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What's New

All GSSD staff-hosted gatherings will be held virtually through at least Dec. 31, 2020, unless state and local guidelines change.
Check this page frequently for updates.
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How to Build Peace Via World Thinking Day

Get a fresh look at World Thinking Day (WTD) with Global Action Volunteer Deb Lechner and Girl Scouts San Diego staff in this recorded webinar. You'll discover new ways to present a WTD event for your troop, service unit, or community, using the 2021 theme: Peacebuilding. World Thinking Day is traditionally held each Feb. 22, but the impactful activities can be experienced any time. Special patches and badges are available, but the best reward is building harmony! Suitable for adults of Daisies-Ambassadors. Length: 1.25 hours. Visit the self-sign up page, enter your username (Girl Scout email) and this code: peacebuilder.

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A Note from Carol: COVID-19 Guidance Update
Nov. 10, 2020

As of today, due to rising COVID-19 case rates, San Diego County has fallen back to the most restrictive tier on the state’s reopening system: purple. Imperial County is also in the purple tier. Under the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a county that experiences widespread COVID-19 infection risk levels is considered to be in the purple tier.

Because Girl Scouts San Diego is committed to the health and safety of its members, volunteers, and staff, we must all follow these more restrictive guidelines at this time. If you have plans for in-person troop or service unit activities, they must be canceled or postponed. Fall product pickup remains on schedule for Saturday Nov. 14. The pickup plans were developed in accordance with safety protocols for the widespread tier, therefore nothing will change in that regard.

Read more of Carol's Nov. 10 note

Visit our Staying Connected page, specifically the section named COVID-19 Guidance, for appropriate information regarding volunteer-hosted, in-person activities. Check out our What's New page for all the latest GSSD updates. We will continue to post guidance updates on these pages, and always refer to your local and state guidelines before engaging in any activity.

Each county will remain in the purple tier until it has successfully reduced the case rate and positivity rate for several weeks. It hurts my heart that our Girl Scouts are unable to gather in person. While we are eager to reunite, we must remain committed to their safety by continuing to follow state and local mandates. Together, we will get through this!

We are here to support you. Please direct your questions to customercare@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-298-8391. Thank you for your patience, mindfulness, and collaboration as we all focus on building a stronger community.

Yours in Girl Scouting,
Carol M Dedrich
Chief Executive Officer

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A Note from Carol: Response to GSUSA's Post
Oct. 29, 2020

We have had many members reach out to us today in regard to yesterday’s post on GSUSA’s social media about Justice Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, as well as its later removal.

I would like to share GSUSA’s official response, below, and assure you the post was created in the spirit of raising up our sisters and celebrating female leadership in a traditionally male dominated field. It was not intended to reflect or support a political party or agenda. There is a heightened level of passion around the upcoming election. Due to the outpouring of negative comments, the post was removed in order to end unconstructive feedback and demoralizing statements.

At Girl Scouts San Diego we recognize that while some members are red and  some members are blue, we are all Girl Scout green. We are a non-political, non-partisan organization committed to our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, character, who make the world a better place.

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From GSUSA: Girl Scouts has a legacy of highlighting women who have risen to the top of their fields including leaders of both political parties and our judicial branch. It was in this tradition that we congratulated Justice Barrett (as we have for Justices Ginsburg, Kagan, O’Connor, and Sotomayor). This was construed to be a political statement, but that was not our intention and we removed the post to minimize the negative conversation. For over 100 years we have worked and we will continue to work for equality and to break down barriers for girls everywhere and support increasing the presence of women across all levels of government.

We are in this together! Thank you for your mindfulness, patience, and collaboration as we focus on building all girls into tomorrow’s leaders.

Yours in Girl Scouting,
Carol M Dedrich
Chief Executive Officer

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Girl Scout Voices Count (GSVC) Random Drawing Winners
Oct. 14, 2020

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s annual national GSVC survey! Girl Scouts San Diego members who responded to the survey earlier this year were entered into a random drawing on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Congratulations to the lucky winners! 

One-year GSSD membership winners:

  • Arlene C., Troop 1305
  • Nanda K., Troop 8227
  • Isabella H., Troop 1689
  • Evelyn M., Troop 6136
  • Julia B., Troop 4946
  • Marisela, D. Troop 3780
  • Becky E., Troop 3826
  • August M., Troop 3215

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Tasha F., Troop 3039

One Adult Learning course

  • Neva A., Troop 5833
  • Clarissa J., IRM from SU 681

One-year supply of Girl Scout Cookies
Lili F., Troop 2956

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A Note from Carol: Volunteer-Led In-Person Meetings
Oct. 13, 2020

Girl Scouts San Diego is committed to the health and safety of its members, volunteers, and staff. We understand the desirability, and importance, of reuniting our girls in person as many are suffering from the stress of isolation and a lack of connection with their peers.

