Update on Haven H. (from mom, Shannon)

Haven has a passion for photography. She has an artist’s heart and you can see it in her pictures. She just made state in her competition with a program though her school called Skills USA. This is her second year competing. She took second place regional with her pictures and now at state level, they assign an professional photographer to work with Haven and show her different techniques to really open up her range for shooting photos.

Haven’s motto is “doesn’t matter which camera you use, you can take a good photo on any camera. It’s the angle that you shoot and the life you capture that counts.” (To prove this some of the pictures she took for competition she did with an Iphone. Can you tell which ones???)

The great thing about Haven is she still is a green blood girl scout though and though… with her passion for taking pictures she’s using it to help in the community. Haven is doing senior portraits for kids at her school. Some that can’t afford the ones though the school, or some that are not very confident.

I’ll keep you posted on how it goes at State which is in April.

**Below are pictures taken by Haven**






College Update by Ashley L.

by Ashley L. (former Gold Award recipient and STEM advocate)

What’s up everyone? Sorry that I haven’t updated on Facebook a lot, but it’s been quite a busy, and stressful, semester at college. I’d even argue it’s been the most stressful period of my life so far. It was rough, but I’m here to tell the tale!

So my semester started a few weeks before actual classes started. As a Resident Assistant (RA), I needed to be trained how to provide the best Care, Costumer Service, and Community for my residents. As an RA, I needed to be able to do basic administrative tasks for housing, like checking people into rooms, and making sure that they’re living situations are safe and clean. However, I also need to care for the residents individually and make sure they’re transitioning well to campus. To help them succeed on campus, I have to help them connect to the other people on their floor so that they feel comfortable in their living space. We had extensive training on how to accomplish all of this, while getting to know everyone on the staff better. So far the best experience of being an RA is having a new circle of friends, who help you with your events and help you solve problems you’re facing in your community.

All the RA's

All the RA’s

Sooner than I was expecting, fall orientation was finally upon us! It was extremely busy, but I met all of my residents and welcomed them all to the hall! That’s the most chipper I’ve ever acted ever. I was literally skipping around because I was excited to meet and get to know my residents. Orientation has always been fun, but as an RA I was a much bigger part of it.

Along with my Resident Assistant duties, I also had to help out with RHA with their orientation event (the organization that I was an executive board member of the previous year).

Me Running the Orientation Blacklight Dance

Me Running the Orientation Blacklight Dance

Toward the end of the semester, I started to build up my relationships with my residents. I really do like all of them, but it’s very hard to build a community on a floor so diverse! Out of my 30 residents, I have 3 international students, 4 flight team members (which is a big deal on our campus), 3 greek life members, 3 ROTC members (one of which is the only female cadet to make it into the Air Force Honor Society this year!), 1 Global Security and Intelligence Studies major, and a bunch of other engineers and pilots. So to address this problem, I had them all take a programming survey. I now have a more solid plan for the spring semester, but creating a community will be a challenge.
RHA’s Float for the Shopping Cart Parade

RHA’s Float for the Shopping Cart Parade

And that was only one side of the coin this semester! I knew being an RA would be difficult, so I decided to only take 13 credit hours. I ended up taking Thermodynamics (a study of energy conservation), Aerodynamics (how a wing is able to generate lift), Space Mechanics (learning to calculate the velocity needed to change a satellite’s orbit or send it to a different planet), Solid Mechanics (learning how to design something so it won’t fail), and a physics lab. Solid Mechanics was by far my hardest class this semester, but I am so glad I passed it! My gpa is still really good for an engineering major.

A Sample of Thermodynamics

A Sample of Thermodynamics

As for next semester, I’m looking at 14 credit hours, with really cool classes like Space Propulsion and Experimental Space Systems. I’m taking a light semester again because I’ll have a secondary job! This job is about 10 hours a week, grading homework for a digital circuit class I passed with flying colors my freshman year. Unfortunately, that means I won’t have time for SpaceGrant and RHA, so I’ve become pretty inactive in those organizations. But despite that, this is the first semester that I won’t have to pay anything out of pocket for! My tuition and housing are covered, thanks to a scholarship I earned.

This was a tough semester, but I have a feeling that this next semester will turn out much better! Hope you had happy holidays!

