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Happy Ending: Humboldt Area Community Helps Give Girl Scout Back Her Voice with New iPad

Luke Ramseth, Eureka Times-Standard, Nov. 19, 2012

Teira Manfredda grasped grocery shoppers' hands and sold cookies to a small crowd gathered around a table outside Ray's Food Place in Valley West Shopping Center Saturday morning.”By tonight, she'll have her voice back,” said Tom Leydecker, Teira's dad.The 11-year-old Girl Scout--born with a chromosome deletion that mimics autism -- had her prized iPad stolen out of the back of her family's car at Grocery Outlet in Eureka this week. The iPad had an application called Scene&Heard, which helped grow Teira's vocabulary and allowed her to communicate with others.On Saturday Teira, her parents and one of her Girl Scout friends, Nichole Morris, stood outside Ray's to raise funds for a new iPad for Teira. ... more

Girl Scout's Cookie Reward - the iPad that Helped Her Speak - Stolen; Community Rallies

Kaci Poor, Eureka Times-Standard, Nov. 18, 2012 

The thief who broke into the dark blue Mazda Protege parked outside Grocery Outlet in Eureka this week might have known they were stealing a little girl's backpack.What they probably didn't know when they slim-jimmed the door and grabbed the purple bag covered in butterflies, is that they were also stealing Teira Manfredda's voice -- a voice she worked hard to earn.Teira was born with a chromosome deletion that mimics autism, her mother Colleen Leydecker said. The disorder -- called Phelan-McDermid syndrome -- interferes with Teira's ability to communicate verbally. ... more

Tech Programs Receive $100,000 Google Grant

Steve Johnston, San Jose Mercury News, Dec. 14, 2011

Jean Fahy, a program director with Girl Scouts of Northern California, said the $100,000 her organization received will introduce the engineering profession to 640 girls in kindergarten through eighth grade, who live in poor parts of Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco counties. "Women are under-

represented in these fields," Fahy said, adding that "for a lot of girls  

-- particularly in low-income areas -- they don't even see engineering as a career option." ... more

Google Gives to Girl Scout Tech Program

Marina Park, San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 14, 2011

We all read about the United States’ shortage of engineers and women in technology fields. Tech Choices is one step in the right direction – kindergartners who say: “when I grow up, I want to design bridges!” and 10th graders who have met electrical engineers, understand what they do, want to be engineers and know what it will take to reach that goal. Thank you, Google, for helping Girl Scouts of Northern California bring Tech Choices to 640 girls in three counties! ... more

Girl Scouts' Locavore Badge, Organic Garden

Jonathan Kauffman, SF Weekly, Oct. 25, 2011


This year, Northern California girl scouts gained another resource for local foods. According to spokesperson Dana Allen, last year the widower of a former volunteer donated funds to start a 40-by-80-foot garden at Camp Arequipa in Fairfax, which campers tended all summer with the help of a gardener. ... more

Milpitas Girls Send Holiday Cheer to Military

Michelle Eacret, Milpitas Patch, Nov. 30, 2011

"Our hope is to bring some cheer from 'home' to help brighten up the holidays for those serving their country.  We’ve also included some candy goodie bags, made mostly from donated Halloween candy to sweeten your holidays, and Girl Scout nuts, candy, and/or cookies which will help you remember that Girl Scouts are thinking of you every day.” ... more

Helping Girls Thrive at Camp CEO

Marina Park, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 11, 2011

"Whatever happened at Camp CEO unleashed Priscilla's spirit - it is out and has no boundaries." I love CampCEO. Wonderful things can happen when girls and amazing women connect in a strange new place - united by their belief that great things are possible for every girl. ...more

Girl Scouts Celebrate 100th by Planting Trees

Jody Purdom, Sonoma Valley Sun, June 16, 2011

Julliette Gordon Low would be proud that the organization she built has reached the 100-year mark this month.  Formed in 1912 by Low, this now global organization was created to empower and enrich the lives of girls everywhere with positive leadership, impact and celebration of community. Girl Scout Troop 10406 rolled up their sleeves and dug in the mud to do their part to help Sonoma Scouts plant 100 trees this year. ...more 

