Girl Scout fishing at Camp Winacka

Soaking up memories of a lifetime

From catch-and-release fishing to robotics engineering, Girl Scout summer camp overflows with nonstop adventures. With 179 day and overnight sessions, girls are diving into aquatic activities, science, animal care, drama, wilderness hiking and archery. Whether hitting the trails or the bullseye, campers are always on target, building confidence and leadership skills in a fun and safe environment. Girls give input and help lead programs, further boosting positive outcomes.

Thank you to everyone — volunteers, community partners, donors, staff — who makes camp possible!


Gerry Keshka
Interim Chief Executive Officer


Girls learn about nursing

At left: Nursing graduate student Megan Yak shows sisters Julia and Kelly how to suit up for surgery. Right: Diana takes vitals.

Girls can be … whatever they want!
At our recent You Can Be a Nurse workshop at the University of San Diego's Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences, 20 Cadettes discovered firsthand what it's like to work in the world of medicine.

Girls practiced real-life procedures on mannequins at the state-of-the-art research and simulation teaching laboratory — which was funded by 2016 Cool Woman Betty Beyster. Mentored by faculty and graduate nursing students, participants "delivered babies," took blood pressure, dressed wounds using sterile techniques and measured heart rates with stethoscopes. The workshop is just one example of programs introducing Girl Scouts to science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) careers. For information about our upcoming STEAM events and programs, contact Michaela Butler, (619) 610-0803.

STEAM-focused camp opens doors to Girl Scouting
Seventy-five girls in grades K-5 discovered, connected and took action recently at the Girl Scout Outreach Discovery Day Camp. Staff- and volunteer-led sessions included traditional outdoor activities and STEAM programs. Community partners were key to the formula. With help from artFORM, Girls like Alexis (pictured left) creatively repurposed or "upcycled" materials into artwork (right). The week culminated in experiments hosted by SPAWAR engineers and physicists.

Designed to empower girls to reach for their dreams in a welcoming environment, our Discovery Day Camp sustains and advances girls' interest in science, with an emphasis on women's leadership roles. It's part of our year-round Girl Scout Outreach program, which serves students in City Heights and San Ysidro, among other populations. For more information, contact Lucy Esparza, (619) 619-0788.

Mountain training beckons adults
Volunteers are looking forward to this year's Outdoor Skills Weekend, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The annual adult encampment takes place at our beautiful Camp Winacka property near Julian. For this customized retreat, participants choose their adventures and accommodation type (modern or rustic cabins, tents or open air). Sessions include lifeguard and wilderness first aid certification, fishing, art, canoeing, yoga and camping training, with massages available for those in need of a quiet break. When they go home, participants will be ready to share what they've learned with the Girl Scouts in their lives.

Aug. 8: Last chance for Urban Campout discounts!
Get ready for a dazzling evening under the stars: Urban Glampout is just around the corner. Join us on the grounds of our new Balboa Lodge for this year's fun fundraiser for grown-ups. You won't want to miss this action-packed evening of games, dancing and gourmet dining … as well as the chance to bid on exciting auction items like Kentucky Derby packages, Southwest Airlines tickets and a stay at Disneyland. Buy tickets now; early bird discounts fly away after Monday, Aug. 8.

Platinum Partner — Major Executive Search
Silver Partners — Qualcomm, Wells Fargo
Bronze Partners — Nadine and Carlo Daleo, Mission Federal Credit Union,
Patti Roscoe and Jim Tiffany
Official Airline — Southwest Airlines

Urban Glampout Sponsors

Featured events:

Volunteer Conference and Celebration (VCC) — Saturday, August 27
Urban Glampout — Friday, Sept. 9
Camp Exec — Friday-Sunday, Sept. 23-25