After carefully monitoring our community’s COVID-19 guidelines and researching safe ways to bring members together, we have developed a safety checklist for hosting in-person meetings and activities for girls and adults as well as a participation guidance and waiver form.

Read more of Carol's Oct. 13 note

The checklist outlines rules for in-person gatherings based on San Diego and Imperial counties’ risk level tiers to help girls and their troop leaders plan safe activities. Please remember that each county may be at different stages, and safety guidelines may change without notice. Refer to your local and state guidelines before engaging in any activity.

We recognize that in-person meetings may not work for individual girls or adults. Families should make the decision to meet in person based on their comfort level, health, and personal situations. In-person meetings are not mandatory for membership. Please curb the urge to judge. Being a sister to every Girl Scout is more important now than ever before. 

Visit our Staying Connected page for more information, and check out our What's New page for the latest updates on COVID-19 and Girl Scouts. At this time, our campuses remain closed for meetings and events. The Balboa shop is open for curbside pickup Tuesdays-Thursdays.

As you consider your options and plans, please direct your questions to customercare@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-298-8391.

We are with you in this! Thank you for your patience, mindfulness, and collaboration as we all focus on building a stronger community. Please be kind to yourself and others, and thank you for building girls of courage, confidence, and character.

Yours in Girl Scouting,
Carol M Dedrich

   

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A Note from Carol: Events and Group Gatherings Update
Sept. 19, 2020

It hurts my heart that Girl Scouts San Diego is unable to gather in person. While we are eager to reunite our girls, volunteers, and staff, we must remain committed to their safety by continuing to follow state and local mandates.

At this time, we are not able to meet in person, regardless of the group size. As things change, we will do our best to pivot and give as much notice as is possible.

In Thursday's family zone we announced that we are cancelling large scale events (or switching them to a virtual format) through Nov 30. Because events take months to plan, we wanted to let our members know in advance.

We are with you in this!  Thank you for your patience, mindfulness, and collaboration as we all focus on building girls of courage, confidence, and character.

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Blasting into Brownies Training Available Online
Sept. 16, 2020

Calling all Brownie leaders: We have a new resource just for you! Visit sdgirlscouts.litmos.com/self-signup, sign in with your Girl Scout email, and enter code “4brownie” to access the new Blasting into Brownies training online. Learn how you can support girls in their Brownie years as they change and grow. We’ll show you what the Girl Scout Leadership Experience looks like for Brownies and help you define your role. We’ll provide lots of tips for giving Brownies the structure they need and share all the fun things Brownies can do. When you’re done, keep an eye out for a follow-up email with links to Brownie resources. Questions? Contact training@sdgirlscouts.org.

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A Note from Carol: Welcoming New National Interim CEO Judith Batty
Aug. 10, 2020

Dear friends,

Today, I am writing to let you know that our National CEO, Sylvia Acevedo, is stepping down as of Saturday, Aug. 15.

Many of you have had the opportunity to meet Sylvia during her four years as CEO and share in her warmth and passion for Girl Scouting. She has helped propel our organization forward to be more relevant in the 21st century, and we have been very blessed to have her support and friendship here in San Diego. She has inspired us to lean further into our mission and make the world a better place.

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As a supporter in this Movement, you know better than anyone that the mission of Girl Scouts has never been more relevant. As families across the country contend with so much uncertainty and upheaval, Girl Scouts offers a shelter in the storm—a place where our girls can find community, solidarity, leadership opportunities, and fun—despite the challenging moment we are collectively navigating. We are fortunate to have a board member who can step in to guide the Girl Scouts organization during this transition period. 

We are pleased to announce that Judith Batty will assume the position of interim CEO. Judith has served two terms on the GSUSA National Board, is a member of the Executive Committee, an International Commissioner, a lifelong Girl Scout, and will be the first Black GSUSA CEO. Judith has led a task force that reimagined the cookie program, and, most recently, co-led the Board’s COVID-19 Strategic Response Task Force to develop the critical strategic plans that will allow the organization to weather this crisis and continue supporting the 2.5 million Girl Scouts in the United States.

