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August 2013
COUNCIL OFFICE PHONE CONVERSION GSCCC began the conversion process to install a new phone system this week which will allow for greater collaboration and communications options throughout the council. Main council phone numbers remain the same. Read more...
eBIZ UPGRADE HAPPENING IN AUGUST eBiz website is scheduled to be down from approximately 2:00 pm PDT on August 9 until August 13  GSUSA is upgrading the eBiz online registration website to a new family-based system. The new eBiz features upgrades based on volunteer input plus extensive usability testing, and should vastly improve the online registration experience.
  • More information will be emailed prior to the go-live date, but as a part of the upgrade, all existing user accounts - names and passwords - will be deactivated.
  • All adults will be required to create a new online account - reusing old user names and passwords will be acceptable.
  • Leaders will be able to see all troop activities within the new eBiz.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION INCREASED BY 20% Early Bird Registration as of 6/30/2013: 
  • Girls - 3,743
  • Adults - 1,833
Patches will be given to Service Unit Managers before September Meetings.




Daisy Chain is growing! This summer Daisys are springing up everywhere. In Atascadero, Daisies participated in a Daisy Chain Event. The new Kindergarteners were excited to see the activities and parents were happy to see that starting a troop 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: 


NEW VIDEOS YOU CAN WATCH AND SHARE When volunteering with girls, it's not just what you do, but how you do it. Watch this video, offered in English and Spanishto 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.





Whether you go surfing at the beach, ride your bike, play soccer or softball on a team, hike and swim with your friends at camp - think about why you like to get up and get active. Does it give you more energy? Make you feel better?

Then, make a PSA that tells others why they should join you and get active too. Could we create a healthier, happier world if more people got up and made exercise a part of their every day routine? Here are ideas for how to tie Journeys into the Girl Scouts Speak Out! theme.

Girl Scouts Speak Out! will accept entries from June 5, 2013 through August 31, 2013, 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time; voting will close September 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time. 




Earn Your Badge Design

Bored? Looking for a fun troop activity?

EARN MAKE YOUR OWN BADGE Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can earn a "Make Your Own" badge once a year (September to September). Girls choose an idea or topic, write the five steps (requirements) for learning skills, and complete the steps. Then, have fun designing a badge that is unique to the troop. Once girls have earned their Make Your Own badge, why not provide service to others on the topic they now know so much about? Badges are placed on front of the GS sash/vest, as it is an official national badge. Girls can also share their "Learn and Earn" stories with others by creating a personalized certificate to download and print. 

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. Download the Forever Green Activity Guide, complete three or more activities, register the activity with GSUSA and complete the patch order form online. Share them!  Contact Pattie:



See a complete list of program offerings:



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



A TASTE OF GIRL SCOUTS The all-new Girl Scout Recipe Collection makes earning Legacy Cooking badges-Snacks, Simple Meals, New Cuisines, Locavore, and Dinner Party-easier and more scrumptious than ever! From soup to nuts (literally!), and even dessert, we've gathered time-honored recipes from both The Girl's Guides to Girl Scouting and the Leadership Journey books, like these.




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. 






NUTSGSCCC will partner with Trophy Nut and M2 Media for the 2013 Fall Product Sale. This company's E-Nuts+ system allows friends and family to order product online and have it shipped to their home. M2 Media's amazing online system will allow girls to set up a personalized storefront and email friends and family to visit and help support their troop through magazine purchases.

COOKIESGSCCC will partner with ABC Bakers for the 2013-2014 Cookie Sale Program.

The council will be participating in a Gluten-Free Pilot program during the 2013-2014 Cookie Sale. This pilot has been developed in response to councils, volunteers, girls and consumers who have asked for a gluten-free Girl Scout cookie. This new cookie allows celiac disease sufferers and those avoiding gluten to support the efforts of Girl Scouts as they enjoy a product created just for them.

Questions? Contact Desiree:           



SATURDAY SHOP HOURS for August 3, 2013 11 am - 3 pm. 


WHAT'S NEW:  Girl's white polo shirts are in! Value-priced at $12 each, they are a fantastic addition to the Girl Scout uniform. Available at both shop locations and via the council's online shop. 


HAVE YOU COMPLETED THE SHOP SURVEY? Complete the survey and receive $5 off of your new shop order.


CHECK-OUT Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast new online shop here. Look for GSCCC council's own items to be available through the website by the end of August.


Don't Miss These Opportunities... 


2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Young Collectors Set explores the history of the Girl Scouts organization, beginning with their founding by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912. The set contains a 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Uncirculated Silver Dollar, along with colorful graphics paired with historic images. Girls will enjoy the "Mint Kids" characters who guide girls through Girl Scouts remarkable history which has evolved to meet the changing needs of girls and the Nation over the past 100 years.  This product will be available for sale on July 19, 2013, at 12 noon (ET).
  • Mintage Limit: 350,000 across all options
  • Product Limit: 50,000
  • Household Order Limit: None

Coffee-mate is conducting a nationwide casting search for the star of a new television commercial promoting the nationally-licensed Coffee-mate Girl Scouts creamers. Girl Scouts will be able to audition by uploading an audition video to the Coffee-mate website ( between July 30 and August 13.

The audition is open only to current Girl Scout members who have registered since October 1, 2012, and can convincingly portray a girl between 8 and 11 years old. Girl Scouts who have professional acting experience as well as those with little or no acting experience are welcome to audition. Girl Scouts who have talent agent representation must also submit audition videos via Coffee-mate's "Scout the Girl Scout" website.