GSCCC Updates + News....GS is 100 Years Strong
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June 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 RUNS 'TIL JUNE 22  Online registration via eBiz:
  • Is GREEN! (reduces paper waste)
  • Is EFFICIENT! (eliminates data errors, reduces human-error-factor in getting registration payments to GSUSA)
  • Is INSTANTANEOUS! (eliminates 8-week paper-form wait-time to become a Girl Scout)
  • Is CONVENIENT! (troop leaders and families do it on their own time)

Reminder: Payment for Online registration via eBiz can be done via:
  • Troop Debit Card
  • Troop Leader personal credit card (reimbursement via troop check signed by Co-Leader)
  • Pre-paid debit card (available at Walmart, K-mart, etc.)
All girls who register for the 2013 Girl Scout year by midnight on June 22 will receive an Early Bird Patch.

Online, On-Time Registration Runs until 9/28/12. Troops who register for the 2013 Girl Scout year by midnight on September 28 will continue to earn 70 cents per box on their cookie sales. Also, they will fulfill one of the Honor Troop requirements. After September 28, a Troop Leader will not be able to use the ease of Troop Management to re-register girls in her troop.

Using cookie credits for membership, or program registration:
  1. Register online using a credit/debit card
  2. Print the Order Summary Page of your registration purchase
  3. Write the cookie credit number on the Order Summary Page along with the $ amount you want to apply (equal to or less than the amount paid)
  4. Mail this to:
GSCCC Finance
Attn: Sharon Korzep
10550 Merritt Street
Castroville, CA 95012

Your reimbursement should arrive within 4-6 weeks. If you do not receive it in that time period, contact: Sharon Korzep at (800) 822-2427x123, or

NEED HELP WITH eBIZ ONLINE REGISTRATION? Your SU Registrar can help with eBiz. Need more assistance? Contact: Tanya Carelli
GOOD BANKING NEWS! To simplify and encourage ONLINE Registration for Membership and Program Events, ALL three council-suggested banks, at the council's request, have raised the debit card limit to $500 and will issue debit cards to any Troop Leader who is a current official signer on an account. Each bank is handling it a little differently, so please read carefully below:
  • Rabobank - All outstanding Troop debit cards already have had the limit raised. If you do not have a debit card, you need to request one from your local branch.
  • Wells Fargo - ALL Troop Leaders need to go into their local WF branch in person to request that the limit be raised and request a card, if they do not have one. If you have problems, ask the teller to refer to: Banker Notes on the GSCCC Profile.
  • Santa Barbara Bank & Trust - SBBT is doing this for the first time. ALL Troop Leaders need to go to their local SBBT branch and request a card. It may take up to 14 days for the card to be sent to the leader.
Troop Leaders can use the debit cards to register for Girl Scout membership and program events online, as well as purchase Girl Scout merchandise in council shops.
 HELP CHOOSE NEXT YEAR'S COOKIE RECOGNITIONS! All girls and adults are invited to give their input on the 2012-2013 Cookie Sale recognitions. Leaders, please pass along the link below to the girls in your troop. Getting girl input helps us choose the most popular items. Plus, when you are voting, you get a sneak peak at the possible recognitions for the next cookie sale! Take a few minutes to go online and vote for your favorite items. Voting is open until 6/15/2012.

Questions? Contact: Desiree Stilwell at


Cost: FREE
  • 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
  • Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 9:00AM - 3:30PM San Luis Obispo County. Exact Location TBD  

Coffee and Water (to refill water bottle) will be provided. Bring your own lunch, snacks and water bottle. RSVP: Maria Rosas at, or by phone: 800-822-2427 x119


RECRUITMENT EVENT:  Descubre Girl Scouts!  Join us for a family event as we introduce new girls to Girl Scouts and their Community. Girls and their families will learn the Girl Scout Law through games, prizes, crafts and sports. Current Girl Scouts must bring a non-registered friend in order to help make this event successful. Newly registered girls can participate in a Girl Scout series.


GET MOVING...SUMMER is here!! Take advantage of all the amazing summer events Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast has to offer! Challenge yourself with fun in the sun activities like archery and horseback riding, or stay cool in the water and go kayaking or surfing, all while earning a limited edition council patch! Check out the complete summer event list at to register today! 


