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October 2013
POST & SHARE!  IT'S GS NATIONAL RECRUITMENT WEEK and First Lady Michelle Obama highlights the important role of Girl Scout Volunteers in a video that coincides with the launch of GSUSA's
I can't wait to... campaign to highlight the fun, excitement and anticipation that are part of the Girl Scout experience.
First Lady Michelle Obama supports Girl Scouts
First Lady Michelle Obama supports Girl Scouts
We are excited to work as a Movement to promote this video and hope you will share it on your website, across your social media platforms and email lists. Simply visit the council Facebook page, website, or grab the link from this video.
Be a part of the FUN!  REGISTER YOUR TROOP TODAY TO HELP YOUR SERVICE UNIT WIN $500. As a part of the I can't wait to... campaign, councils across America are being challenged to REGISTER AS MANY GIRLS AS POSSIBLE BY OCTOBER 31, 2013.  If GSCCC wins the challenge, the top five Service Units with the highest percentage of girls registered will win $500. REGISTER YOUR TROOP TODAY! 
JOIN THE GSUSA NATIONAL TWITTER PARTY:  Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 9:00 PM ET (6:00 PM PT)  In 140 characters tweet your favorite Girl Scout experience!
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FROM THE CEO: Gina M. Jaeger  It is with GREAT pleasure that I announce the upcoming relocation of Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast headquarters!  Headquarters remains in Ventura, with excellent visibility and access to Route 101, and will include a beautiful retail space. View the press release. You can anticipate a December or January opening in the new location.  More information will be shared as it becomes available!
THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED SERVE 10,428 GIRLS As the 2013 Girl Scout Year came to an end on September 30, 2013, GSCCC membership tallied 10,428 girls served by 5,691 adults.  In a year where many councils had a decrease in membership, GSCCC had a 3% girl increase - thanks to volunteers, like you, who are providing exciting Girl Scout troop program.
NEW eBIZ REGISTRATION  All user names and passwords must be reset as part of the online registration system upgrade to a new family-based registration system. Most users can follow the easy online directions to reset.  eBiz Help Desk hours have been extended through the month of October for those who need assistance:
Watch for detailed eBiz Help email coming shortly.
M-F 9am - 7pm
Sat  10am - 2pm
800-822-2427 Option 6



ATTEND A LEADERAMA NEAR YOU! Develop and expand your volunteer toolkit.  Attend training in large group and breakout sessions that vary in topic from exploring Journeys to learning Girl Scout crafts and traditions.  Network with peers, share best practices, and preview new Girl Scout resources. Leaderamas are open to all registered Girl Scout troop leaders and co-leaders. Register:

Leaderama North - Castroville, October 26, 2013
Leaderama North Central - Grover Beach, November 2, 2013
Leaderama South Central - Santa Barbara, November 17, 2013
Leaderama South - Arnaz, November 2, 2013


JOIN THE DAISY CHAIN! Fall is here and school is starting along with new Daisy

Troops. New Daisy leaders will receive a starter packet with easy instructions for the first four meetings. Ask Membership Managers or Service Unit Managers about the starter kit.  When the packet is completed, new Daisy Troops will receive the Journey book of their choice.


BROWNIE CIRCLE Starter Packets are here! - just what new Brownie Troops need to join the mix of Girl Scouts. Also, check-out Quick Start on the GSUSA website for more ideas for new Daisy, Brownie and Junior troops.

Questions:  Camille

FEDEX COPYING DISCOUNTS are available for Service Units and Troops for printing and copying through an extension of GSCCC's membership in CA Non-Profits.

Accessing the FedEx Discount:

To place an order online (Black & white copies $.04 (a 60% savings), color copies $.39 (a 34% savings), and a 15% savings on other production services visit: (Doesn't include shipping.) (click 'send an order')
username: canonprofits
Password: canonprofits!

In store account/promo code: 0290662796




BarbieŽ and Girl Scouts of the USA announced a unique partnership to create the BarbieŽ "Be Anything, Do Everything" patch. The participation patch is designed to inspire the next generation of female leaders, encouraging girls to explore endless career possibilities through exciting new program activities.