Girl Scout Troop 3113: Robotics Journey

Troop 3113 went on an exciting adventure this fall when they became TeamABC3113 to compete in the Central Valley Robotics First Lego League. ABC stands for Adventurous, Brave and Curious. The girls were so excited when they began to assemble the Nature’s Fury mission models and got the robot programmed to turn and go backwards and forwards. That was just the beginning. We started to meet twice weekly. We had a team working on the Project and another team working on the programming. When the girls wanted to switch and try something different, they let us know. We were in uncharted waters together.

cal fireThe 2013 FLL challenge was Natures Fury and our team decided that they would like to base our Project research on the Rim Fire. We visited the Cal fire offices in Sanger to learn about how fires are fought. We learned how the fire responders care for their equipment and how they work as a team. We learned about what kind of damage the Rim Fire did to the land and how it burned so hot it turned wooded forests into moonscapes. It damaged the habitats of endangered species. After several sessions of internet research the girls decided that they liked the idea of inventing a robotic mouse that was solar powered, programmed to detect smoke and lead animals away from dangerous fires. One of the girls took on the responsibility of writing the entire presentation skit and casted the girls herself. We found a younger brother to play the part of the mouse. The project play was a smash hit and so much fun.

We quickly discovered that programming was fun, but challenging. It was something that the girls had never done before, and it required a lot of patience because of the trial-and-error process involved in successfully completing each mission. First, it had to be decided what missions would be done, how the missions would be done, how to program the robot to do the mission, and finally how to fix mistakes along the way. Two or three girls worked together to do this. Sometimes it seemed like no matter what the robot would not cooperate- and why were we doing this anyway?? I told them that in real-life situations grown ups learn to solve problems by working together. That means they respect each others ideas, they listen to what other people have to say and they try out things. They recognize that problem solving is a creative activity and they learn to have fun while they work. They learned that problem solving was not easy, but there was great reward in achieving a successful mission. We hung out together, ate meals together, played together; We were like a family.GS working on robot - Cropped

Competition was exciting and scary. Our first qualifying round was tough. We weren’t sure what to do, and our robot went all sideways and wrong. No worries, afterwards we headed off to the practice table and refined our strategy. At the second round, success! We more than doubled our points! We headed back to the practice table again, and at the final mission we added ten more points to our final round totals. We were so proud to come in 13th out of 23 teams. We were so happy and had so much fun- we felt like we came in first.

During the day the girls were interviewed about me. I waited outside and afterwards they came out, ran toward me and gave me a big hug. Later on I found I won the Coaches Award. I could not believe it. I am still stunned and amazed that not only did I survive the crazy robot journey, but that I made a big enough impression upon my girls that I was recognized in this way. There is no better present under my Christmas tree than my FLL Coaches Award. I am so proud of my girls, and I can’t wait to continue our Girl Scout journey together.

(Tanya Desmond, Troop leader 3113)

Troop 2583 Celebrates International Girls Day

international-girl-dayDear Girl Scouts,

Troop 2583 (Kings County, Central California South, 9-10 year old GS Juniors) of Lemoore, California, celebrated International Girls Day at their meeting on November 7, 2013.

Through a variety of activities, the leaders of the troop aimed to build confidence among the girls and help them to know each other better.  The meeting started off with a collage of their baby pictures.  The girls had to guess which picture belonged to which girl.  Discussions about what their lives were like at the time the picture was taken and how their lives have changed helped the girls learn more about each other.  This discussion was especially interesting since many of the girls are military children and do not live in the same place they were born.

International Girls Day cards were given to each girl and they wrote positive, inspirational messages to each other on their cards.   Slips of paper were handed out with different questions for the girls to answer.  They took turns answering, What makes a good role model? If you were a superhero, what would your power be?  What qualities make a good friend?  We also discussed self-esteem and education with role models such as Condoleezza Rice, Marie Curie, and Malala Yousafzai.

The meeting ended with the Girl Scout promise and friendship circle.  The girls were given a copy of the confidence pledge, an International Girls Day certificate and patch, lifesavers, post-it note pad and pencil to take home.  The pencil is symbolic of the importance of their education, their friendships are their lifesavers and post-it notes with encouraging words were fun for them to write.  The girls enjoyed their meeting and were excited to receive their patch and certificate for participating in International Girls Day 2013.


Ashley A.
Co-Leader Troop 2583

Alumnae Survey Results

Thank you to the fantastic 118 Alumnae that participated in our survey! This survey helps us better
understand your needs and better serve our Girl Scouts of Central California South alumnae community. Make sure to attend our upcoming alumnae event! Details at the bottom of the page!

