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GIRL SCOUTS OF CENTRAL CALIFORNIA SOUTH

 
Bakersfield, CA
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GIRL SCOUTS OF CENTRAL CALIFORNIA SOUTH
Physical Address: Bakersfield, CA 93304 
EIN: 94-6000662
Web URL: girlscoutsccs.org 
NTEE Category: O Youth Development
O42 Girl Scouts
O Youth Development
O40 Scouting
Ruling Year: 1965 


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Mission Statement

Our mission is: To build girls with courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Our vision is: Girl Scouts of Central California South is recognized as the leading organization for girls committed to creating a learning community where every girl has the opportunity to design a personal Girl Scout experience that enables her to have fun, pursue her dreams, explore new ideas, create lasting friendships, and change the world.

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Dr. Cathy Ferguson

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Since Aug 2008

Profile:

As a past University Professor, Dr. Ferguson has an extensive background in education administration and teacher preparation. Upon completion of over 20 years in the university system (College of Great Falls, Great Falls, Montana and California State University, Long Beach), Dr. Ferguson left traditional education to work in several non-profit settings including Executive Director of Girls Incorporated of Delaware, Chief Resource Development Officer of the Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula, National Chief Marketing Officer of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), Director of Development for Disney GOALS, and Director of Sports Medicine at Anaheim Memorial Hospital.Along with her educational background, Dr. Ferguson is a past Olympic Gold medalist and has coached swimming at all levels including Olympic level. She held five World Records during her swimming tenure and was nominated for the Sullivan Award. She has been elected into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, California State University, Long Beach Hall of Fame, Glendale College Hall of Fame, Helms Hall of Fame and Burbank High School Hall of Fame. In October of 2010, Dr. Ferguson was named one of the Top Ten Professional Women of Fresno. Dr. Ferguson is the past President of the Southern California Olympians and past Vice President of the United States Olympians. She served on the Preliminary Disciplinary Review Board appointed by the Delaware Supreme Court during her tenure in Delaware. She is also a mother of three girls and a Grandmother. She and her husband Greg Panten reside in Clovis, CA and are active in their church. Dr. Ferguson is on the Board of 9-5 for Christ and the President of the Fresno Women's Network. She is also a member of the Fresno Women's Chamber. She has published a book and several juried articles as well as created the infant preschool water awareness program for the National Red Cross. She is a motivational speaker for all ages and her passion is to help girls discover and realize their full potential in order to become productive and valued citizens to their communities

Leadership Statement:

Reflections on 2012—The Year of the Girl! 2012 has been a wonderful, action-packed year, celebrating 100 years of girls changing the world! 10,000 girls and 2,600 adult volunteers in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, and Tulare counties enjoyed valuable Girl Scout programs this year. 4,000 of these girls are in our Girl Scouts Connect program, where we work with school districts, community centers and after-school programs to bring Girl Scouting directly to these at-risk girls. This year the girls worked on the It's Your Planet—Love It! Journey. We had many programs and events in all five counties that girls could attend and earn their ""5 County Patch"". Some of the girls featured on the annual holiday card have earned that patch—congratulations to them! Girls enjoyed 100th anniversary historical badge workshops, and our family-friendly events—Ignite the Future Jamboree, with a Family Concert by Thomas Fiss in Tulare, the Kern County BBQ, the super-popular AgriNation in Visalia, our Cookies and Champagne Gala in Clovis, and our 15th annual Cookie Classic Golf tournament in Madera. Newsletter and social media sites are providing Girl Scout news to thousands of our members and partners. We offered programs focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) with the support of our sponsors and grantors. Training has increased as we continue to develop volunteers and interns, and our website, Hot Topics. We were proud that six of our girls earned their Gold Awards—and six more are working on their award this year. We had a phenomenal cookie season—our girls sold 987,292 boxes, just shy of our goal of 1 million boxes, with the help of the new credit card swipe for smart phones. Girls who sold the most cookies earned fantastic reward trips—including a trip to Disneyland! Our Super Seller Secret Society Honors (SSSSH) club for girls who sell more than 1,000 boxes of cookies increased to 87 members, and they have been media trained by CBS-47, KBAK and KSEE-24. We hope you will continue to support us as we grow our girls to become the future leaders of our community. Cathy Ferguson CEO Girl Scouts of Central California South