Connecting, the Camp Way

Marina Park, San Francisco Chronicle, June 11, 2011

My 18 year old daughter just left for a 2 month summer job - long days, no cell phone connection, no WiFi, no Facebook, no college parties, no TV, no shopping - and she was super happy about it. She's headed to work as a camp counselor, returning to the camp she attended as a camper and counselor in training for 10 years, starting when she was 7 years old, the summer after 2nd grade. ...more 


Slideshow: Flying High with Girl Scouts

Santa Rosa Press Democrat, June 9, 2011

As part of Women of Aviation Week, a female pilot takes a Sonoma County troop on aerial exploration of the skies. ...more

How to Feel Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Santa Clara Weekly, June 7, 2011

Mary Poppins isn't the only person ever to feel that way. The Girl Scouts of Santa Clara Troop 60129 feel happy, excited, awesome, appreciated, helpful, effective, graceful, and, hold onto your hat Mary Poppins - supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - about stocking the shelves of JW House with donated household and food items they collected. And they want you to know that you, too, can feel that way by serving the community. ...more

Helping Hand Award Named in Memory of San Jose Girl Scout Leader Derrie Harris

San Jose Mercury News, June 2, 2011

"Whenever the need arises, you're always there to lend a hand, taking time away from your busy schedule to make things better for someone else; you take pride in reaching out, in seeing other people smile. Your giving spirit brings out the best in all of us." The first Derrie Harris Helping Hand awards were presented to Sharon Clark-Coover, Sherry Johnson, Micki Karrer, Marie Keith, Maria Roman, Lisa Smith, Diana Southern, Kim Stafford and Tammy Wicks. ...more

Girl Scouts, Volunteers Flex Green Thumbs

Napa Valley Register, May 1, 2011

The Girl Scouts’ Napa Unit, which oversees the troops in the area, wanted to plant 100 trees this year to kick off the Girl Scouts’ 100th birthday, which will be celebrated through 2012, he and other troop leaders explained. Youth leader Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girls Scouts in 1912. “We’re kind of getting a head start on it,” said Lori Halsey, a co-leader with Brownie Troop 10800, referring to the Girl Scouts’ 100th birthday, as her 8-year-old daughter, Claire, and fellow Brownies, Cecilia Nuss and Josephine Borsetto, moved dirt, trowels in hand. ...more

Girl Scouts Love Trees

Benecia Herald, April 27, 2011

Last month, vandals chopped through most of the 20 young tulip trees that had been planted at Southampton Park with the help of Interact Club members of Benicia High School last October. Tuesday afternoon, members of Girl Scout Troop 20639 helped plant the first of a batch of new trees that will replace the ones that were killed. As Girl Scouts of America approaches its centennial, it has adopted the theme “Forever Green,” and many troops and Scouts across the country are undertaking environmental projects. ...more

Girl Scout e-Waste Drive for Earth Day

San Ramon Patch, April 14, 2011

Earth Day, April 22, is almost here, and a Girl Scout troop in San Ramon found a clever way you can show your caring for the planet … and the people on it. "Earth Day is like the Earth’s dream day. We hope everyone who wants the Earth to last longer will donate their e-waste." ... more

Girls, Soroptomists Team Up, Make Blankets

Redwood Times, April 6, 2011

This project, called the “Creative Kindness Legacy Kit,” was originally started by Sarah Williams, who was our Region Violet Richardson award recipient last year, whose goal was for every child in the foster care system to have a “cuddle” blanket ... According to Sarah, “you haven’t lived until you have done something for someone who can’t pay you back.”  ...more

Food Bank Gets $6,000 Mystery Cookie Donation

Santa Rosa Press Democrat, March 31, 2011

The special delivery happened because a food-bank benefactor ... ordered 125 cases — $6,000 worth. He asked which troop is California's poorest and was told it's Scout/Brownie Troop 6173 of East Palo Alto. The man said he'd like that troop credited with the sale, and he asked if the girls of 6173 might like to personally deliver the cookies to another of his causes — Food for Thought in Forestville. ...more

There is No Couch Potato Badge

San Francisco Chronicle, March 30, 2011

No water? No electricity? No cell phone coverage? Lots of rain? No problem. 60 girls and volunteers showed up last weekend for an overnight work party at one of Girl Scouts' Santa Cruz Mountain camps. They cleaned up debris, cleared trails and split fire wood. Work parties are a critical part of keeping Girl Scout camps running. ...more

