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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 current issue and previous issues from this year or archives of past years.

Email customercare@sdgirlscouts.org to subscribe.

Making a Difference and Giving Wisely

Making a Difference is our bi-annual publicaton for supporters of Girl Scouts San Diego. 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!


July 2021
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.

June 2021
Expert insight:
 June is a time of celebrations, from bridging ceremonies to graduations, people want to come together! Girl Scouts San Diego has released the latest guidelines now that California is "Beyond the Blueprint" and check out these CDC ideas for safely hosting gatherings that can include everyone.

May 2021
Expert insight:
 Summer is when some of the most fun childhood memories are made, but did you know that it’s also an awesome opportunity for your girl to grow, learn, and become her best self? After a year of uncertainty and screen time overload, girls are ready to make new friends and reacquaint with old ones, while exploring the outdoors and adventures that are unique to summer camp. Be sure to check out all the opportunities for girls who want to be campers and counselors this summer!

April 2021
Expert insight:
 It’s Volunteer Appreciation Month, and there’s no doubt that our amazing Girl Scout volunteers deserve a standing ovation. These incredible and essential volunteers give their time to mentor girls, inspire them, and help them discover the world around them and the spark inside them. Share your gratitude with e-cards, crafts, and other ideas available on our website.

March 2021
Expert insight:
 During this Women's History Month, take time with your children to discover women who have confronted challenges and made the world a better place. Check out these trailblazing women and then ask your girl how she wants to make her mark in the world.

February 2021
Expert insight:
 When diverse people come together to form one complex yet seamless whole, that’s unity. It’s about equality, inclusiveness, and dignity. While none of us can snap our fingers to create instant unity, we can—we must—take action and stand together for what’s right. Help your girl become a leader for unity in our country with these tips. We all have voices, and now is the time for us to raise them—together.

January 2021
Expert insight:
 Did you know that the very first Girl Scout Handbook was titled How Girls Can Help Their Country? Civic involvement is at the very heart of what it means to be a Girl Scout. In an effort to encourage girls to be civically educated and engaged, Girl Scouts of the USA is offering free downloads of the Democracy badge requirement booklets through Thursday, Feb. 4. If you’re looking for more fun and educational activities you can do with your girl, try this Inauguration word scramble or watch a kid-friendly video about government and politics.  

December 2020
Expert insight:
 In a season that’s usually marked by gatherings, how can we adapt our celebrations in meaningful ways? Fred Rogers once shared, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” As we close out the year, look for creative ways to be the helpers—to make helping others a joyful, integral part of your holiday season. Check out these holiday kindness ideas for kids from KPBS.

November 2020
Expert insight:
 Thanksgiving is bound to look a little different this year, but it’s still the perfect time to practice gratitude. When you express appreciation for the people and things in your life, you’re helping shape your girl's values. Check out these quick tips for raising thankful kids, and consider making a donation on Giving Tuesday (Dec. 1) to keep Girl Scouting available for all girls. With more than 45% of our members living in low-income households, San Diego Girl Scouts need your generosity now more than ever.

October 2020
Expert insight:  In our always-on culture, filled with screen-based experiences, it’s important that girls continue to make a strong connection to nature. Getting outdoors builds girls’ challenge-seeking and problem-solving skills, makes them more likely to care for the environment, and grows their leadership and social aptitudes. Accept the Make the Earth a Better Place Patch Challenge  by taking action in nature, around town, in your own home, or virtually! Discover more  fun and simple ways to explore the outdoors.

2019/20 Membership Year

September 2020
Expert insight:
 Girls today are feeling more lonely and anxious than ever before. Add a global pandemic, widespread lockdowns, separation from their friends, social unrest, and a long-term pause on many social activities and routines, and girls are truly in crisis. The bottom line? Girls need to feel a sense of belonging—now more than ever. “Having a space she can depend on, even online...where making friends and having fun is the priority—can combat feelings of alienation,” says Clinical Therapist Amy Kaufman. Learn more about how you can help.

August 2020
Expert insight:
Grown-ups and kids are likely experiencing some strange and difficult emotions about school this year. There are no easy solutions, but there is one fairly simple thing you can do to help your kids through this tricky time: ask them how they’re feeling. So take a pause from the more grown-up conversations about logistics and local politics, and center some time on your girl’s state of mind. Read more.

