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Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Volunteer Appreciation Week
National Volunteer Appreciation Week ends Saturday, April 27. Before it’s over, take a moment to recognize the volunteers who help you. Browse local Girl Scout stores for great gifts for leaders, bake them a delicious dessert, or nominate them for an award. 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. Contact: Dayana Silva-James

Girl Scout mural debuts at Mariachi Festival
At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 at the National City Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Festival and Competition in Pepper Park, all Girl Scouts present will join Congressman Juan Vargas — a proud Girl Scout Dad — on stage with Univision Radio as he helps Troops 5965 and 5260 unveil the 100th Anniversary mural they created with local artist Berenice Badillo. Stay to enjoy the festival, featuring student musicians from around the county, until 5 p.m. Remember to wear your Girl Scout attire! Free admission and parking. Contact: Blanca Santos, (619) 610-0757

Invite a friend to camp
Send your girl to camp with a buddy! Simply provide the name of each girl’s “camp friend” if registering online, or staple together both campers’ registrations and payments if submitting by mail. Non-members are welcome at camp; they just pay an additional $12 to cover membership registration and insurance. Not all campers attend with a buddy, as they make many new friends at camp. Register online or by mail. Visit our resident camp facilities in Julian during our open houses, Sunday, April 28 or June 16, 1-4 p.m. Contact:, (619) 610-0821

Sequoia hiking adventure
Girls in grade 7 and up: Join us Thursday, June 27-Sunday, June 30 for our four-day excursion to Sequoia National Park, taking you right to the feet of the world’s biggest trees. Hike 8-10 miles a day and spend nights at nearby Wuksachi Lodge. Mandatory trip planning meeting on Thursday, May 2, 7 p.m. Register online by Monday, April 29. Pre-requisite course: Wilderness Hiking. Contact: Gabby Coburn, (619) 610-0816

Workshop: Mental Health Awareness
Juniors-Ambassadors: The International Bipolar Foundation is sponsoring a Mental Health Awareness Patch Workshop on Sunday, May 19, 1-4 p.m. at our North Coastal Service Center in Carlsbad. Girls will become educated about mental illnesses and work toward the patch. $2/girl; troop leaders free. Register online by Friday, May 3. Contact: Sabrina Wahlne, (619) 610-0716

In Her Shoes: Change a girl’s life
Through our In Her Shoes program, adult mentors provide meaningful job shadow experiences for teenage girls year-round. Join women in fields from medicine to finance to the environment in sharing your expertise with a local Girl Scout. You can inspire her to dream big and follow in your footsteps. Fill out an interest form to be included in our database of job shadow opportunities. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781

Mingei seeks Youth Advisory Committee for new treasure hunt
Girls age 8-12: Mingei International Museum wants your feedback about its Treasure Map for Family Sunday. On Tuesday, May 7, 4-5 p.m., be part of the first group to complete the latest hunt for treasure. Report back to the museum staff and see your thoughts in action on Sunday, May 19, 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

Dinosaurs in the park
The Dino Jaws exhibit has come to Balboa Park’s Natural History Museum all the way from London. Paleontologists of all ages (especially those in elementary school) can enjoy these fossilized friends through September 12. Group pricing at the Nat is $8/girl, $14/adult; book troop visits with registration supervisor Breanne Leach, (619) 255-0210.


Cluster Mixers coming soon!
Middle and high school girls: Bring your friends — Girl Scouts or non-members — to Cluster Mixers. Get to know other girls, hear the latest councilwide news for Cadettes-Ambassadors, and plan activities based on your own passions. Join us for the mixer nearest you: Sunday, May 5, 3-5 p.m. at our Escondido Program Center or Sunday, May 19, 3-5 p.m. at our Balboa Campus Leadership Center (not Saturdays, as previously stated). Permission and Health History forms required for girls attending without an adult. RSVP appreciated. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792

Other events/opportunities

You decide: Cookie Rally venue
Help us choose a location for the 2014 Cookie Rally! Just complete our short survey by Sunday, April 28.

Chaperones needed for Night at the Museum
Join us for dancing, movies, pizza, crafts and games at Girl Scouts’ Night at the Museum sleepover, Friday, June 7, 4:30 p.m.-Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m. at the San Diego Air and Space Museum. Help make a special memory for the girls who earned this event. Chaperone responsibilities include caring for the girls’ emotional and physical well-being. Volunteers with a girl in attendance will be assigned to a separate group. Contact: Lillie Baca

Host a booth at Going Global Day
Juniors-Ambassadors have a chance to share the 2013 World Thinking Day theme — “Together, We Can Save Children’s Lives” — at Going Global Day on Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. We are now accepting applications from troops to host interactive booths. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Aspiring actresses: Teach and learn
We’re partnering with the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse to offer Empowerment Theatre, just for girls in grades 8-12. Master acting techniques with accomplished teachers, then step into the spotlight to share your skills with students in the La Jolla Playhouse’s Young Performers programs. Learn more at a preview on Saturday, April 27, 10-11:30 a.m. at our Balboa Campus. No cost; RSVP requested. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Dance the night away with Dad
Put on your party clothes and waltz over to a Daddy-Daughter Dance, hosted by Oceanside Parks and Recreation on Friday, June 14, 5-8 p.m. at the El Corazon Senior Center. Cost of $10/father, $5/daughter (age 4-10) includes dinner. RSVP required. Contact: Oceanside Parks and Recreation, (760) 435-5534

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