Girl Scout living out her dream

Ever since I was in third grade, I have been enchanted by astronomy and space travel, starting when I won my very first telescope at a local Girl Scout Astronomy Day. Ever since I have done all I can to spread my enthusiasm about space. I have ran numerous Astronomy and Aerospace badge workshops and have seen my passion pass on to some of these little girls. I even did my Gold Award project to raise awareness of light pollution, the haze that keeps Bakersfield from seeing the beautiful night sky. I love astronomy so much that I have planned to create a career out of my passion. I just attended my first year at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ. I have  fallen head over heels for this school. This school specializes in aviation and space-oriented careers and seems like the perfect fit for me.  I plan to major in Aerospace Engineering and Astrophysics, and my dream is to help aid the private industry in space travel. My plan is to help build the rocket and possibly get a ride as the mechanic on the first expedition to Mars. I’m very excited for my future doing what I love!

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~Ashely Loyd

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“I used what they taught us in Girl Scouts about public speaking”

I wanted to share an observation that Hailey, my 16 year old Senior Girl Scout, made one night as she was preparing to give a four-minute persuasive speech to her 10th grade English class. She had about a page and a half of material to present and she asked me if I thought that would be enough to talk for four minutes. I told her I didn’t think so, that she might need more material. She returned a while later with a triumphant look on her face and showed me the timer on her phone which read 3 min. 59 sec, and said, “Look, it’s almost exactly four minutes. Want to hear it?” I said sure and she launched into a confident, animated, measured speech promoting the continuation of space exploration. I told her it sounded great. She said, “Yep! I used what they taught us in Girl Scouts about public speaking!” Girl Scouts has really added a lot to Hailey’s “self.”

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~Eileen Swift

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Girl Scouting is more than just cookies

For various reasons, I believe Girl Scouts is a good experience for all girls. Some people may disagree because they think Girl Scouting is just about selling cookies. But there is more to this organization that benefits girls. Girl Scouts teaches marketing and business skills. Second, girls learn how to build confidence and courage in reaching their goals. Finally, the most important reason is girls learn how to socially and environmentally impact our world to make it a better place. Consequently, I will argue that Girl Scouts benefits girls their entire life.

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Girls learn the use of business and marketing skills by finding ways to market their cookies, nuts, and magazines, dealing with orders, handling money, setting up booths and providing customer service.  For example, my friends and I made a song that helped us catch the attention of customers and we sold more cookies. Girls have to budget the money they earn and decide what they can and cannot afford. For instance, my troop and I wanted to go to Disneyland so we had to calculate all the money it would take to go. We looked at how much we already had, factored in known expenses for the year, and then determined how much more we had to raise. These skills taught us what we need to know in order to do some of the things we enjoy.

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Most people will never get very far, and have few achievements without believing in themselves or having courage and confidence. This is what the Girl Scout program gives each girl.  For example, many women who were former Girl Scouts have gone into successful careers in politics, science, and technology, and aerospace because they were confident that they could make it.  Kay Bailey Hutchison is a terrific example. A former Girl Scout, she followed her dreams and became a senator. When people have no belief in themselves, they miss out and don’t achieve their goals. When, after saving and months of planning, my troop and I went horseback riding, a girl was terrified on the horse. If she had given up she would have missed out. In fact, after riding for a few minutes she calmed down, had tons of fun, and wants to go again. So, with courage and confidence a person can accomplish anything.

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 Third, girls will be able to impact the world using social and environmental skills. Girls help to make a difference locally and globally. For instance, my local Council helped in the fight against Malaria Globally by sending bed nets and water purifiers to South Africa.  Next, my troop and two others made a difference locally with picking up litter. We went up to Kings Canyon and in two hours removed litter from a sledding area that would have taken a single Ranger one month to remove. Additionally, my troop made bread for the Poverello house that benefits the homeless in Fresno County. Therefore, girls all around the world help to make a difference by getting involved in their communities.

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Consequently, it is my belief that Girl Scouts is the experience of a lifetime.  Naysayers that say it is just about selling cookies are not looking at the whole organization. Selling cookies is only part of the program, it is the lessons being learned that teach lifelong skills. If only the naysayers looked past the cookie sales they  too could see and believe in the good of Girl Scouting. All the lessons taught and learned by the girls of today, will allow them to become tomorrow’s leaders.