Judith is a trailblazing leader with a decades-long track record of delivering results. In her nearly 30-year year career as senior counsel and an executive for a Fortune 100 corporation, she became the first female and first Black general counsel to one of the company’s overseas affiliates. 

Judith’s experience makes her extremely qualified to help Girl Scouts transition into our next chapter and continue to serve our enduring mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. She will continue our work as an inclusive, supportive organization that stands ready to help every girl learn and thrive. Read more on GSUSA’s blog.

Sylvia will always have a special place in our hearts. As one of the top councils in the nation, we look forward to welcoming and supporting Judith as she steps into this interim role and furthers our vision to keep Girl Scouts the world’s best leadership development organization for girls. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you for your continued support of Girl Scouts San Diego.

Yours in Girl Scouting,
Carol M Dedrich
Chief Executive Officer

   

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Product Programs Participation Agreement
Aug. 7, 2020

Families now complete one online product programs form to give their Girl Scout permission to participate in the fall product and cookie programs. Upon completion, families should download and save a copy of the agreement to show their troop fall/cookie manager.

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New Badges from GSUSA
July 21, 2020

New Girl Scout badges are officially here (24 of them)! From topics like automotive engineering and STEM careers to civics and entrepreneurship, these badges give all Girl Scouts more opportunities to practice ambitious leadership!

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Group Management and Virtual Tips Videos
July 20, 2020

Check out these ten short videos made for troop leaders by our experts on the Girl Scout Outreach team. Videos include: First Day Basics: Creating a Plan and Establishing Rules; Attention Getters and Ice Breakers; Team Building Games; Virtual Team Building Games; Songs; Splitting into Groups; Transitions and Brain Breaks; Daisy Tips and Tricks; Brownie Tips and Tricks; and Junior Tips and Tricks.

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Volunteer Conference Registration is Open
July 14, 2020

Join us as we move the annual Volunteer Conference to a virtual platform! We’ll have the opportunity to learn from and connect with each other over three days. Throughout the weekend, you’ll meet new friends, reconnect with old ones, and jump-start your Girl Scout year by attending breakout sessions that help your troop thrive. Visit sdgirlscouts.org/vc to register.

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Girl-Led Funding Webinar Series
July 9, 2020

Strengthen your troop, explore locally, engage with your community, and get active with your girls this year despite disrupted plans. Join any or all of our Girl-Led Funding webinars.

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VTK Maintenance
June 30, 2020

The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) will be unavailable during annual maintenance beginning Tuesday, June 30 around midnight. Access to VTK may be limited through 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 2. Please download any Attendance & Achievement reports you would like to retain now, as this information will reset after June 30 and be unavailable until July 21. Access to the 2019-2020 year plan has been extended for all users through July 20, 2020. Access to the 2019-2020 Finance Tab has been extended for non-renewed users through July 31, 2020.

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Volunteer Conference Save the Date
June 29, 2020

Save the date: Volunteer Conference is on…online, that is! Get ready to share virtual hugs, digital SWAPS, and network via WiFi. The learning, inspiration, and connections will be as real as ever! This year, we’ll break our lineup into three segments: an evening kickoff on Friday, Aug. 28, half a day of workshops on Saturday, Aug. 29, and another half day on Sunday, Aug. 30. Details and session descriptions will be shared when registration opens in mid-July. Visit sdgirlscouts.org/vc for FAQs and more info as it’s confirmed. Contact training@sdgirlscouts.org with questions. We can’t wait to see you!

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Cookie Rewards Survey
June 10, 2020

Help us select the cookie program rewards we'll offer in 2021! Vote for your favorites by Thursday, June 25. Please note that this survey was built by Little Brownie Bakers for all councils, and terms/categories may not match those used by Girl Scouts San Diego.

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A Note from Carol: Discussing and Taking Action Against Racism with Your Girl
June 8, 2020

These are distressing times in San Diego, Imperial County, and around the world. We are navigating a new way of life during a global pandemic and dealing with trauma in the wake of the death of George Floyd and the civil unrest that has erupted in communities nationwide. Many of our colleagues, friends, and neighbors are in pain and suffering, especially in the Black community. While many of us may feel like we may not know what to say or cannot fully comprehend what others around us are experiencing, we can use this time to listen and educate ourselves. Most importantly, we can think about how we can positively influence change and make a difference.

Many of you have reached out to ask, “How do we talk with our daughters about racism?” Help Your Kids Take Action Against Racism is an excellent new article on Girl Scouts of the USA’s Raising Awesome Girls web page. Este recurso también está disponible en español.

