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SU Spotlights


October 2021
"Ms. Peggy" from Troop 94 in the Chula Vista Service Unit was honored by our Council with the Fran Styles Lifetime Achievement Award for 53+ years of Service to Girl Scouts and counting! What a legacy!  

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September 2021
The Welcome Home sign says it all! The Oak Creek team enjoyed connecting with each other at the Volunteer Conference open house. From recruitment to recognitions, this team did not miss a station or the opportunity to spend time together with friends.


August 2021
Each year, Sunny Trails Girl Scout Troop 6956 chooses to participate in two community service projects. This year they elected to use their cookie proceeds towards Share and purchased 13 new uniforms for a troop in need. They truly embodied the Girl Scout Law with their generosity!

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July 2021
The Fallbrook Service Unit honored and remembered our heroes this past Memorial Day weekend. Girls from troop 2012 participated in placing flags on each headstone at the Masonic Cemetery in Fallbrook in service to their community. 


June 2021
The Vista Service Unit held their annual award ceremony honoring the top-selling troops and individuals for the fall product program and cookie program. They also recognized highest award recipients, girls that gave service and leadership to the unit, and the graduating Girl Scouts. We are proud of our Girl Scouts in Vista! 


May 2021
Girl Scouts are making the world a better place! The Encinitas Service Unit hosted a virtual Earth Day celebration on April 22 where Girl Scouts learned about composting, recycling, and Leave No Trace principles. Junior Girl Scouts led fun activities that completed actions for the GSSD Make the Earth a Better Place patch.

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April 2021
Canyon Crest Service Unit, and the girls from troops 3189 and 3193, know how to use resources wisely and make the world a better place. From educating others on sustainability, to helping share backyard produce, these girls are leading the way! 


March 2021
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.


February 2021
Donna Rosa from the Valley Grove Service Unit shared her expert S.W.A.P.S. making tips over brunch with leaders and girls across San Diego and Imperial counties at a recent virtual event. Donna enlightened attendees on the history of S.W.A.P.S. as they made made camping-themed cookies.


January 2021
The Camp Pendleton Service Unit really got into the holiday spirit this year. They hosted a holiday drive-thru event where girls and their families could safely pick up goodie bags filled with craft supplies, fun patches, ingredients for making dessert, and more. We hope all Girl Scouts and their families had a joyous and safe holiday season.


December 2020
Shoutout to Rancho Foothills Service Unit who hosted more than 20 girls from eight troops for a virtual "campfire." The Zoom event actually took place at three different locations and included a mini campfire craft, oven s'mores, skits, and action songs. Each girl received a virtual campfire patch resulting in a whole bunch of happy campers.


November 2020
The Point Loma Service Unit (pictured during last year’s cookie season) came together virtually, and in the spirit of inclusivity, advocated to have their name changed to the Peninsula Service Unit. The change has ignited a contagious excitement, with leaders and girls feeling energized and in good spirits. Go Girl Scouts, and go Peninsula SU!


October 2020
Every year, Lilac Oaks Service Unit participates in the 9/11 memorial reading of the names of the fallen at the Valley Center Fire Protection District Fire Station. The girls help read the names of all the men and women who gave their lives on that historical day.

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September 2020
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.


August 2020
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!


July 2020
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.


June 2020
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.


May 2020
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.


April 2020
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. 


March 2020
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. 


February 2020
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!


January 2020
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!


December 2019
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.

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November 2019
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.


October 2019
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!

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September 2019
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!


August 2019
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.

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July 2019
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.

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June 2019
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.


May 2019
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.

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April 2019
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.


March 2019
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!

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February 2019
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.

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January 2019
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.


December 2018
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!

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November 2018
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.


October 2018
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.