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  • Troop Leader Spotlight: Amy Morhet

    Troop Leader: Amy Morhet

    Neighborhood Service Unit: Hayden’s Ferry

    Girl Scout History: Seventeen years with Girl Scouts, 10 as a Troop Leader

    Tell us why you invest the time and effort in being a Troop Leader? I want every girl to know that she has a voice, that she matters, and with a little help and direction, her possibilities are endless. 

    Do you have a camp name? What is it? Chile Pepper

    Favorite Girl Scout program and why? My favorite Girl Scout program is the outdoor program. I had the best Girl Scout leader, Mrs. Irish.  So many of my favorite memories as a child are of hiking, camping, and canoeing with my Girl Scout troop.  We would brag about how many mosquito bites we got at camporee. They were like badges of honor. 

    Sharing these experiences with my daughter is a big part of why I became a leader. There are so many benefits to outdoor programming -  developing courage, teamwork, and leadership, problem-solving, and skill-building. Having an understanding and appreciation of the outdoors is important.

    We’ve had lot of fun adventures these last nine years, but with more bug repellent.  Last year the girls explored backpacking, and last month we went small boat sailing and kayaking at Lake Pleasant. Currently we are registered for a canoe camp class through REI.

    If you were a Girl Scout Cookie what would it be? I’m a simple gal and a bit...

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  • Girl Scouts are the Experts on Girls!

    Dear Girl Scout Friends and Families,

    Last week, the Boy Scouts announced they will begin accepting girls into their programs in 2018. The announcement has created a lot of media buzz and a multitude of conflicting opinions on this development. The biggest question, however, is how will this impact Girl Scouts.

    Certainly, the Boy Scouts become another activity choice for girls and their families, adding to the Boys and Girls Clubs, 4-H, sports teams and more.

    The Boy Scouts are framing their move around families and the convenience of taking their sons and daughters to the same activity. Some girls may want to join Boy Scouts because they think Boy Scouts do more, especially outdoor adventures. Yet, according to a recent Time magazine article, “There's actually a great deal of overlap among the different badge skills, including camping, car maintenance, first aid, fitness, budgeting and even robotics.” Both organizations offer strong STEM programs and each offer a high award - the Gold Award for girls and the Eagle Scout rank for boys. Some girls are drawn to the Eagle Scout rank because it’s better known and seemingly more prestigious. While it may be better known, the Gold Award is actually more challenging to earn since it requires making a measurable, sustainable impact.

    Yes, Girl Scouting is different. Very different. Our program is all about girls, informed by resear...

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  • GSACPC Successfully Raises $1 Million in One Day

    In celebration of the International Day of the Girl on Wednesday, Oct. 11, Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) brought the community together for the Million-Dollar Day of the Girl challenge, to highlight the power of local Girl Scouting. The campaign was a success and GSACPC raised $1 million for their Campaign for Girls in Arizona through several events across the Valley. The day-long push also included an email and social media campaign showcasing how Girl Scouts teaches girls to empower themselves and unleash their inner G.I.R.L (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader), making an impact on their communities and beyond. Thanks to generous matching grants from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation and others, donations to the Council were quadrupled throughout the day.

    The Council kicked off the day with a breakfast for 240 people and by 10 a.m. had reached the halfway point to their goal. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilwoman Kate Gallego, a Girl Scout alumna, attended the breakfast and presented an official proclamation naming Oct. 11 the Day of the Girl in Phoenix. Stanton underlined the importance of supporting girls and women, saying, “There is a straight line between the success of Girl Scouts and the success of our economy.”

    The day ended with a reception at the Parsons Leadership Center where Mr. and Mrs. Pa...

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  • GSACPC Announces Goal to Raise $1 Million in One Day for the Campaign for Girls in Arizona

    On Wednesday, Oct. 11, Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is celebrating the International Day of the Girl by bringing the community together in a day-long effort to support the power of local Girl Scouting. Called the Million-Dollar Day of the Girl, there are events and activities throughout the day across the Valley, as well as an email and social media campaign to showcase how Girl Scouts teaches girls to empower themselves and unleash their inner G.I.R.L (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader), making an impact on their communities and beyond. The day begins with a fundraising breakfast that includes a proclamation by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilwoman Kate Gallego naming Oct. 11 as Day of the Girl. The final event of the day will be an evening reception celebrating the power of girls and women.

    “The Million-Dollar Day of the Girl gives us the opportunity to show the positive impact Girl Scouting has on girls’ lives and the contributions they make to better our local community. This $1 million fundraising effort will help us complete our Campaign for Girls in Arizona that built The Bob & Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls & Women at Camp South Mountain,” said Tamara Woodbury, CEO of GSACPC.

    The $18 million Campaign for Girls is designed to achieve better outcomes for more girls by expanding G...

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  • Troop Leader Spotlight: Deb McNelly

    Troop Leader: Deb McNelly

    Service Unit: Sunflower Ridge, Ambassador Troop 01998

    GS history: Twelve years with Girl Scouts–10 as a Troop Leader!

    Deb, Tell us why you invest the time and effort in being a Troop Leader? My passion has always been the girls. I want them to not only experience things that they might never do in school or home, but also give every girl the opportunity to become all they can be. And to help them gain confidence in the process.

    Do you have a camp name? What is it and the story behind it? My camp name is MacGyver because I am "jack" of all issues, activities and problems. When it comes to the girls I want them to know they can do anything, anytime, anywhere not matter what the circumstances are. You just can't give up!

    Favorite GS program and why? I would have to say CAMP for so many different reasons. First, summer camp gives some girls their first real independent experience and second, camp allows them to be bold and try new things. Neighborhood encampments allow girls to lead in a safe, secure environment.

    If you were a GS cookie what would it be and why? I would say that I'm a Thin Mint, bold personality with a cool refreshing attitude and ideas.

    What was the most inspiring moment you’ve experienced? There is no single most inspiring moment, my troop girls inspire me with everyth...

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  • How to Talk to Your Kids About Natural Disasters

    In times of natural disaster, it’s everyone’s responsibility to come together to support and provide aid and comfort to those directly affected. And although it’s simply human to get caught up in the harrowing news coverage, it’s also important to note that the youngest members of our families and communities—your children—are watching and taking all of this in, too.

    “Of course we all want to stay abreast of current events,” says Girl Scouts’ developmental psychologist Andrea Bastiani Archibald, “but when kids see footage of boys and girls their own age or even people who look like their grandparents in dire situations, it can be confusing and frightening.” But rather than brushing off catastrophic events as “nothing to worry about” or something that didn’t really happen, Dr. Bastiani Archibald suggests discussing the disaster in an age-appropriate way with your daughter. “Limit her access to the news, but if she’s already seen or heard about it, let her lead the conversation,” she suggests. “Stay calm—kids, especially younger ones, take their emotional cues from parents—and ask her what she thinks happened. But most of all, ask how she’s feeling. If she says she feels sad or frightened for the people affected, it’s absolutely fine to tell her that you feel sad and frightened for them, too. These feelings are nothing to be ashamed of, and knowing that you feel similarly will help her feel less alone.”

    Respond to her questions as best you can with age-appropri...

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  • Leading the Way Wednesday: Karen Meinerz

    Karen Meinerz, a Troop Leader and supporter of new leaders, embraces and encourages girl leadership among local Girl Scouts and volunteers.

    With Karen’s guidance and mentorship, her troops have earned the Bronze Award, various activity badges and completed Leadership Journeys. She serves on the Ahwatukee Neighborhood Service Unit and is an advisor to the Girl Advisory Board.

    Thank you, Karen, for your outstanding service in helping girls build courage, confidence and character! We're so appreciative of dedicated volunteers like you!!

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

  • Troop Leader Spotlight: Barbara 'Banny' Janssen

    Troop Leader: Barbara Janssen Service Unit: Painted Sky Troop number: 1606 Troop Level: Cadette-Ambassador Years as a leader: 9 Tell us why you invest the time and effort in being a Troop Leader? I invest the time and effort because Girl Scouts gives girls so many opportunities. Do you have a camp name? What is it? Yes, Banny. Favorite GS program and why? I would have to say that my favorite Girl Scout program would be camping because of the friendship bonds that girls make within the troop and with other girls at camp. Camp is also a special time when girls make invaluable memories that will last a lifetime. If you were a GS cookie what would it be? Thin Mint What was the most inspiring moment you’ve experienced? When you get that look of accomplishment from a girl who has tried something she’s never done before or always wanted to do. I enjoy seeing growth through the eyes of the girls, not just my own children’s eyes, but my troop’s as well. What has been your proudest moment? When my oldest daughter Kaitlyn earned her Girl Scout Gold Award. How do you balance the demands of being a troop leader? That’s the best part about being a leader. You can set your own schedule to fit your life. I’ve found that meeting on a Sunday afternoon was not only best for my s...

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  • Leading the Way Wednesday: Kathy Peyton

    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. GSACPC is so fortunate to have many of these fabulous volunteers who make Girl Scouting possible! 

    For example, Troop Leader Kathy Peyton is making a difference in the lives of many girls in our community with a passion for leadership development. She has led her troop to complete many journeys and badges, participate in fun activities and even create a self-sustaining desert garden as a community service project.

    Kathy has been involved with the Cave Creek Neighborhood Service Team’s support group, serves as the Brownie liaison to mentor Daisies and Brownie Troop Leaders, and serves as the chair for the Encampment Planning Committee. Last year, she was awarded “Cave Creek Neighborhood Service Team’s Leader of the Year!”

    Thank you for your dedication to Girl Scouting, Kathy!

    If you want to start a troop for your girl, or provide mentorship she’ll always remember, volunteer now!

  • 5 Ways to Help Your Daisy Get Ready

    The start of a new school year can seem daunting. That's when a fresh perspective and preparation are most helpful! New beginnings can be really fun and provide a chance to grow.

    Whether your daughter is starting school or joining a troop, here are five ways to help your Daisy get ready:

    1. Practice following directions. Work on her ability to listen and follow directions by giving her two and three-step directions. For example: “Put on your pajamas, brush your teeth and pick a book to read.”

    2. Rehearse social skills. Even if she’s a social butterfly, she may need a little boost to help her interact with others in a new setting. Have her introduce herself by saying her name, grade and favorite animal.

    3. Practice sharing and taking turns. Make sharing fun by doing cooperative activities like completing puzzles or building a block tower. As you’re building the block tower, talk your child through the steps saying things like, “Now it’s your turn to add a block and then it will be my turn.”

    4. Come prepared. Help her get familiar with Girl Scouts’ rich history by reading to her about our founder, Juliette Gordon Low.

    5. Become a Girl Scout! Attend a information event to learn more about being a Girl Scout. Be prepared to laugh,...

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  • Why Girl Scouts, Why Now

    Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), the BEST leadership development organization for girls—is offering Girl Scouts even more opportunities to learn skills and prepare them to empower themselves with the experiences they need to succeed in life.  This week, GSUSA introduced 23 new badges in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and the outdoors—our largest programming rollout in almost a decade! Girl Scouts will be able to design robots and racecars, go on environmentally conscious camping trips, create algorithms, collect data in the great outdoors, try their hand at engineering, and so much more. And the best part? These new badges are girl-tested and girl-approved! The new Girl Scout programming builds girls’ skills and encourages their interest in STEM and environmental conservation from an early age—areas girls are not typically encouraged to explore outside Girl Scouting—increasing their confidence in an all-girl, girl-led environment where they feel comfortable to try new things, take appropriate risks, and learn from failure. GSUSA created select badges with cont...

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    The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has issued a $1.6 million matching challenge to the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) to help complete its $18 million Campaign for Girls in Arizona. The Foundation will match all donations received between now and December 31, 2017, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1.6 million.

    “Renee and I have seen firsthand how the Girl Scouts are working to create future leaders in our community,” said American entrepreneur and philanthropist, Bob Parsons. “It is our sincere hope that this fundraising match campaign will give others cause to join us in this important investment with the sole purpose of educating and encouraging young girls to grow up and become strong future leaders.” 

    This recent gift adds to the Parsons’ previous $5 million grant to the Campaign for Girls – the largest single gift ever received by a Girl Scout council nationwide – that allowed for the completion of The Bob & Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain earlier this year.

    “The Girl Scouts are doing incredible work in providing a safe environment for girls to try on their leadership hats,” said businesswoman and philanthropist Renee Parsons. “Once this campaign is complete, the organization will be able to concentrate efforts o...

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  • Troop Leader Spotlight: Danielle Buck

    Troop leaders put countless hours and a great deal of energy into supporting girls through the Girl Scout leadership experience. This is just one of the many reasons they are very special people, worth getting to know! We caught up with Danielle Buck to get a glimpse into her life as a seasoned troop leader in the La Promesa neighborhood. Here's what she had to say:

    What was the most inspiring moment you’ve experienced?  

    Seeing my daughter, Katrina, become a leader as a Cadette. Just in the last year or so, my fellow scout parents and I have noticed a drastic change in her level of maturity.  She takes Daisies and Brownies under her wing, gives them direction, models the ‘Girl Scout way,’ and makes them feel important. Our troop’s young Girl Scouts just admire her and get so excited to see her. She tells everyone that being a Girl Scout will help her become a Veterinarian someday. That's plenty of inspiration for me to be the best leader I can be.

    What has been your proudest moment?

    The moment Katrina asked to join our neighborhood’s service team. She's always willing to help me recruit new Girl Scouts in our neighborhood and loves being a leader.

    How do you balance the demands of being a troop leader?

    I'm technically a single mom, so I'm always crunched for time. Tuesdays are my designated ‘Scout days,’ whether I have a troop meeting that night or not. I take time to make updates, commun...

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  • Troop Tuesday: Sharing the world of STEM

    In today’s digital age, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) has infiltrated nearly every sector of business, yet there continues to be a concern around a viable pipeline to fill the current and future workforce with skills in these areas. This is something the Girl Scouts are committed to nurturing among girls who are interested in exploring STEM.

    In fact, the Girl Scout Research Institute found in a national survey that 77% of girls say that, because of Girl Scouts, they are considering a career in technology. One Arizona Junior Troop discovered the importance of educating Arizona’s future STEM leaders, connected to the need for equipping them with the available materials and took action to make it happen.  

    Girl Scouts has a ton of STEM curriculum available for girls. When Junior Troop 748 learned Flagstaff STEM City offers STEM resources to the community, they decided to make them Girl Scout-friendly.

    Troop 748 teamed up with Flagstaff STEM City to create STEM binders to support troops in earning badges and journeys because, they were compelled to change the status quo for other girls who are passionate about STEM. To do this, the girls spent hour...

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  • More Summer Fun for the Family @ The Parsons Leadership Center

    Looking for summertime activities to beat the heat? Check out these fun summer programs for the whole family at The Parsons Leadership Center!

    Family Fun Nights
    July 8 & July 22 | Kids under 4 are FREE
    $12 per kid ages 5-17 | $7 per adult

    Girl Scouts, family and friends welcome! Get a taste of The Parsons Leadership Center by experiencing all the activities at camp together. Activities will include swimming, archery, arts and crafts, nature exploration, games, songs, and more! Snacks and beverages provided, bring the whole family! Register here!

    Family Camp
    July 14, 6PM – July 16, 10AM
    $85 per person | Kids under 4 are FREE

    Join us for a fun summer camp experience! Families can enjoy swimming, archery, arts and crafts, nature exploration, games, songs, and more! Each family will be housed in their own air conditioned cabin or they can choose to share a cabin with other families. Meal is provided. Cabin availability is limited. Register by emailing

    Family Festival July 15 | 10AM - 9PM $25 per person | Kids under 4 are FREE Join us for a summer fun festival! Families can experience all the activities at camp together. Activities w...

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  • Troop Tuesday: Spreading the love for literacy

    Because they love to read, Junior Troop 1135 found a great way to inspire others.

    Troop 1135 built a lending library for campers at The Parsons Leadership Center at Camp South Mountain. The girls hosted a book drive, made bookmarks, and painted and decorated a bookshelf.

    Together, they collected a total of 375 books and presented the completed lending library to the camp director, Kitty, and they earned their Bronze Award in the process! Great work, girls!

    Looking for community service ideas for your troop? Check out these great opportunities!

