Troop earns Bronze Award

Girl Scout Troop 2406  just completed their Bronze Award. They held a Bingo Night at the Orchard Park Assisted Living and held a blanket drive to donate to needy seniors!

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The Troop was established in the fall of 2010 with Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts, and just began its third year with Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts. During the first year the Troop’s leader, Valerie Kessler, wanted to connect the girls to the community. So she contacted Orchard Park Assisted Living (OAL) to see if they would be open to having the girls visit the seniors on a few occasions. The OAL Activity Director, Cheryl Ranzau (a Girl Scout Alum!), was very excited about this partnership. So, in October the girls visited during the Halloween season and then again in December to sing Christmas Carols and present gifts to the seniors. They did so again the second year.

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Since the girls already had this connection, they thought it would be nice to work on their Bronze Award Project at OAL. After brainstorming, the girls and the Troop decided to go forward with a Bingo Night, inviting other Girl Scouts from their Service Unit 25 to attend. And since it was the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts, they wanted to work this in too. So, they honored OAL senior women who had been Girl Scouts (Valerie presented them with Girl Scout 100th anniversary pins that evening) and set a goal to collect 100 blankets for needy seniors (and they had the goal) from attendees and had fun playing Bingo.

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~Guest Post by : Aleta Wolfe - Girl Scout Troop 2406

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 Pictures from Bingo Night!
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Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts join forces to expand membership while support food drive efforts

Girl Scouts of Central California South and the Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America are joining forces again this year to expand their membership by inviting the community to join them in the “Feed the Need” Community Food Drive.

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They are asking patrons to bring five or more cans or non-perishable food items to the Fair in return for free admission on October 11 from 11:00am – 10:00pm. Once inside the Fair, boys and girls can complete and educational tour of exhibit buildings and turn in a Scout Activity Sheet to earn a “Fair Fun” Patch.

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Also on this day ONLY, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are offering a FREE membership to NEW scouts who sign up that day.

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Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are looking to surpass the amount of cans donated last year! Please help by bring five or more canned food items to the Big Fresno Fair on Thursday October 11, 2012 from 11:00 – 10:00 PM! In return for you donation you will be able to get into the fair for free!

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Interested in volunteering at the Feed the Need Drive on October 11? Contact Dominique Chamberlain at dchamberlain@girlscoutsccs.org 

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2011 Feed the Need Drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Volunteer Carousel

Volunteer Carousel is a one day event designed for all Girl Scout adults and Ambassadors. There are a wide variety of 75 minute workshops offered so everyone can choose subjects that benefit them. Some classes are activities you can take back and share with the girls and some are just for you. Any registered Girl Scout adults or Ambassador (girls in the 11th or 12th grade) may attend! Invite all the registered adults in your troop to come.

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 2011 Volunteer Carousel Pictures:

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Event Details:

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Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012

Time:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Selma First Baptist Church, 2025 Grant Street, Selma

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Who: Adults & Ambassadors only. Girls must be in the 11th or 12th grade to attend. Everyone must be a registered Girl Scout for insurance purposes.

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Food:        Coffee & a light snack are provided at 8:30 am.

Plan to have lunch on-site – you can bring your own or order one for $5.00. The on-site lunch will be a pasta and salad bar (with traditional & hearty toppings), and dessert.

To order an on-site lunch you must prepay by Tuesday, October 9, 2012.

Beverages – we will provide hot coffee & tea. Sodas and bottled water will be available for 75¢.

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Door Prizes: Your registration will include a ticket for door prizes. (You can buy additional tickets at the event.) We always need prizes so if you know anyone willing to donate an item, you can bring it with you or we can arrange to have it picked up.

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Registration: For best workshop selection register early. Some workshops fill quickly and others may be cancelled if registration is low. On-site registration will be available but workshop choices will be limited.

2012 Carousel Workshops

2012 Registration Form

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Cost:

$25.00 All day with lunch if received by Tuesday, October 9th

$20.00 All day without lunch

$15.00 Morning or afternoon only (without lunch)

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No Refunds will be given. “Substitutions” (sending someone in your place) are acceptable and encouraged. Supplies or “kits” are not available for people that cancel or do not attend.

