Sommer Salinas grew up attending military events and helping out wherever she was needed. Her uncle is the Commander in Chief for the Hollister Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post 9242, and her family was the chosen Military Family of the Year in 2015 for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) event. One … Continue reading Hollister Veterans of Foreign War Museum – Sommer Salinas
Tips for how to keep your Girl Scout Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador troops engaged and inspired all the way until graduation.
Olivia (Lulu) Gaitan is a senior at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara. When she set out to begin her journey to the Girl Scout Gold Award, Lulu wanted to create a way for the teens and elders in her community to interact. In order to cultivate these intergenerational friendships, she created TeenAngels, a … Continue reading Friendship Has No Age – Olivia (Lulu) Gaitan
Maya Johnson is a current senior at Thousand Oaks High School. Upon visiting a pediatric therapeutic unit at a public health clinic, she noticed that a certain area was in dire need of renovations. Recognizing that the publicly funded clinic was not receiving the kind of attention it needed, Maya decided to take matters into … Continue reading Life Skills Center for Children with Various Abilities – Maya Johnson
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Megan Wang is an Ambassador Girl Scout from Thousand Oaks, California, currently entering her junior year at Westlake High School. While volunteering at her local food bank, she noticed that young moms would often request diapers but there were usually none to give. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows … Continue reading Motherhood Matters – Megan Wang
If you’ve been with the Girl Scout organization for a while, you’re no stranger to the strength of service units. As the backbone of our councils, service units bring experience, knowledge, connections, and so much more to the communities and volunteers they serve. You might be new to the world of Girl Scouts and if … Continue reading All about Service Units
Jessica Shiflett, a current senior at Adolfo Camarillo High School, is half Thai and has had the privilege of visiting family in Thailand every summer. Year after year, she was shocked to see the number of visually impaired individuals on the streets in each city she went to. While Thai students in traditional primary schools … Continue reading Expanding the Minds of the Blind in Thailand through the English Language – Jessica Shiflett
Make no mistake, racism is wrong. As a sisterhood 2.5 million strong, Girl Scouts are encouraged to come as they are, discover their passions, and create lasting change in their communities. Together as one unit, it is our mission to create a safe and welcoming space for all girls to reach their fullest potential, committing … Continue reading Be a Better Sister Patch Program
Heather Merenda is the leader of Troop 65101 in Fillmore, California. She noticed a lack of programs for the youth in her city, pointing out that besides athletics, dance, or cheerleading, the options for extracurricular activities were slim. With only a few active Girl Scout troops between Santa Paula and Fillmore, Heather wanted to create a … Continue reading Meet Our Volunteers – Heather Merenda