• Happy Holidays from GSACPC!

    19 Dec 2014

    No matter how you celebrate or who you celebrate with, wishing everyone a joyous and merry Holiday Season!

    Because of the way the holidays fall this year, and in recognition for their work over the year, council staff is being given two extra days off: Dec. 26 and Jan 2. In addition, we are encouraging staff members to use their vacation time for the rest, so as not to lose it. Although the council offices and shop will be closed, essential staff will continue to check their emails and respond if necessary, as well as participate in previously scheduled council activities.

    Council Offices Closed Dec. 24 to Jan. 2

    Council Shop Closed Dec. 21 to Jan. 6

  • Volunteer of the Month: A Cheerleader, Guide and Mentor for Girls

    15 Dec 2014

    A troop leader works directly with girls to develop leadership skills, pursue outdoor experiences, Take Action in their communities and discover the world around them.

    Troop leader, Michelle, has been guiding Troop 634 for the past 10 years. This troop has accomplished many projects and activities by earning 10 badges, My Promise My Faith pins, a Leadership Award and a Silver Award.

    “I may set the stage and guide them, but without their big hearts and hard work, our troop would not be as successful as they are today,” says Michelle.

    One of the things Troop 634 learned from Michelle is to use resources wisely.

    For one of their Take Action projects, the girls decided to donate items to Packages from Home. They put their resourcefulness to use buying clearance and off-season items. For instance, they bought 69 backpacks for just a $1 each and 523 hand sanitizer bottles for .04 cents each!

    Michelle is definitely teaching these girls to develop skills and confidence that will last a lifetime.

    If you want to be the role model she’ll always remember, volunteer now!

  • Troop Tuesday: Brownies Take Action to Help Patients Fight Cancer

    09 Dec 2014

    In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Brownies of Troop 1010 made hand-crafted gifts to benefit patients fighting cancer. This troop set a goal of knitting 40 hats, but they did not meet this goal. In fact, they doubled this goal and made 75 hats! Way to go, girls!

    Breast cancer is one of the most misunderstood cancers in the world. It can affect both women and men, and claims the lives of more than 400,000 people every year.

  • APS Helps Girl Scouts Have a “STEM-tastic” Time

    04 Dec 2014

    In July, the APS Foundation awarded more than $1 million to nine nonprofit groups in Arizona, including GSACPC, to support STEM programs. We received $60,000 to support Imagine STEM, which includes workshops throughout the state, program boxes for use in troop settings, training for adult volunteers and parents, and two additional Lego League robotics team for girls. We are grateful to have APS Foundation, who understands the value of Girl Scouting and its long-term impact on girls.

    Check out the next STEM event, funded in part by APS!

    Imagine your STEM Future
    December 13 | Arizona Science Center
    Grades 4-12 and adults

    Engage in hands-on workshop experiences in biology, chemistry and other science fields. Interact with the new “Earth Explorers” exhibit, earn an “Imagine Your STEM Future” patch, and spend a day exploring the Arizona Science Center! Sign up now before registration closes on December 8 (!

  • GSACPC will not be participating in Digital Cookie pilot program from GSUSA

    02 Dec 2014

    Arizona Cactus-Pine council is enthusiastic about the advancements Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. is making in many areas of the Girl Scout experience, including the Digital Cookie program announced by  GSUSA through this press release yesterday.

    While Digital Cookie represents an exciting enhancement of the Cookie Program, the virtual sales platform that launches in the 2014–2015 cookie season is simply phase one of what will become a much broader and more robust program, and Girl Scouts of Arizona Cactus-Pine (GSACPC) is not among the councils participating in this initial phase of the program. GSACPC will evaluate phase one of the Digital Cookie platform at the end of the current cookie season and make a decision about its implementation in our council for the 2015–2016 cookie season.

    This means for the 2015 cookie season:

    • GSACPC girls will not be accepting payment for cookies over the internet
    • GSACPC girls will initiate sales through an email marketing platform (Cookie Club) to accept cookie orders, then collect payment at time of delivery
    • GSACPC girls will utilize social media (following internet safety guidelines) to encourage customers to find cookie booths with the
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  • Troop 82 Takes Their Leadership “Roles” Seriously, Dressing up as Princesses!

