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Included in this issue:
~ Volunteer Meeting (slide deck)
~ Cookie Information (Cookie Booth Q&A slides, Cupboard Instructions)
~ Cookie Kickoff Party (February 12; register by 2/8)
~ Discoveree (February 26; register by 2/17)
~ GIRLtopia [Senior] Journey (March 1-31; register by 2/18)
~ Camporee Bothin (March 18-20; register by 2/13)

~ Thinking Day (March 27; register by 2/28)
~ Camporee Butano (April 22-24; register by 3/7 [OG] or 3/14 [YG])

~ AAUW Career Opportunities (January 27, February 3, February 10)
~ Scout Sunday (February 6)
~ San Ramon SU - Me & My Person Dance (February 11; register by 1/31)
~ Redwood City SU - Skills Camporee (April 29-May 1)
~ Summer Camp Info
~ GS NorCal Council February Info
January Volunteer Meeting
Slide Deck


Link here to slides shared at the meeting

Slides have been updated to include links for all events.

Events on Crossroads Website has been update to include all flyers (https://www.crossroadsgirlscouts.com/events.html).
You will need the password "volunteer" to access the page.
Cookie Information
2022 GSNorCal Cookie Program will run from February 1st to March 27th, 2022


Link here for information on the Crossroads Website
 
Crossroads Cookie Booth Q&A
Link here to slides shared at the meeting
Important Points
  • Release any booths you cannot work, ASAP.
  • Be prompt, polite, check in/out with Store Manager
  • Max 4 girls and 2 adults (divided into shorter shifts okay)
  • No extra people (siblings, friends, pets)
  • No eating, drinking, smoking
  • No electronics (except for Digital Cookie/ Credit Card app)
  • Bring your own table, tablecloth, chairs (for adults), grocery bags for multiple packages, first aid kit, sanitizer/wipes
  • Keep change in money pouch
  • Have permission and health forms
  • Display QR code for easy cashless transactions
  • Take your empty boxes with you - don't leave in trash
  • Allocate booth cookies to girls promptly
  • Within 24 hours, submit total items sold (with Troop number & booth date, time, location) to crsubooths@gmail.com

Crossroads Cookie Cupboard Information
Link here to instructions on how to place a cupboard order
Opens Monday, February 7th
  • Cupboard is in a pod located behind Grocery Outlet, 3550 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton
    (enter back driveway from Tawny Dr)
  • Please wear a mask
  • Consider helping other Troops by using the Cookie Exchange before placing a Cupboard Order
  • Mixed cases can be ordered but must end in increments of 12 boxes
  • ORDERS MUST BE PLACED AT LEAST 12 HOURS BEFORE PICK UP
  • You must have a confirmed appointment in order to receive cookies. Walk-ins will not be accommodated
  • If you're going to be late, please plan to possibly wait if another Troop is scheduled at the time of your arrival
     
  • Hours of Operation:
  • **Mon Feb 7th to Wed Feb 16th**
    Mon, Wed, Fri: 11am-12pm & 6pm-7pm
    Sat & Sun: 10am-11am
  • **Thurs Feb 17th onwards**
    Mon-Fri: 11am-12pm & 6pm-7pm
    Sat & Sun: 10am-11am
Questions, email: CRSUCookieCupboard@gmail.com
Distribution Day Information
Sunday, February 6th
Oracle Parking Garage, 5805 Owens Drive, Pleasanton
Girls may deliver and market in-person in residential areas once cookies are in hand.
Digital Cookie Shops Open For Business
Tuesday, February 1st
  • On Friday, January 28th, families should have received their Digital Cookie login email.
  • They are able to set up their Digital Cookie site.
  • Sites will go live on Tuesday, February 1st.
  • Digital Cookie sites can take orders for in-person girl delivery and ship from warehouse beginning Tuesday, February 1st

Crossroads Cookie Dec 20th Meeting Information Summary
Link here for presentation slides


