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Junior Happenings

San Diego Girl Scout Juniors explore, create, and innovate as they begin to take a leadership role in their own experience and see the positive impact they can have on their world! Visit our events page for complete listings of upcoming events and opportunities.

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Events for girls

This week's highlight

Building Bridges
Daisies-Ambassadors
Saturday, April 21 or on your own

This program encourages intergenerational learning by providing the opportunity for girls to connect with older adults in their communities. Participants will learn from each other and discover the benefits of interacting with generations other than their own. Earn a free patch by participating in one of many events on April 21, or anytime by completing the patch requirements.
Email or call (619) 610-0778
Free | various locations throughout the council

Presented by Girl Scouts San Diego

NEW! 70s Dance Party & Parent’s Night Out
Daisies-Juniors (ages 5-10)
Saturday, March 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Enjoy pizza, snacks, groovy activities, games, and a dance contest. Kids are encouraged to wear 70s themed attire! Hosted by Troop 3105.
$35 (discount for pre-registration and mulitple children from same family) | Balboa Campus, Florence Burnham Hall

Adventure Weekend
Brownies-Juniors
Friday-Sunday, Mar. 9-10
First-time campers, this one’s for you! This well-rounded sampler in a comfortable environment gets your troop into the camp spirit with arts and crafts, teambuilding, outdoor skills, nature and science activities. Meet new friends and learn about community living. Meals, activity supplies and modern lodging provided.
$65/girl; $55/adult | Camp Whispering Oaks

NEW! Art & Nature Centers
Daisies-Cadettes
Ongoing

The Art & Nature Centers at our Balboa Campus provide a space for girls to explore the world as they put their knowledge and skills to the test. They will work both individually and collaboratively to learn more about art, culture, nature, the environment and, not to mention, themselves!
Email or call (610) 619-0754
$75 | Balboa Campus

NEW! Building Bridges
Daisies-Ambassadors
Saturday, April 21 or on your own

This program encourages intergenerational learning by providing the opportunity for girls to connect with older adults in their communities. Participants will learn from each other and discover the benefits of interacting with generations other than their own. Earn a free patch by participating in one of many events on April 21, or anytime by completing the patch requirements.
Email or call (619) 610-0778
Free | various locations throughout the council

Climb On!
Juniors-Ambassadors
Saturdays, March 3, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and April 22, 1:30-4:30 p.m. 

Play exciting games and take a chance on the 40-foot climbing tower in the Adventure Zone. Individual girls can sign up, bring a friend, or make new ones.
$15/girl | Balboa Campus

Connecting movies to badges
Juniors-Ambassadors
Leaders, are you looking for a new way to make badges and Journeys relevent to your girls? The Resource Center at Escondido now has three DVDs for check-out that connect movies portraying true female stories to badges, Journeys and the Girl Scout Laws. A lesson plan comes with each DVD.
Escondido Program Center

Cookie program training—it’s not too late to participate!
Daisies-Ambassadors
Sunday, Jan. 28-Sunday, March 11
Girl Scout Cookie Program troop cookie manager training is underway. Stay in touch with your service unit for details on in-person trainings. Complete the interest form to get started with online training.

Get Outside!
Brownies-Ambassadors
April 6-8 and June 1-3

Venture up to Julian for your next outdoor troop adventure! You’re in charge of your experience – choose staff-led activities like high ropes, archery, and fishing, or just kick back, explore camp, and revel in quality time with your troop. Stay for the weekend, one night, or come up just for the day.

NEW! Girl Scouts Week 2018
Daisies-Ambassadors
Sunday, March 11 - Saturday, March 17

Girl Scouts Week is celebrated each March, starting with Girl Scouts Sunday and ending with Girl Scouts Sabbath. The Girl Scouts Birthday on March 12 commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. This week, let’s celebrate the spiritual foundation of Girl Scouting and reflect upon our personal beliefs to live up to the Girl Scouts Promise and Law. This year, 2018, represents our 106th birthday!
Email or call (619) 610-0776
Free

High Ropes Challenge Course
Juniors-Ambassadors
Reservations available on weekends year round
A thrilling group challenge at the high ropes course in Julian is the perfect way to finish your cookie season. Fill your craving for adventure, and bond with your troop! Enjoy a session customized to your group and choose from the incomplete bridge, zip line and other exhilarating elements.
$260/session | Camp Whispering Oaks

Incredible Race 2018
Daisies-Cadettes
Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m.-noon

