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May 2013
GSUSA Membership Fee is $15


GET READY Make sure all renewing girls are on your roster!
GET SET Gather any information that has changed this year for each of your girls.
GO! The Early Bird Membership Registration Campaign officially begins today!
For step-by-step instructions, click the following links:
Early Bird Instructions - Troop Leaders



THE DAISY CHAIN is growing! Visit to see list of schools. In Ventura, many new Daisy troops are starting with a series hosted by their Service Unit and Staff Membership Manager. New leaders are then following the information found in the "seed packet" for the first four meetings. One new troop leader stated, "I volunteer in the classroom, but I am not a teacher. The seed packet was easy to follow, and I now I feel like I know what I am suppose to do, and it really isn't that hard."


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.


Also, don't forget to check out the new Quick Start on the GSUSA website for more ideas for new Daisy, Brownie and Junior troops.


FOLLOW THE COUNCIL by registering to receive breaking news items via VolunteerCONNECT - simply enter your email address in the top right corner of this link, then watch for a notice in your email to activate your email subscription from VolunteerCONNECT (via FeedBurner). LIKE the council Facebook Fan page 



GOLD AWARD INFORMATION WEBINAR Thursday, June 6, 2013, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Thinking about earning your Gold? Want to know more about the process before you dive in? Join this webinar and learn about the Girl Scout Gold Award and GSCCC Committee process led by a GSCCC Gold Award Committee Member. This webinar will cover the requirements of the award, submission deadlines, ideas and tips for planning a successful project, and more. Come prepared for an informative webinar by reviewing the Gold Award application and pre-requisites prior to attending. Register for webinar:  


ARTEMIS Summer Outdoor Leadership Camp REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!    A fun and life-enriching week of outdoor camp awaits Girls 5th - 12th grade at Artemis from July 21 - 27 in the Santa Cruz mountains.


In addition to hiking, archery, swimming, sing-alongs, great food and good ol'camping fun, throughout the week of camp, campers will be taught the 11 Skills of Leadership by youth staff members. Campers will then have opportunities to practice and apply these skills in hands-on settings.  


Camp Artemis is girls leading girls towards the mastery of skills for life. Through recognition and development of their own leadership skills, girls learn to share these gifts with family, community and the world.  


Register for Artemis:

More information:  



GIRL SCOUT OLYMPICS June 1, 2013, Thousand Oaks. This exciting day of sports and fun (AKA Brownilympics) allows girls, K - 3,  to earn their Athlete Legacy badge and build self-esteem through a day of fun outdoor activities. This is a volunteer-organized event where Dads and other significant adult males (SAMs) run the event from start to finish. Every girl participating will receive a medal. 

Register via eBiz: Girl Scout Olympics  (Registration must be done using eBiz Troop Management by the Troop Leader. No individual registrations are allowed for this event.)



DISCOVER DESCUBRE To learn more about how to participate, volunteer and help spread the word, please email or contact staff listed in the links below. 

  • OXNARD The Second Annual "Descubre Tu Communidad/Discover Your Community" Event and Series is coming Saturday, May 4, 11am to 4pm at the Downtown Oxnard Plaza Park. Questions: Sylvia Kuaea
  • SALINAS Saturday, May 18 from 2pm to 5pm at Northridge mall. Girls and Volunteers are needed to run 2 tables at the event and to sing songs once an hour on stage.  Questions: Camille Jaque
  • SANTA MARIA in June (date and location to come). Questions: Angelica Guerrero     

SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAM EVENTS Check out our super-cool Summer Program activities at A few of the Summer Programs available:

  • Designs on Chocolate -  Salinas:  5/11
  • Hike Bike and BBQ - Aptos: 6/1
  • Girl Scout Engineering Day for Juniors - SLO: 6/1
  • Kayaking -Ventura: 06/02 & 06/08
  • Zoo Snooze - Santa Barbara: 6/21
  • Rock Climbing Lock-In - Ventura: 6/21

DO-IT-YOURSELF PROGRAM KITS DIY kits are available to check out from the Castroville Office and Arnaz Program Center. Email and mention DIY kits in the subject line for more information.


