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Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Just added: Midway Museum’s OTM Sendoff sleepover
To celebrate our 10th Operation Thin Mint Sendoff at the USS Midway Museum, Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to spend Friday night, May 2 aboard the ship. Watch our website and the next GS Bi-Weekly for details about this exciting, first-ever event.
Summer camp registration now open
Girls entering grades K-12: Spend your summer at Girl Scout day and resident camps! Gain new friends and make lifetime memories under the guidance of caring and skilled camp staff and volunteers. Whether you’re looking for athletic adventure, creative space, science experiments or some time in the saddle, you can choose from a range of session lengths and locations. Learn more and register online. Contact: Camp staff, (619) 610-0821
Cookie news
Girl Scout cookies at Extraordinary Desserts
Celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend on Friday-Sunday, Feb. 7-9 with a sweet treat from Extraordinary Desserts. French-trained chef — and Girl Scout alumna — Karen Krasne has created three special recipes just for us: Thin Mint® Crème Brulee, Samoas® Chocolate Pot de Crème, and a Hot Fudge Sundae with Tagalongs® Ice Cream, available only during Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.
Will you find a Mystery House?
Win a plush arctic set — featuring friends of 2014 cookie season mascot Luna — while walking about. If you’re the first Girl Scout to stop by any of our secret Mystery Houses, located in every service unit, you’ll receive a certificate from the host you can use to claim your prize. No need to ask customers if they’re a Mystery House; hosts will notify winners. When no one’s home, leave a door hanger (download, or purchase packs of 25 in council stores for $3). Contact:
Set, Reach … Matched!: Re-submit contest entries
Due to a computer glitch, entries submitted to our Set, Reach … Matched! contest before 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29 were not captured. We are extending the deadline to Monday, Feb. 10 and encourage troops to re-submit their information. Please accept our sincere apology for the inconvenience — and good luck in the drawing to double your cookie proceeds! Contact:
Cookie merchandise in stores now
Celebrate Girl Scout cookie season at any of our retail stores. Our assortment includes girl and adult T-shirts, yard and handheld signs, tablecloths, car magnets, tote bags and other fun tools and accessories for the cookie businesswoman.
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
Let us know: What do you want to do?
Girls and adults: Our Program team is now planning the activities we’ll offer for the 2014-15 membership year … and we need to hear from you! Please take a moment to share your thoughts on anything you’d like to see — who, what, where, when and how — by Friday, Feb. 28.
Volunteers: Develop your skills
Brand new: Art and Nature Center training
Discover the possibilities that await your Girl Scouts at our Balboa Campus Art and Nature centers. On Saturday, March 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Cabin 1, master the five programs available at each center, and pick up tips for tying them into your Journeys. Make and use paint; create masks; explore life in the ocean, on land and in the air; and investigate geology and archaeology. Register online. Contact: Iris Gerber, (619) 610-0741
The latest classes
We’ve added new offerings due to popular demand. Check out the right hand panel on our training page for additions in your neighborhood. Your service unit can host trainings, too, using the Training by Request form (minimum 10 participants). Classes are scheduled based on trainer availability. Contact: Iris Gerber, (619) 610-0741
Extra credit
Need a little support? Enrichment trainings help you on your leadership journey, whether you’re a busy leader looking for tips or you’re looking for exciting activities for your girls. Take Troop Tripping at our Balboa Campus or North Coastal Service Center to learn about international travel and advanced domestic trips, or get a jump start on your next special occasion with our Event and Series Director class and its companion workshop. View other trainings in our January-May 2014 catalog. Contact: Iris Gerber, (619) 610-0741
Share Girl Scouts with a friend
Volunteers: During the month of February, earn $50 in credit at GSUSA’s online store by recruiting a caring adult to start a new Daisy, Brownie or Junior troop. Tell your own Girl Scout story and inspire others to become guides and mentors for young girls. The volunteers you recruit will receive a resource pack that includes a Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting book, Journey resource set and Badge Activity Kit. Learn more about our Invite-a-Friend promotion online; see terms and conditions.
Brownies: See, hear, smell, touch and taste!
