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Wednesday, November 12, 2014


New volunteer background screening vendor
All Girl Scout volunteers need to be background screened — help us keep our commitment to girl safety! Complete your screening today through our new partner, Asurint. Review our FAQs for more information. Contact: Christina Hernandez, (619) 610-0728
Event and Series Director workshop
After you’ve taken the Event and Series Director training or self-study course, get a jump start on the planning process at our workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at our Balboa Campus. Work in small groups with directors of similar events to make plans, brainstorm solutions and share resources. Recommended for first time event planners. Register online. Contact: Iris Gerber, (619) 610-0741
The mountains are calling
Brownies-Ambassadors: Gather your troop and join us at camp for some time in the great outdoors. Weekend Escapes (Friday-Sunday, Jan. 9-11 or April 17-19 at Winacka) and Adventure Weekends (Friday-Sunday, Dec. 12-14, Jan. 23-25, Feb. 13-15 or March 13-15 at Whispering Oaks) provide a well-rounded sampler of the camp experience, complete with arts and crafts, teambuilding, outdoor, science and nature activities. Meals and modern lodging included. Register online. Contact: Camp director, (619) 610-0818
Go Toreros!
USD invites Girl Scouts, friends and families to a women’s basketball game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2 p.m. Stay after the game for a free autograph session with the team. Free admission for girls in uniform; $1/ticket for family and friends. Contact: Lauren McNamara, (619) 260-8845
San Diego STEAM Maker Festival
Join the celebration
The one-of-a-kind STEAM Maker Festival at O’Brien Hall, Del Mar Fairgrounds on Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. bridges the gap between school-based STEAM programs and the Maker movement. It’s a celebration for all ages (K-80), a gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students and commercial exhibitors. Over 120 booths, displays and presentations will showcase the main players driving the next wave of creative technologies and create a unique educational festival for kids and adults alike. Cost: $4/girl, $6/adult (using code GSSteam at registration). Contact: Victor Ciccarelli, (619) 955-6484
Girl Scout volunteers needed
Brownies-Ambassadors: Help STEAM Maker Festival enthusiasts by working with younger children in the kindergarten area or supporting makers and schools with their science exhibits. There is a role for every Girl Scout! When you register, choose a 90-minute shift between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Girls require chaperones; please follow Safety-Wise ratios. All volunteers will receive free entry to the festival and a T-shirt (parking is $10; carpool recommended). Friends and family accompanying volunteers will need paid tickets; purchase in advance (using discount code GSSteam) to avoid long lines. Contact:, (619) 955-6484
International Girl’s Day at Kappa Delta
San Diego State University’s Kappa Delta sorority invites Brownies-Seniors to an International Girl’s Day event, Sunday, Nov. 16. Through confidence-building and career workshops for different age levels, girls will learn they can do anything they set their minds to. Recommended parking in Structure 6. Please RSVP. Contact:
Annie, Jr.
On Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14, noon, the California Center for the Arts takes Daisies-Ambassadors on a special backstage tour led by Girl Scout actors, followed by STAR Repertory Theatre’s production of Annie, Jr., performed by a talented cast of children. Cost of $12.50 includes admission, tour and Theater Fun patch. Contact: STAR Repertory Theatre, (760) 751-3035
Upcoming dance performances
Culture Shock
Special for Girl Scouts: Culture Shock San Diego’s professional dancers present a hip-hop version of The Nutcracker — with new songs, including “Do You Want to Build a Snowman,” “Bang Bang” and “Happy” — on Sunday, Jan. 4, 1 p.m. at Spreckels Theatre. The first 120 girls to sign up receive a pre-show tour and an interview with the cast. Purchase tickets online. Contact: Monica
Ritmos de mi Terra features live music and dances from Mexico and Spain, including the trio folklório Del Sol and flamenco musicians, Saturday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. at Lincoln High School. See flyer for ticket information.
Woodshop Wizards
Daisies-Ambassadors: Join the Junior Builder’s Academy for a woodworking program. Using a variety of age-appropriate hand and power tools, choose from over 30 projects, from sailboats to birdhouses, racecars to jewelry boxes. Paint and personalize your creation before taking it home. The Woodshop Wizards program stresses safety and proper tool use, and provides the opportunity to work on Girl Scout badges while building confidence in your crafting skills. Contact: (619) 749-7534
Free women’s health programs
Grades 5-12: Family Health Centers of San Diego’s Teen Health program offers group sessions on topics including healthy relationships, sexual harassment, refusal skills and cyber safety. Lesson plans are flexible; customize a class for your troop. Earn the Women’s Health badge, or just learn life skills that last into adulthood. Available Monday-Friday by appointment at troop meeting location. Contact: Yessenia Madrigal, (619) 515-2349
Service opportunity
Survivors of Torture, International works to build a healing community for local survivors. Help them serve those in need care: Donate new hygiene items, or old cell phones and ink cartridges; volunteer as a driver; or host a newsletter folding party (learn more). Contact:, (619) 278-2400

Other events/opportunities

Earn $50: Invite a friend to lead a troop
As a Girl Scout volunteer, you build girls of courage, confidence and character every day. Throughout November, invite a friend to do the same! If your friend starts a new Daisy, Brownie or Junior troop, you’ll earn $50 credit at Girl Scouts’ online store, and they’ll get a free Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, Journey Set and Badge Activity Kit. Find details online.
Fall service project: Stuff the Bus food drive
We’re partnering with the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, Metropolitan Transportation System (MTS) and North County Transit District (NCTD) for our councilwide service project, Stuff the Bus. Collect canned goods and other nonperishables in your community or school, then take them to your neighborhood Albertsons on Saturday, Dec. 6 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. MTS and NCTD buses will deliver your donations to the food bank. Earn a special patch when you volunteer (8:30-11:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.-2 p.m.) at any of 40 locations, providing lists of needed items to customers and thanking donors for their generosity. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K: Become a team captain!
Get your friends, co-workers and family together to run or walk in our 2015 Finish Chelsea’s Run in Partnership with Girl Scouts San Diego. Saturday, March 7, participate in the race, then enjoy the fabulous post-race family festival, complete with interactive displays, entertainment and refreshments. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
Join our training team
We’re seeking volunteers with lots of heart to train other volunteers; whether your passions, knowledge and insights relate to outdoor programs, Journeys or a specific program age level, we’d love to have you onboard. Take our survey to get started.
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
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
Welcome to SDSU volleyball
The San Diego State women’s volleyball team invites girls and their families to the first annual Girl Scout Day at Aztec Court! Watch them play the Nevada Wolf Pack, get an exclusive patch, and enjoy a meet-and-greet and autograph session after the match, Saturday, Nov. 15, 6 p.m. at Peterson Gym (5302 55th St., San Diego, 92182). Park in structure 4 or 5 for $1/hour. Purchase tickets ($4) through the Aztec Ticket Office, (619) 283-7378; or in person at Qualcomm Stadium, Window E. Contact: Todd Greenbaum, (619) 594-8392
Wreaths Across America: Honor our veterans
Saturday, Dec. 13 at Fort Rosecrans and Miramar National Cemeteries, take part in the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony. Lay wreaths at the graves of fallen heroes, honor those who serve, and help future generations learn about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families. San Diego Girl Scouts and families make up the largest contingent of volunteers at the event each year; to participate, RSVP with your name, troop number, approximate number in your group, and preferred location. Contact: Teri Simas
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.
Look ahead
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