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Newsletters

Our monthly council newsletters include Connections, Volunteer Voice, and Family Zone. Browse the archives of previous issues below.

Other publications include Giving Wisely, a bi-annual printed newsletter for friends of Girl Scouts San Diego, and various program-specific newsletters.

Connections

Connections: This monthly collection of feature stories connecting friends of Girl Scouting with recent GSSD events, opportunities, and mission moments is published the first week of each month. View the the current issue, previous issues from this year, or archives of previous years (below). Email customercare@sdgirlscouts.org to subscribe.

Giving Wisely

Giving WiselyOur bi-annual newsletter for friends of Girl Scouts San Diego comes out in print and as a PDF. Past issues are archived below. Find out more about making a gift to Girl Scouts San Diego.


Family Zone

Family Zone: Girl Scouts and their families stay in-the-know with this monthly email newsletter just for them. Look for research-driven info on issues that matter most to girls (archived below) and links to key programs and events. Become a member today!


August 2019
Expert insight:
 Not every girl loves hiking, climbing, and camping. Is your girl more the indoor type? That's great! She's interested, she's engaged, and she's learning and growing. But because girls can benefit so much by getting outside and exploring nature, wouldn't it be great if she took her indoor interests outdoors? Read more about how to infuse the natural world into her traditionally inside pursuits.

July 2019
Expert insight:
 "Play...boost[s] emotional intelligence, decision making skills, creativity and problem solving abilities,” says Girl Scouts’ developmental psychologist, Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald (who, by the way, will be speaking at our Volunteer Conference on Saturday, Aug. 3). Imagination and physical dexterity are also positively impacted, giving her a leg up in school and beyond. Get some tips on how to build playtime into your girl's life.

June 2019
Expert insight:
 A girl’s relationship with her father lays the foundation for her confidence and her future relationships and expectations of men. Girls need (and want!) their dads and father figures in their lives just as much as they need their mothers and female mentors. Check out these four simple ways you can set your girl up for success in life.

May 2019
Expert insight:
 There’s no rule that learning can only happen in a classroom! Let her curiosity, imagination, and passions lead the way this summer. These seven tips will help you ensure a break full of enriching, educational moments for your girl.

April 2019
Expert insight:
If your girl is facing a minor conflict, let her try to handle it on her own. Dealing with conflict is an important skill to master, and while your girl might need your guidance, it will be easier for her to weather her own storms if she starts with the small stuff. The truth is, life is hard sometimes. The sooner she starts practicing problem-solving techniques, the more confident and capable she’ll be as she grows up.

March 2019
Expert insight:
 Your girl is a hard worker, dedicated volunteer, or talented athlete, so she's sure to get scholarships for college, right? With young men getting roughly double the scholarship money of their female peers, girls are significantly more likely to go into debt . Have conversations from an early age about financing college—not just getting in. Investing time in these conversations will also reinforce the fact that you value her mind and dreams.

February 2019
Expert insight:
 Digital communities can help teens and tweens develop their social skills and form positive relationships, but the digital world can be a tricky place to navigate. Check out a few do’s and don’ts from Girl Scouts’ developmental psychologist and senior digital media director.

January 2019
Expert insight:
 Your ambitious girl likely has big ideas and dreams about her future in the working world. The Girl Scout Cookie Program lets her showcase her entrepreneurial spirit and helps her learn first-hand about goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. Help her make her dreams come true.

December 2018
Expert Insight: Are you (and your girl) feeling holiday pressure? Maintain the mental health of yourself and your family with these six holiday truths that'll make everybody’s holiday a little happier.

November 2018
Expert Insight: Did you hear that 58% of female representatives elected to the 116th Congress are Girl Scout alums? Girls are inspired! Across the country, young people are making headlines, sparking national conversations, and even getting laws changed. We're here to help you support your girl as she stands up for her beliefs (even when it's a little scary) and takes the lead. Read more!

October 2018
Expert Insight:
What can you do to raise a smart, confident girl who’s equipped to succeed in this world? Make sure she’s getting some high-quality time surrounded by girls and girls only, where she’s allowed to be herself and learn her own strengths on her own terms. Read more!

