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Junior Troop 6010 of Chula Vista was out in full force on the first day of the cookie season.

February 2015

Cookies 2015: Ready ... rally ... roll!

More than 15,000 local Girl Scouts are rolling out countless boxes of cookies this month for our major fundraiser. While these entrepreneurs may not be as tall as seasoned business tycoons, they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse: “Would you like to buy a box of Girl Scout Cookies?”

Local news reports included coverage of our “Cookie College” media event, where older Girl Scouts shared trade secrets with younger ones — and helped them design their own Digital Cookie websites. Girls, families and volunteers also celebrated cookie season with a councilwide rally and 29 activity-packed regional kickoff events hosted by service units (photos).
Please help our cookie pros fund Girl Scouting year-round by stocking up on your favorite confection now! Offerings include two new varieties — Rah-Rah Raisins and gluten-free Toffee-tastics. For the 14th year, customers can also donate cookies to military personnel overseas through our Operation Thin Mint program.
Every penny of cookie program proceeds stays local to empower Girl Scouts to become tomorrow’s CEOs, mechanical engineers, symphony conductors, or even NFL referees! Let’s make their cookie-financed dreams come true.

Jo Dee C. Jacob

Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer


Cindy Marten


Meet Superintendent of SD Schools Cindy Marten!
Join us for Conversations of Consequence with San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten — a Gold Awardee, 2013 Cool Woman and Girl Scout board member. She will share how Girl Scouting built the leadership skills she uses today to overcome obstacles and lead the state’s second largest school district. A Q&A will follow her presentation. Troop leaders, parents, Girl Scouts and interested citizens are welcome to attend the free gathering. Choose from 4:30-6 p.m. events on Wednesday, March 4 (Roosevelt Middle School near our Balboa Campus) or Monday, March 9 (SDG&E Energy Innovation Center in Kearny Mesa). RSVP by Friday, Feb. 27 or Friday, March 6 for the respective dates. For questions, contact Alison Bushan, (619) 610-0784. 

Cindy spoke at our 2014 Volunteer Celebration.


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Girl Scout Renee


Cookie experts rave about program
Every Girl Scout cookie really does have a mission. Take it from our boots-on-the-ground girl and adult participants. “I love the cookie program! I love what it does for our girls. And I love that, through cookies, girls can collectively earn money for fun, enriching experiences,” says Chad Cavanaugh. His wife, Sheila, leads their daughters’ troops (Kaia is in Daisy Troop 4035, and Shelby, Cadette Troop 4339). Chad also appreciates how girls develop values and skills as they take part in the iconic 98-year-old campaign.

Girl Scout Cadette Renée (pictured, left) couldn’t agree more. In a handwritten note, she says she’s learning to be independent and manage a business. She concludes with another key observation. “P.S. — The new Rah-Rah Raisins are really good!”

Renée and her Cadette Troop 4339 friends will use cookie proceeds to assemble packages for the military and save for a trip to Hawaii.

Top photo: Kaia and her dad Chad are big cookie program aficionados.


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Camp season ahead
Girls ages 5-17 develop confidence, independence, new friendships and lifelong memories at our 79 day and resident camps. Registration is now underway. Twelve new themes include a week at LEGOLAND for future engineers; Up, Up and Away, to help girls take the Camp Winacka experience to new heights; and Destination Unknown, a girl-navigated session. Popular camps like Canoe Adventure and Starry Night return for another great summer. All girls are welcome (including non-Girl Scouts); and financial assistance is available. For more information, contact our customer service staff.


Finish Chelsea's Run girls


Countdown to Finish Chelsea’s Run
Troop 8863 is gearing up for Finish Chelsea’s Run in Partnership with Girl Scouts San Diego. The Brownies have participated in the event for the past three years, under the name “Courage, Confidence and Character.” Talk about Girl Scout spirit! The energetic girls invite everyone to join them for the 2015 run/walk on Saturday, March 7. We co-host the event with Chelsea’s Light Foundation, an organization that shares our vision of recognizing and supporting young people who will make the world a better place. Register online for the 5K or “Short & Sweet" one-mile route. For community partnership and sponsor opportunities, contact Jen Nation, (619) 610-0726.


Outdoor Skills Weekend


Girl Scout volunteers ready to rock
Volunteer Jeni Barajas trains adult members in geocaching — just one of the many classes, workshops and opportunities we’re offering our volunteers this year. Newcomers are welcome to jump in! Flip through our 2015 training catalog to see what sparks your interest. Plus, whether your passion, knowledge and insights are in outdoor skills, Journeys or a specific program age level, we’d love to bring you onboard as a trainer. If interested, come to our annual training conference on Saturday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at our Balboa Campus. Contact Iris Gerber, (619) 610-0741 to RSVP.

Jeni used her smartphone to demonstrate geocaching at last fall’s Outdoor Skills Weekend.

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About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouting provides the nation’s best leadership experience for girls. Through Girl Scouts, girls discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts San Diego provides activities for 43,000 local girl and adult members, trains volunteers, and maintains two camps and four program and service facilities.


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