GS Bi-Weekly
Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Store closures for staff conference
On Thursday, May 15, all council stores (Balboa, Escondido and Carlsbad) will be closed all day for our annual staff conference. Normal store hours for all locations resume Friday, May 16.
Operation Thin Mint Sendoff Celebration
Step aboard the USS Midway Museum Saturday, May 3 to celebrate sending Operation Thin Mint® cookies to deployed troops. We’ll have lots of new surprises at this free event, in addition to the usual excitement. Wear your sash or vest, Girl Scout T-shirt, patriotic attire or military uniform. Girls receive a star patch. Bring nonperishable food items to contribute to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. Register and learn more online.
Honor moms, grandmas, sisters …
Recognize the remarkable women in your life with a contribution to Girl Scouts San Diego. For every gift of $25 or more, our CEO, Jo Dee Jacob, will send a personalized card to your honorees. Make your SHARE-eligible gift by Monday, May 5 to ensure delivery by Mother’s Day. Contact: Angela Addington, (619) 610-0755
Gather for Waterfront Park grand opening
Turn out in Girl Scout attire to join County Supervisor Ron Roberts — a great supporter who allocated $20,000 for Camp Winacka’s Upper Lake renovation — as San Diego celebrates its beautiful new Waterfront Park on Saturday, May 10. All Girl Scouts are invited to take part in the ribbon cutting at 10 a.m.; please RSVP. Stay for the kids’ zone, sports, entertainment, classic car show and farmers’ market.
Camp corner
Just for Brownies-Daisies
Special camps for our smallest leaders are full of whimsy, discovery and outdoor adventure. Daisy day camps like Down the Rabbit Hole at our Escondido Program Center are open to girls going into kindergarten in the fall — and those entering first grade can try out our three-day, two-night Mini Adventure Camp at Whispering Oaks to get a taste of the sleepaway experience. Incoming second- and third-graders can take our Camp Readiness Quiz to see if they’re prepared for a week away at Jump Start or Brownie Jamboree. Contact: Camp staff, (619) 610-0821
Cadettes-Ambassadors: Sailing adventures
Get a sneak peek into our summer Sailing Camp at Silver Gate Yacht Club’s co-ed Jr. Sailing programs in the spring. Opportunities include general sailing lessons, as well as the chance to explore the excitement of racing. A day camp representative will be on hand to answer questions at programs starting Sunday, May 4. Contact: Stephanie “Skye” Cochran, (619) 910-0754
Calling all chefs
Juniors: Bust out your cookbooks, fire up the charcoal, tie on an apron and join us for Girl Scout Recipe Challenge on Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Escondido Program Center. Team up for a mystery box cook-off: Each team receives a selection of food items and a chuck box of tools, then uses the outdoor cooking equipment at an assigned station to prepare a fabulous feast. At least one adult team member must have completed Let’s Cook training. Cost: $12/girl; adults free. Register online. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
Adult learning
Lifeguard course
Just in time for summer: Attend a Red Cross lifeguarding course, Friday, June 6-Sunday, June 8 at our Balboa Campus. Be prepared to study in advance, pass a rigorous swim test, and successfully complete written and practical tests. Cost of $125 includes two-year First Aid and CPR certification. Register online by Sunday, June 1. Contact: Sandy Sultz, (619) 610-0814
Encampment director training
Learn how to successfully run a multi-age-level encampment, from managing group dynamics to planning orientation meetings and camper councils that engage both younger and older girls. Additionally, get the scoop on timelines, registration options, safety and confirmation packets. Required for encampment directors. Register online. Contact: Gabby Coburn, (619) 610-0816
Archery instructor certification
Qualify to safely teach your girls archery, a beloved part of the outdoor experience, Saturday, May 17, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at our Escondido Program Center. Certification valid for three years. Register online, or save the date for the Saturday, Oct. 18 training at our Balboa Campus; for recertification, contact Julie O’Keefe, (619) 610-0733.
Canoe instructor certification
Join our canoe crew! Wednesday, June 18-Thursday, June 19 at Camp Winacka, become a certified American Canoe Association Level 1 instructor. As we build our robust aquatic program, you’ll be eligible to teach girls at our newly-refurbished Upper Lake and other locations. Lodging and meals provided. To apply, contact Sandy Sultz, (619) 610-0814.
All-ages book club
Saturday, June 28 at our Balboa Program Center, join fellow Girl Scouts of all program levels for fun, flowers and friendship. Book selections for the month are Camellia the Fabulous Flower Girl (Daisies), Iris and the Aloha Wedding Adventure (Brownies-Juniors), The Wedding Planner’s Daughter (Juniors-Cadettes), and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Cadettes-Ambassadors). Register online. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714
Family cooking classes
The New Children’s Museum and Whole Foods Market are introducing Eat Better Art, a series of nutrition-conscious cooking classes designed to bring parents and children together in the kitchen. Each child-adult pair will create a seasonal dish to enjoy at the end of class. Cost: $45/pair ($40 for museum members). Register online for any of four dates. Contact: (619) 233-8792
Dance the night away with Dad
Put on your party clothes and waltz over to a Daddy-Daughter Dance, hosted by Oceanside Parks and Recreation on Friday, June 13, 5-8 p.m. at the El Corazon Senior Center. Cost of $10/father, $5/daughter (age 4-10) includes hors d’oeuvres. RSVP required. Contact: Oceanside Parks and Recreation, (760) 435-5534
Girl Scout scavenger hunt at the fair
Friday, June 7-Sunday, July 6 at the San Diego County Fair, visit the AgriFair information booth to pick up a free scavenger hunt activity book. Answer questions all around the grounds, from the Farm and San Diego Pavilion in the Family Funville, to the AgriFair and Fab Fair theme exhibit. Complete the hunt for a special sticker, plus an optional $1 “Fab Fair” fun patch. Fair admission: $8/child age 6-12, $14/adult; no cost for age 5 and under. Visit on Kids Days, (Tuesday, June 24 and July 1) for free admission for all children 12 and under. Contact: Holly Baker
Safety tools from the FBI
Work with the FBI to keep kids safe. Their free Child ID app provides an easy way to notify authorities in case of emergency, and their SOS site provides engaging lessons for children on Internet safety. Pick up detailed resources for parents and kids at any of our resource centers.
Volunteer on the river
The San Diego River Park kicks off their River Days celebration with Youth Day of Service on Saturday, May 10. Grab your troop and family to work on trail projects, community murals and native plant areas — volunteers receive a free river tour and T-shirt, plus the chance to win Sea World tickets. Sunday, May 11-Sunday, May 18, join a hike, walk or other outing to learn about the river’s ecology, recreation opportunities, and important environmental role in our region. Contact: DeVerna Rogers, (619) 297-7380
Colors of Spring recital
DanzArts Children’s Dance Academy invites all ages to experience the colors of spring — or colores de primavera — through music and dance, Saturday, May 17, 2 p.m. Entertainment includes face painting and other kid activities. See flyer for ticket info.


