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April 2014
Attention: Both shop locations will be closed Thursday, April 17 and Friday, April 18 for physical inventory and will not be able to process any shop transactions. 
CEO Gina Jaeger is at a Girl Scout conference in Savannah, GA, so I have the opportunity to address you.  First of all, Thank You for your assistance with the Cookie Sale Program. GSCCC sold a record-setting total of 1,191,648 boxes.  The girls would not have been so successful without your support.  Whether you accompanied the girls going door to door, staffed a booth sale, gave up your garage for the past two months to store cookies, or coordinated the sale at the troop or Service Unit level, your assistance was crucial to the program.  You are a part of the time-honored tradition that teaches girls goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.  THANK YOU


April 22 is Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day.    If you are one of our GS Troop Leaders, thank you for the countless hours you spend on a regular basis bringing fun, educational, and character-building activities to the girls.  Without you there would be no Girl Scouting.  Thank you for sharing your time and talent to build girls of courage, confidence, and character.   If you are a parent, please read some suggestions below as to how you can honor your Troop Leader on their special day.




Karen Skole





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Lean In to Ban Bossy; Troop Resources and Merchandise Online Now!

Girl Scouts is proud to partner with to bring you Ban Bossy, a public service campaign dedicated to empowering girls to lead at home, at school, and at work. We want to ban the word "bossy" as one way to show girls they can be whatever they dream of being, from the CEO of world's largest company to the CEO of her family at home. 


Ban Bossy includes a newly-launched website,, where visitors can take the pledge to Ban Bossy; share facts and figures on girls' leadership; read Ban Bossy quotes from celebrities and leaders; and download GS troop leadership tips encouraging girls and women to lead at home, at school, and at work.  


The Ban Bossy programming is tied to Girl Scouts' "BFF: Be a Friend First" campaign. Through these exercises, girls, 8 years and older, will learn leadership skills that will help them throughout their lives. When the girls participate in the activity they can earn the "I'm a Leader" patch. Click below to see resources and merchandise available now to help bring this important, fun program to girls!

Order Your Ban Bossy Gear at Castroville or Ventura Shops or on-line, click here: Girl Scout Shop/BanBossy





Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to the girls, the troops and to the council. You help build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.


GSCCC sold 1,191,648 boxes during this year's cookie sale, this is a 6.5% increase over last year's sale.  GSCCC is one of only a few councils in the nation to have an increase in cookie sales this year.


Questions? Contact Desiree:



Don't miss this official day to have the girls & parents say that special THANK YOU to the women (&men) who make it all happen all year long  - TROOP LEADERS.  


Here are a few ways to thank a leader:

  • Hand-written notes from girls or parents
  • Surprise bouquet of flowers
  • Hand-crafted items with girls signatures on them
  • Gift cards to a coffee shop or restaurant
  • Gift from the GS Online Shop Click here for Girl Scout Shop
  • Personal phone call on April 22 to express your gratitude
  • Ask the girls to think of a special Thank you





Spring Re-registration (formerly called Early Bird) begins May 1

LEADERS: Prepare now, make sure the girls get their patch!

  1. CHECK the Troop Management roster NOW to make sure all of your girls are listed under your troop roster. 
  2. RE-REGISTER your troop using Troop Management
  3. GET a colorful SPRING RE-REGISTRATION PATCH for each girl you renew!
    • The 2015 Spring Re-registration Campaign runs May 1 - June 30, 2014
    • GSUSA Membership Fee is $15 for the 2015 year
    • Patches will be distributed to the Service Units before the new Girl Scout year begins on 10/1/14

Need Help registering? Contact Us button in eBiz, or contact the local Service Unit team or Membership Manager for assistance.




TRAINING REQUEST FORM  Adult GS Volunteers are encouraged to request training via the Training Request form. Check the GSCCC events calendar first to see if training is currently offered. If not please utilize this form to request training. Volunteers can use the form to request Outdoor Training, New Learning facilitator Training, First Aid CPR training and PA Training. All training events are scheduled based on Volunteer Learning Facilitator availability. Questions? Please contact




JOIN THE DAISY CHAIN New Daisy leaders will receive a starter packet with easy instructions for the first four meetings. Ask Membership Managers or Service Unit Managers about the starter kit.  When the packet is completed, new Daisy Troops will receive one Journey book of their choice. 


BROWNIE CIRCLE New Brownie leaders now have a started packet too!  Just what the Brownie Elf ordered to be able to join the mix of Girl Scouts.  Also, check out Quick Start on the GSUSA website for more ideas for new Daisy, Brownie and Junior troops.  Questions? Contact Camille






FUN THINGS TO DO WITH DAISIES AND BROWNIES:  Need some inspiration? Check out the fun things to do with Daisies and Brownies on the GSUSA website!



It's Spring!  As troops start to plan for spring/summer bridging, Blast Off to Brownies, Fly Up to Juniors and Climb Up to Cadettes.  Review bridging basics on the GSUSA website for all grade levels. 




Did you know girls can create and design their own Girl Scout badges? Girl Scouts from Brownies through Ambassadors can decide what they want to learn and develop on their own or with their Girl Scout friends a badge that helps them build a skill. Make Your Own badges can be earned once a year.


