Program Committees

Would you like to be involved with our upcoming Program Events? We would love to have your help! Below are some of the program committees we have for our 2013 Events!

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Are you a parent or volunteer of a SSSSH girl? Is sales second nature to you? Is marketing a snap for you? If you answered yes to any of these then please consider joining the planning committee for Cookie Biz.

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Cookie Biz

Jan. 12

NAS Lemoore

Volunteer Committee Chairman – Lisa Petty

Committee questions email: rlmapetty@hotmail.com

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Are you a world traveler? Were you a Girl Guide or Girl Scout as a child? Consider joining the planning committee for Girl Scouting Around the World (formerly known as World Thinking Day)

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Girl Scouting Around the World

Feb. 23

Fresno County Fairgrounds

Volunteer Committee Chairman – OPEN

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Do you love the Outdoors? Are you a master chief with a Dutch oven? Is reading maps simple for you? YES?! Then Outdoor Palooza planning committee is the place for you.

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Outdoor Palooza

June 29

Kern River County Park Golf Course Picnic Ground

Volunteer Committee Chairman – Melody Roberson

Committee questions emailrobersongirls@att.net

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Does the thought of S’Mores make your mouth water? Are you addicted to chocolate and marshmallow? Does a crackling fire make you instantly think of graham crackers and chocolate? If you answered yes to one of these then join the S’Mores Festival planning committee.

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S’Mores Festival

August 10

Fresno Flates Park

Volunteer Committee Chairman – Sheryl Grabb

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Are you an avaid camper? Do you enjoy looking at the stars through the top of your tent? Dose the sound of a river put you to sleep? If you said yes to these then consider joining the summer camp comiittee. Committee questions contact the Program Manager at: ssmith@girlscoutsccs.org

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Wild About Camping

May 24-26

Wind Wolves Preserve

Volunteer Committee Chairman – OPEN

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GSCCS Learning Facilitators head to camp!

12 Learning Facilitators from our council just attended the Consortium of Girl Scout Learning Facilitators conference in northern California at Camp Bothin.

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They had a  great time learning, networking and having  fun. They stayed at the historic Camp Bothin, owned by Girl Scouts of Northern California. There were over 100 Learning Facilitators at the conference. They had classes on Engaging Multi-Generational Volunteers, Inquiry Based Learning (Girl-Led) activities, Video: The Now Medium, and Go Outside (nature activities). The Go Outside session was led by GSCCS Lee Nave, Carmen Decker, Holly Derington, and Sheila Otteson. Everyone had a wonderful time learning and networking with each other and making new friends.

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“What I LOVE about Girl Scouts is that we are always a sister to every other Girl Scout and I met a bunch of new sisters this weekend! What a great time we had! We are all learning facilitators from Central, Coastal and Northen California and also from Nevada. We provide coaching to help leaders of Girl Scouts become the very best leaders they can be! And WE had a great time getting together: learning, sharing , eating (very well I might add), and singing (my favorite pasttime!)” – Eloise Golden, Girl Scout Alumna and Trainer.

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If you would like to join the Learning Facilitator team please contact Michelle Loyd at (800) 490-8653 ext 200. The next workshop for new trainers is November 17, 2012 in Fresno.

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Visit our Adult Training Page for more information on Girl Scout trainers!

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Pictures from the conference:

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

$1,850

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

$500

Click here for information!

 

Wildlife Adventure Photography, Sacramento, California

July 8-14, 2012

$1,650

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

Click here for information!

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See ALL destinations here Contact Shannon Smith for details at 800-490-8653 ext 119, ssmith@girlscoutsccs.org. 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 www.atsdestinations.com. HURRY! Deadline for financial assistance – 45 days before the event!

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Plan ahead for another travel adventure in 2013:

International Scout Camp – Holland

July 30-August 9, 2013

Click here for information!