Many Girl Scout Troops will participate in Memorial Day parades and rememberance events this month. In addition to paying tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, girls can show appreciation to someone currently serving our country. Have your girls write thank you notes or draw pictures to be included in the Girl Scout cookie packages being sent to deployed military. Please mail your letters to: For the Troops, 2960 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93065. The sweet cookies and hand-written notes are sure to put a smile on a soldiers face.
GOLD AWARD CENTENNIAL / ANNUAL MEETING
ver 200 participants attended the 2016 Annual Meeting held on April 9 in Ventura. New Board Members were inducted and 48 Gold Award recipients were honored in a Gold Award Centennial Celebration. Girl Scouts in vintage uniforms conducted the opening flag ceremony. Guests were treated to an inspirational video highlighting various GSCCC Highest Honor recipients, including several mother-daughter pairs, and a Curved Bar recipient.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2016-2017
|Tammie Helmuth - Ventura, Board Chair
||Lupita Renteria-Galvan - Castroville, Vice Chair
|Crystal Evans - Thousand Oaks, Secretary
||Ashley Ogden - San Luis Obispo, Treasurer
|Kalpana Iyer - Thousand Oaks
||Heather Donley - Santa Barbara
|Keisha Frost - Capitola
||Ryan Van Ommeren - Newbury Park
|Mark Lisa - Paso Robles
||Dwayne Carey - Woodland Hills
|Susan Murata - Thousand Oaks
||Hayley Civian - Santa Cruz
|Meghan Lopez - Moorpark
||Judy Mavroleon - Atascadero
|Genevieve Evans-Taylor - Camarillo
|Board Development Committee
|Crystal Evans - Thousand Oaks
||Kalpana Iyer - Thousand Oaks
|Mariann Novarina - Monterey
20 Years - Sharon Hall - Scotts Valley
30 Years - Marsha Hill - Santa Barbara
35 Years - Stacy Mitchell - Scotts Valley
EARLY BIRD RENEWAL BEGINS MAY 1!
GET this colorful EARLY BIRD PATCH for each girl you renew!
- The 2017 Early Bird Renewal runs May 1 - June 30, 2016
- GSUSA Membership Fee is $15 for the 2017 year
- Use Troop Management to renew memberships
- Early Bird Renewal is a requirement for Honor Troop
*NEW* EARLY BIRD TROOP CONTEST
Your troop will be entered into a drawing (10 troop winners), to be reimbursed for 2017 annual girl member dues. By June 30 you must:
- Renew all returning members (Girls & Adults) with complete information
- Request the 01/Troop Leader position
- Enter ALL fields of 2017 MY Troop Meeting Information. Click for detailed contest requirements.
This month is a great time to start a new Daisy troop so they can get their feet wet before the school year starts. How can you help? Have a new Daisy patrol at your Day Camps. Start a troop with the younger sisters and friends of the girls you have in your current troop. Reach out to your local Preschool and offer the opportunity of Girl Scouts to their older girls. Have your Older Girls reach out and help to lead a new younger troop as a fun summer activity. Need more ideas or help? Contact your Service Unit Community Liason or Membership Manager.
ARE GIANT BUBBLES, SUGAR ART, AND POM-POM CATAPULTS A PART OF YOUR TROOP MEETINGS?
If not, come to the Arnaz Program Center Saturday, May 7 from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm and learn how to add these fun and exciting activities to your meetings. Adult Volunteers from ALL Troop Levels are welcome. Adult participants traveling from a distance are welcome to camp at Arnaz at no cost on Saturday and make new friends.
We're calling this FUN evening Adult STEAM Night (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). Yes, bubbles & pom-poms actually teach math & science lessons. It's like getting your kids to eat their veggies by hiding them in the spaghetti sauce.
Last year, we explored the deep sea near the Galápagos Islands with GSCCC staff Melissa Baffa aboard the E/V Nautilus
. She is going to sea again, and this time, exploring the ocean right off our own California coast! She will be aboard the ship from August 1-14.
EXPLORE THE OCEAN LIVE AGAIN THIS SUMMER!
Many activities are being developed to support this unique experience throughout the summer, including ship tours and opportunities for troops and individual girls to "dive deep" alongside Melissa. Watch your email inbox for more details, the
GSCCC Events Calendar
, and the
In the meantime, mark your calendar for May 12, the start of the diving season for the E/V Nautilus. Explore the deep sea LIVE alongside the Corps of Exploration, at
Read about Melissa's previous adventure in her
blog posts from last year
DISCOVER, CONNECT, AND TAKE ACTION
UPCOMING PROGRAM EVENTS
The following is just a partial listing of the many programs happening in coming months. Be sure to visit the GSCCC Events Calendar for more information, and to register!
- Monarch Monitoring Program, May 14, Arnaz
- Special Agent Badge Workshop, May 14, Capitola
- Kayaking, Level One, May 14, Ventura
- Girl Scouts Surf Day, May 21, Capitola
- Hooked on Fishing, June 4, Ventura
- Wilderness Skills Workshop - Wild Edibles & Useful Plants, June 11, Arnaz
CAMP NAWIC - CONSTRUCTION DAY CAMP FOR OLDER GIRLS!
