What is #GivingTuesday?

We’re familiar with “Black Friday” – the day of sales and shopping and spending money galore. Then comes “Small Business Saturday”, where community members are encouraged to support local small businesses. Following that is “Cyber Monday” where sales can be found all over the internet. After three long days of spending money and finding sales to benefit yourself, friends, and family – we invite you to give.

We invite you to celebrate “Giving Tuesday” – a day to donate. Transition yourself from a day of thanks into the holiday spirit by making a difference. Put “Giving Tuesday” in your mind, and while you do so, consider donating to Girl Scouts of Central California South.

When a girl joins Girl Scouts, she does more than sell cookies. She gains outdoor skills, makes friends, explores engineering and science fields, and builds confidence. She learns money management, networking skills, business ethics, and the importance of goal setting – all before the first grade.

Our hope is to give every girl the opportunity to be a Girl Scout regardless of her economic background. For only $20, a girl can begin her Girl Scouting journey. In our local footprint, approximately 5,000 Girl Scouts receive financial assistance, opening them up to opportunities they may otherwise not have.

So celebrate Giving Tuesday with us on Tuesday, December 2, 2015 by donating $20 and starting a girl’s journey. For just $20, she will become a girl of courage, confidence, and character who will make the world a better place. Donate today: www.girlscoutsccs.org/donate

So you wanna create a resume?

resume1The other day, my younger sister, a junior in high school, asked me about creating a resume so that she could start applying for part-time jobs. Being a Mass Communication and Journalism student, I’m very familiar with the resume-building process, as well as the do’s and don’ts. However, when you’re in high-school, the game is different, since your skill set and experience has been limited by your age and school schedule. Don’t be dismayed! Check out this guide to building the ideal resume, whether you’re a high school student, or just a busy college student with limited work experience.

Make a list of your skills and achievements.
Include everything you can think of – especially items like volunteer experience, AP classes, any honors or awards and leadership positions. If you’ve ever actually held a job before, make sure you include that too!

Remember that just because you’re young doesn’t mean you’re not valuable to an employer. It’s important to be aware of the fact that as a young person, you are more likely to be in-the-know about the latest technology, as well as possess skills that an older person may not have! Think about your phone, software, writing, and other abilities that may put you ahead of the curve.

Find three references.
These can be teachers, coaches, school counselors, volunteer project leaders, or any other adult who can vouch for your work ethic. Ask for permission to use their phone numbers (there’s nothing worse than a surprise call).

Write an Introduction.
Your introduction will sit at the top of your resume, and will be a short paragraph where you’ll give your name, year in school, and reasons for why you would like a job. If you are applying for work with a specific company, include a sentence in your resume about why you are applying for that position. If you’re just handing out resumes, a general statement of your goals of employment will suffice. If you already know what career you are working towards, include that here!

Find a clean layout.
Having a well-designed, easy-to-read resume will always put you ahead. You can create your own on any word processing program, or you can use one of my super awesome templates that I’ve already made for you. A resume should never be more than one page long, especially as a high school student. A thorough resume should include your contact information, a short introduction, previous work/volunteer experience, skills, honors & awards, and your references.

Only include the most important information.
You may have worn many hats in high school (and middle school), but not all of those roles will matter to your future employer. Pick the positions that you feel say the most about your skill set and leadership abilities. The same goes for awards. Pick no more than three academic awards or honors to showcase. For work and volunteer experience, limit the list to work you performed within the last two years. This will keep your resume short and to the point.

-Written by contributing writer and Girl Scout Alumna, Sara Remus

The Gear Heads Improving The World – One Battery at a Time

IMG_8939We are the Gear Heads – a team of five Cadettes who have formed a robotics team and are set to compete in our second First Lego League qualifier tournament. When we found out that this year’s theme is all about trash, we decided to look into batteries.

