While widely known for their cookie sales, there’s more to the Girl Scouts than selling cookies. Girl Scouts are actively involved in many nature activities and stewardship. As a scout, girls are taught to deeply appreciate and take care of nature through various activities. Girls are taken on many camping and hiking trips and often volunteer to help with stewardship activities.
In San Diego, Girl Scouts have helped with many projects to help the environment. For example, they helped with I Love a Clean San Diego’s “Creek to Bay Cleanup” as part of their 100th anniversary celebration last year. This year, Girl Scout troop #5912 helped plant native plants and did a wildlife mural for the San Diego Bay Wildlife Refuge. Other local scouts have won awards for organizing smaller events centered on nature and their community.
Other ways that the San Diego Girl Scouts foster a love and appreciation of nature is through various activities. For example, the national chapter sponsors a Sea World sleepover. There is also a designated day for Girl Scouts at the San Diego Wild Animal Park’s “Roar and Snore” sleepover event. Scouts at both sleepovers get special guided hikes and tours of the areas that most of the public do not see. Other activities unique to the San Diego Girl Scouts include special kayaking tours where scouts learn about different marine animals, a behind-the-scenes tour of Wild Wonders educational reserve, and learn about issues facing wildlife with a visit to Lions, Tigers and Bears.
Cookie sales as well as donations help keep these field trips and activities affordable for Girl Scouts. Participating in scouting activities can help girls build a foundation for appreciating nature and helping the community. To find a local cookie booth, visit http://cookielocator.littlebrownie.com/. To donate, join, or find out more about the San Diego Girl Scouts and their activities, visit: www.sdgirlscouts.org/