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!
Megan and Hope

Cassidee’s Gold Award eases pain

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 12, 549,000 people currently in the United States have or are battling cancer. The process of fighting cancer is different for everyone, but overall is a painful experience. Even the little day to day things, like wearing a seatbelt, become painful.

When cancer patients have a port surgically installed to receive treatment, it is placed right where a seatbelt would go, causing discomfort. Girl Scout Cassidee S. from Bakersfield recognized that this was a common complaint shared by her best friend and her mother’s friends who all dealt with cancer. She decided to do something – Project Port Pillow was born.

Cassidee made hundreds of Port Pillows, which are 5-by-5-inch pillows with a Velcro strap that goes over the port to relieve the pain. These pillows were delivered with a inspirational message for the patients. This project and Cassidee’s hard work earned her the Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Earning the Gold Award requires hours of planning and implementing a challenging, large-scale project that is innovative, engages others, and has a lasting impact on its targeted community. Cassidee not only earned her Gold Award, but her story and her project inspired others to make their own Port Pillows to donate to cancer patients.

Cassidee’s project was shared widely by local radio stations and newspapers. Blogger Denise Portugal wrote a post about receiving a small Port Pillow at the Bakersfield Relay for Life and invited readers to make their own as a sewing project.

Read her blog at countingby12s.com/denise-portugal/chemotherapy-port-pillow/.

To the left is Cassidee at Kern Medical Center, the middle is Dr. Denise Portugal, General Surgeon, the far left is Betty, a Nurse Practitioner in the Oncology Dept. Dr. Denise Portugal wrote the blog about the project. The day photographed, Cassidee delivered 50 Port Pillows.

101 Days of Summer Fitness Challenge

101 Days of Summer Fitness Challenge for Girl Scout Alumnae, Parents, Volunteers, and Adult Members

This is your opportunity to make yourself top priority, have fun, lose weight and get fit! We always support our girls in friendly competitions; now it is time for the adults to have some fun! Over the next 101 summer days focus on YOU! Eat healthy, get active, and reap the benefits. Get your friends and family involved! Each week track your progress and get your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers etc. to pledge a dollar to GSCCS for every inch, pound, or % of body fat you lose. You can compete with yourself or others, it’s up to you! Feel free to post pictures and/or updates on our GSCCS Facebook page!


Here are 101 ways to lose that weight and stay fit and healthy!

