Girl Scouts from the Vista and Rancho Vista Service Unit are local celebrities after being featured on the cover of the Nov./Dec. issue of 92081 Magazine. The article highlighted Service Unit Managers Jessica Zamora and Chris Simmons’s passion for Girl Scouting as well as their girls’ achievements and plans for the future, and they invited readers to cheer them on at the upcoming Vista Christmas Parade. Kuddos to Rancho Vista and the Vista Service Units for being shining stars in their community!
Past SU Spotlights
Cadette Troop 3013 of Solana Ranch SU hosted the 12th annual Service Unit Singalong and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the improved Scout House at San Dieguito Park. The girls gave house tours to community volunteers and donors, showing off the refurbishments made possible by their Girl Scout Bronze Award project. They then welcomed 130 Girl Scouts for singing, dancing, shopping at a council pop-up shop, and of course, the traditional Friendship Circle.
The Chula Vista Service Unit has rallied their neighboring service units together to host a Discover the Outdoors recruitment event on Sunday, Nov. 19 at our Balboa Campus. This “bring-a-buddy” experience allows existing Girl Scouts to share their love of Girl Scouting with new friends while learning outdoor safety and camping basics. If you would like to attend, contact email@example.com. Or, to host an event like this in your community reach out to your Regional Recruitment Specialist.
Otay Mesa Service Unit showed their Girl Scout Spirit at this year’s Volunteer Conference by taking everyone on a trip down memory lane. Dressed in vintage Girl Scout uniforms from yesteryear, they took the stage to claim their prize, the coveted Spirit Stick—Congratulations! Carry her with pride during the next Girl Scout year. We look forward to seeing your adventures together.
Mountain Shadow Service Unit, based in Rancho Peñasquitos, is ready to experience the Great American Eclipse the Girl Scout way on Monday, Aug. 21. The girls can't wait to learn about the first visible total solar eclipse of the sun in the US in 26 years. They'll kick off their studies with a slumber party, where they'll build eye pieces, learn astronomy and enjoy some good old overnight fun before the eclipse, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday morning.
Each summer, Sunny Trails Service Unit takes off on an exciting trip … like this year’s Yosemite excursion. From biking, hiking and whitewater rafting to painting, journaling and stargazing, the SU experienced some of the park’s top attractions. You can plan an adventure, too: Join trip coordinator Consuelo Murillo in her National Parks session at VCC 2017 for sample itineraries, meal plans and other tips.
Every June, San Marcos Service Unit hosts their much-awaited bridging and awards event. Each girl has her moment to cross over the bridge on stage, receive her flower and certificate, and hug or shake hands with her troop. Parents take photos, and friends and family enjoy refreshments and laughter. Girls look back on fond memories and forward to new adventures!
Park Hills Service Unit definitely has an attitude of gratitude! The team plans quarterly leader socials to thank leaders with a fun opportunity to hang out together. They kicked off Volunteer Appreciation Month with a Paint Night event, where leaders expressed their artistic abilities. During the month of April, the service unit also hosted an ice-cream social to thank all the troop cookie managers for their hard work.
Valle Lindo Service Unit in National City shared traditions with current and future Girl Scouts at their World Thinking Day event, which celebrated our international sisterhood. Troops made presentations on WAGGGS member countries around the world, taking attendees from Fiji to India to Japan. Valle Lindo troops opened this special holiday to prospective Girl Scouts … making new friends, but keeping the old!
Vista Service Unit holds an annual showcase event for local Girl Scouts and their families. Girls and troops prepare display boards, then use them to present their accomplishments and upcoming projects. All girls, from Daisies to Ambassadors, have the opportunity to practice and develop their presentation skills by speaking to a big, supportive group!
Imperial Valley Service Unit is growing by leaps and bounds: They've increased their girl membership by 90 percent in less than a year! Now, IV Girl Scouts are jumping into cookie season. At their Cookie Kickoff (pictured), they tested their cookie knowledge, welcomed a military visitor who spoke about Operation Thin Mint℠, and practiced their sales pitches.
Lakeside Service Unit: During their annual cookie kickoff, Lakeside’s Girl Scouts swapped sales tips, shared cookie goals and studied up on safe selling. In the 100th year of Girl Scouts selling cookies, the celebrations were double the fun — the service unit hosted a kickoff where younger girls could master cookie basics, and a cooking-show-inspired bake-off challenge for Cadettes-Ambassadors.
Mountain Shadow Service Unit has a unique holiday tradition — the Candy Cane Project, now in its fifth year. Troops from Mountain Shadow and beyond decorate giant wooden candy cane cutouts for “Christmas Card Lane,” a locally famous neighborhood holiday display in Rancho Peñasquitos. The towering sweets send season’s greetings from area Girl Scouts to the wider community.
Magnolia Trails Service Unit’s first annual Activity and Vendor Fair was a smashing success! The service unit welcomed more than 30 community partners, local businesses and troops to share Girl Scout activities and resources with leaders across East County. Attendees met The Raptor Institute’s feathered friends, made music with Staump Music School, and connected with Ambassador Troop 6450 to learn about mentorship.
Blue Sky Service Unit made a festive sight at our Volunteer Conference. Clad in blue and gold, they brought Pixar's Finding Dory to life with cheers of, "Just keep Scouting" ... and won the Spirit Stick for their energy and creativity. Service Unit Manager Robin Evans says, "It's about getting leaders to rally behind you, not just about being loud. It's about living and breathing the Girl Scout spirit!"