Girls in volunteer Adela Resendiz’s two troops include (left) Monserrat and Adela’s daughters Marycruz and Sinai.


Wreaths Across America


Saluting our soldiers
Happy Veterans Day! Girl Scouts go the extra mile throughout the year to honor those who have served our country. In August, girls participated in Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive events. October saw them writing letters and cards to World War II veterans making a special trip to Washington, D.C., then welcoming the vets home with flags and handmade posters at Lindbergh Field. Girls will march in the San Diego Veterans Day parade, then remember fallen heroes at Fort Rosecrans and Miramar national cemeteries during Wreaths Across America holiday ceremonies. To learn about upcoming opportunities, contact Girl Scout volunteer Teri Simas.


Chelsea's Run


Save the date for these upcoming events
Daisy’s Big Adventure — Saturday, Dec. 7
Teen Cookie U — Saturday, Dec. 14
Cookie Rally — Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014
Finish Chelsea’s Run — Saturday, March 1, 2014

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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 two camps and four program and service facilities.



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