Girls Learn Joy of Giving with Cookies at Hospital

CBS 12 TV Chico, March 21, 2011

"Part of the Girl Scout Promise is helping people at all times. It was an easy decision for them to make. They didn't have to think about it for more than three minutes." ...more

Girl Scouts Donate Cookie Profits to Japan

CBS 12 TV Chico, March 21, 2011

"Part of the Girl Scout promise is helping people at all times. It was an easy decision for them to make. They didn't have to think about it for more than three minutes." ...more

Finding Cookies? There's an App for That

Milpitas Patch, March 19, 2011

Old-fashioned Girl Scout cookies are being sold in new ways this year, helping troops like the ones in Milpitas increase their fundraising profits and pay for camping equipment, trips to Disneyland and more. ...more

Space Cookies Robotics Win Regionals

San Francisco Chronicle, March 19, 2011

The Space Cookies robotics team, sponsored by NASA Ames Research Center and Girl Scouts of Northern California, won the Sacramento Regionals FIRST competition ...more

At NASA Ames, Girl Scouts Learn to Dream

Mountain View Patch, March 15, 2011

Little girls can grow up to be whatever they want, even astronauts. That's why the "Girls Go Tech" program of the Girl Scouts of Northern California teamed up with NASA to host "When I Grow Up," a full day of activities to engage and encourage girls to enter careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Though there weren't any cookies, there were definitely robots and airplanes.

Girl Scouts Help Expectant Military Moms

Contra Costa Times, March 3, 2011

The project started in November as a way for the girls to earn the Girl Scout Bronze Star award, the highest honor given to scouts in the fourth and fifth grades. They were looking to help babies or children. "I love it because this was an unexpected child," Michesella Ory said. "To be able to find someone to help out when I have three other kids, it's nice for them to do this for us ... It's a life saver." ...more

Girl Power!

Marina Park, San Francisco Chronicle, March 3, 2011

So cool for Mayor Quan, Disney and the other women who volunteered their time, to help girls dream big and understand the hard work and courage that goes into making dreams come true. ... and, even though Minnie Mouse was competing for attention, the girls lined up to have the NASA scientist autograph a picture of the Kepler satellite that she helps direct on its mission to discover new planets. ...more

Girls Deliver Hand-Made Blankets to Patients

Vallejo Times-Herald, March 3, 2011

Brownie Aliyah Ellis said this donation was important, "because most of the time (patients) might not have enough of the blankets they need." Wednesday's delivery of boxes of cookies and eight double-layered fleece blankets, each hand-knotted "with positive prayers and good feelings," was this year's troop service project. ...more

Girl Scouts Tree Planting and Cookie Sales

Sonoma Index-Tribune, Feb. 28, 2011

The Girl Scouts of Sonoma are marking 100 years of scouting by planting 100 trees the Valley through April. The effort is a part of the Girl Scouts "Take Action Project," which aims to get scouts to become more active in their community ... The Girl Scouts biggest fundraiser, the cookie drive, is in full swing in Sonoma. ...more

Cookies Fund Europe Trip, Scouts Plan for 100th

Chico Enterprise-Record, Feb. 27, 2011

The more boxes of cookies the troop sells, the better chance it has of making a once-in-a-lifetime trip to London, Paris and Rome in 2012. The girls see it as the perfect way to celebrate the organization's 100th birthday and their years as a troop. ...more

Frozen Thin Mints, Thanks to Mother Nature

Marina Park, San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 25, 2011

Girls learn a lot when they participate in the cookie sale program: public speaking, goal setting, and money handling. When you see (cold) girls out selling cookies this weekend, ask them what they plan to do with the money they raise from the sale. You will meet girls who've set goals to earn their way to summer camp, go on a field trip with their troop or raise funds to support a service project. ...more

Cookie Sellers are Named Whiz Kids

Healdsburg Patch, Feb. 23, 2011

These two bubbly girls bring a contagious energy to each person they meet during their cookie sale.  People can’t help but smile at the girl dressed like a Samoa cookie and the sweet but not too pushy sales pitch that Ryleigh delivers flawlessly. ...more

