GS Bi-Weekly
Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Good eating
Seniors, travel the road food takes to your table. Through our Imagine Yourself as a Locavore series on Saturdays, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, and Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24, you’ll dig your hands into compost and visit a local organic farm to learn where your food really comes from. Plan your own totally local meal as you shop a farmer’s market for seasonal produce to use. May fulfill part or all of the Locavore badge and Sow What? Journey. Cost: $26. Register by Wednesday, Sept. 25. Contact: Sabrina Wahlne, (619) 610-0716

Highest award roundup
Attention Gold (First Class, Curved Bar, etc.) recipients!
The exclusive Girl Scout Gold Award Alliance Directory will feature inspirational stories about exceptional women who have earned the highest achievement in Girl Scouting — the Golden Eaglet, Golden Eagle of Merit, Curved Bar, First Class or Gold Award — as well as names and contact information. Available only to those award recipients, the directory will be published in March 2014. To participate, contact GSUSA’s publishing partner, Harris Connect, at (866) 874-7479.
Bronze and Silver submission deadline
Final report forms are due by Monday, Sept. 30 for the Bronze and Silver awards. Girls must submit their forms by that date of their 6th grade year to be eligible for the Bronze Award, or 9th grade for the Silver Award. Bronze Awardees will receive a certificate and letter of recognition in the mail; Silver Award recipients may choose to receive their pin and certificate at a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 16. Contact: Bronze Award, Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792; Silver Award, Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
Gold Award: September 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, Sept. 17, 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
Next girl and adult Gold training Wednesday, Sept. 18 at EPC
Seniors, Ambassadors and adult supporters can get a helping hand as they prepare to go for the 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 program. Register online for upcoming trainings. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714
Go Gold! workshops
Older girls: At these monthly sessions, connect with others pursuing their Gold Awards, 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, October 6, 2-4 p.m. at the Escondido Program Center Lodge. Cost: $5. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Adults: Prepare to get wet!
Basic Water Rescue
At an American Red Cross Basic Water Rescue course on Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-noon, learn the skills necessary to prevent, recognize and respond to water emergencies. Successful participants may serve as swimming “watchers” under the supervision of a certified lifeguard, and will be better prepared to support certified instructors during aquatic activities. Check-in begins 8:30 a.m. Register online. Contact:
Lifeguard Certification
Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, learn teamwork, rescue and surveillance skills, First Aid and CPR/AED, and everything else you need to serve as a certified lifeguard. From Friday, Oct. 18-Sunday, Oct. 20 (5-8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday), get in the water and practice saving lives. Successful completion results in a two-year Lifeguard, First Aid and professional-level CPR/AED certification. Pre-requisite: Swim test on Friday, Oct. 11 or Monday, Oct. 14, 4-7 p.m. Register online. Contact:

California beauty
We’re partnering with the California Native Plant Society to bring you a gardening symposium on Saturday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at our Balboa Campus. Learn how habitat and resource conservation go hand-in-hand with beauty and style at sessions on garden design and benefits, plant selection and installation, water and wildlife. Food trucks will be onsite for lunch. Use promotional code GS1231 for 15% ticket discount; children 5-11 attend free. Contact:, (619) 318-4590

Celebrate Mexican history
Sunday, Sept. 15 is Mexican Independence Day! Join the San Diego History Center for a cultural experience at the Junípero Serra Museum from 1-3 p.m. Cost of $7 includes admission, themed youth activities and guided tour of the Presidio site. Reservations recommended. Contact: Coralle Cowan,(619) 232-6203 ext. 130

Girls On Target is offering an eight-week yoga class for the San Diego Girl Scout community, emphasizing confidence, strength and unity. Join other girls to make wellness part of your weekly routine with exercises for the mind and body at Morley Field on Tuesdays, Oct. 1-Nov. 19, 5:30-6:45 p.m. (Juniors-Cadettes) or Wednesdays, Oct. 2-Nov. 20, 5:30-6:45 p.m. (Seniors-Ambassadors). Cost: $10/class; $6/class if whole troop participates. Or schedule a yoga flow class for a troop meeting! Contact: Saree Zweifel

Come Clay With Us: Mustache mugs
Cadettes: Change the face of your morning cocoa with a mustache mug. Design and sculpt your cool cup at Fire and Mud Studios on Saturday, Oct. 5, 10-11:30 a.m., then adorn it with a “mug-stache.” Return to the studio to add color to your creation at a later date, scheduled by appointment. Cost: $45/girl or adult. Register online by Friday, Sept. 20. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

A walk through the canyon
Take a 90-minute, docent-led hike for girls and leaders at Poway’s Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, Saturday, Oct. 12 or Sunday, Oct. 13 (times vary). Earn the Clover petal (Daisies), Bug badge (Brownies), Flower badge (Juniors) or Tree badge (Cadettes), plus a Friends of Blue Sky Canyon patch. Cost: $6/hiker; bring a water bottle and wear close-toed shoes and long pants. Contact: Julie Purdy

Girl Scouts Day at Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC)
Grab your Halloween costume and check out Autumn Harvest Tours for fun fall activities and animal interactions! Learn about misunderstood, “spooky” animal friends, trek through the Creepy Critter Cave, and take home a mini pumpkin and HWAC patch on Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-noon (Daisies-Brownies) and 2-4 p.m. (Brownies-Juniors). Cost: $12. Register by Friday, Oct. 4. Contact Sabrina Wahlne, (619) 610-0716. To schedule an Autumn Harvest tour just for your group, contact HWAC, (858) 756-4117 ext. 318.

Dance around the world
DanzArts Children’s Academy offers a variety of multicultural dance classes for girls age 4-17. Introductory to advanced after-school programs in folklorico, ballet, flamenco and West African dance are a great way to stay healthy and fit while learning about performance and storytelling in other lands. Troop and sibling discounts available. Contact: Patricia Casey, (619) 846-9272


Astronomy added to Outdoor Skills Weekend
Our yearly adult encampment and retreat at Camp Winacka, Friday, Oct. 4 (5 p.m.) to Sunday, Oct. 6 (noon) now features the chance to peer into the depths of the universe! Sign up for the Astronomy session to look through our 14-inch telescope and learn the tales behind constellations on Friday or Saturday night. Outdoor Skills Weekend 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

Other events/opportunities

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, 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

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.

Bring him to camp!
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

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