Activity Packets (including booklets and patches) are available in limited quantities and while supplies last through the council Program Department. Packets are available in English and in Spanish. Interested Troop Leaders should submit a request including: Troop Leader Name,Troop number, mailing address, choice of English or Spanish language packets, and number of girls in the troop to:

Packets will be assembled and ready for pick-up in the Ventura, Santa Maria and Castroville offices. Packets can be mailed to troops remote from an office. To determine the success of the program, we ask that participating troops complete a short survey/evaluation regarding the activity and return to the Program Department.



2013-14 Program Events & Activities through January The calendar is live and will continue to be updated throughout the year with new and exciting program opportunities. Check-out the snapshot here. 


  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Overnight (D/B/J/C/S/A) - Santa Cruz 10/4
  • Juliette Low's Birthday Roller Skating Event (D/B/J/C/S/A) - Marina 10/27
  • Girl Scout Brownie Inventor Badge Workshop - Ventura - 10/12
  • Girl Scout Brownie Engineering Day (B) - San Luis Obispo 10/19
  • Senior/Ambassadors: Car Care Badge Workshop - Teen Driving - Oxnard 10/20
  • Girl Scout Aviation Day (J/C/S/A) - Camarillo 10/26
  • Interpretive Arts Badge Workshop Overnight (B/J/C/S/A) - Camp Arnaz 11/09
  • Zoo Snooze (B/J) - Santa Barbara 11/5

View council program offerings at  
Difficulty registering?



PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Interested in joining a fun group of  volunteers who love girl-led, engaging, fun, local program activities? Then consider serving on a regional Program Advisory Team? Parents, Leaders and older Girl Scouts are invited to join. Meetings will be held alternately in person and via conference call once a month. Please send your interest to



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. Pick-up your free patch in one of the council shops. Contact Pattie:



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. Need more information: Email and mention DIY kits in the subject line.



GIRLTOPIA GS of Greater LA is bringing the exciting girl-focused expo World of Girl! back to the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, November 9, from 9 am to 5 pm. Girltopia is open to registered Girl Scouts, everywhere! Check-out the Teen Summit currently still open for Seniors and Ambassadors.
Information and registration:





Plan the next tent, yurt or cabin camping trip today!  Make reservations:

Per Evening Rates:

  •   Rome Cabin - $65.00
  •   Pipin Cabin - $50.00
  •   Yurts - $35.00
  •   Camp Sites - $20-$35



NUTS & MAGAZINESTo sign up for online order taking and online magazine and nut/candy sales, go to:

  • October 13: Order card sales ends. Online nut/candy and magazine sales continue.
  • November 1-4: Product Delivery. Contact service unit product sales chair for exact delivery information
  • November 20: 50% of Balance due in TNOS will be withdrawn via ACH.
  • November 24: Fall Sale and Online Magazine and Nut/Candy sales end.
  • Decemeber 4: Final Payment due; will be withdrawn via ACH.

COOKIES: 2014 Cookie University will be held on January 4, 2014. Registration will open October 20, 2013 for all of the 4 Cookie University locations: Castroville, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Thousand Oaks.

Questions? Contact Desiree:



Saturday Shop Hours for October 5: 11 am -3 pm

Girl's Guide to Scouting and Journey Leader Sets are 25% off retail price now through October 31, 2013! Regularly priced at $22.50 and $15.00, Girls Guides are now $16.88 each and Journey Leader Sets are $10.00 each. Available at both shop locations and on website.

New Arrivals Help the environment while supporting Girl Scouts with reusable GS tote bags - now available! Totes are available at both Castroville and Ventura shop locations.

GSCCC Coastal Clean-Up patches are also available for $2. This patch is not dated, so girls can add the patch to their vest or sash after clean-up projects throughout the year.  

No time to visit council shops? Everything can be found on the council's new online shop here. Look for GSCCC council's own items to be available through the website soon.