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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, January 18, 2018

Meeting Begins:
Babysitting: Troop 6150. Suggested donation of $3.00 per child
Flag Ceremony: Juniors/Cadettes Troop 6965
Troop/Girl Announcements:
Troop 5387: Middle School Survival Guide for Girls (Lillian Harvey)
Ambassador Molly McHargue, Gold Award Workshop
Upcoming Events:
Cookie Kick Off – Saturday, January 20 (Marilou Thomas)
Troop Finances – From Surviving to Thriving Webinar January 30. RSVP link will be posted on GS facebook group and we will repost in the Sunnytrails Facebook group page.
World Thinking Day – Saturday, February 24, 2pm – 4pm at Hedenkamp Elementary $5/girl. (Angie Lutz)
Chelsea’s Run – Saturday, March 3 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” (Marilou Thomas)
Thinking Outside the Box – Tuesday March 27, 9am – 3pm (Free event sponsored by Northrop Grumman, a local defense contractor (Joanee’ Johnson)
Daisy Fun Day – Postponed to March 17, 10am – 12pm or 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Mtn. Hawk park. (Cindy Saenz, Troop 6344)
Joshua Tree National Park Spring Break Adventure Camping Trip – March 26-29, $200/person, Rock Climbing, Hiking and Stargazing! Maximum 40 participants. More info on the Sunnytrails website. Let’s Tent & Troop Tripping trained troops only. Contact Stacy Becerra sabecerra@cox.net or Deb Lechner lechner@cox.net
Camp Surf – Fri Oct 12 – Sun Oct 14. $130/participant. YMCA Camp Surf in Imperial Beach. Juniors & up. Includes modern accommodations, meals, and fun activities: surfing, bodyboarding, wall climbing, archery, arts & crafts, skit night, campfire, S’mores, beach volleyball, gaga ball, swaps trading time. Have interested brownies? Contact Julie Wunderly (wunderly@att.net)

Let’s Meet our Service Unit Support Specialist: Ann Epps
Why should I update my troop’s info? Myrna Takaki, our SU Registrar
Let’s Meet Sunnytrails Membership Recruitment Coordinator: Lourdes Paola
Roundtable by levels: Getting to know fellow volunteers & Getting the most out of SU meetings
Cookie Updates & Q & A
***SEE BACK***
Service Unit 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
Treasurer – 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
SU Membership Recruitment – Lourdes Paola membership@gssunnytrails.com
Registrar – Myrna Takaki registrar@gssunnytrails.com
Recognitions – Narda Hirn and Elisa Hilliard recognitions@gssunnytrails.com
Sunnytrails Website – Deb Lechner, website@gssunnytrails.com Send photos!
Travel Pathways Regional Coordinator – Debbie Lechner, lechner@cox.net, 619 421-3582, www.gssunnytrails.com/travel
Facebook Page – Julie Wunderly, Cathy Ecija, Liz Almaral are administrators – along with Gladys Vuong

Next Service Unit Meeting: Thursday February 15 at 7pm @ Elks Lodge
*** We have to relocate the March meeting → it will be at Hedenkamp elementary school ***