This updated version of GS Weekly includes the date and time that were previously missing in the “Wanted, Girl input” story (second item). Also please note, Girl Scouts’ offices and stores at Balboa, Escondido, Carlsbad and El Centro will be closed Tuesday, May 7 for an all-staff conference.

GS Weekly
Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Meet GSUSA’s program guru!
Conversations of Consequence luncheon
Adults: Hear from special guest Eileen Doyle, vice president of program for Girl Scouts of the USA, and enjoy a complimentary lunch on Wednesday, May 8, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at our Balboa Campus. Co-hosted with KPBS and moderated by Station Manager Deanna Mackey, the luncheon, entitled “Gender Inequality and Economic Empowerment,” is part of our Conversations of Consequence series. Panelists include SDSU Women’s Studies professor Doreen Mattingly, Ph.D. and graduate student Damien Sutton. RSVP by Friday, May 3. Contact: Adina Veen, (619) 610-0755
Wanted: Girl input!
Girl Scouts in grades 6-12: Eileen Doyle — the executive in charge of all Girl Scout programming at the national level — invites you to learn about GSUSA’s vision for older girls and share your thoughts on Tuesday, May 7, 6:30-8 p.m. in Florence Burnham Hall at our Balboa Campus. She wants to hear what’s happening with girls and Girl Scouting in San Diego and any changes you might suggest: Ideas for new Journey series? Return of Interest Projects? Parents are invited too (and reminded that Eileen is mostly interested in hearing from girls)! RSVP required; snacks provided.
Contact: Mary Mautino, (619) 610-0719

New tools for Journeys
We’ve searched high and low for the best resources to help you fulfill requirements for Girl Scout Journeys. Check out our Program Resources Catalog, p. 14-15, for ideas that make it easier to get started and might even develop into a new hobby. While most are grouped under the Journey they support, some are appropriate for more than one Journey or age group. Contact: Jennifer Vazquez, (619) 610-0745

Spanish training: Tips and Tools for New Leaders and Volunteers
Our interactive workshop for adults working with Daisies-Juniors is now available in Spanish! At a session on Thursday, May 16, 9 a.m.-noon, volunteers will learn about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, best practices for running a troop, songs, games and activities, and will receive plenty of handouts to take home. Register online or by phone. Contact: Iris Gerber, (619) 298-8391 ext. 393

Go global with Girl Scouts
Join KPBS, the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (SDCDM) and Girl Scouts San Diego on Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for Going Global Day, an exciting event exploring world cultures. Enjoy traditional performances, ethnic foods and girl-run informational displays at the SDCDM. Cost: $6/adult, kids free; register online. Contact: Colleen Slotman, (760) 233-7755 ext. 1002

Cool off this summer at aquatic camps
Water lovers: Explore the ocean at the Aquatic Adventures day camp, or split your time between Sea World and traditional camp activities with our Sea Sampler session. During Splash! and Just Add Water overnight sessions at Camp Winacka, spend an extra hour in the pool each day learning synchronized swimming and water games. Try Canoe Adventure to learn basic skills, then test them out with an off-camp canoeing trip. Register online or by mail. Contact:, (619) 610-0821

Volunteers: Learn outdoor skills
Mark your calendar for Outdoor Skills Weekend on Friday-Sunday, Oct. 4-6 at Camp Winacka. This fun weekend retreat and learning opportunity gives adults the chance to gain skills and make friends. Keep an eye on future issues of GS Weekly for more details, including session topics. Contact: Sandy Sultz, (619) 610-0814

Girls online
Check out all the interactive activities on GSUSA’s “For Girls” page! At any age, you can explore environmental issues, learn how to be financially fit, and discover travel opportunities. Monthly PSA contests give you the chance to stretch your imagination and create videos advocating for specific topics. Visit often; activities and topics change.

See art happen
Five times a year, Lux Art Institute hosts an artist-in-residence who creates a work of art from start to finish while living on-site. The entire process is on display for the public to see. Head on over for a family program, class, event or just a visit. Contact: Ashley McPeek, (760) 436-6611

New community partner: The Wahine Project
The Wahine Project offers one-day to one-week intro-to-surfing clinics that also include yoga sessions, art projects, safety talk, ocean playtime and beach cleanups! Girls of all ages will gain a new appreciation for protecting the ocean, as well as for the roles they play in environmental stewardship on and off the beach. All surf equipment is provided. Contact: Dionne Ybarra, (831) 236-4642

Other events/opportunities

Tackle a new sport
At the Women’s Football Academy on Saturday, May 11, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., SDSU men’s coach Rocky Long and his staff and players will form a huddle with girls (grades 9-12) and adult women to discuss football basics. Cost of $30 includes breakfast, lunch, T-shirt, gift bag and two tickets to SDSU’s home opener football game. All proceeds benefit Girl Scouts San Diego’s Live Healthy, Lead Healthy initiative. Register online.

First girl mixer this Sunday
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: This 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. Permission and Health History forms required for girls attending without an adult. RSVP appreciated. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792

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

Girl Scout campout at Petco Park
Attend the San Diego Padres vs. Toronto Blue Jays game on Friday, May 31, 7:10 p.m., and stay after for a campout on the field! Girl Scouts and female troop leaders will be treated to a post-game snack, a movie on the FriarVision screen, breakfast the next morning and a patch. Discounted Girl Scout ticket prices: $10.50-$23.50; add $20 for campout. Contact: Logan Washburn, (619) 795-5137

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. Apply for one of 14 spaces; no cost. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Free community training on inclusion
Kids Included Together offers two-hour sessions to give you the information and support you need to embrace the unique personalities in your troop. Topics include behavior support techniques, autism and ADHD. See schedule for registration details. Space is limited; workshops fill quickly. Contact: Viviana Hernandez, (858) 225-5699

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