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Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Just added: One-night camp for Juniors-Cadettes
Big on camp, low on time? Try our short and sweet Mini-Escape at Winacka, 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, for a quick burst of camp activities — meals and lodging included. Register online. Contact:, (619) 610-0816
Save the date: Cookie Rally and Disney on Ice
Launch the cookie season with a high-energy pep rally, followed by Disney On Ice presents: Let’s Celebrate! at Valley View Casino Center, Friday, Jan. 23, 5-9 p.m. Learn what’s in store for the 2015 season, set your sights on fabulous new rewards and visit our There’s Something Amazing Inside cookie program museum. Find more information on our Cookie Rally page. Ticket orders ($18-30) start Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m.
Vote today: Cox Cares 5K Giveaway
Cox Cares is giving away $5,000, and we could win it! Your vote will help Girl Scouts San Diego continue to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. It’s fast and easy: Just go to the voting page and click Girl Scouts San Diego. Then spread the word to family and friends. Contest closes Friday, Oct. 17.
Gold Award resources
October and November office hours
Seniors and Ambassadors, meet with Gold Award Committee members to discuss the award and ask questions in a casual environment. The next office hours sessions will be Tuesdays Oct. 21 and Nov. 18, 6:30-8 p.m. at five locations: Balboa Campus Leadership Center, Escondido Program Center, North Coastal Service Center Conference Room, Springall Academy in East County, and the Bonita Public Library. Reservation required; no cost. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714
Next girl and adult training: Monday, Nov. 17 at our Balboa Campus
Seniors, Ambassadors and adult supporters can get a helping hand as they prepare to “Go Gold!” Girls work with experienced facilitators to discover their passions, connect with community issues, and get inspired to take action. Adults are invited to come and learn more about their role in the Gold Award program. Register online for trainings throughout the year. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714
Go Gold! workshop Sunday, Nov. 2
Older girls: Connect with others pursuing their Gold Awards and learn about project requirements, or just find a quiet space to work on your project proposal. Through our activities, you’ll explore your passions, identify community issues, and understand what’s required to meet the Gold standard of excellence. Register online for the next workshop: Sunday, Nov. 2, 2-4 p.m. at the Escondido Program Center. Cost: $5. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714
Destinations: Where in the world will you go?
Adult chaperones needed
We’re seeking adult volunteers to chaperone a 2015 Destination, Nuevas Amigas: Our Cabaña. The ideal candidate will be 21 or older during the trip to Mexico (Wednesday, July 22-Friday, July 31), have experience traveling internationally and working with teens, speak Spanish, and be available to assist with pre-trip planning. Visit our Destinations page for more information. Application and references due Wednesday, Nov. 12. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
Cadettes-Ambassadors: Destinations 2015 are open!
Check out GSUSA’s 2015 travel opportunity listing for national and international trips. Applications are due to Girl Scouts San Diego by Saturday, Nov. 1; late applications will be accepted until Sunday, Feb. 1 for consideration in unfilled trips. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
Juniors: aMUSE Yourself workshop
Join Dez, Callie, Corey and Alia to discover what “aMUSES” you! Saturday, Dec. 6, take the stage for theater games, improvisation and writing activities. Then use your own life experiences — and your imagination — to create compelling characters and situations that will capture your audience’s attention. You’ll meet some requirements for the aMUSE Journey. Cost: $30; register by Monday, Nov. 24. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714
Daisies-Juniors: Healthy Habits booklets
Add some healthy habits into the back-to-school routine while bringing new activities to troop meetings. These free booklets, which correspond with the It’s Your Planet — Love It! Journey series, give you fun, practical ways to encourage nutritious eating and physical exercise to younger girls. Download your copy of Healthy Habits in English or Spanish, and read about the great experiences troops across the nation have had with these engaging resources for healthy living.
All Hallow’s Eve extravaganza
The ladies of Kappa Delta at San Diego State University invite girls age 6-12 to their sorority house, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2-4 p.m. Halloween-themed activities include story time on the history of the holiday and a sweet-treat bar for making goodie bags. Costumes welcome … for girls and adults! Recommended parking in Structure 6. Contact:
Watershed Avengers: Environmental restoration
Girls and families: Join the Ocean Discovery Institute Saturday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for a restoration project that benefits the local canyon and community. Discover Swan Canyon through a guided tour of the watershed, then get your hands dirty planting native vegetation and celebrate the transformation with music and a raffle. Tools, gloves, snacks and lunch provided at this free event. Register online.
