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October 2012

HAPPY GIRL SCOUT NEW YEAR! October 1, marks the start of a new GS registration year. Over 4,500 girls and 3,200 adults are already officially on the rolls. Congrats! to them for using the ONLINE registration system eBIZ.


ALL GIRL SCOUTS REGISTER ONLINE. If you are NEW or a ReREGISTERING member, go to and follow eBiz instructions, and in 15 minutes you can be official. It's never been easier. Need help? Contact


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.


OR, ASK YOUR SERVICE UNIT REGISTRAR FOR eBIZ ASSISTANCE. The SU Registrars are amazing Champions of eBiz.

NEW JUMP INTO JOURNEYS PATCH PROGRAM Start today! The new JIJ Activity Guides are designed to give you, as an adult volunteer, a taste of specific grade-level Journeys activities. By doing the activities in this Guide with your troop, and earning the Jump into Journeys patch, leaders and girls will have the information and tools needed to decide which Journey to dive into first. The program runs through June 30, 2013. Read and see more...

LEADERAMAS COMING IN NOVEMBER All Day Training and Enrichment Event for All Leaders!  Kick off the new Girl Scout year by attending a Leaderama near you. Check the event calendar after October 1, for additional details. If you are interested in hosting a local Leaderama, email us at:

  • Ventura County 11/10/12
  • Santa Maria 11/10/12
  • San Benito County 11/17/12

EVENT CALENDAR - ITS YOUR JOURNEY, MAKE IT AMAZING! Check out our online events and activities calendar. Here are a few great upcoming events to start you on your journey!

  • Tennis Play Days Hosted by USTA (10/6/12 - Monterey, SLO, Ventura, Thousand Oaks) 
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Santa Cruz 10/5-10/6/12
  • First Aid Badge Workshops - Salinas 10/20/12 and Ventura at Arnaz 10/27/12
  • Adult First Aid & CPR Certification - Ventura at Arnaz 10/27/12
  • La Brea Tarpits Ovenight - Los Angeles 11/16/12 ** Registration closes 10/14/12 for this event.

KALEIDOSCOPE 4/26-4/28/2013 - Blaze a New Trail. Yeehaw! Registration opens for Kaleidoscope 2013 on October 16, 2012 online. Kaleidoscope is a special Girl Scout weekend camporee for Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors held every two years. Troops plan and practice outdoor skills all year in preparation for the event. Troops have fun while they tent camp, cook out doors, make new friends, and shop at the trading post. Troops compete and attend workshops in everything from fire-building, lashing, and backpacking, to knot tying, orienteering, and outdoor cooking.


Booklet and registration information can be found on the website after October 16.

DESTINATIONS are travel experiences that range from 2 days to 3 weeks for Cadettes and older. The 2013 list of Destinations and applications are available on the GSUSA website at: Last year, three girls were chosen from our council to participate in Costa Rica Outdoor Adventure, Juliette Low Camp in St. Louis, and Midwest Madness Outdoor Experience in Wisconsin. This year it could be you! Applications are due to the Ventura council office by November 15, 2012:  801 S. Victoria Avenue, Suite 202, 93003.

FALL PRODUCT SALE PROGRAM - All troops can raise money for troop expenses by selling Nuts, Candy & Magazines. Find out all about it at your October Service Unit Meeting.  Read and see more...


2012 Fall Product Sales

  • Order Taking- October 5-15
  • Product Delivery- November 2-5
  • Fall Sale Ends- November 30

ARNAZ PROGRAM CENTER  Were you one of the 5,800 visitors Arnaz had last year?  Have you planned your next camping trip? Visit Arnaz and work on your Journeys or Badges. While you are at Arnaz, you might even get to see "ISI," the doe, one of our local residents. At Arnaz, we will facilitate your troop working on the following:


deer Legacy Badges: Cook, First Aid, Girl Scout Way, Naturalist


Skill Building Badges: Outdoors, Adventure, Animals


Guided Stargazing and Outdoor Cooking programs are available.


To reserve cabins, yurts or campsites, email:  



FIRST AID/CPR and preparedness workshops for Girls and Adults will be held at Arnaz on October 27.  Leaders, need to renew your certification?  Want to make sure you have trained adults in your outings?  Registration is now open:



ARCHERY: The archery range is getting a face-lift and the ribbon cutting ceremony of new Archery equipment will be held November 10. Girls can register for Girl Archery program and adult volunteers can earn their Level 1 Certification.


Want your very own Archery lesson?  The archery range and instructors are now available for troop outings - to reserve,

ARNAZ PROGRAM CENTER PROJECT   Like Gardening? Enjoy wildlife? Want to learn more about our environment? Be part of the AGEnCY: Arnaz Girl Scout WildlifE, Conservation and PhenologY Team. You and your troop can be part of an educational series guided by local experts on topics such as rain garden basics, landscaping project planning, native plants and animal identification.


Planting will start in November and go through January. Sign up now to be a part of the planning and implementation. For more information or to join, send an email with "I want to join the AGEnCY" to

SHOP TIL YOU DROP October Saturday Shop Hours are: 11am-3pm, October 6, 2012!


NEW PRODUCTS: Both Shops have new items including ToGetHerThere shirts, bumper stickers and mugs. And, don't miss out on our new Fall Fun Patches and pins!


DID YOU KNOW: We are looking for volunteers to help out during our Saturday shop hours. Please email Rebecca Jones at the Castroville Shop or Christina Ortiz at the Ventura Shop if interested.

GOT MILK?  Watch for upcoming news as Girl Scout councils throughout the State of California will be partnering with GOT MILK? to host a photo contest starting in November. Visit beginning November 5, for more information and entry form.