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Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Cookie news
Booth sale safety
The safety of girls, parents and volunteers is our top priority. We’d like to remind troops and parents to follow the established safety procedures that minimize risk and maximize the fun of participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Please remember: Girls must have adult supervision at all times. Two adults (at least one registered and background checked) must be present at every booth site; an individual girl in grade 6 and up may sell at booth sites with just her registered, background checked legal guardian. Please see the Participation Agreement for full safety policies and procedures.
Not too late to find a Mystery House
With 43 Mystery Houses still to be found in San Diego and Imperial counties, girls planning walkabouts may find our new map useful — it shows all the communities with unclaimed prizes. No need to ask customers if they’re a Mystery House; hosts will notify winners. Be sure to download and print door hangers to leave when no one’s home. Our hosts know to contact us if they find one, and other potential cookie buyers might be happy to see them, too.
OTM Sendoff Celebration sleepover: Registration now open
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 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. Cost of $50 includes dinner and breakfast; $4 for optional flight simulator experience; parking prices to be determined. Register online. Contact: Rea de la Cruz, (619) 610-0739
Spring day camp: Doodle Bugs
Spend five days exploring the worlds of art and animals at spring break day camp! Monday, March 31-Friday, April 4, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at our Balboa Campus, learn about animals and creepy crawlers while trying your hand at a variety of creative techniques. Finish the week with a trip to the San Diego Zoo with new friends. Doodle Bugs is open to campers in grades K-5 and aides or counselors-in-training in grades 7-12. Register online by Monday, March 17. Contact: Stephanie “Skye” Cochran, (619) 610-0754
March madness at our retail stores
Each week in March, save big on Girl Scout items. Take 25 percent off select jewelry March 2-8, and totes and bags March 9-15 and 23-30. March 16-22, get 20-25 percent off collectibles and gifts. All month long, buy one of our council’s T-shirts and get one 30 percent off. Find locations and store information online.
Celebrate the Girl Scout birthday with LifePlay
At our third Living the Law workshop, “Considerate and Caring,” on Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m.-noon at our Balboa Campus Leadership center, girls will work toward the Girl Scout Way badge through improv games, artwork and teambuilding. Register online. Contact: Anne Canter, (858) 255-0820
Explore the ancient craft of papermaking
Girls of all ages: Invite your mom, grandma or another special woman in your life to Paper Mania, Saturday, May 10, 9-11 a.m. at our Balboa Campus. Experiment with a variety of materials, from seeds and pressed flowers to threads, plastic and glitter. You’ll also have the chance to make marbleized paper and learn stamping techniques. Cost: $7; register online. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714
Take your adventure to the next level
Brownies-Ambassadors: For a fun way to gain problem-solving and communication skills with your friends, try out the Adventure Zone! Action-packed two- or four-hour sessions include teambuilding games, challenges and low elements. Juniors and older will put their courage to the test on the 40-foot climbing tower. Sessions available through May; check out our FAQ for more details. Contact: Lindsay Matteson, (619) 610-0690
Science day at CSUSM
At Super STEM Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the Cal State San Marcos campus, jump into more than 50 varied activities on the theme of science and health. Part of the San Diego Science Festival, the event offers many opportunities for Brownies-Ambassadors to complete STEM badge requirements. Pick up a page of suggested activities for badges and Journeys at the information booth. Contact:
Family STEAM Day in Balboa Park
Learn science, technology, engineering, arts and math
On March 16, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., kick off the San Diego Science Festival with your community. With guidance from other Girl Scouts and staff, solder your own cool badge at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and make a self-watering planter at the Japanese Friendship Garden. Join in other crafts, projects and workshops featured by Balboa Park institutions — outdoor Family STEAM Day activities are free of charge, and opportunities inside museums (such as the Fleet’s badge soldering workshop) are included with admission; see flyer for discount information.