UPDATE! Zoo Snooze scheduled for June 29 is now open to Brownies and Juniors!
HELP! Volunteers and Volunteer hosts needed for SLO and Northern Region Program events and Science Workshops! If you are interested in having fun and making a difference - please email:! 

ARNAZ PROGRAM CENTER  If you visited the Arnaz Program Center recently, you might have seen the results of FireSafe Grant funds. This funding was provided by a National Fire-Plan grant from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, through the California FireSafe Council. The grant offset costs to beautify and maintain Camp Arnaz, as well as provided fire prevention education for girls and leaders.
The Girl Scouts Take Action to be FireSafe through the Arnaz Fire Patrol patch program prepares girls and leaders to protect their community from wildfires by learning about proper/preventative fire-safe techniques and home fire safety. To find out more, or be part of the Arnaz Fire Patrol, contact: Carol Chavez:

Want a perfect place for a bridging ceremony? Planning a summer overnight? Getting a head start on your fall camp? To reserve cabins, yurts or campsites, email

SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP This month Saturday Shop Hours are June 2, 11am - 3pm!
REMINDER: The old Girl Scout program badges, Studio 2B items, troop crests and program level pins are being retired on June 30 and will no longer be available for sale -- please plan accordingly, if you want to purchase for your troop or as collectibles. These items are limited to stock on hand.

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

CHARM SALE: All Studio 2B Girl Scout charms are on sale this month for $3.00 each (regular price is $4.25 - $5.00). Limited quantities and NO age level required for purchase. These charms are cute and are only available through the month of June. All available charms are listed on the website.

NEW PRODUCTS: Both shops have just received Camp Hats. Available in black, khaki, brown, camo, beige and olive; the hats are stamped with Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast. The cost is $12.50 each.
Questions? Contact: Rebecca Jones

UPDATES: Vehicle Safety   6. Travel safely. When transporting girls to planned Girl Scout field trips and other activities that are outside the normal time and place, every driver must be an approved adult volunteer and have a good driving record, a valid license, and a registered/insured vehicle. Insist that everyone is in a legal seat and wears her seat belt at all times, and adhere to state laws regarding booster seats and requirements for children in rear seats. 

This is the latest CA law: California's Child Passenger Safety Seat law requires children to ride in either a car seat or booster seat until the age of eight, or until they reach a height of 4 feet 9 inches. This law also requires children who do not meet the age or height requirement to ride in the rear seat of a vehicle unless the vehicle has no back seats, the restraint system cannot be properly installed or the rear seats are already occupied by children under age eight. However, the law still maintains that a child may not ride in the front seat of a vehicle with an active passenger airbag if they are under one year of age, less than 20 pounds, or riding in a rear-facing child safety seat. (SB 929, Evans)

HOSTING A GIRL GUIDE EXCHANGE STUDENT THROUGH EF FOUNDATION is a great step toward preparing your children for the 21st century. There are few experiences that can spark an interest in new cultures like welcoming an international student into your home. We have many Girl Guides seeking host families in our area. Last year, five Salinas/Santa Cruz Girl Scout families hosted students from Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Finland! Below is a testimonial from one of last year's host Mom!
Last school year my family hosted an EF exchange student, who was also a scout in Austria. Hosting a foreign exchange student was a wonderful experience for my family. As a Girl Scout leader, Kat (our exchange student) helped out with the Daisy meetings. She also joined an older girl troop. I recommend hosting an exchange student. **Carrie A**
Please visit the EF Foundation for Foreign Study website: at any time and click on the "Meet our 2012 Students." You can view the students' applications and even watch a few video messages from a highlighted country. Contact: Joan Dresser, EF representative at 831-663-3070, or via email at Joan has volunteered and hosted with EF Foundation for over 17 years and can answer any questions you may have!
In Ventura, the EF Representative is Wendy Van Loo, who can be reached at

COUNCIL FIREARMS POLICY: The SACs prohibit participation by girls under 12 in activities with firearms and leaves it to each council to decide whether girls 12 and older can participate in such activities. Until GSCCC can develop guidelines for firearms activities, they will not be approved in the council. Anyone who has suggestions for what such policies should include, please contact