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Dear GSSD Community,

Summer is officially here! Campers are celebrating by embracing the time-honored Girl Scout tradition of exploring the great outdoors. Girl Scout camp started this month, offering endless summer adventures in more than 75 sessions. They are soaking up experiences like gardening, hiking, horseback riding, and meeting land and sea animals, as well as, trying their hand at wilderness survival, comic book art, and exploring nature with telescopes and microscopes.

These experiences are made possible with funding. Gifts to Girl Scouts San Diego allow us to rehab and maintain our properties, hire more than 160 seasonal camp staff, and provide camperships to Girl Scouts. Please consider supporting this beloved, confidence-building experience by making your gift today.

Our Adult Learning team has all hands-on deck right now, as we are coordinating and organizing the 2022 Volunteer Conference: Joyful Jubilee. This full-day conference, presented by our partner Mission Fed, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Girl Scouts San Diego Balboa Campus. For those new to Girl Scouting, the Volunteer Conference is a wonderful opportunity to partake in inspiring and educational sessions, meeting community partners, and networking with Girl Scout friends old and new.

Leaders and volunteers are encouraged to attend. Register for Volunteer Conference now to get early-bird pricing and secure your desired sessions.

Girl Scouts capped off the spring with an epic Operation Thin Mint Sendoff where more than 1,100 attendees boarded the USS Midway Museum, and an inspiring Gold Award Ceremony honoring 82 Gold Award Girl Scouts in Liberty Station. As you read our July edition of Connections, you will learn about these great annual events and our Girl Scouts’ amazing accomplishments.

Finally, we would love to hear how your Girl Scout troop celebrated the end of the school year, whether it was a bridging ceremony or troop trip or a highest award, please send in pictures and stories to media@sdgirlscouts.org.

I truly hope you and your family find opportunities to rest and recharge this summer, whether it is by exploring the outdoors, taking time to read a book, or simply relaxing with your loved ones.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Carol M Dedrich 
Chief Executive Officer

 

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OTM Sendoff: An Epic Celebration

After a three-year hiatus, the Operation Thin Mintsm Sendoff returned to the USS Midway Museum with more than 1,100 attendees! This year’s program, opened with a color guard presentation by Girl Scout Troop 5912, and was led by Heather Lake from FOX 5 San Diego and GSSD CEO Carol Dedrich.

During the presentation, the GSSD community honored 59 Elite Entrepreneur Girl Scouts (those who sold 2,022+ packages), 10 OTM Superstars, and celebrated the more than 170,000 packages of cookies donated to deployed US military troops this year. Overall, Girl Scouts in San Diego and Imperial County marketed nearly 2.2 million cookie packages!

Throughout the event, Girl Scouts wrote “Notes from Home” to accompany the donated cookies, visited community partner booths, toured the USS Midway Museum, and shopped at our Girl Scouts pop-up store. The party continued with photo opportunities with the San Diego Padres Friar and an epic dance party led by DJ De’Ondre.

A special thank you to the USS Midway for 17 years of support and to this year’s 5-Star Partner, Carole J. Larson, and our 4-Star Partners: Mission Fed, RJS Law, San Diego Padres, Sharp Health Plan, Southwest Airlines, and Viasat.

 

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Anya Sabhnani Receives GSUSA Gold Award Scholarship

The Girl Scouts of the USA Gold Award Scholarship recognizes one outstanding Gold Award Girl Scout per council whose project exemplifies the core components of the Gold Award. This year, 2021 Gold Award Girl Scout Anya Sabhnani was selected to receive the scholarship.

In a letter from GSUSA, CEO Sofia Chang says, “We applaud you for your extraordinary leadership! Your outstanding Gold Award project 'The Education and Preparation of Senior Citizens for Emergencies' demonstrates measurable and sustainable impact and addresses an issue of national and/or global significance, proving that Girl Scouts of courage, confidence, and character truly do make the world a better place. Your accomplishments will endure for generations to come and serve as a powerful example of Girl Scouting in action.”