July 2020
Expert insight:
While the CDC continues to recommend all in-person playdates be put on hold, there are definitely families across the country that have decided to allow their children to meet up and play with others. Helping your girl deal with her "fear of missing out"—especially if she’s watching neighborhood kids play right outside her window—can be both challenging and heartbreaking. Check out these tips from Developmental Psychologist Dr. Cyndy Karras to make navigating this difficult situation a little easier. 

June 2020
Expert insight:
Girl Scouts encourages girls’ participation in civic engagement and respects the rights of each individual girl and adult member of our organization to make their own decisions about participating in peaceful protests. The safety and security of our Girl Scouts is our top priority. If you’re talking to your girl about racism or other civic issues and you decide to participate in an event she feels passionately about, she’s invited to wear her uniform if she chooses. Girl Scouts is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization which helps girls tap into their leadership potential to develop the courage, confidence, and character to make our world a better place.

May 2020
Expert insight:
You don’t need an expert to tell you that stay-at-home orders have caused an increase in kids’ screen time. If it feels like time to take action, don’t panic. Some tips for managing screen time include choosing appropriate content, finding screen time you can share, and increasing other healthy activities. Try to encourage alternatives such as getting outside. Taking a walk is a simple mood-boosting activity that's good for your physical health, too.

Looking for more outdoor ideas? Girl Scouts has you covered! Take the national Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge to earn a cool new patch, join our councilwide In-Tents Campout on June 5, and register your girl for one of our themed virtual sessions of Camp…Reimagined!

April 2020
Expert insight:
 Evidence suggests that grateful kids are happier, more engaged, and have healthier relationships. It's Volunteer Appreciation Month, so now is the perfect time to practice gratitude with our children. Help them show their appreciation to the Girl Scout volunteers in their lives; find great ideas on the  Girl Scouts San Diego and GSUSA websites.

March 2020
Expert insight: 
With coronavirus—and the news about it—spreading rapidly around the globe, stress and worry can feel overwhelming. Your girl could likely use a sense of calm in her life right about now, and you can help. Simply asking what she’s heard, how she’s feeling, and ensuring she’s getting correct information lets her know you’re there to support her. Check out more helpful do's and don’ts when it comes to handling this subject with care.

February 2020
Expert insight:
 Your girl is going to need to make smart financial decisions later in life, and Girl Scout Cookie season is the perfect time to start. Hands-on experience with goal setting, money handling, and budgeting will help her thrive. You don’t have to be a financial whiz to help her learn all about money matters. Check out more fun ways to help your Girl Scout get comfortable managing money.

January 2020
Expert insight:
 Sadly, international strife is nothing new. But thanks to social media and a 24-hour news cycle, kids are now exposed to the ins and outs of the global stage like never before. It’s no wonder they have questions. Luckily, you don't need to have all the answers to calm and reassure your girl. Check out these tips on how to navigate these difficult conversations and help put her mind at ease.

December 2019
Expert insight:
 Is your girl feeling a bit “grinchy” during this otherwise-festive season? Don't let your daughter’s mood put a damper on the holiday...get to the bottom of the problem so her holiday (and yours!) can be a whole lot happier.

November 2019
Expert insight:
 Thanksgiving should be a time to pause and celebrate all the wonderful things in our lives. But who has time to teach our children the value of thankfulness when you’re too busy cooking and cleaning to even sit down and eat with the family? Borrow these simple ideas and get ready to have one of your happiest holidays yet.

October 2019
Expert insight:
 As girls get older, the fearless sense of adventure they enjoyed in their younger years gives way to something a bit less fun: the pressure to be perfect. Let her know that trying her best and being willing to work toward improving will give her the fullest, most fun, and ultimately most successful life. Read more about how can you encourage her to test the waters and try new things.

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.


July 2021
Pro tip:
 With summer break in full-swing, we hope you, your girl, and your troop are taking some much-needed time to get rejuvenated for the coming year. Whether you’re getting a head-start on planning the year in  Volunteer Toolkit, catching up on training in gsLearn, getting inspired at Volunteer Conference 2021, or simply taking a break, Girl Scouts San Diego hopes you are taking time to fill your bucket and enjoy the little things. For some impactful mental health and wellness inspiration, check out one of GSUSA’s previous Campfire Chats on topics like Taking Charge of Your Well-being, Self-Care for Overachievers, Journal Writing in Quarantine, and more!