    04 Nov 2014

    Ambassador Troop 82 is taking action to make the world a better place. These ladies focused on making reading fun for Daisies and Brownies by creating Storytime with the Princesses. By dressing up as princesses, reading stories, taking pictures, signing autographs, and even signing in American Sign Language, they are making reading fun for their sister Girl Scouts! 

    Due to their outstanding efforts, APS Electric Light Parade and UMOM Walk for Homeless Families have invited the girls to march in the parade and greet onlookers. To ensure their work lives on, Troop 82 has taught another troop how to host princess reading events.

    Don’t miss the opportunity to see the girls first hand walking in this year’s APS Electric Light Parade on December 6. It will be the fourth year the girls have marched in the parade.

    Learn more about the Take Action Project here!

  • Former Girl Scouts Make the World a Better Place

    01 Nov 2014

    Women of Distinction honorees impact stretches far beyond us.

    Women and Young Women of Distinction celebrate, recognize, and honor outstanding women and young women who have experienced the power of Girl Scouting in their lives and made significant contributions to their community. They are recognized leaders among their peers and serve as role models for us all!

    Meet the Women of Distinction honorees now!

    Diane Enos is the president of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and the second woman to hold this office. She was the first member of the Salt River Indian Community to become a lawyer.  She has spent her entire professional life in community service, promoting education and creating opportunities for the traditional O’odham (Pima) and Piipaash (Maricopa) way of life to flourish.

    Kate Gallego is the first woman to represent District 8 on the Phoenix City Council. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Plan Phoenix initiative and is focused on economic development for the city.  She is also an avid volunteer serving on a number of boards and is an advocate for volunteers and national service programs.

    Mitzi Montoya is the new Vice President and Dean of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group at Arizona State University and serves on the board of the Center fo...

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  • Girl Scout Monday: Third Grader Starts and Runs Her Own Newspaper

    27 Oct 2014

    Sophia Braccio, of Troop 700, could be the youngest newspaper reporter, manager and publisher, ever. Sophia’s first newspaper was launched when she was just in third grade.

    A naturally curious person, Sophia loved hearing the opinions of others. This eventually led to the desire to share those opinions with others, so she created a newspaper called The 3rd Word.  

    Her class loved the newspaper, so she continued to publish it monthly. Now in fourth grade, Sophia has releasedThe 4th Republic, which she has expanded to include a sports column, poll section, comic strip and much more! Along with the expansion, came a team of students passionate about journalism. Sophia puts the leadership she learned in Girl Scouts into action while managing a comic strip artist, sports writer and reporters. Wow!

    Learn more by checking out the Q&A with Sophia from In the Zona.

  • Girl Scout Leads On and Off the Court

    24 Oct 2014

    Hannah Stevenson honored for bringing greater recognition to women’s sports.

    “Leadership isn't a one-time thing. It’s a character trait that can be demonstrated anytime and anywhere,” says Hannah, this year’s honoree for Girl Scouts’ Women & Young Women of Distinction Leadership Award.

    And Hannah should know. She is a leader in nearly every facet of her life. From the classroom, to the volleyball court, to her community at-large, she naturally gravitates toward leadership roles. A Girl Scout since the age of 6, being part of a troop provided valuable lessons in team work and advocacy that have molded her into the leader she is today.

    An ambitious student, Hannah shatters stereotypes that assume girls aren’t good at STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). With dreams of majoring in engineering after she graduates from Perry High School, Hannah is in the STEM Scholar Program and takes advanced STEM classes. Her academic efforts are balanced with being a star-player on her volleyball team. This is where she is most proud of her leadership, both on and off the court. 

    On the court, Hannah has helped lead her team to their first-ever State Championship tournament. Despite her team’s success, Hannah noticed a lack of support from fellow classmates and the community.

