Girl Scouts can do it all!

Bakersfield Girl Scout Troop made a video to tell their story to their peers.

Troop 2718 from Bakersfield let their creative sides out when they made a video about Girl Scouts! Ande, Ryan, Shaina, Sierra and Vanessa from Girl Scout Cadette Troop 2718 thought up the theme, drafted the script, and starred in the short video. The video was part of their MEdia Cadette Journey,* where the girls learn how they can use their own stories to shape media—for themselves, their community and the world.


The idea behind the video was to show other girls their age that you can be in sports, acting, and other activities while also being a Girl Scout.  Troop leader Julie Moore stated, “They came up with idea because as they have become older in Girl Scouts, a lot of their friends and peers think that Girl Scouts are nerdy.  As we talked about the perceptions of girls in the media and how they feel about them, they decided they wanted to address the perceptions about Girl Scouts and show they can be cool, normal girls in the community.”


The Troop started working on the project last August, and filmed when they could.  Richie Velasquez, Digital Media Director, at Woodward West/Woodward U donated his time to help with the filming and editing.


“When I saw the video they put together it brought me to tears. What an amazing message these girls told in the video. They showed other girls that you can do it all while being a Girl Scout. We couldn’t be more proud of Troop 2718. They truly embody what Girl Scouting is all about,” stated Girl Scouts of Central California South CEO Cathy Ferguson.


Troop 2718 is very active not only in Girl Scouts but also outside of Girl Scouting. Girls from the Troop are involved in their school student body councils, four girls have straight A’s, they are in sports, and two sets of girls in Troop 2718 are working towards their Girl Scout Silver Award. Going for this Award—the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn—gives each girl a chance to show that she is are a leader who is organized, determined, and dedicated to improving her community.


Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Central California South is the premier girl organization that produces quality leaders who ensure hope for the future. The goal of Girl Scouting is to assist girls in developing leadership skills by helping them Discover, Connect and Take Action in their communities. Membership registration for the 2012-2013 year is currently underway. If you are interested in getting involved with Girl Scouts of Central California South please click here.





*  On every Leadership Journey, everything girls do—whether it’s performing science experiments, creating art projects, cooking simple meals, or learning to protect the planet’s water supply—is aimed at giving them the benefits of the Girl Scout “Keys to Leadership”: Discover, Connect, Take Action.

Presidential Medal of Freedom Awarded to the Founder of Girl Scouts

Press Release

Presidential Medal of Freedom Awarded to the Founder of Girl Scouts,

Juliette Gordon Low

May 29, 2012 Fresno, CA ­­ — The White House announced today that President Obama is posthumously awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low. The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, recognizes individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”


“Juliette Gordon Low was a visionary, whose legacy lives on in the 59 million American women who have participated in Girl Scouting at some point in their lives,” said Girl Scouts of Central California South, CEO, Cathy Ferguson. “She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually, and in founding Girl Scouts in 1912, she made an indelible and enduring contribution to the lives of girls and to our nation. It is so fitting that during our 100th anniversary year, Juliette should be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”


From the beginning, Girl Scouts has insisted on being a voice for all girls. Juliette Gordon Low’s first 18 Girl Scouts included girls from influential Savannah families, and girls from the Female Orphan Asylum and Congregation Mickve Israel. As early as 1917, the first African American troops were established, as well as troops for disabled girls. One of the earliest Latina troops was formed in 1922, Girl Scout troops supported Japanese American girls in internment camps in the 1940s, and by the 1950s, Girl Scouts was leading the charge to fully integrate all of its troops. In 1956, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called Girl Scouts “a force for desegregation.”


Low’s exemplary life, work, and legacy have received many forms of recognition in the past. In 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed a bill authorizing a stamp in honor of Low. On October 28, 1979, Low was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and on December 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill naming a new federal building in Savannah in honor of her—the second federal building in history to be named after a woman. Additionally, a bust of Low is displayed in the state capitol of Georgia.


In receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Low joins the ranks of Frances Hesselbein, who in 1998 was awarded the medal for her work with Girl Scouts of the USA. Hesselbein served as Girl Scout CEO and is credited with increasing minority membership and establishing the Daisy Scout program for the youngest girls accepted into Girl Scouts.


United Way- Summer Ready Project

Traditionally, one of the great pleasures of childhood has been the coming of summer. The magic of summer is still the perfect atmosphere to discover the treasure of Robert Louis Stevenson’s pirates; the evil mystery of Sherlock Holmes mortal enemy, Dr. Moriarity; or the tween crushes and dramatic activities of the Marsh sisters. Summer is for reading!