  • Relevant and Resonant: Girl Scouts Ranks #2 on World Value Index

    During the last year, Girl Scouts has reclaimed its ownership of and legacy in the leadership space for girls, showing the world that there is no better program to ignite the power of every girl. In addition to continuing to invest in technology to better deliver and influence new programming, Girl Scouts welcomed a new leader, CEO Sylvia Acevedo, who brings to the organization a background in entrepreneurship; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); and innovation, as well as a lifelong commitment to advancing opportunities for girls. Under Sylvia’s leadership, the Girl Scout Movement has expanded its reach to populations that need it most and is enhancing its research-proven program offerings so more girls can develop leadership skills that aren’t cultivated in traditional school settings. When the results of the World Value Index were released earlier this week—showing Girl Scouts second out of 150 organizations ranked according to how audiences perceive and value the purpose and mission of the brand—it was apparent that Girl Scouts’ dedication to girls’ healthy development and education is being noticed in a BIG way. In fact, Girl Scouts scored at the top of four key areas: high awareness, relevance and resonance, a strong motivator in garnering active support, and an influential factor in spending. “GSUSA is honored to be recognized on the 2017 World Value Index a...

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  • School's Out, Summer's In!

    Summer is in full force now, but that doesn’t mean that the Girl Scout fun has ended. Check out these fun summer programs for the whole family!

    Family Fun Nights
    June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22 | The Parsons Leadership Center
    Kids under 4 are FREE | $12 per kid ages 5-17 | $7 per adult

    Girl Scouts, family and friends welcome! Get a taste of the Parsons Leadership Center by experiencing all the activities at camp together. Activities will include swimming, archery, arts and crafts, nature exploration, games, songs, and more! Snacks and beverages provided, bring the whole family! This is open to the public.

    Sonoran Search: Passport Exploration for the Sonoran Desert
    July 15 and August 12 | Desert Botanical Garden
    $9 per person | All ages

    Play, learn and discover summer nights in the Sonoran Desert during a special evening of the popular Flashlight Tours program! Girls will receive a passport to help them navigate the different Flashlight Tour experiences. Register now.

    GS Day at Cardinals and Jr. Cheer Event
    August 19 | University of Phoenix Stadium
    $47 per person | All ages

    Join the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders for an afternoon of fun! Girls will learn a cheer and perform during halftime. Families and friends are welcome to attend this event and wa...

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  • Girl Scout Junior earns the Bronze Cross for saving a person's life

    With unstoppable bravery, extraordinary courage and incredible confidence, 10-year-old Katie of Troop 872, earned the Bronze Cross for saving the life of a first grader at her school.

    When Katie and the first grader were waiting to get on the school bus, a car suddenly jumped over two curbs and crashed into the bus right where they were standing. Katie saw the car approaching and quickly pushed the first grader out of harm’s way.

    Part of the Girl Scout program is to help girls develop skills to improve their lives and the world around them. By reacting quickly to save a life, Katie is a living testament to the highest principles of the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

    Katie is a wonderful example of the power of G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™. Her quick thinking saved a life. Girl Scouts of the USA presented her with one of the highest honors bestowed upon Girl Scouts, the Bronze Cross. Fantastic work, Katie! We’re so proud of you.

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  • Helping your Daughter Make New Friends

    Whether your daughter is going to summer camp, entering a new school or new neighborhood, making new friends is important. Yet for many girls, it’s just not that easy.

    Here’s some advice on how to steer her in the right direction.

    1. Tell your daughter about how you met your friends. You probably have some good stories to share with her.

    2. If your daughter is a bit shy, she might need a few suggestions on what to say when she meets someone new. Role play some ways she could introduce herself to others.

    3. Making friends at camp is easier because the camp culture is very accepting. New campers are welcomed and invited to join in activities. If your daughter is going to camp for the first time, knowing this might lessen her concerns.

    4. Your daughter will meet other kids at school, but don’t limit her to just that group. Try signing her up for activities at the library, for a team sport or a class piques her interest. 

    5. Make it easier for her by trying to get to playdates, troop meetings, and other activities on time. When you’re late to a social activity, your daughter might miss out on introductions and feel uncomfortable reaching out on her own.

    Summer camp is around the corner! Sign her up today.

  • Troop Tuesday: Brownies make things brighter

    When Brownie Troop 1377 learned that there are 18,000 Arizona kids in foster care, they decided to take action.

    Troop 1377 wanted to make sure some foster children had items for the coming summer heat. They raised money and asked for donations from family and friends to purchase gifts.

    Together, the girls collected and presented 17 boxes of cookies, 10 summer hats, 12 flip flops, and 12 toddler outfits to Child Crisis of Arizona. They also presented them with a $100 check!

    Instead of thinking about themselves, Troop 1377 is thinking about the lives of others. Great job, girls!

    Looking for service project ideas for your troop? Here is a list of organizations.

  • Sylvia Acevedo Named Permanent Chief Executive Officer Of Girl Scouts Of The USA

    After a thorough nationwide search, during which many highly qualified candidates were considered, our National Board has named interim leader Sylvia Acevedo the permanent CEO of our 105-year-old organization. A lifelong Girl Scout and longtime business leader, Sylvia has held the title of interim GSUSA CEO since June 2016. Before that, she was secretary of the GSUSA Board of Directors. She is an enduring champion of girls’ and women’s causes who brings a deep understanding of the youth leadership market and the evolving needs of today’s girls to her role at permanent CEO. Ms. Acevedo has also advocated for Hispanic, Asian, and other minority populations in the U.S. throughout her career and is a White House commissioner on the Presidential Initiative for Hispanic Educational Excellence. “I am truly honored to have been selected for this role,” said Sylvia. “Throughout my career, I have been deeply committed to helping girls cultivate the skills they need to excel in life. I firmly believe they can change the world, and that at this decisive moment in time, we need their courage, confidence, and character more than ever.” She continued, “Girl Scouts has always been an important part of my life, helping me as a young girl to develop the skills to become a leader. My focus [at GSUSA] has been to raise the profile of the Girl Scout Movement and mission, with the targeted aim to grow membership. So I am excited to be able to move forward with the ini...

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  • 9 Things to Know about Summer Camp

    There’s a lot more to camp than just campfires and canoes. Here are some things you might not know about the camp experience.

    9. Camp is worth its weight in gold, and then some! The camp experience is life-changing.  Girls develop new friendships and make memories that last well beyond the final campfire.

    8. Green is “zen.” Research shows that first-hand experience with nature, like those at camp, reduce stress in children and help them better handle stress in the future. In addition to teaching children how to be good stewards of the environment, camps are teaching children how to enjoy the world around them.

    7. Mommies and Daddies do it too. Camp is not just for girls.  We offer family camp experiences, Mom and Me sessions as well as Me & My Pal, for fathers or adult male role models. Adults benefit from the same sense of community, authentic relationships, and self-discovery that children do.

    6. The importance of “unplugging.” Camp offers an opportunity for girls to unplug from their phones. Once unplugged, girls turn to face-to-face interaction and practice the art of conversation which can improve social skills and build thoughtful relationships.

    5. Advantages of Girl-Only. Girls experience a sense of freedom in a girl-only environment.  It allows girls to move out of gender stereotypes and try new things without trying to impress or compete with the opposite sex. Girls also...

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  • Alumna of the Month: Monica Bravo

    My Dream Job in the Forest

    “Girl Scouting and camp are beautiful woven fabrics that have made my life the colorful quilt it is.”

    I had never experienced camping. I was not an athletic or outdoorsy type person, but I was excited for a new adventure with my sister Girl Scouts. I was in the 5th grade.  Despite the obvious inconvenience of sleeping on a cold cot in a platform tent, preparing all of our own meals and keeping our unit clean, I fell in love with the forest.

    What I most enjoyed were the campfire skits and songs. I sang those songs everywhere. I taught everyone my favorite repeat songs. The Princess Pat and Boom Chicka Boom became my go-to babysitting activities.

    Later, in my first semester at college I took an introductory education class. The final assignment was to present a lesson to the class.  I procrastinated and then ended up spending an entire night creating a lesson to teach a song I learned around a Girl Scout campfire. The next day, I had college football players singing and doing movements to Happiness Runs in a Circular Motion. My professor assured me I was going to be a successful educator.

    That summer I packed my things and moved to Willow Springs…

    Continue reading Monica’s story here!

  • Meet the Camp Director: Road Runner of Shadow Rim Ranch

    Unique, remarkable, and exciting opportunities, both on and off camp property, await girls at Shadow Rim Ranch! So, who is the new camp director at Shadow Rim Ranch? Born in Bishop, California and raised in New Hampshire, Ohio, Utah, Georgia, Illinois, and England, Chris Newell “Road Runner” has 10 years of youth education experience. We’re so happy to have her!

    What’s your favorite thing about the outdoors/nature?
    I love the sweet aroma of ponderosa pines, filtered light through the forest, and the sun on my hair.

    Favorite camp song?
    “On the Loose” (It makes me cry every time. I learned and adapted all the verses while I was walking 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago last year! It was my theme song!)

    Most unique SWAP item you’ve seen?
    Scat. It was a little piece of artificial turf with a bunch of peppercorns glued to it!

    Best thing about your job?
    I get to work with girls and make a difference in the world.

    Have any pets?
    We got our dog, Chica, from Arizona Border Collie rescue after we moved to Shadow Rim Ranch.

    What’s your go-to camp food?
    Salad Bar!

    Best part of the s’more?
    Just the Marshmallow!

    Favorite color?
    Usually green, but this year its orange!

    Peanut butter or jelly?
    Almond Butter (homemade)

    Outer space or underg...

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  • Arizona Cactus-Pine Girl Scouts Sell Three Million Boxes of Cookies; Announce The Henry, Churn as the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge Champions

    As Girl Scouts everywhere celebrated 100 years of selling cookies, Girl Scouts­—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is celebrating their very successful cookie sale.  

    • 13,278 girls sold 3 million boxes of cookies in nine weeks. That’s an average of 219 boxes for each girl.
    • The top cookie seller sold 4016 boxes of cookies.
    • 158,432 cookies were sold online through the Digital Cookie program, the second year girls could market their cookies to friends and family via a website they created, thus allowing girls to learn ecommerce business skills.
    • The most popular cookie? Thin Mints of course! 34% of sales went to this cookie, followed closely by Samoas (21%).

    Girl Scout Cookies not only helps Girl Scouts earn money for fun, educational activities and community projects, but also plays an important role helping girls learn essential life skills like decision making, money management, people skills, business ethics and goal setting. It is the largest girl-led business in the world!

    In other sweet news, the numbers are in for the Cookie Dessert Challenge! And the winners are….The Henry, with their delicious Samoa Doughnuts and Churn, with its Savannah...

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  • Troop Tuesday: Senior Girl Scouts plant their seed of knowledge

    When you’re a Girl Scout, it’s easy to be green. In fact, it’s in our DNA. Our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, was a famous lover of nature. Today, Girl Scouts honor her legacy by promoting respect and love for the great outdoors.

    To earn their Sisterhood Journey and Take Action project, Senior Troop 404 wanted to make a positive impact on the environment and teach their sister Girl Scouts that there is more to a flower than just its good looks.

    Troop 404 decided to help Juniors complete their Junior Flower badge by hosting an event at Glendale Public Library and Saguaro Ranch Park. As a team, the girls came up with an idea to lead a garden tour. They created botanist notebooks and gathered pipe cleaners, safety pins, pencils, paper, and napkins for related-fun activities.

    The event was successful with over 20 attendees from Troops 1010, 1709, 998 and 2321. Because of this great turnout, Troop 404 is planning to host another workshop.

    Troop 404 is using their leadership skills and is setting great examples for their younger Girl Scout sisters. Amazing!

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  • Hear It from a Girl Scout Leader: Paving Their Own Way

    I’m a third-generation Girl Scout and a second-generation Girl Scout troop leader. I’ve been a troop leader for about seven years now—and what a wild ride it’s been!

    My career as a Girl Scout leader began in a rather unconventional (not to mention stressful) way. One evening, while entertaining family members, I heard a knock at my front door. When I opened it no one was there, but there was a box on my doorstep…and a note. As background, up until that point I’d been a very uninvolved assistant troop leader—not because I didn’t want to be involved, but because our troop leader wanted to run the troop without any help from anyone. I had time and again offered to take some of the weight off her shoulders, but she always passed. And eventually the weight became too much for her to bear. On that night about seven years ago, with the note on my doorstep, I received all that weight on my shoulders—meaning the troop leader let me know she was quitting the troop and leaving me to run the middle of the Girl Scout Cookie sale. What followed was a crash course in troop leadership, troop finance, and cookie sale management. The wonderful people at my local council assured and reassured me, lifted me up, and gave me the confidence that I could do this! On leaving a meeting with one of my council representatives, I took a deep breath an...

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  • Girl Scouts Experience Police and Fire Training

    In March, 28 high school Girl Scouts demonstrated courage, confidence, and character while participating in the second annual Aspire Academy held at the Mesa Police and Fire Training Facility.  Supported by the Valley’s finest female police officers and fire fighters, these girls were taken through the learning experience of a lifetime. 

    Each morning started with lots of sweat. At 6 a.m. girls were up and running, literally, for their day. They spent a full day each with the fire and police departments learning what it’s like to be fire fighter or in law enforcement. 

    On “fire day,” our Girl Scouts, dressed in full fire-fighting gear, learned how to drag hoses, throw ladders, perform search and rescues through smoke-filled buildings, and rappelled down two stories.  And that was all before lunch! The initial two-story rappel was simply to get girls prepared for the biggest challenge of the day -- the seven-story rappel.  There were tears, there was laughter and there was triumph, as each girl slowly made their way down the side of the building.  

    A Girl Scout participant rappels...

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  • Meet the Camp Director: Doc of Camp Maripai

    Did you know? Camp Maripai was the first Girl Scout Camp in Arizona! It has a long history of offering girls and families a traditional camping experience with an emphasis on horsemanship programs. So, who is the camp director at our beloved Maripai? Born and raised in Alaska, Annie Warner “Doc” has 16 years of camp experience—four years as a camper, and 11 years in leadership roles. We’re excited to have her here!

    Favorite thing about the outdoors and nature?
    Sunrise. I love the sights and sounds as the world begins to wake up.

    Favorite camp song?
    Old Lady Leary

    Favorite camp activity?

    Most unique SWAP you’ve seen?
    Camper Nights – it’s a small bag filled with glitter and stars. So when you’re missing your nights of camping, you can look down and remember a camper’s star-filled sky.

    Best Camp Memory?
    One of my favorite memories is leading a group of first-time campers on an overnight canoe trip. It was such an amazing experience. We spent the first day canoeing, then cooked out and camped on a sandbar that night under the stars. The next morning we got up and canoed the rest of the trip.  I loved seeing the girls so excited about this adventure and their feelings of accomplishment when the trip was done. 

    Your go-to camp food?
    Chicken Fingers

    Best part of the s’more?
    The toasted marshmallow!


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  • 5 Ways to Thank Your Girl Scout Volunteer During Volunteer Appreciation Month

    Our extraordinary volunteers are what make the adventurous Girl Scout world go ‘round. And during April, we’re ensuring they hear how much girls and parents appreciate that.  Here are five fun ways to show your favorite volunteer your love and gratitude during National Volunteer Appreciation Month! 1. Make something. Who doesn’t love a handmade gift from the heart? Show that one-of-a-kind Girl Scout volunteer in your life how much they mean to you by breaking out those arts and crafts supplies and getting creative. Get ideas from Pinterest! 2. Shout ‘em out on social media. What better way to make your favorite Girl Scout volunteer feel special than to broadcast your thanks far and wide? They’re the best, and you’ll shout it loud and clear: I love my Girl Scout volunteer! Be sure to include a line about why this volunteer (or volunteers) is so special to you, and include the hashtag #NVW2017 to call out National Volunteer Week, which runs April 23–29. 3. Write them a love letter. Imagine their surprise when they open their mailbox and find a love letter from you. 4. Send an eCard. Is your Girl Scout volunteer a digital genius? Get innovative and send them a personalized eCard! It’s easy; pick your favorite G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-...

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  • Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Bestows Gold Award to 33 Local Girl Scouts

    Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is pleased to announce that 33 girls received their Gold Award in 2017. This is the highest and most prestigious award in Girl Scouting, comparable to the Boy Scouts of America’s Eagle Scout merit. Girls who pursue their Gold Award aspire to transform an idea and vision for change into an actionable plan with measurable, sustainable and far-reaching results. A young woman who has earned her Gold Award has become a community leader in the truest sense. Her accomplishments reflect outstanding leadership and civic engagement.

    To earn the Gold Award, girls spend over 80 hours working on a project that addresses a community problem and is important to each girl. Overall, the process usually takes 18 to 24 months and often involves seeking in-kind donations and recruiting volunteers. For most of these girls, this award is the culmination of more than 10 years in the Girl Scouts. Gold Awardees distinguish themselves in the college admission process, earn college scholarships and enter the military one rank higher. Nationally, only about one million Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 have earned the Gold Award or its equivalent since 1916.

