October 2014

HAPPY NEW GIRL SCOUT YEAR!  We're kicking off the new year with a new look for our monthly Newsletter and renaming it WHAT'S NEW.  We would like to see girls from California's Central Coast in this newsletter.  Please send fun, active, high resolution photos for consideration to media@girlscoutsccc.org.

CONGRATULATIONS! GSCCC HAD A GREAT 2014 MEMBERSHIP YEAR.  With your continued support, we served approximately 10,700 girls and 5,500 adults. Now, let's take a new journey into 2015.   Don't waitre-register today!

DID YOUR TROOP JUMP ABOARD WITH ONLINE-ON TIME?  All troops (D/B/J/C: 3+ adults and 6+ girls. S/A: 2+ adults and 3+ girls), who registered for the 2015 year by September 30, will receive a $25 shop certificate reward at November Service Unit meetings.  Questions - Dana@ dbolotin@girlscoutsccc.org

Reminder about completing 2015 Registration

Troop Leaders, please update Troop Meeting Information including: Grade Level. Your troop will not appear on the SU Roster if this information has not been updated. This will impact your qualification for Online-OnTime.


This is your chance to share the excitement of Girl Scouts with your adult friends and invite someone to be a new Daisy, Brownie or Junior leader.  When you do,
GSUSA has a special gift for you and your newly recruited Leader during the month of November. 

Watch for more information in future council communications: email, GSCCC Blog, in Monthly Newsletter, and Facebook



For leaders needing help getting started, there is the Daisy Chain, Brownie Circle and NEWLY launched, Junior Knot These are Step-by-Step Guides with detailed instructions to help with the first four meetings. Contact your Membership Manager for your packet. 


Are you part of a religious organization? Ever wondered how to combine your love of Girl Scouts with your faith? My Promise, My Faith Program does that by working through activities of common values and is available every year for your troop to earn. Need a little help getting started? New series is now available on the Service Unit Manager's Portal and from your Membership Manager starting October 10, 2014. Questions - Camille cjaque@girlscoutsccc.org


NEW LEADER TOOLKIT Coming in November, a virtual toolkit with the basics for the new leader all in one place on the GSCCC website.   


Bookmark the GSCCC calendar to stay up to date on all the new and exciting program opportunities!  Check out just a a few things happening this Fall!
  • Beginning Archery, 10/4 San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Cruz Boardwalk Beach Bash, 10/3-10/4 Santa Cruz
  • Kaleidoscope Skills Workshop at Camp Arnaz, 10/4 Ventura
  • Gold Award Information Night, 10/6 Conejo Valley
  • GS Surf Day, 10/11 Pismo Beach, 10/18 Monterey, 10/25 Santa Cruz
  • Program Aid Specialization: Outdoor Cooking, 10/11 Salinas
  • Artist Legacy Badge Workshop, 10/11 Newbury Park, 10/26 Santa Barbara, 11/8 Avila Beach 11/15 Watsonville
  • Service Day: Fruit Harvest, 10/11 Carpenteria
  • Brownie Engineering Day, 10/18 San Luis Obispo
  • Super Science, 10/18 Salinas
  • Girl Scout Day at the Grammy Museum, 10/19 Los Angeles
  • P.A.C.T., 10/25 Salinas, 11/8 Watsonville
  • Brownie Bugs Badge Workshop at Camp Arnaz, 10/25 Ventura
  • Elkhorn Slough Nature Walk, 11/1 Watsonville
  • Brownie My Best Self Workshop, 11/1 San Luis Obispo
  • My Best Self Workshop 11/1 San Luis Obispo
  • Morro Bay Nature Walk, 11/15 Morro Bay
  • Stargazing at Camp Arnaz, 11/22  Ventura
  • Tidepool Trek, 12/6 Carpinteria State Beach
  • Stargazing at Camp Arnaz, 12/20 Ventura

 Register via the GSCCC Events Calendar.  Questions programs@girlscoutsccc.org 




Check out the newest DIY Kits 
Daisy Engineer and Brownie Inventor.  Both use the award winning Goldie Blox building sets!  

Instructions for check-out and other great Troop Activity Resources at: GSCCC Events and Activities .   


Science, building, robots, programming and fun = LEGO Robotics. 

Junior LEGO League is for Daisy or Brownie troops who want to experience a taste of STEM possibilities and activities in new and exciting ways.  Questions? - Pat soulliereo@girlscoutsccc.org  www.juniorfirstlegoleague.org





2015-2017 Older Girl Travel Opportunities

When you travel with your troop, you give them a new perspective on the world, opening their eyes to unimagined possibilities. Take a look at some of the culturally immersive programs available, and start thinking about how you'll inspire a lifelong love of travel.


Discover, Connect and Take Action - see what is waiting for you at 


Want to be added to the travel interest list?  Email programs@girlscoutsccc.org; please put TRAVEL in the subject line.


Take your girls on a new adventure, make s'mores, cook outdoors, take a hike, observe the night sky, and even give archery a try! Contact staff to inquire about reservations for Cabin, Tent or Yurt camping at CampArnaz@girlscoutsccc.org



Looking for something fun to do with your troop while visiting Camp Arnaz?  We have several DIY kits available for check-out, including Brownie Senses, Junior Detective, Leather Stamping, SWAPs, and many more!  When you visit the webpage for the Arnaz Program Center, you can learn all about the kits and even reserve them online ahead of time!  


Visit www.girlscoutsccc.org/Arnaz for more information.



  • Bugs Badge Workshop (Brownies), October 25
  • Stargazing, November 22
  • Stargazing, December 20

SEA OF DREAMS - KALEIDOSCOPE May 1-3, 2015 - Date Change

KALEIDOSCOPE is a must for Junior, Cadette, and Senior and Ambassador Troops.  Every two years, in the Santa Ynez Valley, Volunteers hold a camporee event like no other which hosts nearly 2,000 girls and adults.


