Girl Scouts San Diego launched Girl Scout Outreach (GSO) in 1980 to serve girls through in-school, after-school and community group settings. GSO serves more than 3,800 girls per year throughout San Diego County, empowering them with the ability and confidence to make positive decisions about their health, education and future.
Our comprehensive educational programs for elementary and middle school girls include material about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), health, community service, financial literacy, relationship and communication skills, arts and the humanities, as well as life skills such as online safety and anti-bullying. Content standards for supplemental programs are established by the Department of Education and designed to support existing school curriculum.
- Discovery Day Camp — STEM camp (five days)
- Science Saturday — STEM event
- She and Me – Workshop for girl and an adult role model (one day)
- Girl Scout Family Day — Event for the whole family (one day)
- Mountain Adventure — Weekend in the mountains (three days)
Throughout the school year, girls will receive invitations to other Girl Scout activities (via email, mail or Outreach staff).
Who we serve
GSO currently provides after-school sessions year-round or over four weeks. In addition, we serve up to 100 girls per year through our partnership with the Girls Rehabilitation Facility (a detention center for girls age 13-17) and another 100 through the San Diego Center for Children (a program for girls who face severe behavioral health challenges).
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE)
Leadership development is a major Outreach focus. The GSLE identifies three “keys” to leadership — Discover, Connect and Take Action.
Discover: Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world. Connect: Girls care about, inspire and team with others locally and globally. Take Action: Girls act to make the world a better place.
Girl Scout experiences are girl-led whenever possible and encourage learning by doing (experiential learning) and cooperative learning. These three processes promote the fun and friendship integral to Girl Scouts.
The leadership built through Girl Scouting contributes to important life skills such as respect, communication and decision making. During the year, Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes (grades 4-8) plan, coordinate and lead activities and workshops for the Daisy and Brownie groups (K-3). Girls learn to apply communication and problem solving skills as they engage in our programs and activities with themes such as “Think Before You Act” and “Anger and Conflict Management.” Health and wellness programming help girls develop their emotional and physical health, fitness and nutrition as they learn about personal power and the relationship between mind and body.
Our professionally trained, bilingual program leaders act as facilitators and positive adult role models. Volunteers assist Girl Scout staff in program delivery, supporting our program leaders and girls with games, songs, reading books, and girl mentorship!
Girls and teachers say it best:
“I love Girl Scouts. It’s the best part of my day! “
“I can be myself at Girl Scouts!”
“What I discovered about myself is I’m a fun person and I’m not as shy as I thought I was.”
“Having Girl Scouts at our school is a true gift. We truly appreciate all of the dedicated staff who brighten up the day for us all.”
“My daughter can’t stop talking about Girl Scouts after she gets home from school.”
“The girls smile ear to ear every time we remind them its Girl Scouts day!”
According to surveys, 46 percent of GSO girls are happy to answer questions in a group setting, compared to 28 percent who are nervous; 56 percent are happy in the outdoors, compared to just 5 percent who are scared of being outside.
Questions? Contact Outreach Manager Lucy Esparza, (619) 610-0788.