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Program: Girl Scout(GS)Connect Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$212,740
Category:
Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served:
Females, all ages or age unspecified
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program Description:

The GS Connect Program is for girls who do not have funds or transportation to participate in a traditional Girl Scout troop. The Program goes into schools (within school years), low income housing, and community centers for eight week periods, with follow-up provided once per month. The goal is to provide Girl Scout programs that instill confidence, provide life skills, and improve the lives of girls who would not otherwise have this opportunity. The program is set up to establish, train, and transition parent or adult helpers into Girl Scout Leaders, and to provide entrepreneurial opportunities for the girls so that they may develop into a self-sufficient ""traditional"" Girl Scout troop. Volunteers and mentors are trained and empowered with leadership skills. The GS Connect Program is taught by mentors who are paid interns from local universities and are hand selected because of their interest and commitment in working with children, and because of their natural abilities to lead.

Program Long-Term Success:

210 Outreach girls in Reedley, Hanford, San Joaquin, Madera, and Orange Cove participated in a program to combat obesity and its underlying causes. Funded by Kaiser Permanente they focused on food and nutrition, fitness, and developing healthy habits. Mentors were trained and delivered a program about food composition, serving size, labels, eating choices, and charting meal choices families made; Kept fitness journals, shared experiences in classrooms; Learned how the body relates to a healthy mind, time management charts were kept (exercise, bathing, brushing teeth). Girls relayed the message to their families and as a result better family food choices were made, dental hygiene improved, and life-changing wellness occurred that will last in their futures and the future of their families.

Program Short-Term Success:

By the end of one session girls will feel safe in their environment, be empowered by knowing they guide the process of accomplishing their goals, feel accepted by their mentors and leaders, realize they are agents of change and that they can, even as young girls, have "courage, confidence, and character, and make the world a better place." By the end of a session 95% of girls will be able to: Give examples of how groups and community members help and support each other; Identify healthy vs. unhealthy behaviors when presented with a relationship scenario; Share the values they have with others; Identify in two or three steps the resources necessary to reach a goal or solve a problem; Define what advocacy means and give examples of advocates in their community; Take responsibilities on at the playground, home, or school; Speak about the Girl Scout Program and recite the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

Program Success Monitored by:

Before and after evaluation surveys are conducted, leader notes, and event outcome reporting forms help to measure what is working. Seeing girls take action and make change within the program (in their own lives, their families, and their communities) and then as they develop into a traditional troop becoming a part of a supportive entity, helping to nourish and empower them as they go through the years of much change and challenges - these numbers and sustainable girl numbers are trackable.

Program Success Examples:

A young girl (approximately eight-years-old) participated in an Outreach, six-week program focusing on the environment, pollution, conserving water etc. The leader realized the young girl was carrying a trash bag with her to the session, on the bus, etc. She had been picking up litter throughout her daily journey to make a "cleaner world."

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Budget:
$33,600
Category:
Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served:
Females, all ages or age unspecified
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Adults

Program Description:

Girl Scouting is for every girl, everywhere—where today's girls can become tomorrow's leaders. Membership in Girl Scouts is open to girls in grades K- 12; women and men over 18 can join as adult members. In Girl Scouts, girls find a safe place to grow and share new experiences, learn to relate to others, develop values, and contribute to society. Most girls join a local troop or group for fun and friendship, but they also find out about building character and self-esteem and serving their communities—the core qualities of Girl Scouting. The Girl Scout program is based on the needs and interests of girls. All members: Share the Girl Scout Promise and LawPay national dues of $20.00 (incl. $5.00 council fee)Follow safety guidelines Girl Scout Membership is divided by grade: Girl Scout Daisy, grades K-1Girl Scout Brownie, grades 2-3Girl Scout Junior, grades 4-5Girl Scout Cadette, grades 6-8Girl Scout Senior, grades 9-10Girl Scout Ambassador, grades 11-12

Program Long-Term Success:

Our goal is to reach every girl, everywhere, and to have a minimum of 6% of all girls, in our jurisdiction, participating in Girl Scouts and learning to be leaders.

Program Short-Term Success:

In 2009-2010 Girl Scouts of Central California South served nearly 6,000 girls in traditional troops and 2,600 adults. A total of 1,105 leaders were registered, an increase of 44% over the previous year. We are working on engaging more volunteers regularly to step up and assist at a higher level to ensure the continuation of Girl Scouts in their areas.