Girls will experience a two-night event and create lifetime memories while enjoying tent camping, swapping, games, songs, a trading post, making new friends, team building, outdoor-cooking, skits, star gazing, and much more. PLEASE NOTE the change in date from the originally-published date for this event.  Make sure to talk to your troops and start planning your trip to Kaleidoscope 2015.  Registration will open in December and sells out quickly!


TIDEPOOL TREKS- coming this winter!


Winter in Southern California brings super-low daytime low tides to our coast, exposing a wonderful world of beautiful and mysterious creatures.  We will be posting opportunities for several guided programs to explore tidepools at Carpinteria State Beach - be sure to watch the event calendar and sign up!  


If we're lucky, we'll even spot one of these stunning Spanish shawls. 




Is your troop ready to venture out of stationary troop meetings; are you a new Junior troop wanting to go to Kaleidoscope?  Do you know what it takes to get your troop to the next level?  Find out with Adult Volunteer Training! 

  • Outdoor Training: An Outdoor Trained Adult must accompany the troop or group for any event that includes tent or open-air camping, outdoor cooking, or fire related activities.
  • First Aid / CPR:  First Aid & CPR are the cornerstone of safety for any Girl Scout activity.  Before holding meetings, going on a field trip, or going camping with Girl Scouts, troops are required to have a current First Aid / CPR Certified Adult Volunteer present.  Certification renewal every two years.
  • Grade Level Training: Every new Grade Level advancement in Girl Scouting offers new and exciting opportunities for your troop as well as new challenges.  Get the tools you need to make the most of your Girl Scout experience at each level.  Offered at your local area Leaderama at the beginning of the Girl Scout membership year, see below for this fall's schedule.
  • Learning Facilitator:  Informed adult Volunteers who comply with the most current GSCCC guidelines and training manuals to deliver council sponsored training including: Grade Level, Outdoor, Teen Mentoring/Program Aide, Archery, Backpacking, etc.
 Upcoming Training Schedule:
  • Outdoor Training, 
    • Conejo Valley, 10/8 & 10/12
  • First Aid / CPR, 
    • Camarillo, 10/18
    • Conejo Valley, 10/25
    • Santa Barbara 11/15
  • Learning Facilitator, 
    • Castroville, 10/4
    • Look for a Conejo Valley date early November

Register via the GSCCC Calendar.   If a training is not offered near you, please complete a Training Request form. Training is scheduled based on Volunteer Learning Facilitator availability. Questions? Contact  volunteer@girlscoutsccc.org



What's your superpower?

Hone your skills at this year's Leaderama 2014.  


Join us for:  New Grade Level Training, DIY Kits, Higher Awards, the return of the Little Green Girl Scout Training Card, and very special guest Key Note Speakers!


  • South West - 10/4,CLU, Thousand Oaks, 
    Special Guest: Genevieve Evans-Taylor Ed.D.
  • South East - 11/15, Arnaz Program Center, Ventura, 
    Special Guest: Gloria Miele, Ph.D.
  • Central - 10/11, Ludwick Community Center,  SLO,
    Special Guest: Laura DeHaven ACC, CSA
  • North - 10/22, Tri-County Electrical Educational & Training, Castroville
  • South Central - 11/8, Santa Barbara, 
    Special Guest: Keisha Frost, United Way of Santa Cruz
Read more about it and register today! 


Questions? Contact volunteer@girlscoutsccc.org


Is your troop ready to be EXTRAORDINARY! 



This is a great opportunity for J/C/S/A troops planning on going

to Kaleidoscope or Bridging in San Francisco in May
to earn funds to pay for registration.



  • October 12 - Girl Orders are Due to Troop Fall Sale Chairs
  • November 1-4 - Product Delivery - Check with your Service Unit Fall Sale Chair for exact date, time and location.
  • November 23 - Fall sale and online magazine sales end for the entire sale timeline, make sure to attend your SU training


New Products Available & New Rewards

New- Sweet-n-Crunchy Trail Mix

New- Pistachios

New- Peanut Butter Monkeys

New- Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels




Girls who sell $175 in online sales will earn a personalized Me2 patch. The patch will have the girl's name and the image of your Me2 that she created online. Online sales include online magazine sales, online nut sales and online nut promises.






Can your troop use an extra $60?

Troops with a Per-Girl-Average of 50 Nut and Candy items sold will earn a $60 GSCCC credit that can be used in our Council Shops, or for troop events (like Kaleidoscope).

Thank you to all who came out to our New Girl Scout Year Kick-off Party.  We had a busy Saturday and it gave us great joy to see everyone preparing for the new year with Uniforms, Girl Guides, and Journey books.

Don't have time to shop during the week?

The next Saturday shop date will be October 4, 2014 from 10am-2pm.   If Saturdays are too busy with activities, you can still shop online or place an order to our council shops with this form, via email or fax.

Looking for the Girl Scout Barbie?
They are available for purchase through the online shop.


Looking for the Barbie I Can Be Patch Program Packets?  You can complete this online form for program materials and patches.





Service Unit Manager and Troop Leader Shirts: 

New Deadline - November 15

Time is running out to order your GSCCC shirts. These shirts were first introduced last year and here is another opportunity for purchasing. SUM and Troop Leader Shirt order form, to see the shirts and to print out the order form.


Cookie Promotional Items:  Deadline - December 12

You will want to have these 2015 promotional items ready to bling-out your booth once cookie season starts.  


Products will be delivered to Cookie U events in January. 

Click here for item descriptions and order form.  

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