Unfortunately, many children have no access to summer reading programs or camps and may not have appropriate books at home, a lack that will ultimately limit their knowledge of the world and of themselves. The equivalent to a loss of two months of reading instruction over the summer will accumulate over time and explains much of the achievement gap evident by high school.


Looking for a way to give back? New in town and interested in meeting like-minded and community-spirited neighbors? United Way of Indian Wells Valley would like to engage the people in our community in our project, and are looking for volunteers and donations.


We need volunteers to collect books from friends, family, neighborhoods, churches, workplaces, etc. The books can be new or slightly used, and suitable for school age children. We also need backpacks, book bags, and tote bags, also new or slightly used. These can be handmade from scraps, discarded jeans, etc. We also need volunteers for the “backpackpacking”, June 16th 9am-12pm.


If you’re not able to participate in any of these ways, we are very happy for $ donations. Remember one dollar + tax can buy a book and help a child.


The backpacks will be packed on June 16h, so all collections have to be received by then.


Want to help? Contact Kari Boisvert at (760)375-1920 or Let us know if you would like to collect books, sew or collect backpacks or bags, or help pack the backpacks.


Drop boxes will be placed all over town, call if you need a location.



Click here for the sign-up form.

Girl Scout destinations

Destination Ideas for the Summer!

Here’s an awesome destination for girls who want to write, direct, produce, edit and screen their very own Hollywood film!

July 22-28, 2012


Must be 15-18 years old at the time of the event.

More details here!


Become a Camp Counselor at Juliette Low Camp in Kansas City, Missouri

July 5-31, 2012


Click here for information!


Wildlife Adventure Photography, Sacramento, California

July 8-14, 2012


Camping gear is provided. Bring your own camera or rent one for $350.

Click here for information!







See ALL destinations here Contact Shannon Smith for details at 800-490-8653 ext 119, For all destinations, girls will need to arrange for their own round-trip transportation, and bring their own spending money. If you are eligible, financial assistance is available from GSCCS through the GSUSA D-Pass grant, and also directly from HURRY! Deadline for financial assistance – 45 days before the event!


Plan ahead for another travel adventure in 2013:

International Scout Camp – Holland

July 30-August 9, 2013

Click here for information!

Chocolate Thin Mint Supreme Pizza


Chocolate Thin Mint Pizza Supreme


  • 1 pkg. (18 oz.) refrigerated chocolate chunk cookie dough
  • 1/2 pkg. (19 cookies) Girl Scout Thin Mints
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate morsels
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional


Press cookie dough evenly in the bottom of an ungreased 12-inch pizza pan or a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. (Dough will barely cover the pan.) Break Thin Mints into halves or thirds; press cookie pieces into dough, covering evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Place white chocolate morsels into a small self-closing bag. Microwave the bag of morsels on MEDIUM HIGH (70% power) for 40 to 50 seconds or until melted. Snip one corner (about 1/8 inch) off the bottom of the bag. Hold bag tightly at top and drizzle white chocolate stripes over top of pizza. When cool, cut pizza into 8 or 10 wedges. If desired, top each serving with a scoop of ice cream.

Makes:8 to 10 servings

Source: ABC Bakers



Adventure Camp at Camp El-O-Win

Calling all Brownie & Junior Girl Scouts!

Are you ready for a fun filled summer at camp? Join us at Camp El-O-Win located merely 15 miles from Shaver Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.



Girls will have fun:

      Discovering life along the river’s edge


      Exploring energy sources

      Star gazing

      Plus more


Friday – Sunday, July 20 – 22, 2012

Registration deadline Monday, June 25, 2012

Girls $200.00 and *Chaperones $130.00

Campers residing outside of GSCCS Council bounders pay an additional $50.00 camper fee.



Click here for form.


Girls $200.00

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Program fee includes:

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Chaperones are needed to meet the required ratios in Safety Activity Checkpoints. Adult participation will be limited to the required number of chaperones needed to meet the required ratios.

Chaperones must be currently registered, preferably first aid trained and physically able to participate in camp activities. Outdoor training is a plus. Chaperones will be selected by a lottery system.


