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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Save the date: Volunteer Conference and Celebration
Connect with other volunteers and honor your Girl Scout champions at our Volunteer Conference and Celebration, Saturday, Aug. 16. Turn in nominations for adult recognitions by Wednesday, April 30. Contact: Dayana Silva-James, (619) 610-0771
Summer camp: Older girl opportunities
Girls in grades 6-12: Check out our special camp programs designed just for you. Explore other cultures at Around the World, make real changes at Winacka Town, or develop as a leader at Counselor-In-Training sessions. You could put on a complete theatrical production at Off Broadway this summer, or construct a brand new arts and crafts building for Camp Whispering Oaks at If I Had a Hammer. At day and resident camps, you can learn to sail, become a babysitter, or show off your girl power — the sky’s the limit! Contact:
No councilwide bridging ceremony this year
Due to the ongoing construction in Balboa Park for its centennial celebration, there will be no 2014 councilwide bridging ceremony. We encourage troops and service units to host their own ceremonies to recognize girls who are moving up to the next program level. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714
April is SHARE month
We’re offering fun prizes for SHARE event coordinators — start working on your most creative fundraising ideas and look out for contest details in April. In addition, the 2014 SHARE patch for donors of $25 or more is now available in our council shops. Make your donation online! Contact: Dawn Bruckel, (619) 610-0705
Cookie news
Thank you to our 2014 cookie program participants!
Thousands of “cookie bosses” have learned goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Many thanks to the volunteers who supported San Diego and Imperial County girls in reaching their goals and building a lifetime of leadership skills.
Reward distribution
In May-June, service unit cookie coordinators will distribute rewards for selling up to 425 boxes of cookies. Our council will coordinate directly with girls who sold 525 or more boxes for corresponding rewards; registration letters for cookie reward events will be mailed and emailed in April. Girls who haven’t received their letters by April 30 should contact as soon as possible. Parents and guardians: To avoid delays, confirm that your mailing and email addresses are listed correctly on our registration site by Sunday, March 23.
Celebrate at LEGOLAND® and SEA LIFE Aquarium
Wrap up the cookie program with a trip to LEGOLAND, Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Cookie Party experience includes a welcome rally, patches and full-day admission to all rides, shows and attractions. Optional: Reserve a 45-minute workshop and earn a Junior Engineer certificate. Leader guides available online. Additional guest cost applies for more than one chaperone per three girls. Contact: LEGOLAND, (760) 438-5346
Adult learning
Class: Ceremonies
To mark special events throughout the year — whether bridging to a new level, earning a National Leadership Journey award, or getting a Girl Scout pin — girls perform ceremonies that enable them to share in Girl Scout history. Find out about honoring traditions and celebrating achievements at our Ceremonies training on Tuesday, April 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at our Balboa Campus. Cost: $5; register online. Contact: Iris Gerber, (619) 610-0741
Class: Tips and Tools for Busy Volunteers
Saturday, April 10, 9 a.m.-noon at our Balboa Campus, become a grade school guru at an interactive workshop for adults working with Daisies, Brownies and Juniors. Learn fun games to share and successful girl-planning techniques. You’ll get plenty of new ideas and helpful handouts to take home. Cost: $5; register online. Contact: Iris Gerber, (619) 610-0741
Show us the way
Get your girls together and make a video demonstrating how to do something the Girl Scout way. Share your troop’s tips for camping, crafting SWAPS, making snacks or anything else they’re passionate about on YouTube and send the link to our Adult Learning team. We’ll edit your tutorial and feature it on our training page and Pinterest board. See flyer for details.
Volunteers needed: Journeys Boot Camp
We’re holding our first-ever Journeys Boot Camp, and we need ideas! If you have great advice, activities or ideas for troops taking a Journey you’ve completed, email your thoughts to Iris Gerber, our adult learning specialist. Please indicate if you are interested in sharing your contributions at the workshop. Save the date: Saturday, June 14 at our Balboa Campus.
Science for fashionistas
Juniors: Brush up on the science behind make-up at Lab Coats, Tuesday, May 20, 6-7:30 p.m. at the San Carlos Recreation Center. Find out where eye shadow and lip gloss come from and examine how popular products go from concept to consumer as you experiment in a home science lab and make your own cosmetics. Cost: $5; register online by Friday, May 9. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792
Passion for fashion
Ambassadors: Unleash your inner designer at the Sew Inspired Stitch Lounge on Saturday, May 24, 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 now — space is filling up fast! Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714
Olympic ice skaters
America’s top Olympic medal contenders for 2014 headline an all-new Stars on Ice Tour. See them perform Friday, May 9, 7:30 p.m. and discover the spirit of the U.S. figure skating team. Receive a special discount: Mail in the Girl Scout order form or buy online with promo code “SCOUTS”. For purchases of 10 or more tickets, or to request patches when ordering online, contact Group Sales, (619) 308-4311. Order by Sunday, May 6.
Just for Girl Scouts: Padres sleepover
Talk about a homerun advantage! Girl Scouts and their family and friends are eligible for discounted tickets, starting at $11, 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 can also 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. Contact: Logan Washburn, (619) 795-5137
Reach Out & Read San Diego’s fifth annual Read & Romp
Meet Clifford the Big Read Dog, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and the San Diego Padres’ Friar Saturday, March 22, 9 a.m.-noon at the McMillin Event Center, Liberty Station for a fun family fundraising event promoting a love of reading. Let the Story Queen entertain you and enjoy book-themed crafts, activities and snacks. Register online.
Make traditional Pueblo jewelry
Brownies-Juniors: At Sculptcessories on Saturday, June 7, 1-3 p.m. at our Balboa Campus, sculpt unique, personalized jewelry with help from artist Sandy King Martin, who will share her experiences working with Pueblo Indian potters and teach you how to create wearable works of art in their traditional styles. Cost: $40/girl or adult; register online. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714
Mind, body and beyond
Jesalyn Eatchel will introduce Daisy-Junior troops to meditation, mindfulness, gratitude and other stress-relieving life skills through partner yoga, laughter yoga, creative expression activity and plenty of learning and sharing among girls. At events tailored to troop needs, girls make the connection between mind and body and find out how to improve their health and happiness. Cost of $10/girl (adults free) includes art project materials. Schedule sessions Monday-Saturday at location of choice. Contact: Jesalyn Eatchel, (760) 845-5793
A day on a Fallbrook farm
Old Fliegler’s Farm offers a four-hour adventure for Daisies-Juniors. Troops can meet animals, create crafts, harvest seasonal fruit, enjoy a healthy lunch and learn about topics like organic gardening or sustainable living. Schedule a tour today. Cost: $30/person. Contact: Arlene Fliegler, (760) 728-1865
All ages: Butterfly Festival
On Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., the Water Conservation Garden celebrates the opening of the Dorcas E. Utter Memorial Butterfly Pavilion. Engage with these spectacular insects, learn the important role they play in our ecosystem, and get tips for attracting and supporting butterfly populations at home. Cost: $1/ages 3-17, $5/ages 18 and up. Contact:, (619) 660-0614

Your troop’s next adventure
Celebrate a successful cookie season on our new High Ropes Challenge Course at our Julian camp properties. Action-packed four-hour sessions include teambuilding games, low elements, and some of the many new high elements, like the climbing tower or zip line. Cheer on your friends and receive the support of your team as you put your courage to the test. Check out our FAQ for more details; sessions through May are filling quickly. Contact: Lindsay Matteson, (619) 610-0690

Other events/opportunities
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
Technology Goddesses: Last chance to register
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
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
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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