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The piece provides sobering information about racism and inequality and thought-provoking suggestions for how to speak with girls about recognizing, challenging, and working together to fight racism. It reminds us that, “While we should be having conversations about race and racism regularly, checking in with your girl is crucial when racist violence claims lives and sparks widespread protest, grief, and unrest around the nation. 

“Kids of all ages, backgrounds, and skin tones are feeling a range of emotions in response. They’re sad, scared, angry, and confused.

“What’s the number-one thing that can help your girl process these feelings? Talking with an adult she trusts and loves—you—and then finding ways to take positive action.”

How to begin the conversation with your girl?

  • Be straightforward, ask questions, and listen to her.
  • Teach her to recognize racism. Use fairness as a conversation starter, as children understand that concept. 
  • Teach her the value of diversity and inclusion. Instead of using well-intentioned phrases like "We’re all the same" or "I don’t see color,” talk about how to honor and celebrate our differences. 
  • Engage and empower children by teaching them to look for people who are helping and making change. 
  • Learn and take action together. Be open about the fact that you’re also learning. Talk about voting and other actions for positive change, explore family activities, including writing letters to elected representatives and connecting with groups working for equality.

You’ll find details about these conversation starters and additional resources on the Raising Awesome Girls page.

Girl Scouts is so important to all of us and our communities because we have a space to share, collaborate, and find a way forward. We as individuals are not experts in all areas, but together we bring diverse opinions, talents, and expertise. Through an open mind and an open heart, we are able to hear, learn, and evolve, and through our learnings and our examples we can teach the next generation.

Yours in Girl Scouting,
Carol M Dedrich
Chief Executive Officer

   

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A Note from Carol: What Girl Scouts Stands For
June 2, 2020

At Girl Scouts, we seek to instill in girls the fundamental values of respect for all, inclusivity, equity, and the belief that injustice anywhere is a slight to justice everywhere.

For more than 100 years, we have prepared girls to be leaders in our world, to speak up, speak out, and take action for fairness, equality, civility, and compassion for all people, and to arm them with the courage, confidence, and character they need to make our world a better place.

Girl Scouts will always stand for justice, for respect, and for the inherent value and worth of each individual who makes up the beautiful and richly diverse tapestry of the United States of America.

—Sylvia Acevedo, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

Hand-in-hand with our 110 sister councils and dedicated volunteers, Girl Scouts San Diego teaches values and empowers girls to become capable, caring, and compassionate women who will continue to build a country of equality and justice.

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I write this note with a heavy heart, grappling to understand the events of this past week. An ugly, disheartening view of America has been captured, witnessed, and felt. 

While I do not know how to make sense of it, I do know we can do better.

Our mission is more critical now than ever before. We have enormous responsibility. We are teaching the next generation to lead; to model the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law; and to be the helpers who come out to volunteer, donate, protect, rehab, clean up and build. 

With the heartbreaking images and difficult conversations about racism, protests, civil unrest, and violence that have dominated the news, many of us are wondering how to talk with children about these complex subjects.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Divya Kakaiya, a member of our board of directors, has shared these helpful resources:

Remember, we are Girl Scouts, of courage, confidence, and character…and we make the world a better place. Please take good care of yourself and each other.

Yours in Girl Scouting,
Carol M Dedrich
Chief Executive Officer

   

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Cadettes Training Available Online
May 11, 2020

Leaders with bridging Juniors or current Cadettes: We have a new resource just for you! Visit sdgirlscouts.litmos.com/self-signup, sign in with your Girl Scout email, and enter code “cadette20” to access new online training for the Cadette program level. Get to know the older girl world with info about the volunteer’s role, connecting with teens, the Girl Scout Silver Award, and tips for creating a Cadette experience that is flexible, manageable, valuable, and fun. This training is available to troop leaders, adult volunteers, and parents. Questions? Contact training@sdgirlscouts.org.

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Summer Camp and Celebrations Reimagined
May 4, 2020

As we deal with the enormous challenges created by our current health crisis, our thoughts are with all of you, especially those who have been personally impacted.

We hope you have found inspiration from the Girl Scouts who are discovering creative new ways to serve our communities and stay connected with their Girl Scout sisters. Hearing about their activities brings me much joy, eases the stress of working through necessary decisions, and keeps me grounded in Girl Scout traditions.

Because the health and safety of our girls, volunteers, and staff are always our top priority, all in person programs and events scheduled through the end of June will be reimagined, postponed, or moved online.

