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Wednesday, October 2, 2013


National Recruitment Week: A special message from the First Lady
In a newly released video, Michelle Obama invites all adults to volunteer for Girl Scouts. Like every First Lady since Edith Wilson in 1917, Mrs. Obama serves as Girl Scouts’ honorary national president. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to share your volunteer story on our National Recruitment Week posts.

A boot scootin’ good time
Thanks to all those who blinged out their boots and rounded up their friends for Urban Campout 2013: Sparkles and Spurs! At our annual fun fundraiser for grownups, more than 500 guests contributed $403,000 to help keep Girl Scouting available and affordable for local girls. Check out a fun video recap and photo album, and mark your calendar for next year’s Urban Campout on Friday, Sept. 12!

Creative contest: Design our SHARE patch
Our SHARE campaign — Share Her Annual Real Expense — begins this month. Donations help bridge the significant gap between membership dues and program costs. Use your creativity to promote our cause: Submit an original SHARE patch design, illustrating the concept of generosity and sharing, to Girl Scouts San Diego, Attn: Dawn Bruckel, 1231 Upas St., San Diego 92103, through Tuesday, Oct. 31. Winning artwork will be reproduced as a patch for donors contributing $25 or more. Contact: Dawn Bruckel, (619) 610-0705

Update your Girl Scout wardrobe
New merchandise available exclusively in our council shops includes two cute volunteer shirts — our purple, glitter-accented Keep Calm and be a Leader ($12.50) and hibiscus-colored San Diego Council Logo ($14) tees — in sizes S-XXL. We also have a new girl uniform piece for all ages: the Shorthand Polo ($12). This white, short-sleeved, collared shirt, embroidered with the program level, is available in stores and online. Contact:

Take on the Adventure Zone
Girls: Tackle the ultimate team-building experience at the Adventure Zone! Gain problem-solving and communication skills through a series of challenges, including climbing walls. Sign up as an individual and make new friends as you test your skills together. Register now for multiple sessions on Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13. Contact: Lindsay Matteson, (619) 610-0690

Save the date: 2014 Cookie Rally
Get pumped up for cookie season with our councilwide Cookie Rally at the San Diego Zoo on Sunday, Jan.12. Explore the zoo at your own pace, then join us for a high-energy pep rally featuring special rockin’ and rollin’ musical guests. Set your sights on the 2014 rewards, greet your favorite costumed cookie characters, and discover the surprises that await you in our upcoming cookie program. Contact: Robin Lemon, (619) 610-0747

Crossing the border
Girls and families: Join award-winning Latina author Reyna Grande at the Balboa Campus Leadership Center on Friday, Oct. 25, 6 p.m., for a special event presented by Adventures by the Book and Girl Scouts San Diego. Grande will discuss the life events documented in her captivating memoir, The Distance Between Us. Enjoy a Mexican food buffet, and meet the author at a book signing and Q&A. Cost: $15 (or $30, which includes the book). Register online. Contact: Susan McBeth, (619) 300-2532

Money Madness: Fun finances
Here’s a “cents-ible,” entertaining approach for Daisies and Brownies to learn financial literacy. As girls play the Money Madness game, they’ll make decisions about earning, saving and spending money with girl and adult teams. (Troops work together, while Independent Girl Members partner with their chaperones.) Register for Brownie workshops (Monday, Oct. 28 at Escondido Program Center (EPC); Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Florence Burnham Hall (FBH) at Balboa Campus; or Wednesday, Oct. 30, North Coastal Service Center; 4-5:15 p.m.) or Daisy workshops (Monday, Nov. 11, EPC; Tuesday, Nov. 12, FBH at Balboa Campus; or Wednesday, Nov. 13, NCSC; 4-5:15 p.m.) Contact: Robin Lemon, (619) 610-0747

Flowers, animals, art, oh my!
Girls in grades K-1 will dig into exciting activities and build new skills at Daisy’s Big Adventure! On Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-noon, Daisies will learn about caring for animals from special guests, participate in hands-on crafts and activities, and meet some Flower Friends along the way. Register online by Friday, Nov. 22. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781

Where in the world will you go?
Learn about the destinations travel program and read other girls’ stories, check out the 2014 listing of opportunities for Cadettes-Ambassadors, then download your application. Applications are due to Girl Scouts San Diego by Nov. 1; late applications will be accepted until Feb. 1 for consideration in unfilled trips. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781

You’re invited: A birthday bash for Juliette Low
Come play at LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium on Saturday, Nov. 2 to celebrate our founder’s birthday. Optional: Reserve a 45-minute workshop to earn a Jr. Engineer certificate. Full-day admission includes two patches and a birthday souvenir brick. Make reservations by Friday, Oct. 18. Contact: LEGOLAND, (760) 438-5346

Troop challenges
Dr. Lori Rappaport, licensed clinical psychologist and co-director of the ADHD Center for Success, will lead a workshop entitled Working With Challenging Girls and Adults on Tuesday, November 5, 6:30-8 p.m. at our Balboa Campus. Gain insight on ADHD and other behavioral and emotional problems, learn when a behavior exceeds the scope of a troop leader and impacts others, and find out how to manage your troop to create a healthy group dynamic. Register online.

