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July 2012
 JULY 4 - 6 COUNCIL OFFICES CLOSED  Council offices will be closed from Wednesday July 4 through Friday July 6, 2012. If there is an emergency, please call 800-340-7179 and a staff member will return your call shortly.


EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 18 The Early Bird registration deadline has been extended to 7/18/12 due to an unexpected change in browser requirements for the eBiz system. 

On June 21, 2012, GSUSA amended its browser block so Safari users will be allowed to use the site as well as Internet Explorer(IE) and Firefox users; all other browsers will still receive a redirect. Safari users will continue to experience some errors with the eBiz system and are encouraged to use IE or Firefox.

To accommodate this change, we are providing a link to download Firefox below. Additionally, we are offering personal support to users of other browsers (e.g. Google Chrome, Opera, etc.)

Please e-mail Tanya Carelli at  for support, with your name, troop number and daytime phone number in the body of the e-mail. Requests for support will be executed in the order they are received.

We apologize for the unexpected change and hope that the extension of the Early Bird deadline and the personal support option will accommodate your needs.

Below are links to Firefox so you may install it on your computer:




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.)

Troops who register for the 2013 Girl Scout year by midnight on September 28, 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 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) 822-2427 x123, or
Your SU Registrar can help with eBiz. Need more assistance? Contact: Tanya Carelli


ONLINE REGISTRATION KIOSK COMING TO COUNCIL OFFICES SOON In order to make eBiz use accessible to those without home computers, or those who would like more help and guidance through the online registration process, starting July 2, 2012 in Castroville and July 15, 2012 in Ventura, GSCCC offices will have Registration Kiosks available. Some of the benefits include:
* Ease of use for those who have not registered online or used eBiz
* Ease of payment for troops who do not yet have debit cards.
* Immediate feedback so leaders can later take parents through the process with confidence.

For questions please contact the following staff members:
Cost: FREE

Saturday, July 9, 2012 - 9:00AM - 3:30PM Johnson Avenue Church of Christ, 3172 Johnson Avenue, SLO 93401

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 at 800-822-2427 x119.


GET MOVING...SUMMER IS HERE!   EVENT HIGHLIGHT-Science Workshop: Come create and play with Science! Watch the Mad Science program: "Up, up and away" and learn how different things move from "daisy-copters" to rockets! Learn about force, gravity, momentum and more! Juniors will be delving into the "Get Moving" Journey, Brownies will be accomplishing parts of the Home Scientist Legacy Badge and Daisies will be dabbling into the "From Earth to Sky" Journey.


All girls will earn a limited edition council patch and make new Girl Scout friends! Check out the complete summer event list at to register today!

We NEED YOU! Adult Volunteers, Volunteer hosts and PA's needed for SUMMER PROGRAM events and Science Workshops! If you and/or your Girl Scouts are interested in having fun, making a difference and earning some additional community service hours - please email!


Horse Camp

Surf Camp 





FOREVER GREEN - GSCCC, YOU ROCK!  Forever Green has been a great success!
  • Over 232 GSCCC members registered projects with GSUSA to date!
  • Over 3,000 GSCCC members engaged in those projects!
  • GSCCC has the highest percentage (20%) of participation in the country!
You can still take part!
If you are participating in Forever Green Activities over the summer let us know and you can still earn a patch and join our FG project! You can participate individually, as a troop, Day Camp or as a SU Event. If you want to join the fun, simply download the activity guide, choose 3 or more activities and send us your patchorder form. If you are working on an "out of the box" project or event that you think might fit into our councils guidelines pleaselet us know- contact Pattie at
ARNAZ PROGRAM CENTER 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 11am -3pm July 14, 2012! 


NEW PRODUCTS:Pink Cinch Bags are here! The front says "Girl Scouts" with peace sign and stamped with "Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast." The cost is $11.99 each. Limited quantity available now! These are also available personalized with your troop number or service unit name (minimum qty. is 24 for personalization). 

CASTROVILLE SHOP REMODEL: The shop will be closed July 2-6 (council is closed July 4-6) so that remodeling can be done. We're looking forward to providing volunteers and parents with a better shopping experience and can't wait to re-open! The Ventura shop will be open Tuesday, July 3.

PLEASE NOTE: All online shop orders received between June 30 and July 8 will be processed on July 9.

DID YOU KNOW: The shops have a great selection of summer fun patches. Castroville also offers local fun patches (with requirements) for Monterey, Salinas, San Juan Bautista and Santa Cruz. Patches range from $1-2 each. 


Questions? Contact: Rebecca Jones

2012 FALL PRODUCT SALE SU Training Dates for Service Unit Product Sale Chairs 
  • NORTH 9/6/2012- 6-9pm- Castroville Library, Castroville
  • CENTRAL 9/8/2012- 4:30-7pm- Ludwick Community Center, San Luis Obispo
  • SOUTH 9/8/2012- 9:30am-12pm- Oxnard Public Library, Oxnard
2012 Fall Product Sales:
  • Order Taking- October 5-15
  • Product Delivery- November 2-5
  • Fall Sale Ends- November 30
In Memory of Girl Scout Michele Leary beloved, dedicated Adult Volunteer of Estero Pines Troop 40021. Michele's daughter, Amanda Leary, is a Junior Girl Scout. Please contact SUM/Leader Belinda Reyna for information to send cards. Michele made the world a better place: Leary will long be remembered for creating her Kids at Sea Program