GS Weekly
Wednesday, March 13, 2013


No councilwide bridging ceremony this year
Due to the proposed construction in Balboa Park for its centennial celebration, there will be no 2013 councilwide bridging ceremony. We encourage troops and service units to host their own ceremonies to recognize girls who are moving up to the next program level. Let’s Celebrate, a guide to Girl Scout special occasions and a great tool for planning such an event, is available at our resource centers. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Thanks to our 2013 Cookie Program participants!
Reward distribution
In May, Service Unit Cookie Coordinators will distribute rewards to those who sold up to 425 boxes. Rewards for selling 525 or more boxes will be mailed to girls’ homes. To avoid delays, parents, guardians or troop leaders should log in to their girls’ accounts in the Girl Scout registration database to confirm mailing addresses.
Family survey
Please take a moment to complete the 2013 Cookie Program survey for families. (Troop Cookie Managers will receive a different survey via e-mail.) We use your valuable feedback to strengthen the Cookie Program each year.
Decorating Divas contest winners
These cookie divas put a lot of thought into selling with style! Megan from Cadette Troop 4222 won “Blingiest Booth” with her glam design. The “Craftiest Cookie Mobile” award went to Alanis from Brownie Troop 3850. Sofia from Brownie Troop 6731 created the “Most Dynamite Display.” Daisy Troop 6804 submitted entries in all three categories and won our prize drawing for an iPod Shuffle. Congratulations, ladies!
Cookies for Congo contest winner
Let's have a round of applause for Junior Serena Ingram of Troop 6674: Her inspiring artwork representing the Democratic Republic of Congo earned her an order for 312 boxes of cookies from the American Embassy Recreation and Welfare Association, whose members will soon receive a delicious taste of home!

Bike safety and maintenance class
Brownies-Juniors, gear up for Pedal Pushers on Saturday, April 6, 8-11 a.m. at our Escondido Program Center. Learn to tune up your bicycle, change flat tires, and ride safely. Have your bike and helmet adjusted for optimal fit, and learn about the best bikes for different adventures. Try out our challenge course, then join us for an optional ride on local trails. Cost: $9. Please bring your own bike, helmet and water bottle. Register online; space is limited. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781

Natural beauty
Juniors-Cadettes: Become a skin care “mixologist” on Saturday, April 27, 2-5 p.m. at the Balboa Campus Leadership Center. At our Lotions & Potions workshop, combine your favorite scents to create a custom lotion or bath salt; take natural skin care into your own hands with a homemade body scrub, facial cleanser or lip balm; and learn how to make toothpaste, sunscreen and deodorant with natural products. Cost: $8. Register online; space is limited. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781

Summer day camp opportunity: Wilderness Hiking 101
Cadettes: Bring your outdoor buddies to camp and make new friends with a thirst for adventure from Monday, July 22 to Saturday, July 27, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Together, you’ll learn to pack the 10 Essentials for a hike, canoe in the bay, and find your way with a GPS and compass. Spend a night in a backpacking tent, let arrows fly at the archery range, and take on our 40-foot climbing wall. Financial assistance available. Register online or by mail. Contact:, (619) 610-0821

San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering activities
Super STEM
CSU San Marcos and The Classical Academies are hosting a free science festival on the San Marcos campus on Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Over 60 booths will cover ecology, natural sciences, astronomy, rockets, oceanography and nutrition, among other topics. Several activities count toward Girl Scout badges for all program levels. Contact: Laurie Schmelzer
Science Misconceptions
At a dynamic, free workshop led by Drs. Kiki Sanford and Stanley Maloy on Thursday, March 21, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, girls will explore some of the misconceptions behind science and the learning process. Guests of all ages can challenge themselves to debunk common myths. Register online.
Seeking high school volunteers
STEM-savvy Seniors and Ambassadors are needed to help kids in grades K-5 have a blast learning about science! Lead simple chemistry experiments at Girl Scouts’ Mix It Up! workshop, Tuesday, March 19, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at our Escondido Program Center. Contact: Sabrina Wahlne

How to let girls lead
Remember: it’s the journey, not the destination, that benefits girls the most. Use the 3 Processes to make volunteering with Girl Scouts easier and more fun!
1) Girl-led projects are the most fulfilling; girls shape their experiences by asking questions and using their imaginations.
2) By choosing an idea together and developing a team plan, they engage in cooperative learning.
3) When you help girls apply key concepts to other areas of their lives, they’re learning by doing.

