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November 2013
FROM THE CEO: Gina M. Jaeger  Welcome to the November 2013 edition of Who's on First!   Yesterday, we celebrated the 153 Anniversary of Juliette Gordon Low's birth - who was recognized by the National Board of Girl Scouts on the eve of her death as "...not only the first Girl Scout, but the best Girl Scout of them all."  As we continue into the Second Century of Girl Scouting, it is important to honor the rich past of Juliette's vision as we look toward the opportunities and promises of the future - reaping the benefits of our shared Girl Scout experiences because of Juliette's gift to each of us. Thank you and Happy Birthday, Juliette!
 
In addition to all the valuable information contained in this issue, you will find a National Delegate Application form attached here.  If you are not a current operational volunteer, and are18 years old or older, please consider applying for this fantastic opportunity.  The National Convention will be held October 16-19, 2014 in Salt Lake City, and you could be an active participant. Delegate responsibilities are as follows:
  • Participate in orientation for Council Delegates prior to the meeting of the National Council of GSUSA
  • Attend the meeting of the National Council of GSUSA
  • Assist the Council Board in gathering input from GSCCC members concerning the national proposals prior to the meeting of the National Council of GSUSA
  • Report and interpret the actions and decisions of the National Council of GSUSA to the GSCCC members.

We look forward to your receiving your applications!  You may forward your application to me at gjaeger@girlscoutsccc.org

 

California Central Coast
Girl Scouts California's Central Coast

And finally, please take a moment to watch the video CONGRATULATIONS the council received  - which means you, too! - from Anna Maria Chavez, national CEO of GSUSA. GSCCC was one of only 21 councils who experienced membership growth in 2013.  I am proud of our staff, of course, but I am proud of all of you as well.  We could not do what we do without all of you!  Thank you for all you do for the Girl Scout Movement!
 

 

Sincerely,

Gina

  

LAUNCH PARTY THANK YOU A BIG Thank You to all of the Volunteers, Parents, and Girls who helped with the first Council-wide Registration Kick-Off Launch Parties as part of the "I Can't Wait To" campaign. A great time was had by all, especially the new girls and their families who are now a part of Girl Scouts due to your hard work.

 

ALL GIRL SCOUT POSITIONS ARE ONE-YEAR POSITIONS Troop Leaders, Assistant Leaders, etc., must visit eBiz once a year and update your position code(s).
  • Log in
  • Click your name in white at the top
  • Scroll down to the "How I Participate" section
  • Click "Add Volunteer Roles" and follow the steps to add each of your Girl Scout positions for this year
  • Your position(s) will be in "pending" status until council has confirmed your online backround check approval. 
  • Once confirmed, your position(s) will become active and you will be able to see your troop(s).

eBizHelp@girlscoutsccc.org

VOLUNTEERS

 

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: www.girlscoutsccc.org/events

  
Leaderama South Central - Santa Barbara, November 17, 2013
Leaderama North - Castroville, January 25, 2014
  
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for PROGRAM ADVISORY TEAMS Interested in joining a fun group of fellow volunteers, who love girl-led, engaging, fun and local program activities? Please consider serving on a regional Program Advisory Team. Parents, leaders, and older girls are invited to join. Meetings will be held alternately in person and via conference call once a month.  Please send your interest to programs@girlscoutsccc.org.

 

JOIN THE DAISY CHAIN! 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 one 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 cjaque@girlscoutsccc.org

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.)

 

https://psg.kinkos.com/ca-nonprofits/index.html (click 'send an order')
username: canonprofits
Password: canonprofits!
 

In store account/promo code: 0290662796

 

DAISIES & BROWNIES

  
 

I CAN BE ACTIVITY PACKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH COUNCIL!
Barbie® and Girl Scouts of the USA announced a unique partnership to create the Barbie® "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: programs@girlscoutsccc.org
  

Packets will be assembled and ready for pick-up in the Ventura, Santa Maria and Castroville offices. Packets can be delivered to area SU Meetings for remote troops.

JUNIORS 

 

JUNIORS can explore so many fun things including their Bronze Award and make PSA's! Check out this link for more great ideas and inspiration! http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/volunteer-resources-junior/

CADETTES, SENIORS AND AMABASSADORS

 

CADETTES can start to work on their silver award, learn to become a Program Aide and more. Check out this link for additional ideas and options. http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/volunteer-resources-cadette/

 

GAME ON! These days, not much comes between girls and their video games.Be the Video Game Developer is part of GSUSA's Journey and Connect Through Technology program, and plays an essential role in introducing girls to ICT concepts and helping them gain skills that promote critical thinking. Check out the new Girl Scouts' Be the Video Game Developer, which allows girls to pick the characters, background, and music to create the world within a video game. Girl Scout Seniors working on their Website Designer badge may want to check out this activity too!

http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/makeagame/

 

DESTINATIONS Girl Scout destinations is a nationwide Girl Scout program that provides girls 11-17 with an opportunity to apply for a specific Girl Scout destinations trip and meet other girls from across the street, across the country, or across the ocean, Girl Scout destinations offers girls leadership and cross-cultural opportunities through regional, national and international travel.

