GS Bi-Weekly
Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Cookie news
USS Midway Sleepover on OTM Sendoff Eve
Girl Scouts age 6 and up: Sleep aboard the ship the night before our Operation Thin Mint® (OTM) Sendoff celebration at the USS Midway Museum. Friday, May 2, 4:30 p.m. to Saturday, May 3, 9:30 a.m., learn about the 90% female crew that built the world-class retired aircraft carrier, and get a taste of life in the Navy as you tour the captain’s bridge and air traffic control tower, spend time on the flight simulators, and sleep in bunks just like sailors. Safety Activity Checkpoint girl-to-adult ratios required. Male volunteers will have separate bathroom facilities and accommodations. Cost of $50 includes dinner and breakfast; $4 for optional flight simulator experience. Registration details to come. Contact: Rea de la Cruz, (619) 610-0739
Boost cookie sales
Reach your goals using Cookie Club to ask for orders online (you’ll deliver and collect payment in person). Customers purchase nearly twice as much online as any other way — the average order in Cookie Club is six boxes! Cookie Club is a safe, password-protected website and won’t reveal any of your personal information. Ask your Troop Cookie Manager for details.
New! 200+ patch
Any girl who sells 200 or more boxes of cookies in 2014 will earn a #cookieboss patch!


New patch program: Money Madness

Enrich K-3 girls with a “cents-ible,” entertaining approach to financial literacy and watch their interest grow! In separate tracks for Daisies and Brownies, girls can apply the 5 skills of the cookie program in preparation for spending their troop cookie earnings. Patch available for purchase in our council shops.


Recognize standout volunteers

It’s that time: Nominate an excellent contributor to the Girl Scout mission for one of our adult recognitions. Check with your service unit’s Recognitions Chair for your region’s deadline; all nominations and endorsements are due to council by Wednesday, April 30. Stay tuned for updated forms in early March. Contact: Dayana Silva-James, (619) 610-0771


Adult learning

Dive into a Journey book

At Jumping into Journeys, get tips and tricks for helping Brownies-Ambassadors navigate this aspect of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Register for a session at 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4 at our Balboa Campus or Thursday, March 27 at our Escondido Program Center. Contact: Adult Learning team

Prepare for travel

Take our Troop Tripping course Thursday, March 6, 6-9 p.m. at the North Coastal Service Center to get important info on travelling with your girls. Required for leaders planning an international or advanced domestic trip, this course addresses group and safety management, paperwork, money-earning tips, planning timelines, and keys to managing girl and parent expectations. Fee: $5. Register online. Contact: Sandy Sultz, (619) 610-0814


Sleepover chaperones needed

Adults: Volunteer at our Night at the Museum sleepover, Friday, May 16, 4:30 p.m. through Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m. at the San Diego Air and Space Museum. With dancing, movies, pizza, crafts and games, help create a special memory for the girls who earned this reward. Responsibilities include caring for the emotional and physical safety of a small group of girls and supporting adults in charge of the event. If your own Girl Scout earned this sleepover, you’ll be assigned a separate group. To become a chaperone, contact Christina Hernandez.


Celebrate our birthday

Girl Scout Week — centered on March 12, the birthday of Girl Scouting — lasts from Sunday, March 9 to Saturday, March 15. Plan troop activities to mark our 102nd year. On the last day, many girls participate in Girl Scout Sabbath at their places of worship.


Hit the bull’s eye

Juniors-Ambassadors: With our beginning and intermediate archery workshops, you’ll learn fundamentals like parts of the bow and arrow, proper stance, and how to aim and shoot. Sessions are available on Sunday afternoons in March-May at our Balboa Campus and Escondido Program Center; most include both target practice and a “fun shoot” (determined by the instructor). Register online at least nine days before your workshop, or submit a troop or individual registration form. Contact: Kristi Doebler, (619) 610-0818


Be a hero for Earth

Join the team

Become a Planet Protector on Tuesday, March 18, 4-6 p.m. at our Escondido Program Center during San Diego Science Festival Week. Harness the four elements — Earth, Fire, Wind and Water — and the power of Heart to save the world alongside nature heroes in your community. Choose your own planet superpower and become part of our Super Hero Crew! No cost or registration. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792

Volunteers needed

Girls in grade 8-12 and adults: Don your own earth-saving super hero cape and lead girls in eco-conscious Planet Protector activities. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792


Passion for fashion

Unleash your inner designer at the Sew Inspired Stitch Lounge on Saturday, March 22 (Seniors-Ambassadors) or April 12 (Cadettes), 9:30 a.m.-noon. Make a bag, garment or plushy, or design the next hot trend in fashion, whether you need to know the basics of sewing or are ready for complicated projects. Cost: $25. Register online at least two weeks prior to your class. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714


