Find Inspiration in
One of my favorite places to visit is the majestic Sequoia National
Park, where some of the tallest and oldest trees in the world have
withstood thousands of years of drought, fires, earthquakes, and
infestations. Interestingly, these awesome giants lack deep roots to
hold them steady, but instead, the sequoias have a root system that is
intertwined with the other redwood trees providing a network of
support and nutrients. Together, they prevent the adversaries of life
from knocking them down. This is the perspective I want to share with
As I reflect over the last few years and think about our future,
there is angst that may overshadow opportunity. Many of us faced
frustrations caused by uncertainty, stood in the middle of
uncomfortable situations, and felt unbearable emotions while striving
to be our best selves. How do we move forward and not shy away from
opportunity because of what we experienced these past two years? How
do we muster the courage and confidence to set an example for our
girls, peers, families, organizations, and our community? We lean on
each other and do it together.
Like sequoias, Girl Scouts has stood the test of time because of
the strong network we have when we work together. I have witnessed
individuals reaching out to others, offering support in good and
challenging times. I am inspired by our girls, thousands of
phenomenally dedicated volunteers, generous supporters, and
hardworking staff–each committed to making our world a better place.
In the face of this indescribably challenging Girl Scout Cookie
season, we have been meeting with our volunteer Cookie Program
leaders, and the collaboration, compassion, and camaraderie have been
helpful and healing. One volunteer on a call shared the story of her
daughter who sold more than 7,000 packages last year. This year, that
young entrepreneur wanted to exceed her 2021 accomplishment. Upon
learning that many girls had lost hope of meeting their goals because
of supply issues caused by our baker, she decided to transfer her
cookie inventory to other girls, so they could have the chance to meet
their goals. That is what Girl Scouts is all
about—lifting others up. We can all learn from her example!
As we enter spring, we are excited to announce the plans for summer
camp this year. Our talented outdoor team has created dozens of
sessions for day and resident camps. Registration opens Monday, March
7, 8:30 a.m. on the camp page.
Check out the brochure at sdgirlscouts.org/camp.
If girls want to participate, and are not yet involved in Girl
Scouts, camp is a great introduction to our amazing organization. We
want to make it as stress-free as possible; we are here to help. If
you have financial challenges that may limit your camper’s
participation, please reach out to us. Many of our donors have
provided camperships for girls this year. Plus, there are no
cancellation or change fees up to 25 days before the session begins.
We look forward to a great camp season!
You make a difference. Please be kind to yourself and others, as
our girls are watching us. Thank you for your courage, confidence,
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Carol M Dedrich
Chief Executive Officer
Advocate for Girl Scouts: Contact State Legislators
We need your help! California
Assembly Bill 506 went into effect January 1, 2022. We believe
this legislation is a good addition to the Girl Scout safety
procedures we currently have in place. However, the legislation did
not come with funding for the required Live Scan background check that
averages about $60 per person.
With nearly 6,000 volunteers and staff required to comply within
our local council and given only two-month notice, this is a hefty
price—one that was not budgeted. Statewide, there is an estimated cost
upwards of $4 million for all Girl Scout councils combined. Therefore,
the eight Girl Scout councils in California have come together to
advocate for funding—even for a one-time allotment to help defray
catch-up costs. To this end, we are asking you, our Girl Scout
network, to send letters of support to:
- the State Senate Budget Committee Members;
- the State
Assembly Budget Committee Members;
- any Members of the
Senate and Assembly you may know; and
- the Governor.
Here are sample letters that can be customized – Click here if
you’re a volunteer (any adult can adapt) and click here if
you’re a girl. The links below are to the Senate and Assembly Budget
Committee members. When you click on the Senate link, please scroll to
the bottom to find the names. You can click on the name and send the
letter via email to the representative. In addition, the Governor’s
The Honorable Gavin Newsom
Governor, State of
1021 O Street, 9th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Please consider helping us. Letters must be delivered no later than
Friday, March 18, 2022. Your advocacy could help us get state funding
to help with this important safety measure, which will ensure other
funding remains available for girl and volunteer programming. Thank
you for your support!
Paying It Forward: Courtney from Mission Fed
Since 2000, Girl Scouts San Diego has honored phenomenal female
leaders from our community who are consummate role models for girls.
