Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cookies Are Here!

GSCCC Cookie Program Sale 2016 has started!

Girl Scouts are on "walk about" in a neighborhood near you! Girl Scout Cookie booths will appear starting February 12. You can find a booth near you by using the Cookie Finder, available as a website page and as an app for iOS or Android devices.

Through the GSCCC Cookie Program, Girl Scouts learn about the 5 Skills: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Business Ethics.

When a girl sells cookies, she is essentially managing her own small business – setting goals and translating them into a business plan, handling product, interacting with customers and communicating the investment payoff, which is not just cookies that taste great, rather girls are learning to be “Smart Cookies!”

Thursday, January 14, 2016

GSCCC Offices Closed Monday, Jan 18 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

All GSCCC offices will be closed Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The GSCCC retail shops will also be closed (per their normal schedule).

If you need to reach Council on Monday, please call our after hours number: 800 340-7179. Our website (including the online store) will also remain available

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Premie Parents Benefit from Girl Scout Book Drive

GSCCC Brownie Girl Scout, Brynleigh Elliott, worked over the summer on a religious pin titled "My Faith, My Promise." While working on the pin requirements, Brynleigh interviewed her Godmother (and aunt) Nicki Chernish, and discovered she volunteers in the NICU wing of her local hospital. Brynleigh's discovery left her wanting to help provide her aunt some support.

Chernish's volunteer work is the delivery of new books to fellow premie parents during their stay in NICU. Many of these parents are unable to spend much time holding their newborn and long for a way to bond with the premie child. The gift of a book helps each parent feel support during this time of great emotional stress. The parent is encouraged to read aloud to their child to aid with bonding. The books delivered are part of the Open Arms program at a local hospital. Specifically, the book cart is called Aidan's Book Corner, which was begun to honor a dear friend's son Aidan (a premie who died shortly after birth).

Brynleigh's support efforts began in November. She presented the idea of a book drive at the monthly leader meeting of Girl Scout troops in Ventura's Island View Service Unit. Brynleigh's goal was to collect at least one new book from each troop in her service unit. Brynleigh also reached out to troops with a video request, posted through social media. She promised a participation patch to any Girl Scout who donated a book.

Many troops participated and donated many more than simply one book. In fact, Brynleigh surpassed her original goal, and was able to collect a grand total of 92 new books to donate. The books traveled with Brynleigh during Christmas vacation and were recently delivered to the Aidan's Book Corner cart at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. Brynleigh is pleased to have been able to make a difference so far from home. She feels proud to be an example of the Girl Scout Law's promise to "make the world a better place." 

Monday, January 4, 2016

What's New - January GSCCC eBulletin


SAVE THE DATE - ANNUAL MEETING, Saturday, April 9, 2016, Ventura County location TBD.  Theme: Celebrating 100 years of the Gold Award.  All Gold Award recipients are invited to attend the Annual Meeting and share in the celebration. Free camping will be available at Camp Arnaz for attendees. If you earned, or know someone who earned the Gold Award, or its predecessors First Class, Curved Bar, or Golden Eaglet, please let us know so that we can extend the invitation. Contact: Sheila

WELCOME TO NEW STAFF Michelle Ortiz will join the Castroville team on January 4, as a Membership Manager serving girls in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. Michelle has extensive experience in sales management and volunteer management and is looking forward to using her strong customer service skills to grow area membership and volunteer engagement. Michelle and her family live in Hollister where she volunteered for years with Little League. She is passionate about Girl Scouts and enthusiastic about working to further the Girl Scout mission.


January starts the Girl Scout Cookie Season. Girls and parents must be registered to sell and help at booths, so make your life easier and register for the 2015-2016 Girl Scout year now. Be ready to go for the cookie program and help your troop earn Honor Troop at the same time.

Questions about registration? Contact Maria
Questions about Honor Troop? Contact Camille

Cookie season is when Girl Scouts are most visible. Troops are often questioned about how to join Girl Scouts during booth sales. Spreading the word was never easier. Every troop will have buttons to wear, dual-sided business cards to pass out and a sign featuring a number to text for more information. Thank you for helping to spread the word as your troop experiences the practical side of financial literacy. Questions? Contact Camille
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support GSCCC every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to GSCCC.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, make sure Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast is selected to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.

It's that easy! Questions? Contact Jody


The following is just a partial listing of the many programs happening in coming months. Be sure to visit the GSCCC Events Calendar for more information, and to register!
  • Cookie U, January 9: Conejo, Santa Maria, and Goleta
  • Brownie Inventor Badge Workshop, January 9, Capitola
  • Archery - Level 1, January 10, Arnaz
  • Cookie U, January 16: Salinas, Camp Arnaz, and Templeton
  • Girl Scout Night with the Cal Poly Women's Basketball Team, San Luis Obispo, January 23
  • Dive DEEP at the Mariners Club meeting, February 9, Ojai
  • Dive DEEP at the Conejo Gem and Mineral Club meeting, February 11, Thousand Oaks
  • USNS Mercy: Compassion and Leadership Around the World, February 19, Camp Arnaz (see below)
  • Engineering Challenge, February 27, San Luis Obispo 

Cookie U is coming to a location near you on January 9 and 16. Please check the Events Calendar and sign up. Hurry! Registration has been extended to January 4 for January 9 events, and January 11 for January 16 events.

