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MAY 2014
FROM THE CEO 
  

Dear Members, Volunteers and Staff:

 

We are well into Spring, and it is always a special time of year - a time of beauty and renewal!  Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, summer planning is beginning, and the Cookie Sale is done!!!  That doesn't mean, however, that there isn't anything going on in our small, but mighty council!

 

Last month, Karen Skole wrote the intro to this newsletter because I was attending the CEO Conference in Savannah, GA.  It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life.  I spent a week strategizing and learning with my fellow council CEOs, the GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chavez and headquarters staff. There was no better place for this meeting than the birthplace of our founder, Juliette Gordon Low.  

 

 

We visited her homestead, the first Girl Scout Headquarters, and her gravesite.  Being there, and learning more about the women who founded the Movement, inspired me exponentially to lead our council to bring Girl Scouting to more girls in our council area.  Juliette Low was a visionary, and certainly a woman ahead of her time.  Despite deafness, health challenges, and competing youth programs that were beginning to flourish during this time, she dedicated her time, energy and resources to advancing the Girl Scout Movement.  What a great job she did!  And it is up to all of us to continue what she started back in 1912...thank you for your part in doing just that!  

 

During the CEO Conference, our council received several recognitions.  First, we finished the Cookie Sale at the end of March 1.6% above our budgeted increased goal!  Not only that, but we had the largest percent increase of any ABC council!  Congrats to all our Cookie Bosses out there, and our dedicated volunteers, who made it all happen.  I was very honored to receive council recognition for all of you.  Secondly, we won a $5,000 check from GSUSA for having the most media and social media hits during National Cookie Weekend!  Our little council did a great job in getting the Cookie word out in the media during this designated weekend. Again, we couldn't do this without all of you!

 

I'd like to take this time to give a shot-out to Senior Girl Scout, Jessica Milbrandt of Troop 40241 who sold 4,331 boxes of cookies this cookie season!  Way to go, Jessica, our #1 Cookie Boss!  We are all so proud of your achievement!

 

And, we have more great things coming your way.  In this newsletter, you will hear about our upcoming community engagement events, Paint the Town Green!  I hope to see all of you at these events where you will have the opportunity to mingle with staff, board members, and other Girl Scout aficionados - while enjoying a glass of wine and Girl Scout Cookies!

 

Also, for all Girl Scouts out there who want to apply to attend the Girl Scout Leadership Institute, held in conjunction with the National Convention, information on how to apply for one of these seats is included in this newsletter!

 

Also, registration details for Camp Artemis are included in this newsletter - registration opens today!  This is an amazing girl leadership camp held in the Santa Cruz mountains in the northern area of our council.  I visited Artemis camp last year, and was so impressed with this girl-led experience, that I look forward to visiting again this year!

 

Finally, we just finished Girl Scout Volunteer Appreciation Month in April, and I would like to close this newsletter with a great, big, warm THANK YOU to all of our wonderful volunteers for doing what you do for our Girl Scouts. Your dedication, perseverance, and teamwork never cease to inspire and amaze me! 

 

Sincerely,

 

Gina

 

PLAN TO ATTEND A GSCCC 'PAINT THE TOWN GREEN' EVENT!

 

Help 'PAINT THE TOWN GREEN' by bringing someone from your community (colleague, professional/personal contact, business leader) to one of the upcoming Community Engagement Events. 

 

Events will educate the public on GSCCC, highlight the good work being done by local girls/volunteers, and help connect local community members through networking and fellowship.  Complimentary wine and Girl Scout Cookie pairings will be offered -- adults only please.   

 

PAINT THE TOWN GREEN- VENTURA COUNTY 

Thursday, May 15, 5:30-7pm  RSVP Here

Ventura County Community Foundation

4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Camarillo, CA 93012

 

PAINT THE TOWN GREEN- MONTEREY COUNTY 

Thursday, June 26, 5:30-7pm  RSVP Here

Tarpy's Roadhouse

2999 Salinas HWY 1, Monterey, CA  93940


PAINT THE TOWN GREEN- SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

Thursday, July 31, 5:30-7pm  RSVP Here

The Monday Club

1815 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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I CAN'T WAIT TO ... RE- REGISTER  FOR 2015 GS YEAR

 

SPRING RE-REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN (formerly called Early Bird) 
begins May 1!
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.

 

ONLINE ON-TIME: EARN $25 GS SHOP TROOP CERTIFICATE FOR REGISTERED TROOPS WITH 6+ GIRLS & 3+ ADULTS Any troop registered online by September 30, 2014 receives these benefits:
  • Easy use of Troop Management to re-register current members
  • No lapse in membership or insurance coverage
  • Eligibility to participate in Honor Troop
  • NEW! All Troops with MINIMUM of 6 girl & 3 adult members that register Online On-time will receive a $25 GS Shop Gift Certificate for troop purchases
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 VOLUNTEERS


EARN YOUR FREE HONOR TROOP PATCHES
                                                  

All girls and adult volunteers are eligible to earn free patches that designate they belong to an Honor Troop. 

 

This patch program recognize troops in which great Girl Scouting happens all year long, troops in which girls benefit from the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through activities and actions that utilize the three Leadership Keys of Discover, Connect and Take Action and the 3 Processes of girl led, learning by doing, and cooperative learning. 

