Lamont troop 507 goes camping!

Post by: Lily Cortes

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Lamont Girl Scout troop 507  went camping in July to Lopez Lake in Arroyo Grande. They used their proceeds from the Girl Scout cookie sale. The first day they set up their tents, made a bonfire and cooked  delicious s’mores. While on the trip the girls learned how to fish, went to a local water slide park, sang songs by the campfire and saw many deer and wild turkeys. They went to the Bee’s Knees show and learned about the different types of bees, and why they are important to our environment.  The weather was wonderful  and the girls can’t wait to go camping next year. It was a great life experience. They thank everyone who made this possible by buying Girl Scout cookies. 10 girls went on the camping trip –  Aalijah , Alexis, Jacquelyn , Monique , Daisy , Vanessa, Jasmin, Victoria , Carolina,  and Katelynn.

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Pictures from the trip:

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Our CEO shares Olympic memories

Our CEO, Cathy Ferguson, shares her Olympic memories with KSEE 24′s A.J. Fox.  She won both her gold medals in swimming in the 1964 games in Tokyo, Japan. She was asked to describe her Olympic experience in her own words. Here is the video of her interview!

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Here are a few more videos with Cathy sharing her Olympic memories:

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Click here for part 1 of the interview.

Click here for part 2 of the interview.

Click here for part 3 of the interview.

Click here for part 4 of the interview.

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Click here to read an amazing story about Cathy and her daughter who tried out for the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic diving team.

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Congrats Cathy! You are truly inspirational!

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Pictures of Cathy from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics:

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Appreciating Wendy Wayne

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Wendy was one of our 2010 Women Inspiring Girls Honorees in Bakersfield.Wendy passed away on June 17, 2012. She will be sorely missed and forever be remembered as an awesome role model for our girls, who always thought of others before herself. When she thanked us for naming her as a Women Inspiring Girls honoree, her thoughts were on others who had worked behind the scenes, and she wrote: “A special ‘shout out’ to the many Girl Scout leaders who volunteer their time to be troop leaders and special mentors to the young scouts”.

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Click here for Wendy’s video biography.

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How to wear your Girl Scout Uniform

Here are some  pictures explaining how to wear your Girl Scout uniform! If you have any questions about the uniform please contact the Gold Mine Store at (800) 490-8653 ext 114. To purchase your Girl Scout Uniform visit our online store http://www.gsccs-store.org/ or stop into either Gold Mine Store.

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Fresno – 1377 West Shaw Ave Fresno, CA 93711

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Bakersfield – 1831 Brundage Lane Bakersfield, CA 93304

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Girl Scout Daisy Tunic & Vest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Brownie Vest & Sash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Junior Vest & Sash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Cadette Vest & Sash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Senior Vest & Sash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Ambassador Vest & Sash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Adult

 

 

 

Gold Award Winners honored at Clovis Hall of Fame

Gold Award honorees, Nicole and Andrea, were recognized recently at the 2012 Clovis Hall of Fame. Nicole’s Gold Award project in 2011 provide the history of World War II internment camps in California, while Andrea’s project in 2010 was A Summer Full of Food. They were joined by Girl Scouts Hannah and Lidia, who handed out flowers to the ladies who attended this commemorative event.

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Nicole has recently graduated from Clovis West High School and is planning on attending California State University, Fresno in the Fall (2012) as a biology major going into the medical field. She received her Gold Award in 2011 for her project inspired by her Grandfather’s experiences during WWII as a member of the most decorated regiment for the United States Army. When Nicole found out her grandfather had been in a Japanese Internment Camp during World War II , she decided to pursue her Gold Award on the subject. Nicole set out on a mission to inform people about the true story and set the record straight while telling her grandfather’s story, including making presentations to Junior High School and many others. Eventually her grandfather’s story will join others in a compilation of historical experiences of the Japanese People and American Society. These stories will not be lost with past but will be maintained for generations to come.

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Andrea graduated from Clovis West in 2010 and was awarded her Girl Scout Gold Award the same year for her Summer Full of Food project. Andrea started Girl Scouts as a Daisy when she was in kindergarten and she is now in her 15th year involved with the organization. Andrea is still in college – she just finished 2 years at the Willow International Center and in the Fall is transferring to Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio where her major will be middle childhood math and science education. Andrea’s hope is to teach middle school math. She first discovered her love of teaching others through working with younger Girl Scouts. Andrea did her Gold Award project with Molly Fredle. The girls felt it was important to raise awareness about the decline of donations to Food Banks in the summer time and decided to have a special summer long food drive. By involving local news and radio, they planned eight food drives and collected non-perishable food items and canned foods by inspiring others to donate, and helping them realize that giving food all year long is important.

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Top Selling Girl Scouts are ready for their close up!

