GSCCC Updates + News....GS is 100 Years Strong
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August 2012

PAPER IS SO...YESTERDAY! The second 100 years of Girl Scouting means ONLINE REGISTRATION for membership and events, and adult learning sessions. It will save time, trees, and money. The only reason to use paper forms is for financial assistance.

Need hands-on help with online registration? Come to the office. No troop debit card?  No personal credit card?  No computer? Or, would you just like more help and guidance through the online registration process?  Come to the Registration Kiosk in the Castroville and Ventura GSCCC offices.  


Only Troop checks made out to GSCCC will be accepted, and then a council credit card will be used for the eBiz online registration transaction.  Have parents write their checks to the Troop so that Leaders can deposit them and then write ONE check to GSCCC.

Yes, you can use cookie credits* for online registration. How?

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, please contact Sharon Korzep at (800) 822-2427 x123 or  
*2012 cookie credit cards will be valid until March 31, 2013 versus December 31, 2012 as previously announced.

ONLINE ON-TIME REGISTRATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 28 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 their troop. 

BANKING ALERT - WELLS FARGO MISTAKE Wells Fargo may have inadvertently charged certain troop accounts related fees. All GSCCC troop accounts should be exempt from such fees. If your troop account has incurred a fee charge recently, remind your branch bank that the account is a Girl Scout account and request that the fees be reversed. Also, confirm that the account is properly identified as a Girl Scout account.  Still have problems? Contact: CFO Charlie -, or 800-822-2427 x120
Registration is still open for great events...
  • Get Moving Canoeing (8/11/12 @ Ventura)
  • Survival Girl Meets Cast Iron Chef Overnights (8/14 - 8/17 @ Arnaz)
  • Girl Scout Night at the Races (9/7/12 @ Santa Cruz)
  • Girl Scout Night with L.A. Galaxy!  9/22/12 (email that you attended for your free council patch!)
All girls will earn a limited edition council Get Moving Summer patch and make new Girl Scout friends!  Check out the complete summer EVENT CALENDAR 
 to register today!
"Create a Kaleidoscope," a new game about the beauty of geometry, launched last week on the GSUSA "ForGirls" site. There are two versions: one for younger girls, and one for girls ages 10 and up. While on ForGirls, check out all the new features to the site!
FOREVER GREEN - 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 the 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 FG Activity Guide, choose three or more activities and send in the patch order form. If you are working on an "out of the box" project or event that you think might fit into council guidelines please contact Pattie at
GIRLS WORLD FORUM Last month Girl Scouts/Guides from 145 countries and 100 U.S. councils met in Chicago to address the issues they chose as the world's most urgent: ending extreme poverty and hunger; focusing on ways to empower women and promote gender equity; and ensuring environmental sustainability. The selected attendees, ages 14 to 18, are now charged with returning home to mobilize their communities around these issues. Peruse Storify of the event, which offers photos, commentary, and links to girls' blog posts. Thank you to Tiffany Whitsitt, volunteer chaperone, for representing the council with Ambassador Girl Scouts Katie (Ventura County) and Morgan (Santa Cruz County.) Stay tuned as the girls will be implementing a Take Action project for GSCCC and its members.

STAFF CHANGES:  GOOD-BYE MARIA.  HELLO HAYLEY. Farewell to one of our outstanding staff members, Maria Rosas, as she leaves us to pursue a Master's Degree. We wish her the very best in her future endeveours.  She is staying connected to GSCCC and will be working with staff and volunteers at the SUM Retreat in August.



Welcome! Hayley Civian as a new Volunteer Services and Program Manager. Hayley worked at Girl Scouts of San Diego and before that was a volunteer Girl Guide Leader in New Zealand. As her title mentions, Hayley will provide Volunteer Services and Program support to Learning Facilitators and Program Volunteers in the Northern counties.  Her office is in Castroville. Contact Hayley:, or 800-822-2417 x106.


For volunteer services questions, insurance or financial aid questions or needs, go to 






ARNAZ PROGRAM CENTER Want your very own Archery lesson?  The archery range and instructors are now available for troop outings.
Rain Gardens, Wildlife Preservation, Native Plants, Bird Houses. Troops that would like to be a part of the beautification and wildlife preservation at Arnaz should contact us at Arnaz. 
Reservations for Fall and Winter camping are now available. Want a perfect place for a bridging ceremony? Planning a troop overnight? Getting a head start on your fall camp?

To reserve Archery range, cabins, yurts or campsites, or participate in beautification wildlife preservation, email

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.  For more info to or be part of the Arnaz Fire Patrol, contact Carol

Looking ahead - October is Emergency Preparedness Month. First Aid/CPR and preparedness workshops for Girls and Adults will be held at Arnaz.  Leaders, need to renew your certification?  Want to make sure you have trained adults in your outings?  Be on the look-out for our training sessions and register early.
SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP This month Saturday Shop Hours are 11am-3pm August 18, 2012! 
NEW PRODUCTS:  The new 2012 Fall Girl Scout Catalog is here! There are many new products available in both shops. If we don't have it in stock, we are happy to order whatever you like. Each volunteer should be receiving the new catalog in the mail. Catalogs are also available at both shop locations. If you would like one mailed, please email Rebecca

CASTROVILLE SHOP REMODEL: The shop is looking great! If you haven't been in for awhile, stop by and say hello! An Open House will be happening in September and event information will be posted soon!

DID YOU KNOW?: Beginning in August, the shop will be posting photos, new product information and special discount codes on Facebook.  If you haven't already, check out our FB page, Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast.



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

eBIZ TECH SUPPORT GSUSA amended its browser block so that Safari users are allowed to use the site, as well as Internet Explorer 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, a link to download Firefox is found below.  Additionally, council can offer personal support to users of other browsers (eg. Google Chrome, Opera, etc.) 

Contact Tanya Carelli at for support, including 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.

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