Join Girl Scouts of Greater LA at their Camporee!

What:    2012 Camporee – the ultimate Girl Scout camp out of 10,000 Girl Scouts and volunteers!

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When: October 26-28, 2012

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Where: Lake Perris State Recreation Area (in the city of Perris, CA in the Inland Empire of Riverside County) 17801 Lake Perris Drive Perris, CA 92571

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Cost:      Weekend – $50/person or Saturday only – $25/person

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How:     Visit www.girlscoutsla.org for info.

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The event will feature fun, games, song and dance, crafts, Radio Disney show (Friday), star gazing with Celestron, and a big Saturday night show featuring the all-sister Sledge Grits Band!

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Girl Scout Uniform Checklist

We have created item level sheets that can be used to help parents and troop leaders know the specific costs for items needed for their Girl Scouts. We have included the basic uniform and program items. If you need other items you can contact the Gold Mine store directly or visit our online store. We hope this helps answer some commonly asked questions.

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Daisy Uniform

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Brownie Uniform

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Junior Uniform

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Cadette Uniform

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Senior Uniform

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Ambassador Uniform

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Girl Scout Staff volunteers at United Way Kings County Day of Caring

Blog Post by: Julie Medina, Membership Manager

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Melissa Soza and I volunteered at Salvation Army for the Day of Caring through United Way. Our day was spent over seeing the bounce house and slide at a Community Fun Day held at the Salvation Army. Booths were set up with various games for the kids to rotate around to along with a drawing for games, toys and school supplies. Everyone enjoyed the activities and the tasty lunch. It was a great day and we enjoyed volunteering!

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Girl Scout hosted Bike Safety Rodeo to earn prestigious award

Kids grabbed their helmets, bikes, and bottles of water, and went to the Bike Safety Rodeo! Girl Scout Senior, Erica, hosted a Bike Safety Rodeo on Tuesday July 31, 2012 from 9:00AM – 12:00 PM at Buttonwillow Park & Recreation. There were games, safety tips, and obstacle courses. Best of all – the event was free to attend!

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Erica is a Senior Girl Scout at Girl Scouts of Central California South. The Bike Safety Rodeo was an event she is putting on for her Gold Award project. The Gold Award focuses on the interests of older Girl Scouts (grades 9 – 12) and their personal journey to build leadership skills, explore future careers, and advocate for others. The girls research a community issue, develop a plan, and work towards inspiring others to take action in resolving the identified issue.

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Though it has changed names over the years, the Girl Scout Gold Award has been the organization’s highest award since 1916. It represents excellence and leadership for girls everywhere!

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Facts about Girl Scouts’ highest honor, the Gold Award:

  • -Less than 6% of all Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award.
  • -A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award immediately rises one rank in any of the U.S. military branches.
  • -A growing number of colleges and universities across the country offer scholarships to girls achieving the Girl Scout Gold Award.
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To learn more about Girl Scouts awards click here!

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Pictures from Bike Safety Rodeo:

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Girl Scout hosted Water Safety seminar to earn prestigious award

The swimming pool and summertime are always a key part of a child’s summer. But not everyone is up to date on their water safety skills. Girl Scout Ambassador, Maggie, put together a workshop to teach kids  how to be safe around the water and in their pools at home. She hosted the Water Safety class on Saturday July 28 at the Wasco Veterans’ Hall for kids ages 6-10. The seminar was free to attend.

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Maggie is a Ambassador Girl Scout at Girl Scouts of Central California South. The Water Safety class was an event she put on for her Gold Award project. The Gold Award focuses on the interests of older Girl Scouts (grades 9 – 12) and their personal journey to build leadership skills, explore future careers, and advocate for others. The girls research a community issue, develop a plan, and work towards inspiring others to take action in resolving the identified issue.

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Though it has changed names over the years, the Girl Scout Gold Award has been the organization’s highest award since 1916. It represents excellence and leadership for girls everywhere!

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Facts about Girl Scouts’ highest honor, the Gold Award:

  • -Less than 6% of all Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award.
  • -A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award immediately rises one rank in any of the U.S. military branches.
  • -A growing number of colleges and universities across the country offer scholarships to girls achieving the Girl Scout Gold Award.
Click here to learn more about Girl Scout awards.

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Pictures from the Water Safety Training:

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GIRLS WORLD FORUM 2012 – AN EXPERIENCE I’LL NEVER FORGET!

Written by: Allison Hollender, GSCCS Delegate to the Girls World Forum 2012,Chicago IL Allison is a presenter at the 2012 Women Inspiring Girls Luncheon in Bakersfield on October 5, 2012.

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It has been some time after the Girl’s World Forum in Chicago, and now I have had some time to digest the extreme amount of information that has been thrown at me during the week. The statistics, narratives, and ideas that were all delivered in discussions and presentations (while I was running purely on energy supplied by morning coffee and afternoon tea) can now be applied to my life and can now help me broaden my focus from myself and my community, to the globe.

