Rancho Bernardo Service Unit 686

Summer 2017 Reading Earned Patch 

Listed below are the requirements to participate in the Girl Scouts of Rancho Bernardo Service Unit’s Summer 2017 earned Patch program. The earned patch is designed to encourage your Girl Scout to read over the summer. Patches will be ordered in early September and will be available for pick up by the October Service Unit Meeting. Girls who earn the patch can also enter a design that could be on the patch! 
1. If you don’t have one already, research how to get a library card and get one. 
2. Read at least 10 books that meet the following criteria
      a) The books chosen must come from at least 5 different genres of literature 
      b) At your lexile level (If you attend a PUSD school, your maps testing gives your lexile score. Also, see www.lexile.com             for a list of books in your lexile range.) Note: For Daisies and Brownies -- 100 pages counts as a book For a Junior and           above – 200 pages counts as a book Therefore: If a Junior reads Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 432                     pages, it can count as two books. If a Daisy reads a Magic Tree House book that has 72 pages, it counts as one                     book. 
3. Donate at least one new or GENTLY used book to the RBSU to be provided to children at the San Pasqual Academy for foster children. 
4. Some genres of Literature: 
      1. Biography or autobiography 
      2. Realistic Fiction 
      3. Mystery/Suspense 
      4. Folk Tales or Fairy Tales 
      5. Non-Fiction/informational 
      6. Traditional Literature 
      7. Historical Fiction 
      8. Fantasy 
      9. Science Fiction
     10. Poetry or rhyming 

Girls: Please report to your leader, if you completed the patch program. • If you’d like to enter the patch artwork contest, please submit designs in JPG format to RBSU@girlscoutsrb.org by 8/31. • Designs should be simple with 4 or less colors. If chosen, design may be altered by patch company to be legible. Leaders: To order patches, send a check made out to RBSU by September 12th to Michelle Hamand 17075 Ralphs Ranch Rd San Diego, CA 92127 with the troop number in the memo line. The patches are $3 each. Please email any questions to RBSU@girlscoutsrb.org

Troop 2856 Completes their Bronze Award

Junior Girl Scouts Emily Entwistle, Anneliese Fiegl, and Mia Robles, members of Troop 2856, recently completed their Bronze Award project.  Over a year of project planning, learning critical skills, making community connections, and finally, execution of their plan by donating over 300 items to help local children hospitalized at Rady's who are undergoing cancer treatment. Along with the fun activities, board games, movies, project kits that the girls recently delivered, Emily, Anneliese, and Mia wrote personal notes to be handed to those children.  A special thanks to all who supported their efforts and this project. Congratulations to Emily, Anneliese, and Mia! 

Troop 2119 Supports Rady Children's Hospitals Kids

Troop 2119 spent many of their meetings discussing empathy and learning how to support one another through tough times. They learned ways to show their friends and family they care when someone is suffering. After selling Girl Scout cookies in the Fall, Troop 2119 used a large portion of their earnings to give back and show the community they care too. They visited Radys Children's Hospital and interviewed three child life specialists to determine the needs of the hospital. They came back and discussed how they would spend their cookie money. It went towards making 25 Birthday Bags filled with games and crafts as well as over 100 headbands and hats for kids battling cancer on the oncology floor. 50 more Game Bags were packaged with crafts and activities for kids who were in the emergency department. Lastly, they packed 50 Snack Bags for families staying at the Ronald Mcdonald house and purchased laundry detergent, bounce sheets, and a few ride on toys as well. They presented their donations to all three departments and were thrilled knowing they were helping other kids feel better.

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Troop 8856 has been BUSY!!!

Troop 8856 served dessert and lead crafts at Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego.  They have also been working on their Bronze Award projects:  One group created a flier on what to expect as a new pet owner for the Rescued Dog and another created a Moment with Mom for Life Choices Center by throwing a pajama party.

Adult Award and Recognition's Dinner:  June 4th 5:30 pm

It is time for our annual Adult Awards Recognition Dinner  to be held June 4th, 2017 5:30-7:30 at Templar Hall in Old Poway Park (next to the Hamburger Factory).  We will have a late afternoon garden tea so wear your hat and gloves and attend! RSVP to Julie Purdy (julie@fmkeeper.com).  


 Troop 8804's Brownie Pet Badge Workshop

Troop 8804 ran a Brownie Pet Badge Workshop! Girls learned how to take care of many different kinds of pets, make dog and cat toys, muck a stable, and make dog biscuits. Donations are going to the San Diego Humane Society. The girls talked about their Silver Award and why it's important to spay and neuter your pets.

2017 Pinewood Derby Encampment for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors at Balboa Campus

We had so much fun at encampment this year! Our service unit had our first pinewood derby with over 50 cars entered in the race. Brownies participated in the Adventure Zone and Juniors had a go 
at the archery range. Everyone enjoyed exploring the new Cabin 3 level with the 6 story treehouse. Lots of fun crafts and SWAPS, finished off with songs and s'mores by the campfire. Already looking forward to next year!

                                      Leading the Way Leader Celebration:  
                            The Keynote Speaker was Elena Crespo of Troop 8343!
On August 27, 2016 Girl Scouts of San Diego held an old-day leader training day at the San Diego conference center.  An evening dinner celebration honored leaders and Julie Purdy of 8343 received the Volunteer of the Year award (along with four other deserving volunteers).  The dinner event had a girl keynote speaker and Elena Crespo of 8343 was selected to provide this talk!  

8004 Creates a Fencing Badge 

Troop 8804 Fencing at Team Touché in Sorrento Valley.

The troop created their own Cadette Fencing Badge.


Permission Slips/AC Forms-Wondering what is required? 

Permission slips are needed any time you meet outside of your normal location and /or time. Any field trips, walk to the park, meeting at another adult's house, etc. need a permission slip. Permission Forms now go to Sunny Jerome (sunny@thejeromes.us) our new co-Activity Consultant. Sunny just needs to see the top portion filled out and will help you make any corrections needed. Please allow at least one week for these to be processed prior to the event.  

Activity Approval Forms are needed for the following situations. 1) anytime you travel outside of council boundaries (leave San Diego or Imperial County), so Disneyland would need an AA form since it's in Orange County. 2) When you do an overnight sleepover or camping trip, even if it's in town and/or indoors. 3) for any high risk activity.  Activity Approval Forms need to go to another new co-Activity Consultant, Julie Purdy (julie@fmkeeper.com).    If you are not sure which qualify you can always email Julie for clarification.

AA forms need to be sent a month in advance since insurance and other paperwork might be needed from the vendor and can take time to get in order. It's best to submit your paperwork before putting down any deposits so you don't lose your money if an activity is not approved.

The forms look intimidating but they become very easy after a few times and Sunny and Julie are there to help you fill them out if you get stuck. Having these forms filled out and approved helps to cover you as a leader if something unexpected happens so it's in your best interest to get those turned in.