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Book Now - Access the Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center online reservation calendar to get started. Available calendar dates will appear up to 12 months in advance. Reservations are limited to one per troop, per membership year. Limited availability in the first year.

Need support? Refer to the reservation how-to guide.

Need to order a quick and easy meal for the girls while visiting the GSLC? Order a Girl Scout Box Lunch.

 

The Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center Opens Up Her World

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We can’t wait to welcome you and your troop to the Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center (GSLC), Orange County’s new hub for Girl Scout STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs. Visits to the GSLC provide Orange County Girl Scouts from all cultures and backgrounds extraordinary opportunities to practice leadership the Girl Scout way, like a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™, as they explore exciting 21st Century careers and learn how they can take action to make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts visiting the GSLC also have plenty of opportunities to create lifelong memories -- kayaking from the bayfront property, toasting s’mores on the sprawling patio, and participating in water and sand activities on Newport Beach’s beautiful Balboa Peninsula. 

  

About INSPIRE – Housed Exclusively at the GSLC
INSPIRE is Girl Scouts of Orange County’s signature interactive multimedia program. Through INSPIRE, girls have life-changing opportunities to explore exciting 21st Century careers and learn how to take action on issues they care about, while developing an understanding of the importance and relevance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in their everyday lives.


INSPIRE focuses on two key areas of leadership development that are cornerstones of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience - Career Exploration and Take Action. Each 1 ½ hour program introduces girls to inspirational female role models on giant 80” television screens who share insights about their career and leadership journeys. Through the INSPIRE program, girls embrace their STEM education, expand their capabilities, maximize decision-making, and develop the skills and confidence to become tomorrow’s leaders.

INSPIRE is girl-led and participants select the careers or take action theme they want to learn more about.

Career Exploration

Career Exploration is a key component of the INSPIRE program. Through Career Exploration, Girl Scouts of all levels will hear from extraordinary women spanning diverse careers and learn the vital role STEM plays in what these women do, while exploring their own career aspirations.

Finding a diverse group of female professionals of various careers for girls to meet is often difficult for troop leaders to accommodate. Through interactive video presentations, INSPIRE brings career women right into the room with the girls, appearing life-sized on 80” television screens. The women, representing 15 different careers, will tell the girls about who they are what they do, the importance of STEM in what they do, and what they love about their careers.

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The INSPIRE career women were selected based on girls’ interests, such as sports and dance, and suggestions by our Girl Scout volunteers to provide insight into career choices that their Girl Scouts may not be aware of, such as deep sea exploration or cloud computing. The women featured in INSPIRE come from across the United States, and represent a diverse population of female leaders that girls of all ages can look up to as role models. 

 
Take Action

Take Action is a key component of the INSPIRE program. Through Take Action, Girl Scouts of all levels hear from Girl Scout Gold Award recipients across the nation who have used STEM skills to tackle important issues on topics from robotics to clean water and learn how to take action on issues they care about.

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During INSPIRE, The Girl Scout Gold Award recipient will appear on video telling her Girl Scout sisters about how she planned her project, budgeted expenses, and used STEM to make a lasting change.

Each of the nine young women whose Girl Scout Gold Award projects are featured in INSPIRE were selected for their exemplary take action projects. Most of the Girl Scouts featured in INSPIRE are also recognized as National Young Women of Distinction, the highest honor conferred by Girl Scouts of the USA. 

Beyond INSPIRE
Set on the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, the GSLC provides the ideal locale for Girl Scouts to create lifelong memories as they connect with the community, explore the beach and bay, participate in fun water and sand activities, and see that STEM is all around them.

Whether they choose to look for area marine life from one of our kayaks, toast s’mores on the patio, visit one of our local program providers, or earn a badge during their stay, there are so many ways to make your Girl Scouts' visit to the GSLC an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experience.

Check out our GSLC Program Guide to explore experiences beyond INSPIRE that your girls can participate in during their visit.

Preparing for Your Visit

Check out our Sample Visits and additional resources below for a snapshot of the fun you and your Girl Scouts will have during your visit! Your troop will ultimately decide how you want to make the most of your stay.

