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Wednesday, January 21, 2014


Assembly meetings: Reserve your seat
Attend one of our 2015 Assembly Meetings — Tuesday, Jan. 27 at our Balboa Campus, or Thursday, Jan. 29 at our Escondido Program Center. Can’t make it in person? New this year, we’ll have a live webinar available for both meetings (space is limited; first come, first served.) Whether you’re attending in person or online, please RSVP. Contact Christina Hernandez, (619) 610-0728, with assembly meeting questions; to learn about serving as a council delegate, contact your volunteer support coordinator.
For adult volunteers
Just Junk: Cookie Box Edition
Use resources wisely, make the world a better place and go green while creating a cookie craft, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 6-9 p.m. at our Balboa Campus Leadership Center. Leftover cookie boxes are the main ingredient in D-I-Y projects that include a wallet and cat scratcher. (If you have old cookie boxes or cases, or cereal boxes, please bring them to use and share.) Register by Friday, Jan. 30.
New leader meet-ups
Join other new troop leaders and co-leaders for an informal, 90-minute Q&A, facilitated by an expert Girl Scout adult. Gain clarity on getting started with your troop, holding meetings, completing paperwork, understanding safety guidelines and partnering with parents. Get tips on group management and program ideas to keep your meetings fun and engaging. No cost. Register for an upcoming session near you.
Camp: Not just for summertime
Day Camp Mini Adventure
Monday, Feb. 16, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., spend your day off school at our Balboa Campus as we pack all our summer fun into one great day camp sampler! Join your fellow Girl Scout explorers for outdoor cooking, arts and crafts, singing and teambuilding games. Cost: $30/camper (grades K-6), $20/DCA or CIT (grades 7-12). Register by Friday, Feb. 6. Contact: Lenny Leszczynski, (619) 610-0754
Save the dates: Doodle Bugs spring break day camp
While school is out, let adventure in! Monday-Friday, March 30-April 3, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., spend a week in the world of art and animals. Learn about animals and creepy crawlers at the San Diego Zoo, go on a scavenger hunt at our Balboa Campus, and create a bug habitat to take home. Registration opens Monday, Feb. 2 for campers (grades K-6) and DCA/CITs (grades 7-12). Contact: Lenny Leszczynski, (619) 610-0754
All ages: World Thinking Day
Join KPBS, the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (SDCDM) and Girl Scouts San Diego on Saturday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for World Thinking Day. Enjoy traditional performances, ethnic foods and girl-run informational displays at the SDCDM. Cost: $6/adult, kids free; register online. Contact: Lindy Villa
All ages: Girl Scout Week Open House
Kick off Girl Scout Week, which celebrates our organization’s birthday, with an informative open house, Saturday, March 7, 2-4 p.m. at our Balboa Campus. Find out about religious recognitions and special activities you can do as an individual or with your troop to earn the Girl Scout Week patch. No registration necessary for this free event. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
Daisies-Juniors: Lighten Up!
Get a kid’s-eye view of the science of light at our Escondido Program Center, Sunday, March 15, 3:30-5 p.m. (in conjunction with San Diego Science Festival Week). Bend lasers with Jell-O, walk some waves and make rainbows. See your secret messages revealed by invisible light. Then use magic glasses to experience how astronomers gaze at the stars and distant planets. No registration necessary for this free event; patches available for $2. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792
Brownies-Juniors: Manners workshop
Learn how to make new friends and keep the old — and be the best pal you can be — while practicing the social style and good manners that will make you comfortable in any situation. Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m.-noon at our Balboa Campus, Brownies will complete some steps of the Making Friends badge, and Juniors will work toward the Social Butterfly badge. Register by Friday, March 27. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
Technology Goddesses
Brownies: Letterboxer badge workshop
Letterboxing is an outdoor hobby combining elements of orienteering, art and puzzle solving. Use the Internet to find letterbox locations on Saturday, April 11, 1:30-3 p.m. at our Escondido Program Center. You’ll receive advancements as appropriate, the badge, a snack and a surprise event item. All attendees must consent to photographic release. Cost: $25. Register by Friday, March 27. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792
Cadettes-Ambassadors: Robot Play and Digital Movie Maker badge workshop
Learn skills to succeed in new multimedia and web technologies, Saturday-Sunday, April 11-12. Work on the Digital Movie Maker badge, making short PSA videos … and play with our Spheros robots at a hands-on sleepover. Lead a Brownie workshop as part of your own Technology Goddess experience. You’ll receive advancements as appropriate, a T-shirt and a surprise event item. All attendees must consent to photographic release. Cost: $75. Register by Friday, March 27. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792
Cadettes-Ambassadors and adults: Miss Representation film screening
Join your peers for a screening of Miss Representation on Friday, April 23, 7-9:30 p.m. at our Balboa Campus. Exercise your critical thinking skills, understand how the media communicates and educates, and find out how behind-the-scenes decisions affect gender representation and impact women. Then take action, engaging in efforts to positively influence the media and advertising industries. Cost: $10. Register by Friday, April 10. (Adults need not register; however, please follow adult supervision ratios.) Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
Brownies: Global Water Explorers
Join our Brownie Elf explorers and discover what makes water such magic stuff, Saturday, April 25, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Learn ways to keep water clean and talk with guest facilitators about conservation. Through hands-on activities and challenges, get a greater understanding of water around the world. This event fulfills some requirements for the WOW! Wonders of Water Journey. Troops must follow adult supervision ratios. Grades 7-12, request to participate as an event aide; you’ll assist with activities, setup and cleanup. Cost: $10. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792
Girl Scout Day at college courts
San Diego State women’s basketball
You’re invited to Girl Scout Day at Viejas Arena on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. to watch SDSU take on Colorado State! Girl Scouts will receive a Girl Scout Day patch, watch the game, and enjoy a post-game autograph session with the team. Cost: $4/person. You must purchase tickets in advance; call the Aztec Ticket Office at (619) 283-7378 or visit Qualcomm Stadium, Window E. Parking: $1/hour in parking structure 4 or 5. Contact Todd Greenbaum, (619) 594-8392, or go online for information regarding SDSU women’s basketball and tickets.
USC women’s basketball
Watch USC vs. Stanford on Sunday, Jan. 25, 12:30-7:30 p.m. at Galen Center in LA. There will be a pre-game sports clinic for girls in eighth grade and under. Cost of $16 includes food voucher, patch, ticket and clinic. See flyer for details. Contact: Lisa Axelrod
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
All ages: Free winter festival (volunteers needed!)
Mona Lizzy’s Art Studio is hosting a Winter Wonderland Fest, Friday, Feb. 6, 4:30 p.m. in North Park (see flyer for details). Look forward to foam snow, hot cocoa, music, art and a photo booth. Teen and adult volunteers allow Mona Lizzy to keep offering terrific community events for free; contact her to volunteer. Contact:; (619) 549-4313
Theater opportunities
Broadway comes to Los Angeles
See hit Broadway shows Cinderella (Saturday, March 21, 2 p.m.) and Matilda (Saturday, June 13, 2 p.m.) at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Groups of 15 or more receive special pricing, patches and an invitation to attend a post-show Q&A with cast members. See flyer for details. Contact: Center Theatre Group, (213) 972-7231
See the ballet
Tickets are on sale for the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet’s performance of The Sleeping Beauty, Thursday, April 2, 6 p.m. The special Girl Scout show includes a meet-and-greet and photo opportunities with dancers, as well as a discounted ticket price of $6.


