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Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Camp is just around the corner
There’s still space for you at Camp Whispering Oaks: Try new things at Brownie Jamboree (grades 2-3) and Camp Chewy (grades 4-5), or create something spectacular at Yarnology (grades 6-8). Discover Camp Winacka at Jump Start (grades 2-3), or enjoy the outdoors your way at Mud Masters (grades 4-5) and Canoe Adventure (grades 6-8). Over at day camp, go on science and art adventures at Imagine That! (grades 4-8), meet local wildlife at Living Coast (grades 2-5), or upcycle at DIY: Going Green (grades 4-8). Contact: Camp staff, (619) 610-0821
Adult learning: The great outdoors
Prepare to take your girls outside by completing the Outdoor Program Series. Take the classes in order — Let’s Camp!, Let’s Cook! and finally Let’s Tent! — at a pace that corresponds to your girls’ progression. Embrace the outdoor traditions of Girl Scouting; find the right session for you and register today. Contact: Iris Gerber, (619) 610-0741
PolarTrec: Research in action
On Saturday, July 12, meet Peggy McNeal, an East County middle school teacher who’s off to collect data in the Arctic. Explore her research and understand how climate change affects glaciers in the fjords of Norway. Try on extreme cold-weather gear and “blubber gloves,” decorate an edible glacier, and design a postcard for her to send you from the northernmost post office in the world. After the program, the adventure’s not over: Talk to her research team during “Polar Connect,” her live Skype chat, on Sunday, Aug. 10. Register for Session 1 (K-5), 10-11:30 a.m., or Session 2 (grades 6-12), 12:30-2:30 p.m. Contact: Steph Dawes, (619) 610-0792
Weekend art classes in Balboa Park
Ages 6-adult: Join the creative minds of the Spanish Village Art Center for weekend “artshops,” Saturday, June 7-Sunday, June 8. Work with a studio artist to form a beautiful take-home piece in your medium of choice, whether that’s copper, pencils, clay or paint. Cost: $35 (10 percent discount applies for Balboa Park Explorer Pass holders). Contact: Cooky Schock
Enter the MOPA 2014 youth exhibition
K-12 students, explore the theme of family in an artistic piece for the Museum of Photographic Art’s ninth annual juried youth exhibition. Maybe your relationships and connections shape an intriguing family tree, or maybe you’ll document your ancestry in a photograph. You might even trace your heritage through video. Submit artwork by Sunday, June 15. Contact: MOPA Education Department, (619) 238-7559, ext. 229
Boost a worldwide research project
Future marine scientists in grades 5-8: On Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m.-noon at Scripps Pier, experience Ocean Sampling Day with researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Center. During this global event, join citizen scientists around the world in collecting and filtering seawater samples to see what kinds of microbes live in different parts of the ocean. Please follow adult supervision ratios in Volunteer Essentials. No cost; limited space. Register online.
Broadway Theatre Arts Academy presents Willy Wonka Jr. at Kit Carson Park Amphitheatre in Escondido on Friday, July 18, Sunday, July 20 and Saturday, July 26. Girl Scouts and families are invited to arrive one hour early for a behind-the-scenes tour led by Girl Scout actresses. Order tickets for $10 (includes tour, show and Theater Fun patch). Contact:, (760) 888-1989

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
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
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.
Last chance to register: Balboa Park Scavenger Hunt
Girls in grades 6-12: Join Pacifica Cluster for an adventure on Saturday, May 31, 1-4 p.m. Throw on your comfy walking shoes and complete fun challenges in Balboa Park with your trusty smartphone and your troop, your friends or yourself. Adult volunteers needed to chaperone and transport girls; must be currently background checked. Cost of $7 includes materials, patch, snack and goody bag. Register by Wednesday, May 28. Contact: Elsa Delgado
Cadettes-Ambassadors: Lotion and Potions
Become a skin care expert on Saturday, 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 by Thursday, July 3. Contact: Amanda Host, (619) 610-0781
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
Ahoy, archaeologists!
Sail over to the Natural History Museum and climb aboard the Real Pirates exhibit to explore the true story of the Whydah, a captured ship that sank nearly 300 years ago. Download a treasure map and follow a scavenger hunt through chests of gold coins, jewelry, cannons and a life-size replica of the ship’s stern. Learn what it was like to be a pirate — and the underwater explorer who uncovered the ship — as you board the vessel and touch actual treasure recovered from the wreck. Reserve tickets online, or contact Paula Anderson for discounted rates for crews of 10 or more (who will receive a free treasure chest patch).
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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