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Bring:

1. Water bottle or drink container with lid to carry to class

2. Pair of scissors that can cut paper.

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Questions: Email Lee Nave at leenave@earthlink.net or call Michelle Loyd at the Girl Scout office at

(800) 490-8653 ext. 200 or email her at mloyd@girlscoutsccs.org.

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Human Race 2012

Help support Girl Scouts of Central California South by joining in The Human Race September 9th, 2012.

The Human Race is a fun and healthy way to support our programs and activities for troops and girls, our volunteer training’s, and the Girl Scouts Connect program. Register online through September 8th for $25 individual or $10 kids 12 and under. Hope to see you there!

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Chevron Cares about STEM workshops

Girl Scouts STEM program is about increasing girls’ participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

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Girls push boundaries, test limits, and look at the world around them  with inquisitive eyes. They’re natural scientists! Girl Scouts introduces girls of every age to science, technology, engineering,  and math (STEM) experiences relevant to everyday life. Whether they’re discovering  how a car’s engine runs, how to manage finances, or exploring careers in STEM fields,  girls are fast-forwarding into the future.

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Every girl needs a chance  to explore the fascinating world of STEM. Girl Scouting encourages girls of all  ages by offering “fun with purpose” through its K–12 national program. The Girl  Scout program includes two curriculum resources: National  Leadership Journeys  and National  Proficiency Badges. Leadership Journeys  are core to Girl Scouting because they lead girls to discover what they care about  and change the world. Girls explore a variety of interests along a Journey, everything  from the arts to the outdoors and, of course, STEM.

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STEM Careers Workshop, hosted by Chevron

50 girls attended a series of hands-on workshops in Bakersfield, designed to challenge them to discover the value of STEM-related careers for their own future success.

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STEM Careers Workshops:

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                  “The tech workshop helped me think a lot more about my choices. It helped me a lot.”

                   “They showed me how I could use my interests in a real job.”

                   “It helped me see how important an education is. I want to be a doctor.”

                   “I learned that every career includes at least one area of STEM.”

                   “I liked the geologist. Her speech was interesting and intriguing.”

                   “This was a really awesome experiment. I hope I can do it again.”

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Girl Scouts’ Unique Approach to STEM:

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  • STEM experiences are framed within the  context of leadership: As girls participate in Girl Scouting, they develop leadership skills to make the world a better place. Research shows girls are more  interested in STEM careers when they know how their work can help others.

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  • The Girl Scout Leadership Experience engages  girls through the three Girl Scout processes of: girl-led,  learning by doing, and cooperative learning.

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Here’s how these processes  provide quality STEM experiences for girls:

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Girl-led: Even when a girl has an interest in STEM, she might find that  boys take the lead in a school environment due to unspoken assumptions about gender  roles. Girl Scouts offers a safe, supportive place for girls to seek challenges.  The girl-led process encourages girls to decide which topics they want to explore  and how they want to go about it.

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Learning by doing: Research shows that, particularly with STEM, youth need to be  hands-on, active learners. The learning-by-doing process encourages this approach.  In addition, Girl Scouts’ learning-by-doing process involves a reflection step that  asks girls to think about how a given activity worked and what they would do differently  in the future—a key skill in scientific testing and conducting experiments.

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Cooperative learning: In general, girls prefer a collaborative leadership style, rather  than the traditional, top-down, “command and control” approach. The cooperative  learning process gives girls the opportunity to develop leadership and STEM skills  in a way that might feel most comfortable.

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“Generation  STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math” is a research  report from the Girl Scout Research Institute released in February 2012. The report  examines interest and engagement in the subjects and fields of STEM, from the voices  of 1,000 girls nationwide, ages 8-18. Girls are interested in STEM fields and aspire  to STEM careers the study shows, but need more exposure and adult support to carry  this interest into the future. Find out more information on this report, including tip  sheets for parents and girls.

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Girl Scouts of Central California South STEM program:

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Girl Scouts of Central California South has partnered with Chevron for “Chevron Cares about STEM Careers,” and with Cargill for the Food Safety program.