Question 1. What are your interests?
Results: Top 3 interests
1. Family (83.2%)
2. Travel (69.0%)
3. Arts/Crafts (67.3%)
#1 suggestion: Scrapbooking


Question 2. How do you like to get together with other Girl Scout Alumnae?
Results: Top 3 ways to get together:
1. Attend an event together (81.3%)
2. Games (cards, puzzles, Bunco) (43.9%)
3. Craft Event (42.1%)

Question 3. What time is best for you to gather with other alumnae?
Results: Best time to gather:
1. Weekends (67.6%)
2. After 5 PM, M-F (60.2%)

Question 4. How are you currently volunteering with GSCCS?[break]
1. Troop Leader (64.6%)
2. Co-Leader or Cookie Chair (29.2%)
3. Service Unit Manager (12.5%)
4. Other (3%)

Question 5. Are you interested in volunteering? Volunteering in additional ways? If so, what events would you want to volunteer at?
Results: Volunteer Interests:
1. Camping (27.7%)
2. Major events (25.5%)
3. Sitting on a committee (23.4%)
4. Event planning/event set up (17.0%)
5. Specialized Skill workshops (14.9%)

Question 6. Would you want to receive an:

1. Newsletter covering both Alumnae and GSCCS news (63.8%)
2. Alumnae Newsletter (25.0%)
3. GSCCS Newsletter (20.0%)

Question 7. What social media networks do you use?
1. Facebook (84.1%)
2. Pinterest (45.0%)
3. YouTube (25.2%)
4. LinkedIn (22.4%)
5. Twitter (15.0%)
6. Instagram (14.0%)
7. Google+ (11.2%)

Question 8. Did you attend an alumnae tea or Gather, Gab, and Girl Scouts breakfast?
1. Yes (14.0%)
2. No (54.1%)
3. What was that? I want more information (32.4%)
Those that attended loved them and want more.

Question 9. Did you receive a:
Gold Award (0%)
Silver Award (20.0%)
Bronze Award (0.0%)
First Class (60.0%)
Curved Bar (20.0%)
Golden Eaglet (20.0%)

8 new members were added to our Gold Award Alliance from this survey.

Question 10. How would you like to be involved as a Girl Scout Alumna?

1. Just hear what is going on (67.6%)
2. Continue to volunteer (56.8%)
3. Networking/Connection (20.0%)
4. Give back in another way (2.0%)

Let’s get together!!!

Gather, Gab, and Girl Scouts Scrapbooking!
(Our #1 suggested activity based on the Alumnae Survey)

Bakersfield: The Gather, Gab, & Girl Scouts “Alumnae Scrapbooking Event” in Bakersfield scheduled for Saturday, August 17th has been postponed due to low number of RSVPs. We will reschedule once summer is over!!


We are looking for Scrapbooking-On-a-Budget lead volunteers!
We need your help to lead a scrapbooking activity at our alumnae summer gathering!!
If you are interested please contact
Dominique Chamberlain at 800-490-8653 ext. 130 or dchamberlain@girlscoutsccs.org

2011-2012 Hot Topics

Early Bird Registration

Online registrations through E-Biz could win an opportunity prize!
E-Biz is a great resource for all Troops, allowing the leader the opportunity to register more girls and adults to the Troop, verify that all of the girls and adults in the Troop are registered, and check contact information.
This year we are excited to have all current leaders re-register their Troop with the press of a few buttons. After the leader re-registers the members for the next year or registers new members to the Troop, the leader has instant access to the Troop roster, and the members are in the GSUSA database allowing the Council to go green!
Opportunity drawings:
All members re-registered through the E-Biz system between April 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013 for the 2014 membership year will be entered into opportunity drawings. The sooner you re-register the sooner you are eligible to win! Drawings will be held each Friday between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM starting on April 19, 2013 and concluding on July 3, 2013.
• Early bird packets are being distributed, beginning at the April 2013 Service Unit meetings.
• If leaders are unable to make it to their Service Unit meeting, they should contact Melissa Soza at (800) 490-8653 ext.116 to arrange pick up.
• To register online, click here.

• For any questions about online registrations please call (800) 490-8653

Prize opportunities:


Only one prize per person will be allowed. If a program is canceled the winner of the program will receive a different program(s) for the same value.
Prizes do not have a cash value and are transferrable if the winner would like to give it to someone else.
Winner will need to notify the Director of Programs at tbranic@girlscoutsccs.org of the transfer of certificate if a transfer is requested.
Certificate will be required at registration for the program. Lost certificates will not be replaced.

Deadline to complete Early Bird registration is 7/3/13
Splash-Off Rewards[break]
We will be having two Splash Off events this year:

At Wild Water Adventure Park in Clovis
• Cost for Wild Water tickets will be $16/person
• Must re-register for the 2013/2014 year to purchase tickets
• Tickets must be ordered by 7/3/13
• Tickets will be for entry to the park on 7/13/13
• Tickets are only available through the council store
• This is a family event
• Patches will be available for purchase and will cost $1.62 each.[break]

