RSF residents co-chair Girl Scout fundraiser


The popular vacation trend of glamping (glamorous camping) has inspired the theme of Girl Scouts San Diego’s 19th annual Urban Campout fundraiser.

Lifelong Girl Scout Sue Major and her husband John Major of Rancho Santa Fe are event co-chairs for “Urban Glampout,” set for Friday evening, Sept. 9, at Girl Scouts’ Balboa Campus (1231 Upas Street). Liza Crisafi serves as committee chair.

Sue served on the Girl Scouts San Diego Board of Directors for six years, and participated on the board development committee for several years. She continues to be active on the fund development committee.

Sue is founder and CEO of Major Executive Search, specializing in the wireless, telecom, software and semiconductors sectors. She and her daughter Barbara were Girl Scouts, as were Sue’s mother and sisters.

The Urban Glampout co-chair says her scouting experience helped her develop confidence and the tools to set and meet goals. “I still use the skills I developed through Girl Scouting,” she states. “The ability to communicate, work effectively with others, build consensus and manage budgets — these competencies are absolutely fundamental in my business.”

One of her favorite aspects of Girl Scouting was selling cookies. “I was a natural, always trying to sell the most boxes in my troop!” she recalls. “I learned how to meet and interact with people, make presentations without being nervous, handle money, and deliver cookies in a timely, responsible manner.”

Urban Glampout will be held near Girl Scouts’ new Balboa Lodge, which features a large indoor/outdoor stone fireplace underwritten by the Majors.

Lavish tents, sparkling chandeliers and glowing lanterns will set the mood for 600 guests to enjoy a starlit evening of dining, dancing and doing good. Event proceeds will help keep Girl Scouting available and affordable for all.

Partygoers will earn badges while playing camp games, crafting and trying archery. They’ll bid on tempting auction merchandise at the “camp store,” dance to live music by The Heroes, dine on gourmet camp fare and make s’mores around a campfire.

Major Executive Search is the Urban Glampout platinum sponsor, while the silver sponsors are Qualcomm and Wells Fargo. Sponsors at the bronze level are Mission Federal Credit Union, Nadine and Carlo Daleo, Barbara Dickey, Patti Roscoe and Jim Tiffany.

Live auction items will include stays at Mes Amis (an 11-bedroom luxury villa on the island of St. Martin) and a lakeside home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, a trip to the Kentucky Derby, and a set of 10 roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines.

The opportunity drawing will feature a seven-day cruise on Holland America Line and a diamond necklace from Leo Hamel Fine Jewelry.

For details on sponsoring, volunteering for, or attending Urban Glampout, visit or call (619) 610-0807.