 

To see the requirements, click here!  Questions?  Contact your staff Membership Manager, or Michele at mlofte@girlscoutsccc.org

 

 

END OF YEAR TROOP FINANCIAL REPORT IS A REQUIREMENT

REMINDER:  All Troop Leaders are required to submit an annual financial report to their Service Unit Treasurers.  Click here for your Year End Financial Report



TRAINING REQUEST FORM  Adult GS Volunteers are encouraged to request training via the Training Request form. Check the 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.  Next up:

  • Learning Facilitator: May 17, San Luis Obispo
  • Role Models Matter Program: May dates from Castroville to Camarillo
  • Outdoor Training: Apr 29 & May 3, Camarillo & Arnaz

Register: Events Calendar.  Questions?  volunteer@girlscoutsccc.org

  

MAKE SUMMER EXCITING, 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. 

  
GET A JUMP ON THE FALL BY STARTING IN THE SUMMER WITH THE BROWNIE CIRCLE
New Brownie leaders also receive a starter packet.  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, cjaque@girlscoutsccc.org
 


WE DID IT! 

WHOLE FOODS MARKET OXNARD 5% COMMUNITY DAY

 

Thank you for your support and sharing with friends and family. Votes for GSCCC came from near and far.  Watch for more information and the date in May where 5% of WFMO sales will benefit GSCCC!

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM

 

BAN BOSSY: 
Girl Scouts Partner With Lean In to Ban Bossy; Resources and Merchandise Online Now!

  

Girl Scouts is proud to partner with LeanIn.org 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, BanBossy.com, 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

DAISY, BROWNIE AND JUNIORS

 

DAISIES AND BROWNIES 
Check out our newest DIY Kits: Daisy Engineer and Brownie Inventor.  Both use the award winning Goldie Blox building sets!  Instructions for check out and other great information can be found on our Troop Activity Resources web page.

There are always great ideas for fun things to do with Daisies and Brownies on the GSUSA website!
  

BRIDGING

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. 

 

MAKE YOUR OWN BADGE

Did you know girls can create and design their own Girl Scout badges? 

 

 

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

 


BRONZE AWARD
Please review the updated Bronze Award Guidelines  before starting to earn the award:
  • 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 programs@girlscoutsccc.org  with questions.  

CADETTES, SENIORS AND AMBASSADORS

 

PROGRAM AIDE AWARD

Girl Scout Program Aides have the unique opportunity to serve as champions for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.  Council offered Program Aide Core Training is offered in the Spring to ready Cadettes for opportunities at the various Girl Scout Summer Day Camps.  

Register at Events Calendar

 

NEXT UP P.A.C.T. (Program Aide Core Training) :

Scotts Valley, May 10

Camarillo, May 17

 
APPLY TO ATTEND THE GSLI AT NATIONAL CONVENTION OCTOBER 2014!

 

 

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 is not an application 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.

  

 

 

GOLD AWARD UPDATES

Yeahoo! NO MORE PAPER! Girls now can now apply ONLINE ONLY  for the Gold Award. All information is available on the Gold Award page on the council website. Additional questions can be forwarded to 

 

GOLD AWARD INFORMATION NIGHTS are scheduled periodically throughout the council. 

Check for upcoming events:  Events Calendar

 

 

OLDER GIRL TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES 2015-2017

Several exciting travel experiences are being planned for older girls to discover, connect and take action nationally and internationally starting in the Summer of 2015. Trips are being planned  to New York, Savannah, London and Lucerne and more! 

 

Additional information and trip specifics will be released in the next few months! Want to be added to the travel interest list?  Please email programs@girlscoutsccc.org

CAMP ARTEMIS -  JULY 20 - 26, 2014

Registration for Camp Artemis is now OPEN!

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.

ALL PROGRAM AGE LEVELS

 

LEGO-ROBOTICS ARE FOR GIRLS, TOO! 

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 psoulliereo@girlscoutsccc.org

 

 

 

MY PROMISE, MY FAITH

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

Click here for more information
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 cjaque@girlscoutsccc.org

SPRING PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS!  

Bookmark the GSCCC calendar so you can stay up to date with all the new and exciting program opportunities!  Check out just a few things happening Spring and Summer 2014:
  • Breathe Journey, May 31, Northern Region
  • Marine Discovery Center, June 7, Northern Region
  • Archery Series from Santa Cruz to Arnaz
  • Girl Scout Surf Day Series from Santa Cruz to Ventura
  • Discover Channel Islands, June 23, Southern Region
  • Understanding Planet Earth, July 15, Southern Region
  • Zoo Snooze, Save the date: Aug 2, Central Region

Register and view updated council program offerings at Events Calendar

Questions? Contact: programs@girlscoutsccc.org

ARNAZ PROGRAM CENTER 

 

UPCOMING ARNAZ PROGRAM CENTER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • She and Me Overnight and My Family Badge Workshop - May
  • Archery for Girls - May
  • Outdoor Cooking for Girls - June

Register and view updated council program offerings at Events Calendar

 

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!

 

Send reservation requests to CampArnaz@girlscoutsccc.org

SHOP TIL YOU DROP

Saturday Shop Hours:

May 3, 2014, 10:00am - 2:00pm.- Spend $25 and get a free gift!

June 7, 2014

 

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 found on-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

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