GS Weekly
Friday, February 8, 2013


Grand opening event: North Coastal Service Center
You’re invited to the grand opening of our North Coastal office, Saturday, Feb. 16, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (ribbon-cutting ceremony with local dignitaries at 10 a.m.). Come for cookies, eco-awareness activities, STEM-based games, and membership and volunteer information. Enter our opportunity drawing to win gift cards for Subway and Coldstone Creamery, tickets to this year’s Volunteer Conference and Celebration, and gift baskets full of Girl Scout goodies. Plus, take advantage of a 20% store discount (excludes uniforms, insignia, earned badges and program books). Contact: Jennifer Mains, (619) 610-0800

Day campers, get ready!
Check out all the artsy and outdoorsy, musical and scientific, new and returning day camps we’re offering this summer. Whether you ride the range in the Giddy-Up Gold Rush, cool off with Aquatic Adventures or experiment at STEM: Invention Convention, you’ll find something to love among our 34 camp choices. Register online. Contact: Camp staff, (619) 610-0821

Speak out against bullying
Raise your voice and watch your words come to life on screen. Dream up a public service announcement with a “Friendship First” theme, telling people what your world would look like if all girls treated one another with kindness and respect at school, online and everywhere else. Upload your script, slideshow or video to Girl Scouts Speak Out by Wednesday, May 1 and get your friends and family to vote – Girl Scouts will professionally produce the winning entry.

Junior First Aid badge workshop
Azusa Pacific University student nurses will conduct a Safety badge training for Juniors, covering first aid for cuts, sprains, fractures and nosebleeds, as well as emergency response protocol, at the San Diego Regional Center on Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.-noon. Girls will role play scenarios and create a first aid kit. Fee: $3; space is limited. To register, contact Rachel Suh, (925) 207-7161, by Monday, March 25.

Living Coast art contest
Come down to the Living Coast Discovery Center on Sundays Feb. 17 and 24 to take part in the Duck Stamp Art Contest for grades 6-12. Up-close animal encounters, hikes through the refuge and professional art instruction will help you make your masterpiece. The center will provide materials for an acrylic painting; feel free to bring and use other art supplies. Free for each participant and accompanying adult; space is limited. Attendance required both days. Contact: Amanda Grant, (619) 409-5909

Come Clay With Us: Dig into pottery
Brownies and Juniors can sculpt their dreams on Tuesday, March 14, 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 28, 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

Lakeside River Park Conservancy
Get out into nature and learn about the plants and animals that live along the riverbed at the Lakeside River Park Conservancy. Volunteer your time, set up a tour or find out about the conservancy’s reconstruction projects. Contact: Cindy Collins, (619) 443-3770

San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering
Gear up for eight days of interactive demonstrations and dynamic speakers at the fifth annual San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering starting Saturday, March 16. A week of STEM activities all over San Diego will culminate in Expo Day at Petco Park on Saturday, March 23. Find your inspiration to become an innovator of tomorrow! Stay tuned: news about Girl Scout involvement will appear in future issues of GS Weekly.

Come backstage with Seussical, Jr.
Broadway Theatre Arts Academy invites Daisies-Ambassadors to a backstage tour at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27 or noon Sunday, April 28. Witness the lights, cameras and action behind the scenes of Seussical, Jr. in an hour-long pre-show tour lead by fellow Girl Scouts. Discounted Girl Scout price of $12.50 includes tour, show and Theater Fun patch. Contact:, (760) 888-1989

Other events/opportunities

Tell us what you want!
Bring your greatest ideas and strongest opinions about Girl Scout programs for 6th-12th-graders to our first-ever focus groups for Cadettes-Ambassadors. Pizza and snacks included! Attend any of three 6:30-8 p.m. sessions: 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 meet in an adjacent room for a separate focus group. Girls and adults must respond with a pre-survey to participate.

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 to each stations’ website 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.

Working with Challenging Girls and Adults: Correct date below
Learn to understand and manage ADHD and other behavioral and emotional problems with Dr. Lori Rappaport, licensed clinical psychologist and co-director of the ADHD Center for Success, on Wednesday, March 27 (note, date given in February’s Council Connection newsletter was incorrect), 6:30-8 p.m. at the Balboa Campus Leadership Center. Lessons include ways to facilitate a healthy group dynamic and positive experience for all troop members – including yourself! Register online.

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 p.m. 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; 20 spaces available. 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; 20 spaces available. Contact: Sabrina Wahlne

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 a free 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. Contact: Marine Ecology and Biology Student Association

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