Volunteer Resources (on GSNorCal website)
Volunteer Information Packet (Troop Cookie Manager Manual)
Training Videos (on GSNorCal YouTube channel)
eBudde (portal for Troop Cookie Manager)
Digital Cookie (platform for girls - active only after Jan 28, 2022)
ilovecookies.org (GSNorCal cookie finder)
Family Guide (will arrive by mail in Jan 2022)


Important Cookie Program Dates

January 28th: Digital Cookie login emails to families from email.email@girlscouts.org
February 1st: Digital Cookie Shops open for business
February 6th: Crossroads Initial Order Delivery Day at Oracle in Pleasanton
Girls may deliver and market in-person in residential areas once cookies are in hand.
February 14th
: Public booth sales start
February 18th - 20th: National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend ($5 flat rate shipping for online customers)
March 2nd: 1st ACH debit ($2 per box received in-hand via Initial Order and Cookie Cupboard)
March 27th: Sale ends (Troops locked out of eBudde March 31st 11:59pm)
April 2nd: Final ACH debit
Cookie Kickoff Party
For Kinder-5th Grade Girl Scouts


Who: Crossroads Daisy, Brownie, Junior Girl Scouts
Date: Saturday, February 12th, 2022
Time: 2pm-4pm
Place: Shannon Park, 11600 Shannon Ave, Dublin
Cost: $5 per girl (adults free)
Register by: Individual or Troop
Includes: crafts, activities, participation patch, and snack
Registration Link:  https://crsu-cookie-kick-off.cheddarup.com
Deadline to Register: Tuesday, February 8th

Questions? Contact Mindy at cookiescrsu@gmail.com
Discoveree Registration is Open
Event is on Saturday, February 26th


Meet other Girl Scout volunteers, both new and experienced, share your stories, and learn some new skills you can share with your troop!

This is open to Girl Scout Troop Leaders, Volunteers, Parents, and Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts.  You can attend 4 workshops of your choosing to learn new skills or complete required trainings so you can provide your girls with an amazing Girl Scouting experience.

Link here to the Discoveree website

Early Bird Registration ($35): January 14th - February 1st
Regular Registration ($40): February 1st - February 17th
No Late or Walk-in Registrations this year due to Covid-19 protocols

How to register:
  1. Check out the workshop catalog to figure out which workshops you would like to attend.
  2. Follow this link to council's Doubleknot registration system to register.
  3. Choose your registration pathway: Participant, Workshop Leader, Volunteer/Council/Committee (only for those that have already committed to helping us run the event)
  4. Enter your information.
  5. Select your desired lunch option.
  6. On the workshop page:
  • Pick your Session 1 workshop,
  • Then use the drop down box to navigate to select your Session 2, 3, and 4 workshops selecting your choices. 
  • Do not click "continue" until you have selected all 4 workshops.
  • If you do not see a workshop you were hoping to register for, it is full.  Sorry!
        7. Complete your registration.
        8. Follow this link to upload proof you are completely vaccinated for Covid-19.


See you at Discoveree!
GIRLtopia Senior Journey
For 9th & 10th Grade Girl Scouts

Online, Self-Paced, offered March 1st-31st

GIRLtopia is your invitation to envision a perfect world - a utopia - for girls. On this Journey, you will create an ideal community where girls' values, needs, and interests are respected and celebrated - always. And along the way, you just might discover that when you envision a change, you can make it happen.

Registration Link:  https://girltopia-journey.cheddarup.com

Deadline to Register: February 18th, 2022

Questions? Contact Michelle at michellepieralde@gmail.com
Camporee Bothin
Girl Scout Investigators

March 18th to March 20th, 2022

Who: 1st Grade Daisies through 12th Grade Ambassadors
Date: March 18th - 20th, 2022
Time: 6pm, Friday March 18th through 12pm, Sunday March 20th
Place: Camp Bothin, Farifax, Marin County
Cost: $55 per girl (cost includes fun patch, badge, t-shirt and 4 meals)
            $50 per adult (limited to 2 adults per troop)
Limited to: 150 girls and 25 adults (40 Daisy/Brownies, 55 Juniors and 55 OG)
Registration Linkhttps://camporee2-girl-scout-investigators.cheddarup.com
Deadline to Register: February 13th, 2022 at 6pm

Who Stole the Cookies? Who, How and From Where?
Girls will be solving the Mystery in “Clue” style. The troops will be moving through stations to figure out who done it where and how. The stations will include using scientific skills like solving cyphers, checking fingerprints, identifying shoe prints and making invisible ink. They will also investigate the camp using Girl Scout skills! We will also have time to play a game of Clue and share skits the troops have created. At the end of the weekend each level will have completed their Girl Scout Investigator badge and hopefully be able to discover who stole the cookies from where and how the culprits did it.
(Note, the badges earned are custom designed make your own badges that are not part of the GSUSA Investigation series.)

