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

FROM THE CEO - Sherry Sybesma  It has been a privilege to serve as CEO for Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast. I am proud to say that the work I was hired to do is drawing to a close, which means it is time for me to move on to the next adventure life has in store. I will be leaving the council in April.


In the two years since, we have done good work together and the council, while far from perfect, has made good progress in a number of areas. A new website, growing membership, improved processes, greater transparency are some of the achievements that stand out for me - and, of course, every improvement is about increasing the organization's capacity to serve girls.  


Heather Vesterfelt, Board Chair - and my valued governance partner - is overseeing the search process to select a new CEO. The goal is to have someone identified before I leave in April. If you have questions, or would like to give feedback on the CEO search process, please email Heather at


As the Founder said, "The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers." I look forward to continuing that work over the next few months - and, when our time together is done, I will take with me many lovely memories of my time with my Girl Scout Sisters on California's Central Coast.


FAMILY GIVING CAMPAIGN - It takes more than cookies to change the world... It takes dedicated volunteers! Please help us support volunteer learning and development opportunities so that we can serve more girls in more ways.  The 2012 Family Giving Campaign arrived in your mail box last month, but you can still give online TODAY! -



GSCCC OFFICES CLOSED for an All-Staff Meeting on Monday, December 10, 2012.  Council offices and shops will also be closed from December 24-January 1 for the holidays.


QUICK START for busy Daisy, Brownie, Junior TROOP VOLUNTEERS online at Quick Start provides the Ten Essential Elements for Troops, plus specific ways to execute them. Quality troop experiences can happen sooner for today's busy families and volunteers!


LEADERAMA in Salinas will be rescheduled after the holidays in January. Watch the Event Calendar


FALL NUT, CANDY & MAGAZINE SALE final balance will be withdrawn on December 5, 2012 Questions? Email Desiree Stilwell at


GS COOKIE SALE BEGINS IN JANUARY. ALL GIRLS SELLING COOKIES MUST BE REGISTERED. Cookie sale materials will only be available for registered Girl Scouts. Make sure your entire troop is registered by December 15. GO ONLINE and make it happen. Need help? Contact


HANDS-ON HELP WITH ONLINE REGISTRATION is available at Castroville and Ventura offices OR ask your Service Unit Registrar for eBiz assistance. The Service Unit Registrars are amazing champions of eBiz.


WHO NEEDS A VOLUNTEER APPLICATION & BACKGROUND CHECK?Anyone working with girls and/or handling money is required to have a volunteer application and background check completed. It's super quick and easy to do. Click here.



JUMP INTO JOURNEYS patch program will help your troop choose a Journey and your program for the year. Jump Into Journeys here. 


FORGIRLS - Have you visited the ForGirls site lately? Take a few minutes this week and check out everything that's going on. You'll see the winners of the Dear Mr. President PSA contest and learn about how girls can help with hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.



ITS ALMOST COOKIE TIME!! Have you signed up for COOKIE U? Daisies, Brownies and Juniors can come learn how to be a business SAVVY cookie seller at the 1st Annual COOKIE UNIVERSITY at three different locations on Saturday, January 5, 2013. Cookie U is a great way to kick-off the 2012 Cookie Season with a series of hands-on and interactive booths that will help add the fun and the WOW factor to your cookie sales. Cookie "U" will teach students how to set goals, plan a budget, practice managing money and learn valuable customer service skills.


Girls will also have the opportunity to sample cookies, create fun cookie marketing crafts and learn how they can help send more boxes of cookies to deployed military personnel through "Operation Gratitude." There will even be a station just for troop volunteers and parents to get age-specific program information and to ask questions. Register now.


And, after a first day of Cookie Sales...on January 12, It's about girls, goals, games and...COOKIES! At the first ever National Girl Scout Cookie Sleepover, girls from across the country will go online to experience an exciting virtual event that will deliver a brand new kind of cookie fun and learning. The cookie finale will be in 3D!  Get your 3D glasses and join in the fun with your troop!  Learn more...


TAKE ACTION PROJECT S.O.S. Part of Girl Scouting should be about teaching girls to assess the needs they see around them and developing plans accordingly. Every Leadership Journey contains ideas for girls about how to identify needs-and develop realistic action plans. Every Adult Guide provides tips for guiding girls through this process, from basic community mapping, to surveys, to the Brownie Brainstorm in Brownie Quest. Although not "disaster specific," we can talk to girls about how the same approach to identifying a Take Action project in Journeys applies in the wake of a disaster (and to so much more in life, too!).


Here are a few specific examples you might find helpful when working with girls:


Agent of Change (Junior Girl Book)                                                                    

The Good of Service and the Power of Action, page 66                                       Community Mapping, pages 69-73A                                                                       Food Drive with Great Taste, page 74


Get Moving! (Junior Girl Book)                                                                            

Why Light the Night Away? Pages 54-57                                                               Energy Audit, pages 68-75


Brownie Quest (Adult Guide)                                                                                

Brownie Brainstorm, pages 76-77



ARNAZ PROGRAM CENTER PROJECT deer Join AGenCY Arnaz Girl Scout WildlifE, Conservation and PhenologY Team. 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. For more information or to join, send an email with "I want to join the AGEnCY" to


Yeehaw! KALEIDOSCOPE 2013 Registration begins DECEMBER 10. Online Registration opens via Troop Management through eBiz. Full $50 fee due at time of registration - non refundable. Registration closes on March 8, 2013 - and all forms are due - no exceptions. LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Kaleidoscope Book:



  • When: Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28, 2013
  • Who: Registered Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador Troops, Leaders and Adult Volunteers
  • Where: Santa Barbara County
  • Fee: $50.00 per person, non-refundable and includes; T-shirt, nametag holder, event patch, Skill Challenge rocker (if earned), bandana, Saturday evening dinner, site fees, glow necklace, workshop materials and a wild stampede of memories.


Questions regarding K2013? Need help planning a skills challenge day? Please email the committee at



DECEMBER SATURDAY SHOP HOURS Today, December 1, from 11am-3pm! Our shops will be closed December 24 through January 1, 2013. Any on-line orders received after 12pm on December 21 will be processed upon our return to the office in January. Happy Holidays!


SPECIAL LIMITED TIME OFFER on all Adult Journey Guide Sets. The Adult Journey Girl Guide set is essential for creating the Girl Scout experience and now through December 31, 2012, the Leader sets are 33% off - Regularly $15.00 per set, they can be purchased for $10.00!


GIFT CERTIFICATES are now available at both shop locations and by emailing Rebecca Jones at They come in increments of $5.00 and make the perfect gift or acknowledgment for that special Girl Scout or volunteer! 


NEW HOLIDAY ITEMS including ornaments, holiday fun patches and holiday pins are available at both shop locations! 

Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast has announced a bequest of over $420,000 from the Martha J. Pennington Family Trust to establish an endowment for the maintenance of the Arnaz Program Center.

GOT MILK? GIRL SCOUTS PHOTO CONTEST Ends December 17 GSCCC has quite a few entries so far, but there is still time to ENTER TO WIN A CAMP/TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP.  Registered Girl Scouts throughout California are invited to submit a photo entry in the 15th Anniversary GOT MILK? campaign to vie for one of three $350 camp/travel scholarships, per council, being sponsored by the California Milk Processor Board. Three lucky Grand Prize finalists will also appear in a photo shoot and win a $500 U.S. Savings Bond. Click here for more information, rules and entry form!