2017 Thinking Outside the Cookie Box Conference!

Tuesday March 28, 2017

9:00am – 3:30pm


Northrop Grumman Corporation

Reserve just 1 day of your Spring Break engaging in really slick Science experiments on the campus of San Diego Defense Contractor, Northrop Grumman.  The goal of the conference is to inspire girls to consider the field of Science and Engineering as a future career.  Come as a troop or come alone.  Girls should wear their Girl Scout uniform and prepare to have a fun science filled day that will consist of:

  1. A tour of our facility/labs.
  2. Super smart women Engineers in San Diego – some that used to be Girl Scouts!
  3. A Ban Bossy presentation
  4. Hands-on Science Experiments
  5. All snacks, beverages and lunch


  • The cost is totally free per Girl Scout (includes activites, snacks and lunch for girl scouts only) Adults are asked to bring a sack lunch and their own snacks.
  • Registrations limited to 40 girls and 4 adults (registered/background checked/US citizens with ID) that will cover the safety wise requirements. Adults must agree to be respecful to not interfere with the event activities.  All registrations are on a first come first served basis.
  • Questions? Contact Joanee Johnson  branch861@hotmail.com or 619-987-6224


Register today!  Space is very limited!  Please do not register if you cannot attend.  This is a free event and we want every seat filled with a deserving girl scout available for the opportunity.  If you need to cancel please do so immediately.  Register now!  THIS EVENT FILLS UP EVERY YEAR!  http://girlscoutscookiebox2017.eventzilla.net

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Fleet Science Center Girl Scout Sleepover


September,  6:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Fall Girl Scout Sleepover at the Fleet Science Center!

Your night of fun includes:
• Fleet Science Center admission and
exploration of our exhibit galleries that
provide a unique, self-guided learning
experience for all ages
• An IMAX® show in the world’s first Giant
Dome Theater.
• Two fun, hands-on educational workshops
• A scavenger hunt in the science center
• Music and dancing
• A light continental breakfast

$55 per scout/adult
Deluxe: $75 per scout/adult
*includes pizza dinner, milk and a cookie.
Tickets are on sale on EventBrite

(619) 685-5761

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Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Laying to Honor Veterans
When:    Saturday, December 17 (rain or shine)
Time:      8:30-11 a.m.
Where:   Miramar or Fort Rosecrans National Cemeteries and Greenwood Memorial Park
ActivityPlacing ceremonial Holiday wreaths sponsored by various businesses, groups and individuals on the grave sites of our military veterans at local national cemeteries.
Details: This is a family event; volunteer as an individual, family or group. A formal ceremony from 9 a.m. (SHARP) to 9: 45 is followed by wreath placement. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
Parking: Parking can be limited, so arrival by 8:30 is best.  At Fort Rosecrans parking will be in a Navy lot with shuttles to the cemetery.
Registration: At www.waasandiego.com, click on “Get involved,” then click on “Volunteer.”
Wreath Pick-up
When:   Saturday, January 14
Time:   8:30-10 a.m. (with enough volunteers, may end earlier)
Activity:  Pick up all wreaths from the grave sites, use a rake or broom to stack and drag to the roadside for pick-up.
Registration:  From www.waasandiego.com, email the volunteer coordinator.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at rjocson18@yahoo.com
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Girl Scout Council Support Staff

For Service Unit 668 Sunny Trails

Customer Care
(619) 610-0821, customercare@sdgirlscouts.org

– How do I complete my daughter’s registration for the troop she wants to join?
– How do I know if I’m registered and background checked?
– How do I transfer girls into my troop?
– I’m not even sure who I should contact about my questions!
– How do I confirm adult volunteers in my troop are background screened?
– Is my background screen current? How do I complete it?

Regional Recruitment Specialist (RRS)
Marlyn Carrillo: mcarrillo@sdgirlscouts.org ext. 817

– What are the requirements for volunteering? I want to start a troop!
– I’ve never been a Girl Scout, but my daughter wants to be one! So … what is Girl Scouts?
– I’m a new Membership Recruiter (MR) — what do I do?
– What opportunities are there for those who want to be involved with Girl Scouts but can’t be in a troop?
– I can’t find any available troops for my daughter. What are our options?
– I’m looking for a troop in my community, where do I start?
– I’m forming a new troop and my friend would like to be co-leader. Can you explain?
– Some friends and I want to start a troop. What does that involve?

