GS Weekly
Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Leftover cookies benefit Operation Thin Mint
When the Cookie Program ends on Sunday, March 10, Girl Scouts San Diego will use any leftover cookies to kick off our Operation Thin Mint shipments. Our baker will supply further boxes to fulfill all OTM donations.

Go get ‘em: Increase your cookie goals
Sign up for extra booth sales and order more cases of cookies by Sunday, March 3 to qualify for our Goal Getter prize drawing. Enter as a troop or Individual Girl Member and win $100-$500 Cookie Bucks! Contact:

Recognize Girl Scout champions
Nominate standout volunteers
If you know an excellent contributor to the Girl Scout mission, nominate him or her for one of our many adult recognitions, which we’ll present at this year’s Volunteer Conference and Celebration. Check with your service unit’s Recognitions Chair for your region’s deadline; all nominations and endorsements are due to council Tuesday, April 30. Use our updated nomination and endorsement forms – now writeable PDFs, by popular request! Contact: Dayana Silva-James, (619) 610-0771
Join our Recognitions Task Group
We’re seeking committed volunteers to be part of the 2013 Recognitions Task Group. The team will consist of four to six volunteers who will be responsible for reviewing and approving recommendations for award honorees. Contact: Dayana Silva-James, (619) 610-0771

Volunteer at day camp
As an adult volunteer at day camp, you’ll have as much fun as the campers! Join us for our Day Camp Volunteer Training Day on Saturday, April 27 to gain the tools you need to build a great summer experience for girls and young women. Not only is volunteering a way to boost your repertoire of songs, craft ideas and games, you’ll receive a discount on fees for your own Girl Scout camper. Register online. Contact: Sandy Sultz, (619) 610-0814

Girls in grades 2-12: Gear up for resident camp
Registration is now open for sleepaway camps Winacka and Whispering Oaks. Build self-confidence and independence in a fun, safe environment as you learn to cook like a pro at Camp Chef, make magical memories as a Winacka Wizard, or “upcycle” thrift store treasures at Vintage Avengers. Choose your adventure from our 53 specialized camps and register online or by mail. Contact:, (619) 610-0821

Share faith traditions on Girl Scout Sunday, Girl Scout Sabbath
Girl Scouts’ birthday is on Tuesday, March 12, and we’ll celebrate all week long! The first and last days of the festivities – Girl Scout Sunday on March 10 and Girl Scout Sabbath on March 16 – provide an opportunity for interested girls to explore other faiths or connect over shared beliefs. Find out more online.

Come Clay With Us: Dig into pottery
Seniors and Ambassadors can sculpt their dreams on Thursday, April 11, 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

Finish Chelsea’s Run
More than 5,000 San Diegans will congregate for a morning of hope and community feeling at the third annual Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 2 in Balboa Park. Find our Girl Scout booth at the post-run Family Festival, featuring music, demonstrations, refreshments, vendors and crafts. Proceeds benefit the Sunflower Scholarship Fund and the implementation and expansion of Chelsea’s Law. Fee: $35/adult, $20/student; register online.

Adult learning opportunities
Troop Tripping
If your troop is considering a trip to San Francisco, Savannah or even Europe, learn how to make it happen with Troop Tripping, the required training for leaders undertaking international travel or extended domestic trips with Girl Scouts. Join us at the Balboa Campus Leadership Center on Thursday, March 21, 6-9 p.m. for tips on developing itineraries, selecting chaperones, spending money and preparing for your incredible journey. Check our travel page for more resources. Register online. Contact: Sandy Sultz, (619) 610-0814
Blasting into Brownies
Gain a greater understanding of the Brownie program with an extracurricular class on Tuesday, March 19, 6-8:30 p.m. at Florence Burnham Hall on our Balboa Campus. Enjoy an in-depth exploration of Girls’ Guides, Journeys and traditions for girls in grades 2-3. Fee: $5; register online.
From Clash to Compromise
For help dealing with troop drama and fostering positive discussions, attend our workshop at Florence Burnham Hall on our Balboa Campus, Thursday, April 11, 6-8 p.m. Learn helpful strategies for addressing conflicts and differences of opinion. Fee: $5; register online.
Introduction to Girl Scout Program
This class is required for leaders and co-leaders who have not taken the intro training specific to their troops’ program level. On Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m.-noon at Florence Burnham Hall on our Balboa Campus, get the scoop on Journeys, the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, new badges, safety requirements and the nuts and bolts of troop management. Fee: $5; register online.

New community partners
Mingei Museum
See the beauty and use of folk art, craft and design from all eras and cultures. The Mingei International Museum collects, conserves and exhibits the work of artists ranging from the anonymous craftsmen of ancient times to historical and contemporary designers. Schedule a free group tour, check out activities for Family Sunday, or browse the museum at your leisure. Contact: Jackie Hwang, (619) 704-7495
Museum of Photographic Arts
Whether you’re working on a photography badge, want to take a side trip for the It’s Your Story – Tell It! Journey, or are interested in exploring the art of photography, MOPA is the place for you! Schedule a free group tour or lead yourself through the museum’s permanent collection to see how photographs are both an expressive medium and a documentary record. Contact: Vivienne Esrig, (619) 238-7579, ext. 205


San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering: Girl Scout activities
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. Be sure to check out Girl Scouts’ Mix It Up! workshop for Daisies-Juniors, Tuesday, March 19, 4-6 p.m. at our Escondido Program Center. Seniors and Ambassadors can volunteer; contact Sabrina Wahlne.

Other events/opportunities

Free adult enrichment session: Working with Challenging Girls and Adults
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, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Balboa Campus Leadership Center. Lessons include ways to facilitate a healthy group dynamic and positive experience for troop members – including yourself! Register online.

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. This 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

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

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

Helen Woodward Animal Center presents “Animals of Spring”
Through seasonal adventure “Animals of Spring,” Daisies-Juniors explore new beginnings, peculiar life cycles and growing up. During a scavenger hunt, girls will meet and learn about chicks, bunnies, frogs, kittens and other small creatures. Cost of $10 includes a flower to plant and take home. To reserve a session for any day in March, contact the Education Center, (858) 756-4117 ext. 318.

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