    “I am honored to congratulate these outstanding girls,” said Tamara Woodbury, CEO of GSACPC. “By earning the Gold Award, Girl Scouts set themselves apart as top achievers, and are incredible women of confidence, courage, and character, who make the world a better place.”

    The Gold Awar...

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  • Troop Tuesday: Troop 19 paints the world a better place

    Graffiti vandalism negatively impacts the community in many ways. It makes neighborhoods feel unsafe, harms the environment and is costly to remove.

    Troop 19 usually walk and hike a popular trail nearby. When they discovered a wall was covered in graffiti, the girls were determined to remove it to make their neighborhood a cleaner and more inviting environment.

    To do this, they partnered with City of Phoenix, who supplied them with paint, paint rollers and trays. With the help of family and friends, the wall was revitalized and uplifted! Great work, Troop 19!

    Looking for service projects for your troop? Here is a list of organizations!

  • 3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Luck

    Fact: Good things tend to happen to Girl Scouts. They’ve been invited to camp out at the White House and took to the streets of Manhattan for the 90th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Parade on their very own float. They’re constantly being written up in local papers, they’ve explored space on historic NASA missions, and they’ve lead some of our country’s major companies.

    Some people might say these girls and women have been lucky, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. It isn’t a four-leaf clover or a wink from a leprechaun that opens doors and creates opportunities for Girl Scouts—it’s hard work, determination, and a passion for improving the world that does the trick. That’s right, Girl Scouts make their own luck, and so can you by following these tips!

    1. Take action

    Dreams rarely come true without a whole lot of doing on your part! If there’s someone who’s achieved the things you hope to one day have happen in your life, find out what she did to get there and then make a plan for yourself based on the path she followed.

    2. Be collaborative, not competitive

    A lot of people think you have to be tough to get to the top or make big things happen in the world, but that’s simply not true! In fact, it’s a lot easier to make your dreams come true when you have a team of people who want to help and support you. When you lend a hand or cheer someone else along in their projects, they’re far more likely to do the same for you...

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  • Let’s celebrate Girl Scout Week like a G.I.R.L.

    It’s officially Girl Scout Week! Let’s celebrate when Girl Scouts of all ages celebrate and show the world what it means to be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™.

    To make this year’s activities extra special. Here are a few ideas to get you started—one for each day of Girl Scout Week.

    Sunday, March 12—Celebrate National Girl Scout Day by reconnecting with the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Learn more about Girl Scout history and our founder, Juliette Gordon Low; you could even hold a Girl Scout birthday party. (We’re 105 this year!) Do something to make the world a better place.

    Monday, March 13—Be a go-getter and take action by launching a community service project!

    Tuesday, March 14—Be an innovator and explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)! Check out our STEM partners to schedule visits with your troop or as an individual.  

    Wednesday, March 15—Be a risk-taker and step out of your comfort zone! You can try new and exciting activities at summer camp.

    Thursday, March 16—Be a leader and show p...

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  • Troop Tuesday: Diva Droids win in the world of STEM

    Girl Scout STEM activities introduce girls to a wide range of careers in science, technology, engineer and math fields and help them discover ways to make a difference in the world.

    Troop 1606, aka Diva Droids, is celebrating after earning three Judges Awards at the Vex Robotics Competition this year. The girls were recognized for their stellar design process, methods and strategies, portrayal of outstanding team work and interviewing skills.

    Their winning project required extensive time researching, building and designing. Not only is Troop 1606 making a statement in the world of STEM, they are learning the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship! Congrats, Diva Droids!

    Want to get involved in STEM-related activities? Get more information now!

  • Celebrate Women’s History Month with Girl Scouts!

    At Girl Scouts, we love Women’s History Month! It’s a time to celebrate the women who struggled for equality, who’ve broken barriers. To remember the women who have made discoveries and put in the hard work to make the world a better place. This of course brings to mind the fearless and visionary women who appear in history books—women like Amelia Earhart, Madam C.J. Walker, and naturally the great Juliette Gordon Low, who founded Girl Scouts over 100 years ago. In 1912, long before American women could vote or attend most Ivy League colleges, Juliette knew girls were natural-born leaders, and dedicated her life to helping as many girls as possible reach their potential. Join us on social media this March as we celebrate those incredible trailblazers alongside many others who’ve carved their own paths in history. We should be recognizing the drive and dedication of women and girls around us today—and even of ourselves! Before they were leading scientists, military leaders, journalists, athletes, politicians, artists, or writers, so many women were Girl Scouts themselves and celebrated Women’s History Month with their troops—just as you will be for the next few weeks. When you think about that, it’s easy to realize the potential that each and every one of us has to make an impact. That’s why we’ve created an exciting project to help today’s girls learn and celebrate the history of all the incredible women in their lives—including moms, grandmother...

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  • Meet the Camp Director: Kitty of Parsons Leadership Center

    The Parsons Leadership Center is finally opening its door in April! So who is our beloved camp director at our brand new Parsons Leadership Center? Crystal “Kitty” Dingott, formal camp director of Camp Maripai, started working at Camp Maripai in 2003. Kitty loves working with kids and loves helping girls grow into strong leaders. We’re so happy to have her!

    What’s your favorite thing about the outdoors/nature?
    Sitting in silence and listening/watching: the sunlight on the grass, the wind in the trees, sounds of the birds and little bugs….the quiet beauty, the seemingly simple, yet infinitely complicated web of life happening all around me.

    Favorite camp song?
    “Anne Marie Loves John Pierre” and “One Tin Soldier”  

    Most unique SWAP item you’ve seen?
    A little camp fire made out of bottle cap.  

    Best thing about your job?
    Witnessing the transformation of young women who come to camp nervous or unsure of themselves, and then overcome challenges by working with other girls. At the end of the summer they are proud of themselves, know their self-worth and what they are truly capable of, because they found it in themselves.

    Have any pets?
    I adopted two kittens from the Humane Society. They are twin sisters, both grey and white, named Sugar and Spice.

    What’s your go-to camp food?
    Chicken patty sandwiches….mmmmmmmmmm!

    Best part of the s’more?...

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  • Meet the Camp Director: Juniper of Willow Springs

    Camp directors lead the charge at camp, plan programs, manage the day-to-day details, communicate with parents and much more. So, who is the camp director at our beloved Willow Springs? Born and raised in Eastern Washington, Michelle “Juniper” Balfe-Keefer has 20 years of working with youth and families and has been our camp director at Willow Springs for 8 years! We’re so happy to have her!

    Favorite thing about the outdoors and nature?
    I feel peaceful in the outdoors – I love the smells and the sounds. I love to track animals and have close experiences with the birds, mammals, reptiles and insects.

    Favorite camp song?
    “Da Moose”

    Favorite camp activity?

    Most unique SWAP you’ve seen?
    Hand crocheted flowers

    Best Camp Memory?
    Any time spent with girls or camp staff learning and practicing their outdoor skills and laughing together.

    Have any pets?
    Lila, a 15-year-old black lab and Miho and Richard, who were found at Camp Tabby Cats.

    Best part of the s’more?
    The ‘mallow.

    Favorite color?

    Peanut butter or jelly?
    Sunflower butter (we outlaw peanut butter at camp!)

    Outer space or underground?
    Underground! I would love the chance to see and meet all the organisms that live underground, see the roots of plants, and the various layers that make up our world.

    Fun fact:...

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  • A Message From Sylvia Acevedo: A Commitment to Inclusivity is Part of our DNA

    At Girl Scouts of the USA, a commitment to inclusivity is part of our DNA. Founded by a daring and courageous woman who wasn’t afraid to break the mold, Juliette Gordon Low plainly stated that Girl Scouts was to be a Movement "for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world.

    For more than 100 years, we have lived up to these words and carried forward the legacy of openness, inclusion, and unity that Juliette Low handed down to us. We have actively embraced all girls and are reflective of American society. Through turbulent and troubled times, through wars and economic depressions, and through periods of peace and prosperity, we have always served girls in every walk of life, without regard to their race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, economic standing, orientation, country of birth, or family history.

    Girl Scouts has truly been, and will always be, a Movement for ALL girls—a place where girls can, must, and will feel safe to explore their potential, learn new skills, make lifelong friends, and tap into their potential for the leadership that our world so desperately needs. In today’s environment, some of our girls may be experiencing certain pressures and anxieties; they may feel unsure, confused, or even threatened.

    So let me be perfectly clear: Girl Scouts of the USA is here for them. Our role is to support and encourage every girl, not insert ourselves into her spirituality, question her birthplace or family’s country of or...

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  • Troop Tuesday: Daisies and Brownies bring their community together, one seed at a time

    Daisies begin their Girl Scout Journey by discovering themselves, connecting with new friends and learning about making things grow.

    Daisy and Brownie Troop 1948 decided to beautify Villa de Paz Elementary School by creating a Be Kind garden. To do this, the girls put their green thumbs to use by gathering plants and gardening supplies. They also decorated the garden with painted rocks and pavers full of inspirational words.

    Because of Troop 1948’s hard work, students now walk around the campus full of beauty and inspiration. Great job, girls!

    Looking for service projects for your troop? Here is a list of organizations!

  • Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge is BACK this February at Restaurants Across the Valley and Flagstaff

    New, Returning Chefs Jump at Chance to Reimagine Classic Cookies

    Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is pleased to announce the return of its award-winning Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge. For the fourth year in a row, chefs from some of the state’s most popular restaurants will use their culinary prowess to re-imagine one of the beloved flavors of Girl Scout cookies – Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Tagalongs, Thin Mints, Trefoils, Toffee-tastics and Savannah Smiles – into a custom dessert menu item. Each restaurant has agreed to feature its dessert on its menu from February 1 to February 28, 2017, with a portion of the proceeds from each dessert sold directly supporting Girl Scouting in our community.

    They also hope to inspire home cooks across Arizona to buy an extra box or two this Girl Scout cookie season to create their own desserts. Girl Scout Cookies will be available from Jan. 23 to March 5 this year. As in recent years, the Girl Scouts will have all cookies on hand for immediate customer purchase. Locations of cookie booths can be found by downloading the app Cookie Finder or by visiting

    The participating restaurants, and their creative desserts, are:

    Restaurant:  347 Grill @ UltraStar Multi-tainment Center  Lo...

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  • Troop Tuesday: Girls take the lead to help animals in need

    Every year, approximately 7.6 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters nationwide. Living in a shelter can be stressful for animals, especially for those who stay for two weeks or longer.

    To earn their Bronze Award, Troop 6314 decided take action by building two bookshelves full of pet supplies at Sun Valley Animal Shelter so dogs and cats can stay healthy, happy and comfy as they wait for their new home.

    After building the bookshelves, the girls placed them in the meet-and-greet area of the shelter so people can get to know the dogs and cats before deciding to adopt them. They also hosted a cake auction and sold homemade coloring books to raise funds for the pet supplies.

    We are so proud of Troop 6314’s creativity and leadership. Fabulous job, girls!

    Want to get your troop involved in volunteering? Here is a list of organizations!

  • Inauguration Day: Reflecting on Girl Scouts’ History of Civic Action

    On Friday, January 20, approximately 75 Girl Scouts from the Nation’s Capital council will voluntarily march in the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Parade, as the council has done over the past 100 years. As part of this unique experience, these girls will gain insight into the time-honored democratic tradition of a peaceful transition of power. Then, the very next day, Saturday, January 21, women and girls, including Girl Scouts, from across the country will descend on Washington to participate in the Women's March and similar events in communities across the country.

    At Girl Scouts, our Movement is made up of individuals who hold political beliefs and convictions as varied as our nation itself. And because every girl has a home at Girl Scouts, every girl in our Movement is allowed her own ideas, opinions, beliefs, and political ideology. Our fundamental value is empowering girls to be leaders in their own lives. By helping them build the courage, confidence, and character to lift their voices, champion their views, and be advocates for the issues and ideas important to them, Girl Scouts supports girls as they become catalysts for change who strengthen their communities.

    Of course, we are a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that by law cannot take positions on political candidates or parties—and we take this very seriously.


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  • Sweet News for Arizona Girl Scouts & Cookie Fans

    Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years of selling cookies, the new Girl Scout S’mores Cookie and the 4th Annual Dessert Challenge

    For six weeks each year, Girl Scouts in Arizona participate in the largest girl-led business: the Girl Scout Cookie Program. From Jan. 23 - March 5, more than 17,000 girls in central and northern Arizona will be walking around neighborhoods with delicious cookies and boothing in front of local stores. The 2017 Cookie Season is an extra special one for Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC), since it marks the 100th year of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts.

    Sale Dates: Jan. 23 – March 5
    Cookie Program dates are set by each council throughout the U.S. and vary based on local market and environment. The 2017 Cookie Season for Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is Jan. 23 – March 5.  GSACPC is one of two councils in Arizona. Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona (GSSoAZ) season is Jan. 14- March 5.

    New Girl Scout S’mores cookies and the Return of Favorite Flavors
    Our new Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie combines two iconic Girl Scout traditions-the s’more and Girl Scout Cookies-into one tasty treat. Girl Scout S’mores is a crunchy graham sandwich cookie with a chocolate and marshmallowy filling.  Each cookie features an embossed image of one of the five Girls’ Choice Outdoor badges.

    Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, and Do-si-...

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  • Troop Tuesday: What’s the Buzz about Bees and Pollinators?

    Did you know? About one-third of the human diet is derived from insect-pollinated plants, and honey bees are responsible for 80 percent of this pollination. After learning this, two Go-Getters from Ambassador Troop 2143 decided to raise awareness about the importance of bees and their role in our food sources.

    To start their project off, Jessi and Marcella teamed up with Southwest Regional Library to host an event to educate the community about this issue. The girls contacted Derrick Shields, a local beekeeper, and Monica Pastor, an educator from University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, to be their guest speakers.

    As part of the event, the girls did some arts and crafts with youth participants to spread their important message, “Protect Our Pollinators!”

    Jessi and Marcella completed their Journey project in the process. Fantastic work, girls!

    Looking for service project ideas? Find out how to get involved!

  • 5 Things You Need to Know About Cookies 2017!

    As we get ready for the 2017 Cookie Season, here are five things you need to know!

      Cookies Prices Increase. After holding the cookies prices steady for 10 years, the price of Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, Trefoils and Savannah Smiles will increase to $5 a package. The Cookie Program is our largest source of income. Revenues from the cookie sale support troop activities and service projects, provide girl rewards, maintain our four camp facilities, develop relevant girl programs, deliver volunteer training and support, and provide financial assistance to keep Girl Scouting available and affordable for the 22,000 girls in our Council. All the proceeds stay in Arizona and benefit every Girl Scout in our Council. Proceeds Increase. Troops will earn 90¢ per package sold – a 17% increase in proceeds. New Cookie – S’mores. The new S’mores-inspired cookie is a crunchy graham cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling. Digital Cookie has a Mobile App and more delivery options. The mobile app can be used on walkabouts and for in-person sales and allows girls to take credit cards. Cookies ordered via Digital Cookie can be shipped or delivered directly to the customer. Girls Can Earn Program Credits. Cookie Dough is now called Program Credits. Girls may select Program Credits in lieu of some girl reward items. Program Credits can be use...

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  • Powered by Girl Scout Cookies

    A successful woman reflects

    When Claudia Walters became a Girl Scout at 7 years-old in Tompkins County, New York, she discovered her talent for selling cookies. For the next five years, she eagerly looked forward to Girl Scout Cookie season. Besides the friends she made and the values she learned, she says this was her favorite part of being a Girl Scout.

    Today, Claudia lives in Mesa and has a long and impressive resume that includes serving as vice-mayor of Mesa City Council, President of Mesa United Way, Mesa Public Schools Governing Board member and many other parent-teacher, youth and church organizations. Yet, even today, she credits what she learned selling girl Scout cookies to her success in the public sector.

    She says the cookie sale brought out her “salesman” gene and she learned at a young age “how to tell a story and how to sell a message.”

    Read Claudia’s full story on the Listening Post here.

  • Help Her Find Her Squad

    Think about that one friend of yours—the one you’ve known forever, who remembers your goofiest fashion moments, who’s cheered you on through every adventure, who you can go without seeing for months and pick right back up as if no time has passed at all. There’s no question you want your daughter to have the same kind of amazing friendships in her life, so do her a solid and steer her in the right social direction.

    Show Her the Fun of Friendship
    Your daughter probably knows several of your friends, so try telling her about how you met, whether it was in line at the grocery store or at school when you were younger. Understanding that you had to go through the whole getting-to-know-you process will give her more confidence in her own social skills—and get her excited about all the opportunities to make new friends.