1. Determine achievable goals [break]
2. Make a fitness plan[break]
3. Find a work out buddy or group[break]
4. Take a before picture and post it somewhere you will see it often as a motivator. [break]
5. Get inspired[break]
6. Take your before measurements (arms, legs, waist, hips, butt, and bust)[break]
7. Eat clean – lots of fruits and vegetables[break]
8. Eat smaller food portions/meals[break]
9. Drink more water[break]
10. Buy healthy alternatives to sweets and soda[break]
11. Don’t forget to reward yourself. Plan one splurge meal a week[break]
12. Think before you eat. Is that donut really worth it? [break]
13. Carry healthy snack items all the time[break]
14. Train to run a 5k [break]
15. Don’t drink you calories [break]
16. Drinking coffee, not sugar coffee drinks[break]
17. Get rid of fast foods and fried foods [break]
18. Don’t skip meals[break]
19. Eat breakfast[break]
20. Avoid alcohol[break]
21. Watch grazing while you prepare food [break]
22. Go easy on salt[break]
23. Stay away from crash diets[break]
24. Limit eating out [break]
25. Eat your vegetables first[break]
26. Make use of a food journal[break]
27. Eat at the table and not somewhere else[break]
28. Bring your own lunch to work[break]
29. Add more spices into your recipes[break]
30. Avoid processed foods[break]
31. Think positive[break]
32. Manage stress[break]
33. Get your family involved[break]
34. Get enough sleep[break]
35. Get physically moving every day[break]
36. Exercise at least 3 days a week [break]
37. Walk or ride your bike instead of driving[break]
38. Choose exercise options that work for you and that you enjoy[break]
39. Find a parking spot far away [break]
40. Use the stairs instead of the elevator[break]
41. Pace yourself [break]
42. Vary your routines so you don’t get bored[break]
43. Take a day off from your exercise routines [break]
44. Complete a 30 Miles in 30 Days Challenge[break]
45. Learn more about exercising[break]
46. Walk around the park[break]
47. Know when to stop[break]
48. Start your workout program properly[break]
49. Work out at home[break]
50. Complete the Jillian Michaels’s 30 Day Shred[break]
51. Complete a 100 Pushups Challenge[break]
52. Complete P90X[break]
53. Work out at a gym[break]
54. Complete a 200 Sit-ups Challenge[break]
55. Complete a 200 Squats Challenge[break]
56. Maximize your time at the gym[break]
57. Get moving after lunch[break]
58. Play outside with your kids more[break]
59. Do a 30×30 Challenge (30 minutes of physical activity for 30 days) [break]
60. Do some physical activity during commercial breaks[break]
61. Hit the dance floor[break]
62. Complete a 30 Day Yoga Challenge[break]
63. Clean your room/house once a week – it burns a lot of calories [break]
64. Do breathing exercises[break]
65. Look at yourself in the mirror and smile; you’re doing great![break]
66. Fitness is not all about losing weight; it’s about getting healthy and feeling better[break]
67. Take your measurements once a week [break]
68. Set up your environment at home or work to get fit[break]
69. Get new ideas for healthy recipes and new exercises off the internet[break]
70. Lift light weights. More muscle means less fat.[break]
71. Do cardio[break]
72. Eat before hitting the grocery store[break]
73. Eat slowly[break]
74. Bring a grocery list and stick to it[break]
75. Avoid junk foods[break]
76. Drink a large glass of water before every meal[break]
77. Eat protein at every meal or stay hungry and grouchy[break]
78. Slash your intake of refined flours and grains[break]
79. Eat 30 to 50 grams of fiber a day[break]
80. Learn to read food labels so you know what you are eating[break]
81. Stop guessing about portion size and get it right – for good.[break]
82. Make your own food and eat at least ten meals a week from home [break]
83. Get rid of junk food in your pantry! [break]
84. Remember to breathe[break]
85. Stay hydrated when you work out[break]
86. Accept your body type and learn to love it!!![break]
87. Stretch, stretch, stretch[break]
88. Try new things[break]
89. Get goals throughout the process[break]
90. Reward yourself along the way (massage, foot rub, new outfit, etc.) [break]
91. Be prepared! Fill your freezer with easy healthy meals[break]
92. Pack your exercise bag and leave it in your car.[break]
93. Put your workout shoes next to your bed so you see them all the time[break]
94. Eat dark chocolate instead of milk or white chocolate [break]
95. Take the Jump Rope Challenge[break]
96. Go swimming [break]
97. Take a bike ride[break]
98. Eat apples (they help lose weight) [break]
99. Skip like you were in 3rd grade[break]
100. Try interval training [break]
101. Smile! It burns more calories than frowning [break][break]

In addition to becoming a healthier YOU, you could win the grand prize of a fantastic Girl Scouts gift basket and other prizes! BONUS: You get to help us provide valuable Girl Scout programs to girls who would not otherwise be able to![break][break]
Donate online at www.girlscoutsccs.org/donate/ or by mailing a check to:[break]
GSCCS, 1377 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93711[break]
Donations must be made by September 21, 2013 in order to qualify for the gift bag opportunity drawing.[break][break]
Questions? Call (800) 490-8653 ext 155 or email info@girlscoutsccs.org[break]
Please write and send pictures of your summer challenge! THANK YOU![break]

101 Things To Do This Summer

101 Things To Do This Summer for Girl Scouts

Keep yourself busy, and earn a Community Service patch while helping GSCCS.
Together we can help more girls enjoy the fun and friendship of Girl Scouting!

Girls, please pick 2 – 3 items that you have never done from each of the first four sections, for a total of 10 items. Then have your family sponsor you for $2 or more per item completed. For the last section (Recycling and Donating) we would like everyone to participate.

If you donate $20, you get a Community Service patch.
If you donate $30, you get a Community Service patch as well as the FROGS Supporter patch.
If you donate $40, you get both patches AND a GSCCS 100th Anniversary mug!

