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Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Fund troop fun
The Fall Sale is easy to participate in and helps your troop earn startup funds for the year. Here’s the program in a nutshell: Order taking begins Friday, Sept. 26. Troops earn $1.50 per product sold. Mint Trefoils and Chocolate Covered Pretzels — in collectible tins — are $8; all other goodies are $6. Look forward to the all-new Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels as well. Connect with your Service Unit Fall Coordinator to get started; girls can participate alone to earn Council Bucks if the whole troop isn’t selling. Contact:
In the world of adult learning …
Senior-Ambassador Roundtable
Leading older girls requires creativity, patience, innovation … and keeping your own batteries charged. Monday, Sept. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m., network and learn from other new and experienced adult volunteers who work directly with Seniors and Ambassadors. Bring your tips and tricks, ideas and info, questions and dilemmas to our open discussion group. You’ll go home with imaginative ways to encourage your teens to show their courage, confidence and character. Cost: $5; register online. Contact: Iris Gerber, (619) 610-0741
Encampment Director training
Learn how to successfully run a multi-age-level encampment, from managing group dynamics to planning orientation meetings and camper councils that engage both younger and older girls. Additionally, get the scoop on timelines, registration options, safety and confirmation packets. Required for encampment directors. Register for trainings through the end of the year, or sign up for the class at Outdoor Skills Weekend. Contact: Gabby Coburn, (619) 610-0816
Ban Bossy
Let’s Ban Bossy together! Join us Thursday, Oct. 16, 6-8 p.m. at our Balboa Campus for an interactive discussion on this public service campaign to send girls positive messages. Ban Bossy is brought to you by Girl Scouts and, which helps girls flex their leadership muscles. Cost: $5; register online. Contact: Iris Gerber, (619) 610-0741
Bronze and Silver awards: Final report deadline
Girls must turn in their final report forms by Sept. 30 of the year they start grade 6 (for the Bronze Award) or grade 9 (for the Silver Award) to receive council recognition; troop leader approval and signature are all that’s required for official completion. Find Bronze and Silver final report forms online. For Bronze Award questions, contact Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792; for Silver Award, contact Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781.
Give blood
Donate blood through the Red Cross on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. in Florence Burnham Hall at our Balboa Campus. Schedule an appointment online (sponsor code: girlscouts). All donors receive a thank-you gift at the event. To sponsor a blood drive as a troop, contact Carina Kagan, (619) 259-1622.
International Day of the Girl event
Cadettes: On the International Day of the Girl — Saturday, Oct. 11, 1-4 p.m. — join high school peer education group Global Arms of Advocacy at our Balboa Program Center. Hear Kibera Girls Soccer Academy founder Abdul Kassim tell his story and those of the women and girls who inspire him. Plus, listen to other guest speakers, work on a creative service project, and view a chapter of Girl Rising, a film that highlights the power of educating girls internationally. Cost: $10; register by Friday, Sept. 26. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792
Frightfully good STEM
Daisies and Brownies: Dress up in your Halloween costume one more time and join us for Science Spooktacular on Saturday, Nov. 1, 1-3 p.m. at our Balboa Campus. Discover all the science behind slime, eerie noises, and a static-powered dancing ghost. Plus, enjoy a snack of “graveyard dirt” (chocolate pudding with other treats on top) and receive a fun patch. Cost: $10; register by Friday, Oct. 24. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792
Just for teens: Cookie Blitz 2014
Mix it up with Cadettes-Ambassadors at the Balboa Campus Leadership Center, Saturday, 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: Enter the T-shirt design contest by Wednesday, Oct. 1, and 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
Family robotics expo
The San Diego Science Alliance and San Diego State University’s Exploring Careers Initiative present Robo Expo: STEM Robotics Education in Action, Saturday, Sept. 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. Get inspired by robots of all shapes, sizes and functions, made by global organizations, local companies — including SPAWAR, SeaBotix and San Diego Fire and Rescue — and student organizations. No cost; please register in advance. Contact:
Groundwork for a wholesome lifestyle
SNAC Jr. Wellness sessions include engaging nutrition projects and activities for grades K-12. Schedule a session for Monday-Saturday at your location. $10/girl; minimum 10 participants. Contact: Carrie Chacon, (760) 473-4382
Whip up a healthy pizza
Grades 1-8: The National Cheers Foundation offers a tasty opportunity on Thursday, Sept. 18, 3:15-4:45 p.m. at Sur La Table in La Jolla. Create your own pizza in a professional kitchen, with help from a chef and nutritional specialist. Register for the You Are What You Eat workshop, or schedule an alternate date. Contact: Karin Devine, (858) 401-0235
Make a difference
Grades 4-10: Become a Guardian Angel for an isolated senior and connect through social visits and fun activities, available seven days a week (by appointment or ongoing). Perfect for those earning their Community Service Bar, this program benefits older adults in long-term care facilities throughout San Diego. Contact: Brittany Reed, (619) 543-4700
Critter Companions coming your way
Through Critter Companions — a new program from the Association for Human-Animal Bond Studies — girls meet an animal visitor and work in teams to determine their furred, scaled or feathered friend’s needs and best habitat. This highly interactive 90-minute workshop for all ages meets requirements for the Brownie Pets badge and Junior Habitats badge. Cost of $10/girl includes badge. Schedule a session for your troop! Contact: Annie Petersen, (619) 405-3207
Little mouths are a big deal™!
Daisies-Cadettes: Visit a My Kid’s Dentist® office and learn all the essentials of caring for teeth. A pediatric dentist will lead interactive activities, with opportunities for girls to practice newly learned skills. This free experience includes a fun patch. Contact your nearest office to schedule a troop visit.
County-sponsored pollution prevention
Earn a patch by helping the Watershed Protection Program spread the word about the impact of domestic animal waste on local water quality. Request a free, 20-minute Poo Points presentation (for all ages) at your next troop meeting. Contact: Erica Viola, (760) 721-4000


