Top Selling Girl Scouts are ready for their close up!

On July 10th, we hosted a media training event for our Super Sellers Secret Society Honors or SSSSH Girls. The SSSSH girls are our top earning Girl Scouts. To reach the secret society girls need to sell a minimum of 1000 Girl Scout cookie boxes. When they reach this goal they earn the right to be on the GSCCS media team! 24 SSSSH girls traveled from Visalia, Oakhurst, and Madera to attend the SSSSH girl media training.

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The media team was trained for all interviews; radio, print and television. Zara Arboleda from CBS 47 came to the training to talk to the girls about television interviews. A few topics discussed in the training were, what to do to prepare for an interview, the proper way to answer a question, and what to do if they don’t know the answer to something. They left the training prepared for any interview and ready for their close up!

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“We use our SSSSH girls throughout the year for interviews, presentations, ceremonies and so much more. They are the face of our council, and are truly girls of courage, character and confidence. They put a lot of hard work into becoming our top cookie sellers, and are proud to represent their council,” stated CEO, Cathy Ferguson.

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There will be a media training event on July 25th in Bakersfield. Cambi Brown from KBAK will join us at our Bakersfield Council office to talk about Television interviews.

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To see a complete list of SSSSH girls visit: http://www.girlscoutsccs.org/2011-ssssh-girls/.

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Pictures from the July 10th Media Training in Fresno:

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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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Girl Scout troop honors volunteer

Guest Blog Post by : Claire from Troop 437

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Troop 437 was working on their  Cadette GS Way badge, and they were to honor a Girl Scout volunteer. Troop 437 does not  know Christie personally, but she serves us indirectly through her SU Product chair position. To get to know her, each Girl Scout from Troop 437 did a phone interview with at least one person who knows Christie. Most of the information came from her co-leader, parents, and our SU Manager  Melody Roberson. They compiled the information into a program to honor “Queen Christie”. They also adorned her with queen-like props made out of cookie boxes.

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To (kindly) ambush Christie, we showed up early to her normal meeting place and time and hid behind the stage with the help of Sandra Renfro. My girls waited in near darkness for her to arrive. A repeated comment about Christie in the interviews was that she has a great laugh. We kept waiting…and then…there was the laugh! We knew she had arrived, and Sandra told us it was time to take our places. It was a fun surprise.

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 Part of the program script from Queen Christie Day:

“Girl Scout Troop 437 is here to honor a special person. We’ve done some research into her background and this is what we found…

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She is…

amazing, funny, considerate, dedicated, friendly, awesome, fun, sincere, good to be around, intelligent, organized, generous, enthusiastic, caring and inspiring.

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These bracelets represent her ability to know what girls’ needs are,  how to encourage them and how to adjust to every girl’s needs.

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This necklace represents her devotion to scouting.

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This scepter represtents her infectious and unforgettable laugh.

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These glasses represent her helpfulness to all Girl Scouts.

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This crown is to show how grateful and overjoyed everyone is to have her in Girl Scouts. “

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Thanks for helping to extend the honor of Queen Christie Day! It is a well deserved position for an outstanding volunteer who is a splash of sunshine, kindness, and laughter in our SU and in her troop.

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Pictures from Queen Christie Day:

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~Claire, Troop 437

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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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Community service project in honor of Independence day

On Saturday, June 30, 2012, Troop 2571 (Daisy/Brownie troop) undertook a Community Service project. They colored 100 American flags and presented them to the residents of Lifehouse Parkview Healthcare Center in honor of the Fourth of July. The girls also accomplished one of ten tasks to complete one  of the 100th things for the 100th G.S. Anniversary, they read for 100 minutes to the residents. Troop 2571 meets year-round and accomplishes approximately eight community services projects per year.

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For more information on Community Service Projects. Visit our community service webpage www.girlscoutsccs.org/community-service-projects/ .

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Girls Scouts collect canned food for 100th Anniversary

Service Unit 25 was celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting and collecting 100 cans of food per day at their  Twilight camp on  June 25-29 at Clovis High School. Their goal was to collect 500 cans (100 cans per day). They surpassed their goal and collected 620 cans! An anonymous donor donated $1 for every can donated in the name of Girl Scouts! The canned food and donation went  to needy children at Rescue the Children with the Fresno Rescue Mission.