On July 10th, we hosted a media training event for our Super Sellers Secret Society Honors or SSSSH Girls. The SSSSH girls are our top earning Girl Scouts. To reach the secret society girls need to sell a minimum of 1000 Girl Scout cookie boxes. When they reach this goal they earn the right to be on the GSCCS media team! 24 SSSSH girls traveled from Visalia, Oakhurst, and Madera to attend the SSSSH girl media training.

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The media team was trained for all interviews; radio, print and television. Zara Arboleda from CBS 47 came to the training to talk to the girls about television interviews. A few topics discussed in the training were, what to do to prepare for an interview, the proper way to answer a question, and what to do if they don’t know the answer to something. They left the training prepared for any interview and ready for their close up!

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“We use our SSSSH girls throughout the year for interviews, presentations, ceremonies and so much more. They are the face of our council, and are truly girls of courage, character and confidence. They put a lot of hard work into becoming our top cookie sellers, and are proud to represent their council,” stated CEO, Cathy Ferguson.

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There will be a media training event on July 25th in Bakersfield. Cambi Brown from KBAK will join us at our Bakersfield Council office to talk about Television interviews.

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To see a complete list of SSSSH girls visit: http://www.girlscoutsccs.org/2011-ssssh-girls/.

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Pictures from the July 10th Media Training in Fresno:

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Local troop participate in largest Girl Scout gathering…EVER

Girls from Troop 394 traveled to Washington DC, June 6-June 11 touring the Nation’s Capital and participating in the largest gathering of Girl Scouts EVER. Over 250,000 Girl Scouts from around the world gathered on the National Mall, Saturday June 9, 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts of the USA. Every USA Girl Scout Council was present and Troop 394 represented Girl Scouts of Central California South. Scouts, friends, family and alumnae joined to mark the 100th anniversary with a sing along. While the Guinness World Record for the largest sing-along and flashmob is still being confirmed, the girls loved learning the song “Ignite” and dance steps to prepare for the flash mob.

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The trip was organized and led by leader Sandy Patrick. They saw many DC sights including the Lincoln Memorial, Mount Vernon, Arlington Cemetery, Vietnam Memorial, and received special entry to the National Archives for all Girl Scouts. Washington DC was full of Scouts and the troop was able to meet girls from every state in the nation and from other countries such as England and Singapore. The girls said the best part of the trip was SWAPPING and meeting all the other girls from all over the world. Troop 394 can’t wait for their next trip!

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Pictures from the Trip:
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Girl Scout troop honors volunteer

Guest Blog Post by : Claire from Troop 437

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Troop 437 was working on their  Cadette GS Way badge, and they were to honor a Girl Scout volunteer. Troop 437 does not  know Christie personally, but she serves us indirectly through her SU Product chair position. To get to know her, each Girl Scout from Troop 437 did a phone interview with at least one person who knows Christie. Most of the information came from her co-leader, parents, and our SU Manager  Melody Roberson. They compiled the information into a program to honor “Queen Christie”. They also adorned her with queen-like props made out of cookie boxes.

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To (kindly) ambush Christie, we showed up early to her normal meeting place and time and hid behind the stage with the help of Sandra Renfro. My girls waited in near darkness for her to arrive. A repeated comment about Christie in the interviews was that she has a great laugh. We kept waiting…and then…there was the laugh! We knew she had arrived, and Sandra told us it was time to take our places. It was a fun surprise.

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 Part of the program script from Queen Christie Day:

“Girl Scout Troop 437 is here to honor a special person. We’ve done some research into her background and this is what we found…

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She is…

amazing, funny, considerate, dedicated, friendly, awesome, fun, sincere, good to be around, intelligent, organized, generous, enthusiastic, caring and inspiring.

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These bracelets represent her ability to know what girls’ needs are,  how to encourage them and how to adjust to every girl’s needs.

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This necklace represents her devotion to scouting.

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This scepter represtents her infectious and unforgettable laugh.

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These glasses represent her helpfulness to all Girl Scouts.

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This crown is to show how grateful and overjoyed everyone is to have her in Girl Scouts. “

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Thanks for helping to extend the honor of Queen Christie Day! It is a well deserved position for an outstanding volunteer who is a splash of sunshine, kindness, and laughter in our SU and in her troop.

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Pictures from Queen Christie Day:

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~Claire, Troop 437

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Troop Summer Happenings

Summer is here and Troops are out and about in our amazing Central Valley having a blast this summer.

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Troop 844 at the Rockin Camp El-O-Win. They had professional stylists do their hair & make-up, performed in a lip-sync, air-band contest & won a “Grammy” for 1st place.

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They also went to Wild Water Adventure Park in Clovis for the Splash Off! activity. The girls had a great time. They are also working on their aMAZE Journey. For their Take Action Project the girls designed an anti-bullying poster. They hope to be able to distribute them into their classrooms when school resumes.

 

 

 

 

 

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Troop 2729 with the founders of Break the Barriers, Deby and Steve Hergenrader.  As part of their badge work for the Try-Its badge “fair play,” the girls toured the Break the Barriers facility and gained great insight about differently-abled individuals and athletics.  Steve led the tour and it was very informative and fun! He even had the girls do an activity that children with dyslexia have to frequently do (as seen in the second picture). It wasn’t easy and the girls gained a better perspective as a result.

