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Council Publications

Girl Scouts of Northern California has a number of digital and print publications to keep you informed and ensure girls get the most out of their Girl Scout experience.

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CEO Updates

As needed, the GSNorCal CEO sends email updates to every registered parent, adult member, lifetime member, and volunteer.


November 23, 2021: Gold and Silver Award Highlights, Outdoor Challenge, Fall Girl Scout Programs and Events, Re-imagining Golden Gate Bridging, Fall Volunteer Recognition Celebrations, Thank you to our 2021 Courage Cohort, gsCommunity, Looking ahead to Cookie 2022, Adventurefuls, Planning for success at $6 / package—we are in this together, Troop proceeds and girl rewards, GSNorCal pays credit card fees when girls and troops use Digital Cookie, Helping girls reach more customers, Supporting girls to explain what a $6 package of cookie supports, Celebrating 2020 and 2021 top cookie entreprenHERs, Governance and Strategy-  Members' voices, Service Unit Delegates (November 30 Nomination Deadline), National Delegates (December 15 Application Deadline), Membership- progress on our path to pandemic recovery, Donors investing in Girls, Chico Ground-breaking celebration, Hidden Falls Directors Cabin Dedication, Two Sentinels Biffy Campaign, Camp Investment Campaign, Skylark Ranch Recovery Fund, GS Heroes Event, Girl Scouts Give Back: Year End Servuce and Giving, This is also the time of year for giving, and our year-end appeal is underway.


May 20, 2021: Summer Programs and camping now and in the fall; COVID updates; Looking forward to a new Girl Scout year: time to join, re-join, renew andspread the word; A round of applause and appreciation for our cookie entrepreneurs and volunteers; Congratulations to the Space Cookies FIRST Robotics team!; Gold Award Congratulations; Council Governance & Annual Meeting–centering girls’ voices; Courage Cohort-volunteers working together to advance our commitment to be an anti-racist organization; Philanthropy news; Camp Skylark Ranch update–resilience and recovery; Celebrating our graduating seniors and their volunteers

February 20, 2021: GSNorCal cookie entrepreneurs; Camp news: Skylark Ranch update and summer camp; World Thinking Day, February 22, and Nobel Peace Prize nomination for WAGGS; Virtual program highlights: Lead the Way and Discoveree; Black History Month - spotlight on GSNorCal alumnae and Girl Scout history; Supporting girls’ mental health and well-being April 17: Save the date for 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting; GSNorCal Giving Circle expands to San Mateo County


December 17, 2020: Unity, Community, Hope, and Resilience

October 29, 2020: New Programs and new ways to find programs for individual girls and troops; Leadership and sisterhood for girls in grades 6–12; Increasing access to Girl Scouts for girls who live in low-income communities; Introducing your friends and community to Girl Scouts; Celebrating our wonderful volunteers; Supporting girls and troops through our fall take action product program; Call for Service Unit Delegate Nominations (girls and adults, and you may nominate yourself); Report on 55th National Council Session; Fire recovery update; COVID-19—our commitment to do our part to reduce community transmission; Progress on our commitment to be an anti-racist organization

September 16, 2020: Skylark Ranch and Butano Creek Photo

September 10, 2020: NorCal Fires - Camp Property Updates

September 9, 2020: COVID Checklist Update

July 24, 2020: When can troops meet in person? 

June 2, 2020: What does it mean to be inclusive and anti-racist?

May 27, 2020: Update on the timeline for in-person Girl Scout activities

May 7, 2020: Good news; Spring renewals; Spring Virtual Town Halls; COVID-19 updates

April 6, 2020: Programs and events: extending our no events or in-person troop meetings rule from May 11 to June 1, 2020; Supporting girls and families; Appreciating our volunteers; Working together to keep our communities healthy; Summer Camp and Property Reservations; 2020 Cookie Program—a roller coaster, for sure; Cookie entrepreneurs are responding to COVID-19!; Virtual Annual Meeting and Spring Town Halls; Gratitude

February 25, 2020: Our 2020 Cookie Program entrepreneurs are bringing smiles to customers everywhere!; Summer Camp registration opened January 21, and we are ready for fun, friendship, and adventure; We’ve got spirit—Girl Scout Week starts soon!; Celebrating change makers; Annual Meeting; Thinking Day 2020—Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


March 3, 2019: World Thinking Day; camp and cookie season updates; Highest Awards; Annual Meeting announcement; Program & Property Plan updates