With your team, race to be the first to find historical landmarks, solve puzzles and take on physical challenges. You'll receive clues sending you to a variety of stations where you'll complete a challenge to earn the next hint.
Email or call (619) 610-0776
$10  | Balboa Park (Park Blvd. and Presidents Way)

Low Ropes Challenge Course
Brownies-Ambassadors
Reservations available year round, weekends and weekdays

Celebrate a successful cookie season with a teambuilding session at the Low Ropes course located at Camp Whispering Oaks in Julian. Complete exciting group challenges and tackle low elements using teamwork, problem solving and good communication.
$165/session | Camp Whispering Oaks

Religious recognitions
Daisies-Ambassadors
See what recognitions are available for Girl Scouts from individual religious institutions. Using curriculum developed by your own spiritual community, tie Girl Scout values to tenets of your faith, under the guidance of a parent or religious leader.

NEW! Spring Break Blast Day Camp
Daisies-Cadettes
Monday, March 26-Friday, March 30, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Don’t wait until summer to experience camp fun! Blast into an adventure with friends, games, arts and crafts and outdoor cooking during this special spring break session. Visit the San Diego Zoo and try team-building challenges at the Adventure Zone.
Email or call (619) 610-0821
$195-$275 | Balboa Campus

NEW! Summer Camp
Seniors-Ambassadors
Monday, June 18-Friday, Aug. 17

Summer Camp is calling all foodies, detectives and naturalists! Foodies will have a great time at Cooking Cuisine Day Camp! Detectives can explore the mysteries of CSI: Winacka at Camp Winacka, and naturalists will be inspired with Nature Inspiration at Whispering Oaks!
Email or call (619) 298-8391
$195-$440 | Balboa Campus, EPC, Whispering Oaks and Winacka

Presented by community partners

NEW! Animal Habitat Badge Workshop
Juniors
Tuesday, March 27, 9 a.m.-noon

Learn about African Safari animal habitats and build a working Safari Ride. Dive into the world of penguins living in the Antarctic habitat and build penguin toboggans. These fun, hands-on STEAM challenges help you earn your Animal Habitats badge!
Email Becky
$28/girl (parents free) | Balboa Campus

Craft with a Purpose Workshop
Brownies-Cadettes
Girls learn about the importance of sharing kindness with the world through the Word Rocks Project and other crafts.
Email Carol Areas or call (858) 353-4580 | Instagram: Word Rocks Project
$15/girl (minimum 10 girls) | various locations

Finish Chelsea's Run
Daisies-Ambassadors
Saturday, March 3, 7:30 a.m.
Register your Girl Scout today! Join Girl Scouts San Diego and the Chelsea’s Light Foundation for a morning of inspiration and community at the eighth annual 5K and family festival.
Price varies | Balboa Park

NEW! First Aid Badge Training
Juniors
Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.-noon

Learn first aid for cuts, sprains, fractures and nosebleeds from Azusa Pacific University nursing students. They'll also cover how to respond in cases of emergencies.
Email Maddison
$5/girl | Azusa Pacific University San Diego Regional Center (5353 Mission Center Road #300, 92108)

Go Electric! Patch Program
Daisies-Ambassadors
Explore the benefits of renewable energy by participating in the Go Electric! Patch Program brought to you by SDG&E. Investigate new transportation options, be environmental stewards, and learn to inspire others to reduce their carbon footprint.
Email Michaela to receive your patches.

Golden Gate Bridging 2018
Juniors bridging to Cadettes
Saturday, April 28 (Registration Closes: April 10)
Celebrate 5th graders as they bridge from Juniors to Cadettes in San Francisco. This special, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity introduces older girl programs and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Join 7,000 of your sisters and cross the divide into older girlhood on one of the most famous bridges in the world!
$55/girl | Crissy Field, San Francisco

NEW! Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA
All ages
Saturday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. 
In honor of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, the San Diego Public Library, University of San Diego and Friends of the Central Library are co-hosting author, historian and professor Duchess Harris, JD, Ph.D., for two speaking engagements. Harris is the granddaughter of Miriam Mann, a black, female mathematician who worked at NASA, supporting the U.S. space program. Her 2016 book, “Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA,” is written for teenage readers and weaves facts and personal stories together to share the history of black women working in math, science and engineering at NASA. 
Free (Pre-register for Feb. 24 or Feb. 26
Feb. 24: Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library, Joan & Irwin Jacobs Common, 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
Feb. 26: Copley Library, Mother Rosalie Hill Reading Room, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110

"It's a Girl Thing!"
Juniors
Sisterhood Seminars will visit your troop and friends with their popular mother-daughter Puberty Seminar! Includes a gift bag and fun patch
$60/mother-daughter pair | Your location