Program Success Monitored by:

Closely tracked recruitment / membership numbers are tabulated daily and printed in the weekly Hot Topics newsleter. Monthly Service Unit meetings for every Service Unit are attended by staff and Volunteer Service Unit Managers are tasked with disseminating information to all troops. All Teams have their key positions filled.

Program Success Examples:

12 girls reached their Gold Award in Girl Scouts of Central California South. Nationally only 5,500 (5.4%) of eligible Girl Scouts earn this very prestious award. These girls are shining pillars of what the culmination of every girl's career in scouting should be. They have taken action to make a change in their communities. With education, service, and advocacy, they will transform into their adult lives with skills that they will carry for a lifetime. Their Gold Award is contingent upon a community service project. Examples from this year included: one Bakersfield girl who held "One Year of Crafts" for the children at Ronald McDonald House. Another Bakersfield girl held a safety fair on how to keep safe in the midst of a disaster -- thousands attended. Four Frazier Park girls held a health screening event for their remote area community. More than 600 people were screened. The creativity and response to a community need is the requirement and these girls stepped above and beyond that goal.

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Budget:
$150,987
Category:
Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Females, all ages or age unspecified
Adults

Program Description:

The Programs Department is charged with recruiting, retaining, and increasing participation by girls. Events such as World Thinking Day (currently known as Girl Scouting Around the World) attracts more than 4,000 girls from our five county territory raising nearly $3,000 each year for community projects for organizations. Other five county projects that girls participate in are events like our Badge Workshops, which allows girls to learn new skills and explore opportunities as well as develop leadership skills. We are shifting our priorities and going back to basics by popular demand and focusing more on outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, etc. Girls are encouraged to expand their horizons by launching out into major leadership roles like our STEM program, which is in our third year and sponsored solely by the Chevron Corporation. The STEM program is offered to Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors and encourages them to explore the world of science, technology, engineering and math. Our Cookie Financial Literacy Program teaches girls about safety, marketing, handling money and goal setting just in time for the cookie sale. AgriNation at Vossler Farms has over 800 girls celebrating the rich agriculture of our amazing valley. We have since added Outdoor Palooza and Smores Festival for girls of all ages.

Program Long-Term Success:

More than 50 Pathway Programs have taken place. The Series Pathway is a short term workshop which gives girls an opportunity to do something that interests them in a short period of time. Here are a few examples: STEM (Science Technology and Math) series sponsored by Chevron, On the Road automotive care sponsored by Barber Honda, Self Defense at the Alliance Against Family Violence, Financial Literacy, Dance, Habitat for Humanity's "Build a Playhouse," Yoga, Animal Care, Public Relations at Bakersfield College, Go Green (at FACT and Simply Green's organic boutique), Etiquette (sponsored by Simply Manners), Leathery, Photography and much more.

Program Short-Term Success:

Trainings take place for girls achieving their silver and gold awards (gold being the highest award in Girl Scouts). 73 Girls were trained for their silver awards and 14 for their Gold Awards.

Program Success Monitored by:

Tracking, pre and post event evaluation forms, and attendee surveys are taken via Survey Monkey module.

Program Success Examples:

Program success is evident by the girls who continually return for more leadership training and experiences. With 12 girls receiving their Gold Award, of the 14 trained, it is clear that most of the girls accomplished their goals with the assistance of the Program Department.

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Budget:
$29,345
Category:
Education, General/Other
Population Served:
Females, all ages or age unspecified
Adults

Program Description:

The Training Department trains volunteers to run a "girl led" program so that girls of every age take an active, grade-appropriate role in figuring out the what, where, when, why, and how of what they do. Learning by doing is hands-on learning that engages girls in an ongoing cycle of action and reflection. When girls actively participate in meaningful activities and later reflect on them, they get a deeper understanding of concepts and mastery of skills. Cooperative learning is designed to promote sharing of knowledge, skills, and learning in an atmosphere of respect and cooperation as girls work together on goals that can only be accomplished with the help of others. These processes are distinct essential keys (Discover, Connect, and Take Action).

