On Friday, Dec. 6, the Balboa Campus office, store and resource center will close at 10:30 a.m. for our staff holiday party. All facilities in Escondido and Carlsbad will be closed the entire day. All stores will be open on Saturday, Dec. 7.
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#GivingTuesday: Take a day to give back on Dec. 3
Black Friday officially launches holiday shopping, and Cyber Monday is now a digital discount extravaganza. #GivingTuesday, on Dec. 3, will be a national day of philanthropy, kicking off the giving season and encouraging small acts of kindness. Take a photo of yourself holding a sign saying how you’ll support Girl Scouts (make a donation? volunteer your time?) or other organizations or people that day. Then share your picture with us on Facebook or Twitter. (Here’s a sign template to download if desired.)
2014: Balboa store hours
Starting Thursday, Jan. 2, our Balboa Campus store will stay open later Monday-Thursday. New hours are 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; noon-6:30 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.
Spread the word: Tips and Tools for Busy Volunteers en español
Now in Spanish, this interactive workshop for adults volunteering with Daisies-Cadettes teaches clever tips for working with girls, fun troop games and successful girl-planning techniques. Register online for one of two Spanish-only sessions: Saturday, Jan. 11, 1-4 p.m. at our Balboa Campus or Saturday, Jan. 8, 1-4 p.m. at our North Coastal Service Center. Please forward this information to any adults you know who could use it. Contact: Iris Gerber, (619) 610-0741
First step to overnight fun
Whether you want to have a troop sleepover or are looking forward to a service unit encampment, this class is the place to start. Take our Let’s Camp training (required for overnighters) on Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the University Community Library. Cost: $5. Register online. Contact: Iris Gerber, (619) 610-0741
Save the date: Girl Scout Leadership Institute
Girls age 14 and up: Apply in January (details TBA) for one of 10 spots at the Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) in Salt Lake City, Utah, Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 16-18. This triennial conference, operating in conjunction with the Girl Scout National Convention, focuses on key issues for girls across the country and around the globe. Work on solutions with experts in various fields; learn techniques for leadership, innovation, advocacy and planning; and come home ready to make an impact. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792
Be an advocate
The new Mental Health Awareness patch helps girls explore the reality of living with a psychiatric or emotional disability, including the associated stigma, its impact, and ways to educate others. Through the patch activities, Brownies-Ambassadors learn to make a difference for millions of people. Contact: Ashley Reitzin, (858) 750-5873
Fight the bite … and earn a patch!
Mosquitoes don’t just bug you — they can carry diseases that make you sick. Play Hazard Hunt, developed by our partners at the Vector Control Program, to learn how you can prevent these icky insects from gathering around your home. Earn the patch: After you complete the game and print your certificate, contact Rea de la Cruz, (619) 610-0739, with your name, mailing address, and required number of patches (available on a first come, first served basis).
Broadway San Diego presents Disney’s classic musical love story Beauty and the Beast, filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers. Receive a Girl Scout discount and a patch for shows on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 11, 2 p.m., and attend a special Q&A after the Saturday matinee. Prices vary based on seating. Purchase tickets for Wednesday or Saturday shows by Friday, Dec. 20, using the discount code “SCOUTS”. Contact: Broadway San Diego
Girl Scout day at SDSU women’s basketball
Get free tickets (available at our Balboa, Escondido and Carlsbad resource centers) for the Aztec women’s basketball game against UCLA on Sunday, Dec. 15 at Viejas Arena. Gates open at 1 p.m.; parking is $1/hour in structures 4 and 5. Contact: Rea de la Cruz, (619) 610-0739
Holiday fun with animals
Visit Helen Woodward’s Frosty Farm for a touch of holiday cheer on Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Take your own photos with Santa and his miniature horse “reindeer” in the “snow,” find your way through the Magical Ice Palace Maze, meet some animal friends, build your own gingerbread house, and sip a cup of cocoa. The festivities also include face painting and other holiday crafts and activities. Cost: $20/child, $9/adult. Sign up online.
New community partners: Start some art
Get creative at Claytime Ceramics in Ocean Beach. Paint a pre-made ceramic figure, try out the potter’s wheel, or make a mosaic with help from an artist. Troop workshops or individual sessions available on request; prices vary. Contact: Caroline Anthony, (619) 223-6050
Daydreams Ceramic Café
Everyone is an artist at Daydreams Ceramic Café in Eastlake. Take a tour of the studio to learn how pottery goes from a slab of clay to a handcrafted work of art. Then sculpt your own great gift or keepsake. Activities complement Girl Scout badge work. Cost: $24/girl. Contact: Kayla Rissman, (619) 421-4631
Create beautiful, one-of-a-kind glass pendants, bracelets, decorations and other art pieces at Fusionglass Company in La Mesa. Learn various techniques in a group class, then return to pick up your piece after it’s been fired. Contact: Debbie Solan, (619) 461-4440
Store holiday update
Special deals through Friday, Dec. 13
Take advantage of great savings during our council stores’ year-end clearance and holiday sale! We’ve taken new markdowns and reduced our current sale items to clearance pricing. Many of our cute holiday items are at reduced prices. And at 25% off, our 2013 I Love Camp T-shirts make an excellent gift for the Girl Scout in your life.
While all council shops will be closed for inventory Saturday, Dec. 14-Wednesday, Jan. 1, our online store will remain open during the holiday break!
Cookie Rally: Get ready to rock
Get pumped up for the 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program with a family day at the San Diego Zoo on Sunday, Jan. 12. Come primed to see what new surprises await you this year. Explore the zoo at your own pace, then join us for a high-energy cookie pep rally, featuring Dat Kat in That Hat band. Set your sights on this year’s rewards, say hi to your favorite cookie characters and get psyched for cookie season. Learn more or register online. Contact:
Robin Lemon, (619) 610-0747
Fire safety video contest
Girl Scouts of all ages: Show off your outdoor fire building skills in a girl-led video on campfire safety. We’ll feature the videos on our website and reward winners with a pizza party for the whole troop! See flyer for further information. Deadline: Friday, Dec. 20. Contact: Iris Gerber, (619) 610-0741
Calling all campers!
Brownies-Juniors: Gather your troop for an Adventure Weekend at Camp Whispering Oaks, Friday-Sunday, Jan. 24-26, Feb. 7-9, March 14-16, or April 4-6. Whether you’re first-timers or experienced campers, Adventure
Weekends provide a great sampler of arts and crafts, team-building, outdoor, nature and science activities. We’ll provide meals, supplies and modern lodging. Register online. Contact: Kristi
Doebler, (619) 610-0818
Free WOW! outing for Brownies
Earn the WOW! Wonders of Water Journey as a troop at a water reclamation plant tour on Saturday, Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m.-noon. See the facility, learn how recycled water is purified, and discover what a girl can do to save water. Register online; space is limited to 60 guests. Contact: Danielle Thorsen, (619) 533-6606
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