Each troop must complete 2 adult kapers (1 per adult attending).The Kapers will be determined when troops arrive at camp. We are also looking for volunteers to help in our Kitchen and First Aid Station. First Aid or Serve Safe certification needed. Any adult willing to fill our volunteer positions during Camporee weekend will be able to attend for free.

EVERYONE attending must be a registered Girl Scout

Proof of negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of arrival at camp is required for each Camporee attendee. Masks will be mandatory for everyone to wear while at camp, both inside and outside. Sleeping and meal times will be only time they won’t be required to be worn.
Please plan to attend the whole weekend. There will be no late arrivals or early departures.

Questions? Contact Tina at mandms1210@gmail.com or 925 872-9912
Thinking Day Celebration
Fine Arts Around The World

Sunday, March 27th, 2022

Who: All Levels, Kindergarten Daisies through 12th Grade Ambassadors
Date: March 27th, 2022
Time: 1pm-4pm
Place: Las Positas Community College Gym (Bldg 2500 at 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore)
Cost: $7 per person (girl and adult)
            plus $10 parking fee per Troop
Includes: admission, activities, event fun patch and badge
Registration Linkhttps://crossroads-world-thinking-day-2022.cheddarup.com/
Deadline to Register: February 28th, 2022

A celebration of international friendship led by Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the World
Kindergarten Daisy Girl Scouts - You are invited to come and enjoy the event!
1st Grade Daisy Scouts and Up - Pick a country and sponsor a fun booth and activity! 

Everyone attending must be a registered Girl Scout.
MASKS are required throughout the event.
Tables and chairs should have rubber feet.
Wear sneakers to the event. NO HEELS! 

Questions? Contact Lei at leizhao20@hotmail.com or 925-336-0479
Run Camporee Butano
Girl Scouts Al Fresco - Older Girls

April 22nd to April 24th, 2022

Who: Older Girls (6th Gr Cadettes through 12th Gr Ambassadors)
Date: April 22nd - 24th, 2022
Time: 6pm, Friday April 22nd through 12pm, Sunday April 24th
Place: Camp Butano Creek, Pescadero, San Mateo County
Cost: $40 per girl
            $40 per adult (limited to safety wise)
Limited to: Staff is limited to 30 OG scouts and 15 adults
Includes: fun patch, badge, t-shirt and 4 meals

Registration Linkhttps://camporee-butano-2022-girl-scouts-al-fresco-older-girls.cheddarup.com/
Deadline to Register: March 7th, 2022


Older Girl Staff will help by running stations for the Daisies, Brownies, Juniors. Saturday morning the girls will be helping running program for the younger scouts and training parents to take over the stations for the afternoon and then they will have their own program.

Secure a spot for your troop with a $10 per person, non-refundable registration fee by Monday, March 7th, 2022 at 11:59pm to participate in a registration lottery. Space is limited and to enable as many girls as possible to attend, we must limit to Safety- Wise adult-to-girl ratios.
If your troop’s headcount decreases to a lower number after receipt of your registration, your $10.00 per person registration deposit is non-refundable and cannot be applied to the final payment (balanced owed) for others in your troop. So DO NOT put your whole troop of girls into the lottery with the intent to determine later who is actually going to go. PLEASE, we MUST have ACCURATE headcount numbers at the registration lottery.

*One attending adult from each troop MUST HAVE taken “Troop Camping Certification” in order to attend Camporee
**There is a MANDATORY MEETING for all adults attending Camporee I Butano - TBD

We are also looking for volunteers to help in our Kitchen, First Aid Station or Archery.  First Aid, Serve Safe and Archery certification needed. Any adult willing to fill our volunteer positions during Camporee weekend will have priority registration.

