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Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Your summer adventure
We have more openings than ever at this year’s Girl Scout camps. Find just the right resident camp for you, from our three-day Mini Adventure Camp at Whispering Oaks, to our seven-day older girl backpacking session at Winacka. Or stick around town for day camp: Think globally at Around the World, get a little silly at Down the Rabbit Hole, or brush up your computer skills at Technology Goddesses. Contact: Camp staff, (619) 610-0821
From GSUSA: 2014 Girl Scout Convention in Salt Lake City
Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 16-19, join Girl Scouts from across the nation for exciting, inspiring activities — themed dinners and parties, the Hall of Experiences, and conversations about issues that matter for girls and society. Plus, try some attractions and adventures unique to Utah. The best Girl Scout convention ever isn’t complete without you, so mark your calendar, invite your friends, and register today to celebrate our movement.
Set, Reach … Matched! winners
Three cheers for Troops 5019, 2054 and 4466, winners of our Set, Reach … Matched! contest. These three troops set the strongest goals for their cookie sale proceeds; they’ll use the funds they raised for service projects like cleaning up their schools or providing entertainment and gifts for families at the Ronald McDonald House. Every troop member participated in the cookie sale to qualify for the contest. Plus, congratulations to our random draw winners in Troop 3864!
Adult learning
Safety first
It’s the perfect time of year to train or recertify for First Aid and CPR. Learn life-saving skills and meet the requirements for a Level 1 First Aider, 5:30-10:30 p.m. at our Escondido Program Center on Thursday, May 29, or at our North Coastal Service Center on Wednesday, June 4. Certification valid for two years. Cost: $20/First Aid, $25/CPR; take one or both. Contact:
STEM resources for K-5 leaders
Dive into It’s Your Planet — Love It! and other ways of introducing younger girls to STEM. Network with other leaders and try out easy science activities that make STEM feel like arts and crafts as you explore Between Earth and Sky, WOW! Wonders of Water and GET MOVING! Learn how to check out our resource center kits, which give you access to GoldieBlox, electronic snap circuits, microscopes, robots and bottle catamarans. Register for a 6-8 p.m. session at our Balboa Campus (Thursday, June 5), North Coastal Service Center (Tuesday, June 10) or Escondido Program Center (Thursday, June 19), or find out more on page 6 of the new Training Catalog. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792
Calling all athletes
Cadettes-Ambassadors: Find out how exercise measuring tools work — and how to translate a passion for fitness into a career outside sports — during You Can Be … a Fitness Scientist, Saturday, May 31, 10-11:30 a.m. At San Diego’s cutting-edge Exercise and Physical Activity Resource Center (EPARC), test the tools and tech scientists use to track movement. Meet the marathon-running EPARC lab manager, the former college athlete who’s now a research project coordinator, and the lab assistants who make the science happen. Cost: $5; register by Friday, May 16. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
Opportunities to serve in Point Loma
Honor the military
Girl Scouts will team up with local Boy Scouts for this year’s Memorial Day Flag Placement on Saturday, May 24, 7:15-10 a.m. at Rosecrans National Cemetery. Attire: Girl Scout uniform (vests or sashes with close-toed shoes); sweater or light jacket recommended. RSVP by Thursday, May 22. Contact: John Kind, (858) 279-4422
Fourth annual Day of Service
Families: Join community partners and elected officials in making the world a better place at Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church’s Day of Service on Saturday, May 31, 9 a.m.-noon at Liberty Station. Pick one of 50 projects to work on in the morning, then stay for lunch and live music. Register online.
LifePlay presents Living the Law: Responsible for What I Say and Do
Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m.-noon at the Balboa Campus Leadership Center: In LifePlay Productions’ latest workshop on the Girl Scout Law, girls of all ages learn that their words hold power — and with power comes responsibility. Through creative games, they’ll explore how words can change the world. Plus, they’ll take away leadership skills they can implement in all avenues of their lives. Cost: $15. Register online.
Coming up at the Fleet
Girl Scout sleepover
Join the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for a Night at the Fleet nocturnal adventure on Saturday, June 28. You’ll have total access to all eight interactive exhibit galleries, plus its newest traveling exhibition, Illusion: Nothing is as It Seems. Immerse yourself in this science sleepover as you take in a show and a DVD on the giant Dome screen, complete a scavenger hunt, and experience two STEM workshops. Contact:, (619) 685-5761
Girl in grades 9-12: Volunteer this summer
Help make science fun for campers at the Fleet. As a camp counselor, you’ll gain new skills and experiences. You’ll also receive a service verification letter after you complete your hours, as well as all the special discounts and benefits that come with being a Fleet volunteer! Apply online. Contact: Valerie MacPhee
Jump start a healthy habit
Saturday, June 7, 1-5 p.m., skip over to the Double Dutch House to work on teambuilding skills while improving your single rope, Chinese wheel and long rope tricks. USA Jump Stars promotes jump roping as a way for girls of all ages to create a healthy body and mind. Cost: $5. Contact: Melinda Everett, (619) 851-6880
Earn outdoor badges
Olivewood Gardens offers hands-on lessons in gardening, nutrition, sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship. Through crafts, kitchen activities and academic sessions, girls will observe, explore and work. Attend June workshops for Brownies and Juniors, or request a private morning tour for up to 33 Daisies-Juniors this summer; see flyer for details. Contact: Diana Bergman
Exercise for the mind, body and soul
Work toward your Healthy Living badge for any age level with Girls On Target founder Saree Zweifel-Solberg. She’ll come to your troop meeting for a 75-minute session full of fun yoga activities that promote health, confidence and fitness. Cost of $5-$8/girl dependent on program requested; adults free. Contact: Saree Zweifel-Solberg, (262) 365-3905
Free tours: All about water
Tour San Diego’s million-gallon-a-day Advanced Water Purification Facility to see how the city loves, shares and saves water. Watch the three-step purification process in action, and learn about long-term strategies for providing a local, environmentally sustainable supply of high quality drinking water. Fulfills some requirements of the WOW! Wonders of Water Journey. Join a public tour, or schedule one for your troop. Contact:, (619) 533-4631

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.
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
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.
January-May 2014 training catalog
Empower yourself to help girls soar! Pick up a paper copy of the current Training Catalog at our Resource Centers, or check out our printable version on the web. Seasoned leaders will love enrichment trainings on topics ranging from “troop tripping” and encampments to flag ceremonies and the Gold Award program; new volunteers can benefit from our Introduction to Girl Scouting classes. Register for upcoming classes online.
Join our training team
We’re seeking volunteers to train other volunteers; whether your passions, knowledge and insights relate to outdoor programs, Journeys or a specific program age level, we’d love to have you onboard. If you’re interested in becoming a council trainer, please contact Iris Gerber, (610) 619-0741.
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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