    Play Your Part If your daughter is a bit shy, she might need a few hints of what to say when she meets someone new. “Come up with real-life situations she might be confronted with,” suggests Girl Scouts Developmental Psychologist Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald. “If they are in the lunch line together, how can she start a conversation?” Remember that the ice breakers you might use in your life (“That was a great presentation—want to grab lunch sometime?”) don’t necessarily translate to the swing-set crew! Asking about pets, commenting on t...

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  • Troop Tuesday: Cadettes bring holiday joy to children in need

    Keeping up with the joyous holiday season, Go-Getter Troop 1269 wanted to make things brighter for children in need.

    They decided to donate items to Operation Christmas Child, an organization that sends shoeboxes full of gifts to children in underdeveloped countries. To do this, the girls asked for donations from friends and families.

    Together, they collected and donated 10 boxes full of toiletries, socks, stuffed animals, puzzles, coloring books, crayons, stickers and more!

    Instead of thinking about themselves, Troop 1269 is thinking about the lives of others, during this holiday season. Great work, girls!

  • This Winter Break, Get Out and Get Active, Girl Scout Style!

    Off from work for a week or two? Are the kids on winter break from school? This holiday season, spend some quality time with family and friends in the great outdoors, Girl Scout style!

    At Girl Scouts, outdoor experiences are offered to girls in a safe, all-girl space where they are free to stretch their minds, expand their skills and take on challenges. Specific to girls, research has shown that one outdoor experience a month benefits them. The outdoors is not just fun, it improves health and well-being—one of our favorite combinations.

    Did you know?

      In Arizona, there are lots of State Parks to explore. Check them out now! Girl Scouts partnered with the National Park Service to encourage girls to visit a national park, monument, historical site or seashore near them. While there, they are encouraged to earn the Girl Scout Ranger patch. Girl Scouts is actively involved with the National Park Service initiative Every Kid in a Park, which offers all fourth graders in the United States unlimited...

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  • She Likes Science? Try Engineering!

    Does your girl like music, playing sports, or cooking? How about video games, dancing, or stargazing? Does she dream of curing disease, inventing things, or caring for animals?

    Yes? Then she likes science—and she may be interested in engineering! That’s great news for her and for our society as we need more women involved with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Of all STEM fields, the “E” (engineering) has the fewest women so we need to fuel the pipeline!

    Kids are natural engineers. They are incredibly curious, love to play, take things apart, and interact with the world to understand how it works. Girls in elementary school already have the right mindset for STEM: they’re curious, aren't afraid to ask questions, enjoy working with others, like to use their imaginations, and love making things.

    How do you channel her interest in science into activities that will engage, entertain, and educate her to be a challenge-seeker, problem-solver, and world-changer? We can inspire girls to explore a future in engineering by showing them how STEM subjects are interesting, and can help people lead better lives.

      Help her see that STEM is everywhere. Play a game to spot science and engineering in our everyday lives. Help her take things apart (safety first!) to see how they work. Get outdoors and observe the science of nature. Introduce her to STEM role models. Watch shows and documentaries about science. Check out...

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  • Are you ready to take the lead like a Girl Scout?

    Ever get the feeling that a lot of people out there think Girl Scouts is just about cookies, badges, and friendship bracelets?

    That’s why it’s time to show the world everything that Girl Scouts are capable of—designing robots and standing up to bullying, conserving the environment and finding sustainable solutions to other real-world problems. And of course, practicing leadership early and often.

    When a Girl Scout sets her mind on a goal, there is absolutely no stopping her. She is a Go-getter. She’s an Innovator. She’s a Risk-taker. She’s a Leader. She’s a G.I.R.L.! And giving back is in her DNA. So is standing up to the challenge, no matter how big or small.

    For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has helped transform millions of girls into the leaders and change-makers of today and tomorrow. How do we do it? Through a unique program that equips girls with the courage, confidence, and character to, first, realize they have the power to make the world a better place, and then go out and make it happen.

    The best part? Whatever your age, gender, or background, Girl Scouts has opportunities for you to take the lead and make amazing things happen in your community and around the world.

    Are you ready to realize the magic of your full potential and build a better world with Girl Scouts? Check out our brand-new public service announcement, featuring our also-new “Watch Me Shine” Girl Scout anthem. It will inspire...

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  • Troop Tuesday: Daisies Spread Holiday Joy

    During Thanksgiving, one of the best ways to show gratitude is to give to others and that’s just what Daisy Troop 4239 did.

    To kick off the holiday season, Troop 4239 brought joy to residents of Brookdale Senior Living. During their visit, the girls sang holiday songs and made pine cone turkeys with the residents. They even earned Thanksgiving and Community patches in the process.

    These Daisies may be small, but they are definitely mighty! Great work, girls, sharing your love and kindness with others.

    Looking for community service ideas for your troop? Check out these great opportunities.

  • Service Project of the Month: Girl Scouts bring hope, faith and love to farm animals

    When Troop 1204 learned some farm animals suffer from neglect and abandonment in commercial farming institutions, they decided to take action.

    To earn their Bronze Award, Troop 1204 decided to build a pond to provide extra comfort for farm ducks at Aimee's Farm Animal Sanctuary. To do this, they raised funds to buy supplies and spent Saturday mornings during the summer working on the pond. 

    After completing their project, Troop 1204 had a special awards ceremony at the Chandler City Hall with Mayor Jay Tibshraenyas and Aimee Takaha, founder of Aimee’s Farm Animal Sanctuary.

    “Troop 1204 is doing great things for our community,” says Aimee. “They’ve put so many hours into our farm sanctuary and our ducks are so happy, they were splashing and diving in their new pond!”

    Troop 1204 is making a positive impact in the lives of animals and gaining an appreciation and awareness of the world. Great job, girls!

    Looking for service project ideas? Find out how to get involved!

  • 5 Ways to Pay it Forward this Thanksgiving

    Kindness comes in all shapes and sizes, and it can be incredibly powerful in its various forms. You can make a meaningful difference in someone’s day and life by channeling your inner Girl Scout and paying it forward with a dash of love, light, and service.

    Here are five small yet powerful ways to pay it forward this Thanksgiving!

    1. Did you buy more food than you need for your Thanksgiving meal? Head to a local homeless shelter or a neighbor’s home—anyone you know who might be running a little low this year—and offer your unopened and unused items.

    2. Lucky enough to have some very special people in your life? Send thank-you notes to friends and family. Let them know three reasons you are especially grateful for them this year. You’ll fill them with warmth.

    3. Have a friend in need of a little pick-me-up? Surprise them with a lunchbox filled with her or his favorite Thanksgiving leftovers. Include inspirational sticky notes to lighten their mood, and you’ve just given a special someone a meal to remember!

    4. Do you have a coworker that is particularly stressed out at work or at home? Make their day by getting to work a little early and leave a gift card for coffee or some other small treat you know they’ll love. Add a note with something like “Have a GREAT day! You are awesome!”

    5. Ready to give back? Many families consider helping at a soup kitch...

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  • Troop Tuesday: Juniors Rock the Vote!

    At Girl Scouts, civic engagement, responsibility, and duty are at the heart of the values and ideals we try to instill in girls. They are written into our Promise and Law, which calls on girls to serve their country, respect authority, and make the world a better place.

    On election night, Troop 1010 learned about the election process, made campaign posters, gave speeches describing their leadership skills, created their own laws and cast their ballots.

    After counting the ballots, the girls discussed about how they felt and how important it is to work together regardless the outcome. They even earned their Inside Government patches in the process! Way to go, girls!

  • What Our Country Needs Right Now Is You

    After an extremely contentious election season, filled with hostile words and news broadcasts that you may have had to turn off when kids were in the room, it’s time for our country to move forward together. However, as we enter a period of transition, it can be confusing for our children, who might not understand what’s happening around them. Your girl might be anxious, scared, or just have questions about what she’s seeing and hearing, and as a parent you want to help. So where do you start?

    “Now more than ever, we have to stand together as one people, one nation—regardless of our opinions, race, religion or beliefs, gender, who we love, what language we speak, or where we come from,” says Girl Scouts’ developmental psychologist, Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald. “But unity doesn’t mean abandoning the things that make us different from one another, and it doesn’t mean standing by or looking the other way in the face of bigotry and hatred. Real unity is what you get when a lot of very diverse people come together to form one complex yet seamless whole. It’s about equality, inclusiveness, and dignity—values I think we as parents all hope to instill in our children.”

    Your inclination might be to avoid the topic, but it’s incredibly important to take her concerns seriously. Address them in an age-appropriate way. It’s even okay to share that you’re feeling uncertain as well—both adults and kids often do during times of transition and change....

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  • Girl Scouts and Election Day

    On November 8, 2016, millions of Americans went to the polls to cast their vote for a new president and no matter how you voted, it was, like all presidential elections, a historic day for our leaders and for our country! At Girl Scouts, we believe every girl has the potential to be a leader whose actions can change the world.

    Girl Scouts shows girls how to take the lead to make their voices count and we work hard to instill the courage, confidence, and character they need to lead not only in their own lives, but also in our world. At Girl Scouts, civic engagement, responsibility, and duty are at the heart of the values and ideals that we try to instill in girls and that are written into our Promise and Law, which among other things, calls on girls to serve their country, respect authority, and make the world a better place. We encourage women of all parties and ideologies to lead in their own lives, in government, and in our world.

    Participating in elections as voters and candidates from both sides of the aisle is a matter of personal responsibility for Girl Scouts. Working with and through our government to get things done for their communities is how so many Girl Scouts have won some of our highest and most prestigious awards, including the Girl Scout Gold Award. Girl Scouts congratulates President-elect Trump on his victory, and look forward to continuing to work with the White House and Congress to advocate for issues important to girls and their leaders...

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  • GSACPC celebrates founder Juliette Gordon Low’s 166th birthday by getting more girls out-of-doors

    Halloween Oct. 31, to Girl Scouts, is also Founder’s Day—the 166th birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, who started the Girl Scout Movement in 1912. It’s fitting that Juliette’s birthday coincides with the most creative, imaginative, and fun day of the year. She was the original visionary and her forward thinking brought girls of all backgrounds into the outdoors.

    Juliette started the Girl Scout Movement at a time when the idea of a girls’ leadership organization was as silly as the idea of seeing a ghost; before women could legally vote, and before many women were able to own property or even work outside the home.

    So on this special day, Girl Scouts everywhere say happy birthday to this remarkable woman who created our Movement. We can honor her memory and celebrate her birthday by imagining who we want to be, today and in the future, and by working every day to turn our dreams into a reality.

    Through a generous grant by the Mellon Foundation, GSACPC has partnered with Student Conservation Association interns to help council staff enhance outdoor and conservation activities, as well as organize outdoor service opportunities for family and community members, and assist in increasing girl participation and volunteer confidence in the outdoors.

    It is through innovative initiatives, like this one, that mak...

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  • Troop Tuesday: Girl Scout friendships blossom near and far!

    Girl Scouting is part of a global sisterhood that encourages girls to see the value of diversity in a multicultural world. Girls learn to think and act in ways that promote an inclusive environment; respecting and valuing diverse backgrounds, viewpoints, and life experiences.

    Troop 228 wanted to connect with Girl Guides from another country. In 2012, the girls were paired with England Girl Guides from 1st Egremont of Cumbria in northern England and become pen pals. After exchanging letters and chatting via Skype for almost four years, the girls decided to connect on a deeper level.

    The English Girl Guides thought it would be a great idea to visit Arizona and meet Troop 228. To help fundraise their trip, the Girl Guides earned funds by packing grocery bags at their local super markets and hosting weekly Bingo events.

    In 2016, the England Girl Guides finally arrived to Arizona! The group of girls bonded together with non-stop adventures like exploring the Grand Canyon and Sedona, watching a baseball game, and volunteering at Feed My Starving Children.

    Troop 228 and the Girl Guides have decided to reunite again in three years before their high school graduation! We can’t wait to hear about their next adventure!

    Looking to celebrate international friendships? Check out...

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  • Girl Scouts and Netflix Are Joining Forces in a Big Way!

    Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Netflix are joining forces to empower young girls to envision their futures in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. Centered on Project Mc², a Netflix original series from MGA Entertainment Inc., the collaboration takes STEM beyond the small screen with hands-on experiences for Girl Scout troops and the debut of a STEM Superstars Guide (PDF), an online resource that encourages Girl Scouts across the country to discover just how exciting, fun, and rewarding STEM can be.

    Despite initial interest in STEM fields, nearly 50 percent of girls feel that STEM isn’t a typical career path for them—and their interest fades as they move through middle and high school. Showing girls how STEM subjects are woven throughout their everyday lives and introducing them to STEM enthusiasts like the cast of Project Mc², Girl Scouts’ new Helping Girls Become STEM Superstars guide provid...

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  • Volunteers of the Month: Supporting every girl as she grows in her faith

    Did you know? Girls can integrate their faith into Girl Scouting. With Faith Centered Scouting, volunteers support a girl’s growth in her faith, providing her with the opportunity to gain new skills and build self-esteem.

    Janie Vargas and Dolores Bartlett received the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award from the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Committee for their efforts in sharing the Catholic faith with Girl Scouts. These ladies facilitated classes and assisted with retreats for girls to earn their religious emblems.

    Because of their remarkable work, more girls are able to deepen their faith, all while experiencing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience! Great work!

    Want more information? Learn more about Faith Centered Scouting.



  • Troop Tuesday: Spreading the joy of reading

    One in four children in America grow up struggling with learning how to read. When Troop 703 discovered this issue, they decided to take action by promoting early literacy.

    To do this, Troop 703 hosted a book drive and held an informational night at their elementary and middle schools. Together, the girls collected over 300 books and presented them to UMOM and Tumbleweed.  

    The girls even earned their Silver Award in the process! Great work!

    Looking for community service ideas for your troop? Check out these great opportunities!

  • 5 Selling Tips for Fall Product Program

    As you and your troop participate in the upcoming Fall Product Program, here are five selling tips for a successful sale!

    1. Be prepared. Know all the different products you’re selling and be able to tell your customers about each variety.

    2. Make a list. Write down names of who you would like to contact about the sale. The number one reason people don’t buy from the program is because they were never asked.

    3. Wear your Girl Scout gear. When taking orders or selling, make sure your customers know you’re a Girl Scout by wearing your uniform and/or membership pin or Girl Scout clothing (e.g., a Girl Scout T-shirt). You want to make the best impression!

    4. Share your goals. Be able to share how your troop will use the money after making sales. It could be for troop supplies, uniforms/badges or community service projects.

    5. Be positive. Always be polite and say “Thank you” regardless if you make a sale. If you sell by phone, speak clearly and cheerfully. With face-to-face sales, make eye contact and smile.

    Remember to have fun! This is a great opportunity for girls to become leaders and prepare for bright futures!

    Get more details about Fall Product Program here!

  • Troop Tuesday: Troop 1345 Commemorates 15th Anniversary of 9/11

    Even though the members of Troop 1345 were born after the September 11 tragedy, they still wanted to do something special to honor the lives that were lost.     

    Troop 1345 decided to create a memorial by gluing red, white and blue poppies on the American flag. Together, they made 2,996 poppies, which represented each life lost.

    On September 11, 2016, Troop 1345 and their families gathered together. They held a flag ceremony and interviewed adult family members about their experience and memories. We can’t think of a better way to pay tribute to all the fire fighters, police officers, soldiers and civilians we lost that day.

    What awesome achievements has your troop accomplished? Send your stories to

  • Top 3 Latino American Children’s Books for Hispanic Heritage Month

    Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) is a celebration of histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. Whether you’re Latino or you want to learn more about Hispanic heritage, discovering more about this culture is a great way to celebrate!

    Here are the top three well-known Latino American children’s books to read: 

    1. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros: Told in a series of vignettes, this story is about a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become (chapter book, ages 10 and up).

    2. Abuela by Arthur Dorros: While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City (picture book, ages 2-8).

    3. ...

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  • Celebrate 100 years of National Park Services with the Girl Scout Ranger Patch!

    The National Park Service is celebrating their 100th anniversary. As Girl Scouts, we know there's no better way to celebrate than with a patch.

    Here are five easy steps to earn your Ranger patch!

    1.     Choose a National Park Service site.
    Visit and choose a national park or a monument. Explore nature, learn the history and read the stories to discover why it is important to preserve your park.

    In Arizona, there are places like the Grand Canyon, Hohokam Pima, Montezuma Castle, and Yuma Crossing that are worth exploring. Check out more national parks in Arizona, here.