Magical Muses: Write and act

Juniors: Take on the role of playwright at Magical Muses, our upcoming six-part series, every Monday, April 7-May12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at our North Coastal Service Center. Take part in theater games, improvisation, script readings and creative writing exercises to create your own compelling plays — then see your work performed by professional actors at the last session. This series works toward the Speak Out and Try Out awards on the aMUSE Journey. Cost: $60; register online. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714


Technology Goddesses

Brownies: Earn the Computer Expert badge

On Saturday, April 5, 2-3:30 p.m. at the Escondido Program Center, learn tech skills and cyber safety in a fun, interactive environment. Tinker with multiple computer technologies, including a small robot, and enjoy a snack and a surprise event item. All attendees must consent to photographic release. Cost: $20; register online by Friday, March 21. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792

Cadettes-Ambassadors: Video production and high-tech arts and crafts

Learn about tech at a sleepover workshop, Saturday, April 5-Sunday, April 6 at the Escondido Program Center. Use open source software to create templates for your own crystal-decorated canvas bag. Operate macro-controllable robots to paint and program tricks on smartphones. Practice digital video design to make public service announcements (PSAs) promoting Girl Scouts and girls in technology. Lead the Brownie Computer Expert badge workshop and go home with a T-shirt and surprise event item. Cadettes will earn the Digital Movie Maker badge; all levels can work independently (with program leader mentorship) on a Journey or Higher Award. All attendees must consent to photographic release. Cost: $60; register online by Friday, March 21. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792


Calling all chefs

Juniors: Fire up the charcoal, tie on your apron and join us for the Girl Scout Recipe Challenge on Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at our Escondido Program Center. With a team, compete in a mystery box cook-off, breaking out your outdoor culinary skills to prepare a fabulous feast. You’ll receive a selection of food and a chuck box of tools, then use outdoor cooking equipment at an assigned station. At least one adult member must have completed “Let’s Cook” training. Cost: $12. Register online. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781


Behind the scenes of Annie, Jr.

The Broadway Theater Arts Academy presents Annie, Jr. on Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30, 2 p.m. at the Maxine Theater. Arrive one hour prior for a behind-the-scenes tour led by the show’s Girl Scout performers. Tickets: $14; girls receive Theater Fun patch. Contact:, (760) 888-1989


Brownies: Earn the Community badge

See how your community celebrates its citizens. On Friday, April 4, 9 a.m.-noon at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Command Museum, explore symbols and traditions of the United States and the Marine Corps, then join in a graduation ceremony for new recruits. You may even meet Marine Corps mascot Bella the bulldog! This activity fulfills requirements for the Community badge, included in cost of $4. Register online. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714


Gamer girls

Jump feet first into the world of game design with GSUSA’s online Be the Video Game Developer experience. Real creators lead you in engineering and testing your own original video game. Once it’s complete, share it with your friends!


International Women’s Day event

Girls ages 8-12: Join the San Diego History Center on Saturday, March 8 for a celebration of women from San Diego’s past. Participate in one or both workshops featuring historical dress-up, crafts and games: Early Women Settlers from Kumeyaay to Old Town, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and Women of the 20th Century who Changed San Diego, 1-2:30 p.m. Cost: $10/workshop. Reserve spaces online, or contact Coralle Cowan, (619) 232-6203, ext. 130.


Marine exploration: Open house at San Diego State University

Visit the SDSU Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory on Sunday, March 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Gadgets and Gizmos: The Tools We Use for Science, for all ages. Try out the tools scientists use to research local marine systems. Make artificial sea grass, measure microbes in kelp forests, meet SDSU scientists and enjoy free food from the Fish Market. Enter a raffle to win snorkel gear, museum tickets, kayak excursions and other prizes. No cost. Contact: Marine Ecology and Biology Student Association


Ahoy, archaeologists!

Sail over to the Natural History Museum and climb aboard the Real Pirates exhibit to explore the true story of the Whydah, a captured ship that sank nearly 300 years ago. Download a treasure map and follow a scavenger hunt through chests of gold coins, jewelry, cannons and a life-size replica of the ship’s stern. Learn what it was like to be a pirate — and the underwater explorer who uncovered the ship — as you board the vessel and touch actual treasure recovered from the wreck. Reserve tickets online, or contact Paula Anderson for discounted rates for crews of 10 or more.

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 Strachan


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.


Share Girl Scouts with a friend

Volunteers: Now through Friday, Feb. 28, 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.


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


Deadline approaching: 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 during the first week of March detailing next steps. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792


Last chance to register: Animals of Spring

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. Safety Activity Checkpoint girl-to-adult ratios required (no registration necessary for chaperones). Cost: $12/girl; adults free. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792


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


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


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


Look ahead

Visit our online Activities page to search for upcoming events by keyword, subject, location, date or program age level.

GS Bi-Weekly