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This has been a difficult decision, and it hurts my heart to cancel these in person activities. We understand that this will deeply disappoint our girls and volunteers, and my team is committed to reimagining these experiences. We will reach out to the individuals affected by these changes within the coming days. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

At this time, our program centers and retail shops will remain closed; however, our team has pivoted to making many items available through convenient online shopping with FREE shipping on all orders.

How this affects summer camp
Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the risk of having girls in the close group settings of camp, we are reimagining the way we do camp and creating exceptional programming for our girls to do at home.

We hope that announcing this decision now will reduce some of the uncertainty families are facing during this trying time. Separate emails will be sent today to members impacted by our camp reimagined plans and cookie rewards with further details about their options.

And so, as Girl Scouts, we will create new traditions this summer. The camp team is quickly pivoting to provide virtual sessions with opportunities for skill-building, adventure, and fun. Each camp will be led by our amazing Girl Scouts San Diego Outdoor team. The six, week-long virtual sessions we will host between July 6 and Aug. 14 will make summer camp an option for any girl in grades K-12. Each week’s theme will provide opportunities for girls to earn badges related to topics like animals, space, or art. Camp fees will be affordable and include materials, and financial aid will be available. Girls who have already registered for camp and girls who have earned cookie rewards will have first access to camp registration before we reopen to the public on Monday, May 18. 

Our at-home camps will also feature badges, singalongs, talent shows, and campfires. I am excited to announce that we will kick off this year’s camp season on Friday, June 5 with our In-Tents Night Out! I look forward to seeing you there.

We continue to focus on doing what’s best for the well-being of our Girl Scout family, and look forward to the day we can gather to enjoy the outdoors together. Thank you for being a sister to every Girl Scout.

Yours in Girl Scouting,
Carol M Dedrich
Chief Executive Officer

P.S. Plan now to meet us online for our Cool Women 20th Anniversary Celebration (Friday, June 12) and Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony (Saturday, June 20). Everyone is welcome to view these free events.

   

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Safety Activity Checkpoints for Virtual Meetings
April 21, 2020

Keep meetings safe by following best practices in the new safety activity checkpoints for virtual meetings. Also, check out our handy tip sheet to get your started with online meetings.

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In-Person Events Cancelled Through May
April 9, 2020

We have cancelled, postponed, or moved to a virtual platform all in-person events scheduled through May 31, and expect our volunteers and community partners to do the same. We will continue to reach out to the individuals affected by these changes and process full refunds for events we cancel. Our staff will continue to work remotely and shops will take online orders (with free shipping) until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you posted about any schedule changes beyond May. If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Care team (619-610-0821). Visit our Girl Scouts at Home: Staying Connected page to stay connected with the latest virtual resources and opportunities for Girl Scouts. Take good care!

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Council Update
April 3, 2020

Feeling grateful and sharing that gratitude can be heart-healing, especially in the face of uncertainty or challenges. As National Volunteer Month begins, I am thankful for the 11,300 local women and men who make Girl Scouting possible. Now they’re teaming up with our staff members, who are working remotely, developing exciting new ways to bridge the isolation girls can feel while sheltering at home.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Council Update
March 27, 2020

At a time when most people are working, living, and schooling at home, isolation can be challenging. The mission of Girl Scouts is a critical one. Our focus is to provide positive activities, encouraging messages, and vital connectivity to foster development, mental health, growth, and perseverance. My staff continues to be available for our girls, families, volunteers, and community, especially during these uncertain times.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Council Update
March 19, 2020

Considering the current situation surrounding COVID-19, and in accordance with Gov. Newsom’s statewide order this evening mandating that Californians stay at home except for essential work and errands, starting Friday, March 20 until further notice, Girl Scouts San Diego will postpone or move to a virtual meeting space all in-person volunteer/girl member group meetings, troop meetings, programs, events, and gatherings. We will reach out to the individuals affected by these changes and, where applicable, process full refunds. Girl Scouts program centers and retail shops will be closed during this time (online shopping is open with FREE shipping on all orders!). Our Cool Women and Emerging Leaders luncheon is on hold as we work with the event chairs to develop a safe plan to celebrate our honorees and their accomplishments (stay tuned!). We will continue to monitor and re-evaluate these plans on an ongoing basis and communicate any changes.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Council Update
March 16, 2020

Effective today through Sunday, April 5, our staff will discontinue all in-person volunteer/girl member group meetings, programs, and events, including the Operation Thin Mint Sendoff, and Spring Break Day Camp. Some in-person cookie reward experiences have been postponed or substituted. We will reach out to the individuals affected by these changes and, where applicable, process full refunds. We will continue to monitor and re-evaluate this plan on an ongoing basis and communicate any changes.