    2.    Imagine Yourself in a National Park.
    Brainstorm activities that you might want to experience at a national park. Consider working outside with a geologist or inside identifying fossils. Maybe wildfire restoration, building a bridge or a night sky project interests you.

    3.     Contact the park and make a plan. Call the park (the phone number is on the park’s website under Contact Us). Identify yourself as a Girl Scout. Ask if there is someo...

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  • Troop Tuesday: Troop 872 help fight child hunger, one meal at a time

    One out of four children in developing countries go to bed hungry and Troop 872 is taking action by joining the fight against hunger.

    At Feed My Starving Children, the girls assembled rice, soy nuggets, vitamins and minerals into plastic bags, and then packaged them into boxes. Together, they packaged a total of 156 boxes and 33,696 meals, feeding 92 children for one year in the Philippines!

    Troop 872 is making a difference in the world while gaining important life skills. Way to go, girls!

  • 5 Ways to Help Your Daisy Get Ready

    Whether your daughter is starting school or joining a troop, here are five ways to help your Daisy get ready.

    1. Practice following directions. Work on her ability to listen and follow directions by giving her two and three-step directions. For example: “Put on your pajamas, brush your teeth and pick a book to read.”

    2. Rehearse social skills. Even if she’s a social butterfly, she may need a little boost to help her interact with others in a new setting. Have her introduce herself by saying her name, grade and favorite animal.

    3. Practice sharing and taking turns. Make sharing fun by doing cooperative activities like completing puzzles or building a block tower. As you’re building the block tower, talk your child through the steps saying things like, “Now it’s your turn to add a block and then it will be my turn.”

    4. Come prepared. Help her get familiar with Girl Scouts’ rich history by reading to her about our founder, Juliette Gordon Low.

    5. Become a Girl Scout! Attend a recruitment rally information session to learn more about being a Girl Scout. Be prepared to laugh, do a craft or game and learn about how Girl Scouting impacts girls’ lives.

    Remember to have fun! This is a...

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  • Girl Scout Monday: Brownie sharpens world, one pencil at a time

    Pencils play a vital role in children’s learning process. When Girl Scout Brownie, Emily, learned some schools do not have access to pencils, she decided to take action.

    In early March, Emily made a goal to collect 1,000 pencils to donate to local schools as part of her Brownie Quest Take Action project. With much support from friends and family, a local church, City of Phoenix, City of Avondale and even Governor Doug Ducey, she quickly exceeded her goal and decided to increase the number of pencils to 2,500. As bundles and boxes of pencils were donated, Emily’s goal grew to 5,000.

    By late April, Emily had collected a total of 12,200 pencils! She delivered these pencils to nine schools in the community. Each school received about 1,350 pencils.

    Emily achieved her goal of putting a pencil in every student’s hand, giving them the opportunity to create, draw, learn, and let their imaginations fly. Fantastic work, Emily!

    Want to start on your Girl Scout Journey? Learn more about it now

  • 12 Leadership Secrets Inspired by the Most Adventurous Disney Princess Yet

    Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Disney Channel teamed up to inspire girls and their families to practice leadership! The collaboration brings GSUSA's focus on leading like a G.I.R.L (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM, the Girl Scout way, and Disney Channel's recently launched animated television series Elena of Avalor into action with the debut of The Elena of Avalor Leadership Guide by Girl Scouts and Disney Channel. GSUSA has been helping girls take the lead for more than 100 years, and we know leadership isn’t about who you are, but what you do. That’s why GSUSA joined forces with Disney Channel to change the conversation around leadership and help girls see that everyone has the potential to lead. Like your girl, Elena might be young, but as crown princess of Avalor, she’s learning to be a collaborative, communicative, and confident leader. By following Elena’s adventures (and taking on a few of her own), your girl will uncover the leader within herself and feel empowered to help others do the same. Featuring 12 simple but proven tips for enhancing your girl’s critical thinking, goal-setting, and problem-solving skills, the Elena of Avalor Leadership Guide is a must-read for any parent or caregiver looking to raise amazing girls. So where can you get this awes...

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  • GSACPC to Headline Collaboration Between GSUSA and Student Conservation Association

    Local Youth Volunteers Heading to Shenandoah National Park; Initiative Designed to Increase Exposure to the Outdoors

    The launch of a new collaboration between the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and the Student Conservation Association (SCA) will place three members of the Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) in the spotlight – and on a two-week Conservation Destinations Trip to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

    GSUSA and SCA recently announced a two-year effort to expose more girls to the benefits of spending time in nature. As a first step, SCA will lead an all-Girl Scout volunteer trail crew at Shenandoah National Park. Three local Girl Scouts were selected to participate on the crew: Elizabeth Fullerton (Phoenix), Elizabeth Flores (Scottsdale) and Alexis Motko (Page). Additionally, SCA crew leader Gaby Perkins is a Girl Scout, and a Gold Award recipient from the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey.

    “Through separate studies, SCA and the Girl Scouts have each identified the transformative impact of immersive, team-based experiences in the outdoors,” states SCA President Jaime Berman Matyas. “By working and exploring in a national park, together we are instilling a constellation of leadershi...

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  • Top 3 Reasons Why I Love Girl Scouts

    At Girl Scouts, girls are empowered to believe in themselves and in each other, to nurture their potential, to discover their inner WOW and to know they can change the world and make it a better place. And they do it all while having fun and building a lifetime of skills, friendship and memories.

    We asked girls on Facebook why girls love Girl Scouting and here’s what they said!

    I love Girl Scouts because…

    1. "I get to go on field trips and try new things." –Kelly, 7

    2. “I get to hang out with Girl Scout SISTERS because I only have brothers.” –Tatum, 10

    3. “I enjoy the leadership development and friendship making that comes with the Destination Trips.” –Kendra, 17

    Interested in joining Girl Scouts? Start the fun today!

  • Troop Tuesday: Brownies bring comfort and love to furry friends

    Animal shelters can be a scary place for dogs as they are constantly indoors and have little human interaction. As part of earning their Hiking/Animal Care badge, Brownie Troop 1356 wanted to make a positive impact in the lives of adoptable dogs at the shelter.

    Troop 1356 decided to participate in Maricopa County Animal Care and Control’s Wag & Walk Adoption Hike Program, which allows hikers the opportunity to meet and see dogs outside the shelter environment. To make the program extra special, the girls donated 30 homemade rope toys to the adoptable dogs. What a wonderful gesture!

    Troop 1356 is learning the importance of making pets feel loved, healthy and safe. Great job, girls!

    Want to get your troop involved in a community service project? Here is a list of organizations!

  • Troop Tuesday: Taking acts of kindness to heart

    Kindness and compassion are two things this incredible troop is embracing. To celebrate their last troop meeting of the year, Junior Troop 1204 wanted to give back to the community by spreading random acts of kindness.

    The girls decided to deliver thoughtful gifts to local organizations in their community. To do this, they made a list of local businesses from whom to request donations, wrote a script to explain their plan and then mapped out local organizations to receive the gifts. 

    Thanks to the generous donations from Fry’s Food & Drug, Sprouts, Bosa Donuts and Floridino’s Pizza and Pasta, Troop 1204 delivered donuts to Chandler Police Department, stuffed animals to Chandler Fire Station, pizza to Dignity Health Chandler Hospital, flowers to Solterra Senior Living,...

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  • Troop Tuesday: Troop 436 goes the extra mile to bring plenty of smiles

    Girl Scouts is known for going above and beyond to make a difference in the community. And that’s exactly what Troop 436 is doing.

    Multi-level Troop 436 wanted to make things a little brighter for those in need. They decided to make donations to a few organizations in the valley by collecting food, clothing and household items for Tanner Chapel AME Church’s Food Pantry, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Tanner Gardens Senior Living.

    The girls used a portion of their cookie proceeds to purchase these items as well as receive donations from family and friends. Together, they collected 534 packs of ramen noodles, 153 canned goods 108 bottles of water, and 100 medicine bottles for Tanner Chapel AME Church’s Food Pantry. They also donated 278 pounds of clothes to Big Brothers Big Sisters and 125 cleaning products, cleaning supplies and toiletries to Tanner Garden Senior Living.

    Wow! Troop 436 definitely made a dent in brightening the community by serving a great purpose. Great job, girls!

    Looking for community service ideas for your troop?...

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  • School's Out, Summer's In!

    Summer is in full force now, but that doesn’t mean that the Girl Scout fun has ended. Check out these fun summer programs for the whole family!

    GS Day @ Big Surf
    July 16 | $25 per person
    Grades K-12 and adults

    Girl Scouts, family and friends welcome! In an exclusive Girl Scout area, enjoy an all you can eat BBQ buffet and plenty of fun in the sun. Register now.

    Phoenix Mercury Lock-in
    July 16-17 | Talking Stick Resort Arena
    $13-$51 per person | All ages

    This annual sleepover keeps getting better! Cheer on the Mercury and rock out in a post-game concert. Then enjoy movies, crafts and pizza with your Girl Scout sisters. Plus, each girl gets a free patch! Get full program and registration details now!

    GS Flashlight Fun Night
    August 13 | Desert Botanical Garden
    $9 per person | All ages

    Join us for a special night of Flashlight Tours designed just for Girl Scouts! Girls will receive self-guided activities and a free patch! Get all details now.

    To check out more programs, visit the Girl Scout ...

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  • Girls Get Outdoors!

    Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Announces Richard King Mellon Foundation’s $40,000 Commitment to Expose More Girl Scouts to the Outdoors

    In the spirit of National Get Outdoors Day, Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is pleased to announce Richard King Mellon Foundation (RKMF)’s $40,000 pledge and commitment to getting more girls from Central and Northern Arizona outdoors in unique and exciting ways. Over the next two years, the funding will help launch a pilot outdoor internship program at GSACPC and create a summer Girl Scout Destinations trip to a national park.

    GSACPC is proud to collaborate with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) toward meeting these goals. SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. Regular exposure to the outdoors provides significant benefit to Girl Scouts and is a key driver of leadership, according to the Girl Scout Research Institute's More Than S’mores: Successes and Surprises in Girl Scouts’ Outdoor Experiences. Nonetheless, nearly 60 percent of girls are not getting frequent contact with the outdoors in Girl Scouts.

    “GSACPC has b...

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  • 5 Camp Songs Every Girl Scout Should Know

    Camp season is almost here! While many are loading up their overnight bags and preparing their favorite fireside snacks, we’re all about the camp songs that’ll be ringing in the air very soon. To prepare our campers for the ultimate sing-along session, our Facebook friends shared the best Girl Scout camp songs.

    Here are the top 5!

    1. Kookaburra

    Download lyrics to Kookaburra.  

    2. Brownie Smile Song

    Download lyrics to Brownie Smile Song.

    3. Linger

    Download lyrics to Linger.  

    4. Princess Pa...

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  • Troop Tuesday: Girl Scouts Transform Garden into Gifts

    Troop 2009 of the Navajo Nation is doing a world of good by exercising their green thumbs! To earn their Bronze Award, the girls wanted to make a positive impact on the environment and raise awareness of how simple it is to create a vegetable garden.

    Troop 2009 wanted to demonstrate a vegetable garden can be grown almost anywhere and the vegetables can be prepared into simple, low cost meals. As a team, the girls came up with an idea to build a vegetable garden in front of Shiprock Medical Center. With the help of their troop leaders, the garden was watered, trimmed and harvested into delicious vegetables like corn, yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, jalapenos and cucumbers.

    People were impressed to see the vegetables growing as they walked past the garden. As more vegetables grew, the girls harvested them, handed out vegetable recipes and donated the vegetables to the public.

    Troop 2009 is gaining patience, teamwork and gardening skills! We are proud of their achievement and hard work. Way to go, girls!

    Looking for Gold, Silver or Bronze Award project ideas? Get more details now.

  • Meet the New Camp Director

    Camp Directors lead the charge at camp, plan programs, manage the day-to-day details, communicate with parents and much more. So who is the new Camp Director at our beloved Maripai? Born and raised in Alaska, Annie Warner “Doc” has 15 years of camp experience—four years as a camper, and 11 years in leadership roles. We’re excited to have her here!

    Favorite thing about the outdoors and nature?
    Sunrise. I love the sights and sounds as the world begins to wake up.

    Favorite camp song?
    Old Lady Leary

    Favorite camp activity?

    Most unique SWAP you’ve seen?
    Camper Nights – it’s a small bag filled with glitter and stars. So when you’re missing your nights of camping, you can look down and remember a camper’s star-filled sky.

    Best Camp Memory?
    One of my favorite memories is leading a group of first-time campers on an overnight canoe trip. It was such an amazing experience. We spent the first day canoeing, then cooked out and camped on a sandbar that night under the stars. The next morning we got up and canoed the rest of the trip.  I loved seeing the girls so excited about this adventure and their feelings of accomplishment when the trip was done. 

    Your go-to camp food?
    Chicken Fingers

    Best part of the s’more?
    The toasted marshmallow!

    Best advice for first time campers? Help pack your stuff for camp. You’ll...

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  • Troop Tuesday: Diva Droids win in the world of STEM

    Girl Scout STEM activities introduce girls to a wide range of careers in science, technology, engineer and math fields and help them discover ways to make a difference in the world.

    Cadette Troop 967, aka Diva Droids, are staying busy by designing, building and programming robots. For the past two years, the girls have been participating in the Vex Robotics program. Recently, they won the Judge’s Award at the Fountain Hills Vex Robotics Competition, which recognizes a team’s exemplary effort and achievement throughout the season. Congrats, Diva Droids!

    Want to get involved in STEM-related activities? Get more information now!

  • Volunteers of the Month: Appreciating those who help girls lead

    Behind the cookie sales, the overnight camping trips, the weekly activities, the smiles and the lifelong memories, stand our devoted Girl Scout volunteers who selflessly lead and mentor girls in big, powerful ways.

    Prescott Valley volunteers, Jamie Summers, Rashell Wagner and Sara Weathersby, juggle multiple roles as parents, hold full-time and part-time jobs, serve on the leadership and service teams AND attend school. On top of these priorities, these ladies still find the time to do whatever it takes to give girls the gift of Girl Scouting.

    Recently, all three ladies reached a huge milestone by graduating with higher education degrees this spring! Amazing, right? Not only are they achieving this huge accomplishment, they are demonstrating leadership, compassion and determination for girls. Congratulations, ladies!

    Want to change girls’ lives by becoming a Girl Scout Leader? Learn how you can get involved!

  • Get Outdoors, Snap a Pic and Be Part of Something Big!

    Everyone knows Girl Scouts love the outdoors. There’s so much good waiting for us in every breath of fresh air, every ray of sunshine and every interaction with the magic of nature. Whether we’re protecting the environment or just having fun, getting outside is definitely one of our favorite things to do!

    As we’re teaming up with National Park Service, we want to encourage girls to take advantage of everything the great outdoors has to offer—friendship, adventure, learning and fun. So grab your Girl Scout sisters and head outside to discover the possibilities, then share your experiences with Girl Scouts all over the country through these three easy steps!

    1.  Find your park by visiting a national park. Every time you visit a park, snap tons of photos to capture the fun, learning and impact of your trip.

    2. Share your best shots on Instagram and Twitter using #gsoutdoors.

    3. To see your photos, visit and use the interactive trefoil map. Make sure to check out how other Girl Scouts across the country are enjoying their trips to national parks too!

    We can’t way to see your amazing photos to be...

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  • Thin Mint and Trefoil Desserts Dominate in Girl Scout Challenge

    Arizona Cactus-Pine Girl Scouts wrap up another successful cookie season

    The numbers are in, and Girl Scouts­—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is thrilled to announce the 2016 Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge winners! Churn won for the Most Desserts Served with their Trefoil Butter Swirl Ice Cream desserts, and Olive & Ivy won for the Most Money Raised with their Thin Mint Gelato dessert.   

    For the third year in a row, chefs from around the Valley and Flagstaff reimagined Girl Scout cookies into a delicious new dessert. The challenge is a unique way for local entrepreneurs to support our budding entrepreneurs—our Girl Scouts!

    The desserts were featured on their menus throughout February, and the restaurants donated a portion of the proceeds to support Girl Scouting in our community. This year, 14 restaurants participated. Find the recipes at

  • Troop Tuesday: Troop 215 Bring Comfort to Breast Cancer Patients

    Having any kind of surgery can be a traumatic experience. Fortunately, Troop 215 came up with an idea to provide extra comfort for breast cancer patients recovering from surgery.

