GS Bi-Weekly
Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Membership campaigns
Spread the word about Girl Scouting
During the spring membership campaign, we invite troops, service units and Independent Girl Members (IGMs) to earn rewards by planning recruitment activities. Troops and IGMs receive a special 2014 patch and enter a drawing to win a Girl Scout experience — a trip to Old Fliegler’s Farm, Passion for Fashion or the Adventure Zone; a ceramics class; or a paddle boarding opportunity. Service units enter their own drawing to win an encampment discount or free Play It Safe workshop. For more information, visit our website, talk to your regional membership development coordinator, or contact Diana Alva, (619) 610-0702.
Renew for 2014-2015
Sign up for another exciting year of Girl Scout adventures by Friday, Aug.1 to get a free fun patch. To qualify, troops must register at least 70 percent of girls, and service units must register at least 65 percent of girls (including newly added girls; based on total number of 2014 registered girl memberships as of Tuesday, April 15). See GSUSA terms and conditions. Watch GS Bi-Weekly for more information and reward opportunities.
Plan your bridging ceremony
Troops and service units: Host an event to recognize girls who are moving up to the next program level and energize them for their next great year. Bridging ceremonies are great recruitment opportunities; girls can share the adventure of Girl Scouting with new friends to earn both the Bridging Award and a fun patch. Check out our Bridging Guide for ideas and suggestions. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714
Cookie news
Family survey
Please take a moment to complete the 2014 cookie program survey for families. Even if your girl did not participate, we’d like to hear from you. We use your feedback to improve the cookie program each year.
Five-day camp rewards for 525+ box sellers
Girls who earned a free summer camp session should receive reward letters and emails this week. Check out our cookie eligible day and resident camps. If your girl’s letter has not arrived by Tuesday, April 15, please contact
Get ready to Ban Bossy in your troop
The Ban Bossy campaign has already stirred lively conversation in the news and on social media. Start the dialogue with your girls! Prep with a five-minute online training video and sample activity, then download the troop leader guide for easy but thought-provoking activities for girls of all ages — and take a look at the guides for girls, parents and teachers, too. Contact: Sandy Sultz, (619) 610-0814
Come check out clusters!
Cadettes-Ambassadors: Join your local cluster — a regional, girl-led group of teens (grades 6-12) and their adult mentors. Grownups take a backseat while you drive the program, planning and leading meetings (monthly, bimonthly or whenever you want) and producing events for other teen Girl Scouts throughout the year. Find the next gathering nearest you: Pacifica Cluster’s Saturday, April 12 planning meeting (2-4 p.m.) and Frozen screening with ice cream (4-7 p.m.) at our Balboa Campus; Escondido Cluster’s de-stress event, Sunday, April 27, 3-6 p.m. at our Escondido Program Center; or Northern Lights Cluster’s meeting, Thursday, May 8, 6:30-8:15 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Oceanside. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792
Butter Up!: What’s the matter around you?
Daisies-Brownies will experiment with chemical reactions and mixtures on Thursday, May 8, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center. As they learn the fundamentals of matter and chemistry while making a tasty treat — no churns necessary — they’ll make the connection between science, the foods they love, and all the fun that goes with it. Cost: $5; register online by Saturday, April 26. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792
Cadettes-Ambassadors: Lotion and Potions
Be a skin care expert on July 19, 10 a.m.-noon at our Balboa Campus. Mix natural ingredients to make products like bath soak, body scrubs, facial cleansers and toothpaste. Find out about different skin types and learn why proper skin care is important. Cost: $10; register online. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
Empowerment Theatre returning to Balboa
Girls in grades 8-12: Become the leading lady in your life story through improv games and other theater exercises. Monday, June 23-Friday, July 11, practice these confidence-building activities daily under the guidance of La Jolla Playhouse teaching artists and pass on your new skills to students in the Playhouse’s Young Performers’ Workshop each week. At the end of the program, you’ll be ready to take your knowledge back to Girl Scouts as you help other girls enhance their leadership abilities with the power of theater. Apply online for a scholarship to this exclusive program. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714
STEAM workshop for ages 3 and up
Play with balance and motion as you create a mobile during a KPBS Kids event on Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.-noon at the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. Session is free with museum admission. To register, email
Next week: Global Youth Service days
Celebrate community service Friday, April 11-Sunday, April 13. Girls can register their Take Action projects on the Global Youth Service website, where they’ll also find ideas and resources for making the world a better place. Share accomplishments on our Facebook and Twitter pages using #GYSD. Contact: Andrea Bastiani-Archibald


Corrected date: Tips and Tools for Busy Volunteers
Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m.-noon at our Balboa Campus, become a grade school guru during 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
Gold Award resources
April 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, April 15, 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: Thursday, May 22 at North Coastal Service 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, May 4
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, May 4, 2-4 p.m. at the Escondido Program Center. Cost: $5. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Other events/opportunities

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 cookie 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.
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 Scouts pin — girls take part in 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
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.
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
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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