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We always encourage Troop Leaders to talk about STEM, and the different career opportunities available. Girls are interested in STEM and want to talk about it, and the different things they can do with a STEM career. We want Troop Leaders to let girls ask questions about the world, experiment and problem solve. And get girls involved in activities that will foster their STEM skills. Troop Leaders like to educate themselves about STEM opportunities so they show girls they can achieve their goals through STEM careers. And finally we like to expose girls to mentors and experts in STEM fields.

 

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Girl Scout Uniform Checklist

We have created item level sheets that can be used to help parents and troop leaders know the specific costs for items needed for their Girl Scouts. We have included the basic uniform and program items. If you need other items you can contact the Gold Mine store directly or visit our online store. We hope this helps answer some commonly asked questions.

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Daisy Uniform

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Brownie Uniform

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Junior Uniform

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Cadette Uniform

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Senior Uniform

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Ambassador Uniform

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Girl Scout Staff volunteers at United Way Kings County Day of Caring

Blog Post by: Julie Medina, Membership Manager

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Melissa Soza and I volunteered at Salvation Army for the Day of Caring through United Way. Our day was spent over seeing the bounce house and slide at a Community Fun Day held at the Salvation Army. Booths were set up with various games for the kids to rotate around to along with a drawing for games, toys and school supplies. Everyone enjoyed the activities and the tasty lunch. It was a great day and we enjoyed volunteering!

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Girl Scout hosted Bike Safety Rodeo to earn prestigious award

Kids grabbed their helmets, bikes, and bottles of water, and went to the Bike Safety Rodeo! Girl Scout Senior, Erica, hosted a Bike Safety Rodeo on Tuesday July 31, 2012 from 9:00AM – 12:00 PM at Buttonwillow Park & Recreation. There were games, safety tips, and obstacle courses. Best of all – the event was free to attend!

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Erica is a Senior Girl Scout at Girl Scouts of Central California South. The Bike Safety Rodeo was an event she is putting on for her Gold Award project. The Gold Award focuses on the interests of older Girl Scouts (grades 9 – 12) and their personal journey to build leadership skills, explore future careers, and advocate for others. The girls research a community issue, develop a plan, and work towards inspiring others to take action in resolving the identified issue.

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Though it has changed names over the years, the Girl Scout Gold Award has been the organization’s highest award since 1916. It represents excellence and leadership for girls everywhere!

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Facts about Girl Scouts’ highest honor, the Gold Award:

  • -Less than 6% of all Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award.
  • -A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award immediately rises one rank in any of the U.S. military branches.
  • -A growing number of colleges and universities across the country offer scholarships to girls achieving the Girl Scout Gold Award.
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To learn more about Girl Scouts awards click here!

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Pictures from Bike Safety Rodeo:

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Girl Scout hosted Water Safety seminar to earn prestigious award

The swimming pool and summertime are always a key part of a child’s summer. But not everyone is up to date on their water safety skills. Girl Scout Ambassador, Maggie, put together a workshop to teach kids  how to be safe around the water and in their pools at home. She hosted the Water Safety class on Saturday July 28 at the Wasco Veterans’ Hall for kids ages 6-10. The seminar was free to attend.

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Maggie is a Ambassador Girl Scout at Girl Scouts of Central California South. The Water Safety class was an event she put on for her Gold Award project. The Gold Award focuses on the interests of older Girl Scouts (grades 9 – 12) and their personal journey to build leadership skills, explore future careers, and advocate for others. The girls research a community issue, develop a plan, and work towards inspiring others to take action in resolving the identified issue.

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Though it has changed names over the years, the Girl Scout Gold Award has been the organization’s highest award since 1916. It represents excellence and leadership for girls everywhere!

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Facts about Girl Scouts’ highest honor, the Gold Award:

  • -Less than 6% of all Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award.
  • -A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award immediately rises one rank in any of the U.S. military branches.
  • -A growing number of colleges and universities across the country offer scholarships to girls achieving the Girl Scout Gold Award.
Click here to learn more about Girl Scout awards.

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Pictures from the Water Safety Training:

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