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Dear Girl Scout friend,

What would you do if you won a million dollars? That was the question a counselor posed to her group of teens at Girl Scout San Diego’s Camp Winacka.

As you can imagine, there were lots of ideas shared—buy a house for my family, go on a shopping spree, travel the world. One girl, Amelia, was deep in thought. When the counselor asked her what she would do, Amelia replied,

“I’d give it to Camp Winacka, because a counselor here saved my life, and I want all girls to have this opportunity.”

Girl Scouts has a profound impact on girls’ lives. From kindergarten through high school, Girl Scouts champions girl ambition, allowing girls to be unapologetically themselves, discover their strengths, and rise to meet challenges. Throughout those experiences, the relationships that develop are life-changing. As the girls grow together over the years, guided by dedicated, caring adults, the bonds of sisterhood lift them up.

The isolation of the pandemic had a grueling effect on many young people’s mental health, but Girl Scouts was here, keeping thousands of girls connected with their peers and trusted volunteers. Girl Scouts provided a safe place to collectively deal with their struggles. Returning to camp last summer helped girls like Amelia replenish their souls and repair the effects of the preceding year.

Nearly half of the Girl Scouts in our local community live in households challenged with economic security. Because we understand the transformative impact these engaging experiences and relationships can have on their lives, our programs are available for all girls, regardless of their families’ ability to pay. You make that possible.

While we can’t all donate a million dollars, we can all give the gift of Girl Scouts. With your donation, you can ensure girls have the opportunity to build their skills and resilience, and develop these strong relationships. 100% of your contribution stays right here to provide empowering programs for girls in San Diego and Imperial counties.

Please give today—You have the power to help girls soar...and you could soar too! Donate and create an "I Empower Girls" post and tag #GSSD, by Friday, Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. to be automatically entered to win four roundtrip tickets compliments of Southwest Airlines.

In Girl Scouting,

rita datko

Rita Datko
Chair, Board of Directors

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