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September 2012

ALL GIRL SCOUT REGISTRATION should be done ONLINE  New and re-registering Members should go to  Double-click on the green JOIN button and in 15 minutes you will be official. It's never been easier. (Use paper forms for Financial Assistance requests only.)



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.



MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF - REGISTER YOUR TROOP ONLINE, ON- TIME BY SEPTEMBER 28 Troops who register for the 2013 Girl Scout year by midnight September 28, will fulfill one of the Honor Troop requirements AND have an easier time of re-registering all Troop members. Questions? 




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 to:

GSCCC Finance

Attn: Sharon Korzep

10550 Merritt Street

Castroville, CA  95012    


Your reimbursement should arrive within 4-6 weeks. If reimbursement not received 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.

PROGRAM, PROGRAM, PROGRAM  Its your Journey - Make it Amazing!  The beginning of a new Girl Scout year is upon us and it's a great time to help your girls plan their own unique journey! Remember to check-out great side trips, events and activities that will help your girls Discover, Connect and Take Action!  Registration Opens October 1.


Preview a sampling of events below, or click here to view additional events.


  • Coastal Clean-Up Days (9/15/12 - Monterey, Morro Bay, Ventura)
  • Girl Scout Night at the Races (9/7/12 @ Santa Cruz)
  • Girl Scout Night with L.A. Galaxy 9/22/12 (email GSCCC program that you attended for your free council patch)
  • USTA Tennis Play Days (10/6/12 - Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Ventura)
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Overnight (10/5/12-10/6/12)
  • La Brea Tar Pits Overnight- Camp Goo (11/16/12 Registration deadline- 10/14)



View council events and activities.

NUTS, CANDY & MAGAZINES SU Training Dates for Service Unit Product Sale Chairs

  • NORTH- 9/6/2012- 6pm-9pm: Castroville Library - Castroville
  • CENTRAL- 9/8/2012- 4:30pm-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

ARNAZ PROGRAM CENTER Want your very own Archery lesson? The Archery range and instructors are now available for troop outings.


Want a perfect place for a Bridging Ceremony? Planning a troop overnight? Getting a head start on your fall camp? Reserve cabins, yurts or campsites. 



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.


Get ready for Leaderamas - an all day training and enrichment event for all Leaders!


Kick off the new Girl Scout year by attending a local Leaderama. Basic courses will be available for leaders who have not yet attended a Journey training course, or are looking for further guidance on how to run the basic National Core Program (Journeys and Girl Guide to Girl Scouting) with their girls.


Leaders will also be able to choose from a selection of enrichment courses that will teach and inspire skills in everything from outdoor skills to crafts, songs and other Girl Scout traditions.


Leaderamas are being planned in all three regions - check the Event Calendar after October 1 for additional details. If you are interested in hosting a local Leaderama, want to receive the NCP Training Module, or have questions please email

NEW COURSES BEING PILOTED SOON! Are you a leader who is unsure about how to get your girls to be more involved in the planning and implementing of the activities and events your troop participates in and attends?


Do the phrases "Girl led," "Learn by doing," and "Cooperative learning" leave you in a state of panic or confusion? Then this brand new course is just the thing for you!


"How to Work With Girl Scouts - The Three Processes" is a course that is being developed in conjunction with the National Science Foundation and other partnering Girl Scout councils. This course will help leaders who are unsure of or are uncomfortable with having the girls in their troop be more in control of what they do and how they do it. More details to follow.


If you have a need for additional trainings or information please contact

JUMP INTO JOURNEYS!!! Jump into Journeys is a new troop/leader patch program. The Activity Guide is designed to give you, as an adult volunteer, a taste of specific grade-level Journeys activities.


Journeys are the core of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) and provide girls with a national experience - something they have in common with Girl Scouts everywhere.


By doing the activities in this Guide and earning the Jump into Journeys patch with your troop/group, leaders and girls will have the information and tools needed to decide which Journey to dive into first.


The Jump into Journeys Activity Guide will be available online after September 15.

SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP  As the Girl Scout year comes to an end, there are many troops who will be bridging in September and October. Please keep in mind that our shops only have one cash register and one full-time staff person. We appreciate your patience


NEW PRODUCTS: Both shops are now carrying new fall products, including iPhone cases, Girl Scout mousepads, laptop cases, earbuds and much more! If you see something in the new Fall Catalog that we do not have in our shop, we are happy to order it for you!


REMINDER: The coupon that was handed out at the SUM Retreat expires September 28, 2012. Please contact Rebecca Jones at to place your order via email or shop in person to redeem the coupon.


DID YOU KNOW: You can email your order to each shop. We can pull the orders so they will be ready* when you come to shop! or


*Please allow 2-3 hours for your order to be pulled before coming in to pick-up.


SEPTEMBER SATURDAY SHOP HOURS are 11am -3pm September 8, 2012.



Please note that both retail shop locations will be closed Friday September 28, 2012 for inventory. We are looking for volunteers to help count, so if you are available Friday 9/28 and/or Saturday 9/29, please contact Christina Ortiz for the Ventura shop, and Rebecca Jones for the Castroville shop. Phone: 800-822-2427. 

CHECK OUT THE NEW  You will find a number of great features including:


  • Meet our Board Members
  • Search Function
  • Instant Updates and News Feeds
  • New Event Calendar
  • New Online Volunteer Application and Background Check
  • New Online Girl & Volunteer Interest Form

Let us know how you like the new website:


Girl Scouts Join National Cyber Security Awareness Campaign-Stop.Think.Connect. Last week Girl Scouts of the USA announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and joined the Stop.Think.Connect. campaign's national network.


The Stop.Think.Connect. campaign is a national public awareness effort among government, industry, and non-profits designed to guide the nation to a higher level of Internet security by educating and empowering the American public to be more vigilant about practicing safe online habits. Check-out the For Girls section of for information from the Stop.Think.Connect. campaign specifically for youth about ways to stay safe online.