S.O.S. in Morse code is Save Our Ship, but in s'mores code it's the Summer of Sisterhood! This summer, GSNorCal is keeping Girl Scouts running all summer long. Girls will get to participate in a variety of patch programs and sisterhood building experiences designed to support and engage their Girl Scout spirit during this unique summer. Our second virtual troop series for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors begins again the week of July 15 with a focus on Outdoor Art badges. We'll also roll out trainings and support for all of our volunteer community, including best practices, peer panels, and adult learning. Volunteer Office Hours are Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 PM, and our Hybrid Volunteer Support Webinars have started!
Psst... Looking for resources to support your girls as the country grapples with systemic racism and police violence? GSUSA has released some amazing resources on Raising Awesome Girls, including taking action against racism.
Resources for Summer Girl Scout Support
As we continue with our socially distant Girl Scout Year, GSNorCal continues to make sure you've got the resources to make it an amazing one all the way through the summer:
To help our volunteers make decisions on how and when to start meeting or planning events within their counties, we are working on checklists and resources that will walk you through the various decision-making factors. Given Governor Newsom's press conference today, which announced the return of increased restrictions for many of our council's counties, we are revisiting these guidelines and expect to share them with you after the 4th of July weekend. In the meantime, we are constantly updating Activity Finder with new virtual and hybrid events and programs.
National Bridging Week
GSUSA's National Bridging Week is August 1 through 8. Check out how to organize your own bridging ceremony, and celebrate all your Girl Scouts as they embrace new responsibilities, and gain access to exciting new opportunities!
Tips for Troop Leaders Live from GSUSA
Wondering how you can guide your troop when you can't meet in person? GSUSA's new webcast series brings you real-world advice and practical tips from other Troop Leaders who have been there. The first webinar in the series is today at 7 PM, so register now! GSUSA launched a new National Community Service Project on June 26, Girl Scouts Give Back: Citizen Science!
Reminders and Announcements
There's still room for your girl at Tajar's Treehouse! We've had over 700 girls sign up for sisterhood, growth, and fun at Tajar's Treehouse, and there are still sessions available, so register today. (There's Tajar's Treehouse camp swag, too!)
It's not too late to renew! Remember your girl can use her Product Program reward card to renew herself and members of her family, renew with her troop using troop funds or request financial aid.
Snag your lifetime membership at a discount! This special summer offer for recent alums ends July 31, 2020. Hung up your Girl Scout vest a while ago and still want to become a lifetime member? GSUSA is offering a special gift to kick off your experience.
Curbside pick-up coming to GSNorCal Stores. Starting the week of July 6, all GSNorCal stores will offer a touchless retail experience to buy all your summer badges and activities. Submit your order via our online form. Reward cards are accepted!
Does your employer offer “Dollars for Doers"? Many companies encourage their employees to volunteer in the communities where they live and work—in turn, the employer will offer matching dollars for the hours. Inquire with your Human Resources department about your program, or check out this list of companies that offer this kind of financial support!
Looking for previous issues of Volunteer View? Check them out on our GSNorCal Publications page.