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  • GSACPC Chief Financial and Operational Officer named one of Business Journal’s 2014 Outstanding CFOs

    23 Oct 2014

    Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council’s (GSACPC) Carol Ackerson has been selected as one of the Phoenix Business Journal’s “Outstanding CFOs” for 2014.  This honor identifies the best CFOs in the Valley, those who have compiled a track record of financial success in their organizations. They are based on accomplishments, business ethics, leadership, education, community involvement, entrepreneurial spirit and other positive traits.

    With nearly 40 years of nonprofit management under her belt, Ackerson has served GSACPC as Chief Financial and Operational Officer – or, C-FOO as she dubs it – for nearly ten years. She works in close partnership with GSACPC CEO, Tamara Woodbury, to lead the entire organization toward goals to ultimately “serve more girls, and serve girls more.” Since joining GSACPC, she has led the council to a 52 percent growth in total operating budget while supporting the launch of the Campaign for Girls, a capital campaign with the goal of raising $15 million in philanthropic support. 

    From a number of qualified nominations Ackerson is one of ten people being honored by PBJ’s advisory board of judges. She will be recognized at the Outstanding CFO luncheon on Oct. 23 and in a special print supp...

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  • Troop Tuesday: Girl Scouts Collect Teddy Bears for Kids in Crisis

    21 Oct 2014

    It's never easy if your home catches on fire, but it can be especially hard for children. That’s why Troop 613 is giving back to the community by collecting teddy bears for kids in crisis. 

    "I know a lot of people lost their homes and I thought I would be sad if I lost something, so what better to comfort a child than a teddy bear?" says Girl Scout Junior, Emily. 

    Troop 613 came up with the idea when they were exploring ways to earn their Bronze Award. The girls worked diligently. They spent a year planning and learning how their work could benefit the community. They ultimately decided to host a teddy bear drive benefitting Phoenix Fire Station 42. 

    For their remarkable efforts, Troop 613 was featured on News Channel 12 and Arizona Republic.

    Learn more about the Bronze Awards!

  • Phoenix Girl Scout Channels Courage from Grief

    17 Oct 2014

    Brittanee Hustad knows that courage isn’t always simply overcoming fear. 

    “Sometimes courage means having the gumption to stand up for what you believe in and fight hard for someone who can’t fight for themselves. It’s looking past road blocks and taking your sadness and grief and not letting it break you, but letting it lift you up and make something better and full of hope,” Brittanee says. 

    She will be one of the Girl Scouts honored at the Women and Young Women of Distinction luncheon in November. 

    A junior at Shadow Mountain high school, Brittanee has found the courage to help those who are unable to help themselves. 

    Brittanee says her sixteenth birthday, in February 2014, was the worst day of her life. The phone call she received with the news of her best friend’s suicide changed her life forever. What followed was profound grief and obsessive wondering if she had done everything she could to help her friend. 

    “At some point during my sadness, I realized that I needed to be courageous and strong for myself if I was ever going to get over his death.” 

    From this tragedy, came Brittanee’s idea for her Girl Scout Gold Award service project, “Stifle the Silence.” Her focus is not only to raise awareness about teen suicide, but also on how to recognize warning signs, and how to ...

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  • Stroll Down Memory Lane with Girl Scouts

    15 Oct 2014

    For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has been making a positive impact in the lives of girls. The Barbara Anderson Girl Scout Museum explores the rich history of both Arizona Girl Scouts and the Girl Scouts organization as a whole. 

    A former Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) staff member, Barbara Anderson was inspired by the heritage of Girl Scouts. In 1986, she donated her large collection of Girl Scout memorabilia to GSACPC, where she led a small group of volunteers and staff called the Historical Society (currently known as the History Committee) in cataloging and preserving the items. With Barbara’s lifelong commitment to Girl Scouting, her ultimate goal was to open a museum to showcase Girl Scouts’ proud history. As her collection grew over the years, archives went from being stored in a room, a warehouse, and now in the Heritage Center. Finally, in 1999, her goal was achieved. The Barbara Anderson Girl Scout Museum opened at the Girl Scout Council Shop on Third Street and Clarendon in Downtown Phoenix. 