Join GSCCC and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) for a unique one-week hands-on training camp which teaches the basic skills of the trades, such as carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting, and masonry! The camp will be held at Camp Arnaz on Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29 from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Open to 13 year old Cadettes and up! Cost: $120. Financial Assistance available. DEADLINE: June 30. For more information and registration visit the
GSCCC Events Calendar
ADULT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CONSTRUCTION CAMP
You don't need to be handy with a hammer or wrench, but camp needs your extra hands to oversee what the girls are learning. And you might learn a thing or two as well. We can use your help, even if you can't attend all week. Cost: No cost to adult volunteers. Please register by June 30
GSCCC Events Calendar
NEW WEB RESOURCES AVAILABLE
NEW online patch programs are on our
Council's Own page
, including a new Forever Green online patch program dedicated to water conservation.
Patches are FREE
! Just participate in the Understanding Water Conservation program, submit an online form, and pick up FREE patches at your nearest GS Shop. Easy!
Looking for fun and easy-to-use resources for your next troop meeting? Check out a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Kit. With options for several age levels, find out more at our new
DIY Kit page
GIRL SCOUT ANNUAL SURVEY
We care about your experience, good or bad, and we want to hear from you!
On April 4, Girl Scouts of the USA emailed invitations to take part in a national survey called Girl Scout Voices Count. The purpose of this survey is to find out what's working, and what's not. Your feedback will be used to improve our services and programs.
As of last week, three hundred seventy-four (374) surveys were received from Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast. Thank you! If you were not among those 374, please retrieve that email from your inbox and let your voice be heard as well.
BACKPACKING BASICS WITH REI
REI will take the mystery out of Backpacking in this show and tell session. The event will cover backpacking essentials: choosing a pack; selecting proper clothing; the right footwear; and understanding the basic gear you need to reach your destination. No experience necessary!
GSCCC Events Calendar
Questions? Contact: Amanda
camporee for Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Troops that includes outdoor skills challenges, tent camping, fun & friendship.
Planning has begun. Committee Members Needed!
Committee meetings will be held monthly at the Goleta GS office. Needed: Set-up/Tear-down Coordinator and Supply Master.
Questions? Contact: Volunteer Co-Chairs: Marsha Hill,
or Holly Nishida,
|PRESIDENT'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD
(PVSA) recognizes individuals, families and groups that have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period, or, for the Lifetime Award, more than 4,000 cumulative service hours over a lifetime.
All PVSA service hours must be verified by a Certifying Organization, and the Certifying Organization orders and pays for award merchandise to recognize volunteers satisfying Award requirements. Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast is a certifying organization for the PVSA.
To learn more about the PVSA or to register your volunteer hours
If you wish to designate GSCCC as your Certifying Organization, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain our Record of Service key (ROS) and additional details.
A variety of training opportunities are offered throughout the year. Some upcoming trainings include:
- Adult STE[A]M Open House, May 7, Camp Arnaz (see info above)
- CPR/First Aid Training, June 4, Salinas
ABC Bakers will be shipping girl rewards to Service Unit Cookie Chairs starting next week. If you have not made arrangements for your top cookie seller experiences, please email email@example.com. Please be sure to include your troop number, girl's name and a phone number where you can be reached.
Follow us on Facebook, to see highlights of our top cookie bosses and learn about what motivates them.
You are invited and encouraged to be part of the Product Sales Advisory Team. As a member of this team, your voice is very important to help lead strategy for Girl Scouting's most significant skill-building program, and fundraising opportunity to support girls.
The team meets two to four times a year via webinars, conference calls or live regional meetings. As part of the team, you may be part of business reviews, product sampling, incentive previews, and brainstorm marketing sessions to promote and improve the program. If interested, please complete the interest form.
GSCCC will be hosting the annual GSUSA National Product Sale Conference, June 5-8 at the Ventura Beach Marriott. We are expecting over 200 participants representing Girl Scout councils from across the country, along with representatives from each of our product vendors. Participants come together for workshops, networking, training on GSUSA policy and program changes, and more. We are looking for volunteers to join us as part of our Event Team.
Volunteer Assistance Needed:
June 4, Registration Bag Set-up: 4 Volunteers - Noon - 4:00PM
June 5, Conference Set-Up: 5 Volunteers - 7:45AM - 10:00AM
June 5, Registration: 2 Volunteers - 12:30PM - 5:00PM
June 6, Conference Set-Up/Registration: 2 Volunteers - 7:30AM-9:00AM
June 5-8, Morning Beach Walk Host: 1-2 Volunteers - 6:00AM-8:00AM
BRIDGING AND AWARD SEASON HAS BEGUN
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT PROMOTION May 1- 8 Retail customers with merchandise totals of $50.00 or more will be offered a choice of the following:
No coupon code is needed. Gift will be offered at checkout when the minimum dollar amount has been reached. Gift selection subject to change according to availability. This promotion is valid ONLY at
May 4-12 Show you Belong with GS Logo Tees. Buy any top, get 30% off a second top. Lower priced top will qualify for 30% off. Available online and in-council shops.
SHOP CLOSURES: Shops will be closed June 6-10.
ADDITIONAL WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR COUNCIL
COUNCIL FUNDRAISING NEWS
SUPPORT SAN BENITO COUNTY GIRL SCOUTS THROUGH SILICON VALLEY GIVES ON MAY 3
Silicon Valley Gives has selected our council as one of its partners for their annual campaign for the third year in a row!
- Help the girls of San Benito county by donating online through Silicon Valley Gives on May 3
- Donations will be eligible for matching funds so every donation counts!
Plan to give here:
beginning May 3. Watch your email for more information.
AMAZON SMILE SUPPORTS GSCCC
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support GSCCC every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at
, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to GSCCC.
On your first visit to AmazonSmile
, select Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at
will result in a donation.