Silver Award Girl Scouts Lead the Way
Greetings from my home to yours. I hope you and your families are
safe and healthy. Happy Mother’s Day to the moms and other supportive
women who nurture our Girl Scouts!
Girl Scouts is a welcome lifeline for girls during this period of
isolation. I am deeply grateful for our dedicated volunteers, parents,
funders, and staff—and the technology that keeps us connected—during
this time of physical distancing.
After thorough analysis and creative planning by our council team, I
announced that we are cancelling, postponing, or reimagining as
virtual experiences all in-person events through the end of
June. Our original, in-person camp schedule was canceled, replaced
by a new, reimagined
virtual schedule. (See details below.) Thanks to our can-do
Co-chairs Bink Cook, Dea Hurston, Lidia Martinez, and Patti Roscoe,
our popular Cool
Women event will now showcase and celebrate 20 years of women in
leadership. And the impressive Gold Award ceremony will honor 66
incredible young women who are making a difference. My staff and I
appreciate your support and your patience as we strive to deliver
dynamic programs and inspiring events in a virtual setting.
It is difficult to be separated, and more so during this time of
year when we have so much to celebrate. My heart goes out to the 316
Girl Scouts who earned the prestigious Silver Award. Although we could
not be together in person, we are so proud of these exceptional girls.
I invite you to watch the ceremony to see how these Cadettes
flexed their leadership muscles while researching community issues and
Silver Award Girl Scouts Danika and Natalie addressed a root cause
of a problem that endangered wildlife and the environment: horse waste
along equestrian trails in Ramona. Working with a park ranger, the
seventh-graders analyzed best materials and concepts for waste
disposal systems, then designed and built three composting bins that
effectively prevent water contamination and disease in animals.
Rangers at trailheads across San Diego County are now replicating the
project (Ramona Sentinel).
Jessica, Megan, and Shehnaz teamed up to boost student math skills
at their former elementary school. After finding out that reinforced
learning, visuals, and practice were key to learning the “times
tables,” they painted a giant multiplication chart along a busy
corridor at the school. The eighth-graders also developed a
multiplication game. As a result of this Silver Award project,
students for years to come will be more likely to master an important
area of math.
Genevieve discovered that the State of California had stopped
testing students for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis at middle and
high schools. So, for her Silver Award, she devised an educational
campaign for at-risk adolescents, their parents, and the general
public to raise awareness about danger signs and treatment options.
Genevieve has shared her lecture and workshop materials with families,
health workers, and schools.
Thanks to the confidence and skills they gained while creating
positive, lasting change, these girls are poised for Gold Award
success in high school. I am so proud of them!
I know that this is a disappointing time for so many, especially our
girls. It hurts my heart that we are unable to be together for these
wonderful celebrations and events. Thank you for continuing to support
Girl Scouts San Diego through your time, talent, and treasures. We
will come out of this stronger, because we are going through this together.