    To this day, members of the History Committee continue Barbara’s legacy through curating memorabilia and making it accessible to the community. If you want to be part of preserving Girl Scout history, the History Committee meets at the Heritage Center from 9am-2pm on Wednesdays. New volunteers are welcomed. 

    The museum features a unique exhibit each year. Don’t miss out on this year’s 

    theme: The Outdoor G...

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  • Alumna of the Month: Lifelong Girl Scout Member

    14 Oct 2014

    “Many thanks to Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council for 12 years of Scouting experience as a young girl and developing the courage, confidence, and character that I have carried throughout my adult life,” says Gretchen Erickson, Girl Scout Alumna. 

    Gretchen Erickson remembers the exact day she became a Brownie in 1969. It was a day that linked her in becoming a lifelong member of Girl Scouts. 

    Throughout Gretchen’s 45 years of active scouting, she has achieved many accomplishments. Not only did Girl Scouts provide her with lessons of leadership and citizenship, but it taught her how to be a sister to every Girl Scout. 

    After graduating as a Senior scout in 1980, Gretchen continued her commitment to Girl Scouting. She got married into the military life with her husband, Mark, which enabled her to travel to five different Girl Scout councils around the nation. 

    She started a patch program called The President’s Patch in 2011, which was earned by submitting Girl Scout stories. Within two years, Gretchen collected 500 stories. 

    “It was at this point I became a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouting. I was hooked on sharing the experience with not only girls, but adults to make this world a better place,” Gretchen says. 

    Now, with more than 16 years at the Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle (GSCFP), Gretchen has served as a troop leader, trainer, association chair, national delegate, board secretary,...

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  • Peoria Girl Scout Plans to Change the World, One Good Turn at a Time

    10 Oct 2014

    Ariel Carr earns prestigious recognition from Girl Scouts for her visionary leadership.

    On any given Friday during her junior year, Ariel Carr could be found sneaking into her high school’s office, concealing a bouquet of flowers in a big black trash bag. The flowers were handed off to a secretary, who then selected a teacher at random to receive them. Filled with happiness knowing that her kind act would bring a smile to someone’s face, Ariel would go on with her day as usual.

    Out of this routine, Ariel’s idea for her Girl Scout Gold Award service project was born. “Keep it Kind” is a pay-it-forward kindness initiative. It works like this: Ariel does a kind act for someone. Then she hands the recipient a “Keep it Kind” card, challenging the recipient to perform a kind act for someone else and pass the card along. Thus, Ariel’s first kind act creates a thread of kind gestures that could, in theory, last forever.    

    "It's rare to see people go out of their way in everyday life to make some else's day,” Ariel says, adding that doing a good deed can be as simple as asking how someone’s day is going, and then really listening. “The gratitude that you feel after receiving a random act of kindness is special. I want to share that feeling with as many people as possible,” Ariel says. 

    A busy student, tennis player and avid volunteer, Ariel knows how easy it is to get caught up in the routines of day-to-day ...

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  • Have you seen the latest issue of the Listening Post?

    01 Oct 2014

    Check out the 2014 fall issue of the Listening Post to see what’s going on in the GSACPC community!

    • Program Basics - Get basic information about our programs and upcoming activities.
    • Coucil Shop News - Since it’s a new Girl Scout year, why not get some new gear? Order the Girl Scout Starter Kit and see how you can get the latest GSUSA catalog (full of coupons!)
    • Seen & Heard  - Are you or someone you know featured in this issue’s Seen & Heard? Find out now and browse troop notes and event highlights!
    • Volunteer Spotlight - A Girl Scout dad shares his story about the impact Girl Scouting has on his relationship with his daughters.
    • Women & Young Women Distinction honorees announced - Meet them now!

    To read full articles, check out the online issue here! If you’d like to be featured in the next Listen...

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  • Girl Scout Monday: Arizona Girl Scout Recognized as “Caring Kid” on ABC’s Sonoran Living

    29 Sep 2014

    Girl Scout, HollyAnne, of Troop 634 has created a district-wide phenomenon through her volunteer work with Color a Smile, a non-profit organization that focuses on distributing colored pictures to nursing homes, military troops overseas, and anyone in need of a smile.

