Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Local Troop Visits Police Department to Donate Toys During the Holidays

Daisy and Brownie Troop 61135 stopped by Ventura Police Department on November 28 to donate toys for The Castro Family and Ventura Police Community Foundation Toy Drive.

They were also treated to a tour of the station during which they were able to meet a number of female officers, dispatchers, and civilian staff - including Sgt. Starr who is pictured.

In 2008, Corey Castro was 7 and began monthly infusions for a rare bone disease known as Gorham's Disease at the hospital. As a patient, he was asked if he wanted a gift from the center's toy box.

Corey noticed the toy box was low and asked his family if they could fill it for other children receiving services at the center. The Castro family sent out emails and letters to friends and within a few weeks they received approximately $5,000 in toys.

Their effort, supported by Ventura Police, has provided toys and gifts to more than 1,200 children. Their work also raises awareness for the only pediatric oncology and hematology center in Ventura County. (Story credit: VC Star.)

Are you ready to take the lead like a Girl Scout?


Check out our new “I’m Prepared” PSA and get inspired to unleash a lifetime of leadership and positive change.

Ever get the feeling that a lot of people out there think Girl Scouts is just about cookies, badges, and friendship bracelets?

That’s why it’s time to show the world everything that Girl Scouts are capable of—designing robots and standing up to bullying, conserving the environment and finding sustainable solutions to other real-world problems. And of course, practicing leadership early and often.

When a Girl Scout sets her mind on a goal, there is absolutely no stopping her. She is a Go-getter. She’s an Innovator. She’s a Risk-taker. She’s a Leader. She’s a G.I.R.L.! And giving back is in her DNA. So is standing up to the challenge, no matter how big or small.

For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has helped transform millions of girls into the leaders and change-makers of today and tomorrow. How do we do it? Through a unique program that equips girls with the courage, confidence, and character to, first, realize they have the power to make the world a better place, and then go out and make it happen.

The best part? Whatever your age, gender, or background, Girl Scouts has opportunities for you to take the lead and make amazing things happen in your community and around the world. Yes!

Are you ready to realize the magic of your full potential and build a better world with Girl Scouts? Check out our brand-new public service announcement, featuring our also-new “Watch Me Shine” Girl Scout anthem. It will inspire you to stand up, think big, and take the lead like a Girl Scout!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Giving Tuesday

Every girl has the potential to lead, and Girl Scouts definitely has the practice.

Each day we provide life-changing, girl-led programming that prepares girls for success, leadership, and happiness—impacting countless lives and communities along the way. And here’s how you can help us do even more: #GivingTuesday

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Holiday Closure November 24 & 25!

GSCCC offices and shops will be closed tomorrow, November 24 and Friday, November 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

If you need assistance with an emergency matter during this time, please call the council’s answering service at : 800-340-7179.

Please continue to visit for information and/or to register for events. For general information contact and receive a reply the next business day.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Register for fun activities in Salinas, Santa Cruz and San Benito!

Looking for some activities to do around the holidays? We have some "Fun-omenal" ones just for you . . . from chocolate designs to hiking at Pinnacles National Park to lots of outdoor FUN!

Designs On Chocolate - Salinas (Registration closes on November 28)

Girls will have lots of sweet fun learning to make delightful chocolate designs to wow friends and family for the holidays. With several chocolate varieties to choose from—milk, semi-sweet and white—girls will learn a few fun techniques, including how to dip fruit, make chocolate veneers, use a mold, as well as learn some culinary science on the melting point of chocolate, how to use a double boiler, and “save” mistakes. 

All participants will receive a chocolate mold to take home to continue making delicious holiday treats! Click here for program flyer.

Pinnacles National Park Hike -San Benito County (December 3)

Join fellow Girl Scouts in this great opportunity to explore and learn all about the plants, animals, and habitats in one of California's most popular national parks. This Ranger led hike provides an immersive outdoor experience.

Pinnacles National Park gets its name from the rock spires and crags that are seen throughout the park. The Pinnacles volcanic field eroded over millions of years as it moved northward along the San Andreas Fault. Rock debris in the form of boulders has weathered and settled, leaving behind spires of volcanic rock and talus caves. ​Click here for hike flyer.

Senior & Ambassador Girls At Elkhorn Slough Reserve - Watsonville (December 10)

Join fellow Girl Scouts in a fun-filled, interactive learning experience at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. Girls will participate in a slough restoration project in the morning. After lunch girls will take a tour of the visitor center, participate in a hands-on activity in the microscope lab and take a nature hike! Click here for program flyer.

For more information on activities in YOUR area, please visit us here! 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Local Girl Scout Troop's Food Drive Helps Community!

With the season of giving at our doorstep, Girl Scout Troop 91110 is paying it forward with good will and cheer that reached many families in our community this past weekend!
The girls from the Alisas Program Center based in Salinas, started a food drive and delivered bags of groceries to food banks throughout the area, helping families during this holiday season.

Go Troop 91110!❤

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

GSCCC offices will be closed tomorrow, Friday, November 18

GSCCC offices will be closed tomorrow, Friday, November 18 for our Quarterly All Staff Meeting. The GSCCC retail shops will also be closed (per their normal schedule).

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Early Look at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, featuring Girl Scouts!

Thanksgiving is almost here and we are thrilled to provide a "sneak peek" into the incredible Girl Scouts-themed float for the 90th Anniversary Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Day Parade® and how our innovative Girl Scouts are “Building a Better World"!

On the float, (pictured below and featured on the Today Show this morning), girls will be "building a better world" by climbing and belaying on giant 3-D puzzle pieces that form a globe, using levers to connect the pieces. The float's features and activities represent what Girl Scouts past and present have done and continue to do as they take action locally and globally. From discovering new things and participating in outdoor adventures to developing entrepreneurship skills and exploring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), Girl Scouts are taking the lead to positively impact our world.

Although this year will mark the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, you don’t have to wait until next week to start enjoying it! John Piper, vice president and lead designer of the Macy’s Parade studio, shares a preview of the newest attractions, including the Girl Scouts’ “Build a Better World” float on Today Show.
The 90th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC-TV, Thursday, November 24, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, in all time zones. 

For more information on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, please visit