Tech-Savvy Girls Sell Cookies on Many Platforms

San Jose Mercury News, Feb. 18, 2011

In this rapidly evolving tech economy, entrepreneurs need to embrace the maxims of the day: Operate on multiple platforms. Provide products on demand. Grow the business. Yep, even if they're selling Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs. This year, Girl Scout troops around the Bay Area will peddle their cookies via a newly unveiled smartphone app while hitting the streets in a major crusade to sell the old-fashioned way, door to door. ...more

Girl Scouts are Tech-Savvy with Cookie App

CBS Action News, Chico, Feb. 11, 2011

So if you have a smart phone or a computer, it will be impossible to miss out on cookie sales in your area. America is crazy for Girl Scout cookies, and the Chico troops have ordered cases of them by the truck load. ...more

Milpitas Girl Scouts Go International

Milpitas Patch, Feb. 10, 2011

More than 100 Girl Scouts participate in World Thinking Day, a hands-on informational exchange about other cultures. As a multicultural melting pot, it's hard not to be exposed to different cultures in Milpitas. ForWorld Thinking Day, Girl Scout troops in the city were asked to research a country and come up with ways to teach each other about it. ...more

Girl Scouts Honor Napa Chef Cindy Pawlcyn

Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Feb. 3, 2011

Pioneering chef Cindy Pawlcyn, owner of three Napa Valley restaurants, was honored Thursday night as the 2011 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Northern California. Pawlcyn was a Girl Scout from an early age and said she learned important lessons during the camping trips and from earning badges, such as the cooking badge. “The Girl Scouts taught me to ‘be prepared,'” she said. “Nothing, it turns out, could be more important to a chef.'” ...more

NASA Hosts Girl Scouts 'When I Grow Up'

NASA Ames Features, Feb. 1, 2011

"Engineering is fun. It’s about learning an unlimited number of solutions to structural problems," said Lana Agot. She was one of more than 150 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals and college students who came to NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., as part of the Girl Scouts of Northern California’s annual Career Exploration Day. Together, they turned the NASA Conference and Training Center into a one-stop shop for more than 1,000 Girl Scouts who learned about everything from starfish to fiber optics to computer systems. ...more

Girl Scouts Give Library Books to African School

Eureka Times Standard, Jan. 23, 2011

Through the efforts of Junior Girl Scouts in Troop 70181 of McKinleyville, the children of Rehauhetsoe Primary School in Butha Buthe, Lesotho, Africa, will have a school library. Working on their Bronze Award, 10 girls helped to gather, sort and pack 585 pounds of books into 12 boxes for shipping in time to catch the December container ship destined for southern Africa. ...more

40-Year Go-to-Gal Volunteer Leads Cookies-Plus

Rohnert Park Community Voice, Jan. 20, 2011

This year, Girl Scouts are calling it “Cookies on Demand.” For this kind of campaign you need a “go-to” leader to pull it all together and Rohnert Park’s Barbara Novak rightfully has this assignment. She’s been in Girl Scouting practically all her life. ...more

Youth Center Offenders Give as Girl Scouts

Marisa Lagos, San Francisco Chronicle

December 24, 2010

Heather, a 16-year-old Girl Scout, wandered the aisles of Target in Santa Rosa, unsure of what to buy. Her troop was participating in a Toys For Tots program, and Heather had $20 to spend on gifts for a needy child - in her case a 1-year-old boy. On first glance, it was a typical holiday outing. But Heather was being closely watched by her troop leader, and had to ask permission before she went to a new area of the store. Heather is a juvenile offender ...more

Girl Scouts Leading One Warm Coat Drive


November 26, 2010

"Surrounded by the greatest Girl Scouts in the world:" Girl Scouts in Walnut Creek, San Francisco, San Jose, and Emeryville are featured collecting coats for the needy during the One Warm Coat drive the day after Thanksgiving. ...more

Who Said It's a Ken's World? Meet Computer Engineer Barbie

Julia Prodis Sulek, San Jose Mercury News

November 18, 2010

Wearing a T-shirt with a binary code pattern, a hot pink laptop and matching reading glasses and a Bluetooth smartphone in her ear, "Computer Engineer Barbie" was launched Wednesday at the Microsoft Mountain View campus with 30 excited Girl Scouts. ...more

