September 2017

Thanks Badge recipient Irene Barajas (fourth from right) and the Otay Mesa Service Unit team won the coveted Spirit Stick at the Volunteer Conference. Girl Scouts of the USA Council Leadership Strategist Lisa Austin (left of Irene) was on hand to congratulate the group.

Celebrating volunteer-powered Girl Scouting

The Girl Scout energy and spirit at the San Diego Convention Center was absolutely electrifying when more than 650 volunteers and supporters gathered at our annual Volunteer Conference and Celebration (VCC).
During the conference, adults networked, shared best practices and built skills. I loved being with our volunteers as they exchanged tips for keeping older girls engaged, discovered how travel and outdoor activities open doors for girls, conversed about durable troops, and learned to lead the cooperative activities that can help girls make consensus-based decisions. Sixty sessions covered timely topics like STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) programming, Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards training and service unit support. Many thanks to our subject expert facilitators for all they did to help strengthen the volunteer experience! In addition, community partners showcased new offerings.
That evening, we honored 64 volunteers and friends of Girl Scouts for their extraordinary dedication to furthering our mission. (View photos and details on the event page.) Guest speakers congratulating awardees on stage included the City of San Diego’s first lady, Katherine Stuart, a Girl Scout alumna and honorary chair of our local 100th Anniversary celebration.
Applause and thank you to this year’s awardees — and all volunteers — for making the Girl Scout world a better place.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Carol Dedrich signature
Carol M. Dedrich, MBA, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer

Girl Scout Brownies learn about density and pressure during a “You Can Be … a Scientist” experiment.

STEM programs spark career dreams
Girl Scout STEM and STEAM opportunities are growing at an exponential rate! “
You Can Be … a Marine Animal Helper” is the next session in our science and engineering series. Designed for Cadettes, the workshop will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6-8 p.m. at our Balboa Campus. The National Marine Mammal Foundation facilitates the monthly series, which entice girls to dive deeper into STEM. Participants gain real-world job experience through hands-on activities and benefit from panel discussions led by female professionals sharing inside tracks to their respective careers. Session volunteers have included representatives from San Diego STEM Ecosystem and Girl Scout parents.
Ongoing learning resources include new STEM and Outdoor badges and journeys from Girl Scouts of the USA (
flyer). Whether building working models of race cars and roller coasters, planning environmentally conscious camping trips or collecting data during nature hikes, girls will blaze trails to bright (high-demand, high-paying) futures. 


Sept. 30: Friends of Girl Scouts welcome at 100th anniversary Sunset Celebrations
Join us as we mark our centennial anniversary during Sunset Celebrations on Saturday, Sept. 30, 6-7 p.m. The gatherings will take place in Chula Vista (Rohr Park), Coronado (South Beach), Imperial (Eager Park), Mission Bay (De Anza Cove), Oceanside (south side of harbor), Rancho Bernardo (Community Park), and Santee Town Center (Community Park East soccer fields). The tradition-rich gatherings will commemorate the close of this year’s 100th birthday festivities — with flag ceremonies, sing-a-longs and friendship circles. We hope to see you out there!

Wanted Sept. 22-24: Camp Exec mentors
Female executives, we still need more of you — especially doctors, veterinarians, journalists, environmental specialists and law enforcement leaders — as Camp Exec mentors. During this premier leadership camp, you will be paired with a Girl Scout in grades 10-12 to share your story, hear about her dreams, and provide guidance and encouragement. For details about the second annual event, set for Friday-Sunday, Sept. 22-24 at Camp Whispering Oaks, contact Program Director Jen Nation at or (619) 610-0726. Special thanks to Wells Fargo (lead sponsor) and Northrop Grumman Corporation (bronze sponsor), and other supporters, for making Camp Exec possible.

Barbara Major got into the auction action during last year's Urban Campout.

Countdown to Urban Campout: Ready, set, bid … on Emmy tickets!
Urban Campout: Celebrate 100 Years is just around the corner (Friday, Sept. 15, 6-11 p.m.) … so get ready to play, dance and bid! Auction items include tickets to the Primetime Emmy Awards hosted by Stephen Colbert, a Holland America Line cruise for two, round-trip Southwest Airlines vouchers for domestic and international travel, and the opportunity to watch a Padres game in the exclusive Lexus Home Plate Club. Tickets and tables are nearly sold out for our 20th annual “fun fundraiser for grown-ups;” reserve your spot today. Wear vintage, glittery or T.G.I.F. attire for a spectacular  evening of games, bidding, gourmet cuisine, s’mores and grooving to tunes by The Suffragettes. Proceeds will help fund the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and programs focused on STEM, life skills, outdoor experiences and entrepreneurship.


Girl Scouts Serena Jones (left) and Jaddin Thomas presented Juliette Gordon Low Society pins to (from left) former CEO Jo Dee Jacob, Glenn Jacob, Barbara and David Groce, Helen Bloomfield, Cindy Moore, Mimi Murray, Board Chair Regina Buckley and Mike Murray. Regina joined the society that evening.

Juliette Gordon Low Society

The Juliette Gordon Low Society — for individuals who remember Girl Scouts San Diego in their estate plans — debuted at the Volunteer Celebration. Formerly known as the Legacy Circle, the society is named for Girl Scouts’ founder, whose life work has influenced nearly 60 million women. Juliette’s leadership and vision was matched by her far-reaching stewardship. She converted her carriage house into the first national headquarters and later sold a rare strand of matched pearls to pay rent on a new Girl Scout office in Washington, D.C. Juliette also made our organization’s first planned gift by bequeathing her home to Girl Scouts.

For information about following in the footsteps of this remarkable woman, contact Merle Brodie at (619) 610-0804 or

Girl Scout Junior Ashley listened to a World War II veteran relate his tale.

Girls Scouts catch the Spirit of '45

Local Girl Scouts saluted World War II heroes during the 8th annual Spirit of ’45 celebration (photos). Pearl Harbor survivors and other members of the armed forces shared their stories with Girl Scouts at the Veterans Memorial Museum. The girls also volunteered as greeters and ushers. Other guests included former “Rosie the Riveter” factory workers, war reenactors and elected officials. To learn about upcoming patriotic service opportunities, contact volunteer Meral DeMille.

Featured events
Urban Campout: Celebrate 100 Years — Friday, Sept. 15
Camp Exec — Friday-Sunday, Sept. 22-24
100thAnniversary Sunset Celebrations — Saturday, Sept. 30