Time for theater
Art without walls
Experience more than 20 theater and art performances at the Without Walls Festival, presented by the La Jolla Playhouse Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 3-6. Ticketed shows range from $5-25. Check out WoW for Families to find interactive art activities or volunteer with the artists creating this spectacular event. Contact: La Jolla Playhouse, (858) 550-1010
Lose yourself in the chocolate factory
STAR Repertory Theatre presents Willy Wonka, Roald Dahl’s timeless story about a world-famous confectioner and his quest to find an heir. The wild and wonderful characters come to life at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Saturday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. Arrive an hour early for a backstage tour. Cost of $12.50 includes tour, show and patch. Contact: Meredith Kolod, (760) 751-3035
Fairy tale gothic
On Sunday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, participate in a 90-minute pre-show workshop before taking in a performance of Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Romance, a classic fairy tale re-imagined as a supernatural love story spanning decades. Girl Scouts age 8 and up with at least three years dance experience have the opportunity to win a five-day training course and open the performance on the Ahmanson Stage; see flyer for details. Cost of $55 includes workshop and show. Contact: Eileen Roberts, (213) 972-7231

Safety first
Girls benefit from age-appropriate lessons about stranger awareness, abduction defense and school bullies at Play It Safe Self-Defense. Join a session on Sunday, Oct. 6 at our Balboa Campus in Florence Burnham Hall. (Times vary by program level.) Cost: $13. Play It Safe will also travel to troop locations for workshops. Contact: Tracie Arlington, (619) 723-0036

Science extravaganza
Brownies-Ambassadors: Join the San Diego Section of the American Chemical Society on Sunday, Oct. 27 for science fun and program-related activities at ChemExpo in the Casa Del Prado patio area of Balboa Park. Work on Journeys from WOW! Wonders of Water to Justice, or fulfill requirements for Trailblazing, Car Care, Snacks and other badges. Cost: $8/session; register by Monday, Oct. 21. Contact:

You’re a community hero
Girls in grades 5-12: If your volunteer work made a difference in your community in 2013, you could win $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. Apply for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award! Girl Scouts San Diego CEO Jo Dee Jacob will approve local nominees. Enter the e-mail as your certifier; apply by Tuesday, Nov. 5 to be eligible for a spot as one of our top youth volunteers.

Mega fun with mini golf
Brownies-Juniors: Enjoy a round of mini golf and learn about water and environmental stewardship along the way. The Pelly’s Pod program at the Del Mar Golf Center supports the WOW! Wonders of Water and GET MOVING! Journeys. Make reservations for Tuesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays. Contact: Holly Baker, (858) 755-1161, ext. 2402

Be flexible
Learn gymnastics or parkour under the elite coaches at the SD UNITED training center. Practice Girl Scout principles through physical activity, challenges and teambuilding opportunities. All grade levels are welcome. Contact: Kelly Anderson, (858) 586-0655

Come Clay With Us! for all ages
Sculpt your dreams at Fire and Mud Studios. Juniors and Cadettes explore their style as they sculpt a set of unique accessories, Seniors and Ambassadors try the potter’s wheel, and Daisies and Brownies let out their wild side as they sculpt animal masks. Return to the studio to add color to your creation at a later date, scheduled by appointment. Cost: $45/girl or adult. Register online at least two weeks before your class. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714


Gold Award roundup
October 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, Oct. 15, 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, Oct. 22 at North Coastal Service Center
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. Register online. Cost: $5. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Other events/opportunities

Volunteers needed to scare away hunger this October
We’re partnering with the Jacobs Cushman San Diego Food Bank, Metropolitan Transportation System (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 43 locations. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781

Fly high: Last chance to register
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

Show your colors
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, what correct flag etiquette is, 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:

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:

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. During 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

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

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 online. Space is limited. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792

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

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. 11. Contact Sabrina Wahlne, (619) 610-0716. To schedule an Autumn Harvest Tour just for your group, contact HWAC, (858) 756-4117 ext. 318.

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

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