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At Girl Scouts San Diego, the well-being of our girls, volunteers, and staff has always been at the forefront of our critical mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Now, more than ever, our community needs us to be an active, positive force, to continue to support our volunteers and girls with safety in mind and by taking thoughtful precautions. 

We are closely monitoring the developing outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and communicating updates to our community. In light of the recent information provided to us by local health agencies and the CDC,  we are taking the following actions to protect our members and staff while maintaining services for our families and volunteers:

Effective today through Sunday, April 5, our staff will discontinue all in-person volunteer/girl member group meetings, programs, and events, including the Operation Thin Mint Sendoff, and Spring Break Day Camp. Some in-person cookie reward experiences have been postponed or substituted. We will reach out to the individuals affected by these changes and, where applicable, process full refunds. We will continue to monitor and re-evaluate this plan on an ongoing basis and communicate any changes.

Our offices and shops will remain open to support individual members coming to our program centers. (Please check the website for current hours.)

Email and phone communication will be the best way to receive staff support. Although our offices will be open, many of our team members will be working remotely to help establish a safe social distance for both employees and members. Many scheduled meetings will move to virtual platforms like webinars or conference calls.

We recommend that service units and troops follow the CDC’s advice by postponing large, in-person activities, gathering only in groups of 10 or fewer, and observing social distancing during any gatherings they choose to do. Virtual troop meetings can be held in free, online meeting spaces like Google Hangouts and Zoom. Remember that human connection, even in this time of "social distancing," can help quell feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. Thank you to all our volunteers and members for the vital work they do to build up girls and our community.

Up next! Our fantastic program team is working on fun online activities for girls to do at home or in small groups to stay connected and earn badges. Be sure to check your email for these updates or visit What's New on our website.

   

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Public Health Update
March 12, 2020

Girl Scouts San Diego is committed to the safety of our members, employees, and community partners. As such, we are closely monitoring the developing outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and communicating updates to our community. 

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Currently, we are continuing to provide programing and activities to girls, members, and guests while implementing preventive measures in line with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health agencies. As a precautionary measure, we have: 

  • Heightened disinfection practices at our three program centers and two camps
  • Added hand sanitization stations at all service centers 
  • Made plans to establish hand washing breaks at events
  • Made proactive changes within our camp food service
  • Shared guidance with the staff and trainers who serve our members

At this time, we are cancelling all scheduled events for groups of more than 250 people as well as all encampments through March 31. Should we receive a recommendation to cancel other activities, we will notify all registrants by email and/or text as promptly as possible. Please review our FAQs below and visit our website or follow us on social media @sdgirlscouts for up-to-date information.

Girl Scouts San Diego’s Answers to FAQs about COVID-19

Will GSSD cancel its events and activities?

Council-run events, programs, and activities:
At this time, we are cancelling all scheduled events for groups of more than 250 people as well as all encampments through March 31. Should we receive a recommendation to cancel other activities or beyond March 31, we will notify all registrants by email and/or text as promptly as possible. Smaller events with less than 250 people can proceed only if organizers can implement social distancing of six feet between participants.

Members may make the personal decision of whether or not they would like to attend. Those changing their reservation should contact our Customer Care team (619-610-0821).  

We will reevaluate this every day and communicate out any changes. Refunds will be provided for any events cancelled by GSSD.

Volunteer-led events and activities:
We ask volunteers to cancel any events for more than 250 people occurring through March 31. Volunteers and girls should evaluate and decide for themselves whether or not to proceed with events scheduled for less than 250 people. Refunds will be determined by volunteer leadership for each event or activity.

Other events and activities:
Girl Scouts San Diego will cancel any property reservation for group gatherings of more than 250 people at any of our properties through March 31.

Troops and small groups who already have outdoor activities or overnights planned through March 31 may continue with their activity if they choose to, or they may change their reservation by contacting our Customer Care team (619-610-0821).  

Refunds will be provided for any gatherings cancelled by GSSD.

Beyond these event/program/activity restrictions, it will be “business-as-usual” for smaller events, day-to-day work, office hours, retail shops, meetings, etc. until otherwise informed by the CDC or local health agencies.

Should Girl Scouts travel?

Girl and troop travel:
International travel and cruises are not recommended for the next 30 days. If you are planning a Girl Scout trip to an international destination or a cruise, please contact Sandy Sultz (619-610-0814).