Transportation information:

[cell_title ]Bus pick up Friday, July 20th: [/cell_title]

[cell_text]Bakersfield Council Office at 7:00am

Visalia at the Holiday Inn at 8:30am

Fresno Council Office at 9:30am



[cell_title ]Bus drop off Sunday, July 22: [/cell_title]

[cell_text]Fresno Council Office at 12:30 pm

Visalia at the Holiday Inn at 2:00pm

Bakersfield Council Office at 3:30pm





Contact Shannon Smith for more information at (800) 490-8653 ext. 119


Click here for event flyer.

Click here to register.

Click here if you are interested in being a chaperone.



Camp El-O-Win Pictures:

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Rawhide Baseball Game and Campout

Its Girl Scout (over)night with the Visalia Rawhide! Come enjoy a baseball game, camp out on the field overnight and support your council at the same time. There will also be a Girl Scouts parade, post game movie and much more! All registered Girl Scouts, Family and Friends are invited!


Date: July 21, 2012.

Time: 7:00 PM.

Location: Rawhide Baseball Game300 N. Gidding Street Visalia CA, 93291.


Women Inspiring Girls

Women Inspiring Girls Awards Luncheon, Bakersfield!

[break] On Friday, October 4, 2013 we recognized and honored three dynamic women who distinguished themselves in the Bakersfield community, in their professions, and as role models for girls. Honorees were recognized at a luncheon which benefited Girl Scout Connect, a program for economically disadvantaged girls. [break] [break]

Joan Dezember – Community Volunteer

Betty Shaneyfelt Finch – First Female Homicide Detective Kern County/Gourd Artist[break] Cynthia Pollard – President and CEO, Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce[break] [break] [line][break]

We invite you to be a sponsor for our Women Inspiring Girls Luncheon. Please find out sponsorship levels and fill out the sponsorship form.

[break] For further information on next year’s event, please contact Pamela Mann at (661) 327-1409 ext. 204 or[break] [line]

Thank you to our sponsors for Women Inspiring Girls 2013!

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History of Women Inspiring Girls

Girl Scouts of Central California South’s Women Inspiring Girls awards honors dynamic women who have distinguished themselves through exemplary achievements in the community, in their professions, and as role models for girls. This annual event was started in 2009 and has so far honored 27 trail-blazing women from Fresno and Kern Counties, women who have inspired their communities to try a bit harder, to reach a bit further, and to believe in themselves.

Girl Scouts from grades K-12 play a major part in the running the event and in its production; they are in charge of the flag ceremony, they act as Mistresses of Ceremony, and they provide entertainment that increases guests’ knowledge of the value of Girl Scouting. In doing so, they improve their presentation skills and learn teamwork while building their self-confidence.[break] [break] Women Inspiring Girls Patch! This patch is for girls who have been part of our Women Inspiring Girls luncheons in Fresno and Bakersfield. This girl-led event prepares Girl Scouts for their leadership roles of the future. Girls manage the flag ceremony, lead the Pledge of Allegiance, sing the national Anthem, present the honorees, tell their personal stories and are the Mistresses of Ceremony at this event. They learn public speaking, professionalism and teamwork. [break][break]

How are the honorees selected?

A call for nominations is sent out to the local community through the media and Girl Scout communications. A selection panel of past honorees and community leaders meets to review the nominations submitted and three women are selected based on the award’s criteria.


What is the criteria?

• Service to the community and making a difference in people’s lives

• Being a role model for girls

• Overcoming obstacles to attain goals

• Outstanding leadership qualities

• Being known as a leader in her area of expertise


What does this award mean?

Women Inspiring Girls are women who embody and personify the mission of Girl Scouts of being women of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. These luncheons provide funding for the Girl Scouts Connect Program which every year gives more than 5,000 local girls the chance to become Girl Scouts, learn values and practical life skills, and realize their full potential.


Inspiring Girls Society

Fresno Alumnae


[three-columns] [one_cell] [titles] [cell_title ]Ashley Swearengin [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle][/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Mayor, City of Fresno [/cell_text] [/one_cell] [one_cell] [titles] [cell_title ]Nancy Hinds [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle][/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Founder and Executive Director, Hinds Hospice [/cell_text] [/one_cell] [one_cell_last] [titles] [cell_title ]Olga Martinez [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle] [/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]President/CEO, Allright Diversified Services, Inc. [/cell_text] [/one_cell_last] [/three-columns] [line]


[three-columns] [one_cell] [titles] [cell_title ]Lisa Casarez [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle][/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Founder and Executive Director, Angels of Grace Foster Family Agency [/cell_text] [/one_cell] [one_cell] [titles] [cell_title ]Cynthia Karraker [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle][/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Founder and Advocate, All About Care/Camp Care [/cell_text] [/one_cell] [one_cell_last] [titles] [cell_title ]Yrma Rico [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle] [/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]President, Weber BMW [/cell_text] [/one_cell_last] [/three-columns] [line]