    “Color a Smile is a very fun way for kids to volunteer, and some of them don’t even know it, because they’re just having a lot of fun coloring,” said HollyAnne.

    HollyAnne decided to work on a service project with her Girl Scout troop by coloring a ton of pictures, which ended up being distributed all over the nation.

    For her efforts, HollyAnne was recognized by AmTrust Bank and featured on ABC 15’s Sonoran Living for making a positive impact in the community. It’s all part of the AmTrust Caring Kid Contest.

    For being a Caring kid, Hollyanne received an AmTrust Bank Kids Account funded with $150. And what did she do with the money? Exactly what any Girl Scout would do – she donated it all to Color a Smile to help with coloring supplies for volunteers!

    We know that Girl Scouts are making BIG differences in their communities every day. Share what you or a Girl Scou...

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  • Girl Scouts Feed Hungry

    23 Sep 2014

    Cadettes and Ambassadors from Troop 1156 spent an afternoon helping those in need at the Paz de Cristo Community Center in Mesa. The girls helped prepare and serve the daily meal provided by the center in addition to assisting with clean up duties.

    If your troop would like to volunteer, check out these service opportunities with our community partners!

  • Through Leadership and Service, Girl Scouts Pave Way to Bright Future

    19 Sep 2014

    Annual awards luncheon celebrates current and rising female leaders in Arizona.

    Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) invites everyone to celebrate the remarkable impact girls and women have in our community at their 2014 Women & Young Women of Distinction luncheon, on November 15 at the Arizona Biltmore. The honorees are outstanding individuals who are paving the way to a brighter future through their leadership and service to the community. They also share a common bond: their values and leadership got started through being a Girl Scout.

    The luncheon, GSACPC’s only fundraising event during the year, presents an excellent opportunity for the community to celebrate current and rising female leaders and for Girl Scout alumnae to reunite with fellow Girl Scouts or their former troop members. The event will be a time to revisit memories, network and find out what’s new in Girl Scouting in Arizona.

    “Girls represent our greatest under-utilized talent pool with the greatest potential to positively impact our future,” says Lisa Urias, this year’s event chair and president and CEO of Urias Communications.” The luncheon is the perfect way to get off the side lines and be part of the girl movement. It’s an opportunity to support girls as they develop the courage, confidence and skills needed to step forward and lead the next generation,” Urias says.

    The Distinction Awards celebrate girls and women who are recogniz...

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  • Girl Scouts Re-define Leadership and Take the Lead at the 2014 Annual Meeting

    17 Sep 2014

    Every year, Girl Scouts and volunteers gather at the Annual Meeting to celebrate the year’s accomplishments. The 2014 meeting, held in April at the Sheraton in downtown Phoenix, was unprecedented – it was 100 percent girl-led and girl-designed. And when girls lead, great things are accomplished. 

    Not only is the meeting the culmination of a fabulous Girl Scout year, but it also sets the tone for what girls hope to achieve in the coming year. And the girls were clear: they plan on continuing the Girl Scout tradition of building strong, female leaders.  However, this time they had some words of advice for the adults in their lives. 

    “Our team talked a lot about what adults can do to help us learn to lead and be independent. There’s no real background required. It’s more about attitude,” says Ellie, one of the girls on the planning committee for the Annual Meeting. 

    For the rest of us, the message was clear. Our smart and confident young women are absolutely redefining leadership to build momentum for the Girl Scout movement. As we continue to move forward, we'll lean into our sisterhood and community connection for renewed energy to achieve our vision.

    Are you, or do you know, a Senior or Ambassador who would like to stretch her leadership skills and work with a group of dedicated Girl Scouts on designing, planning and implementing the 2015 Annual Meeting? If so, contact Amanda Martin at 

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  • $288,000 Grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation Helps Arizona Girls Break the Intergeneration

    30 Apr 2014


    PHOENIX (April 30, 2014) – The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has awarded $288,000 to Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council to sustain and expand the capacity of the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB) program. Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, a groundbreaking prevention program, empowers girls to not only reconnect with their imprisoned mothers, but also break the intergenerational cycle of incarceration.