Domestic travel: If you are planning a domestic trip through Girl Scouts, please monitor the CDC website for up-to-date travel advice and plan accordingly.

Health of our members, volunteers, and staff

Staff members are asked to stay at home from work or Girl Scout activities if they are exhibiting any signs of illness or may be at an increased health risk. We ask our volunteers and girls to do the same. Should this be necessary, please contact our Customer Care team (619-610-0821) to update your registration.

Girl Scouts leave a place better than they found it

Extra cleaning supplies will be provided for all meeting rooms at our program centers. We ask that after each meeting, attendees use these supplies to wipe down all surfaces as an added measure to our daily custodial services.

Thank you for being helpful, considerate, and thoughtful in your words and actions.

   

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Girl Scout Glossary Online
March 2020

Girl Scouts has its own, unique lingo. Need to know a term? Check out the online Girl Scout glossary.  

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Girl Scout Voices Count
March 2020

Update March 19, 2020: In light of the COVID-19 developments, GSUSA is postponing the GSVC survey. We hope to launch the girl, parent/caregiver, and troop leader survey in May and the service unit survey in June.

We’re all ears! In April, Girl Scouts of the USA will be conducting the Girl Scout Voices Count (GSVC) national survey to hear about your experience with Girl Scouts. Girls, parents, and volunteers: Look for your invitation on Monday, April 6. Contact gsvoicescount@girlscouts.org with questions.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention
March 4, 2020

Girl Scouts San Diego has been following the CDC's guidance and updates, including information on prevention and travel. If we learn of any updates that may impact our council’s events, programs, or meetings, we will share them promptly. Please contact your service unit activity consultant or our Customer Care team with any questions or concerns. Visit Girl Scouts of the USA’s Raising Awesome Girls blog for advice on talking with your kids about this topic.

Prevención del Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Girl Scouts San Diego ha estado siguiendo las pautas y actualizaciones de los Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), incluyendo información sobre la prevención, y relacionado con viajes. Si nos enteramos de alguna actualización que pueda afectar los eventos, programas o reuniones de Girl Scouts San Diego, la anunciaremos de inmediato. Si tiene Ud. alguna pregunta o inquietud, comuníquese con su service unit activity consultant (asesor de actividades de su unidad de servicio) o con nuestro equipo de Customer Care team (servicio al cliente). Para obtener consejos sobre cómo hablar con sus hijos sobre este tema, visite el blog de Girl Scouts of the USA, Raising Awesome Girls .


   

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Managing Conflict
January 2020

Struggling with conflict? Join us Thursday, March 26 for an in-person Managing Conflict course. You'll learn techniques and strategies to help prevent conflict and effectively address it when it arises in your troop.

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Silver Award Training
November 2019

Cadettes, troop leaders, parents, and volunteers take this training to learn about the Girl Scout Silver Award. Learn about award steps, requirements, and the difference between a community service project and a Take Action project. (Course duration: 25 minutes). Register with your Girl Scout email and enter the code “gosilver1” to begin.

Note: An adult must register for girls under the age of 13. Need help? Contact training@sdgirlscouts.org.

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New Volunteer Essentials Online
October 2019

Volunteer Essentials is now online...and printable! The new digital edition of our go-to guide is designed to support busy volunteers. Easily find what you need by searching the table of contents on the landing page and reference answers throughout the year. Think of Volunteer Essentials as your encyclopedia to Girl Scout volunteering: it's the place to go when you need to know!

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Girl Scouts San Diego Family Connection
September 2019

New families automatically receive the Girl Scouts San Diego Family Connection, a fun and informative resource about all things Girl Scouts. But volunteers can share it with returning troop families, too. This resource showcases the value of Girl Scouts and the importance of family involvement. Download the resource in English or Spanish .

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Volunteer Toolkit
September 2019

There’s lots to love in the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) this year! The big news: Individually Registered Members (IRMs) can now access VTK. And, there’s more:

  • 42 new badges and awards have been added.
  • All Cadette badges have been added.
  • Classic journeys for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors now follow the six-session format.
  • The current Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Journeys follow the six-session format.
  • 2019 year plans have been archived.

Make sure you're renewed for 2020 to access all of this great new content!

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New Badges and Journeys
July 2019

GSUSA has added 42 new badges and a new Journey to Girl Scout programming, taking girl leadership to new heights. These new resources focus on the outdoors and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

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Silver Award Training and Resources
July 2019

Are you a leader of a Cadette troop or a parent of a Cadette? Check out the new Guide to Going Silver (for girls) and Guide to Going Silver: Tips for Adult Volunteers . Use these resources to help girls earn the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn! Find the guides at sdgirlscouts.org/silver. Coming in October: Silver Award training online.