Campus tour: San Diego State University
Kappa Delta, a sorority committed to community service and promoting women as leaders, invites girls to tour their sorority house and the SDSU campus on Sunday, March 17, 10:30 a.m. at 5066 College Ave., San Diego, 92115. It’s never too early to start thinking about college: All ages are welcome. Contact: Jessy Hines, (425) 931-4584

At the ballet
Southern California Youth Ballet presents Something Old, Something New – featuring Les Sylphides, Peter and the Wolf, and a world premiere piece choreographed by Gregory Dawson – at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 6, 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 7, 1 p.m. Cast members will meet the audience and sign autographs after the show. Purchase tickets by Thursday, March 28 to receive the discounted Girl Scout price of $10 for girl and adult members; $15 for guests. Contact: Janice Miller, (858) 538-0065

Mount Carmel High School Drama Club
Theatre at the Mount presents Fiddler on the Roof on Saturday, April 20 or 27, 1 p.m. Set in rural Russia in 1905, this popular musical tells the story of a poor man trying to keep his Jewish traditions alive, while his daughters break from convention by seeking to marry for love. Stay after the show for a Q&A session and a tour. Tickets are $5; order by April 16. Contact:, (858) 484-1180, ext. 3366

Mingei seeks Youth Advisory Committee
Girls age 8-12: Mingei International Museum wants your feedback about its Treasure Map for Family Sunday. On Monday, April 8, 4-5 p.m., be part of the first group to complete the hunt for treasure. Report back to the museum staff and see your thoughts in action on Sunday, April 14, when you’ll have the option of participating and volunteering at Family Sunday. No cost. Space is limited; first come, first served. Contact: Lucera Gallegos, (619) 704-7527


Gold Award: March 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, March 19, 6:30-8 p.m. at five locations: Balboa Campus Leadership Center, Escondido Program Center, North Coastal Service Center Conference Room, Springall Academy in East County, and the Bonita Public Library. Reservation required; no cost. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Upcoming Come Clay With Us sessions
Cadettes can sculpt their dreams on Thursday, April 4, 4-5:30 p.m. at Fire and Mud Studios, where girls and adults learn techniques for hand-building clay treasures like a slab vessel and pinch-pot fish. They’ll decorate and finish their creations on Thursday, April 18, 4-5 p.m., then take their work home. Attendance is required on both days. Fee: $47/person; register online. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Other events/opportunities

New classes for volunteers
Come to our latest adult workshops at Florence Burnham Hall on our Balboa Campus. At Blasting into Brownies (Tuesday, March 19, 6-8:30 p.m.), you’ll gain a greater understanding of the Girl Scout program for grades 2-3. From Clash to Compromise (Thursday, April 11, 6-8 p.m.) will help you address troop conflicts and foster positive discussions. Get the scoop on troop management at Introduction to Girl Scout Program (Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m.-noon; required for leaders and co-leaders who have not taken the introductory training for their troop’s program level). Fee: $5/class.

Recognize Girl Scout champions
Nominate standout volunteers
If you know anyone who brings the Girl Scout mission to life, nominate him or her for an adult recognition, which we’ll present at the Volunteer Conference and Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 10. Check with your membership development or volunteer support coordinator for your region’s deadline; all nominations and endorsements are due to our council by 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 four to six committed volunteers to help review and approve nominations for 2013 award honorees. Contact: Dayana Silva-James, (619) 610-0771

Batty for Bats: Wildlife lecture
Join the Lakeside River Park Conservatory for a talk by local wildlife expert Cindy Myers, accompanied by her ambassador bat. Find out why this tiny mammal is essential to local ecology. Recommended for age seven and up. Space is limited; to register, contact Cindy Collins with the names of everyone in your party by Tuesday, March 19.

SWEET Renaissance Faire
Have fun storming the castle!
Girl Scouts and the Society of Women Engineers beseech all fair maidens in grades 5-8 to take part in the SWEET Renaissance Faire, Saturday, April 20, 12:45-5 p.m. at our stronghold, Balboa Campus. From experimenting with sundials to constructing a catapult, wondrous adventures await she who accepts the challenge. Tithe of $6 includes patch and T-shirt. Register by Thursday, April 4 (or by Thursday, March 28 to guarantee availability of your shirt size).
Lend thy hand
SWEET participants of yesteryear in grades 9-10 may contact Sabrina Wahlne by Friday, March 29 to serve as volunteers.

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

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

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