[three-columns] [one_cell] [titles] [cell_title ]Susan Early [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle][/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Owner, Dumont Printing & Mailing [/cell_text] [/one_cell] [one_cell] [titles] [cell_title ]Deby Hergenrader [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle][/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Co-Founder and Executive Director, Break the Barriers [/cell_text] [/one_cell] [one_cell_last] [titles] [cell_title ]Margaret Mims [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle] [/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Sheriff, Fresno County Sheriff’s Office [/cell_text] [/one_cell_last] [/three-columns] [line]


[three-columns] [one_cell] [titles] [cell_title ]LaDonna Snow [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle][/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]President of Snowflake Designs [/cell_text] [/one_cell] [one_cell] [titles] [cell_title ]Maria L. Gutierrez [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle][/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Retired Senior Vice President/Regional Director of Univision [/cell_text] [/one_cell] [one_cell_last] [titles] [cell_title ]LeAnn Gouveia [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle][/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Executive Director of Fresno Survivors of Suicide Loss, Inc. [/cell_text] [/one_cell_last] [/three-columns] [line]


[three-columns] [one_cell] [titles] [cell_title ]Cathy Caples[/cell_title] [cell_subtitle][/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text] Executive Director, HandsOn Central California [/cell_text] [/one_cell] [one_cell] [titles] [cell_title ]Paulette Fleming[/cell_title] [cell_subtitle][/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Executive Director of Partners-in-Art/Fresno State Art and Design Professor [/cell_text] [/one_cell] [one_cell_last] [titles] [cell_title ]Leena Mendoza[/cell_title] [cell_subtitle][/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Staff Services Analyst, Caltrans/United Way of Fresno County Loaned Exec. [/cell_text] [/one_cell_last] [/three-columns] [line]

Bakersfield Alumnae


[three-columns] [one_cell] [titles] [cell_title ]Sue Benham [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle][/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Chief Development Officer, Memorial Hospital, City Council Member, Ward 2 [/cell_text] [/one_cell] [one_cell] [titles] [cell_title ]Barbara Grimm-Marshall [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle][/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Co-owner, Grimmway Enterprises [/cell_text] [/one_cell] [one_cell_last] [titles] [cell_title ]Dr. Sandra Serrano[/cell_title] [cell_subtitle] [/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Chancellor, Kern Community College District [/cell_text] [/one_cell_last] [/three-columns] [line]


[three-columns] [one_cell] [titles] [cell_title ]RoseMary Wahl [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle][/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Under-sheriff, Kern County Sheriff’s Office [/cell_text] [/one_cell] [one_cell] [titles] [cell_title ]Dr. Wendy Wayne [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle][/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Former Executive Director, First Five Sadly, we lost Wendy on June 17th, 2012. Rest in Peace. [/cell_text] [/one_cell] [one_cell_last] [titles] [cell_title ]Stella McMurtrey [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle] [/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Co-owner, Southern Auto Supply [/cell_text] [/one_cell_last] [/three-columns] [line]


[three-columns] [one_cell] [titles] [cell_title ]Irma Carson [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle][/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Executive Director, Ebony Counseling Center [/cell_text] [/one_cell] [one_cell] [titles] [cell_title ]Robin Mangarin Scott [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle][/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Director of Strategic Marketing, Mercy & Memorial Hospitals [/cell_text] [/one_cell] [one_cell_last] [titles] [cell_title ]Ginger Moorhouse [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle] [/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Publisher and Chairman of the Board, The Bakersfield Californian  [/cell_text] [/one_cell_last] [/three-columns]

[line] 2012

[three-columns] [one_cell] [titles] [cell_title ]Geri Spencer [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle][/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Retired beautician, community leader and advocate for women’s health [/cell_text] [/one_cell] [one_cell] [titles] [cell_title ]Judi McCarthy [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle][/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text] Director of Kern Community Foundation, Founding Chair of the Women’s and Girls’ Fund [/cell_text] [/one_cell] [one_cell_last] [titles] [cell_title ]Peggy Cole Darling [/cell_title] [cell_subtitle][/cell_subtitle] [/titles] [cell_text]Philanthropist with the Fox Theater Foundation [/cell_text] [/one_cell_last] [/three-columns] [line]