In a congratulatory call with GSSD CEO Carol Dedrich, Anya stated “I have always lived with my grandparents, and they are the inspiration behind my project. I noticed first-hand their disconnect with the world around them and with technology. I realized they had little to no awareness what they would do in case of an emergency.”

On behalf of the board of directors and entire GSSD community, congratulations, Anya. We are SO proud of you! 

 

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Girl Scouts Earn the Prestigious Gold Award

During the 2022 Gold Award Ceremony in June, 82 Gold Award Girls Scouts were presented with the highest award in Girl Scouting. The Gold Award is the pinnacle of the Girl Scout leadership experience. To achieve it, Girl Scouts create sustainable projects that impact local and global issues. This year’s projects, completed against the backdrop of a pandemic, were wide-ranging from mental health issues and environmental conservation to combatting literacy and supporting senior citizens.

Longtime Girl Scout San Diego volunteer Perette Godwin emceed the event alongside GSSD CEO Carol Dedrich. As their names and project titles were read aloud, each Girl Scout accepted the Gold Award pin from a family member or troop leader.

Dr. Inez González Perezchica, Executive Director of MANA de San Diego and a member of our Cool Women Class of 2022, provided an inspiring keynote address. Dr. González Perezchica praised the Gold Award Girl Scouts and gave them three takeaways: the power of one, be grateful, and community matters.

Just five percent of eligible Girl Scouts achieve Gold Award status. This significant honor opens doors for them, giving them a competitive edge with job recruiters and college admissions officers, making them eligible for scholarships, and entitling them to enlist in the military at a higher pay grade.

A big thank you to Baker Electric Home Energy for sponsoring the ceremony.

To learn about opportunities for Girl Scouts to earn the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards, visit our highest awards page or contact us at highestawards@sdgirlscouts.org.

 

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Get Ready: Power Her Promise Campaign Returns September 2022

Power Her Promise, a fundraising campaign by Girl Scouts San Diego, is set to return this September. The month-long event – supported by Diamond Sponsor SOLV Energy – allows for more people to engage in a multi-faceted experience, and corporate partners appreciate the long-term visibility. 

All proceeds from Power Her Promise are directed to our impactful programs and provide financial assistance that keeps Girl Scouting available and affordable for all girls.

Supporters will have an opportunity to partake in an online auction, featuring amusement park passes, travel packages, and other great items like tickets for a San Diego Wave FC soccer match at the new Snapdragon Stadium. Plus, donors who give $2,500 or more will be our special guests for an intimate, outdoor reception at a beautiful residence in Del Mar.

This year, our extraordinary volunteers, Emily Rex (also a GSSD board member) and Perette Godwin, will co-chair the Power Her Promise campaign. Watch your email for more information coming out in August from Girl Scouts San Diego about Power Her Promise. 

 

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Why Girl Scouts Matters

Through Girl Scout camp and other outdoor programs, children thrive in a space where they’re free to learn new things and grow as leaders. Benefits abound!

According to a survey conducted by GSUSA’s Girl Scout Research Institute: 

  • 50 percent said that Girl Scouts provided them with opportunities to experience the outdoors in ways they could not have otherwise.
  • About 75 percent said that Girl Scouts gave them the chance to build their skills or try new outdoor experiences.
  • Through Girl Scout-led outdoor activities, they:
    • Seek challenges
    • Become resourceful problem-solvers
    • Work cooperatively
    • Develop a strong sense of self
    • Learn to appreciate nature (and are twice as likely to take action as environmental stewards)

Upcoming Events

Volunteer Conference—Saturday, Aug. 27, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Power Her Promise—Sept. 1-30
Outdoor Skills Weekend—Friday-Sunday, Oct. 7-9
Volunteer Celebration—Saturday, Nov. 5

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