June 2021
Pro tip:
 Being a lifetime member is about championing the next generation of change-makers by investing in the world’s largest leadership development organization for girls! Right now, young alums (under the age of 30) and 10+ year volunteers can take advantage of a special $200 membership! Just select your membership product at checkout from your MyGS account. A lifetime membership also makes a wonderful gift for the graduating Girl Scouts in your life. Already a lifetime member? Lifetime members must renew their volunteer roles every year so we know you want to continue in that position. Log into your MyGS account to renew your roles today! 

May 2021
Pro tip:
 With summer around the corner, girls are gearing up for a break from school and adventures in the outdoors. For our leaders, this might mean a break from troop meetings too, so use this opportunity to explore the available trainings in gsLearn! Our new online learning platform is accessible through your MyGS account and has dozens of online trainings available at your fingertips. From program-level-specific trainings for every age, to higher awards trainings, to troop treasurer training, there is a ton to explore in gsLearn. There are even recordings from previous Troop Support virtual office hours on a variety of useful topics. Visit the Training page to take a look at available courses in gsLearn or view this video which will walk you through how to access it for the first time.

April 2021
Pro tip:
 April is Month of the Military Child and whether your troop has girls with parents in the military or not, there are many ways to celebrate! Wear purple with us on Thursday, April 15 for Purple Up Day to recognize military children for their character, courage, sacrifice, and resilience, visit our Operation Thin Mint 20th Anniversary exhibit at the USS Midway Museum (remember: girls in uniform receive free admission to the exhibit!), or complete 20 or more Operation Thin Mint cards to thank our service members and veterans and drop them off at our Balboa Store to receive your OTM 20th anniversary patch. 

March 2021
Pro tip:
 Need some fresh ideas to mix up your meetings and beat Zoom fatigue? Check out this article from Raising Awesome Girls for ways to energize your meetings, and join us on the fourth Tuesday of the month for our new Leaders LUV Games training. If your troop is considering meeting in-person, start your planning with our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines. Steps 1-3 will guide you through making the decision to meet in-person, setting up your cohorts, and finding a space to meet.

February 2021
Pro tip:
 Have you been waiting to get your troop up and running again? The time is now! You can still get started with this year’s cookie program. Plus, take advantage of our badge kits, Girl Scout Hangouts, and Troop Campy Hours…they’re like “easy buttons” for your troop meetings. Make sure your troop is back in the swing of things so they’ll be fully charged once we are able to meet in person again . Do you have girls with lapsed memberships? Check out our unprecedented Galentine’s special: $10 off this year’s membership!

January 2021
Pro tip:
 Planning for summer camp in the era of COVID-19 is challenging, but our dynamic Outdoor team is busy creating an array of options (including virtual and in-person experiences). Whatever may come, a fun, safe, and engaging program will be available to all Girl Scouts. Stay tuned for our digital brochure and registration opportunities (coming this spring). Need a camp fix in the meantime? Register for a holiday one-day camp or take the GSSD Eco Patch Challenge. Contact camp@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0782 with questions.

December 2020
Pro tip:
 Login to the new and improved My GS to view your troop information and ensure all members are registered and ready to go for the cookie program. Also check that your troop cookie manager (TCM) is registered into the correct role and has taken the training. Initial cookie orders for 2021 are due by Monday, Dec. 14 this year!

November 2020
Pro tip:
 Volunteer Toolkit has several new updates to make planning for your year a snap! Preview badge requirements before you add them to your year plan or find meeting plans that can be done entirely online by looking for the Wi-Fi symbol. Please note that VTK will be down for system upgrades from Nov. 18 through early December, so login now to download your lesson plans!

October 2020
Pro tip:
 Some volunteer-hosted, in-person activities are now possible! Read our new COVID-19 guidance at sdgirlscouts.org/stayingconnected, and please share the participation information and waiver with families. Based on the color-coded California Blueprint for a Safer Economy, these guidelines are based on county risk level and subject to change, so check back frequently for updates. (from the October issue of Volunteer Voice)

2019/20 Membership Year

September
Pro tip:
 Fall is just around the corner, school is starting up again, and so are Girl Scout troops! Make sure your troop is set up for success in the new membership year by updating your troop roster. Renew girls and volunteers by Wednesday, Sept. 30 and assign a Troop Fall Manager (TFM) so he/she can get the right communications. The fall product program begins Monday, Oct. 5 and customers can place orders through Sunday, Oct. 25.  Virtual training is available now for TFMs.