All applications must be received in the GSCCC Ventura Office no later than 4:30 pm November 13, 2013.

 

Get destinations details here.

 

2014 PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARDS- Deadline to Council November 5  Leaders - you are particularly valuable in assisting girls in grades 5-12 to assess the opportunity for this annual award, cash awards, and potential travel to Washington DC for a grant award. Read more here... 

Prudential Spirit Website. 

 

 

ALL PROGRAM AGE LEVELS

 

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. 

 

  • Elkhorn Slough (D/B/J) - Monterey 11/2
  • Zoo Snooze (B/J) - Santa Barbara 11/5
  • Interpretive Arts Badge Workshop Overnight (B,J,C,S,A) - Camp Arnaz 11/09
  • Girl Scout Surf Day (J/C/S/A) - Monterey 11/16

 

View council program offerings at  www.girlscoutsccc.org/events  
Difficulty registering? kmccalister@girlscoutsccc.org

 

 

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 programs@girlscoutsccc.org.

  

 

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 for 2013, 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: programs@girlscoutsccc.org
 

 

 

DO-IT-YOURSELF PROGRAM KITS are currently available for troops to check-out from the Castroville Office and Arnaz Program Center. Need more information: Email programs@girlscoutsccc.org 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:  www.girltopiaLA.org
 
 

 

ARNAZ PROGRAM CENTER 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Plan the next tent, yurt or cabin camping trip today!  Make reservations: camparnaz@girlscoutsccc.org
 

Per Evening Rates:

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

PRODUCT SALES 

  

NUTS & MAGAZINES Nut Sale preordering is over, but the Online Nut and Magazine sale continues through November 24. WELL DONE! GSCCC had a 2% increase over last year's order card sales.

 

Troops can and should participate in the online portion of the sale. Girls and parents/guardians, if you haven't already, go to the link below to register and participate in the online magazine and nut portion of the sale.  Girls will get to create Me2, an avatar that looks just like them.  As they move through the activity, Me2 will earn virtual rewards and girls will get to design a personalized storefront.  They will then send emails to friends and family inviting them to shop the personalized store that they created. To sign up online magazine and nut/candy sales, go to https://www.girlscoutmagazines.com/campaign/account/register/10

 

Fall Sale Dates

November 1-4 Product Delivery- Contact Service Unit Product Sales Chair for exact delivery information

November 20 50% of Balance due in TNOS (Trophy Nut Order System) will be automatically withdrawn from troop bank accounts

November 24 Fall Sale and Online Magazine and Nut/Candy sales end

December 4 Final Payment due to council will be withdrawn from troop accounts

 

 

COOKIE SALE Cookie University will be held on January 4, 2014. Registration is NOW OPEN for all four Cookie University locations: Castroville, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Thousand Oaks.

 

Cookie Sale Dates

January 11-26 Initial Order taking

February 7-10 Troop Cookie Pick-up

February 14- March 16 Cookie Boothing

March 16 Last day of Cookie Sale

 

Questions? Contact Desiree: dstilwell@girlscoutsccc.org

SHOP TIL YOU DROP

 

Saturday Shop Hours: November 2, 11 am-3 pm

Please note that the council shops will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day November 11, 2013 and Thanksgiving November 28-29, 2013.

PRICE REDUCTION GSUSA has permanently reduced the retail price on Girl's Guide to Scouting and Journey Leader Sets! Both sets are now 25% off retail price! Regularly priced at $22.50 and $15.00, Girls Guides are now $16.88 each and Journey Leader Sets are $11.25 each. And while GSUSA is not offering the new prices until January 1, 2014, both council shops are. This means that if you purchase them on-line, you will pay $22.50 for the Girls Guide To Scouting and $15.00 for the Journey Leader Sets. If you purchase them directly from either shop, then you will pay the reduced price.

 

PRE-ORDERS New Troop Leader and Service Unit Manager T-Shirt pre-orders are due to Rebecca Jones by November 15. Estimated delivery date for shirts is the week of December 16. Download the order form here. rjones@girlscoutsccc.org

 

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.

ALL COUNCIL HOLIDAY CLOSURES

  • Veteran's Day: November 11
  • Thanksgiving: November 28-29
  • Council All-Staff Meeting:  December 16 (Castroville & Central Offices also closed December 17)
  • New Years: December 25-January 1; Council will re-open January 2

 

Note: The Ventura office may experience additional closure date(s) in December due to the impending office relocation. A notice will be sent as soon as information is available.

 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving season!