Sniff out clues, decode a Braille message and learn the Girl Scout Promise in sign language during My 5 Senses, Saturday, April 12, 9-11 a.m. at our Balboa Campus. Find out which senses different animals use to explore the world, and learn what your taste buds can tell you. You’ll complete some requirements for the Brownie Senses badge. Cost: $8. Register online by Sunday, March 30. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
Eco-Artist series
Cadettes: Become an eco artist at our upcoming six-part series, every Tuesday, March 18-April 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at our Balboa Campus. Try your hand at sewing, weaving and other techniques to create earth-friendly projects, including a tote bag. Along the way, use what you’ve learned and write letters advocating for the environment. Cost: $15; register online. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714
Body image and ballet
Girls and families: Join Jenifer Ringer of the New York City Ballet at the Casa del Prado Theater on Saturday, March 1, 9:30-11:30 a.m. for a special event presented by Adventures by the Book, the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet and Girl Scouts San Diego. Ringer, author of Dancing Through It, will discuss her life as a dancer and the evolving discussion of body weight and image, sign books, and answer audience questions. Enjoy light snacks and a performance from the youth ballet. Cost: $7 ($32 to include the book). Register online. Contact: Susan McBeth, (619) 300-2532
Theater opportunities: Girl Scout discounts
Peter Pan
North County School of the Arts invites Girl Scouts to a special mother-daughter showing of Peter Pan at the Garfield Theatre on Saturday, March 29, 2 p.m. Discounted ticket price: $8/girl, $12/adult; patches available for $2. Order by Saturday, March 1. Contact: Julie Anderson, (760) 522-9564
Seussical the Musical
Center Stage Productions presents Seussical the Musical at the California Center of the Arts in Escondido, Friday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 5, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 6, 2 p.m. To order tickets at the reduced price of $12.50 (includes patch and backstage tour), contact Abby Reynolds, (760) 224-4140 by Friday, March 28.
STEM opportunities
Celebrate National Engineers Week with family
Girls and families: Get ready for Engineering Day at Grossmont Shopping Center, Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This event for all ages features plenty of booths to spark your interest. Put your creativity to work as you learn basic concepts like buoyancy, structural stability, simple calculations and problem solving through hands-on projects and discover the excitement of engineering! Contact: Sharon Liu
Science in college and beyond
Cadettes-Ambassadors: Whether you’re way into science or still discovering your passions, join Expanding Your Horizons at the University of San Diego to explore STEM careers. San Diego’s top scientists, engineers, specialists and even college students will lead three hands-on workshops and give you a taste of life at USD. Parents are invited to a special program focusing on supporting girls as they find economic and educational opportunities in STEM fields. Cost: $30. Register for girl and adult sessions separately by Saturday, Feb. 15. Financial aid available. Contact:; Sue Lowery, (619) 260-4078; or Liz Ferguson, (619) 459-2242.
Now available: Balboa Park Multi-Museum Annual Pass
Let the discovery begin! The new Balboa Park ExplorerTM access pass offers unlimited admission to 17 local museums for an entire year. Cost: $99/students and seniors, $129/individual or $199/family of six (maximum two adults; $25/additional child). Purchase online, at participating museums or at the Balboa Park Visitors Center.
Everyday etiquette for everyone
An interactive workshop from Mrs. Parker’s Charm School teaches you to present your best self, handle social situations with poise and polish, and make others feel at ease. Practice introductions and handshakes, engaging in conversation, and applying the principles of consideration, respect and honesty. Cost: $10 (plus additional $3 for Social Butterfly badge or Mrs. Parker’s Charm School badge). Dates and times by appointment. Contact: Kymberli Parker, (619) 233-4203
Year round adventures at Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC)
Daisies-Junior troops: Join the animals of HWAC for a customized 60-90 minute program. Meet a variety of critters and learn about welfare topics. Learn more online; dates and times by appointment. Contact:, (858) 756-4117, ext. 318


World Thinking Day
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
Take part in the action
Juniors-Ambassadors: Volunteer to lead younger girls in activities and crafts — create your own or ask for a list of possibilities. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714
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
Gold Award resources
February 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, Feb. 18, 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: Tuesday, March 25 at Balboa 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 on Sunday, March 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 Balboa Program Center. Cost: $5. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

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
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
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
Cadettes-Ambassadors: Hit the trail
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
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 Saturday, March 1. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
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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