    As part of earning their Bronze Award, Troop 215 decided to create Pretty Pockets, a soft flannel pocket that secures post-surgical drains in a discreet way. After collecting and gathering materials from fabric stores, the girls hand sewed the pieces of fabric into beautifully made pockets. Together, they made a total of 215 pockets and delivered them to Banner Gateway Medical Center and Banner Baywood Medical Center.

    Troop 215 truly exemplifies the Girl Scout spirit of service and helping others. Great job, girls!

    Interested in joining Girl Scouts? Get involved now!

  • Troop Tuesday: Changing Lives One Book at a Time

    When Troop 951 discovered that one in four children in America grow up without learning how to read, they decided to take action by promoting early literacy in an effort of earning their Bronze Award.

    By approaching family and friends for donations, placing collection boxes at schools and hosting a book drive, the girls ended up collecting over 5,000 children’s books. Not only did the girls collect these books, they also wrote a play script and created puppets, which were all donated to Cops ‘N Kids Chandler.

    And it doesn’t stop there! Because of their remarkable efforts, Troop 951 received the Visionary Girl Award by Childsplay and the Phoenix Mercury. The Visionary Girl Award recognizes and celebrates incredible young women in Arizona who have a unique vision of creating new ways of engaging in the community.  

    Troop 951 is learning to reach out to make a positive impact on children’s lives. Fantastic job, girls!

    Looking for community service ideas for your troop? Check out these great opportunities!

  • These Girl Scouts Are Golden

    Prestigious Gold Award earned by Girl Scouts for their impactful community service projects

    Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is proud to announce that 32 Girl Scouts have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting.

    This prestigious award requires a girl to initiate meaningful, sustainable change locally, nationally, or globally through a unique “Take Action” project of her own creation. Throughout the process, she develops and enhances her own leadership, determination, creativity and confidence. Together, the 32 girls who have earned the Gold Award have demonstrated excellent leadership and citizenship skills and given more than 2,500 volunteer hours to complete their Gold Award projects.

    “The Gold Award challenges girls to demonstrate their vision and leadership through service," said Tamara Woodbury, Chief Executive Officer of GSACPC. “Not only is this accomplishment is an investment of their time and talents into the community, but it is a lasting example of how Girl Scouts truly do make the world a better place.”

    The 2016 Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony will be held on March 19 at the Glendale Civic Center. This year’s ceremony is extra special because girls will also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award. Although the award has undergone various name changes since its inception in 1916, one thing remains consistent—the girls who earn this award leave...

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  • Troop Tuesday: Girl Scouts Make Shelter Pets Feel Loved

    Every year, approximately 7.6 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters nationwide. Living in a shelter can be stressful for animals, especially for those who stay for two weeks or longer.

    In an effort to earn their Pet badge and Animal Journey, Daisy and Brownie Troop 2152 decided to donate pet supplies to Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA so that animals can stay healthy, happy and comfy as they await for their new home.

    This project was extra special because two Girl Scout Cadettes, Marley and Emily from Troops 2639 and 1943, used their leadership skills to support the girls in completing the project. Together, they made over 100 dog and cat toys, 200 dog treats, three fluffy dog beds and three cat scratching towers.

    Marley and Emily are setting great examples for their younger Girl Scout sisters as they help the girls make a difference in the community. Simply amazing!

    Want to get your troop involved in a community service project? Here is a list of organizations!

  • 5 Reasons Why Toffee-tastic Girl Scout Cookies are the perfect gift on Valentine’s Day

    Chocolates are over played, roses—overpriced, and jewelry—over the top. So what’s a savvy, thoughtful shopper to do? Here are the top reasons why you should treat your sweet to Girl Scout Toffee-tastics for Valentine’s Day.

    1. The most obvious reason? They’re DELICIOUS! Toffee-tastics are buttery cookies packed with golden toffee bits bursting with flavor.  

    2. You get a tasty snack, AND you get to invest in the community. How? Proceeds from this cookie (like all the Girl Scout cookies) go directly back to supporting Girl Scouting in Arizona.

    3. Toffee-tastics are available in LIMITED QUANTITY only, making them the most coveted of all the Girl Scout cookie flavors. When they’re gone—they’re gone, so act fast!

    4. When you buy Girl Scout cookies, you support the healthy development of confident, courageous girls who make our world a better place.  So, by gifting a box of Toffee-tastics, you’re saying:  “I love you so much, that I want to help create a better world and future for you!”

    5. Toffee-tastics are perfect for the last-minute shopper! Just visit, type in your zip code, and you’ll see a list of cookie booths near you! 

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Launches One-of-a-kind Program with Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, Championing Youth Wellness

    Collaboration Launches All About Healthy Living Patch

    The state’s largest locally-owned health insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ), is working with Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus- Pine Council (GSACPC) to develop a special patch for girls that focuses on healthy living. The patch – available to all local Girl Scouts, from Daisies to Ambassadors – teaches the girls about several important aspects of wellness, including fitness, community, friendship, career and general health.

    The All About Healthy Living patch is a one-of-a-kind collaboration and will be unveiled during GSACPC’s World Thinking Day event on Saturday, Feb. 20. This patch program is the most comprehensive of its kind, providing progressive, age-appropriate, hands-on learning opportunities for girls from K to 12. It also incorporates a spectrum of activities focusing on key aspects of wellness with more than 70 local community organizations around the state.

    “This joint effort with the Girl Scouts is another way BCBSAZ is reaching Arizona youth about the importance of forming lifelong health and wellness habits. The program has the ability to impact more than 20,000 Girl Scouts from Maricopa County to the Navajo...

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  • Changing the World One Cookie at a Time

    The Girl Scout Cookie Program help girls learn skills that are essential to leadership, success and life. This program also provides another significant learning opportunity: Girls learn civic engagement through giving back to their community.

    After a successful cookie sale last year, Troop 216 decided to donate a portion of their proceeds to the Gift of Caring Program, a cookie donation opportunity in which girls can offer customers cookies as a donation for a local nonprofit organization.

    The troop donated 44 boxes of cookies to the Apache Junior Senior Center and 27 boxes to the Council Gift of Caring!

    Troop 216 is putting their cookie money to good use and gaining hands-on experience in service and philanthropy. GO GIRLS!

    Get more information about Gift of Caring here. 

  • 5 Cookie Program Tips for Parents

    Parents play a big role in their Girl Scouts’ cookie success by listening and coaching their daughters as they set goals, make decisions, handle money and deal with customers. It's tempting to simply write a check or manage the process for her, but then your daughter losses out on the learning AND the fun of working with others to achieve a goal. 

    1. Talk to your daughter about her goals. Ask her how she decided on her sales goal. Find out what’s motivating her. Ask about her plan for reaching that sales goal. Is she planning to do walkabouts, participate in troop booths, use digital cookies? The important thing is to listen to her answers to these questions. This may lead you to ask other questions to help her clarify her plans.

    2. Ask your daughter about her troop’s goals. Are they planning to use their cookie sales proceeds to fund a service project, go on a trip, or have a party? Hopefully, your daughter will share her excitement about the troop’s plans.                                                               

    3. Now that you know the goals of your daughter and her troop, you can find ways to help. It may be to accompany your daughter on several neighborhood walkabouts or chaperone a bo...

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  • Inside World Thinking Day with Troop 485

    Each year on World Thinking Day, girls participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 150 other countries. The festival celebrates international friendships, but is also a reminder that Girl Scouts are part of a global community. Nearly 50 troops will gather at Margaret T. Hance Park on February 20 to teach their fellow Girl Scout sisters about a country from around the world.

    This year, multi-level Troop 485 will host a Japan booth. It’s the third year these girls will host a booth. Every year they become more involved in the planning process and enjoy themselves even more. In preparation for the festival, the girls have brainstormed what type of info they wanted to teach people about, assigned responsibilities, researched topics and began building their booth. Talk about girl-led!

    World Thinking Day

    Margaret T. Hance Park

    1202 N 3rd St, Phoenix 85003

    Last day for online registration is February 5! 
    (Onsite registration is available)

    Register Now.


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  • Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge is BACK this February at Restaurants Across the Valley and Flagstaff

    GSACPC is pleased to announce the return of its award-winning
    Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge!

    For the third year in a row, chefs from top restaurants across central and northern Arizona will go head-to-head to create a winning dessert with one of the beloved flavors of Girl Scout Cookies into a custom dessert menu item. Chefs are using their culinary prowess to re-imagine a classic Girl Scout cookie into a delicious dessert menu item that will be featured on the menu from February 1-29, 2016. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from desserts sold will go toward supporting Girl Scouting in our community!

    The participating restaurants, and their creative desserts, are:

    Restaurant: 32 Shea
    Location: 10626 N. 32nd Street in Phoenix
    Chef/Dessert Designer: Theresa “Chef T” Willie
    Assigned Cookie: Samoas
    Dessert: Samoas Cookie Pecan Shortbread Coconut Caramel Trifle

    Restaurant: 5th and Wine
    Location: 7051 E. 5th Avenue in Scottsdale
    Chef/Dessert Designer: Enrique Sanchez
    Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs
    Dessert: Warm Tagalong Dulce de Leches Cake


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  • 4 Sweet Selling Tips from a Top Seller Girl Scout Troop

    As you and your troop participate in the 2016 Girl Scout Cookie Program, here are four selling tips from Troop 634 to increase your cookie earnings!

    1. During the sale, wear a lanyard around your neck with pictures of the cookies on it. People will see it and ask if you are selling cookies.

    2. DO WALKABOUTS! “I go door-to-door in my neighborhood with my mom,” says Sierra of Troop 634. “We still pull a wagon with the cookies in it! I sell 100-200 boxes this way and people love that we still use this tactic.”

    3. At booths, make a sign that says “Cookies, $4 per box” and “5 boxes for $20.” People think that 5 for $20 is a great deal, when in reality, it’s the same price.

    4. UPSELL! If a customer is buying three boxes of cookies and paying with a $20 bill, say “Would you like to buy two more and make it an even $20?” You’ll be surprised how often this works!

    Remember to have fun! This is a great opportunity for girls to become leaders and prepare for bright futures! Access fun cookie resources here!

  • Sweet News for Arizona Girl Scouts & Cookie Fans

    More than 15,000 Girl Scouts from GSACPC will participate in the largest girl-led business, the Girl Scout Cookie Program!

    Starting January 18 to February 28, girls will be selling delicious Girl Scout Cookies in local neighborhoods and stores AND for the first time ever, they will be selling digitally! Plus, the award-winning Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge, and one of our beloved cookie flavors is coming back.

    Digital Cookie 2.0
    GSACPC is excited to participate in Digital Cookies 2.0 for the first time! This enhancement gives girls a robust, hands-on, and entertaining learning experience, while also allowing them to become familiar with digital business and sales concepts, explore philanthropic ways to invest their cookie earnings, learn about Internet safety, and more.

    The Return of Favorite Flavors
    Savannah Smiles are back by popular demand! Customers love this crispy, zesty lemon wedge cookie dusted with powdered sugar.

    For the second year in a row, some girls will be selling a limited quantity of gluten free Toffee-tastics, at $5 per package. These are rich, buttery cookies packed with golden toffee bits bursting with flavor.

    These returning flavors join the traditional favorites: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, and Do-si-dos.

    Cookie Dessert Challenge For the third year in a row, chefs from 15 restaurants across the Valley and Flagstaff will go head-to-head to create a win...

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  • The Winter Issue of Listening Post available now!

    Want to know what’s going on in the GSACPC community? The Winter issue is full of information.

    To read full articles, view the online issue. If you’d like to be featured in the next Listening Post, submit your troop stories and shout-outs to

  • Transforming Camp Sombrero into the Parsons Leadership Center

    We’re excited to share the construction progress on the Bob & Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain. Recently, the vertical framing of the cabins has begun, giving an exciting view of what the fifteen state-of-the-art cabins will look like. The foundation for the Parsons Leadership Center has been poured and underground utilities are being installed. Demolition of the existing lodge building is nearly complete and the vast interior is beginning to take shape!

    The Campaign for Girls in Arizona has raised more than $14.25 million as of the end of December, and our fundraising work continues.

    Check out the video and see the progress for yourself!

    Congratulations to the Holiday Card Challenge Winner!

    In November our girl members crafted holiday artwork for a chance to win a hard hat tour of the Parsons Leadership Center. Congratulations to our winner, Anjelina of Troop 1128, whose artwork was featured on the holiday card for our contractor and partner, The Weitz Company.

  • Troop Tuesday: Girl Scouts Learn to Knit so Toddlers Stay Warmer

    When girls participate in Girl Scouts, they have the opportunity to explore their own talents and discover the benefits of teamwork.

    To earn their Bronze Award, Junior Troop 2309 decided to donate hand-knitted hats to help toddlers stay warm and cozy this winter season. The girls used a portion of their cookie proceeds to purchase looms, yarns, hooks and needles. They learned how to knit hats and then they taught these skills to Troops 418, 681, 1866 and 2192. Together, they completed 122 hats!

    The troop donated the hand-knitted hats to Helen's Hope Chest, a non-profit organization, providing clothing and hygiene items to foster and kinship families.

    Troop 2309 not only demonstrated leadership skills, but they learned that working together makes a bigger difference in the world. What a great example of the Girl Scout principles of service and sisterhood!

    Want to get your troop involved in volunteering? Here is a list of organizations!

  • Service Project of the Month: Girl Scouts Help Turn Hunger into Hope

    In Arizona, one in five children go to bed hungry. Girl Scouts from the East Valley neighborhood wanted to join in the fight against hunger by volunteering at Feed My Starving Children.

    18 Girl Scouts joined other volunteers in assembling rice, soy, vegetables and vitamin mixtures into plastic bags. They also weighed the items, sealed them into boxes and help loaded them onto a pallet to get shipped to Thailand. At the end of the project, the girls and other volunteers packed a total of 109 boxes and 23,544 meals feeding 64 children for one year.

    Girl Scouts of the East Valley neighborhood are helping create a world where no child goes to bed hungry. These young ladies are truly making the world a better place!

    Looking for community service projects for your Girl Scouts? Check out these great opportunities!

  • This Winter Break, Get Out and Get Active, Girl Scout Style!

    Off from work for a week or two? Are the kids on winter break from school? This holiday season, spend some quality time with family and friends in the great outdoors, Girl Scout style!

    At Girl Scouts, outdoor experiences are offered to girls in a safe, all-girl space where they are free to stretch their minds, expand their skills and take on challenges. Specific to girls, research has shown that one outdoor experience a month benefits them. The outdoors is not just fun, it improves health and well-being—one of our favorite combinations.

    Did you know?

      Girl Scouts partnered with the National Park Service to encourage girls to visit a national park, monument, historical site or seashore near them. While there, they are encouraged to earn the Girl Scout Ranger patch. Girl Scouts is actively involved with the National Park Service initiative Every Kid in a Park, which offers all fourth graders in the United States unlimited free admission to any national park, historic site, seashore or monument for one year. At Girl Scouts, girls have access to more th...

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  • Digital Cookie is taking the Girl Scout Cookie Program to another level!

    Are you ready for cookie season? Girl Scouts across the country are once again kicking their cookie sales into high gear, and one of the ways they are selling these favorite treats just might change the world.

    With Girl Scouts’ first-ever national digital platform, Digital Cookie 1.0 gave girls the opportunity to dig deeper into the economics of cookie selling. By bringing twenty-first-century technology to the classic piece of Americana that is the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls use these basic building blocks that boosts her confidence and helps her see the relevance of STEM skills through “learning by doing” in her everyday life.

    Girls from GSACPC are excited to participate in Digital Cookies 2.0 for the first time during the 2016 cookie season. This will give girls a fun, hands-on and entertaining learning experience including more ways to connect with their customers, forecast troop earnings and analyze sales data.

    The Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches the five essential life skills of goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics, and we are excited to incorporate a new layer of twenty-first-century skills to ensure this generation is STEM savvy and ready to take the modern working world b...

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  • Troop Tuesday: Troop 1010 Spread Holiday Cheer

    Part of the Girl Scout Promise is to help people at all times. With the holidays approaching, Troop 1010 wanted to make things brighter for others.

    The girls put together care packages for foster kids in need and made holiday cards for troops overseas. They donated 16 care packages consisting of a hand-decorated bag containing a book, a comfy blanket and a stuffed animal to Homeward Bound. Also, they made 200 holiday cards and sent them to troops overseas to thank them for their service and sacrifice.

    Instead of thinking about themselves, the girls of Troop 1010 are thinking about the lives of others, especially during this holiday season. Great job, girls!

  • Troop Tuesday: Thankful Hearts, Helpful Hands

    During Thanksgiving, one of the best ways to show gratitude is to give back and that’s just what Troop 2791 is doing!