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In one week, I was taught about the power we as Girl Scouts have when we work as individuals, when we come together as sisters, and in the simple ways we live our lives. I was reminded of just how small this world is, and the lives of people miles away can be identical to our own. The greatest part about the trip was the balance. I could spend a night with a group of girls laughing and talking about Justin Bieber’s hair, and I could also spend a morning discussing poverty with girls from India, Bangladesh, and Nepal.  Each day was important, and each day I learned more about this globe and myself than I could have imagined.

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7/11 Wednesday

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The first night is a blur. A swirl of names that I couldn’t pronounce, speeches by the President of Girl Scouts of the USA, Connie Lindsay, and the National CEO-Anna Maria Chavez, and SWAPs (Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere). Lots of SWAPs!

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I did meet a group from Japan, who taught me a few different phrases in Japanese. And I taught them some American slang. I spent time with the two girls and their chaperone, Chieko, during a lot during the trip. Even though we didn’t speak the same language, and required a lot of translations, we could all still easily laugh together.

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7/12 Thursday

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The next day began bright and early, with an opening flag ceremony with a flag for every country that represents Girl Guiding and Scouting. Then we went right into our sessions, we broke out into different groups and would remain in those groups the entire week. Each group had a language focus, so the translators could stay with the girls- I was in the Arabic group. It was such a variety. On my left would be a girl from Turlock, California which is just a short drive away and on my right- a girl fromYemen, a long plane ride away. My group included girls from California, New York, Hungary, Texas, Yemen, India, Bangladesh, Maryland, Georgia, Antigua and Barbuda, all over the Middle East, and all over the rest of the world.

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The focus of our sessions was on understanding the eight Millennium Development Goals. They are goals set out by the United Nations to help eliminate global poverty by empowering global citizens, promoting health and education, and sustainably helping people and the environment. We also learned about organizations like Heifer International and The Girl Effect. I really recommend that you do a quick Google search and learn more about these two organizations and how they are working to end poverty by empowering women. The Girl Effect is designed to help girls stay in school to help break the cycle of child marriages and prostitution and Heifer International helping to empower women and their communities through education and business.

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Later that night we went on a double decker bus tour of Chicago, and got a chance to see all of the sites including Oprah’s house!! Afterwards I had a chance to walk to the city with a group of girls and their

three amazing chaperones and see the sites for myself. We had tea at Argo, a local tea shop that caters to Chicago’s coolest, and then ate popcorn at the Chicago’s famous Garrett’s. They have a Chicago blend which is cheddar cheese popcorn and caramel corn mixed together to form heaven. Afterwards we went to the famous

Millennium Park, and stumbled on a free symphony and then a show of Guys and Dolls. And lastly before our eleven o’clock curfew, we took touristy pictures under the famous Chicago Bean!

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7/13 Friday

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Friday began with a quick breakfast and a long bus ride to the Brookfield Zoo, the day was focused on environmental conservation and included three sessions about three of the largest global issues – deforestation, water conservation, and climate change. The most interesting thing was that most of our paper products (which is practically everything we use!) is logged illegally, and is causing severe deforestation in rainforests that are vital to our area. A simple thing that anyone can do is buy products that have an FSC label, which means they are certified and the paper products come from trees that are sustainably produced. Since coming home I have already encouraged my family to make the change and we now are using toilet paper and paper toilets that are FSC certified. (Just a hint, Starbucks uses cups that are FSC certified, an excuse for that morning latte!). After our sessions we were allowed to explore the zoo, and see all the animals.

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7/14 Saturday

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Saturday was all sessions, back to back to back. We covered women empowerment, self esteem, and political leadership in our daily lives. The session, How to Lead a Political Life by Erin Viardi was by far the most interesting (follow her on twitter, @ErinViardi!) she taught us that by being informed and passionate anyone can lead a political life.

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7/15 Sunday

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Sunday was back to the zoo! This time we helped to plant native grasses that would benefit the environment and the local area. We worked during the day to plant grasses and wildflowers, so if you ever go to the Brookfield Zoo, ask where the Girl Scouts planted grasses and they will take you there. The grass right now may not look like much, but soon it will be giant.

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Later that night, we all broke out into groups to go on a Scavenger Hunt throughoutChicago. We teamed up with a group fromIrelandand sang Camp Songs the ENTIRE time. We came back dead last, but we had the most fun! Afterwards, there was a giant party! Ice cream, sumo wrestling, crazy pictures, and dancing! It was so much fun, I loved to see girls from around the world dancing to Miley Cyrus or old eighties tunes.

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I was so privileged to represent the girls in our area, and I hope I did them all justice. I learned so much, I want to bring that back to our valley and help to change some of our community’s greatest problems. This experience has changed me as a person and opened my eyes to a world so much bigger than myself.