Under the sea with Broadway Theatre Arts Academy (BTAA)
BTAA presents The Little Mermaid, Jr. at the Del Norte High School Performing Arts Center, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 16, 2 p.m.; and Friday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m. Arrive one hour early for a behind-the-scenes tour lead by Girl Scout actresses. Cost of $12.50 includes tour, show and fun patch. Contact:, (760) 888-1989
Girls age 6-13: Science sleepovers at the Fleet
Sleep over at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for a nocturnal adventure on Saturdays Nov. 22, Feb. 28, April 25 or June 27. You’ll have total access to all eight interactive exhibit galleries, plus its newest traveling exhibition. Take in a show and a DVD on the giant Dome screen, complete a scavenger hunt, and experience two fun educational workshops. Cost: $55/girl or adult (18 or older). Reserve tickets now. Contact:, (619) 685-5761
Girl Scouts Wicked for Good Day
Join StudentsLive at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles for more than just a show. Saturday, Jan. 24, be part of the “Which Witch” game show, learn choreography from the musical, and see members of the national tour company. Ticket price (varies with seating) includes the 9-11:15 a.m. interactive workshop, 2 p.m. Wicked matinee, and fun patch; on sale through Friday, Dec. 5. Contact: StudentsLive, (212) 220-6000
Daisies-Cadettes: Dance and learn
At Girl Scouts Day at the Dance — Saturday, Feb. 7, noon at Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado — participate in two 30-minute workshops on hip-hop and musical theatre, taught by experienced San Diego Civic Dance Association instructors and choreographers. Afterwards, sit back and enjoy “Innovation — Collage 2015,” the San Diego Civic Dance Company’s annual showcase performance, featuring several different styles. Then meet the dancers, ask questions and take a stage and tech tour. Cost of $18/girl, $6/adult includes workshop and ticket. Register online, or submit a form. Contact: Jasmine Cone, (619) 363-2077
Daisies-Seniors: Spend a day on a Fallbrook farm
Old Fliegler’s Farm offers a four-hour microfarm adventure for troops. Meet animals, create crafts, enjoy a healthy lunch and learn about topics like organic gardening or sustainable living. Schedule a workshop for any of a variety of related Journeys and badges, plan a community service project, make it an overnight event (10 girl minimum) or customize an adventure to your needs. Cost: $30/girl, $5/adult. Contact: Farmer Arlene, (760) 728-1865
Service opportunity: Support military moms
Operation Showers of Appreciation honors our nation’s military, first responders and their families with baby showers and other programs, held regularly throughout San Diego county. Girl Scouts can host a baby supply drive or make items to donate. Contact Courtney Hilborn, (760) 807-7673, to schedule a donation pickup or drop-off.
Brownies-Ambassadors: A scentsational experience
Enjoy a 90-minute perfume creation class at Tijon Fragrance Lab & Boutique in La Jolla. Cost of $25/girl or adult (must wear Girl Scout attire) includes iron-on patch, perfume atomizer pen with pouch, plus a sample vial filled with your custom fragrance. Schedule a workshop year round (closed Tuesdays). Contact: Lyssa Schmitt (619) 821-8219

Other events/opportunities

Creative contest: Design our SHARE patch
Our 2014-2015 SHARE — Share Her Annual Real Expense — campaign begins this month. Donations help bridge the significant gap between membership dues and program costs. Use your creativity to promote our cause: Submit an original SHARE patch design, illustrating the concept of generosity and sharing, to Girl Scouts San Diego, Attn: Dawn Bruckel, 1231 Upas St., San Diego, 92103, through Friday, Oct. 31. Winning artwork will be reproduced as a patch for donors contributing $25 or more. Contact: Dawn Bruckel, (619) 610-0705
Brownies: My Best Self badge workshop
Staying active and eating well are great ways to be your best. Saturday, Oct. 25, 9-11 a.m. at our Balboa Campus Leadership Center, find out what types of food make up a healthy diet, meet a healthcare professional and explore ways to keep yourself hale and hearty. Plus, have a dance party and see how moving around can make you smile. You’ll meet some requirements for the My Best Self badge. Cost: $8/girl; adults free. Register by Friday, Oct. 17. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
Brownies: Engage in stories