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Service Unit 34′s Twilight Camp was Cuisine themed! They made recipe books, cooked pancakes and had lots of fun learning about cooking!

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Girls World Forum in Chicago

Eloise Golden and Alison H attended the Girls World Forum in Chicago, Illinois as representatives for Girl Scouts of Central California South. Below is the day to day activities at the Girls World Forum.

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Guest Blog Post by: Eloise Golden, Girl Scout Alumna

7/11/2012 (Wednesday)

We arrived in Chicago today to join several hundred young women – Girl Scouts and Girl Guides – aged 14 to 18 along with chaperones, volunteers, facilitators and staff from Girl Scout Councils all over the USA. Tonight we met together for an informal gathering after dinner where the girls had an opportunity to exchange S.W.A.P.’s (for the initiated that means Something With A Pin – a favorite Girl Scout tradition)! It was a fun evening and everyone is looking forward to the Opening Ceremony tomorrow morning. After the casual dinner Connie Lindsey, National President of the Girl Scouts USA, and Anna Marie Chavez, Chief Executive Officer of GSUSA, spoke briefly to the girls, welcoming them to the Forum and inviting them to all have a magnificent time learning and meeting new friends.

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7/12/2012 (Thursday)

The wonderful opening ceremony was so colorful with flags being furled from 145 Member Organizations (M.O.’s)! Over 80 countries are represented at the Girls World Forum and an estimated 600 Girl Scouts and Girl Guides are in attendance including girls, volunteers and facilitators. Melinda Carroll, renowned Girl Scout singer/songwriter from Maui, Hawaiian Islands, led everyone in song after the flag ceremony was complete. Welcoming addresses were given by Connie Lindsey, National President of GSUSA and Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of GSUSA along with the CEO for the Chicago Girl Scout Council and a WAGGGS staff member. Sejal Hathi, founder of Girls Helping Girls, gave an inspirational Keynote Address which had the impact of giving girls and adults the realization that great change for the good can begin with one fifteen year-old girl.

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What an exciting day for girl delegates and chaperones and volunteers and facilitators! Girls and Adults spent the day learning about the eight Millenium Development Goals (MDG’s). The United Nations created these goals with the intent to be completed by 2015. Girl Scouts and Girl Guides have joined forces with the United Nations to work on three of the eight goals. These include:

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#1 – Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

#3 – Promote gender equality and empower women

#7 – Ensure environmental sustainability

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The young women attending the Forum are being asked to create a Take Action Project which deals with one of the above issues in their own communities. The girls are being given tools to do this during their sessions throughout the Forum. Girls and chaperones are requested to reflect over what they each had learned during the day to reinforce new found knowledge and begin to discuss what Take Action Projects they might work on once they return to their home.

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7/13/2012 Friday

We had a very early start today and were on the bus to Brookfield Zoo by 7:00 a.m.! The intent for today was to learn more about MDG #7 regarding environmental sustainability in partnership with the Chicago Zoological Society. Besides being a fun day at the zoo a lot of knowledge was gained about how changes in the environment are dramatically impacting animals on our planet. Because of illegal logging operations in some countries, the natural habitat for many species is being destroyed and, therefore, many of these animals are nearing distinction. Girls learned what kinds of things they can do to promote the longevity of animals, even if these species live on other continents.

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The evening was free to do a little exploring in Chicago and many girls, along with chaperones, had a great desire to go check out that famous deep dish Chicago pizza!

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 Allison, and her two new friends from Japan!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7/15/2012 Sunday

Today was spent in sessions at the hotel. Girls and adults once again met separately. The adults learned more techniques on how to effectively support our young women when they go back to work on their Take Action projects. They were able to select from a variety of different topics so they could learn what might help the most in their country or community. For me personally, the best class I attended was a Leadership Development Class. Although I teach the Gold and Silver Award program to young women in our council, I am frequently asked by parents, leaders and project advisors, “What is my role in her project?” We certainly want and need to keep all our programs “Girl-led”, but sometimes have difficulty figuring out just how to do that. I learned some great techniques and tools for that today.

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A goal for each of the delegates is to perform a Take Action Project when they return home. As a result of that, Chaperones and Delegates were asked to meet at least 30 minutes each day to discuss what each had learned and to begin formulating a Take Action Project idea. By making a specific plan for a project the delegates will be more likely to succeed.

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During the evening we were able to explore the City of Chicago while doing a Scavenger Hunt! We were given a map with 8 stations to visit. At each station we received a card which explained some information about one of the Millennium Development Goals. Allison and I had a wonderful time doing the scavenger hunt; especially after we joined forces with delegates from Ireland! We sang their way through downtown Chicago singing all our favorite Girl Scout Songs! There is no doubt this will be a treasured memory!

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 ~Eloise Golden

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