GSCCC Updates + News....GS is 100 Years Strong
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May 2012
New Leader eBulletin  Who's on FIRST of the Month is sent the first of the month to provide a brief snapshot of council news items. For more information on a particular topic, a link or email contact is provided.


EARLY BIRD eBIZ SEASON BEGINS Troops have until June 22, 2012 to re-register ONLINE through eBiz to qualify for the Early Bird patch.

  • Council goal is no more paper forms. Everything can be done online.
  • Instant registration with GSUSA. Print your membership card immediately.
  • No more lost or misplaced forms or payment checks.

A Troop Leaders' Guide to ONLINE On-Time Registration was distributed at April SU Leaders Meetings. Contact your SU Registrar or SU Manager if you didn't receive one. Your SU Registrar can help with eBiz. Still need help? Contact: Tanya Carelli

We are in the process of increasing troop debit card limit with Wells Fargo and Rabobank in order to simplify eBiz membership re-registration online. We are working with Santa Barbara Bank & Trust to initiate the issuance of debit cards to troop account holders. WE WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN THIS IS AVAILABLE.
May is Rain Garden Month! Rain gardens increase green space and wildlife habitats and improve water quality by reducing the amount of water-borne pollutants that run into streams, rivers, and other water supplies. You can make a difference! Make your own personal rain garden (instructions in the FG Activity Guide online), help implement a Rain Garden in your local community or sign-up at to be a part of the Rain Garden installation at Camp Arnaz! 
Details found in Forever Green Activity Guide on our website.
Register your activities at to be a part of this program and mail in your order form to earn your free patch. DEADLINE to complete three (3) activities, register and turn in order form is May 31, 2012.
GET MOVIN'...SUMMER IS COMING Check out the Summer programs that engage our girls and get them moving through their journey of badge workshops, outdoor/STEM activities, and new adventures.   Activities include: Tennis, Rock Climbing, Surfing, Hearst Castle Tour, Zoo Snooze, Hike & Bike, and Archery. See events page


DON'T COME KNOCKIN'  GSCCC council offices will be CLOSED May 4-6 as all systems will be offline due to IT conversion activities.  Staff will be unable to access email to receive or send messages during this period. 


SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP Saturday Shop Hours for May:
  • Castroville May 12, 11am - 3pm
  • Ventura May 19, 11am -3pm

Program level "Bridging Kit" order forms are now available in both Castroville and Ventura shops to help leaders and parents prepare for year-end bridging ceremonies.

The old Girl Scout program badges, troop crests and program level pins are being retired on June 30 and no longer for sale -- please plan accordingly, if you want to purchase for your troop, or as collectibles. These items are limited to stock on hand.

Questions? Contact Rebecca Jones
COOKIE RECOGNITIONS ARRIVING SOON! Thank you for a successful 2012 Cookie Sale!  All recognitions from Little Brownie will be shipped the week of May 7, to the SU Product Sales Chair. Movie cards and cookie credits will be shipped the week of April 30, to the SU Product Sales Chair. Electronic items will be shipped directly to the girls via UPS the week of April 30.

Questions? Contact Desiree Stilwell
Cost: FREE
  • Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 9:00AM - 3:30PM San Luis Obispo Co. Exact Location TBD
  • Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 9:00AM - 3:30PM Camp Arnaz, Ventura, CA
  • Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 9:00AM - 3:30PM Santa Cruz County. Exact Location TBD
Coffee and water (to refill water bottle) will be provided. Bring your own lunch, snacks and water bottle.

Contact Maria Rosas or by phone at 800-822-2427 x119
IMPORTANT INSURANCE INFO Additional Insurance - Plan 2: What? Who? When? Where?
What: Plan 2 insurance is required when having a Girl Scout activity where non-registered members will be attending. The cost is $0.11 per person, per day. You should also purchase additional insurance for trips lasting more than three days and for national or international trips for all participants even if they are registered Girl Scouts; the price of this insurance varies by trip and length.
Questions? Contact Maria Rosas