News & Notes for Leaders
High-Risk Activity Update: Trampolines
Due to a recent change with our insurance policy, we can no longer approve activities to trampoline facilities where the springs are completely covered. To offset this loss, we have added Zorbing to the list of activities girls can enjoy within Girl Scouts. We apologize for the inconvenience this causes groups. Please let us know what questions you have by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy 102nd Birthday Girl Scouts!
Thank you to all those who attended Monday’s meeting, to Susan Gold’s Troop 31840 for doing the flag ceremony for us.
Congratulations to the our first Super Troops for the year, please remember you can still have your troop earn this award check out what you need to do to earn this patch here http://www.crossroadsgirlscouts.com/super-troops.html
This week is Girl Scout Week with today, March 12th being the birthday of our founding in 1912.
Golden Gate Bridging
Council notified us that for Golden Gate Bridging more adults are allowed to attend than ratio requirements as they need more adult volunteers to help with activities, etc. so if you have more adults who would like to attend this event please get the applications in soon.
This is the final week of the sale with the last sales this Sunday, March 16th.
The next ACH will happen this week and will be for $1.50 per box check your eBudde troop account for the number of boxes to calculate how much this will be.
If you need cookies this week, check with me first!! I have lots of troops looking to transfer their unused stock.
Have a great final week everybody - we’re almost done!
Sunday, June 1st A’s vs. Angels registrations due by 3pm, April 25th
Liz Crocker has again organized getting tickets for the Scout day at the A’s this is a family event. Special note this is the day Camporee Bothin finishes so please be aware of this when signing up.
Spring Fling – Adult Appreciation
Monday, April 21st registrations due Monday, April 15th
This event is for all Leaders, Co-Leaders, Assistant Leaders, Co-op Leaders and their Daughters as well as Graduating Seniors and Gold Award recipients. Please join us for a fun evening to Celebrate and recognize all you wonderful volunteers that make Crossroads the Best. The evening will include a Potato Bar dinner.
Older Girl Paddle Boarding
Sunday, May 18th registrations due Sunday, April 27th
This event is for Seniors and Ambassador Girls (if not filled will be opened up to Cadettes)
There will be 4 1 hour sessions and girls will have to complete a swim test before getting on the boards. This event has limited space so apply early.
Friday, April 25th registrations due Friday, April 4th
There are still spaces available please register soon to ensure your spot.
Program Aid Training
Sunday, March 23rd registrations due Friday, March 14th
If your Cadettes wish to take part please get your registrations in now.
There are still spots for Brownie troops to sign up and take part in the activity section where the Cadettes will lead activities with the Brownies to earn their LiA patch, if your Brownie troop is interested in this please contact Archana Thakur at email@example.com for details.
Calendar - Click Here for PDF Version
We have put together a calendar with information of when our regular events take place and handed it out at the meeting, you can add to this and update to help you plan for the coming year. For those who did not attend it is attached to this email as a pdf, if you would like it in its original format so that you can edit it please let me know via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
FTRs and Money Record Keeping - For Sample Budgets for TDR Click: Income, Expenses
We briefly went over the TFR and its due date June 15th, as well as showed an example of how to keep your own troop Money Record to make completing the TFR easier at the end of the year. These examples are also attached as pdfs, again if you would like them in the original excel format let me know via email at email@example.com. We will be having a more in depth look at the TFR at the May Leader meeting on Monday, May 12th and encourage you to invite your Treasurers to join you at this meeting.
Trips and Travel
Margo Tschirky reminded everyone that if you are going anywhere that is not your usual meeting place please send her an email to let her know troop number, where and when and if you are planning something more adventurous please give her 2 to 3 weeks notice at least. She is also willing to help you with any questions or with advise on what you need to do to plan and take a trip. Please email her at CRSUTroopTravel@gmail.com this information can also be found on the Crossroads Website www.crossroadsgirlscouts.com
We finished with sharing ideas of things to do with your troop, including hiking, camping in Del Val, visiting the Fire Station, looking at other religions like Hindu for your ‘My Promise, My Faith’ badges, horseback riding, skating and High Ropes courses.
Flyers and CT meeting
Please send all flyers to Tina Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org for any events that you have coming up that you wish to be approved. The next CT meeting is March 24th at Lydiksen Elementary, Teachers workroom in E pod starting at 7pm with presentations.
Our Next Leader Meeting is our Spring Fling and Adult Appreciation event on April 21st please note the change of date.
Please also send someone from your troop to check the boxes on my front porch at 2768 Hartley Gate Court, Pleasanton as there are many patches still waiting to be collected.
This month we are thinking about Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world as the International Thinking Day is February 22nd. Something you might consider is asking your girls to wear their uniforms on that day, please share with your troops that they are part of a much bigger organization that is the world’s biggest volunteer organization for Girls and women with over 10 million members in 145 countries.
