GS Bi-Weekly
Wednesday, August 7, 2013


Online registration “makeover”
We launch our super-improved, easy-to-use online registration page on Thursday, Aug. 15. Look forward to single-login access for families and troops (along with the ability to view all orders for family or troop members), user-friendly navigation, handy prompts and help features, and an improved search function allowing you to find programs by level, grade, location or key word.

5K event: On the run
Our annual New Day 5K event is moving from fall to spring! Join us Saturday, March 1, for a fun run that raises money for Girl Scout programs. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement, a new location and more information coming soon.

New training calendar available
We’ve added new courses to our lineup. Gain girl planning and group management skills at Tips and Tools for Busy Volunteers, prevent and prepare for aquatic emergencies with Lifeguard or Basic Water Rescue certifications from the Red Cross, or learn flag-handling etiquette in Advanced Flag Ceremonies. Check our new training calendar to find these classes, as well as old favorites. Register online starting Monday, Aug. 12, or complete a paper registration form now. Contact:, (619) 610-0741

Global Arms of Advocacy now accepting applications
Seniors-Ambassadors: Be a part of a groundbreaking program where girls like you learn about and publicly advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness as well as issues that specifically affect women and girls. Apply by Wednesday, Sept. 4 to join a countywide family of courageous teens who take steps to tackle the problem of women’s oppression and enact change in their communities. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792

Gold Award resources
Trainings for girls and adults
Seniors, Ambassadors and adult supporters can get a helping hand as they prepare to “Go Gold!” Girls work with experienced facilitators to discover their passions, connect with community issues, and get inspired to take action. Adults are invited to come and learn more about their role in the Gold Award programs. Register online for trainings throughout the summer. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714
Go Gold! workshops begin Sept. 1
Older girls: At these monthly sessions, connect with others pursuing their Gold Awards and learn directly from recent recipients, or just find a quiet space to work on your project proposal. Through our activities, you’ll explore your passions, identify community issues, and understand what’s required to meet the Gold standard of excellence. Complete a troop or individual registration form for our first workshop on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2-4 p.m. at the Balboa Campus Leadership Center. Cost: $5. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714
August office hours
Meet with Gold Award Committee members to discuss the award program and ask questions in a casual environment. The next office hours session will be Tuesday, Aug. 20, 6:30-8 p.m. at five locations: Balboa Campus Leadership Center, Escondido Program Center, North Coastal Service Center, the Bonita Public Library in South County, and Springall Academy in East County. Reservation required; no cost. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Bring your folks to camp!
Camp with him
Share great times at Camp Winacka with your favorite “He” (a registered male Girl Scout member) from Friday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. to Sunday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m. Outdoor games, art activities, hearty meals and campfires are all part of the fun for campers in grades 2-8 and aides in grades 9-12. Counselors sleep in the girls’ cabins, near the men’s cabins. Mail registration forms to 1231 Upas St., San Diego, 92103, fax to (619) 795-6930, or register online (starting Monday, Aug. 12) by Friday, Sept. 13. Contact: Gabby “Star” Coburn, (619) 610-0816
Camp with her
Experience camp with your adult “She” (a registered Girl Scout mom, grandmother, aunt, adult sister, mentor etc.) Friday-Sunday, Oct. 18-20 or May 9-11 at Camp Whispering Oaks. Enjoy nature, teambuilding, crafts, campfires and skits. Cadettes-Ambassadors and their “She’s” have freedom to explore camp, help younger girls, or participate in activities like archery and high ropes. Mail registration forms to 1231 Upas St., San Diego, 92103, fax to (619) 795-6930, or register online (starting Monday, Aug. 12) at least two weeks prior to your She & Me weekend. Troop affiliations will not be considered when assigning cabins. Contact: Kristi Doebler, (619) 610-0818

Zap — you’re in charge of your life!
Cadette-Ambassador troops: Welcome to Winacka Town, a miniature city where you’ll be assigned a job, salary and neighborhood. Hone your budgeting and collaboration skills as you spend your earnings on camp activities and explore hot topics like inequality and social justice, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 20-22. You’ll work toward the Financial Literacy badge for your program level. At least one attending leader must have camp training and current First Aid/CPR. Mail troop/group or individual forms to 1231 Upas St., San Diego, 92103, fax to (619) 795-6930, or register online (starting Monday, Aug. 12). Cost: $45/girl, $35/adult. Contact: Gabby “Star” Coburn, (619) 610-0816

September Family Movie Night
Gather the whole gang for a family-friendly movie night on Friday, September 6 at the Escondido Program Center. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy an evening under the stars; we’ll provide popcorn and a variety of G- and PG-rated films for participants to vote on. Non-members are welcome. Check-in starts at 7 p.m., and the feature begins at 7:45 p.m. Cost: $4. Register online. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781

