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Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Countdown to cookies
Get ready
The 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program is right around the corner! Launching Sunday, Feb. 2, the world’s largest girl-led business is open to all members from Daisies to Ambassadors. Make sure your girl is currently registered and ready to participate. Through the cookie program, budding entrepreneurs learn real-life professional skills … while raising funds for Girl Scout activities and earning exciting rewards.
Cookie Rally at the zoo: Last chance to register online or by mail
Register by Friday, Dec. 20 to receive your tickets in the mail or apply for financial assistance. Get pumped up for the 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program with a family day at the San Diego Zoo on Sunday, Jan. 12. Explore the zoo at your own pace, then join us for a high-energy cookie pep rally where top sellers share their motivations and strategies. Set your sights on this year’s rewards, say hi to your favorite cookie characters and get psyched for cookie season. Learn more or register online. Contact: Robin Lemon, (619) 610-0747
How to help animals
Cadettes-Ambassadors: Spend Saturday, Jan. 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. surrounded by furry friends at You Can Be … an Animal Advocate. Learn about animal welfare as you tour adoptions, help socialize puppies, and meet horses, dogs and staff from the Therapeutic Riding and Pet Encounter Therapy programs. Explore potential careers and hear Helen Woodward Animal Center President Mike Arms discuss his contributions to animals’ well-being. Register online by Thursday, Jan. 2. Cost: $60. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792
Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K  
T-shirt design contest
Girls age 17 and under: Break out your markers, colored pencils or crayons and design a T-shirt for Finish Chelsea’s Run. Use up to four colors, and be sure to include the elements of running or health and sunflowers. The winner will receive two free entries for the March 1 run, as well as recognition during the awards presentation and in the U-T San Diego. See flyer for template and details.
Student Ambassadors
Represent your school in support of Finish Chelsea’s Run. As a Student Ambassador, you’ll promote the event and educate your peers through posters, presentations, announcements and other methods. The Chelsea’s Light Foundation will provide materials. Contact: Jen Strachen
Give the gift of fitness
Surprise family and friends with a prepaid gift entry to Finish Chelsea’s Run. You’ll receive the entry in a beautiful holiday card that includes information about the event and simple instructions for using the gift to register. Purchase by Monday, Dec. 16 to ensure delivery by Christmas.
Scientific solutions
Juniors: Jump right into the science of detecting at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center! Practice the power of observation, communicate in code, have fun with fingerprints, examine evidence and unravel a mystery to earn the Detective badge. Cost: $12. Reserve a session at (619) 238-1233 ext. 806.
Cheer on — and meet! — the Tritons
On Saturday, Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m., enjoy an exciting women’s basketball game between UC San Diego and Cal State Monterey Bay at the RIMAC arena. Watch great student athletes shine on court, then learn how they excel in the classroom at an exclusive post-game panel, where you can get autographs from your favorite players. Free parking. Tickets: Free for girls, $10/adult. Contact: Jessica Dorsey, (858) 534-8436
Special shows for Girl Scouts
Hip hop dance theatrical
The Culture Shock Nutcracker, starring professional dancers ages 5-45, re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet in the present day with a fresh look and a hip hop twist. Attend a special Girl Scout showing on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2:30 p.m. at the Birch North Park Theatre. Tickets cost $10/youth 12 and under (includes patch for Girl Scouts), $15/adult. Contact: Culture Shock Dance Troupe, (619) 299-2110
Set out for Neverland
Take a daytrip to L.A. to see Peter and the Starcatcher, the magical prequel to Peter Pan, at the Ahmanson Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2 p.m. Following Center Theatre Group’s performance, meet cast members at a Girl-Scouts-only Q&A. Tickets: $55 (includes mezzanine seating and patch). Contact: Center Theatre Group Services, (213) 972-7321 (tickets); Eileen Roberts, (213) 972-7249 (more info)