Troop Support Specialist (TSS)
Elisa Villarreal, K to 5: evillarreal@sdgirlscouts.org ext. 781
Steph Dawes, 6 to 12: sdawes@sdgirlscouts.org ext. 792

– How do I open a troop bank account?
– What do I need to do to go camping with my troop?
– I’m having an issue in my troop — some parents don’t get along. Can council help?
– My troop is new and I don’t know where to start. Can someone give me clarity?
– My company would like to partner with Girl Scouts to become a community partner!
– I would like to disband my troop — with whom do I discuss this?
– A girl in my troop would like to go to an event but cannot afford it. Can council help?

Service Unit Support Specialist (SUS)
Kate Googins: kgoogins@sdgirlscouts.org ext.768

– What events can my troop attend in my community?
– How do I complete my Service Unit (SU) volunteer training?
– I’m having a problem communicating with my Service Unit (SU). Who can I talk to?
– What is our SHARE goal this year?
– What are our membership goals this year? How can my Service Unit (SU) partner with council to achieve these goals?
– Do you have any ideas for running Service Unit (SU) leader meetings?
– I see an open position in my Service Unit (SU) team. Can I get some details?

Finance Support Specialist (FSS): troopbanking@sdgirlscouts.org
Ava Thai: athai@sdgirlscouts.org ext. 750

– Why can I not access my troop bank account?
– What do I need in order to do a money-earning project?
– How can I reconcile a discrepancy in my troop financials?
– hy is my troop on the Ineligible to participate list (ITPL)?

Volunteer Services: volunteer@sdgirlscouts.org
Dayana Silva-James, ext. 771

– I am interested in volunteering for a special event (OTM, Urban Campout, etc.). Who do I connect with?
– Who could tell me about the alumnae association?
– How do I find more information about delegates and the governance process?
– How do I nominate and endorse a volunteer for a recognition award?

Adult Learning: training@sdgirlscouts.org
Sandy Sultz, ext. 814
Iris Gerber, ext. 741
Kaija Marshall, ext. 779
Holly Strum, ext. 719

– Where do I get help with online class registration?
– Can I take First Aid or CPR elsewhere?
– Are any classes offered in Spanish?
– How do I become a trainer?

Balboa Campus
1231 Upas Street (Balboa Park), San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 298-8391

Escondido Program Center (Kit Carson Park)
3050 Las Palmas, Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 740-2670

North Coastal Service Center
5315 Avenida Encinas, Suite 100, Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 444-9011

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One Book, One San Diego

One Book” program teams up with Girl Scouts
We’re partnering with KPBS to promote two great causes — literacy and Girl Scouts — by co-hosting “One Book for Kids: Reading Fun with Girl Scouts San Diego.” Open to all ages, the free workshops take place from 1-3 p.m. in eight public libraries (including Chula Vista!) during October and November.

Activities include a reading from The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce, a screening of the Academy Award-winning short film of the same name, and related crafts. Girl Scouts recruitment staff will be on hand to engage prospective members and volunteers. The first 50 children to arrive at each workshop will receive a free copy of the story and a patch. The sessions, and an upcoming book signing with the author, are part of KPBS’ 10th annual One Book, One San Diego program. For details, contact Troop Support Specialist Minhhieu Phamvu at (619) 610-0776.

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The NAT Canyoneer Hikes

daisy-hikeGet out and explore the region with a free, guided nature hike.

Canyoneers are citizen scientists and volunteers who have had comprehensive training by Museum scientists and local experts on the natural history of the region. They offer FREE guided nature hikes throughout the region from September through June. The upcoming Canyoneer season is listed on the NAT (Natural History Museum) website. Your troop will have the opportunity to learn about plants and animals from an expert while enjoying a nice hike in a new area.  There are hikes in the South Bay and all over San Diego County.



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Destination Expo 2016

Globetrotting Girl Scouts discovering, connecting and taking action

This summer, 37 local Girl Scouts from San Diego and their chaperones explored faraway places through our Destinations program, growing as leaders and making new friends. Several of the adventurers were from Sunnytrails! Katie explored the fjords of Iceland and rode ponies across the moors. Carina learned photography in Yosemite and Ana learned to surf in Costa Rica.
IMG_7236 5- WAP Mono Photography

Girls can learn about upcoming travel adventures at our free Destinations Expo on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6-8 p.m. at our Balboa Campus. For questions, including how to volunteer or contribute, contact Elisa Villarreal, (619) 610-0781.

