This Bay Area organization is chartered by Girl Scouts USA and supports all the Girl Scout organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties. The council oversees programs, such as summer camps, membership and recruitment, Bay Area events, initiatives, fundraising, donations, partnerships, and more. They manage the calendar for the Bay Area and the retail store that sells uniforms and other Girl Scout materials. The San Francisco association has over 80 troops and 1,000 girls. Annual memberships are $10. Optional uniforms are not included in the membership fee.
"Discoveree" is an annual training conference held early in the year for adults and senior scouts to teach all kinds of classes to scout troops. Girls in 6th through 9th grades can be "Discoveree assistants" at the conference held in the fall. "Discoverette" classes at the conference are open to girls in 6th through 12th grades. Classes teach everything from beading and bookmaking, to leadership and team-building courses.
Besides the cookies, Girl Scouts are known for their summer camps. Friends who are not Girl Scouts are welcome to attend with a Scout.
The Bay Area has four resident summer camps, some of which have chartered buses to take campers from San Francisco:
- Camp Bothin in Marin
- Camp Deer Lake, near Donner Summit on the way to Tahoe
- Camp Sugar Pine, a horse camp in the Sierras
- Skylark Ranch overlooking the Pacific Ocean north of Santa CruzDay Camp:
- Camp Metro in Berryessa in the northeast area of Santa Clara County
See the website for information on Family camps.
Gear: The council manages the retail store in Oakland that sells uniforms and other Girl Scout materials.