March, 2015


MARCH 12, 2015

GIRL SCOUT DAYS - Special Days in Girl Scouting!

  • Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March 
    starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday, and it always includes the Girl Scout Birthday, March 12.  Above, you can see some ways you can make each day special.  Share how you are celebrating this special week.   #GirlScoutWeek. 
  • Girl Scout Birthday, March 12. Commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization's first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia.
  • Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath gives girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout. If a place of worship is the group sponsor, girls may perform a service, such as greeting, ushering, or conducting a flag ceremony. These days can also be a time when girls explore other faiths.
2014 COOKIE CREDIT CARDS EXPIRE MARCH 31, 2015  Cookie Credits can be used to purchase items in the Council Shops, or for Council Programs and Service Unit or Troop events. Consider using Cookie Credits for Kaleidoscope, Brownilympics, Camp Artemis, or your favorite summer day camp. You may also use them for a camp in another Girl Scout Council. You must register for these events before March 31, or by that event deadline if it falls before March 31 in order to use Cookie Credits. Click Here for more information on Cookie Credits.
Questions? Contact Kim:

eBiz FAMILY MANAGER Before you know it Spring and Summer activities will be here. Get prepared and make sure you know your User name and Password on eBiz so you can manage all of your families' needs; from Membership to Day Camp registration. Questions? Contact your Membership Manager


GIRL SCOUT LEADER'S DAY, APRIL 22  Start planning how you will show appreciation for the Girl Scout Leader in your life, and other adult volunteers in Girl Scouting. Need ideas? Bing, Google, Pinterest





GIRL SCOUTS ON THE GO Check-out the council's Facebook Event posts during the month of March as we tour several communities to encourage girls and volunteers to join Girl Scouts. Visit us, and bring a friend or volunteer, to share your passion for Girl Scouts. 

 Questions? Contact your Membership Manager.



READ ALL ABOUT IT!  NEW LEADER TOOLKIT  Literally! A virtual toolkit with the basics for new leaders all in one place is now available on the GSCCC website

DID YOU KNOW, Se Habla Espaņol?  There are varying experiences and materials available for the Spanish Speaker and/or Latina family. Need more info? Contact your Membership Manager.

MY PROMISE, MY FAITH  Have you ever considered Girl Scouts at your place of worship?  Need a little help getting started?  We have the answer for you. A New series is now available on the SUM Portal and from your Membership Manager. Questions? Contact Camille:

What do ALL of these things have in Common? Daisy Chain, Brownie Circle, and Junior Knot are a great way to get your Troop started with all of the activities and help needed for your first four meetings. Check out our toolkit for more information, or contact your Service Unit or Membership Manager. Questions? Contact Camille:




Bookmark the GSCCC calendar to stay up-to-date on new and exciting program opportunities!  For Program ideas, to volunteer, or questions, contact:



  • Learning Facilitator Training Salinas, March 7
  • Gem and Mineral Society Show Ventura, March 7-8
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Spring Bash Santa Cruz, March 13-14
  • Fun of the Find...Geocaching Monterey, March 14
  • First Aid Legacy Badge Workshop King City, March 20
  • Move IT...Shake IT! San Luis Obispo, March 21-22
  • Outdoor Training Hollister, Part A, March 10; Part B, March 21-22
  • First Aid/CPR Training Paso Robles, March 28
  • Sandy Beach/Tidepool Exploration Asilomar Beach, March 28



NEW! It's Your World, Digital Arts Badge Series. B/J/C - Los Angeles We are happy to be working with the staff at the Microsoft Superstore at the Westfield Mall in Topanga to deliver this exciting Badge Series this winter. GSCCC Program is actively seeking partners at the various colleges and universities to host the Badge Series councilwide. Questions or comments? Contact


  • Junior - Digital Photographer, March 7
  • Brownie - Computer Expert, March 21


  • Legacy Naturalist Badge Workshop, B/J/C, Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, April 12.  We need three older girls or Adult Volunteers to help at this event. Please contact:
  • NEW! It's Your Story, Animals Badge Series, Santa Barbara Zoo D/BJ/C/S, May 16. GSCCC is expanding the Zoo Program this year to offer the entire ANIMALS BADGE SERIES!  Zoo staff educators will host workshops to complete the badges from Brownies to Seniors. Overnight or Twilight, don't miss out on this great new program opportunity!
  • Brownilympics 2015.  Simi Valley Event, April 11 and Conejo Event, May 16.  More information to follow on this premier GSCCC volunteer-led event.  Adult and older girl volunteers are always appreciated. Please contact:


Register via the GSCCC Events Calendar
Questions? Contact:


Register your Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Troops by March 12!

