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March 2013

2014 EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

 

LEADERS: PLAN NOW  2014 Early Bird Troop Registration is right around the corner and you will want to ensure that all girls receive their Early Bird patch!
  • The Early Bird 2014 Troop Registration Campaign begins May 1 and ends June 30, 2013
  • The GSUSA national Girl Scout Membership Fee has increased to $15 for the 2014 year (effective for this Early Bird registration)

The Early Bird 2014 Troop Registration Campaign is an online (eBiz) Troop Management campaign to register all our members who plan to continue with their troop after 9/30/13.

 

Every girl registered during the event will receive a super-cute Early Bird patch that celebrates and commemorates her continuing participation in her Girl Scout troop!

To prepare, leaders should log into Troop Management and ensure that all girls are on their roster. (HELP is available via the Contact Us button in eBiz to email or call for assistance.)

 

Stay tuned - more Early Bird details will be in the April, May and June editions of Who's on First!  Also, your local Service Unit team and Membership Managers are there to help answer any questions you may have.

  

VOLUNTEERS

 

DAISY CHAIN is growing! Materials such as the New Daisy Leader "Seed" packets, tracking sheets and Journeys are arriving this month.  Responses from schools, Service Units, and volunteers has been positive.  Thank you to those that have already accepted the challenge to have a Daisy troop in every elementary school. Look for a new web page that celebrates participation in the Daisy Chain and the impact we are all making.   

 

 
COUNCILWIDE VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION/GOLD AWARD CELEBRATION EVENT has been replaced with local level celebrations. See RECOGNITION CELEBRATION KIT below for the alternative.

 

RECOGNITION CELEBRATION KIT is a new way to celebrate outstanding achievement! Created by the Volunteer Recognitions committee and staff, it will include the tools your Service Unit needs to put on a Volunteer Recognition/Gold Award Girl Celebration.  The kit will include a sample invitation, sample ceremony, award template, press release template, Proclamation from the Board, budget worksheet and a recognition event best practices sheet which will include ideas from you--our volunteers.  Some council financial support will also be available for items such as ribbon for awards, room rental, refreshments, cake, and balloons. Kits will be available to SUM's in April. Questions? Or, to share your SU best practices, contact programs@girlscoutsccc.org.

  

 

NEW VIDEOS YOU CAN WATCH AND SHARE When you volunteer with girls, it's not just what you do, but how you do it. Watch this video, offered in English and Spanish, to learn more about how the Three Processes create a fun and meaningful experience for girls. 

 

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. You can give online TODAY!

 

ALL PROGRAM AGE LEVELS

 

 

JUMP INTO SPRING GIRL SCOUT STYLE! Ready to jump into spring activities? Consider these Girl Scout style ideas for troops:

  • Post an award project on Map It! to share with other girls.
  • Recite the Girl Scout Promise and Law out loud at least once a week.
  • Come up with a Make Your Own Badge project to learn a new skill and create and design a badge.
  • Resolve to BFF (Be a Friend First) by being kind to others and standing up against bullying behavior.
  • Find a Take Action project to believe in which will make a lasting difference.

Can you think of more? How about encouraging your troop to use reusable bottles instead of paper cups for a Forever Green project? Once you make your list, post it at each troop meeting to track activities. 

 

CELEBRATE GIRL SCOUT WEEK each March, this year, starting with Girl Scout Sunday on March 10 and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on Saturday March 16. Girl Week includes the observance of the Girl Scout Birthday on March 12.

 

Girl Scout Birthday commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization's first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. Girl Scout Sunday, Girl Scout Sabbath and Girl Scout Shabbat are all religious observances celebrating the rich diversity of belonging. A GSUSA patch is available for these events and gives girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout. If a place of worship is the group sponsor, girls may perform a service, such as greeting, ushering, or conducting a flag ceremony. Girls can also explore other faiths during Girl Scout Week . Please check with your local Service Unit Manager for best practices and local activities.


MY PROMISE, MY FAITH Now may be a great time to focus on this Girl Scout award.  Find more information in the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting.  Several religions have partnerships with Girl Scouts: Catholic, United Methodist, African Methodist Episcopal, Jewish, etc.  Many churches also participate in the PRAY program. Visit the GSUSA website. If you would be interested in doing a series around this topic, or would like more information and ideas, contact: Camille cjaque@girlscoutsccc.org

 


SERVICE UNIT DAY CAMP committees are hard at work finalizing event details.  Be on the lookout for summer day camp listings on the program calendar.

 

HORSE DAY CAMP Join us for a special horse experience in the southern region. Girls will connect with the animals, learn a little about themselves and have an experience they will not soon forget. Riders will practice exercises and receive stable management instruction at their ability and experience level, as well as, learn/practice working around horses, leading, grooming, and riding. Girls learn about the responsibility and care of these animals which might spark a life-long passion and will definitely create memories of a lifetime. 