Proof of negative COVID test will be required for attendance and will be updated closer to the event per local guidelines.
Masks will be mandatory for everyone to wear while at camp, both inside and outside.  Sleeping and meal times will be the only time they won’t be required to be worn.


Please plan to attend the whole weekend. There will be no late arrivals or early departures.

Questions? Contact Suzanne at girlscouttroop32255@gmail.com or 925-980-9097
Attend Camporee Butano
Girl Scouts Al Fresco - Younger Girls

April 22nd to April 24th, 2022

Who: Younger Girls (1st Gr Daisies through 5th Gr Juniors)
Date: April 22nd - 24th, 2022
Time: 6pm, Friday April 22nd through 12pm, Sunday April 24th
Place: Camp Butano Creek, Pescadero, San Mateo County
Cost: $55 per girl
            $50 per adult (limited to safety wise)
Includes: fun patch, badge, t-shirt and 4 meals
Registration Linkhttps://camporee-butano-2022-youngergirls.cheddarup.com
Deadline to Register: March 14th, 2022

Come get your troop outdoors and get back to the basics.  Learn fun outdoor skills such as pitching a tent, tying knots and building a campfire and much more.


Secure a spot for your troop with a $10 per person, non-refundable registration fee by Monday, March 14th, 2022 to participate in a registration lottery. Space is limited and to enable as many girls as possible to attend, we must limit to Safety- Wise adult-to-girl ratios.
If your troop’s headcount decreases to a lower number after receipt of your registration, your $10.00 per person registration deposit is non-refundable and cannot be applied to the final payment (balanced owed) for others in your troop. So DO NOT put your whole troop of girls into the lottery with the intent to determine later who is actually going to go. PLEASE, we MUST have ACCURATE headcount numbers at the registration lottery.

*One attending adult from each troop MUST HAVE taken “Troop Camping Certification” in order to attend Camporee
**There is a MANDATORY MEETING for all adults attending Camporee I Butano - TBD

We are also looking for volunteers to help in our Kitchen, First Aid Station or Archery.  First Aid, Serve Safe and Archery certification needed. Any adult willing to fill our volunteer positions during Camporee weekend will have priority registration.

Proof of negative COVID test will be required for attendance and will be updated closer to the event per local guidelines.
Masks will be mandatory for everyone to wear while at camp, both inside and outside.  Sleeping and meal times will be the only time they won’t be required to be worn.


Please plan to attend the whole weekend. There will be no late arrivals or early departures.

Questions? Contact Suzanne at girlscouttroop32255@gmail.com or 925-980-9097
Other Opportunities
AAUW Career Opportunities

Virtual Sessions
Date: Thursday, January 27; Thursday, February 3; Thursday, February 10
Time: 7:00pm start
Cost: FREE
Registration Link: see flyer for registration links
A panel of professional women will share their paths to career success!
Learn about “a day in their life” followed by Q&A
Questions? Contact girlprograms@aauw-lpd.org

Scout Sunday
Date: Sunday, February 6
Time: 10:30ap Mass
Location: St Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Ave, Dublin
San Ramon Service Unit
Sock Hop - Me & My Person Dance

Friday, February 11th, 2022

Who: Elementary school-aged Girl Scouts and their parent or guardian
Date: Friday, February 11th, 2022
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Place: Twin Creeks Elementary School Multipurpose Room + Blacktop, 2785 Marsh Drive, San Ramon
Cost: $15 per girl
            $10 per adult
Includes: PhotoBooth, Root Beer Floats, Music, Fun Patch, and more!
Registration Linkhttps://gssr-me-my-person-sock-hop-dance.cheddarup.com
Deadline to Register: January 31st, 2022
No registration at the door - No refunds.


Theme: 50's sock hop (50's-theme attire encouraged)
Collecting Donations: Please bring a new, unopened mask to donate to Tri-Valley Haven.
Financial Assistance is available for registered Girl Scouts.