Knitting/Crocheting for Change!
Juniors-Ambassadors
Knit squares that will be used for afghans to be distributed to families in rural Mexico that will benefits Project Amigo students. Please see instructions and details about the project.
Email Samuel or call (203) 597-7181

NEW! Picture Day for Girl Scouts
Daisies-Ambassadors
Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Superb portraiture for every Girl Scout from your Daisy just beginning her journey to your Ambassador completing her adventure. Chronicle the growth and accomplishments in your Girl Scout's life.
Visit liveshoot1.com or call (949) 200-7670
Cost varies | Balboa Campus

Play It Safe Defense
Daisies-Ambassadors
Sundays, March 18 and May 6 (Balboa), April 22 (Escondido), and April 29 (Carlsbad)
“Go chihuahua crazy" as you learn self-protection. This fun, age-appropriate class teaches stranger awareness, abduction defense and how to deal with friendship drama, bullies and conflict resolution. Patch and safety materials included. Can also travel to troop meetings.
Email Tracie Arlington or call (619) 723-0036
$17/girl (adults free to observe) | Location varies

NEW! Shamrock 5K
Daisies-Adults
Sunday, March 4, 8 a.m.-noon
Join Kappa Delta as we support Prevent Child Abuse America and Olive Crest in our annual Shamrock 5K run! Tickets include a T-shirt, goody bag, and a day of fun activities, great food, and much more.
$25 | NTC Park

Social Butterfly Badge Workshop
Juniors
Sisterhood Seminars comes to your troop and friends with a perfect meeting activity to meet the five requirements of the Social Butterfly badge! Includes a gift bag, Social Butterfly badge, and fun patch.
$200 for up to 10 participants | Your location

NEW! Spring into STEM
Daisies-Juniors
Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m.-noon

Explore why STEM is in at Girl Scouts! Cox Communications presents Spring into STEM with hands-on experiments in diverse STEM fields and inspiration from local women role models. Expand your perception of what science is and who scientists are. Complete the requirements for a program-level badge and receive an event patch.
Email or call (619) 610-0813
$8 | Balboa Campus

NEW! Spring Tails
Daisies-Juniors
March-May

Spring Tails makes science egg-citing and includes hands-on animal interactions, spring-themed lessons, and a craft. It's a perfect troop activity!
Email or call (858) 756-4117 x318
$14.24/girl | Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Rd, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

NEW! You Can Be a Veterinarian Camp (Internal Medicine)
Brownies-Seniors
Saturday, May 19, 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Vet Camp gives kids an opportunity to practice veterinary skills and interact with animals they may help in the future!
$69.99/girl | Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

NEW! You Can Be a Veterinarian Camp (Surgical)
Brownies-Seniors
Saturday, March 10, 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Vet Camp gives kids an opportunity to practice veterinary skills and interact with animals they may help in the future!
$69.99/girl | Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

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Growing leaders

This week's highlight

Leader-Daughter Training: Outdoor Skills
Daisies-Cadettes
Friday, March 16, 6-8 p.m.

Gain new outdoor skills and practice old ones in a variety of outdoor skill sessions for you and your daughter.
Email or call (619) 610-0741
$5/leader-daughter pair | Balboa Campus

Adult training opportunities

Archery Instructor
Saturday, Feb. 24
Prepare to safely teach your girls archery, and earn a three-year certification. All training materials provided. Leaders, assistant leaders and interested adults are welcome.
$35 | Escondido Program Center

Cookie program training
Sunday, Jan. 28-Sunday, March 11
Stay in touch with your service unit so you don’t miss Girl Scout Cookie trainings. Online training is available. Complete the interest form to get started. 

CPR/First Aid training by request
Get certified! We now offer a five-hour CPR/First Aid training by request for groups of 10 (adult members and Girl Scouts age 14+).
$45 | Your location

NEW! Cross-Border Exchange Trip to Tijuana
Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Join a bilingual trainer and other leaders for a trip to Tijuana, Mexico. Meet at the Old Town trolley station and cross the border together at San Ysidro. Learn how to navigate crossings, conversations, sightseeing and shopping. Meet with Guias de Mexico (Girl Guides of Mexico) leaders and discuss service and cultural exchange possibilities for your troop.
Email or call (619) 610-0741
$10 | Old Town Trolly Station  4005 Taylor Street, San Diego, CA, 92110

NEW! Leader-Daughter Training: Outdoor Skills
Daisies-Cadettes
Friday, March 16, 6-8 p.m.