An incredible outdoor experience and opportunity to get together with 2,000 Girl Scouts.  Troops test their outdoor skills and make memories that will last a lifetime.  
Register for K2015 via the GSCCC Events Calendar

The Kaleidoscope 2015 Handbook is available for download:


Interested in holding a SU Kaleidoscope Skills Training event to get your girls ready? Contact Merci Rowe - Volunteer Liaison for Kaleidoscope 2015 Skills Challenges and Prep:

Questions? Contact: and type K2015 in the subject line.

CAMP ARTEMIS: JULY 19 - 25, 2015

Registration for Camp Artemis opens March 2, 2015 artemis

Camp Artemis, located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, is open to all registered girls in 5th-12th grades, (11-18) and focuses on developing leadership skills through Outdoor Education.  


In addition to hiking, archery, swimming, sing-alongs, great food and good ol' camping fun, campers will be taught the 11 Skills of Leadership with opportunities to practice and apply these skills in hands-on settings.

Learn more at:



The final results are IN. The new Girls' Choice Outdoor Badges have been determined through polling of girls across the country.


Girls (and adults) overwhelmingly selected Outdoor Explorer. 


GSUSA is now beginning the work of writing the badge activities. Each badge will have five steps and three choices per step. The timeline is:

  • March 12: Final badge activities will be announced
  • June 30: Badge requirements will be available for a FREE digital download.
  • Fall 2015: New Outdoor Badge will be available for Back-to-Troop.

Stay-tuned as GSUSA gets closer to finalizing this first round of Girls' Choice badges. Questions?  Contact Girl Experience team:

NEW ARNAZ RENTAL POLICIES - went into effect January 1, 2015

Read details here: Arnaz Program Center Rental Policies Handbook 

The information in this booklet is part of the rental contract.  All rental guests are responsible for following the policies and procedures as outlined in this booklet. Policies and procedures subject to change without notice.

Additionally, you can now make an inquiry for renting Arnaz online.  Fill out the online 
Accommodation Reservation Inquiry Form and camp staff will help you make your reservation! Super easy!



The Arnaz Program Center renovations have begun.  Work has started with the main lodge and will be timed so as to cause minimal interruption to activities already planned there. A new roof, new floors, and new restrooms are among some of the improvements slated for the lodge. Other improvements throughout the camp are planned, but there is not a specific timeline identified for those yet. Again, improvements should not affect reservations already in place. Questions? Contact:



Have you earned a Numeral Guard Pin? We want to hear from you!

GSUSA Numeral Guard Pins recognize volunteers for years of membership in any Girl Scout/Girl Guide organization.  The pin recognizes the total years of membership, including girl and adult years, at 5 year intervals. This is a self-reported award so please submit the form linked below by April 1, 2015. Complimentary pins are provided for 15 years and more of membership.  Five (5) or ten(10) year pins can be ordered and purchased directly through a council shop.


 Criteria for receiving a Numeral Guard Pin:

  • The candidate is a registered adult Girl Scout in the 2014-15 year.
  • The candidate has been a member for the number of years indicated.

Please complete the Numeral Guard Pin order form  (also found on the website under forms) and submit to: by April 1, 2015, so you can be recognized.




Interested in an upcoming training? Click here to learn more about Volunteer Training Courses, Requirements and upcoming Training Events.  Need a training that's not on the calendar? Contact:  


Outdoor Training 

  • Additional Outdoor Trainings (ODT) are being scheduled in Spring.


Adult Archery Level One Certification

  • April - Arnaz 

Interested in becoming a Certified Archery Trainer for GSCCC? Look for this training event in April, and learn to teach GSCCC girls the new Archery Patch Program!