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F.R.O.G.S.

Friends and Relatives of Girl Scouts…Donate $40 and receive  one of our 100th Anniversary limited edition commemorative F.R.O.G.S. coffee mugs!

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Click here for the F.R.O.G.S. coffee mug order form!

Fill it out and mail, email (tboothe@girlscoutsccs.org) or hand the form into your local council office.

*If you purchase a mug you will also receive the F.R.O.G.S. Supporter patch show below.

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Donate $30 and receive one of our F.R.O.G.S. Supporter patches!
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Click here for the F.R.O.G.S. supporter patch order form!

Fill it out and mail, email (tboothe@girlscoutsccs.org) or hand the form into your local council office.

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NOTE: Girls who participated in the Early Bird Registration were eligible to  earn their F.R.O.G.S Troop patch too! *Early Bird Registration was April 1st-June 30th

 

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Click here to learn about other ways to support Girl Scouts.

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Girl Scouts Bring a Friend Campaign is here!

Girl Scouts Bring a Friend Campaign is here! Learn how the Bring a Friend campaign works!

 

 

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  • -Invite a friend who is not already a registered member to join Girl Scouts.
  • -Have her register for the 2012-2013 Girl Scout membership year.
  • -Attend a Troop meeting, Service Unit event or Council event
  • -Complete the flyer below, attach the flyer to your friend’s membership form and send it to either of the Council Offices in Fresno or Bakersfield. When your friend’s membership form is processed, a patch will be sent to you!

 

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Summer Scavenger Hunt Facebook Contest!

 

 

 

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Join Girl Scouts of Central California South for our Summer Scavenger Hunt Contest. Help us reach 100 posts for our 100th Anniversary!

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How to enter:

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  • Girls 15 and under will need a parent or guardian to sign up for Facebook if they do not already have an account to complete the contest.
  • “LIKE” Girl Scouts of Central California South’s
  • Finish 10 of the 20 scavenger hunt items listed below, and take pictures while you do them.
  • Post those pictures to our Facebook page and let us know which number you completed.
  • Once you have completed all 10 items comment on this Facebook post that you are done!
  • Deadline to submit your pictures is August 31, 2012.[/list]

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Once you complete your 10 items you are entered to win a 100th Anniversary Girl Scout basket filled with fun goodies from the Gold Mine Store!

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Official Rules:

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  • Must follow “Like” GSCCS on Facebook
  • Post must contain which number scavenger hunt item you are doing
  • Contest begins Wednesday August 1 and ends August 31, 2012.[/list]

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Summer Scavenger Hunt:

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    1. Pick 3 things from the 100 Things for the 100th Anniversary List
    2. Make a new friend and teach them the Girl Scout Promise
    3. Replace a light bulb
    4. Give up television and the internet for one whole day and play outside instead
    5. Visit a local park & play on the swings
    6. Visit your local library
    7. Make a no bake fun summer treat
    8. Draw a picture about a summertime tradition in one of the WAGGGS countries
    9. Have your own Girl Scout Olympics to celebrate the 2012 Summer Olympic Games
    10. Do a craft outside (ex: Tie Dye)
    11. Sing Girl Scout songs with your friends
    12. Make recycled art
    13. Volunteer for your favorite cause
    14. Create a recipe inspired by a Girl Scout cookie flavor
    15. Read a book outside
    16. Create an activity you would like to do with your troop
    17. Plant a garden
    18. Go on a bike ride
    19. Build a structure out of popsicle sticks and glue. See how much weight it can hold.
    20. Conduct your own earth hour; turn off all your lights and power for one hour

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How to sign up for Facebook:

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  • Girl Scout parent or guardian must sign up for account
  • Go to facebook.com
  • Click Sign Up
  • Check your email for the confirmation.
  • You are now signed up for Facebook. [/list]

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Have fun with the contest! No one picture will be wrong. Just remember to include which number item you are doing.

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Please contact Tori Sampson with questions. tsampson@girlscoutsccs.org or (800) 490-8653 ext 145.

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Fresno troop 2385 donates to local charities

Post by: Danielle Cash

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Fresno troop 2385 decided at one of their meetings they wanted to donate to the families at Ronald McDonald House Charities Central Valley and to the homeless at the Evangel home. So the girls setup a shopping trip! They spent 2 hours and over $440 on items for two charities. Then they organized the items they bought into two piles for the  two different charities. The Ronald McDonald House items included toiletries, food, beverages, clothing, books and games. Plus 20 boxes of cookies leftover from their cookie sale! Then the girls packed socks, hats, soaps, razors and snacks for the homeless at the Evangel home.  Troop 2385 had a great time putting together the care packages for the two charities. Below are pictures of the girls with the items they purchased.

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