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Upper Lake Camp Winacka

Pedro Villegas and Cameron Durckel (left) of SDG&E helped dedicate Camp Winacka's newly restored Upper Lake, and San Miguel Battalion Chief Jeff Lannon represented CAL FIRE. Girl Scouts San Diego Board Chair Debbie Rider was joined by Girl Scouts Rylee and Hailee Wong and Rebecca McElroy.

December 2013

Camp Winacka's lake, challenge course and deck debut

Girl Scouts had cause to celebrate last month, as we dedicated three exciting facilities at Camp Winacka (see photos).

Partnering with SDG&E, San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, we’ve restored Upper Lake to create a new emergency response resource that will benefit the entire county. The newly enlarged and deepened lake will now accommodate firefighting helicopters equipped with water buckets. Learn more about our unique collaboration here.

Fourteen-year-old Thomasina Daleo inaugurated the Daleo Family Zip Line at Winacka’s new High Ropes Challenge Course, then joined parents Nadine and Carlo to unveil a plaque commemorating their $100,000 gift. Shirley and Shannon Kelly helped dedicate the Kelly Family Deck, donated in memory of their husband and father, Jack Kelly. Shannon — who camped at Winacka as a Girl Scout — is a former member of the Girl Scouts San Diego Board of Directors and our council's property committee.

We're extremely grateful to all of the generous donors who enhance camp experiences for girls. What an unforgettable legacy! You, too, can make a difference by making a year-end tax deductible gift to Girl Scouts San Diego. Please consider doing so on #GivingTuesday (Dec. 3)!

Happy holidays,

Jo Dee C. Jacob

Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer




Chelsea's Light announces design contest,
seeks student ambassadors

Break out your markers, colored pencils or crayons and enter the T-shirt design contest for the Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K. The winner receives two free entries for the 5K, as well as recognition at the award presentations and in a U-T San Diego special section. Chelsea’s Light Foundation also seeks Student Ambassadors to promote the event and educate their peers. Scheduled for Saturday, March 1, Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K is a partnership between Girl Scouts San Diego and the Chelsea’s Light Foundation.


You Can Be a Marine Biologist


Aquatic adventures
Rebecca (pictured) found a live sea urchin while snorkeling at You Can Be ... a Marine Biologist, a recent installment in our series of workshops that introduce girls in grades 6-12 to STEM careers. Hosted by SEACAMP San Diego, the event began with a hands-on lab exploration, where girls studied native fish and invertebrates from starfish to sharks. Later, they donned snorkels at Mission Point and searched for marine creatures in Mission Bay. See photo album and Beach & Bay Press article.


Global Water Explorers


Money Madness


Little girls dive into big issues
Loving their planet, one drop at a time
At Global Water Explorers (see photos), 100 Brownies learned to protect natural habitats and how girls around the world conserve, transport and share water. During a session hosted by Give Clean Water, Grace and Kathryn (pictured) purified muddy water with filters that save lives in rural villages of Fiji. They potted native Californian succulents, experimented with a 3-D model illustrating how trash flows to sea, constructed aqueducts of PVC pipes, and examined the dragonflies and mosquitos found in ponds and swamps.

Count them in!
Forty-two financial wizards mastered dollars-and-cents basics at Daisy Money Madness — where they learned to spend, earn, give and save through fun activities (see photos). With “wages” gained from feeding an imaginary dog, for instance, they decided  to donate a book to a girl in need, buy snacks or set aside funds for bonus prizes. This financial literacy session was part of our ongoing efforts to teach girls real-world skills.

Katie (left) and Audrey of Troop 2180 compared coins and bills from different countries and made paper wallets.


Jamba Juice volunteers


Live fruitfully
More than 50 Jamba Juice employees (including Kevin and Celia, pictured) recently lent a hand at our Balboa Campus. Some came from as far away as Orange County to plant native flowers, clear debris and invasive plant species and help maintain our compost supply. Their hard work contributed to a more beautiful campus. Many companies sponsor “giving back” days, when employees and their families volunteer a full or half day of service to a nonprofit partner. For details about how your place of employment can participate, contact Dayana Silva.


Cookie Rally


Girls to rally for cookie countdown
Girls and their families will get pumped up for the 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program with a day at the world-famous San Diego Zoo. During a high-energy Cookie Rally with a Dat Kat in That Hat (pictured) concert, they’ll meet their favorite cookie characters and discover what surprises await them when cookie season begins on Sunday, Feb. 2.

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