CONGRATULATIONS!!  Thanks to you, we are having one of the best Cookie Sales ever!


Our council has sold  
1.2 million
boxes of cookies!  
We are only 5,649 cases away from our council goal of 1,292,000.

  • February 27- March 1 National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend
  • March 15 Cookie Sale Program Ends



We hope you are having a great NGSCW banding together with Girl Scouts across the nation to speak as a single, powerful voice to raise awareness of the Girl Scout Cookie Program and help you meet goals! 


From finding new cookie customers to earning Cookie Activity Pins or holding a party, the 2015 National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend toolkit  has a little bit of everything to keep the celebration going and make today and the next few weekends of boothing  memorable!


National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Patch is available through council shops and online



Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast is partnering with For the Troops ( to provide boxes of cookies to include in patriotic mailings.


This virtual sale is a way for girls to sell cookies as a service project without having to handle or store actual boxes of cookies. This program benefits Girl Scout Troops and the council while supporting the patriotic campaign care packages sent to members of the armed forces serving overseas. 



  • First Prize - $100
  • Second Prize - $75
  • Third Prize - $50

 How can girls enter the GSCCC contest? To participate, entrants must:


  • Be a registered troop with Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast.
  • Creatively decorate their Girl Scout Cookie booth.
  • Take a photo of their troop in action at their booth.
  • Join our Council Own's Facebook Event
  • Upload your photo.
  • Include Troop Number, Service Unit Name, and their cookie goal or Troop profile information.
  • Invite friends and family to the event and ask them to vote by Liking your photo!  Voting ends at the end of Girl Scout Week!


Bling Bling Your Booth Flyer





Your troop has a chance 

to win $500!


How can girls enter the GSUSA contest? To participate, entrants must:


  • Creatively decorate their Girl Scout Cookie booth.· 
  • Take a photo of their troop in action at their booth.  
  • Upload the photo to the GSUSA Facebook page.(· 
  • Write their troop number, the name of their local council, and their cookie goal on the online entry form.
  • Promote their entry and ask friends and family to vote!  Note: Entrants and Facebook community members may vote on their favorite submission once per hour. Please refer to the Challenge Guidelines for additional details on "How to Enter."
Don't forget to also share/send your picture, video or story to us at the Council We would love to include in council publications.



Cookie Sale Resources:


ATTENTION Girls and Troop Leaders - 2014 Cookie Credit Cards Expire March 31, 2015


Cookie Credits can be used to purchase items in Council Shops, or for Council Programs, Service Unit events, and Troop field trips or events. 


Consider using Cookie Credits for Kaleidoscope, Brownilympics, Camp Artemis, or your favorite summer day camp. You may also use credits for a camp in another Girl Scout Council.  You must register before March 31, in order to use Cookie Credits, or by the event registration closing date if earlier than March 31. For more information on Cookie Credits, go to Cookie Credits  


Questions?  Contact Kim:


2014 Cookie Credits Expire March 31, 2015 - No Exceptions!  

Don't wait, use your Cookie Credits today!


 Shop  Retail Shop 

SATURDAY SHOP:  March 7, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Upcoming Mobile Shop in San Luis Obispo:  May 2015. Event details to follow.  All of the items you will need for Bridging your girls to the next age level will be available, as well as a limited amount of starter kits and other council merchandise. 


Save on shipping! Orders received before April 17, will be brought to the event. 


Please note that if you are planning on using Cookie Credits, your order must be received no later than March 27.  Please use this order form for this event. 


Electronic gift cards are now available from $10 to $100! These gift cards are only redeemable on the official online store and cannot be redeemed at council stores or other retailers that carry Girl Scout items.


Cookie themed items are still available in our shops.  Additional cookie promotional items are available in limited quantities and while supplies last in both shops. These additional items are NOT available online. Limited items include table cloths ($15.00 each), yard signs and car magnets ($7.50 each).


Check-out our online shop for new cookie themed items  Additional cookie promotional items are available in limited quantities and while supplies last in both shops. These additional items are NOT available online. Limited items include tablecloths ($15.00 each), yard signs, and car magnets ($7.50 each).