101 Days of Summer Challenge: Completed by Mallory O.

Mallory O'RourkeDear GSCCS,

Mallory O. chose to participate in the community service project this summer. We saved plastic water bottles and aluminum cans. She also asked her adult cousin to help. Mallory was able to make a little over $20.00 with her recyclables.

Mallory learned how to do many new things this summer including playing four square, learning to crochet, making rock candy and God’s eyes. She also worked on friendship bracelets, learned how jacks-n-balls are played and how to use vinegar and baking soda to make a volcanic eruption. She participated in a Brownie home science workshop where she learned about density, how to make invisible ink and “dinosaur shot” , learned about static electricity and how to make ice cream.
Some of the things were new to Mallory and some she had done before. She repeated swimming lessons, but did her first ballet recital. She went bowling again and played pool for the first time.

She has had a wonderful summer growing and learning. Before the end of September, she will attend Boy Scout Family Camp with our family and make more sandcastles at Pismo. As the weather cools down, we hope to fit in our annual backyard campout and accomplish more of the list!

Thank you,
Serena and Mallory
Troop 3046, SU 25

Letter from Gold Awardee, Megan

Hello Cathy,
I hope you’re having a great summer and all is well! During my first week of summer I traveled to Europe with my family. We were able to visit the highlights of Rome all in a day, experience some Flamenco dancing in Spain and even got to walk down the famous La Rambla street in Barcelona.

Once we returned it was straight back to school for me! I decided to stay at UCSB and take some summer school classes to get ahead. Along with that came moving into my very first apartment. What an exciting experience this has been! Much better than the dorms, but also a very good experience. I had a lot of fun apartment shopping and getting everything ready for school. School has been going very well and fall quarter is just around the corner and I’m excited for a new year filled with new adventures!

I hope everyone fully enjoyed their summer!
Love,
Megan and Hope

Orange Cove Challenge and Change Dog Clinic

Orange Cove GS USDA 5

When given the opportunity to make a difference in their community, Girl Scouts from Orange Cove chose to make a change through their furry friends.

On Saturday, June 15, 2013 at James Eaton Park in Orange Cove, Girl Scouts partnered with the City of Orange Cove to host a Dog Clinic from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. At this clinic they licensed and vaccinated dogs for minimal prices, subsidized by the City of Orange Cove. This was the second year the City of Orange Cove financed this clinic. There were also pets available for adoption, and Girl Scouts distributed flyers to dog owners about ways to help keep their pets safe on the Fourth of July. This event was a step towards the girls’ end goal for their community take action project: to establish a permanent pet clinic in Orange Cove.

Orange Cove GS USDA 6

Girl Scouts of Central California South organized a retreat on April 20, 2013 for Girl Scouts from Orange Cove and Orosi to work on a sustainable Challenge and Change project in their community. This Youth Leadership Development retreat, funded by the USDA Rural Youth Development, encouraged girls to make a change in their community. Girls learn leadership skills, responsibility, and ways to improve their future career prospects. Local community leaders from Exeter, Dinuba, Lindsay, and Orosi were presenters at this retreat:

 

Ernie Hernandez, former United Way Tulare Executive Director
Susan Manuel, Executive Director, Ruiz 4 Kids
Suzi Picaso, President, Picaso’s Passion, Inc.
Yolanda Valdez, Assistant Superintendent, Cutler-Orosi Unified School District

Girl Scouts had to brainstorm during their meeting on how to strategically announce the animal shelter to community leaders and constituents.

Girl Scouts used a community building survey created by United Way of Tulare County to ask local youth their opinion on community needs, and their thoughts on their future education options and possible careers. The girls analyzed these surveys and then created story boards depicting current conditions in their community and their vision for the future. Through this exercise, the girls concluded there were too many stray and homeless pets in Orange Cove and Orosi, and decided to work on projects to educate their own communities to effect positive change.

 

The local Girl Scouts also decided to create t-shirt designs that they wore to raise awareness about their project. Girl Scouts of Central California South encouraged community members and peers to ask Girl Scouts about the t-shirts in order to support, encourage, and spread the word about their Challenge and Change project.

 

For more information about the USDA Grant and the Challenge and Change Rural Youth Development project, go to girlscoutsccs.org/usda-rural-youth-grant/.

Girl Scout honored as exiting Princess at Pow-Wow

If she’s not involved with Girl Scout activities, you just may find HadezbahBrisa B. dancing. Her love of dancing goes past the jazz and tap she has done in the past, but reaches a whole other level and reflects her passion for her culture. HadezbahBrisa, known as Breezy, can be found this weekend dancing at the 13th Annual Table Mountain Rancheria Pow-Wow.
While she will be dancing at the Pow-Wow, Breezy is also being recognized as the Rancheria’s outgoing Junior Princess for 2012.

 Breezy has been the Junior Princess not only for 2012, but also 2011 and 2009.

Junior Princess is an honor that entails a lot of commitment. Breezy has already proven herself to be a determined self starter. She also sold 2,000 Girl Scout cookies this season making her the top seller for Madera county and being recognized as a Girl Scout S.S.S.S.H Girl (Super Sellers Secret Society Honors). She has also earned a Girl Scout Bronze Award for community service, and has started planning for her Silver Award project which will focus on childhood obesity prevention.

Breezy was among the Native American dancers that previewed their Pow-Wow dances on KMPH’s Great Day morning show.
The 13th Annual Table Mountain Rancheria Pow-Wow is June 7-9 and will be honoring Veterans, specifically the United States Air Force. This event is free and open to the public and begins at 6:00 PM Friday evening and goes throughout the weekend until 7:00 PM on Sunday.