Monday, October 24, 2016

Making Friends: 7 Simple Icebreakers Even Shy Girls Will Love!


Being reserved or even shy shouldn’t stop your girl from having a super fun social life! If she’s having trouble making friends, suggest some of these oh-so-simple ice breakers that will help her meet new kids and hopefully form lifelong friendships!

  1. “The cat on your shirt is so cute! I love cats, too—do you have one?”
    Teach her to look for cues that she and the other person have something in common, like a character that might be on her clothing or lunch bag.
  2. “Have you read anything cool lately?”
    Asking about something particular, like a book she may have read or a movie she may have seen, gives them a clear subject to talk about and can lead to plenty of other topics. Just make sure she has a book in mind to talk about in case the girl wants to know what she’s been reading, too!
  3. “I thought the story you wrote was awesome! What made you write about outer space?”
    Everyone loves a sincere compliment, and following it up with a question about what she’s accomplished will show a genuine curiosity and hopefully lead to a great discussion!
  4. “I’m signing up for Girl Scouts this year—are you?”
    Bringing up a potential shared experience will get the girls talking, even if they’re not both doing the same activities.
  5. “Do you want to share my orange?”
    Being generous with toys or snacks is a universal offering of friendship, and will likely spark a conversation between the two girls.
  6. “How did you feel about today’s game?”
    If the girls are on the same soccer team, or even in the same classroom in school, they’ll have plenty of shared experiences they can discuss. All it takes is your daughter to bring one of them up!
  7. “Want to study for the vocab quiz together?”
    Suggesting tackling an activity that both girls have to do anyway will make the task easier on both of them, and give them a chance to get to know each

Friday, October 21, 2016

Final Week of Girls Night Out!

 As families are starting a new school year, Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast (GSCCC) is inviting girls in kindergarten through 6th grade to join the fun and learn about Girl Scouts at free Girls Night Out events up and down California’s Central Coast throughout the month of October. The events will bring parents and girls together to learn about the many programs and volunteer positions available at Girl Scouts. 

Come and join the fun at Girls Night Out! We have one final week of events remaining! See the schedule below. For more information on these free events, please visit

  • October 21, 6 to 7:30 p.m. - Brigg's Building, 1221 Memorial Drive, Hollister
  • October 22, 12 to 1:30 p.m. - Aptos Grange, 2555 Mar Vista Dr., Aptos
  • October 22, 6 to 7:30 p.m. -  Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Avenue, Seaside 
  • October 22, 2 to 3 p.m. - Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley
  • October 27, 6 to 7 p.m. -  Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peachhill Road, Moorpark
  • October 27, 7 to 8 p.m. - Girls Inc.Goleta Valley Center, 4973 Hollister Avenue, Goleta
  • October 28, 5:30 to 7 p.m. - McKinnon Elementary, 2100 McKinnon Street, Salinas
  • October 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m. -  Mission Park School, 403 W Acacia Street, Salinas

Here's a follow-up on our GSCCC Camarillo Girls Night Out in The Acorn!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

GSCCC Retail Shops Move to Online-Only on December 23!

GSCCC Retail Shops Move to Online-Only
Beginning December 23, 2016
GSCCC Online Fall Catalog

After a multi-year review of the dollars and cents it takes GSCCC to operate our brick-and-mortar retail shops, the conclusion is that it makes much more sense to move all shopping online, effectively allowing the council to use resources wisely and discontinue the annual losses for that operation. 

Since 2012, our customers are showing a significant increase in online shopping due to 24/7 access, mobile device usage and direct-delivery convenience among other benefits.
Moving to an all online shopping experience for Girl Scout basics and merchandise falls right in line with Digital Cookie, the council's new mobile-friendly website, and the new online Volunteer Toolkit coming in January - making it easier for you to volunteer your time and serve girls.

Benefits to Shopping GSCCC Online
  • Your Online Purchase Supports GSCCC! As members, when you shop online, our council receives revenue-share from GSUSA based on the member ZIP Code.
  • 24/7 Shopping Access - Ready when you need to shop without the drive.
  • Complete Virtual Catalog of Merchandise - More items and sizes available; GSCCC council shops carry limited inventory.
  • Direct Delivery to your  Doorstep -Also, FREE shipping promotions are held several times throughout the year.
  • Additional GSUSA Promotions and Special Offers.
Patches & Awards, etc.
  • GSCCC Branded Merchandise -
    • GSCCC is working to identify a licensed online vendor for you to directly purchase council sweatshirts, tees, hats and other apparel/goods which include the council servicemark.
  • Program Participation Patches will be distributed via the GSCCC Program Department during program events.
  • GSUSA online shop provides Fun Patches, and GSCCC will provide online catalog resources via council communications.
  • Bronze and Silver Award Pins & Patches -
    • GSCCC will be providing the Bronze and Silver award pins and patches free of charge to troops and girls who earn them. Look for additional information on the website and via monthly newsletters.  
GSCCC shop inventory in Castroville and Ventura will be available at 'moving-to-online' reduced prices while supplies last (excludes uniform basics and pins).

  • No refunds or returns after October 19, nor during the moving-to-online sales.
  • No email or fax orders will be accepted after November 3, 2016.
Regular Shop Hours thru December 22, 2016 - Final Day of Operation:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

NOTE: Hours on the Online Shop homepage are currently being updated to reflect the hours above. 
Special 'Moving-to-Online' Sale Dates:

All sales are final.

Check out the new Fall Catalog here

GSCCC Service Center Support

The council will continue to provide assistance to ensure in-person and phone support at our Service Centers:
  • Customer Care Phone/Email Support - Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: 800-822-2427 or
  • A set of sample uniform basics to try-on for sizing will be available at each council Service Center. See for hours; some centers open by appointment.
With advance payment, we will be able to provide ordering assistance for those without credit cards at our Service Centers.