Girl Scout voices heard at U.N. session

These inspiring young leaders recently took the international stage: Girl Scouts Jenna Greene, Cristina De Almeida Amaral, Maya Kota and Shreya Huilgol (pictured, from left) represented us at the 60th session of the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women in New York City.

The teens, who are members of Girl Scouts San Diego’s Global Arms of Advocacy group, exchanged ideas with other attendees and heard from high-level U.N. officials. Jenna was selected to help craft a statement summarizing the collective views of the 150 girl delegates. Maya and Cristina served on panels and Shreya served as an advocacy liaison.

We’re proud to have young women of such vision, intelligence and maturity as ambassadors for our organization.


Gerry Keshka
Interim Chief Executive Officer


Race to the finish
Girl Scouts teamed up to tackle physical challenges, solve puzzles and find historical landmarks in Balboa Park during the ultimate Girl Scout scavenger hunt. It was all part of our annual Incredible Race — where adventure seekers in grades K-8 built leadership skills while flexing their mental and physiological muscles. For information about other exciting Girl Scout opportunities, visit our events page or the latest issue of GS Bi-Weekly.

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Countdown to sunset OTM Sendoff
Don’t miss our first-ever twilight Operation Thin Mint® Sendoff Celebration. Board the USS Midway Museum on Friday, May 6, 6-8 p.m. for an exciting evening on the flight deck featuring live music, costumed characters and a family-centric pep rally! Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy during a pre-show performance by The Suffragettes — an all-female cover band that plays pop rock, country and Latin music of the 70s to today.

Besides adding new twists to this free, annual event, we’ll stay true to its mission of saluting our local military … ceremonially shipping off Girl Scout Cookies to U.S. service men and women … and cheering for top cookie sellers as they arrive and depart by helicopter. RSVP now. Girls can register separately for the OTM Sendoff Sleepover.

Celebrating World Thinking Day
Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the planet recently commemorated World Thinking Day — a great opportunity to discover, connect and learn how to take action globally. Local festivities included a gathering of nearly 400 North County girls. Co-hosted by the Oceanside, Camp Pendleton, Rancho Vista and Carlsbad service units, the event featured 40 booths representing different countries and an “ask an older Girl Scout” table run by Seniors and Ambassadors. The gathering doubled as a 104th anniversary party for Girl Scouts.

Cookies by the numbers
Thunderous applause to everyone who supported the 2016 Girl Scout Cookie Program … including the 13,848 Girl Scouts and 1,900 volunteers who empowered generous customers to pur- chase nearly 2.5 million boxes. Check out these and other fun facts in our 2016 infographic. We are grateful to all who contributed to these amazing results. One hundred percent of proceeds stay in San Diego and Imperial Counties to fund local troop and individual adventures, Girl Scout programs, volunteer training and the financial assistance that keeps Girl Scouting available and affordable for girls everywhere.

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Month!
Girl Scouting is fueled by a priceless source: our local volunteers. During April, show your gratitude by entering our I ♥ My Leader photo contest. Visit our website for details, plus other ideas for recognizing stellar volunteers who have gone the extra mile … like nominating them for adult recognition awards. Use our online forms to nominate your superstars by Friday, April 29. We’ll honor awardees at the Volunteer Conference and Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the San Diego Convention Center. We hope you’ll attend both the morning conference, which includes the second annual #realtalkgs forum for teens, and the evening awards celebration.

Featured events:

Lodge unveiling/Jo Dee Jacob retirement — Saturday, April 16
Annual Meeting — Wednesday, April 27
Operation Thin Mint® Sendoff and Sleepover — Friday, May 6
Councilwide Bridging Ceremony — Saturday, May 14
Girl Scout Gold and Silver Award ceremonies — Saturday, June 4
Volunteer Conference and Celebration — Saturday, Aug. 27
Urban Campout — Friday, Sept. 9