We made contact with our local blood bank in Bakersfield and arranged to collect their batteries. It turns out that most of these batteries still have charge in them but need to be replaced on a regular basis as they are used in medical machinery! The local high school physics and science classes have a need for batteries in their labs, and batteries are expensive. So once a quarter, we collect the batteries from the blood bank and donate them to the high schools. The batteries with no charge, we recycle.

Did you know that 2.9 billion batteries are used in the USA yearly, and that 20% of the hazardous material that ends up in landfills comes from batteries?

We are trying to make the world a better place, and we urge YOU to participate in helping our planet, one battery at a time.

-Blog submitted by Gear Heads

Transitioning Schools: Tips from a Girl Scout

17828558_m-480x320Transitioning from junior high to high school (or any new school for that matter) can come with challenges. Having made this change myself last semester, I have firsthand experience of the feelings you might encounter when you switch schools. Emotions can range from anxiety to pure terror.

Coming from a small student body, going to a new school with twice the amount of students definitely gave me feelings of nervousness. Thankfully, I had the advantage of having two of my personal friends attend the same new school as me. I suggest if you know you are going to a new school, you should try to find out if any of your friends are going there as well. But if you do not have the same advantage I did, there are some simple ways to better adapt to life at your new school.

From experience, I know that sitting with different people at lunch on each day can really open up and widen your friendship circle. Knowing if your school has clubs can also be an outlet for making new friends while providing a way to find people who share a common interest. Finally, sporting events, concerts, and even school dances can give you a way to have fun while making new friends and getting comfortable with your school environment. Always be yourself, you do not have to change to fit in with your peers; do you!

-Written by Girl Scout and contributing writer, Chandler B.

Girl Scout State of Mind Part 2

IMG_9775As I mentioned before, I was a Girl Scout back in the ’90’s and the Girl Scout state of mind has
stayed with me ever since. Other examples include:

…considerate and caring…
Being considerate is as easy as politely answering the phone when your mother or father calls you. It’s not arguing with a teacher when you believe he gave you the wrong grade, but rather sending him a respectful email after class and providing him with information to help him resolve the issue. It’s sending your friend an email or letter when you know she’s going through a rough time. It’s buying your sister that sweater she’s been wanting, even when it means sacrificing your Starbucks money.

…courageous and strong…
Being courageous and strong is apologizing when you really want to hide in your room and never come out. It’s respectfully emailing your professor and asking him if there is anything you can do to fix your grade. It’s quitting that job that makes the money you want, but doesn’t make you happy. It’s being honest with yourself.

…responsible for what I say and do…
This is easily the most difficult line of the Girl Scout law to live out – we as humans struggle to take responsibility for our actions on a daily basis, and some of this is natural. However, we all know that actions speak louder than words, and it’s important to remember this when we’re about to make a decision in which we’re uncertain. It’s important to remember when you know that you know better.

It’s important to remember when someone challenges your beliefs. Take responsibility not only for your words and actions, but for the protection of your feelings and spirituality. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Abriana: The highest selling Girl Scout…Literally.

We love hearing stories about our Girl Scouts – especially during cookie season. When we received this note from Girl Scout Abriana from Troop 3049 and her mother, we couldn’t help but share it. Talk about ambition and reaching goals. Way to go Abriana!

Abriana 1Abriana had a great idea before we left on a family trip to Portland, Oregon. She wanted to make sure she wasn’t going to miss any cookie sales since we were flying to Portland, Oregon to visit family during cookie selling season. So she decided to pack two big bags full of Girl Scout cookies and take them along for our trip. She picked 2 boxes of cookies, one Thanks A Lot & one Lemonade, to make the cookie journey with her. Waiting at the gate for the plane to arrive the whole crew was excited to see a Girl Scout with cookies! They offered to do a group picture with her and the cookies!