    In Arizona, 96,000 children have a parent in jail or prison on any given day. These children are among the most vulnerable populations at-risk. Ashamed and often isolated these children are 5-7 times more likely to end up behind bars themselves.

    Girl Scouts Beyond Bars helps girls bond with their incarcerated mothers to decrease the impact of parental separation during critical development years. Girls get to see their mothers regularly and work with them on activities that are designed to help develop leadership skills, build confidence and encourage healthy decision-making. Through this shared Girl Scouting experience the program nurtures, and in some cases reestablishes, mother-daughter relationships. Additionally, girls participate in a troop, which provides opportunities to build supportive friendships with other young women in similar circumstances.

    Girls with incarcerated parents may face unique obstacles, but through GSBB they are simply Girl Scouts. They participa...

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  • It’s official: 2014 Cookie Sellers made history with GSACPC’s biggest sale ever!

    28 Apr 2014

    The numbers are now in, and we are thrilled to announce that 2014 was the biggest cookie sale in the history of the council. Just over 17,600 Girl Scouts sold more than 3.2 million boxes of cookies throughout the 6-week cookie sale in central and northern Arizona. That’s a 9.9 percent increase from last year as a result of big changes to their sales model and generous Arizonans!

    Here are some of the highlights from this year’s sale:

    • Girls sold 3,242,713 boxes of cookies
    • On average, each girl sold 184 boxes of cookies
    • 20 girls sold 2,000+ boxes
    • The top seller sold 5,002 boxes
    • Thin Mints are still the top sellers! They received 34% of sales, followed by Samoas® at 24%, Tagalongs® at 16%, Do-si-dos® at 10%, Trefoils™ at 9% and Savannah Smiles® at 7%. 


    Where does the cookie money go...?

    On top of individual and troop goals the girls set each year, GSACPC worked toward an extra special goal of raising enough money to build two cabins at Camp Sombrero in South Phoenix. Council proceeds from packages sold over 3 million were designated toward this goal which amounted to $555,800 dollars! So, the 2014 cookie sellers are now proud sponsors of the cabins. Go girls!

    In addition, girls sold 106,003 boxes of cookies for Gift of Caring, a cookie donation program that allows customers to buy an extra box of cookies to help local Girl Scouts reach their goal, and give ...

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  • Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Mercury host Girl Scout slumber parties this summer!

    25 Apr 2014

    Slumber parties are a rite of passage for girls and this summer, GSACPC is teaming up with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Mercury for two separate sleepovers that Girl Scouts will never forget!

    Girl Scout Night and Sleepover with Arizona Diamondbacks

    June 20   |   Chase Field   |   Tickets start at $14

    (registration closes June 4)

    Participants will actually get to SLEEP on Chase Field after enjoying a game! Girls can arrive early (in uniform!) and walk in the Girl Scout Parade around the field. After the game, the night will be filled with fun activities like watching a movie on the jumbo-tron, fireworks and games. The sleepover portion is open to Daisies through Ambassadors and their friends. Space is limited.  Sign up today.

    Girl Scout Lock-in, Career Fair, Mercury Game and Concert

    July 26   |   US Airways Center   |   Tickets start at $12

    This overnight event is a Girl Scout favorite! Family and friends are welcome to attend the game and Girl Scouts and their friends have the opportunity to take part in a sleepover, dance clinic, a career fair, games and a pizza party! There is a limited amount of space left.&nb...

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  • GSACPC Social Media Guidelines

    17 Apr 2014

    Thanks for being part of GSACPC’s social media community! Some of you may also have Neighborhood or Troop websites or troop-specific pages across a variety of social media platforms—and that’s great! We welcome all opportunities for our girls and volunteers to connect and share their contributions with the community. However, we want your social media connections to be safe and effective, so please take a moment and review these guidelines and best practices.


    Be sure to check out all of our GSACPC groups.

    • Troop Leaders – This group is for leaders and co-leaders to share meeting ideas, troop stories, and service projects. Or, ask for suggestions from other troop leaders!
    • Service Team Members – Share ideas and best practices!
    • Independent Girl Members – Stay up-to-date on programs, connect with and get ideas from other IGMs and share stories!