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~Treasa

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Daisy shares Girl Scouting experience

Daisy Girl Scout, Allison,  talked about her Girl Scout experiences during her kindergarten graduation from Immanuel Christian School in Ridgecrest. She was so cute, and so enthusiastic about getting her badges, etc. She said that she had helped an elderly person get up from a chair, the elderly person wasn’t able to do that on her own, and then she held her hand while they walked to the cafeteria counter. She was so cute and I wished I had known in advance and could have filmed her.  Girl Scouts in Ridgecrest are having fun!

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~Board Member: Kari G. Boisvert

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Board Member Awarded

Jayne McCallister was awarded the Meg Barnes award on Tuesday, June 5th. This award is in honor of former Girl Scouts of Golden Valley Board member Meg Barnes who became her daughters’ Brownie leader and continued her volunteerism throughout their school years and even after the girls had graduated from high school. The Council presents this award to an outstanding Board member or Community Leader who has gone above and beyond the call to help provide necessary support to ensure the stability of the Council.

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Jayne is a woman who does a lot behind the scenes and requires little recognition. She rolls up her sleeves and digs in wherever needed. She has been especially helpful this year. She serves on many Council Committees including, chairing the Board Development Committee, along with her husband, running the entire Cookie Classic Golf Tournament Committee and serving on the Women Inspiring Girls Luncheon Committee. It doesn’t stop there. She also has worked diligently with her own granddaughter’s troop. She  was a Girl Scout and has given her grand daughter the gift of Girl Scouting as well.

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Congratulations Jayne, we appreciate everything you do for Girl Scouts. 

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2012 CaliGirl Trip

All 2012 Cali Girls are invited to an amazing, fun-filled day at Disneyland!

Saturday, September 8, 2012 

RSVP by: Friday, June 29, 2012 by 5:00pm.

For more information, please contact the Product Program Specialist at: (800) 490-8653 ext. 123  or lzaninovich@girlscoutsccs.org

Tickets Include: Entrance into Disneyland and a special 2012 Cali Girl T-Shirt.

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Must complete and return:

Registration Form (PDF)

Health History (PDF)

OTC Medication Authorization Form (PDF)

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Chaperones Needed!

Must complete and return: Chaperone Application Form (PDF)

*Your request is not complete until we receive this form*

Chaperones Will Receive:
Entrance into Disneyland and free bus ride to and from Disneyland

Please Note: Food will not be provided.

*Applications must be received by Friday, June 29, 2012*

Requirements:
~Pre-Event Meeting to discuss assignments, expectations, and logistics
~Must be responsible for a group of girls all day at the event
(will not be guaranteed your child’s group)

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First Aid & Safety Day

Join Camelot Park & Houchin Blood Bank at First Aid & Safety Day! Sunday, June 24th, 2012 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM at Camelot Park in Bakersfield. Learn medical assistance techniques and earn a fun patch! Encourage your family and friends to donate blood! Houchin Blood Bank will be on site for qualified donors. Girl Scouts who come in uniform will receive a free round of miniature golf! Call Peggy for more information at (661) 323-4222.

PLEASE SAVE these items for a Holiday Display!

Please save the following items for a holiday display at the Fresno International Airport. The holiday display benefits Girl Scouts of Central California South. *We will post more information on the holiday display soon!
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You can bring the items to their council office and leave them for Tori.  For more information please contact Tori at tsampson@girlscoutsccs.org or (800) 490-8653 ext 145.
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  • Cleaner Clothes Bags
  • Sliced Olive/Chopped Pepper Cans (2-4 oz)
  • Ends off Frozen juice cans
  • Ends off refrigerated biscuits/bread sticks/ crescent roll containers
  • Old Christmas cards
  • Old White socks
  • Old pink socks
  • Old pink tights
  • Old Red Shirts
  • Old Red socks
  • Old Red Sweatshirts
  • Printed Socks
  • White foam trays or food boxes
  • Pastel foam trays
  • Small pastel cat food cans

 

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