    Over the weekend, Troop 2791 took some time to warm the hearts of others. The girls teamed up with Desert West Community Center to serve an early Thanksgiving dinner to over 100 guests. They helped set up the room, served meals to families, assisted elderly guests to their table and cleaned up afterwards. The dinner included turkey, dinner rolls, stuffing, mashed potatoes and desserts. 

    Troop 2791 has been helping at the annual Thanksgiving dinner for the past five years and are evolving into young women who contribute to their community. Great work, girls!

    Looking for community service ideas for your troop? Check out these great opportunities!

  • Ready…Set…Thin Mint Sprint!

    You’re lined up shoulder to shoulder next to your friends and family, shoelaces tied, race face on, and you might even be wearing a green tutu or your Girl Scout sash. Emotions run high, but you’re ready. You trained, you hydrated and you carb-loaded. Ready…set…GO!

    This could be you at the Fourth Annual Thin Mint Sprint & Samoa Stroll on December 13! Grab your Girl Scout sisters, a friend or family member and celebrate healthy living, sports, and fitness with a 5K run, or 1 mile stroll. 

    If you have a competitive spirit, come ready to post your best time – gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded in each age group. All participants will receive a T-shirt and an awesome patch to match!

    Can’t make it to Kiwanis Park on race day? Join the fun by registering for the online Marathon Program to track you and/or your troop's mileage! Get more info or register now.

    Event Details:
    December 13  |  1:30 - 4pm
    Kiwanis Park, North  |  Everyone welcome
    Girl Scout members $25 | Non-members $35      


  • Alumna of the Month: A Woman Ahead of Her Time

    Happy 92nd Birthday, Mae Sue!

    Mae Sue grew up in a household where she developed a strong foundation of courage, confidence and character. Solving problems always interested her and she was good at it, which led her on a path to success. Mae Sue designed an ejection seat for the Air Force, opened Phoenix Country Day School, partnered with Sandra Day O’Connor in fighting for women’s rights and so much more!

     “I was not of the belief that women had a place and they stayed in it. I just went on to do things that interested me”, says Mae Sue Talley.

    Mae Sue Talley is a leader, problem-solver, innovator and Girl Scout alumna. She remains one of our most inspiring role models, proving that girls can truly do anything.

    Read more Mae Sue’s full story on the Listening Post here.

  • Troop Tuesday: Girl Scouts Go Green!

    More than 100 billion aluminum cans are sold in the United States each year, but less than half are recycled. As part of earning their Bronze Award, Junior Troop 1079 wanted to make a positive impact on the environment by raising awareness on the importance of recycling.

    When Troop 1079 discovered that a local event center, Noah’s Event Venue, did not have a recycling program, they decided to take action. The girls contacted the manager of the event center to see how they can help start a recycling program. After meeting with the manager, the girls collected six recycling bins, re-painted them and donated them to the event center.

    Troop 1079 is learning about the value of reducing, reusing and recycling! We are proud of the girls’ achievement and hard work! Great job, girls!

    Looking for Gold, Silver or Bronze Award project ideas? Get more information now.

  • Invite a Friend to Volunteer and Win!

    As a Girl Scout volunteer, you introduce girls to fun new experiences every day. You’re their biggest fan, their guide, and their hero, and we need more amazing mentors just like you to impact even more girls!

    Volunteers who recruit a friend to start a new Daisy, Junior or Brownie troop will receive $50 to use at Girl Scouts’ Official Online Store. The troop leader you successfully recruit to volunteer will get a new Volunteer Resource Pack (a Girl’s Guide, a Journey set, a badge pack, a tote, and pins)! 

    Get started by…

    • Thinking of someone who would be an excellent role model and consider the girls they could encourage to become involved.
    • Reaching out to your community—church members, school volunteers, family, and friends—and show them the huge impact they could have on girls in the community and the wonderful experiences they’ll enjoy as a Girl Scout troop leader.

    The GREATEST BENEFIT of this offer is that more girls will be able to experience Girl Scouting. In order for us to continue to reach more girls we need to reach more volunteers - like you - who can help.

    Once your friend joins Girl Scouts as a troop leader, completes the volunteer application, and starts a new troop, head on over to to claim your prize.

    Hurry, this offer is only good  until November 30! Questions? Emai...

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  • Girls’ Choice Badges Are Back: Vote Today!

    Starting today and through November 15, girls get to vote for one of three awesome badge categories and select a badge topic of their choice. This year’s choices are full of learning, fun and adventure!


    • Art in the Outdoor
    • Camping Skills
    • Outdoor Cooking

    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

    • Engineering
    • Coding/E-textiles
    • Life/Forensic Science

    Financial Literacy

    • Financing Your Fun Stuff
    • Watching Your Dollars Grow
    • Social Entrepreneurship

    Once the winner is selected, we will be working alongside subject matter experts to develop the badge content and test the activities with girls before final decisions are made. This will help us create badge activities that truly resonate with girls, and get them excited about joining in on all the fun and discovery.

    Girls will also have a chance to vote on the design of their badge. Stay tuned for more information and dates around the design poll. For now, we encourage you to empower every Girl Scout you know to vote!

  • ATTENTION: Calling All Extraordinary Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients!

    Over the last 100 years, young women have honed their leadership skills to earn the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.

    We invite all Gold Award recipients to be part of the upcoming Girl Scout Gold Award Alliance Directory, Centennial Edition! This historic publication celebrates the thousands of inspiring Girl Scout alumnae who, over the last century, have used their extraordinary courage, vision and kindness to rally communities and take action to make the world a better place.

    Help inspire future generations of girls to carry on the Girl Scout tradition of thinking big and creating amazing change in the community and the world!

    To submit your story to be included in the directory, simply call our publication partner, Harris Connect, at 1-866-770-3079 (Monday – Friday, 8am – 10pm ET).

    Here’s to another amazing 100 years!

  • Troop Tuesday: Troop 1309 Thinks Pink!

    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.

    In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Troop 1309 wanted to show support for this important cause by volunteering at the 23rd annual Susan G. Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure. The girls helped put ice and bottled water in the back of trucks, passed out water bottles and cheered on participants as they crossed the finish line.

    Troop 1309 is learning about the impact breast cancer can have and how building awareness fosters a supportive environment for breast cancer education and research. Way to go, girls!

    Want to make a difference in the community? Check out our great community service ideas.

  • Brownies Change Lives One Meal at a Time

    Nearly 153 million children across the world have lost one or both parents and many suffer from malnutrition. As part of earning their Philanthropy Brownie badge, Brownie Troop 1667 wanted to help these children and fight hunger around the world.

    After researching different charities that help abandoned children, Troop 1667 decided to partner with Rice Bowls, a non-profit organization working to feed orphaned children where the need is greatest. They quickly organized a plan to collect money donations and invited their sister Girl Scouts from Troop 1750 to help out. After one month, the girls gathered all the rice bowls and ended up collecting $168.55! The money was sent to children in South America, Africa, India and the Philippines to receive food and care.

    Troops 1667 and 1750 are learning about the power of philanthropy and how working together can make an even bigger difference in the world. Great job, girls!

    Looking for community service ideas for your troop? Check out these great opportunities!

  • Girl Scouts' Campaign for Girls in Arizona gets $5 million gift from the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation

    Donation supports the Leadership Center for Girls and Women in South Phoenix

    The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has made a $5 million gift to the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council’s Campaign for Girls in Arizona The goal of the campaign is to bring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to more girls throughout the state, including underserved communities, and to recruit and train adult volunteers to support the girls. A key component of the Campaign for Girls in Arizona is transforming the existing 14.5-acre Camp Sombrero property into a leadership center. 

    “Girl Scouts is one of the most forward-thinking organizations focused on issues that impact women and girls,” said philanthropist Renee Parsons. “We are happy to support the Campaign for Girls in Arizona and to help give girls the support and experiences they need to become confident, capable young women.”

    The new center - named The Bob & Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain - will extend the 60-year legacy of the property by increasing services to local girls, regardless of their ethnicity, physical abilities, circumstances or economic status. The center will contain meeting spaces for large and small group activities, trainings, classrooms for STEM and other focus area programs, a pool, sports fie...

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  • Girl Scout Serves Others “Hear & Now”

    Since she was a young girl, Tess Grossman has been a pioneer for millions of people who are often defined by what they can’t do, rather than what they can. You see, Tess was born with a profound hearing loss in both ears.

    As a child, she was among the first generation of children to receive a cochlear implant. This electronic device gives a representation of sound by stimulating the auditory nerve of the brain system by receiving and transmitting electrical signals.

    Although this technology greatly increases Tess’s ability to understand speech, it doesn’t eliminate all difficulties. Someone who is deaf, and then receives a cochlear implant, must learn what sounds mean. Details like the mouth positions are necessary to make sounds or figurative language, must be taught, day by day, step by step. For Tess, it took an incredible amount of diligence and patience to master reading, writing and speaking. In fact, it wasn’t until seventh grade that she felt comfortable with these skills. Her dedication paid off--by the time she was a senior in high school, Tess was reading and writing beyond a college level and had risen to the top of her class.

    Tess’s experiences ultimately inspired her to become a leader and advocate for the deaf community through the creation of Hear & Now, a support group for deaf children and teens, and their parents.

    “Disabled people face so much enmity and bigotry in their lifetimes because the vast majority of people still...

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  • Calling All Fourth-Grade Girl Scouts: Let’s Go Exploring!

    When it comes to natural beauty, Arizona is second to none. And there’s no better way to experience this beautiful scenery, rich history and wild life of Arizona’s national parks and national monuments!

    Starting now, fourth-grade Girl Scouts can access educational programs at our national parks designed just for their age group. Encourage your girl to visit Every Kid in a Park and complete one of the educational activities. She’ll receive a downloadable paper voucher giving her and her family FREE access to any national park, seashore or historic monument/site for one year!

    Did you know there are almost 43,000 fourth-grade girls in Arizona? Imagine if all these kids took their families to an Arizona national park and experience the many splendors it had to offer. Research shows that regular exposure to and interaction with nature before the age of 11 has lifelong impacts on children and creates positive feelings about nature and the environment.

    Findings in our own More than S’mores report (2014) show that outdoor spaces support physical play, and that spending time in nature improves concentration and creative reasoning, and enhances leadership in girls by cultivating curiosity and a sense of discovery about the natural world.

    The G...

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  • Extra! Extra! The Back to School issue of the Listening Post is here!

    Want to know what’s going on in the GSACPC community? The Back to School issue has a special emphasis on Annual Meeting recap, resources for planning your Girl Scout year, campaign update and more!

      Annual Meeting Recap – 7 takeaways from this year’s meeting, which was led by the Design Team of 17 Girl Scouts! Get Started Now – Resources that can enrich girls’ experience in Girl Scouts. Seen & Heard - Are you or someone you know featured in this issue? Fall Product Program - Get the scoop on this year’s three NEW delicious flavors, important dates and resources. Alumnae Spotlight – Learn how Mae Sue Talley designed an ejection seat for the Air Force and fought for women’s rights. Women & Young Women of Distinction – Meet the 2015 honorees!...

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  • Why Dads Matter in Girl Scouts

    Dads play an important role in a daughter’s physical, emotional and cognitive development. In fact, numerous studies have found that when dads are involved in their daughters’ lives, she performs better in school, has stronger relationships and has more career options. Hear more about this research at the upcoming Father’s Only Breakfast on September 18.

    Participating in their daughters’ lives through Girl Scouting gives dads the opportunity to share quality time and watch them transform into young women with bright futures. As Girl Scout volunteers, fathers also benefit from the relationships they build with other Girl Scout fathers.

    “Scouting is clearly helping my daughters’ confidence grow,” says Matt Thesing, Senior Associate at GSACPC. “I am convinced that, as fathers, we have an even greater opportunity to positively impact our daughters’ lives by supporting their participation in Girl Scouts by volunteering.”

    Check out these fun father friendly programs coming this fall!

    Father’s Only Breakfast September 18 | 8:00am-9:30am $5 per person | Memorial Hall, Steele Indian School Park Hear the latest research on the important role fathers and father figures play in their daughter’s life. Learn how Girl Scouts can support dads in raising girls who thrive. Register now!...

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  • Jessica Peebles Leads Like a Girl (Scout)

    What does 16-year old Jessica Peebles have in common with Taylor Swift, Venus Williams, Katie Couric, Michelle Obama, and Madeleine Albright? Did you guess all these women were Girl Scouts? Well, it’s true!

    It’s no coincidence our Girl Scout alums fill some of the highest-ranking leadership roles around the world. Girl Scouts is designed to guide girls as they discover their talents, connect with their community and take action to help make the world a better place.  In fact, 62 percent of Girl Scout alums see themselves as leaders within their communities, according to a 2012 study from the Girl Scout Research Institute.

    And in Arizona, Girl Scout Jessica Peebles will receive the prestigious “Leadership Award” at the Women & Young Women of Distinction luncheon on October 17. This year, the luncheon will be held at the JW Marriot Camelback Inn and celebrates current and emerging female leaders whose remarkable service is making our community a better place.

    A Girl Scout for 10 years, Jessica embodies the confidence, dedication and passion that it takes to be an effective leader. She has volunteered more than 200 hours for numerous organizations such as Thunder Buddies, Special Olympics of Arizona and the...

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  • Help Girl Scouts “Grow a Garden”

    Be recognized for recruiting fellow troop leaders! Grow a Garden encourages current volunteers to help expand Girl Scouts’ volunteer base. Based on the number of troop leaders recruited, the volunteer is honored with a corresponding Daisy pin. (And you thought earning pins was just for girls!)

    Congratulations and thanks to our latest honorees (January 1 – June 4)! If you'd like more info about Grow a Garden, contact Shannon McDonald at

  • An Unconventional Path to Leadership

    Let’s be honest. Teenage girls are not lining up in droves to join Girl Scouts. The typical Girl Scout career begins in kindergarten or first grade, and fizzles out around fifth or sixth grade. But for Stephanie Banda, Girl Scouts was more than a fun after-school activity—it was a lifesaver. At 13-years old, Stephanie was faced with two options—juvenile detention or joining a Girl Scout program called Adelante Jovencitas (Young Women Moving Forward).

    Adelante Jovencitas serves girls in all areas of the juvenile justice system, including those in detention or newly released from detention, in residential treatment, on probation, at alternative high schools, or at risk girls. The program addresses issues affecting young women in areas such as education, health, homelessness, gang activity, substance abuse, violence and sexual exploitation. Perhaps more importantly, it provides them with a group of girls who they can build friendships with and caring, consistent adults.

    At the time, Stephanie had quit sports, was skipping school and lying to her family. Her plan was to attend Adelante Jovencitas until her mom forgot about the program. Then she could return to the life she was living.

    Although initially reserved and detached, something clicked for Stephanie as she participated in the program. She began to take advantage of an...

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  • Girl Scout Monday: Celebrating Earth with Service and Adventure

    Local Brownie Earns Girl Scout Ranger Patch

    The Girl Scout Ranger Program is giving girls the opportunity to participate in outdoor service projects all while earning fun patches and enjoying incredible experiences, thanks to our partnership with the National Park Service. 

    Local Girl Scout Brownie, Teylah, traveled to the east coast and dedicated more than 13 hours of exploration and volunteer service to earn her Girl Scout Ranger patch. During her visit, Teylah experienced a fun night of climbing at the Bodie Island Lighthouse. She also spent an hour each morning cleaning up the beach on Cape Hatteras National Seashore, collecting nine bags of trash, a rug and several wooden boards.

    Teylah walked away with a new respect for the environment and enjoyed all her outdoor activities along the way. Way to go, Teylah!

    And how fitting that the National Park Service Ranger, Nicole Loiseau, who presented Teylah with the Girl Scout Ranger patch, is a Girl Scout alumna!

    Want to become a Girl Scout Ranger like Teylah? Find out how you can.


    Annual Awards Luncheon Celebrates Leadership, Service and Paving a Bright Future

    Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is proud to announce the honorees for its 2015 Women & Young Women of Distinction event, which will be held at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn on October 17. The Distinction Awards celebrate girls and women who are recognized leaders among their peers and whose actions have left a lasting impact in their communities. We celebrate the remarkable impact these girls and women have made in our community through their leadership and unwavering service. They also share a common bond: their values and leadership started through being a Girl Scout. 

    Join us to celebrate these remarkable women and young women and register for the luncheon!

    Meet the 2015 Honorees

    Young Women of Distinction

    Stephanie Banda recently graduated from Westview High School, though just five years ago no one would have imagined that possible, as she was headed down the wrong path. Faced with the options of juvenile detention or joining a youth program, Stephanie chose the latter and became a part of a Girl Scout program that drastically changed her life for the better. Although initially re...

