GS Bi-Weekly
Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Cookie news
Contest prize: Double your cookie dough
Troops: Enter the Set, Reach … Matched! contest by Saturday, Feb. 1 for a chance to double your cookie cash. One lucky troop of goal achievers, chosen at random from eligible entries, will receive a match for their earnings — at their troop’s proceeds rate — for the 2014 cookie season. Contact:
Online cookie adventure
A lively interactive video offers a virtual field trip to “the most magical bakery in the world” — Little Brownie Bakers. Set for national release on Saturday, Jan.11, Girl Scout Cookie Wonderland gives a behind-the-scenes peek at how our cookies are made. Girl Scouts can meet each other, gain new skills, create “Recipe for Success” business plans and learn how to use cookie money to change the world. Get your troop together and let Little Brownie Bakers do the rest. Find details and additional resources online.
Volunteer opportunities
Girl Scout cookies help grown-ups build skills, too! Become a cookie volunteer to grow as a leader, support girls’ development as young businesswomen, network with other adults, build your résumé and gain experience in communication, presentation, inventory, computers, record-keeping and project management. Our Product Sales team will be happy to acknowledge your work with a certificate of completion, list of skills or competencies, and letter of recommendation or reference citing specific accomplishments. Contact: Product Sales
Cookie Rally at the zoo: Last chance to register
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. Purchase tickets in our Balboa, Escondido and North Coastal shops during normal store hours by 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 11; no tickets available at the event. Contact: Robin Lemon, (619) 610-0747
Wanted: Cookie proceed stories and photos
Our communications team wants to know how troops and IGMs plan to use their cookie money — whether for service projects, encampments or field trips. Share your story and high-res photos for possible use in your community newspaper, Council Connection or our Facebook posts. Contact: Michelle Ross, (619) 610-0810
Adult learning highlights
Hot off the press: New training catalog
Empower yourself to help girls soar! Pick up a paper copy of the January-May 2014 Training Catalog at our Resource Centers, or check out our printable version on the web. Seasoned leaders will love enrichment trainings on topics ranging from “troop tripping” and encampments to flag ceremonies and the Gold Award program; new volunteers can benefit from our Introduction to Girl Scouting classes. Register for upcoming classes online.
Join our training team
Drop by our annual Adult Learning conference on Saturday, Feb. 1, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at our Balboa Campus. We’re seeking volunteers to train other volunteers; whether your passions, knowledge and insights relate to outdoor programs, Journeys or a specific program age level, we’d love to have you onboard. To RSVP, or if you’re interested in becoming a council trainer, please contact Iris Gerber, (610) 619-0741.
Journey survey
Has your troop recently completed a Girl Scout Journey? Tell us about your experience in a brief survey. By sharing your experiences, you’ll help our Adult Learning team better understand and serve you and other volunteers.
De-Stress workshop for high schoolers
Overwhelmed by the conflicting demands of school, relationships, sports and after-school activities? Take some time off on Saturday, Feb. 22, 9-11 a.m. at our Escondido Program Center. Spend a relaxing day learning the causes of stress and its effects on your body. Try yoga poses, make a journal and discover how smells can reduce stress. Walk in the meditation labyrinth or find inner peace with help from an instructor. This event includes steps from the MISSION: SISTERHOOD and BLISS! Journeys. Cost: $8; register online by Friday, Feb. 7. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
Drama-plus-art workshop focuses on Girl Scout Law
LifePlay presents Living the Law, a workshop series where girls age 8 and up explore the Girl Scout Law through improv games, artwork and teambuilding. The first session, Honest and Fair, takes place Saturday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-noon at our Balboa Campus. Cost: $15/session, or $72 for all six sessions. Sign up online. Contact: Anne Canter, (858) 255-0820
Free admission to USD game
Girl Scouts and their friends and families are invited to the University of San Diego for a special women’s basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Free for Girl Scouts in uniform; $1 for friends and family. Stay after the game for an autograph session with the team! Contact: Lauren Brosamer, (619) 260-8845
Talent showcase: Youth photo expo
See how budding photographers view their hometowns and changing worlds at student exhibition My City, Your City, continuing through Sunday, Feb. 2 at the Museum of Photographic Arts. Contact Vivienne Esrig to schedule a tour.
Save the date for Padres overnight
Talk about a homerun advantage! Girl Scouts and their family and friends are eligible for discount tickets to the Padres vs. Washington Nationals game on Saturday, June 7, 7:10 p.m. at Petco Park. Registered Girl Scouts, female troop leaders and moms also have the option to spend the night on the field. Campout tickets include post-game snack, movie on the FriarVision screen, and breakfast. All Girl Scouts attending the game will receive an exclusive Girl Scout Padres Night patch. We’ll have more on pricing and seating options in a later GS Bi-Weekly issue. Contact: Logan Washburn, (619) 795-5137


Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K in partnership with Girl Scouts San Diego
Register now
Sign up as a team or on your own for Finish Chelsea’s Run, our partnership 5K fundraiser taking place Saturday, March 1. Contact: Jen Nation, (619) 610-0726
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 run, as well as recognition during the awards presentation and in the U-T San Diego. See flyer for template and details.
Be an ambassador
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
Gold Award resources
January office hours
Seniors and Ambassadors, meet with Gold Award Committee members to discuss the award and ask questions in a casual environment. The next office hours session will be Tuesday, Jan. 21, 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
Next girl and adult training: Thursday, Jan. 23 at Escondido Program Center
Seniors, Ambassadors and adult supporters can get a helping hand as they prepare to “Go 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 programs. Register online for trainings throughout the year. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714
Go Gold! workshop Sunday, Feb. 2
Older girls: Connect with others pursuing their Gold Awards and 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 for the next workshop: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2-4 p.m. at the Escondido Program Center. Cost: $5. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Other events/opportunities

Weekend away: Find your YOUtopia
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
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
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
Fight the bite … and earn a patch!
Mosquitoes don’t just bug you — they can carry diseases that make you sick. Play Hazard Hunt, developed by our partners at the Vector Control Program, to learn how you can prevent these icky insects from gathering around your home. Earn the patch: After you complete the game and print your certificate, contact Rea de la Cruz, (619) 610-0739, with your name, mailing address, and required number of patches (available on a first come, first served basis).
Look ahead
Visit our online Activities page to search for upcoming events by keyword, subject, location, date or program age level.
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