All GSLC reservations run from 2:00 pm until 12:00 noon the next day. Your troop has the option to stay overnight at the GSLC. Bring your movies, popcorn, and s'mores fixings!

What to Expect
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Whether you are making a short visit or are having a sleepover, plan to spend about 1 ½ hours participating in INSPIRE, our signature interactive, multimedia experience! INSPIRE is girl-led and participants select the careers or Take Action theme they want to learn more about.

For both Take Action and Career Exploration, girls are led by on-screen Girl Scout INSPIRE Guides, who help the girls progress through INSPIRE and explain how to do each activity. The group facilitator (a troop leader or mature Girl Scout) controls the gameplay to advance at the girls’ pace.

During the experience, Girl Scouts break into small groups, engaging INSPIRE's interactive gameplay to build on the videos they’ve watched and discussions they’ve had with their Girl Scout sisters! INSPIRE’s fun, hands-on group activities get girls playing and working together to create a digital poster, design a personalized character, and record a group video about all they have learned!

After INSPIRE, troops can explore the GSLC by going on a self-guided tour of the building’s environmentally friendly architecture, taking a nature walk on the beach, or connecting with one of our many community partners. 

Sample 4-Hour Visit

2 PM – 3 PM  - Arrival

  • Take some time to explore GSOC’s beautiful Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center (GSLC)! You and your Girl Scouts will discover many unique qualities of our waterfront Leadership Center, such as the building’s energy saving features and environmentally friendly architecture!

3 PM – 5 PM - INSPIRE

  • Girls will spend about 1 1/2 hours engaged in this interactive multimedia experience! Whether they are watching engaging videos to explore future careers or planning a Take Action project, girls will be guided by on-screen INSPIRE Guides and videos and use their INSPIRE Pads to participate in fun, hands-on group activities, such as designing a personalized character, creating a digital poster, and recording a group video about all they have learned!

5 PM – 6 PM - Explore Marina Park, Drive-time Discussion

  • Take a beach walk in the “backyard,” unwind at the Peninsula Park playground, or having a picnic in the grassy field at Marina Park. 
  • On the drive home, talk to your girls about what they learned and the memories they made during their visit to the GSLC!
Sample Overnight Visit

DAY 1

2 PM – 3 PM Arrival

  • Take some time to explore GSOC’s beautiful Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center (GSLC)! You and your Girl Scouts will discover many unique qualities of our waterfront Leadership Center, such as the building’s energy saving features and environmentally friendly architecture!

3 PM – 5 PM - INSPIRE

  • Spend about 1 1/2 hours engaged in this interactive multimedia experience! Whether they are watching engaging videos to explore future careers or planning a Take Action project, girls will be guided by on-screen INSPIRE Guides and videos and use their INSPIRE Pads to participate in fun, hands-on group activities, such as designing a personalized character, creating a digital poster, and recording a group video about all they have learned!

5 PM – 6 PM – Explore Marina Park

  • Take a beach walk in the “backyard,” unwind at the Peninsula Park playground, or having a picnic in the grassy field at Marina Park. 

6 PM – 7 PM - Supper, Sunset, and S’mores        

  • Bask in the setting sun on the S’mores Patio while enjoying the dinner you and the girls prepared in the kitchen! Toast marshmallows over our gas fire ring while you look forward to tomorrow’s adventures.

7 PM – 8 PM - Sleeping Bag Movie Time

  • Connect your laptop to the big screens to play a movie for the girls to enjoy from the comfort of their sleeping bags - slumber party style. Be sure to pack some popcorn!

DAY 2

8 AM – 10 AM - Breakfast and Kayaks      

  • Serve up a quick breakfast and launch your kayaks on Newport Bay – right from the GSLC’s backyard! Spend the morning exploring the waters and looking for local marine life.

10 AM – 11 AM - STEM for lunch!

  • Check out the Girl Scout cooking badges and serve up some new skills for lunch! Girls can use their STEM skills to measure, combine, and create meals high in nutrition and fun. Now that’s some tasty badge work!