Once on the plane and in the air, the flight attendant asked her if she could make a announcement of the special guest they have flying with them today. Abriana was soooo excited! They announced to the cabin that they had a special Girl Scout Brownie on board from troop 3049 from the Girl Scouts Central California South and she had some cookies on board to sell. They asked the passengers to turn on their call lights if they wanted any cookies, and to her surprise a bunch of lights came on. She got to walk the isle and sell her cookies, at 20,000 ft in the air!! The attendant said “You know what Abriana, right now you’re literally the highest selling Girl Scout in California”! We all laughed and thought it just might be!

unnamedWhen she was done, she got to announce a big thank you for supporting Girl Scouts and the attendant awarded her with a Alaska Airlines wings pin for her uniform. Once we landed, the pilots wanted to buy some cookies and invited Abriana to the cockpit for a sale of thin mint cookies. She got to show Thanks & Lemon what it looked like inside the cockpit and a quick tour of the plane. She took pictures and waved goodbye to all the crew. Abriana couldn’t believe her exciting journey with her cookies, she said ” that’s why a Girl Scout never leaves her cookies behind, you never know when & where your going to make a sale” !! “

Girl Scout State of Mind Part 1

IMG_0324I was a Girl Scout back in the ’90’s – well, to be more accurate, I was a Brownie back in the 90’s. My
experience with the Girl Scouts was short-lived, mainly because I lived in an extremely small town
in an extremely rural area – but I think the Girl Scout state of mind has stayed with me ever since,
leading me to be a leader, a musician, a friend, a sorority sister, a daughter and a patriotic American
girl. Let me explain:

I will do my best to be…
Since a young age, I have been very competitive. Not in an aggressive, “I’m awesome and you’re
not” way – but in a “I have to win, and if I don’t, I’ll try again” way. This aspect of my personality
has rung true throughout my life, as I applied for my first high-school leadership position,
internship, part-time job, and auditioned to be a National Anthem singer, I tried my best to be –

…honest and fair…
Despite my tendency to over-exaggerate literally everything (I’ve always been quite the story-teller)
I’ve always felt the need to be extremely honest where it counts. I’ve always done (I hope) my best
to be fair to all people, friends, family and co-workers alike.

…friendly and helpful…
This is most important to me, above all other things. Smiling when you don’t feel like it, being polite
to the drive-through operator, and letting someone in a hurry cut you in line and offering them a
smile – being kind is an easy thing to do that (I promise) will not put you out, but rather, allow you
to feel fulfilled.

To Be Continued . . .
-Written by contributing writer and Girl Scout Alumna Sara Remus

A Girl Scout’s Guide to Surviving Stress


So when I started thinking about what topic I should write about, a few came up, but this one really stuck out to me, because I know many girls, and even adults, go through the exact same situation that I am going through right now. I am a junior in high school stressing about my grades and how I will be able to afford college. People always take time to ask me how I remain sane during these times.

When someone first came up to me with this question, I was unsure of how I should answer it. The truth, I often feared, was that I didn’t know how to handle it. I was wrong; I knew how to handle situations like these. I responded with, “I don’t know, I just breathe, I guess.” When I really think about it though, I remember the top five rules I follow in order to help my stress levels.

Rule #1: Drink cool refreshing drinks – my favorite is lemon water. People often think that coffee or teas reduce stress, but it is in fact the opposite. They are high in caffeine and sugar, which is not good for your healthy living lifestyle. I’m not saying the occasional Starbucks is wrong.

Rule #2: Smile. It takes more muscles to frown than to smile. It encourages people around you, and it draws people towards you.

Rule #3: Laugh. Laughing produces a hormone that naturally makes people happy. It is important to laugh, because if you can’t laugh at your life, then you are taking life too seriously.

Rule #4: Play a sport, get exercise, or do yoga. I personally play sports, go to the gym, and I love doing yoga! When I exercise, I feel like I have accomplished something. It also will take your mind off of things, which is a great thing.

Rule #5: Talk to someone. Around 64% of teenagers experience stress at an above average level. This means that you have people to talk to, because they are going through the exact same situation. Whether it is a friend, a parent, or whoever, they will be willing to listen to your problems.


Written by Maddy, contributing Girl Scout Writer

Once Upon a Time….