    GSACPC is aware that many troop and neighborhood Facebook fan pages already exist. Please be advised that GSUSA has guidelines around internet safety and creating troop pages and websites.

    Dealing with the media in a cri...

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  • 26 Girls Earn Highest Award in Girl Scouts

    01 Apr 2014

    Prestigious Gold Award given to Girl Scouts for their impactful community service projects.

    Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is proud to announce that 26 Girl Scouts have received their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive.

    This prestigious award requires a girl to stretch her skills and step forward as a leader to meet a local or global need, and to create sustainable change. In the process, she develops and enhances her own leadership, determination, creativity and confidence.  For many of these girls, this award is the culmination of more than 10 years in the Girl Scouts, and countless hours of dedication to their community.

    The awardees are:

    Laura Abril

    “Reading Buddies”


    Laura’s Gold Award is a reading buddy program at Palomino Library that targets literacy issues and fosters a love of reading. Rather than a tutoring program, the project empowers teenagers and children through mentorship.


    Cori Ellen Ander

    “Going Green for the Gold”


    Cori discovered that the majori...

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  • Help Girl Scouts win up to $18,000!

    20 Mar 2014

    On April 9, Arizona will unite for Arizona Gives Day to recognize the valuable work non-profits do in our community and encourage people to donate to their favorite non-profit. Non-profits that receive the most donations can win up to $18,000. Girl Scouts would like to be that organization! And you can help us.

    You already know the important difference that Girl Scouting makes in girls’ lives and in our community, but we want you to tell your friends! Here are some ways you can help spread the word:

    • Use the images from our toolkit (below) to post about Arizona Gives Day.
    • Use hashtags #azgives and #girlscoutsaz on Instagram and Twitter.

    Can’t think of what to say? Here are some ideas:

    • Share how Girl Scouting has had a positive impact in your or your daughter’s life.
    • Your donation will make a difference! Ten dollars pays for the books a Girl Scouts needs, $15 pays for registration, $20 pays for her vest and $300 will give her a 6-day outdoor experience at one of our camps. But any amount will make a difference.
    • If you donate on Arizona Gives Day, Girl Scouts could win up to $18,000! This money will go directly toward providing the programs that build girls of confidence, courage and character who make the world a better place.
    • Donations of $10 or more can be made at don’t have to wait to...

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  • Happy 102nd Birthday, Girl Scouts!

    12 Mar 2014

    Founded by Juliette Gordon Low with 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912—102 years ago—Girl Scouts of the USA was chartered by the United States Congress on March 16, 1950. Today, there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts in the U.S.: 2.3 million girl members and 890,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers.

    The Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) will celebrate the national organization’s 102nd birthday by serving Girl Scout Cookies & ice cream to 400 kids and their families, after the evening dinner service at St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP). The birthday falls during national Girl Scout Week, after the end of cookie season, so it’s an extra special treat for the crowd.

    GSACPC formed Troop #5106 at St. Vincent de Paul seven months ago, which has grown to about 40 Girl Scouts of all ages. The girls are excited to celebrate what is, for many, their first Girl Scout birthday and take on a serving role for the center that has given them so much.

    How are YOU celebrating? Tell us on Facebook

  • Ban Bossy Today!

    11 Mar 2014

    Help our girls change the future by changing the way we talk about it. Find out more and Pledge to Ban Bossy today!

    When a little boy asserts himself, he's called a “leader.” Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded “bossy.” Words like bossy send a message: don't raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys—a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead.

    As part of Ban Bossy, Girl Scouts of the USA and have teamed up in partnership with Lifetime television to create a PSA featuring Beyoncé, Jane Lynch, Condoleezza Rice, Diane von Furstenberg, Jennifer Garner and others that points out that girls are discouraged from taking leadership roles because of labeling and name-calling.

    Whether your are a parent, educator, or troop leader, there are great resources to help your daughter realize the importance of banning bossy and stepping into leadership roles.  

    Help our g...

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