At Hurricane Harbor in Valencia
[break]• Cost for Hurricane Harbor tickets will be $22.50/person
[break]• Must re-register for the 2013/2014 year to purchase tickets
[break]• Tickets must be ordered by 7/3/13
[break]• Tickets will be for entry to the park on 7/20/2013
[break]• Tickets are only available through the council store
[break]• This is a family event
[break]• Patches will be available for purchase and will cost $1.62 each
Early Bird information and forms:
Wild Waters Splash-Off 2013
FROGS Troop Campaign Letter 2013
Leader Self Evaluation
[break]Early Bird Form 2013-2014
Bakersfield Splash-Off 2013
Early Bird Online Registration Drawing

Bring a friend

Girls have fun at Twilight Camp

Service Unit 30 hosted a Twilight Camp June 18 – 21 from 6:00pm to 8:45PM at the Fresno Sportsmen’s Club. Twilight Camp is where girls get an introduction to the things that have made Girl Scouting such a strong, safe, fun tradition.



Camp opened each night with a flag ceremony followed by  Service Unit 30′s world famous relays. The girls then broke into small groups. Each day’s activities revolved around Girl Scout traditions during camp. Activities included things like: making  lemmi sticks, roasting smores, singing songs, and they made situpons. They also played a game called “Lick It & Stick It” where the girls licked marshmellows and stuck them to their face.  After that, they ran with them on to see who could make it without the marshmellows falling off.  it was quite a site!!!  Thursday night they held a Rededication Ceremony for all Girl Scouts. Girls made new friends, saw many of their old ones, and learn while they are having fun.


~Catherine Ghan



Pictures from the camp!

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100th Birthday Open House

Join us as we celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting! On Monday March 12th stop by the Fresno and Bakersfield Council offices for an Open House Birthday Party!


Date: March 12th, 2012

Time: 4:00-7:00 PM

Location: Fresno and Bakersfield Council Offices

Cost: Free!

Who: Girl Scout Alumnae, Friends and Family!


Join Girl Scouts and Tahoe Joe’s as we celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts!

Support our 100th anniversary anchor sponsor, Tahoe Joe’s. With your help, more than 1,000 local girls can receive the gift of Girl Scouting!


March 5-8th, 2012 From 11 AM-10 PM

Purchase a $15 ticket for a delicious meal from Tahoe Joe’s. Ticket must be used for the date and location only.

**Every ticket purchased will be entered to win a $50 gift Certificate to Tahoe Joe’s ! (6 tickets will be drawn) **


Fresno Locations: 7006 N Cedar Ave or 2700 W Shaw Ave.
*Ticket can be used at either location.

Bakersfield Location: 9000 Ming Ave

Visalia Location: 4015 W Caldwell


Click here to purchase tickets!


Your meal choices:

6oz. Joe’s Steak Dinner, Wood Grilled Chicken Breast or Sierra Mountain Ribs.


All dinners include Blue Lake Green Beans, Mountain Mashers and your choice of soup or salad.


One ticket per person.


Must have your ticket to receive entrée.


Ticket can be redeemed at lunch or dinner:
11 am—10 pm, Dine-In or Curbside Take Out – Perfect for a busy mom!


Online purchases must be made by Feb 27th.


Cookie Classic Golf Tournament

Our Cookie Classic Golf Tournament is an annual tradition with exciting course games and contests, great prizes, challenges for Girl Scout Dads and Service Clubs, and a Women’s Flight!

The only golf tournament in the Central Valley where you get Girl Scout cookies in September!


Proceeds generated from the Cookie Classic Golf Tournament provide programs that teach practical life and leadership skills to girls from at-risk communities. Your participation gives these girls the materials they need to begin their life journey as “Girl Scouts who make the world a better place”.


Date: September 12, 2014


Registration Begins…11:00 AM[break]
Lunch & Range Practice…11:30 AM – 12:15 PM[break]
Shotgun Start…12:30 PM[break]
Dinner & Awards…5:30 PM


Register for 2014 Cookie Classic

Early-Early Bird Individual Golfer: $125

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Early-Early Bird Foursome: $500

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Huge Thank You to our 2013 Sponsors!













Sponsorship Opportunities for 2014:



Peanut Butter Patties

Thin Mints

Shout Outs













  Please contact (800) 490-8653 ext 115  for further details.


2012 Cookie Classic Golf Tournament Winners:

Rotary Challenge: Larry Powell, Jim Yovinto, Jim Sirimarco, Gary Green

Womens Flight: Maria Garcia, Linda Stiener, Jane House, Jody Lehmann

Overall Winners:

1st: Karter Mckinley and the Bone Store team

2nd: Larry Powell, Jim Yovinto, Jim Sirimarco, Gary Green

3rd: Jenny Toste, Caren Myers, Bill Myers, Jim Perez

Men’s Long Drive: Todd Montague

Women’s Straight Drive: Teresa Branic

Closest to the hole: Larry Woods



Previous Cookie Classic Pictures:

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