We are also seeking volunteers to help stage our Cookie U events. If you would like to volunteer for one or more of the events, please use the following links to sign up:
January 16: Camp Arnaz
January 16: Castroville
Register via the GSCCC Events Calendar.  Questions? Contact  


The United States Naval Ship Mercy provides rapid, flexible, and mobile acute medical and surgical services to support US forces deployed ashore and afloat. It also provides support for disaster or humanitarian operations during peacetime.
We have a very special opportunity to meet with the Commander of the USNS Mercy, Captain Melanie Merrick, at Camp Arnaz on Friday, February 19 to learn about the Mercy, its role in world relations, and lessons in leadership. This will be followed up by a very special opportunity to travel down to San Diego in April to tour the Mercy in person! Participants in one program are not required to sign up for both. Watch the GSCCC Events Calendar for an opportunity to register for one or both programs.


Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older! With different trips every year, there's something amazing for everyone to experience. Make friends from all over the country as you travel with Girl Scouts from different states, see and learn new things, and pack your bags full of inspiring, life-changing experiences and memories. To find out more about the Destinations program, please visit the GSCCC Destinations pageApplications for Round-2 of Destinations are due to council offices no later than Monday, February 1, 2016. Send questions to Melissa Baffa at
If you are looking for great opportunities to travel as a troop (or within a GSCCC group), you should look in to the Travel opportunities being highlighted on the council website. Trips are currently being planned to Savannah, Europe, and Costa Rica! Send questions to Brenda Cusick
If a trip to Puerto Rico sounds more your style, join 16 other Girl Scouts on a weeklong adventure in the Caribbean. Participants will explore parts of one of the largest cave systems in the world by kayak, swim in a bioluminescent bay, enjoy the thrill of a zip line and rappelling adventure, boat through mangrove tunnels, hike through an endangered rainforest, snorkel off a pristine island, and see the world heritage sites of Old San Juan.  Contact Sue Hrychyk  at for more information.

If you're currently working on a Gold Award project to be earned during this program year, are in the process of submitting an application, or have previously earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, please contact to participate in the GSCCC Gold Award Centennial video production in February. Please place Gold Award Video in the subject line and provide name, phone number, email and Gold Award project name and year earning/earned. A photo shoot of those planned to complete their Gold Award during the cenntenial year will also be held at this time. The video will be featured during the Gold Award Celebration event in April. Information will be sent to those who have submitted their Gold Award application. 


As we consider the future of Camp Arnaz, we are seeking YOUR input! There are many ways that you can contribute to the development of a Master Plan for Camp Arnaz.
  1. Send us your input no later than February 29, 2016 online at
  2. Come to the community meeting at Camp Arnaz on February 17 from 6:00-8:00 pm to lend your voice to the discussion. Please RSVP to
  3. Join the Camp Arnaz Master Plan Committee. Send an email if you are interested in joining. The Committee will meet in March to review responses from the online form and community meeting, and determine next steps (and further meetings) at that time.

Has an adult volunteer really gone the extra mile in serving girls, fellow adults, the needs of the council, or the movement overall? Recognize those tremendous efforts by submitting a nomination for an adult award! There are many different kinds of awards, some of which can be approved and handed out at the Service Unit level, and some of which require applications to be sent to the council. Nominations for awards should be in recognition of efforts during the 2014-15 Girl Scout year. All information can be found in the Adult Awards Guide. Additionally, we have created a version of the Nomination and Endorsement forms that can be filled out online and printed, to make the nomination process a little easier.
Any applications that require submission to the council must be received by February 19, 2016. For questions, please contact Melissa Baffa at


Thank you to all who participated in the 2015 Fall Product Sale.  We had a record year for participation.  Your Cookie Chairs will receive a list of all the troops who qualified for the Fall Sale Bonus for Cookie Season.  All troops with a 24 PGA on Nut items, will receive an additional $0.05 for each box of cookies sold during the 2016 Cookie Program. Congratulations! 


Get familiar with all things cookies by visiting the GSCCC website and checking out the resources available to you.
Resources for Troop Leaders

INTRO TO COOKIES WEBINAR If you missed it in November, please take time to view the recording and the presentation slides now: 

Thanks to all who attended webinars and trainings. We have reviewed some of our rewards and want to clarify some questions. Please click here for the Update on Rewards FAQ.  

Register for upcoming webinars on the GSCCC calendar.

Staff and volunteers are already working hard to get ready!  Questions? Initially, contact your local Volunteer Troop or Service Unit Cookie Chair.
Should you need to contact staff:

Join us at Cookie U, shop on-line or visit our council shops to get all of your Cookie Promotion and Fun needs.

Click here to view the Cookie Promotion Flyer.

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