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Wednesday, January 22, 2014




Cookie news

It’s not too late: Join the world’s largest girl-led business

All registered members, from Daisies through Ambassadors, can sell Girl Scout cookies! Here’s how to get started: Girls must have current membership and a signed Participation Agreement. Each troop needs a Troop Cookie Manager — an adult volunteer who completes cookie training and a background check (password: cookies). Parents or guardians of individual sellers (whether Independent Girl Members, or girls whose troops aren’t participating) can take our webinar. Contact: Product Sales team

Roll with it

Deck out those wagons, carts or anything else on wheels with our Cookie Mobile Kit, available on our Cookie Sellers page along with tons of other sales tools for the growing “cookie professional.”

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:

Wanted: Cookie stories and photos

Our communications team wants to know how girls plan to use their cookie money — whether for service projects, camps or field trips. Share your story and high-res photos for possible use in the news media, Council Connection or our Facebook posts. Contact: Michelle Ross, (619) 610-0810


Your troop’s next adventure

Juniors-Ambassadors: Head up to our Julian camp properties to try out the High Ropes Challenge Course! Action-packed four-hour sessions include teambuilding games, low elements, and some of the many new high elements, like the climbing tower, zipline and vertical playpen. It’s a fun way to gain problem solving and communication skills with your friends. Check out our FAQ for more details. Contact: Lindsay Matteson, (619) 610-0690


Cadettes-Ambassadors: Hit the trail

Backpacking open house

Get the scoop on our hiking and backpacking opportunities for older girls and adults during an open house at Adventure 16 on Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., where our trainers and trip leaders will preview our 2014 trips and give an overview of our outdoor program. Start your path into the woods, meet other nature-loving teens and shine up your adventuring skills. Non-members are welcome to attend. Contact: Kristi Doebler, (619) 610-0818

Wilderness Hiking course

Our three-step wilderness progression, designed for individuals, safely takes girls and adults out of the campground and into the woods. At our Wilderness Hiking course on Sunday, March 9, spend the morning in the classroom and your afternoon on the trail, learning about safety, proper gear and equipment, the Leave No Trace ethic, girl leadership and independence. This is a prerequisite for our basic and advanced backpacking trips. Cost of $15 includes 10 Essentials starter kit. Register online. Contact: Kristi Doebler, (619) 610-0818


World Thinking Day is Saturday, Feb. 22

Education opens doors

Each year on World Thinking Day, girls explore global themes based on the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, which aim to improve the lives of those most in need. On Saturday, Feb. 22, celebrate Girl Scouts’ international friendships with activities and projects focusing on bringing education to girls and boys in other countries. Check the GSUSA website for age-appropriate ideas, and to order the World Thinking Day Award.

Go global with Girl Scouts

Join KPBS, the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (SDCDM) and Girl Scouts San Diego on Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for World Thinking Day. Enjoy traditional performances, ethnic foods and girl-run informational displays at the SDCDM. Cost: $6/adult, kids free; register online. Contact: Lindy Villa

Discover a world of music

Join Classics 4 Kids at the Balboa Theatre to take a journey down The Silk Road on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m., with music and artists representing Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. After the show, stay to meet musicians from the orchestra during the Kids Chat session. Cost: $12/child under 13, $15/adult. Tickets available online. Contact: Classics 4 Kids, (619) 231-2311


Adventures in theater

Down the rabbit hole

On Saturday, Feb. 1 and Sunday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m., The Maxine Theater takes Daisies-Ambassadors on a special backstage tour led by a Girl Scout actor, followed by STAR Repertory Theatre’s production of Alice in Wonderland, Jr., performed by a talented cast of children. Cost of $12.50 includes admission, tour and Theater Fun patch. Contact: STAR Repertory Theatre, (760) 751-3035

Across the ocean

The La Jolla Playhouse presents Suzette Who Set to Sea on Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16, 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Ideal for girls in grades 2-6, the show tells the story of a girl who longs to go to sea and believes she is meant for more than life on land. Faced with mysterious events, she must prove herself worthy of her destiny. Cost: $9/girl, $12/adult; purchase tickets online.

To Broadway and beyond: StudentsLive!

Troops travelling to New York City: Through the StudentsLive! interactive theater program, students experience the thrill of Broadway firsthand, taught by some of the best Broadway specialists the country has to offer. Upcoming workshops include Motown: Dancin’ In The Streets and Wicked: For Good. Contact:, (212) 414-7793, or


Smart cooking for the 21st century

Cook for Thought's mobile teaching kitchen brings culinary education to troops that are hungry for knowledge. A certified instructor and nutritionist help Daisies-Ambassadors complete the Cook badge for their program level while learning STEM, social studies and language arts. Cost of $20/girl includes all food, recipe booklet and badge. Contact: Fernanda Larson, MS, (858) 242-2341


Bunnies, kittens, puppies — oh my!

On Saturday, March 8, Daisies-Juniors can tour the Helen Woodward Animal Center and learn all about animals: how to look after them, where they live, and how they care for their young. Girls will meet a variety of springtime critters like bunnies, chicks, kittens or puppies. Plus, they’ll plant a seedling of their choice to take home and receive a special patch. Register online for the Daisy-Brownie session, 10 a.m.-noon, or the Brownie-Junior session, 2-4 p.m., by Friday, Feb. 21. Cost: $12/girl; adults free. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792


For Cadettes: How to respond to bullying

Real life facts: While one third of school kids experiences bullying, bystanders don’t always know how to respond — and 90 percent opt to do nothing. During the Anti-Defamation League’s interactive Becoming an Ally training on Saturday, March 16, 1-4 p.m. at our Balboa Campus, get practical information about different types of bullying, learn effective response strategies, and contribute to a culture of online safety, alliance building and respect for diversity. Cost: $16. Register online through March 1. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781


Safety first

Juniors: On Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m.-noon, earn the First Aid badge in a training workshop led by Azusa Pacific University student nurses at the San Diego Regional Center. Learn to treat cuts, sprains, fractures and nosebleeds, and find out how to respond in an emergency through role playing games, creating a first aid kit and other group activities. See flyer for more details. Cost: $5. Contact: Caitlyn Cornell, (619) 857-0730


Jump start a healthy habit

USA Jump Stars promotes jump roping as a way for girls of all ages to create a healthy body and mind. On Saturday, June 7, 1-5 p.m., skip over to the Double Dutch House to work on teambuilding skills while improving your single rope, Chinese wheel and long rope tricks. Cost: $5. Contact: Melinda Everett, (619) 851-6880


Apply now: Girl Scout Leadership Institute 2014

Girls age 14 and up: Download your application for one of 10 spots at the Girl Scout Leadership Institute 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. Submit completed application and reference letters by Friday, Feb. 28. All applicants will receive a confirmation email by Saturday, March 1 detailing next steps. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792

Other events/opportunities

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


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.


Girl Scout Day at the Dance 2014

Daisies-Cadettes will learn about theatrical performance at Girl Scout Day at the Dance, presented by San Diego Civic Dance Arts on Saturday, Feb. 8, 12:30-5:30 p.m. After participating in two 30-minute dance classes — one in jazz and hip-hop, one in musical theater — they’ll watch live performance “Perspective — Collage 2014,” meet the dancers, and take a backstage tour. Cost: $18/girl, $6/adult. Register by Wednesday, Jan. 22. Contact: Jasmine Cone


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, 1-3 p.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: $10; register online by Friday, Feb. 7. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781


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.


Calling all campers!

Brownies-Juniors: Gather your troop for an Adventure Weekend at Camp Whispering Oaks, Friday-Sunday, 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


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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