All details for this great girl led project can be found on the Make Your Own Badge page of the GSUSA website. 



The updated Bronze Award Guidelines are available on the council website. Please review the full guidelines before starting the troop Bronze Award project. Here are a few guidelines to know before starting the BRONZE:

  • Girls in  4th and 5th grade can work on a Bronze Award
  • The troop leader approves the Bronze Award.
  • Girls must complete one Junior Journey before starting the project.
 Contact  with questions.  




The Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) is where a lot of the magic of convention happens! 


It is a triennial conference that provides girls 14 and older with three days of leadership skill-building activities tied to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). Councils are limited in the number of girls they may send; GSCCC would like to take up to 6 young women. Girls who will be 14 years of age or older at the time of the GSLI (by October 16, 2014) are eligible to apply to attend. This application is for GSCCC girl representatives wishing to attend the GSLI and not for girl delegates.  


For more information please visit the 2014 GS National Convention/GSLI website.

The GSCCC GSLI application is available online on the council website.



CAMP ARTEMIS -  JULY 20 - 26, 2014

Registration for Camp Artemis opens April 1, 2014!

Camp Artemis, located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, is open to all registered girls in 5th-12th grades, (11-18) and focuses on developing leadership skills through Outdoor Education.  


In addition to hiking, archery, swimming, sing-alongs, great food and good ol' camping fun, campers will be taught the 11 Skills of Leadership with opportunities to practice and apply these skills in hands-on settings.  Learn more at:



This is an exciting time of year when girls are planning and working on Silver Awards. Here are a few tips for this exciting project:
  • Girls 6th to 8th Grade can work on the Silver Award.
  • Girls must complete one journey prior to starting work on the project
  • The Silver Award project must be done in the local community (beyond the Girl Scout community)

Please review the Silver Award Guide for full details. 

Contact with questions.

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GOLD AWARD UPDATES Hurrah! NO MORE PAPER! Girls now can now apply online for the Gold Award. All information is available on the Gold Award page on the council website. Additional questions can be forwarded to



SPRING PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS! The calendar is always evolving and being updated throughout the year with new and exciting program opportunities including:

  • Artist Legacy Badge Workshop with Art Trek! - B/J and CSA - Watsonville - 4/5/14
  • Naturalist Legacy Badge Event- B/J/C - Santa Barbara 4/13/14
  • Home Scientist Brownie Badge Workshop - B- Arnaz 4/5/14
  • Hearst Castle Tour - (B/J/C/S/A) - San Simeon -  4/26/14

Register and view updated council program offerings at Events Calendar

Questions? Contact:



First Lego League (FLL) in Girl Scouts is for 4th to 8th grade girls.  Whether you have an existing troop or a new group of girls in your area, all you need is an interest in robotics, fun, competing and sharing. 


More information? Contact Pat







Everything in Girl Scouting is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law. The Girl Scout Law includes many of the principles and values common to most faiths. Thus, while a secular organization, Girl Scouts has, since the movement began, encouraged girls to take spiritual journeys via their faiths' religious recognition.


Girls of all grade levels can now earn the My Promise, My Faith pin developed by Girl Scouts of the USA. This pin, which girls can earn once a year, complements existing religious recognition and allows all girls to further strengthen the

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connection between their faith and Girl Scouts. A girl earns the My Promise, My Faith pin by carefully examining the Girl Scout Law and directly tying it to tenets of her faith. Requirements for this pin are included in The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for all levels.


Questions? Contact Camille





  • Home Scientist Badge Workshop - April
  • Adult/Older Girl Archery Certification - April 12
  • She and Me Overnight and My Family Badge Workshop - May
  • Archery for Girls - May
  • Outdoor Cooking for Girls - June


Make a reservation and troop camp at Arnaz! Camp in a tent a yurt or cabin! Make s'mores, cook outdoors, take a hike, observe the night sky, and even give archery a try!


Contact staff to inquire about reservations at





NEW SATURDAY SHOP HOURS: 10:00am - 2:00pm

First Saturday of the Month Shop Dates thru June

  • April 5, 2014 - SPEND $25 AND GET A FREE GIFT!
  • May 3, 2014
  • June 7, 2014  
Shop Closure for Physical Inventory:   Both shop locations will be closed Thursday, April 17 and Friday, April 18 for physical inventory and will not be able to process any shop transactions. 
All orders received after 12pm on Wednesday, April 16 will be processed Tuesday, April 22.


San Luis Obispo Mobile Shop:
Sunday, April 6 from Noon to 5:00pm at the Ludwick Community Center
864 Santa Rosa Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. 
Bridging items, gifts and goodies will be available so please join us for the fun!

Spring bridging is right around the corner. Please note that it takes approximately 3 weeks for orders to be filled. Due to the high demand of bridging items during this time of year, we encourage you to shop or place your orders with enough time to account for a possible backorder scenario. 


The 2014 virtual spring catalog is available now and can be foundon-line here: 2014 Virtual Spring Catalog  There are lots of fun new items including GirlSports, fun patches and apparel. 

No time to visit our shops? Everything can be found on the council online shop