Girl Scouts' 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 Week is celebrated each March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday, and it always includes Girl Scouts' Birthday, March 12.
SIGN UP TO TOUR THE USNS MERCY - Saturday, April 2
The United States Naval Ship Mercyprovides rapid, flexible, and mobile acute medical and surgical services to support U.S. forces deployed ashore and afloat. It also provides support for disaster or humanitarian operations during peacetime.
We have a very special opportunity to travel to San Diego on Saturday, April 2, 2016 to tour the USNS Mercy in person! Register for this day-long trip at GSCCC Events Calendar .
Celebrating 100 Years of the Highest Honor in Girl Scouting
GSCCC will present the legacy of these highest medals while spotlighting past, present and future Girl Scout Gold Award recipients and predecessor awardees at a special Annual Meeting to honor the Gold Award Centennial.
Girls and women will be recognized who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership through their projects. A brief business meeting of the council will also be conducted by the GSCCC Board of Directors.
All members are invited to attend. COST: $10. Gold Award and predecessor award recipients are free. Watch your email for an electronic invitation and registration instructions. If you know of Girl Scout alumnae who have earned Girl Scouting's highest honor, please share the event and have them contact Sheila Walsh: email@example.com
Dinner and Camp Arnaz rustic (cot/mat) overnight lodging will be provided to Gold Award recipients at no charge. A block of rooms have been reserved for GSCCC at the Pierpont Inn for $139 + tax -must reserve by March 25. www.pierpontinn.com
COOKIE SALE PROGRAM 2016
Way to go! Our 775 troops have sold 1,210,932 boxes of cookies so far. If we reach a collective council goal of 1,293,000 boxes, each troop will earn an additional .04 cents per box. That's only 108 boxes per troop or nine more cases. We can do it! More cookie sale info here.
COOKIE BOOTHS PROMOTE GIRL SCOUTING
Boothing continues through March 6. Please continue to encourage new girls to join via the Text-to-Join campaign. The text number closes on March 31, 2016, so pass out your cards to spread the word about your cookies and Girl Scouts. Questions? Contact Camille: firstname.lastname@example.org
RESOURCES FOR THE LEADERS - The Leader Toolkit
The Leader Toolkit is a virtual toolkit with the basics for the new and experienced leader all in one place on the GSCCC website. Check it out here.
MY PROMISE, MY FAITH
Spring is here and it is a great time to consider Girl Scouts at your place of worship and/or incorporating My Promise, My Faith (MPMF) into your troop schedule. Need a little help getting started? Check out the Girl Guide or contact your Service Unit and/or your Membership Manager. Questions? Contact Camille email@example.com
JUST GETTING STARTED?
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 this page for more info or contact your Service Unit or Membership Manager. Questions? Contact Camille firstname.lastname@example.org
PARENTS - PLAN AHEAD TO THANK YOUR LEADER IN APRIL
Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day, Friday, April 22
Traditionally, this is a special day to honor all the volunteers who work as leaders and mentors in partnership with girls. On this day, girls and their families, find special ways to thank their adult Girl Scout volunteers. Here are some suggestions of ways to thank your Leader.
DISCOVER, CONNECT, AND TAKE ACTION
UPCOMING PROGRAM EVENTS
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!
Monarch Monitoring Program, first meeting March 12, Camp Arnaz (see below)
Museum of Art Workshops, March 13, San Luis Obispo
Girl Scouts Surf Day, April 2, Monterey
Senior Robotics Workshop, April 9, Capitola
Naturalist Legacy Badge Workshop (Brownie Bugs Badge, Cadette Trees Badge, or Junior Flower Badge), April 10, Santa Barbara
Food Forward - A Community Harvest, April 23, West Ventura County
Hearst Castle Tour, April 23, Cambria
S.T.E.A.M. NIGHT FOR ADULTS!
Are you interested in providing amazing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (STEAM) activities for your girls? We want to provide YOU with the resources to do so! Learn about STEM & STEAM role models; including simple, affordable take-away activities you can do at troop meetings! Friday, May 7, 2016 from 3:00-6:00pm at the Arnaz Program Center. Register via GSCCC Events Calendar.
MONARCH MONITORING PROGRAM AT THE ARNAZ PROGRAM CENTER
Come learn how you can help the declining Monarch butterfly population by attending the Arnaz Program Center's Monarch Monitoring Program. This program is scheduled every 2nd Saturday from March through December 2016. (*EXCEPTION - September 2016, 3rd Saturday) Register via GSCCC Events Calendar. All information and data collected will be submitted to the University of Minnesota's monitoring project. Questions? Contact: Amanda email@example.com
NEW WEB RESOURCES AVAILABLE
Did you know that GSCCC has several patch programs available online? Learn about California Missions, discover a treasure trove along our coast, or a universe around us when you participate in one of the programs available. Visit our Council's Own page to learn more.
If you are looking for fun and easy-to-use resources for your next troop meeting, try one of our Do-It-Yourself Kits. With options for several age levels, our DIY kits are available for check out at your nearest council office. Find out more by visiting our new DIY Kit page on the website.
KALEIDOSCOPE 2017A weekend camporee for Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Troops that includes outdoor skills challenges, tent camping, fun & friendship. Planning has begun. Committee Members Needed! Committee meetings will be held monthly at the Goleta GS office. Needed: Scheduler Chair. Other positions are also open. Questions? Contact: Volunteer Co-Chairs: Marsha Hill, firstname.lastname@example.org or Holly Nishida, email@example.com.
ARBOR DAY - April 30, 2016
Arbor Day is all about planting, nurturing, and promoting education about trees. Celebrate the day at Camp Arnaz and help plant 100 trees!
Girls will also learn:
The proper way to plant a tree from a landscape architect
About the seasons and why it is important to plant trees at the right time.
ARNAZ MASTER PLAN Thank you to those who attended the Arnaz Master Plan Community meeting last month. As we know it's a busy season, we've extended the survey deadline until March 7, to give you one last chance to give feedback on the property plan for Arnaz. Take the survey here.
AREA TRAINING COORDINATOR (ATC) NEEDED IN
SANTA BARBARA, MONTEREY, SAN BENITO,
AND SANTA CRUZ COUNTIES
ATCs coordinate local GSCCC trainings. They understand the overall process of current council trainings, assist staff with keeping training kits current, assist with organizing area trainings, and speak at Service Unit Meetings.
GREAT NEWS! Troops have picked up over 1.2 Million boxes of cookies. All troops in all recognition levels will earn additional proceeds, if we work together to reach the council Tier 1 goal of 1,293,000 boxes.
STILL TIME TO BOOST YOUR SALES.
Two great ways to boost cookie sales areTroop-to-Troops Virtual Donation program and COCO Direct Marketing. Continue to Walkabout and re-visit your neighborhood customers who might be out of cookies. Don't forget the power of "curbside" appeal to draw more customers, increase sales and join the Bling Your Booth Contest.
CELEBRATE GIRL SCOUT WEEK Come see our new selection of party and baking items. Don't forget about Girl Scout Sunday/Sabbath patches
Cookie Promotion items are now on clearance at both store locations as long as supplies last. Council's own items available as well.
Drawstring or Reusable Bag - free with minimum purchase.
ADDITIONAL WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR COUNCIL
AMAZON SMILE SUPPORTS GSCCC
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 smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to GSCCC.
On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), select Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.