The theme for World Thinking Day this year is Achieve Universal Primary Education and the message is ‘Every girl has the right to learning so she reaches her fullest potential’ and ‘Education opens doors for all girls and boys’.
If you are interested in learning more please follow this link where you will also find an activity pack for which the girls can earn an international patch. http://www.worldthinkingday.org/en/activities10 on this site there are other activities and patches the girls can earn as part of the international program.
Closer to home we are looking forward to our Thinking Day this Saturday, February 8th at the Alameda Fairgrounds, if you haven’t registered yet please get a check and registration from to Liz Crocker now, you cannot attend unless you are preregistered.
Thinking Day Participant Reminder:
Cookies Distribution is this Sunday, February 9th at Oracle parking structure, please make sure you have signed up for a pick up time and follow the instructions given in the Cookie email sent on Monday. Sunday is also Cookie Go Day!
1. EVERYONE MUST have a time slot for your troop’s pickup. Go to the Google doc on the Crossroads website to sign up. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlihvVjdDY4UdEtYaUp5bWFkNndoMXREUnJuRlhEcmc&usp=drive_web#gid=3
CRSU Super Troop – want to be a Super Troop then attend 5 Leader or CT meetings in a year, have 1 adult do the required training to be a leader, attend events, do service projects and celebrate Girl Scouts. You can do it too! Look under ‘For Leaders’ tab on the Crossroads website and get all the information and form to complete then submit it to Susan Gold for your patches.
Scout Sunday at St. Raymond Catholic Church in Dublin on Sunday, March 2nd at 9am Service opportunity available as well please contact Liz Crocker for more information on this at email@example.com by February 16th.
Mini Camporee Animated Adventures: Travel through your imagination just like your favorite movie characters do!!! For all Daisy Girl Scouts only Saturday, April 12th, hosted by Troop 31545, with registrations are due March 1st.
Daisy Journey “5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals Friday, April 25th – registrations due April 4th. Every wanted to do a Journey with your girls but didn’t know where to start then join in the event and have the girl complete the activities for the Journey together with their peers.
FIRST GRADE AND UP
Camporee Royaneh Super Heros - registrations has been extended to March 1st and spaces will be filled on a first come first served basis until all spaces are filled so get those registrations in soon.
Camporee Royaneh Super Heros patch competition - entries due by March 8th so get your thinking caps on and design a Super Hero worthy patch.
FIFTH GRADE JUNIORS
Golden Gate Bridging May 3rd – has re-opened registration so if you want to go and haven’t signed up yet do it now. http://www.girlscoutsnorcal.org/pages/events/ggb.html
FIFTH GRADE AND UP
Bridging Event April 11th - with registrations due March 14th, there are two flyers for this event one for 5th graders and the other for older girls.
Program Aide Training Saturday March 23rd - with registrations due March 14th. This is open to all Cadettes 6-8th grades come learn how to help your younger Girl Scouts and be rewarded for it too.
All flyers can be found on the Crossroads Website at www.crossroadsgirlscouts.com/events.html
Please also drop by my front porch and check the boxes to see if you have patches for your troop I now have quite a collection, Scouts on Skates and Registration to name a few, collecting patches is another reason to attend the Leader meeting as the boxes are there as well and is where they are first brought so make one trip and save sometime.
Next CT meeting February 24th at Lydiksen Elementary at 7pm in the teacher’s workroom pod E.
Next Leader Meeting March 10th at Pleasanton Middle School, social 7pm, meeting starts promptly at 7:30pm.
Thinking Day February 8th - Joyce reminded everyone that registrations are due January 15th, Kindergarten Daisies do not have to sponsor a booth and are encouraged to get their registrations in and come and join the fun. http://lfcrocker.com/crossroads/2014_thinking_day/2014_thinking_day.htm
There are poster boards available for your booths available in white and assorted colors for these please email Joyce
Please promote attending camps to your girls and parents even if this is not for you, it is such a growing experience for these young ladies.
