Making a lasting impact

Year after year, so many of you give your all to local Girl Scouts, empowering them to soar. The long-term effects of Girl Scouting are truly remarkable.

Daisies like Chera (above) start their Girl Scout journey in kindergarten by learning the Promise and Law and putting those values into practice. With your support, they grow as leaders, as evidenced by our teen Girl Scouts.

Sixteen-year-old Shreya, for example, improves the health of children in India, while Elena opens doors to technology for young Costa Ricans. Wilderness explorers Mariana and Roni use their Girl Scouting experiences as stepping stones to greater things, while Marycruz mentors younger girls and volunteers in the community. Amaya, of our Empowerment Theatre program, confidently expresses her views and shines at consensus building. Carly makes camp dreams come true for kids living with autism … and Makayla scales new heights as an adaptive rock climbing gold medal champion.

Read about these extraordinary girls in our 2015 Girl Scout Impact Report and inspirational year-end letter. Your gifts of time, talent and treasure build smart, capable and well-rounded women who will one day run businesses, lead government and advocate for fairness. Thank you for your support!

Best wishes for a joyful holiday season,

Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Executive Officer

Girl Scouts examine veterinary careers

Nearly 50 Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors explored careers as animal care professionals during our recent You Can Be … a Veterinarian workshop. Hosted by the Helen Woodward Animal Center and led by professionals in the field, the session let girls bandage a four-footed patient, use stethoscopes to listen to a dog’s heart rate, and practice surgical techniques on fruit.

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Campers honor veterans

On Veterans Day, girls in grades K-6 saluted U.S. military heroes and earned badges by learning about nature and science as part of a One-Day Mini Camp at our Balboa Campus. Campers went on nature hikes, discovered how to protect their planet and tried their hands at fun (and messy!) science experiments.

The girls also gathered to talk about how veterans serve our country, and expressed their gratitude by writing notes of appreciation to accompany Operation Thin Mint® cookies sent to military troops. Meanwhile, other Girl Scouts marched in the San Diego Veterans Day Parade (see Brownie Sophia’s photo album on our Facebook page).

Our next Mini Camp — focusing on Presidents Day — takes place on Saturday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Teen Summit participants included Troop 4222.

Teen Girl Scouts talk it out

Over a long weekend at Camp Winacka, Teen Summit participants discussed power — who has it, whether it’s good or bad (or both), and how to harness it. The girls bonded with each other as they tried yoga and meditation, learned to evaluate and question negative thoughts, and practiced power poses and positive self-affirmation. They also took on topics like toxic relationships and the impact of words. During the closing session, poet Anna DiMartino challenged girls to rethink first impressions, and talked about self-expression and how experiences shape people.

Teen girls will get another chance to raise their voices at a Girl Advisory Board Town Hall meeting, Sunday, Dec. 6, 5:30-8 p.m.

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Amazon smiles upon Girl Scouts!

This holiday season, let your shopping buy a dash of goodwill and cheer for Girl Scouts. Amazon pledges to donate .5 percent of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. To support us, simply log in at and follow the prompts to select Girl Scouts San Diego. Then make your purchases. Please spread the word to friends and family — and enjoy knowing your transactions carry a bonus for Girl Scouts!

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Girl Scouts looking Sharp in new tees!

After hearing how girls in our Outreach program wished they had Girl Scout attire to wear during their weekly after-school sessions, our friends at Sharp Health Plan delivered a fashionable remedy. The girls had spotted our colorful Girl Scout Law T-shirts on other girls, and said they’d be perfect. The 3,000-plus girls from schools in City Heights and San Ysidro now proudly sport their new shirts at every meeting. Thank you, Sharp Health Plan!

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Now read this: Giving Wisely

Get the inside scoop on smart investment strategies from former Executive Director Barbara Dickey (pictured) … meet longtime Girl Scout friend Sue Major … and see Girl Scouts in action and snapshots of the Promise and Legacy Circle celebration. These and other features await you in the winter issue of our Giving Wisely newsletter.

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Cabin well underway!

With a big kaboom, excavator operators demolished a structure on Level 3 of our Balboa Campus, making way for a beautiful new cabin. DPR Construction is ready to pour cement after Thanksgiving, begins framing in December, and will have all work completed by Girl Scouts’ 104th anniversary on Saturday, March 12. The ribbon-cutting festivities will double as a farewell party for CEO Jo Dee Jacob, who has announced her retirement.

Calling on all pillars of the Girl Scout community!

Please consider joining the growing family of donors helping us leave a treasured legacy for girls. Sponsorships of late include the Sullivan Powerhouse, Julia Brown Patio, and Rider Family Cubby. Our newest naming opportunity will be Pillars of the Girl Scout Virtues — posts supporting the roof over the veranda surrounding the building (see above rendering) with monikers such as honesty, friendship, courage and confidence. Each will bear the name of its funder. To learn how you can help us complete construction of the new cabin, contact our Fund Development Department, (619) 610-0735.

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Chairs announced for Urban Campout 2016

We’re moving full speed ahead toward Urban Campout 2016 — set for Friday, Sept. 9 — with new volunteers at the wheel. Sue Major, who serves on our board development committee, and her husband John, are event co-chairs; and board member Liza Crisafi is taking on the role of committee chair.

Sponsor or volunteer for Urban Campout 2016

Get the cookie scoop!

Our hot-off-the-press 2016 Family Cookie Guide will soon land in Girl Scouts’ mailboxes. It’s chock-full of helpful information — about cookie rewards, four-time top seller Roni Nelson (pictured) and local business luminaries who got their start selling cookies. This important resource will help ensure a smooth and successful cookie season.

Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, entrepreneurs-in-the-making gain valuable leadership and business skills while helping fund local Girl Scouting adventures. All Girl Scouts can participate, whether they are in a troop or registered as independent members.

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Post your giving idea today

Dec. 1 is Giving Tuesday — when people from around the world join forces to celebrate generosity and help fund great causes like Girl Scouts! Join them in pledging to make a difference. Happy #GivingTuesday!

Featured events:
Stuff the Bus food drive — Saturday, Dec. 5
Councilwide Cookie Rally — Sunday, Jan. 10
Girl Scout camp — Registration starts Monday, Feb. 1
Finish Chelsea’s Run — Saturday, March 5
Cabin ribbon cutting/Jo Dee Jacob farewell — Saturday, March 12