Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Office Closure Wednesday, May 24!

GSCCC Offices will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, May 24, 2017 for a Quarterly All Staff Meeting. If you need to reach Council, please call our after hours number: 800 340-7179. Our website (including the online store) will also remain available: http://www.girlscoutsccc.org

Monday, May 22, 2017

Way to go Brownilympics in Simi Valley!

 Brownies and Daisies attended the Simi Valley Brownilympics on Saturday, May 20.

We reached over 90 degrees in Simi Valley on Saturday, but the girls had fun participating in a variety of races and obstacle courses . . . 
  . . . such as the inner tube race.
 Every girl leaves a winner at Brownilympics!
 The ceremonies ended with a circle of friendship.

Until next year!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

GSCCC Names Jody Skenderian as new CEO

Jody Skenderian CEO Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast
The Board of Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast (GSCCC) today announced Jody Skenderian as the council’s permanent CEO. Skenderian previously held the position of Chief Development Officer for GSCCC prior to becoming the council’s interim CEO in October 2016.

Skenderian, a Girl Scout alumnae and mother of a Girl Scout Cadette, has led business development teams for over two decades including as Director of Community Relations for the University of Phoenix Southern California Campus where she led strategy and implementation of recruitment, in addition to, alumni, community and faculty engagement.

She has also held adjunct teaching positions both online and on-campus for local colleges and universities including Santa Barbara City College and Ventura College. She has served on two Ventura County non-profit boards, and served a two-year term for the Ventura County Board of Supervisors Women's Economic Roundtable as the inaugural Chair. Additional business development roles include tenure at ValueClick (now Conversant), Addison Wesley Longman (now Pearson), Winthrop Resources (now TCF Equipment Finance), and most recently at Ventura start-up FreshRealm.

Skenderian holds an M.A. in Political Science from San Francisco State University and a B.A. from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. She is also a member of the American Association of University Women and is a recent graduate of the Ventura County Leadership Academy.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

WOW - The Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary!

"Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul" --
Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1866)
The Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary is a non-profit, home to many beautiful parrots of all colors, shapes and sizes! Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast hosts one of our programs there for girls to learn more about these beautiful winged creatures.

Daisies attending the World of Wings (W.O.W) Parrot Program at the Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary had a wonderful time with their new feathered friends!
We are continuing this great STEM program! Please visit our Activities page for more dates and to register. Upcoming dates include: Saturdays, June 3, July 8 & August 5!

If you're a Brownie, Daisy, Junior, Cadette, Senior or Ambassador, you can attend W.O.W. and earn the primary Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary patch and the World of Wings feather rocker! ( C.A.R.E. & P.A.L.S. Coming soon!)

Meet the Bird Sanctuary’s Avian Ambassadors, a vast array of birds in glorious shapes, colors, and sizes! We will explore their unique natural habitats, species behavior traits, and the personality quirks of birds. Girls will discover different parrot species and explore their appearance, behavior, and adaptations to their environment.

You will also learn how to create a foraging enrichment item for parrots. Please bring the following items (if possible!):
  • Cardboard paper towel rolls (No TP!) 
  • Round Coffee Filters 
  • Tissue/Napkins 
  • Paper Muffin Cups
  • Paper towels
  • Raffia
  • Almonds (in shell or hulled)
  • Wood chopsticks or skewers
  • Plastic bottle caps

 Click here for the W.O.W. Program Flyer!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Brownilympics -- Let the Games Begin!

Both second and third grade Brownies . . . and some Daisy troops, braved the drizzly cold of a gray Saturday morning, May 6, to participate in the Annual Brownilympics in Thousand Oaks.

A tradition since 1984, when the Olympics came to Los Angeles, Brownilympics has been a volunteer-driven event that has been going strong ever since. 

Troops lined up at 8 a.m. to pitch their canopies and get ready for a fun-filled day of athletic events.

The morning began with a parade of troops, followed by individual events, including soccer dribble, sack race and obstacle course races.

Girls held banners, dads participated and fun was had by all.

After a brief afternoon lunch break, the team races (by troop) were held.

This was followed by the award portion of the day, where winning teams received medals. But second-year Daisies who attended as part of their bridging requirements to become Brownies, also  received medals--as everyone's a winner at Brownilympics!

A second Brownilympics will be held in Simi Valley on Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a troop event and you can register here.

Registration CLOSES on May 8!

A huge thank you to all the parents and volunteers who helped make this event such a tremendous success! Read The Acorn write-up here.

See you at the next Brownilympics!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

GSCCC wishes you a Happy Cinco de Mayo!

But what is the May 5th holiday--Cinco de Mayo? Well, it's when the Mexican Army defeated French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Mexican Independence Day, which is often confused as being May 5, is actually on September 16.

In the United States the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. What a great day to explore Mexico's rich cultural heritage! 

Happy Cinco de Mayo!