Rancho Bernardo Service Unit 686

2017 Pinewood Derby Encampment for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors at Balboa Campus

We had so much fun at encampment this year! Our service unit had our first pinewood derby with over 50 cars entered in the race. Brownies participated in the Adventure Zone and Juniors had a go 
at the archery range. Everyone enjoyed exploring the new Cabin 3 level with the 6 story treehouse. Lots of fun crafts and SWAPS, finished off with songs and s'mores by the campfire. Already looking forward to next year!

                                      Leading the Way Leader Celebration:  
                            The Keynote Speaker was Elena Crespo of Troop 8343!
On August 27, 2016 Girl Scouts of San Diego held an old-day leader training day at the San Diego conference center.  An evening dinner celebration honored leaders and Julie Purdy of 8343 received the Volunteer of the Year award (along with four other deserving volunteers).  The dinner event had a girl keynote speaker and Elena Crespo of 8343 was selected to provide this talk!  

8004 Creates a Fencing Badge 

Troop 8804 Fencing at Team Touché in Sorrento Valley.

The troop created their own Cadette Fencing Badge.


Encampment 2015

See photos from
 Encampment 2015 at Winacka.  Fun was had by all!

Permission Slips/AC Forms-Wondering what is required? 

Permission slips are needed any time you meet outside of your normal location and /or time. Any field trips, walk to the park, meeting at another adult's house, etc. need a permission slip. Permission Forms now go to Sunny Jerome (sunny@thejeromes.us) our new co-Activity Consultant. Sunny just needs to see the top portion filled out and will help you make any corrections needed. Please allow at least one week for these to be processed prior to the event.  

Activity Approval Forms are needed for the following situations. 1) anytime you travel outside of council boundaries (leave San Diego or Imperial County), so Disneyland would need an AA form since it's in Orange County. 2) When you do an overnight sleepover or camping trip, even if it's in town and/or indoors. 3) for any high risk activity.  Activity Approval Forms need to go to another new co-Activity Consultant, Julie Purdy (julie@fmkeeper.com).    If you are not sure which qualify you can always email Julie for clarification.

AA forms need to be sent a month in advance since insurance and other paperwork might be needed from the vendor and can take time to get in order. It's best to submit your paperwork before putting down any deposits so you don't lose your money if an activity is not approved.

The forms look intimidating but they become very easy after a few times and Sunny and Julie are there to help you fill them out if you get stuck. Having these forms filled out and approved helps to cover you as a leader if something unexpected happens so it's in your best interest to get those turned in.

Elena and Revati of Troop 8343 earn their Gold Award

Two girls from Troop 8343 (Elena Crespo and Revati Thatte) earned their Gold Award on June 13, 2015 at a ceremony that recognized 43 girls from the San Diego-Imperial Council.  They are pictured here with their leader, Julie Purdy

Bronze Award for Troop 8227

Troop 8227 has been working hard on their Bronze Award project, an awareness campaign about the Monarch School and a sock and underwear drive to benefit the children at the school.  The Monarch school is a school for homeless children in downtown San Diego.  Please see the video that the troop made and/or the PowerPoint presentation that the troop made to educate others about the Monarch school. 

Troop 8175 Visits Illumina, Inc.

8th Grade Cadette troop 8175 had the opportunity to visit Illumina, Inc.  We toured the facility and learned all about DNA and genetic sequencing.  We had the opportunity to extract our own DNA and view some amazing technology.  Two of the employees we met were previous girl scouts themselves and were eager to tell us about their careers.   One went on to pursue degrees in chemistry while the other focused on engineering.  Overall, it was a fascinating tour and we all enjoyed it!