Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Girl Scout Difference: Girl-tested, Girl-led


Dear Girl Scout Members and Volunteers:

As you may have heard in the news, Boy Scouts announced that they will soon be admitting girls.

For over one hundred years, Girl Scouts has been helping girls prepare for a lifetime of leadership in partnership with caring adult volunteers who invest their time in a girl-only space in pursuit of helping girls reach their fullest potential. Girl Scouts data-backed, time-tested programs are designed to meet girls' unique needs and specific interests, including the way they learn best, and no one does it better. In fact, it's The Girl Scout Difference.

We hear from girls and their families every day about the value of the incredible experiences we offer them, including in STEM, outdoor, entrepreneurship, life-skills programming, and Girl Scouts highest honor - The Girl Scout Gold Award.

I just attended the G.I.R.L. 2017 Girl Scout national convention along with our delegates and am more passionate than ever for our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. As a Girl Scout Alumnae and the proud parent of a Girl Scout Cadette, I know we are the organization creating - through our skill-building Girl Scout Leadership Experience - the female leadership pipeline. The go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders of tomorrow.

We know Girl Scouts is the BEST girl leadership experience in the world, created with and for girls. Thank you for being a part of it and helping us become the second most trusted brand in the world!

It's a great time to be a G.I.R.L. Scout!

With gratitude,

Jody Skenderian, CEO

GSUSA's blogpost

The Girl Scout Impact Study

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

International Day of the Girl

What is International Day of the Girl?

In 2012, the United Nations declared October 11 as the annual International Day of the Girl (IDG). It’s a day to promote girls’ human rights and tackle gender inequality, discrimination and the abuse suffered by girls around the world.

To celebrate this important day, Girl Scouts is rallying girls and those who care about them to do their part to encourage more girls to engage in civic action to better their communities. The world’s 1.1 billion girls are an unstoppable force with limitless potential. Many are already taking action to empower themselves, work toward their dreams, and contribute to their communities.

Through online civic engagement resources tailored for girls ages 5–17, it’s easier than ever to support and prepare girls to be empowered, motivated citizens. Whether they choose to advocate for positive change in their communities, stand up against everyday injustices, prompt others to donate or volunteer for causes, or meet with public officials and community leaders to educate them about important issues, girls have plenty of options to get started!

On Facebook and Instagram, share stories that illustrate how girls engage in civic action and include a link to On Instagram, include #GIRLagenda.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Join us for Spook-tacular Events at Tent or Treat!

TENT OR TREAT! Join us as we expand Tent or Treat to more venues for an afternoon of trick or treating Girl Scout style! Troops interested in hosting a tent, or girls and volunteers who would like to assist with a booth, please contact:
  • Northern Region - 10/28/2017
  • Central Region - 10/21/2017
  • Southern Region - 10/28/2017

  • P.A.L.S! Summerland 10/21/2017
  • Skating for Daisy's Girls! Santa Maria 10/29/17
  • Surf Day! Capitola 10/29/2017
  • Lets Go Kayaking! Oxnard 10/29/2017
  • First Aid Legacy Badge. Salinas 11/3/2017
  • Being Secure in A CyberWorld- SLO 11/4/17
  • Daisy Day at SB Zoo- Santa Barbara 11/4/2017
  • Naturalist Badge Campout- SLO 11/4/2017

Friday, October 6, 2017

JGL Society Planned Gift Challenge!

G.I.R.L. 2017 in Columbus, Ohio!

GSUSA announced the first ever Juliette Gordon Low (JGL) society planned gift challenge to all councils across the nation at the 2017 G.I.R.L. convention today!

As a result, GSCCC will receive a $10k planned gift if our council adds just 3 new members into the JGL society.

The Juliette Gordon Low (JGL) Society was founded on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts to thank and honor friends who, like Juliette, choose to make Girl Scouts part of their legacy and a beneficiary of their estate.

Learn more about the JGL Society here and/or contact us:

 Thank you to GSUSA and to everyone who already joined the JGL Society!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

We are Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary!

This week we are celebrating our 10th Anniversary of Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast! GSCCC was formed in October 2007 by the merger of two great Girl Scout Councils with rich histories: Girl Scouts of Monterey Bay and Tres Condados Girl Scout Council.

To honor this milestone, connect with our Facebook page  and view our throwback time capsule, celebrating this first decade. Also, please stay tuned for the upcoming council patch design contest we'll announce in October for G.I.R.L.s to submit their inspirations for GSCCC's new council patch!

We're excited to share a 10th Anniversary time capsule throwback over the next few months . . . and you can share your 10th Anniversary memories with us at 

Thank you for your support during this first decade of unifying Girl Scouting along California's amazing central coast! 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

GSCCC is at G.I.R.L. 2017!

GSCCC CEO, Board Chair and Gold Award Girls at G.I.R.L. 2017

And . . . we're off! GSCCC is attending G.I.R.L. 2017 in Columbus, Ohio this week, which is expected to draw more than 10,000 girls and women! The event is for every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ who wants to stand up, take charge, and change the world.

This mega-event is taking place October 6–8, and occurs every three years. Women leaders with a wide range of expertise will talk about the issues facing girls today and the importance of their leadership development. Accomplished public figures—including Chelsea Clinton, Barbara Pierce Bush, Gabby Douglas, Mae Jemison and more—will drive conversations with female leaders from organizations such as Facebook, Instagram, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, NASA, and AT&T.

Girl-led and designed for all girls, the event will also feature young stars and entrepreneurs, such as Angelica Hale and Caly Bevier from America’s Got Talent; Gabby Frost, founder of the Buddy Project; and Marley Dias, creator of #1000BlackGirlBooks.

Girl Scout Way Sign behind Board Chair Tammie Helmuth and GSCCC CEO Jody Skenderian
Thank you to GSCCC girl delegates: Emily, Lily and Natalie, who are also representing GSCCC on this journey!