Urban Campout: Online auction now live
Bid on travel packages, concert tickets and other unique experiences at Urban Campout: Adventures in Wonderland on Friday, Sept. 12 … or get a head start on our auction fundraiser page! Proceeds help keep Girl Scouting available and affordable for 30,000 local girls.

Other events/opportunities

Outdoor Skills Weekend: Registration open

Join our yearly adult encampment and retreat at Camp Winacka, Friday, Oct. 3, 5 p.m. to noon on Sunday, Oct. 5. Your three-day getaway includes all meals on Saturday and Sunday breakfast, beautiful surroundings and a wide range of learning activities. Customize your own adventure by selecting sessions that interest you. Cost: $45; register online. Contact: Iris Gerber, (619) 610-0741

Girl Advisory Board: Apply now
Seniors-Ambassadors: Be a part of the Girls Advisory Board, now in its second year. Work in partnership with Girl Scouts San Diego CEO Jo Dee Jacob to raise awareness about issues affecting young women today and develop strategies for enacting change in your community. If you’re passionate about speaking up and taking action, download an application (you can express yourself through video, artwork or writing) and submit by Wednesday, Sept. 10. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792
Brownies-Juniors: Food for Thought
Take an international tour with your taste buds, Saturday, Sept. 20, 9-11 a.m. at our Balboa Campus Leadership Center. Learn about the world’s most frequently used herbs and spices, the difference between vegans and vegetarians, where your favorite foods come from, and how you can help a friend with a food allergy. Cost: $10; register by Friday, Sept. 12. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
destinations Expo
Juniors-Ambassadors: Meet world travelers from your neighborhood and learn about 2015 travel opportunities. At this free open house — 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, Balboa Campus or Thursday, Sept. 25, North Costal Service Center — you’ll hear from past destinations participants and learn about the application process, financial aid, and what to expect. Girls, troop leaders, adult volunteers and families welcome; no registration necessary. Visit the GSUSA travel page to view listings, download applications and read girls’ stories. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
Cadettes: Pandemic workshop

Imagine this: A nasty disease is spreading, and the world needs your help to stop it, fast! Saturday, Oct. 4, 9-11 a.m. at the Oceanside Civic Center, find out how infectious diseases spread, where they come from and how they can be prevented. What can you do to prepare yourself and your family for a disaster? Cost: $10; register by Friday, Sept. 19. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781

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. 10. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
All Scout Night at the ball game: Concert added!
Get discounted tickets to the Saturday, Sept. 20, 5:40 p.m. Padres game vs. the San Francisco Giants. Families are welcome; Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and troop leaders can participate in a pre-game parade on the warning track. All fans are invited to stay for a post-game concert featuring O.A.R. Cost varies; includes exclusive Padres mini-flashlight for scouts. Contact: Logan Washburn, (619) 795-5137

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