Each year, we
honor a new group of women as Cool Women, an esteemed sisterhood
of remarkable innovators, changemakers, and leaders. We also recognize
the Emerging Leader Girl Scouts, young women who have built their
leadership skills through workshops on topics such as networking,
business etiquette, public speaking, and personal brand basics.
Last year’s virtual event was held on a unique platform that
allowed people to move from table to table. It was a great way for
guests to engage in personal, small group conversations. Emerging
Leader Girl Scout Esha Walia sat at a table with longtime GSSD
sponsor Mission Fed where she met Courtney Pendleton, Public
Relations and Community Manager for the credit union. Familiar with
public relations, Esha was curious to learn more about the field.
“Most students don’t know what PR is,” stated Courtney. “It was so
exciting and unusual to meet a young person who was already
knowledgeable and passionate about my field!”
While they did not have much time to talk during Cool Women, they
exchanged contact information. Esha took the initiative to follow up
with Courtney, and a true mentoring relationship developed. Now a
freshman at Northeastern University in Boston, majoring in business
administration, Esha has kept in contact with Courtney. When Esha was
home for the holiday break, they met up for lunch.
During their conversations, they talk about Courtney’s school and
career path, professional affiliations that could be helpful to Esha,
and the ins and outs of what the job entails. Early in her career,
Courtney spent eight years working for an international PR firm where
she cut her teeth in the field. She has maintained her relationships
there and is helping Esha get connected to the firm’s Boston office,
where one of Courtney’s long-time mentors still works. Talk about
paying it forward!
“Courtney has been a huge resource to me,” stated Esha, “I’m really
grateful I connected with her at Cool Women, and I’m excited to stay connected!”
Esha’s advice to other Girl Scouts? “Immerse yourself in all of the
opportunities. Take advantage of the networking! Girl Scouts was a
huge part of my life and still is.”
Reflecting on some of her Girl Scout experiences, including Girl
Advisory Board, an essay contest, Real Talk, and earning all three of
her highest awards, Esha says she learned different things from each
of them. “It’s how I became passionate about public speaking. I didn’t
realize I was good at it until I had these Girl Scout opportunities.”
Cool Women will be held on Thursday, March 24 at an al fresco
luncheon in the garden overlooking the Pacific coast at the Hilton
La Jolla Torrey Pines. Thirty-one Emerging Leader Girl Scouts will
be honored along with five inspiring Cool Women. Tickets are
available at Cool
Women. Major gratitude goes to Mission Fed for sponsoring this
event, as well as many other GSSD programs throughout the year.
Their partnership makes a tremendous impact on girls’ lives.
Fun. Friendship. Her Big Future.
Life can be complicated, but keeping your girl curious, active, and
happy doesn’t have to be. Learn what Girl Scouts San Diego has to
offer your family at sdgirlscouts.org/join.
We are happy to be your one-stop shop when it comes to exciting
activities, social opportunities, and simply bringing fun to your
girl’s everyday life. Sign her up to be a Girl Scout today!
Gearing up for kindergarten? You can register your girl on Friday,
April 1. Current kindergarteners and older girls can join now!
Have a neighbor, granddaughter, friend or niece who would thrive in
Girl Scouts? Please tell them why you believe in this unparalleled
leadership development program for girls. Give them the gift of joy
and confidence that comes with membership.
Space is still available in our spring break one-day camps, and
summer camp registration opens Monday, March 7 at 8:30 a.m.! Head on
over to sdgirlscouts.org/camp to
view the camp brochure and to sign up.
In more outdoor news, properties are now available for troop
camping and meetings until Wednesday, June 1. Fall reservations will
be available in April. For information on each location and to make
a reservation, visit sdgirlscouts.org/property.
Operation Thin Mint Sendoff
Saturday, May 14
Thin Mint℠ (OTM) originated in San Diego in 2002. Since then,
our Girl Scout troops and their generous cookie customers have sent
over 3.7 million packages of America's favorite cookies and countless
notes of support to deployed troops serving around the world. This
event is a celebration of this amazing service project – we invite all
of you to join us!
"Thank you for the cookies. It just feels like a little piece
of home was delivered to us!" — LS1(SW/AW) Jennifer Workman,
USN, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)
An Old Vehicle Taking Up Space?
Have an old car, camper, boat, or motorcycle you don’t need?
Whether it runs or not, Girl Scouts San Diego can accept your
vehicle donation. Just call 855-500-RIDE (7433) today to have it
towed at no charge. You will free up the space in your garage, get a
tax deduction, and empower a girl.