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.
At G.I.R.L.palooza, Tierrasanta's "Back to Troop" event, leaders, troops, and friends gathered to see what Girl Scouting is all about! Older girls led Daisies-Juniors through Girl Scout traditions while leaders networked with the service unit team. What a way to kick off the new Girl Scout year!
The Sunrise Valley Service Unit has ensured that local Girl Scouts stayed connected over summer break by doing outdoor activities together. Girls learned pocket knife safety, hiked Mt. Woodson (and numerous other locations), and learned foil packet cooking.
At the Scripps Ranch bridging ceremony, 161 girls bridged, including 23 of the 44 Ambassador Girl Scouts in the service unit who bridged to adults. Each college-bound girl shared her plans. In addtion, girls presented one Gold, eight Silver, and three Bronze Award projects.
At the Escondido Service Unit She and Me Tea Party, girls celebrated women near and dear to their hearts. They decorated and showed off fancy hats, enjoyed high tea with loads of yummy snacks, and raised money for S.H.A.R.E. with a silent auction.
The Rancho Vista Service Unit's STEAM Team engaged nearly 100 Girl Scouts on Messy Science Day, most of whom earned their Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey! Girls learned about the scientific method, explored the impact of the environment on plants, and observed the effects of gravity. Activities like these prepare girls for the jobs of tomorrow.
The Carmel Valley and Mira Mesa Service Units partnered to host a technology workshop showcasing the new Cybersecurity badges. Over 100 Girl Scouts and prospective Girl Scouts learned about internet safety with their families through hands-on activities at volunteer-led activity stations.
Valle Lindo Service Unit 612, in collaboration with the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages, hosted Girl Scouts on a trip around the world! Without even leaving Balboa Park, girls learned about diverse traditions at World Thinking Day. There was even a bagpiper outside Scotland’s cottage!
Cadettes from Muirlands Middle School in Pacific Jewel Service Unit used their veteran cookie skills to lead Daisies and Brownies through an annual Cookie Kickoff. Stations taught safe marketing, goal setting and tracking, and more. Cookie samples and a photo booth rounded out the experience.
For over a decade, older troops in the La Mesa Service Unit have hosted an annual ornament party and food drive where more than 100 younger Girl Scouts gather to create holiday decorations. Each girl takes home several ornaments and donates one.
Serra Mesa Service Unit celebrated Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low, with a birthday bash. Girl Scouts gathered to create new memories, learn more about our founder, and decorate cupcakes with lots of green frosting and edible glitter!
At Vista Service Unit’s Spy Scout Encampment, girls earned their investigation badges with scavenger hunt adventures, ziplining and low ropes, and a carnival. With secret agent names, an “escape room,” and a “time for s’mores” cypher, they couldn't help but have fun around the campfire.
The Coronado Service Unit (SU617) is really getting to know their community and maintaining a strong presence. Even local law enforcement wants to join in on the fun! Connect with your regional recruitment specialist to see how you and your Girl Scouts can motivate others to unleash their G.I.R.L.s.