August 13, 2015
Dear Members and Friends of Girl Scouts,
I hope you all have enjoyed a wonderful summer! A huge thank you to the volunteers, girls, parents and staff who helped summer dreams come true at camp, on the road and in back yards! I’ve loved seeing your pictures and hearing your stories.
I know it has been a challenging summer for many of our communities, especially Lake and Trinity Counties during this summer’s wildfires. I have appreciated seeing pictures from Girl Scout troops who are taking action to support both firefighters and fire victims in their communities. We are staying connected to learn if there is more that we all can do to help. Girl Scouts sent this picture to us from Lake County.
In Girl Scouts we build girls who care about nature, who know how to make a fire and set up a tent, who are comfortable standing up in front of a group to lead a song, who learn how to make new friends, who try new things, and who give back, and we do it year round, and in all sorts of different venues for all different sorts of girls – backpacking the high Sierra, local parks, Scout huts, and university campuses. We work hard through fundraising (our product sales and donations) to make sure that all girls have the opportunity to become Girl Scouts and experience camp and Girl Scout adventures.
It was fun and inspiring to write this Update, highlighting amazing Gold Award Girl Scouts, reflecting on the powerful and diverse camp experiences we create for girls, and looking ahead to a new year of Girl Scouts!
- Top National Gold Award recognition and scholarships for three GSNorCal Girl Scouts!
- California Dreamin’ International Camporee: A volunteer-led adventure for 400 girls from 6 states, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom!
- Camp visits:Community Support Spotlight:Member Services: Who do you get when you call 1.800.447.4475 or email email@example.com?
- Daughters of Farmworker’s Day Camp – fun, reading and STEM
- CampCEO – connecting 70 teens from under-resourced communities and 30 mentors at Camp Sugar Pine
- Diablo Day Camp
- The Lantern League (supporting Daughters of Farmworkers day camp programs in Santa Clara County)
- The Barceloux-Tibessart Foundation (supporting Girl Scouts in Orland)
- The Los Gatos Rotary Club (supporting improvements at Camp Hidden Falls)
- Multiple community organizations supporting Camp Twin Canyon
- Join us for another action-packed year of Girl Scouting! Renew by August 15 and save $5 per girl
400 girls from 6 states, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, made friends, learned new skills, explored Northern California and had fun!
This week-long volunteer-run Camporee took place at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Congratulations to Denise Kruskamp and Nancy Rose who led a core team of 12 volunteers to plan and execute an amazing event! It was delightful and so entertaining to watch the California Dreamin’ 2015 Facebook posts during the week – such a great Girl Scout experience for these girls: surfing, Santa Cruz Boardwalk, a crazy scavenger hunt in San Francisco, whale watching, kayaking, iFly, beautiful crafts, white water rafting, dance parties, movie nights, cook-offs, improv groups, an in-camp carnival, zip-lining, star-gazing and community service. You can also see some great photos online at the Mercury News.
When I get the chance, I love to visit our summer camps! This summer I’ve made it to Skylark Ranch, Sugar Pine, Bothin, day camps in Windsor and Lafayette, the California Dreamin’ Camporee, and our Daughters of Farmworkers camp field trip to Santa Clara University. I wish summer was even longer!
Girls making shell necklaces with a member of the Amah Mutsun tribe. Photo credit: Sempervirens Fund
Community organizations play an important role in supporting Girl Scouts, and volunteers often make the difference in connecting GSNorCal with donors in their communities.
Member Services: Who do you get when you call 1.800.447.4475 or email firstname.lastname@example.org?
Meet Robin Smiley, a member of our Member Services Team.
Everyone in Members Services is prepared to pitch in and help where help is needed, and everyone also has a primary role focusing on one of these three areas: 1) helping new and renewing members; 2) helping members register for program and camps; 3) answering questions about Girl Scouting (troop support).
Robin oversees the group that helps new members – this is a busy time of year for parents looking for troops for their daughters and learning about volunteering. Some of you may have seen Robin’s name on emails about your registration. I asked Robin a few Girl Scout questions, to help you connect a person with the name!
Renew by August 15 and save $5 per girl. Robin and the other member services staff are happy to help you claim a spot for another year of fun.
Thank you for all that you do for Girl Scouts.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Marina H. Park, CEO
Girl Scouts of Northern California