11 AM – 12 PM - Walk to the Waves!

  • After lunch is the perfect time to take a short walk to Newport Beach to watch the surfers. Perhaps try catching a few waves yourselves!
  • On the drive home, talk to your girls about what they learned and the memories they made during their visit to the GSLC!
Troop Leader Training
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INSPIRE training is available in-person at the Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center.  One leader from each troop is required to complete training prior to their visit to the GSLC.

Training dates will be posted on the GSOC calendar as they become available. For more information, contact customercare@girlscoutsoc.org.

Troop Leader Checklist

Use this handy checklist to ensure you have completed the steps necessary to visit the GSLC and participate in the INSPIRE program. 

  • -We have a confirmed GSLC reservation date.
  • -We have created an account on the INSPIRE website.
  • -We have completed the required INSPIRE training.
  • -We have reviewed all appropriate Safety Activity Checkpoints.
  • -We have identified background-screened adults who will help during our trip.
  • -We have completed a permission slip, sent a copy to parents, and submitted a copy to our service unit.
  • -We have completed the INSPIRE pre-survey.
  • -We have visited the GSOC shop to purchase GSLC/INSPIRE badges and merchandise.
  • -We have received confirmation of our Kayak reservation, (if requested).
  • -We have received our GSLC/INSPIRE reservation packet and keys to access the building.
  • -We have downloaded the ParkMobile app, (if parking in metered spaces).
Additional Resources
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Check this area frequently for new resources to support you and your Girl Scouts as you plan for your visit to the Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center.

INSPIRE Website

The INSPIRE website is a private site that Girl Scouts and their troop leaders visit before and after they participate in the INSPIRE program. Once a reservation is confirmed, troop leaders will go to GirlScoutsOC.org/INSPIRE to create an account. After their experience, troops can login to the INSPIRE site to access all that their troop created content, such as girl-created videos, Take Action project plans, career skills map and more! Girls can also view Career Stories and Inspirational videos of all of our career women featured in INSPIRE, as well as a special video featuring Julia Argyros, the Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center's naming donor.

 

GSLC & INSPIRE Patches and Merchandise
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Location and Parking Instructions

The Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center is located in Marina Park at 200 Eighteenth Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663.

Available parking in the Marina Park parking lot is not guaranteed. Space is limited and carpooling is highly recommended. Please use the mobile parking app Parkmobile (available for Android and iPhone) to pay for parking. If you do not wish to download the app, use the stationary pay station located on site at Marina Park.

Instructions for using Parkmobile

Parkmobile can help you pay for parking at the GSLC and at locations throughout Newport Beach where signs are posted.

1.    Download the Parkmobile app to your phone.

2.    Create a Parkmobile account. The following is information the app will request when you reserve your parking spot

a.    Your destination (Newport Beach)

b.    Duration of time by hour & minute or the maximum

c.     Vehicle license #

d.    Credit card #

3.  The app will alert by text and email 15-minutes prior to your parking expiration. You will have the choice to extend your time through the app.

Interested in Building on the GSLC's Legacy?

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The Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center (GSLC) provides wonderful new experiences and opportunities to create memories for Girl Scouts from across Orange County. You can help bring the vision of the GSLC to completion! We have launched a campaign to supply the Leadership Center with all the utensils, tools, and equipment girls will need during their visit. Please help us by shopping through the Amazon Smile shopping portal and purchasing the items needed. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4!

  1. Create or log into your AmazonSmile account at https://smile.amazon.com.
  2. Choose “Girl Scouts of Orange County” as your charity.
  3. Go to “Find a List or Registry” under your “Account & Lists.”
  4. Type “Girl Scouts of Orange County Gift Registry.

Your gift will supply needed items for the GSLC, and you will also be donating to Girl Scouts of Orange County with a portion of your purchase.

For more information about the GSLC Gift Registry, contact Monica McDade by emailing mmcdade@girlscoutsoc.org or calling (949) 461-8812.

Looking for support with reservations? Contact Customer Care.

View the GSLC Gift Registry


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