GS Weekly
Friday, February 15, 2013

Very important!

We are in the spotlight during cookie season, giving us the opportunity to model the ideals of the Girl Scout Law for our girls, and for the public. If you encounter a policy violation, please assume good intent. Politely and respectfully ask for the girl's name and/or troop number, share that information with your Service Unit Cookie Coordinator and/or the Product Sales team via Take no further action. Do not attempt to resolve the issue yourself or harass other girls or adults. Thank you for being honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, respectful of others, and a sister to every Girl Scout.


New distribution day
Starting the last week of February, we’ll send out GS Weekly on Wednesdays instead of Fridays, based on reader input. Today is the last Friday issue; none will go out next week. The first Wednesday issue will be Feb. 27.

Flex your mind at STEM camps
Girls, check out our new STEM day and resident camps! Combine science and quality time with your favorite animals at Science Safari day camp during spring break, April 1-5. Summer sessions include STEM Invention Convention, offering fun (and messy!) experiments. STE[+A]M camp adds art to computer programming. And at Camp Winacka’s Pop! Boom! Wow!, launch your own rocket and create a maze with lasers. Starry Night at Whispering Oaks delves into astronomy and telescopes. Financial aid available. Contact

Hit the trails!
Girls in grades 6-12 and adults: Take the first steps toward outdoor adventures. Start with a wilderness hiking class Sunday, March 10, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Hollenbeck Canyon Preserve. During this full-day adventure, experienced volunteer trainers and youth leaders will provide all the tools you need, including a morning of classroom learning and an afternoon of hiking. Check out additional dates, trainer bios, and hiking resources onlineContact: Gabby Coburn, (619) 610-0816

Virtual sing-a-long
Calling all Girl Scouts, including volunteers, staff and friends: Join us for a free, virtual “Campfire Sing-Along with Melinda Caroll” webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m. Sponsored by USA Girl Scouts Overseas in honor of World Thinking Day 2013, its’ a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with our sister Girl Scouts and make global friendships! Learn and sing seven international songs (one for each level of Girl Scouts, plus adults), complete with learning tips and free lyrics to share. Register by 8 a.m. on Feb.19 to receive featured song lyrics by email.

Learn about the Congo to win 300 cookie box orders
Enter a contest to win an order of 300 cookie boxes through a contest hosted by an organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo (American Embassy Recreation & Welfare Association or AERWA). To enter, girls create a piece of art or one-page essay inspired by the Congo and email it to by Thursday, Feb. 28. (Include girl’s first name and age, plus contact information for an adult.) The winner – one lucky girl from our council – will be announced Friday, March 8. Websites with information about the Democratic Republic of Congo (for contest ideas), American Embassy Kinshasa, and U.S. Agency for International Development.
Jewelry design competition
CHARM IT! by High IntenCity, the original and iconic charm jewelry brand, is holding a Design-A-Charm Contest. Aspiring artists up to age 14 can enter their designs for a chance to have them produced and sold worldwide as CHARM IT! charms, including at Girl Scout retail stores. See website for details; deadline is Wednesday, March 27.

Come Clay With Us: Dig into pottery
Cadettes 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

Friends Don't Bully Day
The women of Kappa Delta Sorority at San Diego State University invite Girl Scouts of all ages to “Friends Don't Bully Day” on Thursday, Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m., 5066 College Ave San Diego, CA 92115. The confidence-building event is designed to help girls prevent bullying and relational aggression of all types – including exclusion, gossip and rumor spreading, taunts and insults, intimidation and cyber-bullying. RSVP required. Contact: Jessy Hines, (425) 931-4584

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 by Monday, April 1. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

San Diego Junior Theatre Scholarship Opportunity
Girls age 8-17 who are new or relatively new to theater are invited to apply for the Christian Rowley Scholarship at the San Diego Junior Theatre. Four students will be awarded year-long scholarships, which include one class or camp per session for a total of four sessions, plus production fees if cast in the show. Apply by Monday, March 4, 5 p.m. Contact: (619) 239-1311, ext. 229

Road to Broadway and beyond: StudentsLive!
Troops travelling to New York City: Through the StudentsLive! Passport to Broadway interactive theater program, students experience the thrill of Broadway firsthand, taught by some of the best Broadway specialists the country has to offer. StudentsLive empowers students to be highly competitive in whatever profession they chose, opening doors to higher education and career opportunities. Contact:, (212) 414-7793 or


Older girls: Tell us what you want!
Here’s your chance to share your “dream” Girl Scout activity, tell us what your non-Girl Scout friends think about our programs, or just suggest improvements. 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 either of two 6:30-8 p.m. sessions: 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. RSVP via our pre-survey (required).

Gold Award: February office hours
Seniors and Ambassadors can meet with Gold Award Committee members to discuss the award and ask questions in a casual environment. This month’s office hours will be Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6:30-8 p.m. at Balboa Campus (Leadership Center), Escondido Program Center, Springall Academy in East County, and the Bonita Public Library. Reservation required; no cost. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Other events/opportunities

Take to the trees with Tarzan
Center Stage Productions invites Girl Scouts and their friends and families to a performance of Disney’s Tarzan at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, Saturday, March 2, 2 p.m. Purchase tickets by Friday, Feb. 22 for a special price of $12.50. Patches available for $4. Contact: Abby Reynolds, (760) 224-4140

Dolores Huerta patch
Girls can learn to become legendary women leaders like Dolores Huerta by earning the new patch named after the United Farm Workers co-founder. Huerta, who has dedicated her life to making the world a better place, said, "When I look back on everything I've done in my life, I can say it started when I was a shy 8-year-old in Stockton, California, and I became a Girl Scout." Girl Scouts Heart of Central California has generously shared the requirements for this patch, which can be purchased at our Council Stores.

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

Technology Goddesses workshops
Attendees of both sessions 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

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