GS Weekly
Friday, January 4, 2013


UN role play: To Be Born a Girl
Cadettes: On Saturday, March 23, 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. at the United Nations Association office in Balboa Park, explore your rights as youth and what it means to be born a girl in different countries around the world. Role play a UN delegate, discussing and debating the challenges women face globally. Register online; cost of $7 includes a UN patch and interactive take-home activities. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Hit the trail with Girl Scouts!
Get an introduction to our hiking and backpacking programs for Cadettes-Ambassadors and adults at our open house on Thursday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m. at Adventure 16 in Mission Valley. Preview our training for all ability levels, as well as next summer’s wilderness hiking adventure and advanced backpacking trips. See pictures from previous years, ask questions of trip leaders and plan your outings for 2013. No registration necessary; families welcome. Contact: Gabby Coburn, (619) 610-0816

Free middle school Taekwondo series
Cadettes, here’s your chance to learn Taekwondo! This free class meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 4-6 p.m., at the Balboa Campus Leadership Center. You’ll learn traditional movements, self-defense techniques and Olympic style as you strive to earn your first-degree black belt. The sessions are co-ed and offer a safe environment to achieve personal fitness goals through martial arts. Contact: Steph Dawes, (513) 520-0439

Discussing tragedy with children
In a webinar on Friday, Dec. 18, clinical psychologists Dr. Lori Rappaport and Dr. Chris Carstens, both Girl Scout San Diego board members, provided information on talking to children about tragedy. Listen to the recording for their insights, resources and answers to participants’ questions.

Dig into pottery
Sculpt your dreams at Fire and Mud Studios, where you’ll learn techniques for hand-building clay treasures to take home. Find “Come Clay With Us” sessions for your program level online. Attendance is required on both “make” and “glaze” days. Fee: $47/person. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Flower power
Juniors can hunt, smell, draw and plant flowers at Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center on Saturday, March 23, 9:30-noon. Participants will discover how plants make their lives better, work toward the Flowers badge, and go home with goodies like bath beads and a corsage. Fee: $12; register online. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Adult volunteer and training opportunities
Bilingual mentors needed in Oceanside (Madison Middle School)
Help Latina girls navigate the maze of middle school life, from dealing with cyber bullies to building true friendships. As a volunteer facilitator for a 10-part series entitled aMAZE: The Twists and Turns of Getting Along, you’ll provide age-appropriate, hands-on activities in English and Spanish with an emphasis on cooperative learning. Contact: Lillie Baca, (619) 610-0728
Free training on inclusion
Kids Included Together offers two-hour sessions to give you the information and support you need to embrace the unique personalities in your troop. Topics include behavior support techniques, autism and ADHD. See schedule for registration details. Space is limited; workshops fill quickly. Contact: Viviana Hernandez, (858) 225-5699
Financial series volunteers needed
We’re looking for outgoing, enthusiastic, organized volunteers to run four-week financial literacy workshops tying in with the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program. Work alongside staff in helping girls plan money-earning projects while building real-world skills like goal-setting, decision-making, fund management, people skills and business ethics. No experience necessary – we’ll provide training. Locations vary. Contact: Lillie Baca, (619) 610-0728
Seeking volunteer cookie “professors”
Help girls in grades 6-12 hone their business skills at Teen Cookie U (see next item). Contact: Lillie Baca, (619) 610-0728


Register now for Teen Cookie U – limited space available
Cadettes-Ambassadors will matriculate at Teen Cookie U business success workshop on Saturday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the University of San Diego. They’ll team up with students from the USD School of Business Administration, using the 5 Skills of the cookie program to develop sales strategies. Parents may join the group at 1:30 p.m. for a campus tour. Register online; cost of $18 includes lunch. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781

Other events/opportunities

Cookie Rally and Disney on Ice
Launch the cookie season with a high-energy pep rally and Disney on Ice Presents: Dare to Dream, all at Valley View Casino Center (formerly the San Diego Sports Arena) on Thursday, Jan. 24, 5-9 p.m. Get details online and order tickets ($17.50-23.50) through council stores now to get the best seats. Order by Thursday, Jan. 10 to receive event packet by mail; tickets ordered after Jan. 10 must be picked up on Thursday, Jan. 24, 8-9 a.m. or noon-4 p.m. at Florence Burnham Hall at the Balboa Campus.

Camp Whispering Oaks weekends for Brownies and Juniors
Great for first-timers and experienced campers alike, Adventure Weekends at Whispering Oaks provide a sampler of the full camp experience Fridays-Sundays on Feb. 8-10, March 15-17 and April 5-7. Camp staff lead teamwork, outdoor skill-building, science and arts and crafts activities for adults and troop members. One leader per troop must have CPR/First Aid and Let’s Camp training. Adult spaces limited. Register online. Contact: Gabby “Star” Coburn, (619) 610-0816

Animals around the world
On Saturday, March 9, 10-11:30 a.m., Daisies and Brownies will take a tour “around the world” at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Girls will encounter cute critters and fill a souvenir passport with stamps as they learn about natural habitats and adaptation. The center’s expert staff will teach them about science and geography and answer questions. Fee: $11/girl; supervising adults free. Register online. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

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