Volunteer Voice

Volunteer Voice: Our e-newsletter for volunteers comes out the second week of each month with up-to-date tips (archived below) and happenings for every Girl Scout program level (see buttons below). Become a member or volunteer today to get on the mailing list.


August 2019
Pro tip: It's back-to-school time! To ensure a smooth transition into your new membership year—beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1—make sure your troop roster is up-to-date! Log into your Member Profile and check to see that your girl members and adult volunteer roles are accurate and current. Need to make changes? Contact Customer Care.

July 2019
Pro tip: Are your girls’ sights set on something big this coming year? Now’s the time to add important dates to your calendar, get the trainings you need (Volunteer Conference? Troop Tripping?), and begin planning your meetings. We have resources to make your job easier! Can’t find what you're looking for? Use our new, interactive Troop Support tool to get the help you need.

June 2019
Pro tip:
 Summer's here! Enjoy a break, and then jump right into planning for next year. The Volunteer Toolkit is expected to undergo maintenance during the first couple weeks of July, but your 2018-19 plans will be archived. When VTK returns better than ever in mid-July, look for 45 new badges and awards for all levels! Renew now to be able to access brand new plans and revised six-session Journeys, from Daisies to Ambassadors!

May 2019
Pro tip:
 Get the latest scoop on our newly-created What's New page for volunteers! Recent additions include a link to our just-released Bridging Guide, info on summer Troop Adventure Weekends, and Bronze and Silver Award resources. Learn about program updates, procedural changes, resources, and more by checking the What's New page regularly.

April 2019
Pro tip:
 Get a head start on the 2020 Girl Scout Year by renewing now! Early membership renewal ensures your girls are prepared to make a detailed budget and plans with their troop for the upcoming year. It’s also a perfect time to invite new friends into your troop by taking advantage of extended year membership. Additionally, girls who register any time before Friday, May 17 will receive an exclusive GSSD Spring Member patch!

March 2019
Pro tip:
 Become a lifetime member (at a special rate)! To applaud the contributions of all who champion the next generation of change-makers, Girl Scouts of the USA is offering longtime volunteers (ten+ years of service) lifetime memberships at a discounted rate of $200 during April, which is Volunteer Appreciation Month. Thank you to our dedicated volunteers who make the Girl Scout world go ‘round!

February 2019
Pro tip:
 With the Girl Scouts' birthday on Tuesday, March 12 right around the corner, remember that the resource centers (at each of our three locations) have loads of equipment for fun vintage Girl Scout activities, historical display uniforms, ceremony tools, and much more!

January 2019
Pro tip:
 We’re reaching out to new members in a new way. When a girl joins, her family will receive six short welcome emails to introduce Girl Scout traditions and resources. Encourage your families to open and read these, and refer to them (as well as the monthly Family Zone newsletter) to start conversations about the benefits of Girl Scouting for the whole family.

December 2018
Pro tip: 
As you're working with your troop to set realistic goals for the cookie program, tie your discussions into this season of giving, and remind them to plan for some of their time and funds to go toward helping others.

November 2018
Pro tip:
 Global issues don't just happen somewhere else. When girls participate in a holiday clothing drive, serve a meal at a homeless shelter, or collect gifts for families in need, they are addressing global issues, like hunger and poverty, in their local community. Ask, “What?...So what?...Now what?” to help them understand and appreciate their impact.

October 2018
Pro tip:
 Even the pros need a little help sometimes. If you or your families are having any trouble with membership (renewal or registration issues, roster inaccuracies, wrong adult role listed, etc.), contact customer care, 619-610-0821. That's why we're here!


Program-level Happenings

  • Daisy Happenings
  • Brownie Happenings
  • Junior Happenings
  • Cadette Happenings
  • Senior Happenings
  • Ambassador Happenings

Program-specific Newsletters

STEAMail: To receive this monthly email update on upcoming STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) events, activities, and resources to empower your Girl Scout, contact Claire.

Older Girls: Girls Scouts age 13+ and their parents receive occasional emails about opportunities, programs, scholarships, and more especially for girls in grades 6-12. Contact Rea to sign up.

Volunteers: Adults interested in short-term and episodic volunteer opportunities receive a quarterly email newsletter. Contact Loretta to sign up.