August 2020
Pro tip:
 Despite the ever-shifting world around us, one thing is for certain: Girl Scouts has plenty of resources to help you lead your troop from a distance. From new GSUSA tips and tools to helpful videos created by our very own Outreach team, our continually-updated Staying Connected page is the place to find everything you need!

July 2020
Pro tip:
 2020 isn’t quite what any of us planned, and the disruption has impacted many troop plans. But you can still strengthen your troop, explore locally, engage with your community, and get active with your girls this year. On Saturday, Aug. 1 and Saturday, Aug. 8, we’re offering a four-part webinar series called Girl-Led Funding to help you explore exciting ways to plan and fund girl-led activities. It’s time to think outside the box…and no one does that better than a Girl Scout.

June 2020
Pro tip:
 Just like everything else in 2020, bridging looks a little different this year than we expected. GSUSA has postponed National Bridging Week until Aug. 1-8, so you still have time to plan something special! Check out our Bridging Guide, including a downloadable Bridging at a Distance guide. If your girls are registering for Camp…Reimagined!, note they are now considered to be in next year’s program level even if you haven’t officially bridged yet.

May 2020
Pro tip: 
Virtual troop meetings don’t have to mean connecting from the couch. Keep your virtual meetings active with games, spirit themes, and family involvement. Games like Mad Libs and Pictionary work well, as do at-home or neighborhood scavenger hunts. If girls have access to a mobile device, they can bring their adults and take a walk “together,” pointing out plants, interesting architecture, or favorite colors. Themes like crazy hair day and school spirit work just as well for virtual meetings as they do in person.

April 2020
Pro tip:
 It's Volunteer Appreciation Month, the perfect time for us to say thank you, and for all of us to thank other volunteers: the experienced troop leader who provided advice, your service unit team who shared important information and ran excellent events, and the parents who managed the cookie program or coordinated meeting snacks. Whether you mail a homemade card, send a virtual high five, or create a Kudoboard, show others you appreciate them in your own special way!

March 2020
Pro tip: 
If your girls or parents are uncomfortable about gathering, consider virtual troop meetings. Check out free online virtual meeting spaces like Google Hangouts, Zoom, or others. Remember that human connection, even in this time of "social distancing," can help quell feelings of anxiety and uncertainty.

February 2020
Pro tip:
Saturday, Feb. 22 is World Thinking Day, so this is the perfect time to elevate global awareness and appreciation by guiding your girls through an exploration of the daily life of a girl in another WAGGGS country. What does her school experience look like? What are her family responsibilities? How about social expectations? The GSUSA Global Action Days Toolkit is filled with ideas and links to use throughout the year.

January 2020
Pro tip: 
During cookie season we're all focused on learning while earning! Troop leaders help girls build skills through Cookie and Financial Literacy badges (You can do one of each per year!) while troop cookie managers handle product program logistics. Have fun out there, and remember to send pics of your cookie entrepreneurs to media@sdgirlscouts.org and tag @sdgirlscouts when you share on social media!

December 2019
Pro tip: 
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is just around the corner. Now is the time to talk to your girls about budgeting, goal setting, and all the amazing things they'll do with their proceeds! Remember, troop funds can be used to register or renew Girl Scout memberships

November 2019
Pro tip:
 Have you attended a service unit meeting lately? The volunteers in your SU are a fabulous resource! In fact, our President’s Award recognizes efforts of service units who enhance Girl Scouting in their communities each membership year. Congrats to Imperial Valley, Magnolia Trails, Mission Trails, San Marcos, and Sunrise Valley (pictured winning the Spirit Stick at Volunteer Conference) for taking home the award this past year, and thanks to all our amazing volunteers! We are honored work with you to build girls of courage, confidence, and character each and every day.

October 2019
Pro tip: Did you know that troops with at least 12 girls have greater parent involvement, stay together longer, and give more girls the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts? Submit this brief form to open your troop in the Troop Catalog, an online tool that lets girls and their families browse and join available troops in their area.


Program-level Happenings

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

Program-specific Newsletters

GSO: To receive this quarterly email update on upcoming GSO events, activities, and resources to empower your Girl Scout, contact Geannie.

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 volunteer@sdgirlscouts.org to sign up.

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