Posted in Local Community Events, Travel

VCC 2016

Check out this great video about Jennifer Chavarria’s troop. It also features Jen Nation and Jennifer talking about receiving the Thanks Badge.


Posted in Troops in the News

Girl Scout Art Badge Workshops in Chula Vista

Inspire San Diego is now offering Girl Scout Art Badge Workshops for All Levels in our Chula Vista neighborhood at the Elks Lodge.


Earn your Girl Scout Art Badge with Inspire SD Studio in 90 minutes

All Levels & Non-Girl Scouts Welcome

Inspire SD Studio is a Girl Scout Community Partner & now offers Girl Scout Art Badge Workshops

  •  Location:  Elks Lodge Chula Vista in the Park –  901 Elks Ln, Chula Vista, CA 91910 (look for signs)
  • 2016-17 Art Badge Workshop Dates: Sun. August 21, Sun. October 2, Sun. December 4, Sun. April 23
  • Workshop Times:  1:00pm-2:30pm
  • Cost:  $15 per Girl Scout or Non-Girl Scout.  (reg. $20) – Use Promo Code: JDCSCOUT for Discount
  • Workshops are 90 minutes long
  • One Art Badge Workshops Meet all the Art Badge Requirements for all Levels
  • Each participant receives an Inspire SD Studio Fun Patch (Art Badge is not included)
  • All art making materials, instruction and aprons are provided.
  • Deadline to register is 10 days prior to Workshop date

For questions please contact Jennifer Chavarria at 619-363-5330 or jdcgroupmarketing@gmail.com

To make a reservation fill in the attached form and email form to: Jessica@InspireSDstudio.com

Pay individually online at:  Inspire SD Studio –  At Checkout Use Promo Code: JDCSCUT

One discount promo code can be used per booking on the site. For multiple attendees for a workshop you must book each attendee individually to use the discount promo code. All registrations are final.

Inspire SD Studio has a 5 star Yelp rating over the last 2+ years, which proves they are the best choice for social painting activities.  Click here for their Yelp page info:  YELP PAGE

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10 Seriously Fun and Memorable Summer Activities

Make some memories. Try some of these activities this summer with your troop!