IMG_6756There was a girl scout troop. They went to the Fresno Fairgrounds and did crafts. They got stamps and learned new things. They got to play games. They soon saw a storm trooper. He had a blaster, but it was a fake. He shoots it and a lazer comes out. Someone screamed!

Some Girl Scouts tried to get him, but he was too fast. They kept chasing him, his hands were full, and they stopped him by throwing a chair at him. Then, he fell down smack on his face. The girls pulled his mask off. It was a kangaroo! They kangaroo got up and hopped away. His name was Joey. He was an ugly kangaroo that smelled like eggs. They took him to the zoo and gave him a bath. The bath had better be warm or he would go crazy and wouldn’t ever want to take a bath again. He went crazy, of course! After his bath, the Girl Scouts game him Caramel DeLites to calm him down. Joey ate the whole box, so then they gave him a box of Peanut Butter Patties. He ate all of the cookies, then threw a rock at a tree. When the Girl Scouts turned around to see what made the noise, he stole the girl’s wagon that was full of cookies!!

The Girl Scouts chased after him, but once again they couldn’t catch him. He opened a box of Lemonades and took a break from running to eat them. Joey went to the Girl Scout Cookie factory and ate all the cookies there. The girls trapped him and took him back to the zoo.

Once he was at the zoo, he ate the cookies with the Girl Scouts. When the cookies were gone, he escaped ahain. He found some Girl Scout clothing and a vest on the ground. He put on the Girl Scout clothes because he wanted to be a Girl Scout too. All the Girl Scouts caught up to him, and they took him back to the zoo. He gets mad and begs for more cookies. Joey really likes the cookies, so he ran away again. Joey and the Girl Scouts made a deal, if he stayed there they would give him five boxes of cookies.

He did, so the Girl Scouts gave him five boxes of cookies. He chose two boxes of Caramel DeLites, two boxes of Thin Mints, and a box of Peanut Butter Patties, He wanted a big glass of milk. He later decided to buy three boxes of Thanks-a-lots. He’s gonna be full. Joery got a bad stomach ache and threw up. “Gross!” thought the Girl Scouts. They had to clean it up, and give him another bath. Then, the Girl Scouts decided NO MORE cookies for Joey! They won’t give any more cookies to Joey. Then, Joey got really REALLY mad and ran away again, and he stole cookies from the Girl Scouts and the people who bought them. Then, they made a kangaroo jail for him, but he chewed it up and kicked it down to escape. WANTED!! Joey, the kangaroo – Girl Scout Cookie Thief.

-Written by the Girl Scouts of Central California South (January 24, 2015)

Give Yourself a Voice: Public Speaking Tips

Chandler (far right) with some fellow Girl Scouts representing GSCCS and talking about our Fall Product.

Chandler (far right) with some fellow Girl Scouts representing GSCCS and talking about our Fall Product.

Hello, my name is Chandler. I am a senior in Girl Scouts and I am a freshman at University High School. This is my first time blogging for the website, but I have been in Girls Scouts for two years and have enjoyed every minute of it. One of my favorite aspects about being in Girls Scouts is the opportunity for public relations, especially marketing products.

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to be interviewed on Alex Delgado’s show, Central Valley Today, as well as appearing on KSEE 24 live action news (which I might add I had to get up pretty early for). Now looking back on those experiences, even if I was a little nervous about them, they were a great opportunity to get some practice in for public speaking and to get over my camera shyness.

I learned a way to calm yourself down if you are nervous and about to go live is to smile at the camera and take really deep breaths: in through the nose, out through the mouth.

In order to practice for public speaking, I would suggest making a list of talking points or note cards if you are preparing a speech. This will help you to keep your mind focused and on topic, as well as getting you to retain the information and know it thoroughly. I have also learned that practicing in front of people you are comfortable with, like your friends and family, helps you be more relaxed on camera. One thing to be careful of while you are on camera is to not fiddle with your hair or with your note cards and keep your attention on the interviewer. I hope these tips were helpful, and good luck on your next public speaking opportunity!

-Written by Girl Scout and contributing writer, Chandler B.