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Wednesday, September 18, 2013


In memory of a San Diego Girl Scout
We’re excited to announce our partnership with the Chelsea’s Light Foundation for the 4th annual Finish Chelsea’s Run on Saturday, March 1. By transitioning from our own New Day 5K to join this event, we hope to make the day bigger and better than ever before! Register by Monday, Sept. 30 to receive an early-bird discount. Contact: Jen Nation, (619) 610-0726

Register or renew today!
Renew your troop’s membership before Saturday, Sept. 28 to automatically enter a drawing for cute, custom T-shirts for the whole gang. Six lucky troops (one each in Daisies-Ambassadors) will win a shirt for each registered girl and two registered adults, with their choice of colors and slogans, plus their troop number. Independent Girl Members are also eligible for this opportunity, and extra shirts may be purchased for additional adult members. Contact: Katrina Herrera, (619) 610-0702

Stand up and speak out
Seniors-Ambassadors: Be a part of the first year of Girl Advisory Board, where teens will work in partnership with Girl Scouts San Diego CEO Jo Dee Jacob to raise awareness about issues that affect young women today and develop strategies for enacting change in their communities. If you’re passionate about speaking up and taking action, apply by Wednesday, Oct. 2. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792

Show your colors
New from adult learning: Our two-hour Advanced Flag Ceremonies class teaches you to properly honor the American flag. On Thursday, Oct. 10, 6-8 p.m., find out how and when to retire a flag, correct flag etiquette, and presentation and display protocol. Learn fun and memorable ceremonies that will bring history and patriotism to life for your girls. Cost: $5. Register online by Friday, Oct. 4. Contact:

Inclusivity in action
Brownies and Juniors: Earn your Ability Awareness badge on Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-noon. Meet service dogs and learn how they enrich lives, see new adaptive technology, and develop a heightened understanding of people living with disabilities. Cost: $8. Register online by Friday, Sept. 27. Contact: Sabrina Wahlne, (619) 610-0716

Technology Goddesses
Work toward the Entertainment Technology badge in a fun, interactive environment on Saturday, Oct. 12, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Learn practical computer skills and explore related careers. Cost: $25. Register online by Friday, Sept. 27. Contact: Sabrina Wahlne, (619) 610-0716
From Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to Sunday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m., go digital as you turn your favorite graphics into crystal bling T-shirts, paint with Spheros, make fizzy bath bombs, and help Girl Scout Juniors earn a tech-related badge. Cost: $75. Register online by Friday, Sept. 27. Contact: Sabrina Wahlne, (619) 610-0716

Start your journey
Seniors: Get ready to embark on your next Journey as you discover your vision for a perfect world, explore sustainable food, and understand the power of sisterhood at Journey Jumpstart on Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at our Balboa Campus. Dive in to all three Senior Journeys with hands-on activities. Plus, learn how to “Go Gold!” with the highest award in Girl Scouting. Cost: $10. Register online by Friday, Oct. 4. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Fly high
Cadettes-Ambassadors: Go up, up and away at You Can Be … a Pilot, held at Gillespie Field Airport on Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-noon. Step into the boots of commercial, helicopter and military pilots, then check out the cockpit of a real airplane. Learn about careers as a “Top Gun” flight instructor, flight surgeon or airline attendant, in addition to earthbound jobs like air traffic control. Register online. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792

Scare away hunger this October
We’re partnering with the Jacobs Cushman San Diego Food Bank, Metropolitan Transportation Service (MTS) and North County Transit (NCT) for a Stuff the Bus fall food drive. Collect canned goods and other nonperishables in your community or school, then deliver them to your neighborhood Albertsons on Saturday, Oct. 26 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. MTS and NCT will carry your donations to the food bank. Earn a special patch for helping out: Volunteer opportunities are available at all 44 locations. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781