Program Long-Term Success:

Outcomes associated with Discover, for example, are more likely to be achieved and understood by girls if the activities are girl led, hands-on, and cooperative. These processes are integral to maximizing the benefits of the adult-girl partnership for girls so they will become leaders of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place today and in the future. Excerpt from Transforming Leadership Continued, GSUSA, 2009

Program Short-Term Success:

Trainers are now available in all five counties and are being recruited and trained on an on-going basis. During the year, 13 new trainers completed their training. A Trainers' Consortium was held in Marin County and seventeen Council trainers attended. 95% of those evaluations rated the trainers as "excellent" which allows our trainers to bring back "excellent" training sessions to our volunteer teams. Revisions in our training curriculum were made.

Program Success Monitored by:

Surveys, notes, interviews, and feedback opportunities all help to monitor program success.

Program Success Examples:

The 'Hot Topics' newsletter distributed weekly allows for information and trainings to be announced and disseminated via email and the web on a swift and efficient manner. More trainings are available at a variety of times to accommodate schedules. One example is CPR - which is available to adults and older girls. Older girls have been using their training in the field of babysitting, giving them valuable tools should an emergency situation arise. Trained leaders are fully equipped from travel kits to management tools and safe practices.

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Budget:
$153,646
Category:
Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served:
Females, all ages or age unspecified
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program Description:

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a sophisticated leadership program where girls learn valuable life and business skills. Troops collaborate in goal-setting and then follow their plan so they can earn funds for service projects, educational field trips, etc. They learn business ethics, public speaking, money and time management. Girls can earn personal rewards such as clothes and movie passes. Top sellers earn adventure trips and other rewards.

Program Long-Term Success:

Girl Scout Cookies are a familiar part of American culture. For more than 80 years, Girl Scouts, with the enthusiastic support of their families, have helped ensure the success of local Girl Scout Cookie activities. From its earliest beginnings to its current popularity, the sale of cookies has helped Girl Scouts have fun, develop valuable life skills, and make the world a better place by helping to support Girl Scouting in their communities. Girls are proud that their efforts provide resources for their local Girl Scout councils and for their own Girl Scout troops/groups. Cookie dollars assist girls and troops in service projects for their communities and education field trips, as well as other activities that build teamwork and leadership. 4,000 girls participated in this year's cookie sale.

Program Short-Term Success:

The Cookie sale helped initiate 1,000 meals to feed the hungry; ornament making for holiday food packages at a local food bank, over 300 boxes sent to military personnel, a holiday float was built called "Mariachi Christmas," and Christmas cards were made for seniors and distributed by the Bakersfield Police Department Community Relations division. Fall product sales (nuts and candies) increased 4.7%.

Program Success Monitored by:

Traditional account policies are used to track program success. Surveys and leader feedback help to track educational goals.

Program Success Examples:

Why would a girl spend day after day, hour after hour, on her feet selling simple confections of sugar and flour? Because she is a Girl Scout. The snacks in a pack mean a patch on the back. And earning those patches is -- no doubt -- what being a scout is all about. "You try your best and make goals for yourself and actually try to reach those goals," said one girl. "I set a goal for myself and after I passed it, I could either stop there or go for more," she says. The cookie sale symbolizes setting goals, achieving a dream, being part of a team, and growing your self-esteem. The results come from just plain hard work. Girls sell to anyone and everyone, including workers at drive-through windows and even local post delivery people. Girls must sell the boxes on their own, but can not be without the supervision of an adult.
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Accomplishments of the past year include: Increased participation: Girls built houses, learned about agriculture, traveled the world on "destinations," and led our major signature events - World Thinking Day aka Girl Scouting Around the World, Cookie Biz, Women Inspiring Girls luncheons (Kern and Fresno and the Cookie Classic Golf Tournament). 6 girls completed their Gold Award, the highest Girl Scout award possible. 87 girls sold over 1,000 boxes of cookies. Notably, girls receive $5 in cookie dollars for every 50 boxes sold to help them offset the costs of any special programs, or events they want to participate in.Sustainability: Financially the Council experienced a number of unexpected challenges including facilities, reorganization and membership challenges but staff stepped up to the challenges and ended the FY with a balanced budget.Unity: The Council is increasing in unity. Executive staff is active in the community and collaborating with other organizations. The weekly e-newsletter 'Hot Topics' helps bridge communication gaps. Top goals are: Increase number of adults by 6% serving traditional troops.Increase retention of adult helpers and volunteers in the Girl Scout Connect Program by 2%.Increase number of girls served in the 5-county region to 13,000.Emphasize effective channels of communication with volunteers, girls, and staff.Increase fall product sale, enhancing the Council's visability in the community and increase cookie sales 2.39%.
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