Water-saving Girl Scout volunteers needed
Brownies-Ambassadors: Help Family STEAM Day attendees make self-watering planters on Sunday, March 16, in a one- or two-hour shift between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Japanese Friendship Garden. Satisfies some eco-oriented Journey and badge requirements. See flyer for details. Contact: Denise Santoro
Kappa Delta at SDSU: Spring events
The ladies of Kappa Delta Sorority at San Diego State University invite girls of all ages to several spring events for Girl Scouts. On Thursday, March 20, 6-8 p.m., explore relationships at “Friends Don’t Bully.” Learn about different countries and cultures at “Around the World” on Thursday, April 10, 6-8 p.m. And on Sunday, April 27, 2-4 p.m., tour San Diego State University with sorority sisters. All events are held at 5066 College Ave., San Diego, 92115. RSVP required; no cost. Contact:
Nature hike
Join San Diego Canyonlands for an all-ages nature hike on Saturday, March 29, 9 a.m.-noon. Tour the Azalea Water Conservation Garden, hike two miles through the Manzanita Canyon, visit the new Manzanita Gathering Place and stop at the Urban Wilderness mural. RSVP. Contact: Linda Pennington, (619) 972-4921
Empowering Women exhibit at the Museum of Man
In Africa, Asia and the Americas, female artisans are forming cooperatives to reach new markets, raise living standards, and transform lives. Empowering Women explores the work of ten such enterprises in different countries. Some stories include sensitive material; exhibit is recommended for Cadettes-Ambassadors and adults. Cost: $5/child age 3-12, $8/teen age 13-17, $12.50/adults; purchase tickets at museum. Guided tours available for an additional fee through Sunday, Aug. 17, with advance notice. Contact: Maggie Hartnett
New community partner: Street Smart & Bully Proofed
Jing Shen Kuoshu Martial Science Studio offers self-defense seminars and workshops for girls. Instructors Grand Master Greg Fraser and Erin Kriscunas make lessons fun, informative and easy to learn. Classes are age-specific and oriented toward both defense and prevention. Schedule a workshop for your troop beginning in April. Contact: Grand Master Greg Fraser, (619) 379-4265 or Erin Kriscunas, (858) 366-3381
Science sleepovers at the Fleet
Join the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for a Night at the Fleet nocturnal adventure. You’ll have total access to all eight interactive exhibit galleries, plus traveling exhibitions. Immerse yourself in underwater adventure Journey to the South Pacific — or another IMAX film — in the Giant Dome Theatre. Contact:, (619) 685-5761
Cadette-Ambassador programs from Hostelling International USA
Cultural Kitchen for Girl Scouts
Engage in a cross-cultural experience through discussions, activities and food during an overnight hostel visit. With your troop, use program materials to explore another society’s customs and plan a meal to share with guests. Girls receive a youth membership to Hostelling International USA and the Discover the World: Girl Scouts Go Hostelling patch. Cost: $10. Contact:
Girl Scout Travel 101
Get an introduction to travel through a two-hour weeknight workshop at a location of your choice, whether a hostel or your troop’s meeting place. Learn about hostelling, trip planning, packing and traveling with an open mind. Girls receive a youth membership to Hostelling International USA. No cost. Contact:
Embrace your wild side!
At Lions, Tigers & Bears, get a close-up view of nature’s most majestic creatures. This exotic animal rescue sanctuary is home to 17 species and more than 50 individual animals. Learn about predators of the world, California’s native beasts, and what it means to keep wildlife wild. In the interactive Animal Encounters area, discover the difference between feral and domestic animals and explore humane farming practices. Contact: Cheryl Meyers, (619) 659-8017, ext. 2


Gold Award resources
March 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, March 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 Sunday, April 6
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, April 6, 2-4 p.m. at the North Coastal Center. Cost: $5. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714
Open house at San Diego State University: Corrected date
Visit the SDSU Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory on Sunday, March 9, 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

Other events/opportunities

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.
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
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 Friday, March 28. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
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
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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