Highest Award expos
Juniors-Ambassadors can get inspired to go for the Bronze, Silver and Gold at our Highest Award expos, held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at three locations: our Balboa Campus Leadership Center, Tuesday, Oct. 29; the First United Methodist Church of Chula Vista, Thursday, Nov. 7; or the First Presbyterian Church, Oceanside, Thursday, Nov. 14. While girls try hands-on activities in our Journey Jumpstart session and develop their knowledge of Take Action projects, parents and leaders learn about guiding girls through leadership Journeys and Highest Award projects. Recent awardees will talk about their experiences. Cost: $2/girl; adults free. To sign up, submit a troop or individual registration form (search keyword: registration) at least one week prior to event. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Delegates to Salt Lake City needed!
We’re seeking 2014-17 National Council Delegates. The Board Development Committee will present a single slate of 11 candidates for election at the Girl Scouts San Diego Annual Meeting in April 2014. The term begins immediately following the meeting, and delegates will attend GSUSA’s National Convention that October. Applicants must be adult or girl (age 14 and up) members and United States citizens. Apply through Monday, Sept. 30. Contact: Heather Mournian

Get fit
Adults: Join Girl Scouts San Diego for our Tone & Trim exercise classes on Mondays and Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at our Balboa Campus. Build yourself up from the inside out as you gain bone density, lean muscle mass and higher cardiovascular strength. Designed for individuals of all fitness levels, this class focuses on self-image as well as physical fitness. Cost: $5/class. Contact: Katie Burke

Passion for fashion
Unleash your inner designer at the Sew Inspired Stitch Lounge on Saturday, Oct. 12 (Ambassdors) or Oct. 19 (Juniors), 9:30 a.m.-noon. Make a bag, garment or plushy, or design the next hot trend in fashion, whether you need to know the basics of sewing or are ready for complicated projects. Cost: $25. Register online at least two weeks prior to your class. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Smells like science: Flower Power
Juniors will hunt, smell, draw and plant flowers at Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center on Saturday, October 19, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Participants will work toward the Flowers badge, discover how plants make their lives better, and go home with goodies like bath beads and a corsage. Fee: $12; register online. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

San Diego’s archaeological heritage
Visit the San Diego History Center on International Archaeology Day, Saturday, Oct. 19, 1-3 p.m. to participate in a mock dig and learn how real archaeologists find and process hidden clues from the past. Take a tour of the former excavation sites at the Presidio and watch a special presentation of locally found artifacts. Cost of $7 includes admission, activities and tour. Reservations recommended. Contact: Coralle Cowan, (619) 232-6203, ext. 130

Practice self-defense
Karate Fitness Now allows Daisies-Ambassadors to earn participation patches while learning the importance of self-defense and how to apply martial art principles. Schedule a troop workshop, where girls have a blast and create lasting memories. Contact: Lisa Woods, (760) 727-2120

Biology of a riverbed
Join biologist Monica for a guided two-hour tour of the San Diego Riverbed. Find out what animals need the riverbed to live and how the Lakeside River Park Conservancy is reclaiming the land from invasive species. Integrate the experience into the WOW! Wonders of Water Journey, or just enjoy the nature walk. Reservations are required; program is ongoing. Contact: Cindy Collins, (619) 443-4770

A day on a Fallbrook farm
Old Fliegler’s Farm offers a four-hour adventure for Daisies-Juniors. Troops can meet animals, create crafts, harvest seasonal fruit, enjoy a healthy lunch and learn about topics like organic gardening or sustainable living. Schedule a tour today. Cost: $30 per person. Contact: Arlene Fliegler, (760) 728-1865

Investigate the Fleet
Uncover the mysteries of forensic science at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s Special Agent badge workshops. Peer at fingerprints, explore chromatography and key in on body language. Other great activities at the Fleet include helpful resources for the WOW! Wonders of Water and GET MOVING! Journeys. Contact: (619) 238-1233, ext. 806


Outdoor Skills Weekend: Registration extended
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 through Monday, Sept. 23. Contact: Iris Gerber, (619) 610-0741

Other events/opportunities

Global adventures await: destinations travel expo!
Get the scoop about Girl Scouts’ 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

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. 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

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 Clay 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

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 the seasonal produce you’ll 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

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