$20 will pay for 1 girl membership for a girl who could not afford to become a Girl Scout
$30 will help pay for a girl’s uniform and program supplies
$40 will help pay for an outing or adventure activity for a girl
$100 will help pay for a day at camp for 4 girls
$250 will help pay for a whole year of programs for a girl

Sports & Games

1. Basketball learn the different positions then play a game
2. Learn two new games of tag such as Shadow tag, Freeze tag, TV tag.
3. Learn and play Four Square
4. Chinese Jump Rope with a couple of your friends
5. Hopscotch – make two different courts and play both
6. Jump rope 101 times
7. Play a game of Tetherball
8. Softball – learn the rules and play
9. Do a cartwheel
10. Learn how to do a back walkover
11. Karate- learn the four basic stances
12. Go bowling and bowl a strike
13. Learn the rules of 8 and 9 ball in billiards; then play one game of each
14. Learn and do two different types of strokes in swimming
15. Roller Skating – learn how to stop in quad-skates
16. Ice Skating – learn to do swizzles
17. Run a mile
18. Yoga – learn and do four poses
19. Pilates – learn and do four different moves
20. Ballet – learn and do the five basic positions
21. Play jacks; if you don’t know how ask your Mom or Grandma
22. Learn two Hip Hop dance moves
23. Hula Hoop for 101 seconds
24. Play a game of darts
25. Take a bike ride

STEM – Science Technology Engineering & Math

1. Make a Lemon Powered Clock
2. Learn about 5 Elements on the Periodic Table and their Symbols
3. Use Vinegar and Baking Soda to make a volcanic eruption
4. Learn about a Female Inventor or Scientist
5. Make different types of Paper Airplanes; tell someone the differences
6. Learn how to read a tide chart
7. Have a lemonade stand; calculate your profit; then donate half to Girl Scouts
8. Learn a math trick
9. Learn a first aid technique such as RICE, the Heimlich Manoeuvre and CPR
10. Learn about an important woman in the medical field
11. Learn about interest; put money in a savings account and watch it grow.
12. Design and build something that will allow you to drop an egg and not break it
13. Learn four different types of clouds
14. Make a tornado in a bottle
15. Learn how to make your own invisible ink
16. Taste test slices of apples and potatoes while you close your eyes and plug your nose.
17. Research to find out about two different careers per STEM subject.
18. Find out how much you would weigh on each of the Planets
19. Make your own rock candy
20. Bend water with static electricity
21. Make homemade bread
22. Explore a tide pool
23. Learn about an animal and then visit it at a zoo
24. Use vinegar to clean 101 pennies; then donate them to Girl Scouts
25. Complete 101 math problems at your grade level

Crafts & Art

1. Make friendship bracelets
2. Cover a book using old clothes (recycling)
3. Make a sit-upon
4. Make a daisy chain
5. Make an Eye of God
6. Make a ring from a peach pit
7. Paint a watercolor picture
8. Make paper flowers
9. Make a Cootie Catcher
10. Make a picture outside using wet chalk
11. Make your own paper
12. Make a stained glass window out of wax paper
13. Learn how to cast-on in knitting
14. Learn how to make a chain stitch in crochet
15. Make a cross stitch or plastic canvas project
16. Learn how to operate a sewing machine
17. Paint a wood item of your choice (jewelry box, bird House, etc.)
18. Make an old t-shirt new again by cutting and tying it
19. Make a bag from an old t-shirt
20. Tie dye something
21. Make a pinch pot out of clay
22. Make a pet rock
23. Make a dream catcher
24. Make and fly a kite
25. Press flowers and make art with them

Summer Fun

1. Learn how to make a new knot
2. Camp out in your back yard
3. Learn how to build a campfire
4. Learn two campfire songs
5. Make a fort inside your house
6. Go bird watching in your backyard or neighborhood
7. Learn how to short sheet a bed then do it
8. Play Marco Polo in the pool
9. Make up a ghost story and tell it to a friend
10. Take a hike
11. Learn the art of Japanese T-Shirt folding
12. Read a classic with a girl as the main character
13. Make a bird feeder out of a pine cone
14. Go to the park
15. Run in the sprinklers
16. Have a water balloon fight
17. Take a trip
18. Explore your local library, find an adventure book and read it
19. Make a sand castle
20. Go fishing
21. Grow a vegetable and eat it
22. Make a giant bubble
23. Set up a lemonade stand and donate half of the profits to Girl Scouts
24. Spend a day volunteering for a local community service group
25. Visit with an older family member and find out what it was like when they were your age.

