November 20, 2015
Dear Members and Friends of Girl Scouts,
As Thanksgiving draws near, I am thankful for the wonderful Girl Scout volunteers who give so much of their time, talent and energy to create opportunities girls want and experiences that change lives. Thank you, also, to the thousands of Girl Scouts who are helping others in need during this Holiday Season
This update includes:
- Honoring 134 exceptional volunteers
- Girl news –Amazing Race
- Amazing girls and Gold Award
- Camp matters – 11,500 girls at summer camp, raising funds to improve our camps, and Camp Deer Lake forest update
- Product sales – fall sale underway and count-down to cookies
- Thank you for helping us launch our new membership system and volunteer tool kit
- Raise your voice – regional delegate nominations are open until December 8
- Registration for Discoveree on January 30 is now open!
- Invest in girls and help make the world a better place!
Honoring 134 exceptional volunteers!
Amazing Race is an annual fall weekend extravaganza for girls in grades 7 – 12. Earlier this month, 77 girls (organized into 19 teams), 25 adults and 35+ volunteers, joined forces Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, to explore and solve challenges across 6 counties, 20 cities, and 400+ miles. The adventure included everything from challenges at Sonoma Raceway, to spending the night on a boat at Cal Maritime Academy, to adventures in food at the SF Ferry Building.
|Amazing girls and Gold Awards:
Also, congratulations to the Space Cookies Robotics Team which hosted a successful tournament this past weekend at NASA for 16 First Lego League Robotics Teams. Thank you, for doing so much to encourage all kids to explore technology!
And congratulations to Christina Adams, who received the Next Generation Philanthropy Award from the East Bay Leadership Council recognizing her Gold Award project. Christina raised $8,000 and purchased 50 bikes and bike safety equipment for kids at an east Oakland elementary school. You can read more about Christina's Gold Award project here!
“Going to camp is important to me because it's one of the few places where I feel truly safe and like I belong. Camp makes me happy. I don't have to worry about the things I would normally worry about because I know that everyone will respect and accept me for who I am.” -2015 GSNorCal Camper
Fall sale ends November 22 – Only a few days left to stock up on nuts, candies and magazines. Great gifts and holiday goodies! Thank you to all of our participating troops and volunteers.
Count down to cookies. We’re starting our 2016 cookie sale one week earlier than usual on February 1, so everyone can enjoy their favorite Girl Scout cookies during Super Bowl 50 week. We have lots of fun in store for this year’s cookie program, including:
Smooth sailing for cookies . . . Register as members by December 15: That will help us make sure: 1) your troop is fully registered when cookie pre-orders are due January 11, and 2) parents receive emails to help their daughters sign up for Digital Cookie – our online ecommerce site for girls. This year, when troops submit a starting order by January 11 that is at least 95% of their 2015 cookie order, each registered girl and two adults will receive a cookie apron/tool belt (depending on how you want to wear it!)
We’ve now registered over 33,000 girls and almost 25,000 adults in the new national registration system that we launched in July. Most parents and volunteers report that it has been a huge improvement over the old system. We are, of course, discovering bugs along the way in this national system, and appreciate your patience while we work through them. Please keep the feedback coming - email email@example.com.
The Volunteer Toolkit is also new this fall – so far 764 K-5 troops and 111 6-12 troops are using this new tool to help plan their Girl Scout year, organize meetings, and communicate with parents. We look forward to your input. Our goal is to help volunteers spend less time re-inventing the wheel and more time with girls.
Whether it’s learning a new craft from the “Tree of Life Pendant,” gaining a new skill such as orienteering, or learning Movie Chemistries for Daisies and Brownies there’s something for everyone at Discoveree. You can relax with yoga, visit the Girl Scout shop, pick up new troop ideas, or learn all about Girl Scout traditions. There are over 100 workshops to choose from! Bring a friend and make some new ones!
Click here to visit our website for a full description of classes and registration information!
- Give an e-card in honor of a special Girl Scout in your life
- Donate to our Camp Campaign
- Make a year end gift online or with a check – we always appreciate gifts to our general fund, but if you prefer to donate to a specific program or to outreach in your County, you will see that option is also available on the drop down menu.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Marina H. Park, CEO
Girl Scouts of Northern California