Camporee Bothin May 30th to June 1st – Grades 1 through 12 Margo Tschirky explained more about the accommodations at Bothin and explained the wonderful programs the have planned for everyone for that weekend away. Registrations are due January 30th, please remember the $10 deposit per person is non-refundable and girls can only attend one Camporee. Questions to Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org
Camporee Royaneh May 23rd to 26th (Memorial Weekend) – Grades 1 through 12 Laura Andrews let everyone know of the fun activities such as Canoeing and Horseback riding for the older girls as well as the fun in camp activities for everyone. Registrations due January 30th, again please remember the $10 deposit per person is non-refundable and girls can only attend one Camporee. Questions to Laura at email@example.com
Council Run Camps – Tori Barnes kindly let us know about all the wonderful options for camping through council run camps programs at Skylark, Bothin, Deer Lake and Sugar Pine that are available to both girls and families. We will be receiving the Camp Rocks brochure in the mail in the next couple of weeks so what your mailboxes. If you can’t wait for the mail they will be posting the brochure online soon so check out their website at www.camprocks.org
Volunteer Run Camps
Diablo Day Camp – Entering 1st Grade and up Anne Kittilstad showed us a wonderful slideshow of their camp and its activities and announced that Diablo Day Camp will be having 9 Session of camp at Twin Canyons in Lafayette between June 16th and August 15th and their will be 1 session of camp at Little Hills Ranch in San Ramon from June 16th to 20th. Their registration forms are available now and are due by February 1st for all sessions and they fill fast, girls can only attend one session. Please check out their website for more details www.diablodaycamp.org
Butano Creek – Entering 4th grade and up (5 years and up if adult volunteers too) Laurie Herbert and Karen Rodriguez showed us their slideshow of all the fun activities and their camp and announced that there will again be 3 sessions of camp at Butano Creek Session I July 12th to 19th, Session II July 26th to August 2nd and Session III August 9th to 16th. Registration forms will be available from their website on January 15th this is a popular camp so register early to get your spot. New Volunteers are also welcome so come and find out what camp is all about for yourself whilst your daughter has fun making new friends and experiencing new things full details of trainings and all the activities can be found on their website www.campbutanocreek.org
Two Sentinels – Entering 4th grade and up Tina Amber handed out flyers for the wonderful outdoor experiences to be had at Two Sentinels camp in the Sierra Nevada, backpacking, sailing on the beautiful lake, hiking, funyaking, canoeing and swimming to name a few. There are 3 session here also Session I July 13th to 20th, Session II July 23rd to 30th and Session III August 2nd to 9th. This camp has been going since 1936 and still going strong. Registration opens on February 1st and fills very quickly. Again they love to have new Volunteers so if this is for you Check out all the fun and options on their website www.twosentinels.org
It’s Time to Vote
Voting Now Open for Regional Delegates!
Regional delegate elections will be open January 6-31. All registered Girl Scout members, 14 years old to adults, are encouraged to be a part of the selection of who will represent you in the decisions regarding the governance of our council. Click here to get your ballot.
Please vote for our Debbie Dugorepec you will find her under Region 8.
If you have an event you wish to present don’t forget to get your flyers to Tina Marshall firstname.lastname@example.org and attend the next CT meeting on Monday, January 13th at Lydiksen Elementary at 7pm.
For All Levels
Paying for Events - Girls can use their reward cards from Fall and Cookie Sales to pay for any of the events that we offer as well as Council run events.
Holiday Parties – December 14th Thank you to everyone who supported the holiday parties, but donating or volunteering to prepare items or help at the events. Congratulations to Morgan Peterson, Katie LeClaire and Kiana Meagher from troop 30071, who stepped forward and organized the second party, for the extra children we had sent to us, with very short preparation time. Well done to all the girls involved in both parties you are truly amazing young ladies.
Grades 1 and up
Revamped flyer opening up to 1st graders Camporee Bothin ‘Hidden Treasures’ – May 30th – June 1st 2014 registrations due 5pm January 30th 2014. Registration is by lottery, so check with your girls now and fill in those registration forms. Please remember girls can only attend one Camporee so if they get into Bothin or Mini Camporee (TBA) they don’t go to Royaneh.
Revamped flyer opening up to 1st graders and check out the reduced pricing Camporee Royaneh ‘Super Hero Spectacular’ – May 23rd – 26th 2014 (Memorial Weekend) registrations due 5pm January 30th 2014. Registration is by lottery, so check with your girls now and fill in those registration forms. Please remember girls can only attend one Camporee so if they get into Royaneh or Mini Camporee (TBA) they don’t go to Bothin.
Cookie Rally – January 10th 2014 registrations due January 3rd. There are two sessions for this event the first session is for Daisies and Brownies and the second is for Juniors and Older Girls.
Thinking Day – February 8th 2014 this year’s theme is International Sports and Games. All troops 1st grade and above are to have a booth this can be either alone or join with other troops. Kindergarteners can attend and just participate. Poster display boards are available from Joyce Tahira and Cynthia Jackson, they will be at the January Leader meeting with a supply of boards so don’t forget to get yours.
Amuse Journey – January 31st 2014 registrations due January 10th . Troops wishing to sign up to help please email Kimberly Head email@example.com .
Grades 6 and up
Pajama Bowl – March 8th 2014 registrations due February 22nd.
New First Aide Requirements!