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Safety Updates
May 2019

Check out new Safety Activity Checkpoints (SACs) for Pocket Knife and Jack Knife Safety, and Tools and Power Tools. A number of existing SACs have been updated. Most notable is that new accommodation guidelines are listed in the Travel SACs. The standards now permit Airbnb and other vacation rentals. Good news for many troops! Updated SACs include new guidance from GSUSA regarding which activities require activity consultant approval. Check the SAC Matrix to see what does and doesn't need approval.

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Insurance for Out-of-Council Trips
May 2019

Effective Tuesday, May 14, 2019, troops and groups leaving San Diego and Imperial Counties no longer need to enroll in Plan 3P Activity (aka Accident) Insurance for trips less than three nights. Plan 1 (insurance provided automatically with membership) or Plan 2 (insurance purchased for non-members) is sufficient for these trips. Activity consultant approval is no longer needed for day trips outside council territory.  Exception: day trips to Mexico still require enrollment in Plan 3PI. Use our helpful flow chart to determine what insurance is needed.

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Summer Troop Adventure Weekends
May 2019

For the first time ever, we're offering Adventure Weekends for troops during the summer! First-time campers experience a well-rounded sampler including arts and crafts, teambuilding, outdoor skill, nature and science activities. We’ll provide meals, activity supplies, and modern lodging. You meet new friends and experience the joy of the outdoors. 

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Bronze Award Training and Resources
April 2019

Got a Girl Scout Junior? Check out our new Bronze Award Training online (30 minutes). Lean about Bronze Award steps, requirements, and resources. Visit sdgirlscouts.litmos.com/self-signup and use the code “gobronze1” to begin. Find Your Guide to Going Bronze (for girls) and Your Guide for Going Bronze: Tips for Adult Volunteers at sdgirlscouts.org/bronze. Guiding girls through the Bronze Award has never been easier!

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Girl Scout Training
April 2019

Learning options abound at Girl Scouts San Diego! Visit our new training page to discover how learning more opens up opportunities for you and your troop like camping, archery, backpacking, travel, highest awards, and other enrichment activities.

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Bridging Guide
March 2019

Find tips for planning a bridging ceremony at the troop or service unit level, and learn to make it a truly girl-led event by using the three processes of Girl Scouting on our new online Bridging Guide.

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Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Award Resources
February 2019

Learn about highest awards for Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes on the new Bronze and Silver Award web pages. You'll find info on award prerequisites, award steps, and frequently asked questions to help you guide girls.

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Large Event and Encampment Director Training
January 2019

Calling all new and experienced event and encampment directors. Check out the new Large Event and Encampment Director training online. This 20-minute course covers first aid, safety, registration, budgeting, marketing, and more. Plus, you’ll learn about the new large event and encampment approval process and resources just for directors. Training must be retaken every three years. Contact training@sdgirlscouts.org to sign up.

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Storing and Locking Prescription Medications
January 2019

Prescription medications used by adults or girls must be kept locked away during overnights on Girl Scout sites. It’s an American Camp Association standard. Camping at Winacka or Whispering Oaks? You’ll find lock boxes in each cabin and refrigerator. Use the locking packs in the refrigerators for meds that need to remain cool or when taking meds on a hike or other location away from the site. Camping at Balboa or Escondido? Bring a combo lock and your own box or backpack where meds can be locked away. A TSA lock works just fine. Locking prescription meds is a good practice at non-Girl Scout sites too and may be required.

Rescue medicines. It’s important to know that rescue medicines, like epi-pens for allergies, asthma inhalers, and diabetes medication, must be immediately available. Do not lock these. Girls may carry rescue medicines themselves if approved by a parent and physician.

Over-the-counter medicines. It’s optional to lock up over-the-counter medicines like first aid cream, Advil, etc.

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Safety Management Plans for Encampments
October 2018

Troop leaders whose troops attend an encampment do not need to complete their own safety management plan. The trained encampment director will complete a plan to share with all troops and volunteers. Be sure to ask for the plan and review it before attending.

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Approvals for Encampments
October 2018

Troop leaders whose troops attend an encampment do not need to submit their own approval request as long as the encampment director who planned the event has:

  • Taken training in the last three years.
  • Requested and received approval from the service unit activity consultant.
  • Completed a safety management plan and shared it with attending adults.

Note: Troop leaders must still obtain parent permission for girls attending encampments.