May 3, 2019: A spectacular day for celebrating 6,000 G.I.R.L.s at Golden Gate Bridging; A new Program Center coming soon for Butte County; Celebrating resilience in Butte County; Listening to the Voice of Members at our 2019 Annual Meeting; Working together to increase access to essential Girl Scout experiences for girls who live in low-income communities; State of the Council and 2018 Annual Report; Summer camp is calling!; 742 graduating seniors

August 9, 2019: Thank You for All that You Do: A Note of Appreciation from GSNorCal CEO

August 23, 2019: Fall Celebration, September 19: Celebrating Girl Scouts and Raising Funds for GSNorCal and our Opportunity Fund; Camp News; Troop Fundamentals: Spotlight on Badges, Product Program, and Guide Events; Highest Awards; Staff updates: Changes in Program, Membership, and Volunteer Support; Remember to Renew Your Membership!

: Gratitude for the thousands of firefighters, first responders, and volunteers who are on the front lines; Service Unit Delegate Nominations and National Council Delegate Applications are open

December 12, 2019: CEO Holiday Message


February 9, 2018: Celebrating Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts; Lead The Way recap; the Girl Scout Cookie program is off to great start; summer camp adventures ahead; $414,000 raised to re-open Camp Hidden Falls; a reflection on Discoveree 2018; resources for adults to facilitate difficult conversations with girls

March 30, 2018: Girl Scout Spirit Day on April 12th; great news for cookies (and camps and girls); new nut and magazine vendors for our Fall Sale program; progress on camp and program center building projects; registration for GSNorCal's Annual Meeting at Camp Bothin on April 21

April 11, 2018: The power of Girl Scouts; Why parents and schools might be confused and why their confusion creates risk for Girl Scouts; how you can be a champion for Girl Scouts

May 4, 2018: Girl Scouts flourish at Golden Gate Bridging; Annual Meeting update and introducing our newly elected Board President, Board members and Board Development Committee; update on confusion about “scouting for girls”

June 22, 2018: Congratulations to graduating seniors and Gold Award Girl Scouts; camp property updates; new additions to the Early Fall Preview; The Girl Scout difference as explained by girls; answering questions about the Boy Scouts

September 28, 2018: Summer camp success and camp property updates; the 2019 Program Guide is here; reflecting on the fall Summit; new STEM badges.

November 14, 2018: Response to tragedies in Wisconsin and Butte County; honoring our veterans; congratulations to National Gold Award GIrl Scout Sakshi and other higher award announcements; new cybersecurity badges.

December 22, 2018: Highlighting a Paradise Silver Award project; Camp Bothin renovations update; gratitude for volunteers and donors; cookie season starts January 28; summer camp registration is open.


January 19, 2017: Girl Scouts and the Inauguration

February 1, 2017: 2017 cookie sale, summer camp registration, property plan update, camp investment campaign

March 10, 2017: Girl Scout Medal of Honor recipient, 2017 cookie program ending, 2017 winter storms, camp registration, 2017 annual meeting

April 12, 2017: anticipated sale of Camp Deer Lake

May 21, 2017: new National CEO, Golden Gate Bridging, 2018-2020 council strategic priorities, top cookie seller celebrations, report on 2017 annual meeting, Deer Lake closing ceremony, Space Cookies go to Nationals, an act of kindness from Troop 90747

June 29th, 2017: Camp Sugar Pine closure for remainder of 2017

July 31, 2017: Camp CEO, 38 new badges and Journeys, property update

September 22, 2017: Update on the sale of Cordelia

October 1, 2017: Celebrating GSNorCal's 10th Anniversary

October 11, 2017: North Bay fires, G.I.R.L./Convention 2017, the Boy Scouts' decision to recruit girls

October 17, 2017: a special update for our members in the North Bay re: the North Bay fires

October 20, 2017: North Bay fire relief efforts, summer camp 2018, fall sale, Girl Scouts at Dreamforce, GGB 2018, and Regional Delegate nominations

December 16, 2017: empowering girls to lead, encouraging girls to explore STEM, building outdoor skills and investing in camps, and Girl Board Participant applications


October 20, 2016: staffing changes, NYWOD 2016, program and property plan update, regional and national delegate nominations, Raising Awesome Girls

November 7, 2016: program and property plan updates

November 15, 2016: a response to the 2016 election and Citizen badges for every age level

November 30, 2016: Women's March on Washington

December 21, 2016: getting prepared for the new year, saying farefell to staff, office and camp holiday closures, The Trailhead

The Trailhead

The Trailhead is GSNorCal's troop volunteer support blog. Visit The Trailhead to subscribe and read our posts!

Volunteer View

Volunteer View is an email newsletter sent to all registered troop and service unit volunteers on the first day of every month.