Spread the word about Girl Scouting
Every girl should have the chance to join Girl Scouts — the chance for experiences full of art, science, sports and adventure. In Girl Scouting, new challenges help her be her best, and her friends are right there with her. Plus, our spring membership campaign offers even more incentives to bring in new girls. Contact: Membership team

Other events/opportunities

Keep the fun going
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.
Contribute to SHARE
April is SHARE month! There are many ways to participate: Make a gift and easily designate your service unit, helping them on their path to the President’s Award. Honor a troop leader, service unit manager or Highest Award recipient by contributing in her or his name. Or become a SHARE coordinator and help us raise funds to keep Girl Scouting available to all girls. Find 2014 patches for donors of $25 or more in any of our council stores. Contact: Dawn Bruckel, (619) 610-0705
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
Ceremonies training
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 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 Thursday, May 8, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at our Escondido Program Center. Cost: $5; register online. Contact: Iris Gerber, (619) 610-0741
Make your life easier
Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m.-noon at our Balboa Campus, become a grade school guru during Tips and Tools for Busy Volunteers, an interactive workshop for adults who work 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.
Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy
Free guided hikes
Take a two-hour hike along the San Diego Riverbed, joined by a female biologist. Learn about the birds, fish, snakes and lizards — as well as raccoons and coyotes — that call this habitat home. For all ages; Brownies can supplement WOW! Wonders of Water with discussion on water quality, storm drain pollution and native plants, along with local conservation efforts. Contact: Cindy Collins, (619) 443-4770
7th annual San Diego River Run
Join Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy for a family-friendly 5k run and walk, Saturday, May 10, 8 a.m. The race winds through East County, starting and finishing at Santee’s SanTree Festival and Faire, an Earth Day celebration featuring vendor booths, food, a kids’ zone and other entertainment. Funds raised go toward the creation of a 52-mile trail running from the mountains in Julian to Ocean Beach. Register online; use special code G$5k1 for a $5 Girl Scout discount.
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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