As we began our cookie program in a purely virtual environment, the Oak Creek Service Unit hosted a virtual Cookie Kickoff event. Girls practiced goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics while connecting with their Girl Scout sisters virtually.
The Spirit Stick competition, an annual tradition honoring the symbolism of a tree branch salvaged from Girl Scouts San Diego camp properties after a wildfire, looked a bit different at this year’s Volunteer Conference. Though Sunrise Valley will remain the guardians of the Spirit Stick for one more year, service units still had an opportunity to showcase their fire of imagination and exuberance of heart.
Clairemont Service Unit volunteers got together virtually to brainstorm how to keep girls and troops connected to Girl Scouts during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Many great ideas were shared including cooking challenges, virtual troop campouts, and badge work activities. Their innovation and determination to support girls of courage, confidence, and character is a shining example of why GSSD volunteers are the best of the bunch!
Troop leaders Sheila Christine from Vista Service Unit and Sandra Banfield from Rancho Vista SU expanded their collaborative work on religious patches and the My Promise My Faith pin. More than 50 girls gathered on video conference for a free event, and many leaders volunteered to help each girl share her creativity.
When the Rancho Bernardo Service Unit heard that not all Girl Scout councils were able to finish their cookie programs due to COVID-19, they bought 140 packages from Girl Scouts Desert Southwest council and donated them, along with handmade cards, to local grocery stores, Rachel’s House, and God’s Extended hand.
Congratulations to Park Hills Servie Unit on a successful virtual service unit meeting. In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month in April, they distributed Girl Scout-themed face masks, made by one of their team members, to all those in attendane.
A couple of months ago, Canyon Crest Service Unit hosted a magical day for Daisies. Junior troop 4519 and other older girls from the service unit guided the Daisies as they worked on a Journey, raced paper airplanes, shared SWAPS, and ended the day with fun skits.
Troop 5248 of the Chaparral Service Unit hosted a Flag Fun Ceremony event along with the Alpine VFW where girls of all program levels were invited to earn the Flag Ceremony fun patch. Activities included a flag retirement ceremony, games, guest speakers, and more. Next step for the troop: Silver Awards.
In preparation for cookie season, the Fallbrook Service Unit hosted a two-part cookie kickoff event at the Escondido Program Center. Older girls stayed overnight for a prep-and-pizza party and facilitated the activities for younger girls the next day. In the morning, over 75 Girl Scouts arrived ready to have fun, spread their wings, and learn the ins-and-outs of running a successful cookie program!
On Dec. 7, Oceanside Service Unit hosted a Girl Made Market. More than a dozen booths hosted by individual girls and troops displayed products ranging from hats and jewelry to Christmas cookies and handmade dolls...all of it made by girls!
Coronado Service Unit had an awesome time at their fall encampment! With exciting activities such as archery, challenge courses, fun '70s-themed crafts, and an epic '70s dance party, it was fun-filled weekend.
University City Troops 3782 and 4176 (Seniors and Cadettes, respectively) hosted their service unit’s Junior Encampment at Kumeyaay Lake Campground in Mission Trails. The Western-themed campout included camp names, fun rotations, and songs around the campfire.
Lakeside Service Unit kicked off the new Girl Scout year with a s'mores-themed back-to-troop event at Lindo Lake park. Friends and Girl Scouts of all ages were invited to experience classic Girl Scout songs, decorate bandanas to hold back their hair as they roasted s'mores, and of course, participate in a friendship circle! Happy Girl Scout New Year!