GS Weekly
Friday, February 1, 2013


Older girls and adults: Help shape Girl Scouts
Cadettes-Ambassadors, bring your opinions and ideas about Girl Scout programs for 6th-12th graders to our first-ever focus groups for older girls – pizza and snacks included. Attend any of three sessions, 6:30-8 p.m.: Wednesday, Feb. 13 at our Balboa Campus; Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the North Coastal Service Center; or Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Escondido Program Center. Parents and volunteers will meet in an adjacent room for a separate focus group. Girls and adults must respond with a pre-survey to participate. Contact: Rea de la Cruz, (619) 610-0739

Enter radio stations’ Cookie Challenge by Feb. 10
Three troops will receive orders for a total of 1,000 boxes of Operation Thin Mint® cookies in the Girl Scout Cookie Challenge … just by telling San Diego about the great service projects their cookie proceeds will fund! Thanks to generous San Diego radio stations Channel 93.3, Star 94.1, 95.7 KISS-FM, AM 600 KOGO, XTRA 1360, 101.5 KGB and Rock 105.3, the first place troop will win an order for 500 boxes; second and third place will receive 300 and 200, respectively. Leaders and cookie managers may enter their troops online through Sunday, Feb. 10. Entries will be posted online so everyone can vote daily through Monday, March 4. A panel of judges will select the best entries from among the 20 troops with the most votes.

Take action against violence 2/14 at 2:14
This Valentine’s Day, join older Girl Scouts in taking action against violence toward women using themes from the It’s Your Story – Tell It! Journey. One-third of the three billion women in the world will be victims of violence in their lifetime; be a part of the 1 Billion Rising against those statistics. Get permission from your teacher to stand up in class on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 2:14 and speak up about healthy relationships and women’s empowerment. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792

Technology Goddesses workshops
Attendees of either session must consent to photographic release.
Grade 6 and up
Older girls will explore a variety of technologies 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20 to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 21 at the Escondido Program Center. They’ll make multimedia clips with video-editing software, use a smartphone to program a robot, and lead related workshops for Brownies. Cadettes earn the Digital Movie Maker and Netiquette badges while Seniors and Ambassadors work toward the Game Visionary or Website Designer badges, or another relevant advancement. Cost of $60 includes T-shirt. Register online for 20 spaces total. Contact: Sabrina Wahlne
Grades 2-3
On Saturday, April 20, 1:30-3 p.m., Brownies will get first-hand experience working with multiple computer technologies, including a robot. Their hard work and focus on Internet safety will earn them the Computer Expert badge. Fee: $20. Register online for 20 spaces total. Contact: Sabrina Wahlne

Playwrights Project presents…
Imagine That! writing series
Cadettes, compose your own compelling plays while taking part in group theater games, improvisation, script reading and creative writing. On Mondays, April 15-May 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Balboa Campus Leadership Center, draw on your experience, observations and imagination as you become a playwright, focusing on themes relevant to you, in a nonjudgmental environment. At the end of the series, watch professional actors interpret and perform your play. Fee: $75. Register online. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714
Special Girl Scout performance
Modern teens learn important lessons about empathy, forgiveness and resilience in the 28th season of Plays by Young Writers, featuring three scripts by authors under 19. Watch the drama unfold Saturday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m. at the Lyceum Theatre. Bring a pen and camera – actors will sign programs and take pictures after the performance. Use discount code “GIRL” when ordering tickets for special price of $10. Playwrights Project contact: The Lyceum Theatre box office, (619) 544-1000

SDSU Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory open house
Visit a working marine lab on Sunday, March 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., when San Diego State University showcases its research facility during an open house for all ages. Learn about our coastal habitats, see how scientists conduct studies, and enjoy free food from the Fish Market, along with a touch tank, games, SCUBA gear demonstrations, lab tours and lectures. No cost. Contact: Marine Ecology and Biology Student Association

Come Clay With Us: Dig into pottery
Daisies can sculpt their dreams on Tuesday, March 7, 4-5:30 p.m. at Fire and Mud Studios, where girls and adults learn techniques for hand-building clay treasures. They’ll decorate and finish their creations on Thursday, March 21, 4-5 p.m., then take their work home. Attendance is required on both “make” and “glaze” days. Fee: $47/person. Register online. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Horseback riding weekends
Book a two-night stay at Rawhide Ranch to learn Western riding, vaulting (gymnastics on horseback), and animal science and care. Girls age seven or older gain confidence and competence during a weekend of equestrian fun and strut their stuff in a horse show at the end of the program. Contact: (760) 758-0083, ext 103

Spring membership campaign
Girl Scouts are joining forces to boost our membership. From Friday, March 1 to Monday, July 1, girls will earn a special four-part patch by renewing memberships, reaching out to new girls and adults through recruitment events, and completing a 2012-2013 financial report (due Monday, July 15). Together, we can build leaders of tomorrow. Contact: Katrina Herrera, (619) 610-0702

GSUSA announces new fees
Annual membership fees are submitted in full to Girl Scouts of the USA, which uses the funds to develop and produce program materials (for example: handbooks, downloadable activities and interactive digital media for girls) and provide training (GS 101 online orientation), resources (activity insurance, research about current needs and trends for girls, Girl Scouts Alumnae Association), and services to councils (translation, staff training). GSUSA has announced a new commitment to providing even higher quality services, resources and technology to members. Watch for more efficient learning and support tools, and technology that will make membership registration faster and easier. To support those objectives, GSUSA will increase annual dues from $12 to $15 for the next membership year, which begins Oct. 1. Lifetime membership for adults will increase to $375. The last increase was four years ago. At $15, Girl Scout membership remains a great value for families, especially in comparison to gymnastics, martial arts, cheerleading, soccer and most other youth activities. Adults considering a lifetime membership may wish to save $75 by purchasing before Oct. 1.


Camp registration now open!
Today’s the day: Check your mailbox for our camp brochure or look online for the hundreds of opportunities awaiting you in the summer of 2013. Whether at day or resident camp, you’ll build independence and create lifelong memories of your “Best.Summer.EVER.” Contact:

Other events/opportunities

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

USD’s women’s basketball: All about girl power
The Toreros play Pepperdine University in their Celebrate Women in Sports/PINK Breast Cancer Awareness game on Monday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m. at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Come at 6 p.m. for free food and an athlete meet-and-greet between the pavilion and Torero Stadium. Female athletes and coaches will speak before the game, and a professional martial arts fighter will demonstrate women’s self-defense moves at halftime. Wear Girl Scout attire for a free popcorn at the concession stand. Reserve your free tickets by Thursday, Feb. 7.

Adult workshops
Working with Seniors and Ambassadors
New and experienced adult volunteers who work directly with grades 9-12 can network, ask questions and learn from each other face-to-face at this workshop on Thursday, Feb. 7, 7-9 p.m. in Florence Burnham Hall at our Balboa Campus. Bring tips, tricks, ideas and dilemmas to share with our open discussion group, and find out how other volunteers lead teen girls with creativity, patience and innovation. Fee: $5. Register online.
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

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