The First Aid requirements for 2013-2014 have changed. Along with taking the in-person training, there is an online training specific to Girl Scout emergencies that needs to be completed. There is no longer a Level II First Aider. Tina Amber is teaching First Aid classes through the Girl Scouts of Northern California that will certify you for 2 years. These classes fill up extremely fast. You can sign up for upcoming classes on the Girl Scouts of Northern California website at http://www.girlscoutsnorcal.org. By going to the Training Calendar, type in First Aid in the description and the dates and times of the upcoming First Aid training will appear.
Register for Discoveree
Discoveree offers you a fun-filled day where you will learn exciting, new things, make new friends and share in the Girl Scouting experience. Volunteer workshop leaders will offer unique and interesting classes designed to increase your knowledge, help you practice new skills and give you opportunities to enjoy yourself! Registration is now open for DISCOVEREE 2014. Discoveree 2014 will be on February 1st, 2014. Click here for a detailed Discoveree Brochure.
They are currently looking for Girl Scouts in grades 7-12 to help out at the event. This is a great opportunity to earn some service hours, while interacting with adults and other Girl Scouts. Click here for the Discoveree Assistant Application.
Golden Gate Bridging
All bridging Juniors are invited to bridge in style at Golden Gate Bridging 2014 on May 3, 2014! This party is for you, your leader and your sister Girl Scouts from across the country. Bring a lunch and explore over 60 arts, crafts, and games booths introducing you to exciting older girl opportunities! Please Note: Due to popularity, groups are restricted to a ratio of one adult per three girls. For more details, please go to the Golden Gate Bridging link on the GSNORCAL Website.
Registration Opens: November 11, 2013 at 10 a.m. This event will sell out in a day! There is a great FAQ’s page dedicated to answering your questions.
Regional Delegates to Council
Are you one of those people who say “I can’t wait to:
Camporee Royaneh Need Committee Members
Camporee Royaneh is in need of volunteers to help with these jobs:
- Workshop Coordinators (3)
- Camp Nurses (2) (only needs to meet Council first aide requirements)
- Kitchen Workers/Cooks
- Committee Co-Director (they have one already!)
- Supplies Coordinator
- Co-Chair Archery Range Master
- Horseback Riding Trip Coordinator
- Canoe Trip Coordinator
- Life Guard (for Saturday only)
For More Information, contact Laura Andrews.
CRSU Gold Award Training
Who: All Seniors and Ambassadors and their advisors.
What: Training to learn about what it takes to earn the highest award in Girl
When: Tuesday, 10/8, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Lydiksen Elementary School Teacher's Work Room
More Info: Click here
October Leader Meeting
Who: Troop Leaders and Troop Volunteers
What: Monthly Leader Meeting
When: Monday, 10/14, 7:30 - 8:30 pm Note New Time!
Where: Pleasanton Middle School, 5001 Case Ave.
Come early to check out stuff other troops don't need anymore and for event training (7 pm).
CRSU Silver Award Training
Who: All Cadettes & Silver Award advisors.
What: Training to learn about what it takes to earn the highest award a Cadette can earn.
When: Tuesday, 10/15, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Lydiksen Elementary School Teacher's Work Room
CRSU Bronze Award Training
Who: All Junior/Bronze Award advisors.
What: Training to learn about what it takes to help girls earn the highest award in Juniors.
When: Tuesday, 10/22, 6:30-830 pm
Where: Lydiksen Elementary School Teacher's Work Room
Join Us at Our First Re-Vamped Leader Meeting! You'll find out what's coming up and also have time to meet and get to know the other leaders at your school!
Who: Troop Leaders and Troop Volunteers
What: Monthly Leader Meeting
When: Monday, 9/9, 7:30 - 8:30 pm Note New Time!
Where: Lydiksen Elementary School, 7700 Highland Oaks
Note Different Location for Just This Meeting!
Why: To learn about what's coming up, changes, and how to be a great leader
Our new 2013-2014 CT began work July 1st. Please use the new contacts...Our out-going volunteers deserve a much needed rest! Key changes include:
Leader Support Manager - Karen Rodriguez
Program Support Manager (Events) - Tina Marshall
Membership Development Managers - Jan Krzesinska & Farrell Scott
(Pleasanton), Debbie Dugorepec (Dublin)
Treasurer - Demaris Brown
Older Girl Facilitator - Karen Zengel
The full CT list can be found here.
Don't Forget Your TFRs (Troop Financial Reports)
Who: The 37 Troops Who Haven't Done It Yet (Treasurer or Troop Leader)
What: 2 Copies of Troop TFR (Troop Financial Report) & 2 Copies of the
May Bank Statement
When: Due June 15th
Where: Mail or Drop Off: Geri Cooney, 8640 Fenwick Way, Dublin, CA 94568
Why: Because you can't register for next year or for any CRSU activities
starting October 1st until this is done!
Need Help?: Geri Cooney, firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: We heard from Council that bank accounts are getting closed
more quickly than in past years if TFRs have not been submitted.
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