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to the Sunnytrails Girl Scout Service Unit.  We are glad you found us.  Our Service Unit is south of San Diego, California, boundaries are Chula Vista and Bonita east of I-805, North of Main Street, and South of I-54.  We hope to be a source of information and communication to help you with local girl scout activities.  Here is the link to the San Diego Council Website.

On this site you will find news about events in our service unit, a special page just with Encampment information, an Activity Calendar, Contact Names for leaders within this Service Unit, and our Leaders Share discussion board as well as information about our different committees in the service unit.

You are invited to join other leaders and troop volunteers and parents of independent Girl Scouts in the area at our service unit meetings on the third Thursday of each month (except for December, June and July) at 7pm at the Elk’s Club in Chula Vista on Telegraph Canyon Road.
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Here at Sunnytrails we have three service unit managers on our leadership team!

Cathy Ecija

Cathy Ecija is the manager at the Daisy and Brownie levels. She can be reached at: managerdbr@gssunnytrails.com.

“My name is Cathy Ecija and I am Co-Troop Leader for Troop 6038. We are a multi-level troop with one Daisy, two Brownies, eight Cadettes, and one Senior. 2017-2018 will be our fifth year together. I have two middle school daughters who are in 7th and 8th grade, and son who is a freshmen in college. My husband and I have lived in the South Bay most of our lives. We graduated high school in the area and are both SDSU alumni. I am a Paralegal by trade and have worked in the industry for over 25 years. I worked in the private sector until after my daughters were born, then I decided I wanted to be home with my baby girls. When they were old enough to attend elementary school, I jumped back into the workforce and have been in the public sector for almost ten years now. I am excited to serve the Sunnytrails Service Unit as the Daisy/Brownie Service Unit Manager and looking forward to getting to know all of our amazing troop leaders and volunteers. If there is anything I can assist you with, please don’t hesitate to reach out.”





Julie Wunderly

Julie Wunderly is our manager representing Juniors and Cadettes. You can email her at: managerJrCad@gssunnytrails.com












Liz Amaral

Liz Amaral is our Senior and Ambassador Manager. You can email Liz at: managerSrAmb@gssunnytrails.com.

Liz has been involved with the Sunny Trails Service Unit since 2004, when her oldest daughter, Cristina, joined as a Daisy. For more than a decade, she has witnessed and guided her daughters as they explore the various opportunities available through Girl Scouting. Both Cristina and her youngest daughter, Ana, have participated in cookie sales, nut sales, and the Destinations program. Through her work as a cookie mom, a chaperone for troop travel, and an advisor for her daughters in their scouting experiences, Liz has also personally grown from being a part of this organization- in fact, she fell in love with camping just a few years ago, when she went on a trip with Girl Scouts! A linguist fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, Liz currently works as a medical interpreter. Through her previous work with World Vision and The United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, she has experience working with nonprofit organizations and human resource management in a unique, multicultural work environment. Raised in Chula Vista, Liz sees the value of the diversity found in this region, and hopes to help girls from this service unit to excel with the opportunities Girl Scouts has to offer. 

We look forward to helping you in any way we can. We are passionate about Girl Scouts and about helping you Discover, Connect and Take Action!

To add events to the website or to report broken links or issues with the website please contact our webmaster Debbie Lechner at website@gssunnytrails.com

Sunnytrails Meeting Agenda

Service Unit Meeting Agenda, November 16, 2017

We had a little conflict with a double booking at the Elk’s Club so the meeting for November was canceled. We’re sorry because we had so many upcoming events to talk about especially Cookies and the Cookie Kick Off and Thinking Day! You will be getting emails about all those events. Many of the other events have flyers on this website under Events.

The next meeting will be Thursday January 18 at 7pm @ Elks Lodge!

Meeting Begins:

Babysitting:  By Troop 6150, suggested donation of $3.00 per child

Flag Ceremony:  

Troop/Girl Announcements:

Dad/Daughter Build a Gingerbread House – Troop 5137 (Claudia Silva)

Be Merry Ornament Party – Troop 6038 (Cathy Ecija)

Living Nativity – Troop 6171(Emily Miranda)

Upcoming Events:

Fall Nuts Sale – (Stacy Becerra) Contact Stacy at sabecerra1@gmail.com or nuts@gssunnytrails.com (619) 370-902

Juliette Low Tea Party – (Michelle Steele, Troop 6165) Sunday, November 19, 2pm – 4pm at the Elks Lodge.

