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Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Store hours have changed
Our council stores have returned to regular season hours. Be sure to check out the Balboa Campus store’s new layout!

Renew troop membership, win cute T-shirts
Registration is faster and easier than ever before with our new, simplified online system! Renew your troop’s membership by Saturday, Sept. 28 to automatically enter a drawing for personalized T-shirts. One troop in each program level (Daisy-Ambassador) will win shirts for each registered girl and two registered adults. Keep your fingers crossed: We’ll announce our six winners on Friday, Oct. 11.

Wanted: Volunteers for Urban Campout
Bling out your boots and round up your friends! We need volunteers for all aspects of our 16th annual fun fundraiser for grown-ups, including setup, registration, silent auction, live auction and cleanup. Reserve the position you want: Return your registration form by e-mail, fax (619-481-3507) or mail (1231 Upas St., San Diego, 92103) through Tuesday, Aug. 27. Volunteers receive a meal, snacks and a T-shirt. You must attend an orientation at our Balboa Campus Leadership Center on either Tuesday, Aug. 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m. or Thursday, Aug. 29, 10-11 a.m. Contact: Anna “Lillie” Baca, (619) 610-0728

Go nuts for the Fall Sale!
The Fall Sale, beginning Friday, Oct. 4, is a great chance for girls to develop the 5 Skills of goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. The 10 tasty products offered this year include the brand new Peanut Butter Cups and Honey Roasted Peanuts. Girls earn $1.50 for their troop per product sold, as well as patches. Connect with your service unit’s Fall Sale Coordinator to learn more.

Back by popular demand: Just for Juniors workshop
Get comfortable with running a Junior troop and keeping girls in grades 4-5 interested in Girl Scouting. On Tuesday, Sept. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at our North Coastal Service Center or Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6-8 p.m. at our Balboa Campus, come learn about giving girls more responsibility for their activities and guiding them through this time of transition. Register for the Carlsbad or Balboa workshop online. Contact:, (619) 610-0741

Take a side trip to the Art Center
The Sandra Brue Art Center at our Balboa Campus has all the supplies you need to enrich your group’s experience, plus a staff leader to show you the way. Brownies exploring WOW! Wonders of Water can paint with watercolors, while Juniors working on aMUSE tell a story through a mural and Ambassadors express their BLISS! by creating beauty. Our program kits support all program levels and are available year-round. Cost: $25/two-hour session, plus $2/girl through Saturday, Aug. 31; $50/two-hour session (no extra charge per girl) starting Sunday, Sept. 1. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Come backstage with Shrek
Broadway Theatre Arts Academy invites Girl Scouts and their families to a performance of Shrek at the Kit Carson Park Amphitheatre in Escondido. On Saturday, Aug. 31 or Sept. 7, arrive at 7 p.m. for a behind-the-scenes tour led by Girl Scout actresses; shows start at 8 p.m. Cost of $10 include Theater Fun patch for girls. Contact:, (760) 888-1989

Simple Meals series for Juniors
Juniors, learn to cook fast, healthy, delicious meals from a true pro: the Harvard Cookin’ Girl! In this five-session series, you’ll work in a professional kitchen as you whip up a great breakfast, fix a healthy lunch or dinner, and create a scrumptious dessert. Build your personal cookbook along the way and earn the Simple Meals Legacy badge. Sessions run Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon from Oct. 5 through Nov. 2 at Harvard Cookin' Girl in La Jolla. Cost: $22/girl per session. Register by Monday, Sept. 30; space is limited. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781

Last chance: See scary sea creatures
Catch the fierce fish at the Living Coast Discovery Center’s Deadly Waters exhibit through Friday, Sept. 2, before they go back to school. Dive in with your troop to receive a group discount. Contact: (619) 409-5900

Blooming with badges
Visit the Water Conservation Garden in Rancho San Diego, where Miss Smarty-Plants and her team run quality programs that meet the needs of Girl Scouts looking for fun, interactive badgework. Try a wide variety of workshops for Daisy-Junior programs, including the Watering Can Award, the WOW! Wonders of Water Journey and even the Geocacher badge. Contact: (619) 660-0614, ext. 10

New community partners
Girl Scout Bowling League
Brownies-Ambassadors: Brunswick Premier Lanes in Chula Vista is starting a bowling league just for Girl Scouts! Stay healthy and fit playing a unique sport in a non-competitive environment. Learn from United States Bowling Congress coaches, try activities from the Athlete legacy badge, and take home your own personal bowling ball at the end of the 16-week experience, starting Friday, Sept. 6, 4 p.m. Cost: $12.50/week. Contact: Ken Faverty, (619) 421-4801, ext. 15
Re Spectrum soccer service opportunity
Ambassadors: Time to be a leader and give back! The Re Spectrum community is looking for fun and energetic volunteers for their Rancho Bernardo soccer program, where children across the autism spectrum learn a sport and make friends. No experience necessary; volunteers receive excellent training and support. Contact: Emily Cullity, (818) 601-1249
Junior Builders Academy
Become a Woodshop Wizard at the Junior Builders Academy’s kid-sized workshops for grades 1-8. Take on the Cadette Woodworking badge, or just enjoy an outing with your troop as you craft a tool box, a birdhouse or another exciting project. Contact: Tony Demopoulos, (619) 667-0417

Other events/opportunities

Last chance: Cluster ‘round
Set a course for your cluster! Join girls and adults at our 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) and Girl Planning Boards. We also hope to see you at our cluster beach party and bonfire, Saturday, Aug. 24 at Harbor Beach in Oceanside. RSVP requested for all events. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792

Global Arms of Advocacy 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

September Family Movie Night
Gather the whole gang for a family-friendly movie night on Friday, Sept. 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

Zap — you’re in charge of your life!
Cadette-Ambassadors: Welcome to Winacka Town, a miniature city where you’ll be assigned a job, salary and neighborhood. Friday-Sunday, Sept. 20-22, hone your budgeting and collaboration skills as you spend your earnings on camp activities and explore hot topics like inequality and social justice. 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. Register online. Cost: $45/girl, $35/adult. Contact: Gabby “Star” Coburn, (619) 610-0816

destinations travel expo: Global adventures await!
Get the scoop about the destinations travel program at a free, informal expo on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6:30-8 p.m. at our Escondido Program Center or Thursday, Sept. 26, 6:30-8 p.m. at our Balboa Campus. Learn about upcoming national and international trips, get help with applications and financial aid, and hear from past participants. Through destinations, Girl Scouts age 11-17 see new places, try unique activities, and meet people from around the world. Girls in grades 4-12, troop leaders, adult volunteers and families welcome; no registration necessary. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781

Outdoor Skills Weekend: Registration open
Join our yearly adult encampment and retreat at Camp Winacka, Friday, Oct. 4 (5 p.m.) to Sunday, Oct. 6 (noon). 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

Bring your folks to camp!
Camp with him
Share great times at Camp Winacka with your favorite “He” (a registered male Girl Scout member) at our He & Me weekend, 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 stay with girls in cabins adjacent to men’s accommodations. Register online 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. Register online 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

Use resources wisely
SDG&E’s “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 Girl Scouts Forever Green partner!

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 details, contact Jen Nation, (619) 610-0726.

Middle school Taekwondo
Join a multi-skill-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, (619) 610-0792

Girls: Take action!
Getting ready to start the Bronze Award, Silver Award or Gold Award? Try the Take Action quiz to find out how much you really know about this kind of project. Then start thinking of ways you can be a leader and community advocate. To inspire you on your journey, visit GSUSA’s interactive map and see how Girl Scouts everywhere are changing the world.

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