CHECK OUT DIGITAL PROGRAMMING We all know girls spend lots of time in the virtual world and we have lots of BFF stuff going on there, too. Remember to tell girls and their grown-ups about our free, open-to-all digital programming. Check it out so you can pass it forward. Go to: BFF: Be a Friend First and check out

  • Test Your Bullying IQ
  • Bullying-Can You Recognize It?
  • Test Your Online Etiquette
  • Kindness Travels (try it yourself!!)
  • Flip the Script (girls finish the cartoon story)
  • Friendship First PSA Contest
  • Real Girls Talk About Bullying video

MY PROMISE, MY FAITH Girls can participate every year they are in Girl Scouts and receive a pin for My Promise, My Faith.  More information is available in the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting.  Several religions have partnerships and/or shared religious awards with Girl Scouts, i.e. Catholic, United Methodist, African Methodist Episcopal, Jewish, Baha'I, etc. Check out the GSUSA website for more information. If you would be interested in hosting a series around this topic, or would like more information and ideas, please contact Camille 




ARNAZ TLC DAY was a success with over 50 volunteers working on a variety of projects. THANK YOU! Arnaz still needs more TLC. Contact email below to bring your troop for community service and show your love for Arnaz. If you have adult volunteers with specialized skills or tools/equipment, email

  • Fire Ring Clearing/Painting
  • Picnic Benches
  • Gardening
  • Trail Clearing
  • Organizing
  • Brush Clearing
  • Minor Plumbing


FLAG DAY June 14 Join Girl Scouts and local Veterans as they celebrate the United States Flag. Learn about the history of the Flag, perform ceremonies and participate in a Flag Retiring Fire Ceremony.   


ARCHERY Bring your troop or have a private Archery session at Arnaz. We are also gathering names for Archery Instructor Certification class. If interested, send us an email to be added to the list. Once you are certified, you will be able to serve as Range Master for your troop, SU Event, Day Camp or Council Event. Contact


OPEN STAFF POSITION Camp Property Maintenance/Camp Ranger for Arnaz Program Center in Ventura. The position is accountable for directing and ensuring the practical management of Arnaz in addition to serving as Camp Host. Position will maintain the physical property and recommend and implement property management strategies compliant to health and safety requirements and consistent with the Girl Scout Mission to serve girls, allowing them to discover, connect, and take action in high quality indoor and outdoor program environments.


How to Apply:
For more information or an application, or to submit cover letter and resume, email or fax to (831) 633-4029. No phone calls please.   




Saturday Shop Hours for May 4, 2013 11am-3pm

It's not too early to start buying end-of-year/bridging badges, uniforms and certificates. Please email or call if large quantities are needed as there is a two-week turnaround for special orders.

BREAKING NEWS: A brand new council online shop has officially launched! All national Girl Scout products, and soon, council's own items, are available. Benefits to shopping at the on-line shop are:

  • All items from the national Girl Scout shop are now available for direct purchase.
  • Proceeds from all online shop purchases generated from our geographic area will go directly to support Girl Scout programs throughout CA Central Coast region.
  • Faster order process because of direct shipping from national Girl Scout shop inventory.
  • Council's own merchandise to be added soon.
  • More products to choose from means more choices for customers.

SHOP CLOSURE IN JULY: Due to staffing availability issues (many staff will be working at camps), both council shops will be closed July 4 - July 8. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and are happy to talk with you if you have specific shopping needs during this holiday closure. Please contact Rebecca or 800-822-2427 x125.



Don't Miss These Opportunities


IT'S YOUR BUSINESS - RUN IT! by Girl Scouts For Girls   Check out the video series, It's Your Business-Run It! where a group of very different women across the country explain...what inspired them to start their business and what keeps them going. They share some of the skills they picked-up along the way--how to write a business plan, ask investors to invest in your idea, or how you can use Twitter and Facebook to reach new customers.


MAKERS: Women Who Make America, a New Documentary Featuring Anna Maria Chávez   Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, is featured in an e-documentary for this PBS documentary series which tells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy.


Anna is in great company with other esteemed women who are being profiled (Oprah, Condoleezza Rice, and Gloria Steinem, just to name a few). The segment focuses on Anna as a trailblazer for girls as the CEO of Girl Scouts, and beautifully hones in on the message of ToGetHerThere.  


HIGH TECH CAMP FOR GIRLS Microsoft DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls works to dispel stereotypes of the high-tech industry and gives young people a chance to experience firsthand what it is like to develop cutting-edge technology. During the camp, girls are exposed to executive speakers, technology tours and demonstrations, networking and hands-on learning workshops. Maximum Award: camp attendance. Eligibility: girls grades 7-12; must be 13 at the time of attendance. If selected, the camp is FREE. Learn more here...   Deadline: varies; see website.


"DO SOMETHING" SEED GRANT Do girls need some seed money for a GS Bronze, Silver or Gold Award? Deadline: Rolling Are you working to start a community action project or program? Do you need money to put your ideas into action? If you answered, "YES!" you are eligible to apply for a "DoSomething" Seed Grant. This organization gives out a $500 grant every week to help young people just like YOU! These are grants for all types of community action projects around causes that you care about and are important in your community.

Learn more here...  Deadline: Rolling.