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Outreach Programs

Developing and Maintaining Healthy Lifestyles

Girl Scout Outreach provides Girl Scout programming to girls living throughout San Diego County’s underserved areas. These are communities where there are fewer volunteer led Girl Scout troops due to barriers such as; limited to no experience with Girl Scouting, volunteer involvement, language, transportation and financial resources.  Outreach takes the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls and their families by providing financial assistance, bilingual materials, and staff led programming.

Girl Scout Outreach empowers girls throughout San Diego County's underserved areas with the self-confidence to make positive health, education and career decisions. Through our after-school and community center programs, girls develop skills in leadership, community service, conflict resolution, communication and critical thinking.

A diverse, bilingual team of trained staff - Program Leaders serve as mentors. Our staff plan, coordinate and deliver educational, age-appropriate programs in collaboration with local organizations and community groups as we develop adult leadership within the community.

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Girl Scout Outreach programs complement existing school curriculum. They meet the needs of the communities and the girls within. Content is also specifically designed to help girls develop and maintain healthy and productive lifestyles. Projects and activities are based on the following areas of focus: Health and Wellness, Financial Literacy, Arts and Culture, Character Education, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), Leadership Development, Outdoor Education and Community Service.

Facts about Girl Scouts Outreach


Girl Scouts Outreach serves approximately 4000 girls a year in schools and community outreach programs, from low- or moderate-income throughout San Diego County neighborhoods.


Community facilities include the Girls Rehabilitation Facility (a teen detention center for girls 13  - 17) and the San Diego Center for Children (behavioral health program for children 3 – 18).


Girls are re-engaged throughout the year according to their interests; events, camps, series, travel and or troops.


The Girl Scout Outreach program offers onsite workshops at schools and community center programs. We work closely with site contacts to make sure our programs complement the current school curriculum and the needs of the community. Our programs cover a variety of topics including science, character education and relationship skills, and are delivered as fun interactive activities and Take Action projects led by professional trained staff.

Programs are delivered in 75 minute sessions which can be spread over any time period convenient for the community group or school. For instance, once a week for four, six, or year-round.  Girl Scout Outreach provides all of the materials, including general supplies, props, equipment and take-home packets. We serve girls K - 12 in groups from 10 to 200 separated by program age level.

Girl Scout Outreach - Making an Impact

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Girl Scout Outreach has served over 100,000 girls since 1980!

School teachers talk about Girl Scout Outreach:
"Girls have increased motivation towards learning and increased confidence."

"Girl Scouts complements the curriculum, gives the girls an opportunity to talk about things they are interested in and to work cooperatively with others."

“A Girls Rehabilitation Facility coach noticed that several girls became upset  when facility staff withdrew them from an Outreach session. When she asked them why, one responded, "Because no one is judging me there and I get to be a kid again."

Program Outcome

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The Girl Scout Leadership Experience engages girls in discovering themselves, connecting with others, and taking actions to make the world a better place.

Discover: Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world.

Connect: Girl care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally.

Take Action: Girls act to make the world a better place.

In Girl Scouting, it's not just "what girls do" (activities), but "how" (processes) they do them (activities) that when used together, impact girls. Girl Led, Cooperative Learning, and Learning by Doing ensure the quality and promote the fun and friendship so integral to Girl Scouting. Here's how Girl Scouts defines these processes:

Girl Led: Girls play an active part in figuring out the what, where, when, how, and why of their activities. In partnership with their Program Leaders, girls lead their planning and decision-making as much as possible. This ensures that girls are engaged in their learning and experience leadership opportunities as they prepare to become active participants in their local global communities.

Learning by Doing: A hands-on learning process that engages girls in continuous cycles of action and reflection that result in deeper understanding of concepts and mastery of practical skills. As they participate in meaningful activities and then reflect on them, girls get to explore their own questions, discover answers, gain new skills, and share ideas and observations with others. Throughout the process, it's important for girls to be able to connect their experiences to their lives and apply what they have learned.

Cooperative Learning: Through cooperative learning, girls work together toward goals that can only be accomplished with the help of others in an atmosphere of respect and collaboration. Cooperative learning encourages the sharing of skills, knowledge, and learning. Girl Scouts' all-girl provides a space for girls to feel powerful and emotionally and physically safe. The environment helps girls experience a sense of belonging even in the most diverse groups.

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For more information contact Lucy Esparza Outreach Manager (619) 610-0788 or