Gain new outdoor skills and practice old ones in a variety of outdoor skill sessions for you and your daughter.
Email or call (619) 610-0741
$5/leader-daughter pair | Balboa Campus

NEW! Outdoor Training Series: Challenge Out
Are you an expert in camping with youth? Ask about testing out of Let's Have a Campfire, Let's Cook Out, and Let's Tent trainings. Basic Overnights (online) and Let's Camp (in-person) are required before completing the Challenge Out.
Email or call (619) 610-0741

NEW! Outdoor Training Series Super Weekend
Friday, May 18, 3 p.m.-Sunday, May 20, 10 p.m.
Prepare yourself to introduce girls to the great outdoors by progressing from a local overnight to rustic camping. Sign up for Let's Camp (Friday, 3-5 p.m.), Let's Have a Campfire (Friday, 6-9 p.m.), Let's Cook Out(Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.), and Let's Tent (Sunday, 5-10 p.m.) training series all in one weekend! (Classes must be taken in order.) You also have the option of just doing the classes you need.
Email or call (619) 610-0741
Cost varies | Balboa Campus

NEW! Training of Trainers
Saturday, May 5, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Help wanted! Are you flexible, enthusiastic, a positive communicator, fun dynamic, encouraging and a proud adult Girl Scout? Join the training team and make the world a better place.
Email or call (619) 610-0733
$5 | Balboa Campus

Adult resources

Join Girl Scouts booth cards available
TCMs, did you receive your fillable “Join Girl Scouts” cards? If you need more, email membership@sdgirlscouts.org. These cards are a great way to get potential members in your community connected with Girl Scouts.
Email or call (619) 610-0702

Save Time with New Forms and Notification Process
Save time with the new Girl Health History and Annual Permission Forms including year-long permission for routine activities. Check the Troop Leaders’ Guide for details and links. Notify your activity consultant of routine trips, or request approval through a quick, easy submission tool.
Email or call (619) 610-0814

Short and Snappy trainings
Support leaders in your community by offering a mini enrichment training at your next service unit! Any passionate volunteer can deliver one! A list of trainings are laid out for you online, all you have to do is deliver the content. Contact your service unit manager to be put on the agenda!

Talking about religious recognitions
Use this presentation script, developed by GSUSA and Praypub.org, to introduce our religious recognitions program and encourage girls and families to connect Girl Scout values with their faith communities.

Tips and Tools for Busy Volunteers Workbook
Get tips and tricks for running your Girl Scout meetings and equip yourself with resources to help manage your troop. Understand your Girl Scouts’ needs and group management tips, and get tips on how to mediate conflict between girls.

Troop Standard
Looking to enhance your girls’ experience? Open your troop to additional girls in the Opportunity Catalog today! Submit this quick online form to open your troop right away. You can also confirm or update your meeting information and troop description so that families can select the best fit for their daughter when joining.

Adult volunteer opportunities

Cookie Cupboard volunteers
January-March 2018
We need you! Host and manage a mini-warehouse in your garage, office or accessible storage unit. As a short-term volunteer, you fulfill a critical part of the cookie program. (Registered Girl Scout members with a current background check on file only.)
Email | Greatest need: San Marcos/Escondido, coastal between Encinitas and Del Mar, Mira Mesa, East County

NEW! Incredible Race volunteers needed
Saturday, March 24, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
You can help make this amazing scavenger hunt adventure through Balboa Park hapen! Volunteers are needed to facilitate activities and challenge stations. Girls 16+ can volunteer with their parents, too!
Email or call (619) 610-0728
Balboa Park, Park Blvd. and Presidents Way lawn

Service unit membership recruiter
Become an even bigger advocate for girls: As a service unit (SU) membership recruiter, you’ll collaborate with staff and your SU team to be your school’s Girl Scout contact, host tables at events and welcome new troops in your area.
Email or call (619) 610-0702

NEW! Spring into STEM
Saturday, March 17, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Inspire girls in STEM! Help with event set up and breakdown, registration, and lead a hands on STEM activity.
Email or call (619) 610-0728
Balboa Campus

Unleash the leader in you
Become a facilitator or trainer for our council and play a crucial role in the delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. As a trainer, you'll empower adults who work with girls to deliver quality program. Develop strong facilitation, speaking, organizational and management skills.

NEW! VCC session planning
The Adult Learning team is gathering ideas, themes, and session presenters for our annual Volunteer Conference and Celebration in August. We would love to hear from our volunteers! Please share you ideas, wants, needs, and dreams for sessions.
Email us your ideas or call (619) 610-0741