The Coast News Group

Get groovy at annual Girl Scout event

COAST CITIES — Scouts and Scout supporters will dig out their bell bottoms and tie-dyed T-shirts Sept. 10 for an evening of far-out fun under the stars.
Urban Campout: Feelin’ Groovy will begin at 6 p.m. at Girl Scouts’ Balboa Park campus, 1231 Upas St. Proceeds from San Diego’s 13th annual “fun fundraiser for grownups” will help keep Girl Scouting available and affordable for all girls.
Individual tickets are $175; tables for 10 are $1,750 or $3,000 for VIP seating. Visit or call (619) 610-0807 for details.
Honorary Committee Co-Chairpersons Ann and Ben Haddad and Sandy and Mike Murphy are teaming up with Urban Campout Co-Chairpersons Cassandra Stroud and Darin Andersen and their committees to make the event a blast from the past. Guests will don 1960s AND 1970s threads or casual TGIF attire for a nostalgic evening of groovy games, hip auction items, gourmet munchies, live vintage music by The Heroes, and s’mores around the campfire. A “Laugh-in” wall, black lights, lava lamps and love beads will enhance the flower power vibe. Former Girl Scout Carol LeBeau will emcee the event.
Urban campers will test their karma with a drawing for a Holland America Line cruise, and bid on 175 auction packages, including getaways on Southwest Airline to Cape Cod, Cabo San Lucas, Hawaii, and the former hippie mecca of San Francisco.
GEICO is Urban Campout’s presenting sponsor for the fourth year. Others providing generous underwriting include AT&T, Katherine D. White, Barbara and David Groce, Issa Family Foundation, Super Dentists, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and San Diego County Credit Union, plus in-kind sponsors Holland America Line, KPBS, San Diego Magazine and Southwest Airlines.
Urban Campout proceeds help provide 30,000 local Girl Scouts with hundreds of opportunities, including technology, athletics and art programs; career exploration; camps and travel. Financial aid and outreach programs for girls in detention centers, emergency shelters and low income areas bring Girl Scouting to all communities.