Recycling & Donating

1. Turn trash into cash for your Sister Girl Scouts!
Donate the cash made from recycling to help another girl become a Girl Scout!

Donate online at www.girlscoutsccs.org/donate/ or by mailing a check to:
GSCCS, 1377 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93711
Donations must be made by September 21, 2013 in order to qualify for patches and mug.
Questions? Call (800) 490-8653 ext 155 or email info@girlscoutsccs.org
Please write and send pictures of your summer fun! THANK YOU!

Orange Cove Challenge and Change Dog Clinic

City of Orange Cove and Girl Scouts Partner on Dog Clinic


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 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.


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 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.

Catch up with Megan Talbert and Hope

Happy New Year!

            I hope everyone had a great holiday season filled with family and lots of joy! I have enjoyed my winter break back at home, and I will shortly be back to UC Santa Barbara. Over break Hope and I were able to attend a Christmas party at the down town library. The kids were able to participate in crafts and take pictures with Santa, and of course read to the dogs! Hope is a great reading buddy because he never corrects the children’s pronunciation and is a great listener!

            We were also able to attend a group visit to the Valley Health Care Center with other members of TDI (Therapy Dogs International) Fresno.  Hope was able to socialize with his TDI friends and spread some holiday cheer to those living in the center.

            I was very excited to finish my first semester in college. It was a very rewarding and somewhat relieving feeling to know finals were over and I would be returning to my family and friends. After some relaxation, I’m ready to go back to school next week and start my second quarter. Hope all is well and that there is a great year head of all of us!


                        Megan Talbert and Hope

STEM Workshop

Blog Post by: Samantha Gibson, Communications Intern


Who says Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are just for boys? Today’s world is widely influenced by these industries, but unfortunately most girls aren’t pursuing them. Girl Scouts has made a movement through S.T.E.M. workshops to introduce girls to the opportunities and role models in these specific fields. Are these workshops working? Well we heard straight from girls themselves!


 More than 20 local girls attended the two day S.T.E.M. Careers workshop at Chevron in Bakersfield. The group of six seventh-grade girls experienced Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through games, activities and guest speakers. They felt that learning about these fields is important for Girl Scouts because it encourages them to pursue better jobs and enter fields they previously didn’t know about. They discovered that there are a broad range of diverse careers for women in S.T.E.M. fields. An area they enjoyed learning about was the variety of engineering jobs available.  Overall, their favorite activities of the day were learning about the pharmaceutical industry by filling M&M “prescriptions” and creating a design for their very own website.


 We encourage girls to take a step out of the box and experience the next S.T.E.M. workshop on Saturday December 1, in Bakersfield. The fun-filled day could lead your daughter to a more successful future!



GOT MILK? Girl Scout Photo Contest!

Girl Scouts – submit a photo showing how milk and Girl Scouting have helped to make you a strong, healthy and confident young woman! We would LOVE if one of our GSCSS Girl Scouts wins the photo contest! Who is better to represent Girl Scouts and milk than a Girl Scout from the Central Valley – where the dairy capital of the world is!


[img border="yes" align="right" src="http://www.girlscoutsccs.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Megan-Got-Milk1.jpg" title="" width="300" height="300"]


The contest is open to all currently registered Girl Scouts (except Girl Scout Adults) of all grade levels belonging to one of the eight Girl Scout councils in California.


The Prize:

Three Girl Scouts in California to each receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and to be featured together on a billboard (or comparable advertising media) in their hometowns.


Aside from the three grand prizes, camp scholarships worth $350 each will also be given to 24 finalists

throughout the state.





Read  rules at http://www.gotmilk.com/#/news-events/article/27 

* Contest ends December 17, 2012.


To Enter: 


Email: contest@gotmilk.com  (limit 8 MB)



GOT MILK?-  Girl Scout Photo Contest

c/o RL Public Relations

11835 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 1155E

Los Angeles, CA 90064


Don’t forget to mail in the Entry form too! http://www.gotmilk.com/pdf/news/2012_liability_waver.pdf


The three grand prize winners will be notified by Jan. 31, 2013.


Girl Scouts of Central California South CEO, Cathy Ferguson talks to CBS 47 about the contest!