Gold Award resources
Upcoming 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, February 17 and March 17, 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 Go Gold! workshop: Sunday, Feb. 1
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, Feb. 1, 2-4 p.m. at the North Coastal Service Center. Cost: $5. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Other events/opportunities

Finish Chelsea’s Run
As Saturday, March 7 approaches, it’s time to join — or start! — your team for Finish Chelsea’s Run. Any Girl Scout team with at least 100 members will be entered into a drawing for 50 percent off an encampment property reservation. Rally your service unit to participate! Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
Brownie and Junior Sports Day
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2-4 p.m. at our Balboa Campus: Try something new, discover a sport you’ve never heard of, or make up a new one! Plus, learn how Title IX Equal Opportunity Education Act changed sports for girls and women, and work toward the Brownie Fair Play badge or Junior Practice with a Purpose badge. Cost: $10; register by Friday, Jan. 23. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
Brownies-Ambassadors: The mountains are calling!
Gather your troop and join us for a weekend at Camp Winacka or Whispering Oaks. Our next Adventure Weekend at Whispering Oaks (Friday-Sunday, Feb. 13-15) and Weekend Escape at Winacka (Friday-Sunday, Apr. 17-19) provide a well-rounded sampler of the camp experience, including arts and crafts, teambuilding, outdoor and nature activities. Meals, activity supplies and modern lodging provided. Register online. Contact:, (619) 610-0818
Age 14-18: Our Cabana Destination
Spaces are still available! Make new friends from all over the country and around the world on our summer Destination to Our Cabana, the WAGGGS world center in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Spend some time by the pool or on the tennis and volleyball courts, make an impact on the local community with a fun service project, try your hand at traditional Mexican crafts, and enjoy games, songs, campfires and ceremonies. Find out more about this trip and download an application; financial assistance available. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
Look ahead
Visit our online Activities page to search for upcoming events by keyword, subject, location, date or program age level.
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