Star Light Parade – is FULL – (Nicole Ward, Troop 4795) Saturday, December 2,  6pm

Dad/Daughter Build a Gingerbread House – (Claudia Silva, Troop 5137) Saturday, December 2, 10am-11:30am or 12pm-1:30pm.

Be Merry Ornament Party – (Cathy Ecija, Troop 6038) Sunday, December 3 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm, Venue was changed to GS Balboa Campus, Leadership Center.

Winter Wonderland Camp for Mothers-Daughters – (Consuelo Quintanar, Troop 5504) Saturday – Sunday, December 9 – 10. 2nd year Daisies and up. We will work on these badges: Buddy Camper (Daisies) & Cabin Camper (Brownies).  

Wreaths Across America (Marilou Thomas) Saturday, December 16. Visit https://wreaths.fastport.com/ to sign up for either  Ft. Rosecrans, Miramar, Greenwood, or Valley Center. Select the Volunteer button and put your Troop number and email.

Daisy Fun Day – (Cindy Saenz, Troop 6344) Saturday, January 13. 10am – 12pm or 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Mtn. Hawk park.

Cookie Kick Off – (Marilou Thomas) Saturday, January 20 (Marilou Thomas)

World Thinking Day – (Angie Lutz) Saturday, February 24 – SAVE THE DATE

Chelsea’s Run (Marilou Thomas) Saturday, March 3 – Registration is now open.  Visit https://chelseaslight.org/registration/ to sign up and sign up under Girl Scouts Sunnytrails and list your troop number after your last name.  EXAMPLE:  “Thomas6057”

Joshua Tree National Park Spring Break Adventure Camping Trip – (Stacy Becerra/Deb Lechner) March 26-29, $200/person, ONLY 16 SPOTS LEFT! Rock Climbing, Hiking and Stargazing! Maximum 40 participants. Contact Stacy Becerra sabecerra@cox.net or Deb Lechner lechner@cox.net. More info on the Sunnytrails website. Let’s Tent & Troop Tripping trained troops only.


Troop Financials: Marilou Thomas

Cookie Training:  Cookie training will take place at Casillas Elementary School, on the following dates:  Sat December 2nd, 9-11:30am;  Mon December 4th, 6-8:30pm;  Wed December 6th, 6-8:30pm

Returning TCMs that served last year in our SU have the option to attend a mini-training in place of those listed above, on Sat December 2nd, 12-12:45pm.

All TCMs will need to complete an online training module that lasts approximately 1hr, prior to attending training.

SHARE Cosmic BowlingStill looking for a SHARE Coordinator for the SU and/or this event.

Looking for a troop to lead a Journey in a Day – This could be a money-earning project for an older troop.


SU Team:

SU Team Managers    Cathy Ecija (Daisies / Brownies) managerdbr@gssunnytrails.com

Julie Wunderly (Juniors / Cadettes)  managerjrcad@gssunnytrails.com

                                      Liz Amaral (Seniors / Ambassadors)  managersramb@gssunnytrails.com

Stacy Becerra (Independents (IRM) Manager) –  independents@gssunnytrails.com

Activity Consultant – Consuelo Quintanar activityapproval@gssunnytrails.com ph. 619-253-9977

Financial – Marilou Thomas treasurer@gssunnytrails.com

Elks Lodge – Noemy Martinez elks@gssunnytrails.com

Fall Product Sales – Stacy Becerra nuts@gssunnytrails.com

Cookie Sales – Darshana Scott and Claudia Ortega Roth cookies@gssunnytrails.com

Membership Recruitment Specialist – Marlyn Carrillo mcarrillo@sdgirlscouts.org

Travel Pathways Regional Coordinator –  Debbie Lechner, lechner@cox.net, 619 421-3582, www.gssunnytrails.com/travel

Registrar – Myrna Takaki  registrar@gssunnytrails.com

RecognitionsNarda Hirn and Elisa Hilliard recognitions@gssunnytrails.com

Sunnytrails Website – Deb Lechner, website@gssunnytrails.com Send photos!

Facebook Page – Julie Wunderly, Cathy Ecija, Liz Almaral are administrators – along with Gladys Vuong

Next Service Unit Meeting: Thursday January 18 at 7pm @ Elks Lodge