Gold Award: December office hours
Seniors and Ambassadors can meet with Gold Award Committee members to discuss the award and ask questions in a casual environment. The next office hours sessions will be Tuesday, Dec. 17, 6:30-8 p.m. at five locations: Balboa Campus Leadership Center, Escondido Program Center, North Coastal Service Center Conference Room, Springall Academy in East County, and the Bonita Public Library. Reservation required; no cost. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714
2014 Assembly Meetings: Register now
This January, we’ll host our annual Assembly meetings, where adults and girls age 14 and up voice their opinions about local Girl Scout programs and activities. Don’t miss the chance to attend an event near you: Join us at Balboa Campus (Tuesday, Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m.), Escondido Program Center (Thursday, Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m.) or Imperial Valley Service Center (Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m.) RSVP required. Contact: Heather Mournian, (619) 610-0748
Teen summit: Meet “the Maya Angelou of the Millennial Generation”
Girls in grades 8-12: From Friday, March 7, 7 p.m. to Sunday, March 9, 1 p.m., take a weekend just for you at Camp Winacka, where you can choose to step up, goof off — or do both! Kick off the summit with Azure Antoinette, spoken word artist, youth and arts advocate, photographer and poet. During TED-Talk-style workshops, put you in utopia as you determine the ideal world for teens in San Diego and around the world. Meet cool women speakers, express your ideas and save some time for high adventure. Cost: $45/girl, $35/adult. Register online by Friday, Feb. 7. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792

Other events/opportunities

Spread the word: Tips and Tools for Busy Volunteers en español
Now in Spanish, this interactive workshop for adults volunteering with Daisies-Cadettes teaches clever tips for working with girls, fun troop games and successful girl-planning techniques. Register online for one of two Spanish-only sessions: Saturday, Jan. 11, 1-4 p.m. at our Balboa Campus or Saturday, Jan. 8, 1-4 p.m. at our North Coastal Service Center. Please forward this information to any adults you know who could use it. Contact: Iris Gerber, (619) 610-0741
Save the date: Girl Scout Leadership Institute
Girls age 14 and up: Apply in January (details TBA) for one of 10 spots at the Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) in Salt Lake City, Utah, Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 16-18. This triennial conference, operating in conjunction with the Girl Scout National Convention, focuses on key issues for girls across the country and around the globe. Work on solutions with experts in various fields; learn techniques for leadership, innovation, advocacy and planning; and come home ready to make an impact. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792
Calling all campers!
Brownies-Juniors: Gather your troop for an Adventure Weekend at Camp Whispering Oaks, Friday-Sunday, Jan. 24-26, Feb. 7-9, March 14-16, or April 4-6. Whether you’re first-timers or experienced campers, Adventure Weekends provide a great sampler of arts and crafts, team-building, outdoor, nature and science activities. We’ll provide meals, supplies and modern lodging. Register online. Contact: Kristi Doebler, (619) 610-0818
Holiday fun with animals
Visit Helen Woodward’s Frosty Farm for a touch of holiday cheer on Saturday or Sunday, Dec. 14 or 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Take your own photos with Santa and his miniature horse “reindeer” in the “snow,” find your way through the Magical Ice Palace Maze, meet some animal friends, build your own gingerbread house, and sip a cup of cocoa. The festivities also include face painting and other holiday crafts and activities. Cost: $20/child, $9/adult. Sign up online.
Girl Scout day at SDSU women’s basketball
Get free tickets (available at our Balboa, Escondido and Carlsbad resource centers) for the Aztec women’s basketball game against UCLA on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m. at Viejas Arena. Gates open at 1 p.m.; parking is $1/hour in structures 4 and 5. Contact: Rea de la Cruz, (619) 610-0739
Where in the world will you go?
Learn about Girl Scouts’ destinations travel program and read other girls’ stories, check out the listing of 2014 opportunities for Cadettes-Ambassadors, then download your application (due to Girl Scouts San Diego by Saturday, Feb. 1). Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
Look ahead
On our online Activities page, search for upcoming events by keyword, subject, location, date or program age level.
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