Cluster ‘round
Set a course for your cluster! Join girls and adults at our Balboa Campus Leadership Center on Sunday, Aug. 18, 3-4:30 p.m. or Escondido Program Center, Sunday, Aug. 25, 3-4:30 p.m. to discuss clusters (regional, girl-led meetings of Girl Scouts in grades 6-12), make a plan for regular meetings and topics, and talk about Girl Planning Boards. We also hope to see you at our cluster beach party and bonfire, Saturday, Aug. 24 in Harbor Beach, Oceanside. RSVP requested for all events. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792

Middle school Taekwondo
Join a multi-level Taekwondo program, where you’ll learn traditional movements, Olympic style and self-defense techniques as you progress toward your first degree black belt. This goal-oriented, co-ed class for grades 6-8, held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 4-6 p.m. at our Balboa Campus, teaches stretching, cardio conditioning, balance and coordination and offers a safe environment to practice Taekwondo. New students accepted year-round; register by Wednesday, Sept. 4 to start Monday, Sept. 9. Space is limited. Contact: Steph Dawes, (513) 520-0439

Sensational shows from the San Diego Symphony
Cirque Musica
Soaring aerialists, acrobats, strongmen, jugglers and other top performers from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Cirque du Soleil defy gravity in a beautiful blend of music and artistry on Friday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m. at Embarcadero Marina Park South. Save up to 60% on tickets with the online promo code “SDS” before Thursday, Aug. 15. Order online or call (619) 235-0804.
Pixar in Concert
You’ve never seen Pixar like this before! On Sunday, Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m., the San Diego Symphony accompanies visually stunning clips from a range of Pixar movies — including Toy Story, The Incredibles, Up! and Brave — with an enchanting live performance of the films’ scores at Embarcadero Marina Park South. Order tickets online or call (619) 235-0804.

Use resources wisely
SDG&E’s new “Please Conserve Energy” video (featuring Lee Ann Kim, one of our Cool Women of 2013) is available in English and Spanish. Help us save energy with our Forever Green partner!


Night at the Padres: Correction to July 24 issue
The San Diego Padres are hosting a Girl Scout Night on Saturday, Aug. 24, 5:40 p.m. Girls and troop leaders take part in a pre-game parade on the warning track, then watch the Padres take on the Chicago Cubs. Girl Scouts receive discounted tickets in select sections for friends and family, as well as an exclusive patch. Please note that contrary to information in the July 24 GS Bi-Weekly, this event is not a sleepover. Contact: Logan Washburn, (619) 795-5137

Outdoor Skills Weekend: Registration now open
Join our yearly adult encampment and retreat at Camp Winacka, Friday, Oct. 4, 5 p.m. to noon on Sunday, Oct. 6. Your three-day getaway includes all meals on Saturday and Sunday, beautiful surroundings and a wide range of learning activities. Customize your own adventure by selecting sessions that interest you. Mail registration to 1231 Upas St., San Diego, 92103, or fax to (619) 795-6930 ASAP — classes fill quickly! Contact: Iris Gerber, (619) 610-0741

Dessert in a jar: Last chance to register!
Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to join Fixtures Living and its Executive Chef Bridget (a former Girl Scout) for A Desserts in Jars Adventure on Saturday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m.-noon. Discover how to make campfire bars in a jar... just in time for the summer camp season! Cost of $20 includes the dessert activity, a cookbook, and a chance to learn more about nutrition and food industry careers from the chef. Register online by Friday, Aug. 9. Contact: Susan McBeth.

Other events/opportunities

Help wanted on the high ropes
We’re hiring high ropes course facilitators (age 21 and older) to lead teambuilding games, initiatives, and low and high elements on the challenge courses at camps Winacka and Whispering Oaks in Julian. Applicants must be able to work weekends and adhere to Girl Scout guidelines. Training provided (40-hour certification). For more information, including the full position description, contact Jen Nation, (619) 610-0726.

Make jewelry at Mingei
Girls age 13-17: Experience the artistic process of jewelry making from start to finish, gaining an understanding of complex techniques, on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 14-15, 1-5 p.m. at the Mingei Museum in Balboa Park. Build on your personal sense of style and use museum resources to expand your knowledge. You’ll create a necklace and earring set to take home. Cost of $80 includes materials and snack. Sign up online. Contact: Lucera Gallegos, (619) 704-7527

Dancing queens: Ballet and jazz workshop
Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to Dance and Company Performing Arts Studio for a workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 21, noon-1:30 p.m. (for ages 5-10) or 1:30-3 p.m. (ages 11 and up). Working with experienced instructors, the girls will learn both ballet barre and jazz techniques. No experience necessary. Cost: $15. Contact: Dance and Company

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