A 73-Year Wait, and At Long Last, a Golden Eaglet

Marina Park, San Francisco Chronicle
September 29, 2010

Nancy Morrow celebrated her 89th birthday this past Sunday at a quiet retirement home on the Peninsula. Nancy is the sister, Aunt, Great Aunt and Great Great Aunt to a large and far flung family. Many of them gathered this past Sunday to celebrate "Aunt Nan's" birthday and watch her receive long overdue recognition for the Golden Eaglet she earned in 1937. The Golden Eaglet was, between 1919 and 1939, the highest honor in Girl Scouts. ...more

Humboldt and Del Norte Girl Scout Camps Double Thanks to Community Support

Cheryl Kingham, Special to the McKinleyville Press

September 15, 2010

Volunteers and community supporters made it possible for Girl Scout summer camp to double in size and length this year for more than 100 Humboldt and Del Norte girls in first to ninth grade. Last year, only one week of camping was available, and that was just for older girls ...more

Sonoma Co. Mentor Leaders Kathy Witkowicki, Val Richman Named Girl Scout Jewels

Jody Purdom, Sonoma Valley Sun

September 1, 2010

Kathy Witkowicki, Executive Director for the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, has been named the 2010 Jewel of a Woman by Girl Scouts of Northern California. She will share the honor with the Executive Director of Mentor Me Petaluma, Val Richman. ...more

Girl Scout Camp: Magic, But Expensive to Maintain

Jennifer Olney, ABC 7 San Francisco
August 9, 2010

"Girl Scout camp is a really magical place and to bring that camp magic to people, it's really expensive. We have a hard time keeping up with the toll Mother Nature takes on our camps." ...more



Girl Scouts Undertake Sweet Relief Effort: Cookies for Local Soldiers in Afghanistan

Staff Writer, Los Altos Town Crier
August 18, 2010

Local Girl Scouts have sent more than 500 boxes of cookies to two soldiers in Afghanistan who call Los Altos home. The Scouts of Los Altos Service Unit 608 also sent drawings, letters and supplies to Marine 2nd Lt. Jeremy Taylor and Army Lt. Col. Donald Davis and the men under their command. …more

Go Camping and Create Memories 

Diane Peterson, Santa Rosa Press Democrat
August 1, 2010

Barbara Herrera, program director of the Girl Scouts of Northern California, encourages her 13-year-old daughter to participate in Girl Scout camps, but also takes her on camping trips to the redwood forests along the North Coast. “There's lots right here in our backyard.” …more

Geek Squad Girl Scout Camp Digs Into High Tech

Mike Anderson, NBC Bay Area KNTV
June 29, 2010

At the Geek Squad Summer Academy, local Girl Scouts got a crash course in technology. The camp allows girls to explore technology "without worrying about what the guys say," said Alice Lemieux, a technical program manager for the Girl Scouts of Northern California. The camp cost $35 and Best Buy provided most of the materials. …more

Golden Gate Bridging Makes News across U.S.

Dallas Morning News
May 19, 2010

Orange County Register

September 13, 2010

We promoted Golden Gate Bridging far and wide, and articles have appeared in the Chico Enterprise Record and in Texas and Southern California newspapers!

Girl Scouts Turns Greener Leaf as It Prepares for 100th Anniversary

USA Today

May 14, 2010

The Girl Scouts also continues to offer nature-oriented camps. "We believe when they experience nature, they get more involved," says Dana Allen, spokeswoman of Girl Scouts of Northern California. In the San Franscisco Bay area, she says girls learned about watersheds by canoeing. ...more

Gold Award Project Helps Santa Rosa Homeless

Petaluma Argus-Courier

April 22, 2010

When the time came for Jackie Andreucci to select a project to help her obtain the highest Girls Scouts award, she knew what she generally wanted to do, but didn’t know how to proceed. Andreucci, a senior at Casa Grande High School, discovered that the Chop’s Teen Club in Santa Rosa, which she has joined, was willing to donate backpacks to her as a community service project, so she decided to fill them up with supplies and give them to homeless people to help them survive the cold winter months. ...more