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June 2013

SAVE THE DATE! Gina joined the council on May 15, and is eager to meet the volunteers who make it all happen. SUMs and Troop Leaders are encouraged to attend this summer Town Hall Meeting to welcome Gina and share thoughts about Girl Scouting along California's Central Coast.
Corrected Dates
  • TUE, June 18 - Castroville
  • WED, June 19 - Aptos
  • WED, July 10 - Thousand Oaks
  • THU, July 11 - Ventura
  • TUE, July 23 - Santa Barbara 
  • WED, July 24 - Santa Maria
  • WED, July 31 - San Luis Obispo  
Watch for a separate eVite to RSVP for the date & location. All events will be in the evening. Dessert and coffee will be served. 

JUNE 30, 2013: DEADLINE for girls to renew Girl Scout Membership and receive an Early Bird Patch!

Early Bird Registration as of 5/30/2013:  

  • Girls: 937
  • Adults: 475
Need information on Troop or SU progress?  Email Kim:



ANY TIME IS A GOOD TIME TO START A DAISY TROOP!  And, the Daisy Chain is growing! Summer is here and Daisys are springing up everywhere. In Atascadero, Daisies participated in a Daisy Chain Event. These new girls were excited to see the activities, and parents were happy to see that starting was actually easy. Invite others to join the Daisy Chain! 


MY PROMISE, MY FAITH Girls can participate every year and earn a pin. More information is in The Girls Guide to Girl Scouting or online. The curriculum can be used for summer church camp or as a series for troops. Contact Camille:


UNIQUE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY GSCCC and United Way collaboration NEEDS YOU!  Fun in the Sun (FITS) is a summer-long day camp for 120 underserved girls from the Santa Barbara area. For the first time, groups of 35 girls will spend a day at Camp Arnaz exploring leadership, building outdoor skills, and developing an appreciation for nature. This collaborative effort needs Girl Scout volunteers and PAs with outdoor camp expertise. To volunteer for one day, or all four days (July 8, 9, 10, or 29), contact Angelica:   


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.




GOLD AWARD INFORMATION WEBINAR Thursday, June 6, 6:30pm - 7:30pm Want to know more about the Gold Award process before diving in? Register for webinar:



ARTEMIS Summer Outdoor Leadership Camp REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!    


A fun and life-enriching week of outdoor camp awaits Girls in grades 5-12 at Artemis from July 21-27 in the Santa Cruz mountains. More information:  



GIRL SCOUT FRIENDSHIP BRACELET SUMMER ART PROJECT to help girls remember the Girl Scout Law. 

  • RED - For learning to stay healthy and safe
  • BLUE - For the friends we make worldwide
  • ORANGE - For the discoveries we make about our world
  • PURPLE - For enjoying the arts from around the world
  • YELLOW - For exploring the beautiful outdoors
  • GREEN - For Girl Scouting
  • CIRCLE - Represents friendship around the world with sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides  
  • 13 SMALL KNOTS - Ten for the ten parts of the Girl Scout Law, and three for the three parts of the Promise.  
  • 1 SQUARE KNOT - To represent the bond that unites all of us in Girl Scouting.
  • BELL - To ensure good luck.  

Cut one 18" length of embroidery floss in each color above. Tie with an overhand knot in the center, and then six overhand knots on each side of the center knot, for a total of 13 small knots. Join the ends in one square knot. Attach bell. The bell tinkles with the sound of friendship.




March4thMusic GIRL SCOUTS ROCK! July 19-21 Watsonville, Santa Maria, Ventura - Attention Daisy, Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts who love music! Join local girls for a hands-on music workshop and concert this summer led by Girl Scout alum and Gold Award recipient Lynnzee Fraye and the band March 4th Music. Girls will experience: different musical instruments, pop songs from around the world, see March 4th perform, and participate in a live concert with an instrument made that day! ROCK ON! Fun patch included. See council event calendar for more details. Questions? 


JUMP INTO JOURNEYS! Congratulations on completing a successful year in Girl Scouts!  Jump into Journeys


Want to earn a free patch?  It's easy - simply meet with girls, and help them choose a journey for next year!  Jump into Journeys is a FREE PATCH program and tool that helps girls and leaders work together to decide which journey program to complete!  More information...  Questions?

NEW FOREVER GREEN 2013 ACTIVITY GUIDE AND FREE PATCH PROGRAM! Join Girl Scouts across the council in making the world a better place! Activities focus on saving energy, conserving water and reducing plastics in the environment. It's easy to participate individually, as a troop, or with a 2013 Forever Green Patch group. Complete three or more activities, register the activity with GSUSA and complete the patch order form online. "Out-of-the-box" Forever Green projects or events are encouraged. Share them!  More information... Contact Pattie: 





2013 It's Your Summer Patch
  • Adventure Camp, Ventura -  6/17
  • Zoo Snooze, Santa Barbara - 6/21
  • Rock Climbing Lock-In, Ventura - 6/21
  • Adventure Camp, Santa Maria - 6/22
  • Surf Day, SLO - 7/13
  • GS Surf Day Camp, Monterey Bay - 7/8-7/13

Summer snapshot.

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.




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


SHOW ARNAZ SOME LOVE Troops can provide community service. Adult volunteers with the following specialized skills or tools/equipment are needed. 

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


ARCHERY Troops or individuals can have private Archery sessions at Arnaz.


Archery Instructor Certification class will be offered soon. Once certified, an instructor is able to serve as Range Master for Troops, SU Events, Day Camps or Council Events. 





THANK YOU girls and volunteers for a successful 2013 Cookie Sale! GSCCC sold a total of 1,119,248 boxes of cookies and sent an amazing 37,582 boxes to Military troops overseas.
2013 COOKIE CREDITS have been sent to Service Unit Cookie Chairs. The 2013 Cookie Credits will expire on 3/31/2014. Learn more about the 2013 Cookie Credits. Questions? Contact Desiree:  



SATURDAY SHOP HOURS for June 1, 2013 11am-3pm. Council shops will remain open throughout the summer Tuesday through Friday, 10:00am - 4:00pm.

SHOP CLOSURE IN JULY:  Council shops will be closed July 4 - July 8. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and are happy to discuss specific shopping needs during this holiday closure. Contact Rebecca or 800-822-2427 x125. 


Check out Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast new online shop here


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 businesses and what keeps them going. They share some of the skills they picked-up along the way--how to write a business plan, how to ask investors to invest in an idea, or how to use Twitter and Facebook to reach new customers.