From Daisies to Ambassadors, the Girl Scouts of Carmel Valley have a solid and growing group of young women bettering themselves, learning important life lessons, and helping make the 92130 community a better place to live for all of us. And it’s not just through their notoriously delicious cookies. With over seventy troops and nearly 800 girl scouts just in Carmel Valley, we can rest assured that the future is bright for the young women of 92130. Read along as we talk with Cathy Young, Carmel Valley Service Unit Manager for our local Girl Scouts.
with Cathy Young,
Carmel Valley Service Unit Manager
What is the overall mission of Girl Scouts?
Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts is the world’s premier leadership development organization for girls. We envision a future where more girls and women are leaders. Our innovative programs in health, the arts, technology, financial literacy, the environment and public service are making that vision a reality.
What is the history
behind the Girl Scouts of Carmel Valley?
There have been Girl Scouts in San Diego since 1917. As new communities emerge, Girl Scouting is never far behind! Carmel Valley Service Unit is a high-performing group of girls and volunteers, who have worked hard to earn the President’s Award — a recognition from Girl Scouts San Diego for outstanding achievement — several times, most recently in 2013.
What is your role? How long have you served in this role?
I am the service unit manager, and have held this position for two years.
What was your motivation to get involved?
When I was a Girl Scout and wanted to become a Cadette, there was no troop for me at my school. I wanted to make sure all girls who wanted to continue to be Girl Scouts had the opportunity. It takes more than just troop leaders to keep the programs going. I believed I could use my business and organizational expertise to help support the Carmel Valley Service Unit and its troop leaders.
What is the most rewarding part of being involved in Girl Scouts?
Seeing the girls grow and become the leaders of our next generation.
If you could have one wish granted for the program, what would it be?
That more and more girls of all economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds will have the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts.
Where do you see the program in five years?
We have a strong service unit with many girls who continue into high school. I see the service unit continuing to thrive and serve all the girls of Carmel Valley. Middle and high school Girl Scouts actively host and plan activities for younger girls; we would love to build more community collaborators in the area so we can offer more program opportunities for our members, especially older girls.
Do you have any exciting plans for the Girl Scouts of Carmel Valley?
We are wrapping up for this school year and starting to plan for next year. Our Service Unit Encampment will kick off the year on Saturday from Monday, Sept. 20 to 22. It is one of my favorite events, as it brings all Girl Scouts from Carmel Valley together. It is great for the young girls to see older girls who are still in Girl Scouting, and the older girls love to work with and lead the younger ones.
Why should parents get their children involved in Girl Scouts?
As girls learn to identify local and global needs and take action to advocate for themselves and others, they build a strong sense of self. They gain problem solving and conflict resolution abilities, among other life skills, and develop positive values. Plus, they’ll get to have all kinds of adventures based on their interests and goals.
How does one go about joining a troop? Are there any restrictions on when GIRLS can join?
Girls ages 5 to 17 can join Girl Scouts all year long! While troops are the most popular way to participate, we have a variety of pathways to membership. Girls can attend our summer camps, engage in a series, travel the world with other young women, work independently on badges or service projects, or attend events and activities hosted by our council and service unit. As a volunteer-driven organization, Girl Scouts thrives when adults give their time to lead troops and share their daughter’s experiences. For more information about joining Girl Scouts contact Joselyn Poggi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-610-0708.
Please tell us about the local troops that cater to 92130.
We have over seventy troops in Carmel Valley, ranging in age from Daisies in kindergarten to Ambassadors who are high school seniors. Local troops are especially active and participate in community service projects, earn higher awards, and travel through the Girl Scouts destinations program.
Please describe the different levels of Girl Scouts.
At every age, girls discover themselves, connect with others and take action to make the world a better place. Daisies (grades K to 1), Brownies (grades 2 to 3) and Juniors (grades 4 to 5) learn what it means to be a Girl Scout and explore the world around them. As Cadettes (grades 6 to 8), Seniors (grades 9 to 10) and Ambassadors (grades 11 to 12), they continue to tackle issues they care about and blossom into community leaders.
Does Carmel Valley have a large Girl Scout presence?
Currently, there are 796 Girl Scouts in Carmel Valley. We are one of the largest service units in the region.
Are there any large events that are coming up for Girl Scouts in 92130?
We had our volunteer awards and appreciation dinner in early June at Oggi’s to thank all of the adult volunteers in our service unit. We handed out awards to those adults who go above and beyond the call of duty, and installed our new service unit officers for next year.
How do the Girl Scouts fundraise throughout the year?
To earn money for troop activities and community service projects, girls can sell nuts and candies during the Fall Product Sale and participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. A percentage of proceeds from product sales goes to Girl Scouts San Diego to support events, programs, volunteer training, camps and facilities, as well as financial assistance to help keep Girl Scouting available and affordable for all. In addition, Girl Scouts San Diego and Carmel Valley Service Unit hold occasional fundraising events. More opportunities are available at www.sdgirlscouts.org/giving.
The Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
The Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
Famous Girl Scouts
Mary Tyler Moore
Sandra Day O’Connor