  1. Make Ice Cream in a Bag-Ingredients for one girl
    1/2 cup Milk or half and half,  1 Tbsp. Sugar,  1/2 tsp. Vanilla
    1 Quart Zip-lock Bag
    1 Gallon Zip-lock Bag or large coffee can
    Rock Salt or regular salt
    A towel (for melting ice clean-up)
    Newspaper or mittens or socks on your hands
    Tape (Masking or Duct is best)
    Pour all pre-measured ingredients into the Quart bag, squeeze out all the air and put a little tape across the zipped top so that it doesn’t open up. Place 1-2 Quart bags into the Gallon bag half full of ice or a large coffee can and 6 Tablespoons of salt of rock salt. Seal the Gallon bag shut. Wrap in newspaper and tape closed or put mittens or socks on your hands or wrap in a towel. Or if you’re using a large can you can duct tape around the top.
    Toss the bag back and forth (or roll the can back and forth) to a partner approximately 5-10 minutes. The ice cream will then be soft serve and ready to eat. Cut one corner and squeeze it out into your mouth or add fresh fruit or some crushed nuts and eat with a spoon out of the bag and enjoy!
  2. Make a Laugh Train or a Circle Lapsit
    To do a lapsit you stand in a tight circle and all sit back on each other’s laps at the same time. Another variation is the laugh train. This is best done when you’re laying on your backs in the grass. Each girl puts her head on someone else’s stomach. When one starts to laugh everyone else will laugh and all the heads will bounce up and down.
    Variation – Back scratching train, hair braiding train, massage train etc.
  3. Scavenger Hunt
    Divide the troop into smaller teams and send them out to find a list of things within a certain amount of time. This could be nature objects if you’re at a park or types of trash or pictures with different landmarks or items found door to door. It’s also fun to have your older girls make a scavenger hunt for younger girls. Here are some examples:
    Girl Scout Council at Balboa Scavenger Hunt
    Old Town Scavenger Hunt  (and patch!)
    Balboa Park Scavenger Hunt
     Quick Hunts has some nice ideas for scavenger hunts around the school, in a park etc.
  4.  Make Armpit Fudge
    Armpit Fudge
    1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
    1 tablespoon butter
    2 teaspoons cream cheese or 1/2 slice american cheese
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder. Put all of the ingredients in a resealable plastic bag. Squeeze the air out of the bag and seal it. Knead the bag until all of the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. You can use your armpits, your knees, your hands–anything you can think of to warm and soften the ingredients and smush the bag! After the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, you can add some chopped nuts or mini m&ms or raisins. Open the bag and eat with a spoon or chill slightly to get a more firm and fudgy consistency.  It’s also good with peanut butter instead of cocoa as long as you don’t have any peanut allergies!
  5. Friendship Bracelets – Any project that takes a long time and is easy to fold up into your pocket is great for summer!
    My girls loved making friendship bracelets from embroidery floss. Here’s a terrific website that will get you started:
  6. Shooting Stars and Sparkle Smiles – summer is a great time to look for shooting stars and if you don’t see any you make your own.
    The big perseid meteor shower August 12 2016 would be a great time to find a place to sleep outside with your troop and watch for shooting stars. The perseids are always in mid-august. If it’s a cloudy night then be sure to bring some wintergreen lifesavers. When you chomp on those with your mouth open you’ll see green flashes of light. Almost as fun as shooting stars.
  7. Capture the Flag – is a classic game for summer evenings. All you need are 2 bandanas and two teams.
    capture the flag
    The field is divided into two clearly designated halves, known as territories. Players form two teams, one for each territory. Each side has a “flag” which is most often a piece of fabric, but can be any object small enough to be easily carried by a person (night time games might use flashlights, glowsticks or lanterns as the “flags”). It is also suggested that teams wear dark colors at night to make it more difficult for their opponents to see them. If one team has the opposing team’s flag on their territory they may be tagged because they have the opposing team’s flag.The objective of the game is for players to make their way into the opposing team’s territory, grab the flag and return with it to their own territory without being tagged. The flag is defended mainly by tagging opposing players who attempt to take it. Within their own territory players are “safe”, meaning that they cannot be tagged by opposing players. Once they cross into the opposing team’s territory they are vulnerable.
  8. M&M game – I used to use the M&M game as a “get to know each other” game and we often used it to brainstorm ideas for the troop calendar. The idea is that each color of M & M represents a different category. You pick an M&M out of the bowl and then have to share an idea in that category…you can come up with other ideas on your own.
    Get to Know You M&M  Game
    Yellow – favorite subject or thing to do at school or favorite book
    Blue – what’s one favorite food
    Brown – what are you looking forward to doing this summer?
    Green –favorite thing you’ve done or going to do with Girl Scouts
    Red – something about your family or pets
    Orange – things you like to do: indoors or outdoors or favorite sport
    Troop Calendar M&M Game
    Yellow – what journey would you like to work on?
    Blue – what badge looks interesting to you?
    Brown – where would you like to go camping?
    Green –name something we should do outdoors this year
    Red – what community service project would you like to do?
    Orange – what game, craft or other activity should we do?
  9. Cup Stacking
    Cup stacking is a worldwide competition but your girls will think it’s fun! They might even get really good at it! Council has some stacks you can check out in the resource room or try it with

10. Sand Sculptures
It’s fun to go to the beach in the summertime and look for treasures. Take bags and gloves and it becomes a clean up, Sing songs afterward around a fire ring and it becomes a bonfire. My older girl scouts loved going to the beach for a bonfire and it was a great end of summer celebration. Turn in an activity approval if you’re going to go in the water and pick a beach with a lifeguard on duty! One of our favorite things to do at the beach was to make a beach sculpture or candle.
sand-castingPour some water on the sand, make a “mold” using a cup or your foot or hand, decorate it with stones and shells, pour it full of plaster of paris or melted wax and let it set up. Rinse it off, dry it and spray it with shellac to keep it shiny. It makes a great paper weight, book end or even a fancy bowl! I like to mix plaster in a zip loc bag. Scoop a cup or more into a gallon bag. Add water and mush out all the lumps till it’s smooth and thick as sour cream. Pour into your mold.

Look for many more ideas on the Sunnytrails Pinterest boards!

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