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For more information on community service projects be sure to check out our Community Service webpage!  www.girlscoutsccs.org/community-service-projects/ .

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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.

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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.

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~Catherine Ghan

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Pictures from the camp!

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Big Read with Fresno Library

Over 100 Girl Scouts participated in the Big Read with the Fresno Library. The Big Read with the Fresno

Library was a Patch program.

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Requirements:

Complete the first four activities plus:

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Brownies: complete any two additional activities

Juniors/Cadettes: complete any three additional activities

Seniors/Ambassadors: complete any four additional activities.

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1. Get Reading!- Read The Call of the Wild by Jack London, or an approved alternative from the Fresno County Public Library’s list. Create and keep a reading journal. What were the major themes? Who were the important characters? What did you learn? Share what you’ve learned with your troop.

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2. Get Out- Attend one The Call of the Wild program at the Fresno County Public Library.

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3. Create Your Own Tale- Write/Draw an original story from the perspective of an animal. Share your story with your troop.

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4. Bring the Yukon Home- Research the Yukon’s climate, geography, and people. Then create a 3D model. Answer the following: What is the average temperature? What is the landscape like? Who is native to this area?

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5. Get Involved- Volunteer to read to a younger Girl Scout or Senior Citizen for one hour

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6. Get Involved- Volunteer at your local library for one hour

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7. Map Buck’s Journey- Create a map of the journey, and the major locations of the Klondike Gold Rush. Answer the following: How was the Klondike Gold Rush different from the California Gold Rush?

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8. Build Your Perfect Sled Team- Talk to someone who is knowledgeable about dogs and dog breeds (a Veterinarian, a representative from your local SPCA, etc) Get information on different breeds. Answer the following: What breeds would do well in the Arctic Circle? What characteristics do they share?

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9. Gold Rush- Practice panning for gold. Find a location near you or pan for gold in your own backyard. Get a large flat container, sand, water, pie tins, and “gold”. Have fun learning this once profitable technique. Answer the following: What were the years of the Klondike Gold Rush? Who Participated?

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10. Your Journey Starts with a Sled- Research types of dog sleds and make a small replica of your very own. Answer the following: Name two types of sleds. How do they differ from one another? Why did you choose your sled?

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11. Cook like an Alaskan- Create a dish that you could eat on the trail, something inspired by the frosty state, or just something that has Alaska in its name. Be creative, and share your creation with your troop.

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12. Create The Call of the Wild Trading Cards- Make a card for all of the dog characters. Include their stats: a picture, their name, characteristics, personality traits, etc.

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*13. If you are feeling really adventurous make the journey to Jack London Historical State Park in Glen Ellen, CA. Answer the following: Name two stories, other then The Call of the Wild, that Jack London wrote. Locate Jack London’s home. When did he move here? How long did he live here?

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Girl Scouts National Corporate Leadership Meeting

Girl Scouts of Central California South, CEO, Cathy Ferguson recently attended the Girl Scouts National Corporate Leadership Meeting in Washington D.C. The theme for this year’s meeting this year was: “What Must We Do ToGetHerThere*?” The meeting included topics such as: Dialogue on Operational Topics, Awareness and Action, Media and our Cause Campaign, and Strategic Corporate Philanthrophy. They The CEOs had “How do we Get Her There discussions” and table discussions with other councils in which they shared ideas about what has worked in their own regions. ”It was a great learning experience, and I am excited to use what I have learned to continuously better our council. The session about Organizing and Pitching Your Value Proposition was especially important to me as this is the direction I hope our council can go regarding corporate sponsorships. It is not asking for donations but providing a mutually beneficial opportunity through a sponsorship – Learning how Girl Scouts can implement and give the corporate sponsor what it needs,” – stated Cathy.

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Jill Biden, the speaker for one of the evening receptions, spoke about her experience being a Girl Scout while wearing a uniform and sash. Later that evening she was presented with an updated sash. Jill shared the value Girl Scouts has had with the military and project Operation Gratitude. Taking care of the military families is dear to her heart. She took pictures with Girl Scouts from each area in the U.S. The picture posted below is a picture of Jill Biden and the CEOs from all the California councils.

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*For more information on the Girl Scouts’ ToGetHerThere initiative, please visit: www.togetherthere.org/.

 

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