Questions? Contact Joanne at joannehunt2@aim.com
Redwood City Service Unit
Skills Camporee

April 29th to May 1st, 2022

Who: Older Girls (CSA)
Preview Date: Saturday, February 12th, 2022

Date: Friday, April 29th - Sunday, May 1st, 2022
Place: Huddart County Park, Woodside (Sequoia Group Area)
Cost: $18 per girl (early bird); $25 (later)
Informationhttp://www.galarc.com/gs/skills/

Questions? Contact skillscamporee@gmail.com.
Summer Camp Special
Volunteer Run Camps & Council Run Camps


Coyote Hills Day Camp
GS Volunteer Run Day Camp at Garin Park in Hayward
July 11 to 15

More info on website once things have been confirmed

Diablo Day Camp
GS Volunteer Run Day Camp at Twin Canyon Girl Scout Camp in Layfayette
8 @ 1-week long sessions begin June 6 and end July 29. Link here for session descriptions.

Registration dates
Starting Jan 7: Directors and their families
Starting Jan 28: Third year (and up) volunteers and their families
Starting Jan 28: Training Elves (including siblings)
Starting Feb 11: New and Second year volunteers and their families
Starting Mar 9 (12 noon PST): Open registration. Last year, most spots were filled on the first day of open registration.

Link here to presentation slides

Camp Butano Creek
GS Volunteer Run Sleep Away Camp at Butano Creek Girl Scouts Camp in Pescadero
3 @ ~1-week long sessions begin June 25 and end July 30. Link here for session dates.

Registration dates
Starting Jan 15: Returning staff and their household
Starting Jan 23: New staff and their household

Starting Feb 5 (8 am PST): Open registration, for campers and staff.
Link here to presentation slides

Two Sentinels
GS Volunteer Run Sleep Away Camp at Lake Kirkwood in the High Sierras
3 @ ~1-week long sessions begin July 10 and end Aug 6. Link here for session dates.

Registration dates
Jan 8-27: Staff and staff kids
Starting Feb 5 (9 am PST): Public registration

Link here to presentation slides

GSNorCal Council Camps
Council Paid Staff Run Sleep Away Camp at Various Girl Scout Camps (Bothin, Hidden Falls, Sugar Pine)
Various sessions begin June 12 and end Aug 9. Link here for session dates.

Registration dates
Starting February 1: Open to all

Link here to summer camp preview
GS NorCal Council Updates
February 2022




Link here for February 2022 Council updates


Featuring info on:
~ CA Assembly Bill 506 - Youth Service Organizations: Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Bill

~ 2022 Cookie Program
~ Volunteer Run Camps Registration
~ Older Girl Scouts - apply for Destinations
~ Gold & Silver Award Webinars

Silver: https://events.gsnorcal.org/event/silver-award-webinar-required-training-3/
Gold: https://events.gsnorcal.org/event/gold-award-webinar-required-training-3/
Silver: https://events.gsnorcal.org/event/silver-award-webinar-required-training-4/
~ Teens Take Over
~ Summer Camp Registration - opens Feb 1st
~ Spaces in gsCommunity
~ Program events

~ San Jose Store open Thurs & Fri, 10a-2p); Alameda Retail Store closed until further notice (All orders placed Directly with GSNorCal outside of the San Jose area will now qualify for the pandemic promotional shipping rates of a flat $2.95 for orders under $99 and free shipping for all orders above $99.)
~ Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)
~ Volunteer Learning Portal (VLP)
~ gsLearn
~ gsCommunity
~ GSNorCal Facebook
Crossroads Facebook Closed Group
We have a "closed group" on our Facebook Page.  This is for adults who are registered Girl Scouts and are screened and cleared.  Because this is a closed group we can share more specific information about service unit events and happenings within Girl Scouts. 

If you would like to be a member of the closed group, use the link to our Facebook Home Page (click here), once there click "More" then "Groups".  From there you can request to join the group.  Once an administrator has verified your membership and volunteer clearance you will be added.

If you notice you have not been approved, be sure to check your Facebook messages.  Sometimes we need to email and follow-up with questions, as our Girl Scout and Facebook names may be different.
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