  • June 10-June 14; 9:00AM-1:00PM
  • June 24 - June 28; 9:00AM-1:00PM
  • July 8-July 12; 9:00AM-1:00PM
  • July 29-August 2; 9:00AM-1:00PM

MARCH IS LAST CALL to complete activities and qualify for the 100th Anniversary 3-part council patch. If you participated in 3 council program events from October 2011 -  March 2013, you qualify for the patch.  Available for purchase while supplies last in our council shops. Questions: programs@girlscoutsccc.org

 

COOKIE PROGRAM

 

IMPORTANT COOKIE SALE DATES

 

  • 3/6/2013- Initial payment is due, 25% of balance due to council in eBudde will be withdrawn via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT).
  • 3/17/2013- Cookie Sale ends
  • 3/27/2013- Final payment is due, the Balance due in eBudde will be withdrawn via EFT. All troops must have the girls' final rewards order submitted.

 

Questions: Desiree dstilwell@girlscoutsccc.org 

JUNIOR, CADETTE, SENIOR, AMBASSADOR 

 

TALL SHIP JOURNEY As the sails go up, your Journey begins. Come sail away with experienced boaters and educators as you explore the open sea and find out what it takes to get this historical vessel moving. Bring your questions about Ocean Life Cycles, Wind Energy, Knots, Boat Engineering, Island and Boating History.  GSCCC Event Calendar  

  • April 2, 2013, 10:00 AM-Noon (Tuesday-Spring Break @ Ventura)

  • April 14, 2013, 10:00 AM-Noon (Sunday @ Ventura)

  • May 5, 2013, 10:00 AM-Noon (Sunday @ Santa Barbara)

KAYAKING Come on out for this outdoor activity designed to get everyone excited about the world, the water and of course exercising. You will be paired up and able to maneuver your own double kayak while navigating the Channel Island Harbor learning from a guide all about the area and it's wild life. GSCCC Event Calendar

 

  •  May 25, 2013, 10:00 AM-Noon
  • June 2, 2013, 10:00 AM-Noon
  • June 8, 2013, 10:00 AM-Noon
  • July 6, 2013, 10:00 AM-Noon

 

KALEIDOSCOPE 2013 Deadline to register is March 8, 2013 or when event fills. Registration is by troop only. Visit Kaleidoscope for more information and to register for this once in a lifetime event for Junior, Cadette, Seniors and Ambassador Girl Scouts!
 

 

CREATE a BFF Public Service Announcement Video Bullying feels like a big problem to solve. But what if people switched the focus of their efforts to boosting friendship, kindness, and respect? Could we make bullying disappear if we put friendship first? Make a PSA that tells people what your world would look like if all girls treated one another with kindness and respect and no one was bullied at school, online, and out in the world. If you're willing to speak up, you have the power to change things. Visit  http://speakout.girlscouts.org/  to learn how to create your own PSA. Must be 12 or older.  Girl Scouts Speak Out! will accept entries through April 30, 2013, 11:59 pm EST; voting will close May 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAMP ARNAZ

 

 

FLAG DAY: June 14 - Join Girl Scouts and local Veterans as they celebrate the US Flag.   Learn about History of the Flag, perform Ceremonies and participate in Flag Retiring Fire Ceremony. 


Forever Green Day Camp and PA & CIT Training: April 3 - 5.  Program Aides come for overnight camp filled with fun training as they lead Brownies through a day camp filled with Forever Green activities.


Arnaz TLC Day: April 6.  Work with other volunteers and staff to beautify and repair the camp facility in preparation for summer programs.  We will have gardening, painting, carpentry and other camp maintenance projects.   Register through eBiz.  Do you know someone with a specialized skill who would be willing to volunteer?  Do you know a business who would be generous with an in-kind donation?  Please contact us at CampArnaz@girlscoutsccc.org

SHOP TIL YOU DROP

 

Saturday Shop Hours for March 2, 2013 are 11am-3pm

 

  • Reminder: 2012 earned Cookie Credits expire March 31, 2013.
  • Official Girl Scout name badges are now available - $15 each. Discounts available on group orders of 25 or more. Contact: Rebecca rjones@girlscoutsccc.org
  • NEW SHOP ITEMS: 2013 Global Action patches, 2013 Girl Scout week patches, GSCCC knit caps and many more items are now available at both shop locations! GSCCC zip up hoodies will arrive mid-March! Color options include black and gray. Youth sizes (black only): $25 each, adult sizes: $32.50 each.

GSCCC VolunteerCONNECT & Facebook

  

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