Saturday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-noon at our Escondido Program Center, explore the stories all around us, spark your imagination, and learn about yourself and the world. This event meets some requirements for the A World of Girls Journey. Cost: $7; register online. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714
Teen Summit: Find, Activate and Amplify Your Voice
Girls in grades 8-12: It’s the teen girl weekend of the year — and it’s all about you. Find, activate and amplify your voice with keynote speaker Azure Antoinette, a spoken word artist, photographer, poet and youth and arts advocate, on Friday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.-Sunday, Nov. 9, 1 p.m. at Camp Winacka. Get to know actress Monique Coleman of High School Musical fame, and engage in an interactive video presentation by Rachel Melvin of Dumb and Dumber. When you’re not busy raising your voice, choose from camp adventures like the high ropes course, archery and other outdoor activities. Cost: $45/girl, $35/adult. Register now! Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792
Epic troop overnights
Brownies-Cadettes: Pick the perfect camp experience for you and your troop. Come to Brownie Sleepovers at our Balboa Campus for an easy overnight (Friday-Saturday, Dec. 5-6 or Feb. 20-21, or Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 6-7 or Feb. 21-22). Get an intro to Camp Whispering Oaks at Adventure Weekends (Friday-Sunday, Nov. 14-16, Dec. 12-14, Jan. 23-25, Feb. 13-15 or March 13-15). For veteran campers, Weekend Escapes at Winacka make a great getaway (Friday-Sunday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Jan. 9-11, or April 17-19). Register online. Contact:, (619) 298-8391
Cookie Blitz 2014
Mix it up with Cadettes-Ambassadors at the Balboa Campus Leadership Center, Sunday, Dec. 7, 1-4 p.m., for a sweet day of learning sponsored by Mission Trails Service Unit for all of Girl Scouts San Diego. Win prizes: Bring a delicious dish incorporating Girl Scout cookies. All out? Request a box when you register. Cost of $15 includes T-shirt, recipe book and patch; leaders receive a flash drive with marketing materials and forms. Contact: Mary Kay Johnston, (619) 462-0091
Celebrate National Chemistry Week with San Diego chemists
Brownies-Ambassadors: Have fun exploring the world of science at the San Diego Section of the American Chemical Society’s ChemExpo on Saturday, Oct. 25. Female scientists and college students will introduce you to The Sweet Side of Chemistry as you learn about the molecular structures of sweet treats — including how chocolate, sugars and starches affect our bodies’ metabolisms. Earn a special National Chemistry Week patch, along with credit toward badges and journeys. Cost: $8/girl. Contact:
Juniors-Cadettes: Yoga on the beach
Girls On Target invites the Girl Scouts of San Diego to a two-hour beach yoga workshop at a discounted rate! Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-noon at Calumet Park, cultivate happiness from the inside out through strengthening yoga poses, positive visualization, relaxing meditation and breath work … no experience necessary. Participate individually or as a troop for $10/girl (regular price: $30). Register via email by Friday, Oct. 17. Contact: Saree Zweifel
Community service award
Girls in grades 5-12: If your volunteer work made a difference in your community in 2014, you could win $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. Apply for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award! Girl Scouts San Diego CEO Jo Dee Jacob will approve local nominees. Enter the email as your certifier; apply by Tuesday, Nov. 4 to be eligible for a spot as one of our top youth volunteers. Contact: Robin Lemon, (619) 610-0747
Earn badges at Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC)
Brownie Pets badge
Pets are fun — and also a lot of responsibility! Saturday, Nov. 15, 10-11:30 a.m. at HWAC, learn how to care for various animals, from big to small, scaly to furry. Keep them comfy, well fed, healthy, safe … and, most importantly, loved. Cost of $15/child, $5/adult includes the Pets badge. Register online. Contact:, (858) 756-4117, ext. 318
Junior Animal Habitats badge
Bond with a bearded dragon, greet an alpaca and explore the places these animals call home, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2-3:30 p.m. at HWAC. Meet exotic pets from around the world and discover where they come from, how they survive in the wild, and what you can do to help them. Cost of $15/child, $5/adult includes the Animal Habitats badge. Register online. Contact:, (858) 756-4117, ext. 318
Look ahead
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