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  • Girls encouraging girls to lead, grow and take charge

    The Ahwatukee Service Team is taking new steps to foster girl leadership.

    Members of this service team decided to create a girl advisory board consisting of two groups called the Service Squad (Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors) and the Daisy’s Dames (Daisies and Brownies) that support all levels of troop leaders.

    The girl advisory board’s involvement includes hosting neighborhood events, offering service project ideas and leading troop activities. One of their biggest efforts is encouraging other girls to lead and take initiative.

    “Even our younger girls who were shy, now want to be upfront and in charge!” says Karen Meinerz, Troop Leader of Ahwatukee Service Team.

    A girl-led environment is so powerful that it is giving these girls the opportunity to gain practical life skills, develop healthy relationships and feel empowered to make a difference in the world. Simply amazing!

    Interested in joining Girl Scouts? Find out how you can here!

  • Troop Tuesday: Ambassadors help a family build a new beginning

    While most high schoolers are spending their summer at the movies or at the mall, two Ambassadors from Troop 1156 are spending theirs at a construction site to help build a new home for a family in need.

    Now retired and her home suffering from significant aging and structural issues, Maria Medina applied to Habitat for Humanity in hopes of a new home for her growing family and grandchildren.

    After learning about Maria’s story, Anna and Schuyler teamed up with St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Community and Habitat for Humanity to help work on the project. The girls volunteered 10 hours each painting the walls and doors and cleaning up general construction materials.

    "It was fun helping build a new home with my friends. I like knowing that we were improving the lives of a family," says Anna of Troop 1156.

    Combining their talents, interests and willingness to serve others, Anna and Schuyler from Troop 1156 left their mark in the community. Well done, ladies!

    Looking for community services ideas for your troop, check them out now!

  • Pope Francis Meets with Girl Scout Leaders in Rome

    In June, Girl Scout leaders Anna Maria Chávez and Kathy Hopinkah Hannan went to Rome for the International Catholic Conference on Guiding (ICCG) World Council and attended an audience with Pope Francis. The visit reaffirmed and strengthened the organization’s 100-year-old relationship with the Catholic Church. Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) were two of the U.S. organizations attending the World Council alongside representatives from organizations from 42 countries. 

    Girl Scouts’ presence at the ICCG World Council reflects its continuing commitment to faith development for all girls, which is a fundamental component to Girl Scouting. GSUSA continues to raise awareness of the value of faith for every girl and family, while respecting all religions.

    Pope Francis spoke at the event and encouraged and recognized the leaders from around the world who are dedicated to helping girls explore their faith through Girl Scouting.

    According to Crux News, Pope Francis told representatives of Girl Scouting that girls must be educated in preparation for great responsibilities in the Church and the world. He continued, “Today, it is very important that women are sufficiently valued and can take their rightful place in the Church and in society.”

    Read more about the visit in these great articles:


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  • 5 Stories Showing How Girl Scouts Make the World a Better Place

    Many people outside of Girl Scouts don’t know what we’re all about: building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We already know how amazing Girl Scouts are, so it’s extra special to see them recognized in local media for their good deeds. Way to go girls, and thanks for making all of us proud to be a Girl Scout!    

    1. Arizona Silver Belt & Copper County News: Girl Scouts Donate Cookies to Servicemen and Women

    2. Apache Junction / Gold Canyon Independent & Queen Creek / San Tan Valley Independent, Project Earns Teen Girls Silver Award

    3. Man enough to be a Girl Scout

    4. La Voz, Joven impulsa la redacción de menus en braille en Puerto Rico A Girl Scout from San Juan, Puerto Rico convinced four chain...

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  • Exciting News about The Campaign for Girls in Arizona!

    Property Update
    During the process of envisioning what Camp Sombrero would become, both our girls and volunteers stressed the importance of respecting and preserving the natural, thriving desert landscape.

    As the construction begins, attention is being paid to the future landscape and re-vegetation of the property. Over the next few weeks, the existing plants will be surveyed, pruned and trimmed. Certain trees and plants will be excavated and moved into large wooden containers. These plants will remain on-site in a nursery setting, where they will be watered and cared for during the construction period. When the time is right, they will be reintroduced to the environment.

    We aren’t the only people who think this is awesome—check out the feature on  EVB Live:

    We appreciate the efforts of our construction firm, The Weitz Company, Landscape Architect, Chris Winters and the salvage team at Native Resources International for their work on this part of the project. We also want to thank the Steele Foundation, who generously provided $250,000 specifically for this aspect of the renovation.

    Fundraising Update We are...

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  • Troop Tuesday: Brownies brighten a difficult time

    When it comes to making the world a better place, even the youngest Girl Scouts can make a difference.

    Brownie Troop 758 adored Sierra Verde Elementary School’s staff member, Mr. Mark, who was always laughing, smiling and making students laugh. After he passed away in late January, the girls wanted to be sure that they sold enough cookies to donate money to the Outdoor STEM Lab that was being built in memory of him.

    At the grand opening ceremony of the STEM lab, the girls presented a $200 check to Mr. Mark’s family to show their appreciation and how much he meant to them.

    “Girl Scout Troop 758 is a true example of young adults who make a difference in the lives of others,” says Dr. Paula Tseunis, Sierra Verde Elementary principal. “Their selfless donation to the Outdoor STEM Lab in memory of our beloved plant foreman is an example of how these young ladies work together to give of themselves to others.”

    These Brownies may be small, but are definitely mighty! Troop 758 has truly embraced their loving act of kindness. Amazing work, girls!

    Interested in joining Girl Scouts? Get involved now!

  • Girl Scouts open their hearts to four-legged friends

    Troop 1213 earns $500 grant to benefit local animal shelter

    Girl Scouts has a rich history of empowering girls to help improve their communities. Who knew that Troop 1213 would be inspired by furry little creatures?

    Out of 125 groups nationwide, Troop 1213 received a $500 grant from Disney’s Friends for Change through Youth Service America (YSA) to turn their creative service project idea into reality.

    The troop’s idea was to beautify a pet adoption area at Friends for Life Animal Rescue. To start the project off, they used the grant money to purchase general supplies and equipment, cleaned and organized the storage area, and built comfortable pet beds for animals recovering from medical treatment. Then, the troop used proceeds from their cookie sales to purchase a table and chairs for prospective adoptees to use when completing the adoption process.

     “Girl Scout Troop 1213 is a true Friend for Change,” said Steven A. Culbertson, President and CEO of YSA. “They have found their voice and are taking action to make an impact on the vital community issues of animal welfare and pet adoption!”

    We are so proud of Troop 1213’s creativity and leadership. Whoever said, “Di...

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  • Girl Scout troop gives school principal a big surprise!

    During the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls develop money management skills with setting goals, taking cookie orders and handling customers’ money. For Troop 1252, the learning didn't stop when cookie season ended.

    The girls of Troop 1252 wanted to show appreciation to Oasis Elementary School for providing them with classroom space for weekly troop meetings for the past five years. The girls decided to use a portion of their cookie earnings to purchase brand new flags for the school.

    During a ceremony, the troop retired the school’s old flags and presented the new flags to their principal, Mrs. Gail Miller and vice principal, Mr. Stephen Balliet. Both principals were in complete shock!

    Troop 1252 walked away understanding the true significance of giving back to the community. Fabulous job, girls!

    Interested in joining Girl Scouts? Join here!

  • New Changes at the Girl Scout Council Shop

    There will be a national price increase on core and essential merchandise including uniforms, insignia and earned awards starting July 1, 2015. This is a great time to plan ahead if you will be bridging or just need essential pieces. Come into the Council Shop to purchase  items for your next Girl Scout year before the prices go up!

    If you have any questions, please contact our Council Shop at 602.452.7137 or

  • Troop Tuesday: Girl Scouts help foster kids' smile

    When holidays or birthdays come up most kids ask for a princess doll or the hottest video game, but Troop 481’s wish was much different. 

    Instead of thinking about themselves, the girls of Troop 481 thought about how they could make things a little brighter for foster kids in need. The girls hosted a Pajama Program donation drive and ended up collecting over 60 comfy pajamas and 90 brand new books. Their donations were presented to CASA Council of Mohave County, a non-profit organization that believes that foster children need and deserve what any child needs.

    By collecting these items and thinking carefully about the lives of other children, Troop 481 is learning to reach out and make a difference in the world. Great job, girls!

    Looking for community service ideas for your troop? Check out these great opportunities!

  • 5 Steps to Earning Your Girl Scout Ranger Patch

    Girl Scouts has joined forces with the National Park Service to launch the Girl Scout Ranger Program, giving girls everywhere access to monuments, seashores, urban sites, and so much more.

    The program is filled with opportunity for unique park experiences, awesome service and education projects, and even cool badges and patches to earn.

    Here are five easy steps to earn your Ranger patch!

    1.     Choose a National Park Service site.
    Visit and choose a national park or a monument. Explore nature, learn the history and read the stories to discover why it is important to preserve your park.

    In Arizona, there are places like the Grand Canyon, Hohokam Pima, Montezuma Castle, and Yuma Crossing that are worth exploring. Check out more national parks in Arizona, here.

    2.    Imagine Yourself in a National Park.
    Brainstorm activities that you might want to experience at a national park. Consider working outside with a geologist or inside identifying fossils. Maybe wildfire restoration, building a bridge or a night sky project interests you.

    3.     Contact the park and make a plan. Call the park (the phone number is on the park’s...

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  • G.L.O.W. – Girls Leading Our World

    It’s easy to get caught up in Girl Scout activities—volunteer and troop meetings, community service projects and cookies—just to name a few. However, it’s necessary to pause, and remember that Girl Scouts is much more. The sum of its parts is the Girl Scout Movement--a movement dedicated to guiding girls in becoming the women they aspire to be. These women are confident, courageous and limited only by the size of their dreams. The Girl Scout Movement is brought to life during the Annual Meeting, where Girl Scouts and volunteers celebrate the year’s accomplishments, and set the tone for where the movement is headed.

    This year the theme was G.L.O.W. – Girls Leading Our World. If you missed it, don’t worry, there’s always next year! In the meantime, here are the takeaways from the day.

    7 Takeaways from the 2015 Annual Meeting

      This is not your mother’s Annual Meeting. Or any adult’s Annual Meeting for that matter. For the second year, the meeting was 100% girl-designed and led. Even the way we talk about the meeting is changing. “There is no longer the dreaded ‘morning session’ of the annual meeting,” said Jordan Williams, Design Team member. This year the girls helped rebrand it “The Girl Leadership Session!” Girls still just wanna have fun…while they take the lead! Kicking off the day was the Girl Scout singing trio, “...

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  • Our Gold Awards in the News!

    The Gold Award is the highest, most demanding award a Girl Scout can obtain. This prestigious award requires a girl to stretch her skills and step forward as a leader to meet a local or global need and create a sustainable change.

    This year, 25 girls earned their Gold Award. These girls are making the world a better place through their Gold Award projects AND raising the visibility of Girl Scouts on a local level. Check out some of the stories that ran in local media!

      In the Zona: Girl Scout teaches children the joy of giving The SanTan Sun: Patricia Grahmann earns highest award in Girl Scouts The Fountain Hills Times: These Girl Scouts are Golden North Central News: Two local Girl Scouts earn Gold Award Glendale Today and Peoria Today: Two West Valley residents earn Girl Scout awards Scottsdale Independent:...

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  • Samoa and Thin Mint Desserts Dominate in Girl Scout Challenge

    Arizona Cactus-Pine Girl Scouts wrap up another successful cookie season.

    The numbers are in, and Girl Scouts­—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is thrilled to announce the 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge winners! Grimaldi’s won for the Most Desserts Served with their Thin Mint and Samoa Cheesecake desserts, and The Henry won for the Most Money Raised with their Thin Mint Donut dessert.   

    This year, 20 restaurants and 31 locations participated in the cookie dessert challenge—twice the number as last year!

    For the second year in a row, chefs from some of the state’s most popular restaurants put their support behind Arizona girls and re-imagined one of the beloved flavors of Girl Scout cookies into a dessert. A portion of the proceeds from each dessert sold was donated to Girl Scouts to help transform Camp Sombrero into the Leadership Center for Girls and Women.

    Cory Latucca and Marissa Pintor accept the Girl Scout Dessert challenge trophies on behalf of Grimaldi’s and The Henry, respectively. Photos of desserts available here:...

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  • Girl Scout Camp: It’s More than S’mores

    Girl Scouts has always placed a high value on getting girls outdoors. Yet, in today’s world girls are spending less and less time outdoors due to increased use of technology devices, the many structured activities competing for children’s time and parental protectiveness.

    Last year, the Girl Scout Research Institute published More than S’mores: Successes and Surprises in Girl Scouts Outdoor Experiences that explored two questions: Are Girl Scouts still getting outside? What difference does it make if they do?  Based on a survey of nearly 3,000 girls from 8 to 14 years old, here are some of the highlights:

    Girl Scouts helps girls get outdoors.

    More than 70% of girls said they had their first outdoor experience through Girl Scouts. These outdoor experiences provide them with unique opportunities to try new things, improve skills, overcome fears and help other girls.

    Girls really enjoy outdoor activities in Girl Scouts.

    Among girls’ favorite activities are camping, swimming, horseback riding and archery.  When girls say camping is fun, there are several aspects to it:  People fun – building new friendships, team work and hanging out with friends.  Hard fun – having the opportunity for challenge, mastery and feelings of accomplishment.   Nature fun – being out in nature, exploring the natural world.  Girls also appreciate being independent and away from ho...

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  • Today's Shadow Rim Ranch

    “Enthusiasm reigns supreme amongst those who visit our camp!” This quote comes from a 1964 article in the Listening Post and is probably truer today than it was 51 years ago when the camp opened.

    Nestled just below the Mogollon Rim outside of Payson, Shadow Rim Ranch is a 40-acre camp situated at an elevation of 5,500 feet. Each summer, Shadow Rim Ranch provides girls with progressive outdoor adventures to develop skills and encourage growth through positive risk-taking opportunities.

    With much support from the community and membership, improvements are constantly being made to provide girls a valuable camp experience. In the last two years, Shadow Rim Ranch has undergone some exciting changes!

    • The Mountaineers Unit has new windows and stairs.
    • The Wayfarers Unit has been winterized.
    • The Ponderosa and Staff House buildings are newly refurbished.
    • A sand volleyball court has been added.
    • There’s a new zip line that runs from the Climbing Tower towards the lodge.

    “Shadow Rim Ranch sets the tone for adventure and opportunities for campers,” says Justina Burks, Shadow Rim Ranch Camp Director. “Providing safe, modernized facilities and more outdoor opportunities for girls and adults is the perfect platform to build courage, confidence and character.”

    This year at Shadow Rim Ranch’s open house, families will have the opportunity to tour the facilities, speak with the Camp Director and staff,...

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  • Changing the World One Pair of Shoes at a Time

    Girl Scouts and Goodwill Kick off Donation Drive

    Over 300 million pairs of reusable shoes are being tossed into the trash every year, when they could be donated to be reused, resold or recycled.

    In honor of Earth Day, GSACPC and Goodwill of Central Arizona are teaming up to host a recycling project, Scouting for Shoes. The drive kicked off this week and runs through Saturday, April 18.   

    To keep shoes from going directly to landfills, Girl Scouts are encouraged to collect unused shoes and donate them at select Goodwill locations. In exchange for their efforts, each girl will earn a Scouting for Shoes patch recognizing their commitment to our community and environment.

    For more information on how to participate, click here.

  • Happy Birthday Justice O’Connor: New Girl Scout Badge Supports National Icon’s Mission

    Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor turns 85 on Thursday, and Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is marking the occasion with the Sandra Day O’Connor Civic Leadership Badge. This badge supports Justice O’Connor’s long-held mission of educating the next generation about civic engagement.

    “Our nation can only be successful if all citizens understand how our democratic system works and get involved in it. The only way that can happen is through civic education for each new generation,” said Justice O’Connor.

    To earn the badge, girls participate in interactive activities that teach them about the Supreme Court, Arizona’s government and laws, and women’s suffrage. Girls will also learn about Justice O’Connor’s legacy, civic principles and what it means to be an active citizen in their community. Throughout the process, girls reflect on Justice O’Connor’s upbringing, her challenges and accomplishments, and her political impact.

    For more information about the badge, click here.  

  • Girl Scouts Earn Highest Award for Service and Leadership

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

    Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is proud to announce that 25 outstanding young women have received their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.

    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. The 25 girls receiving the Gold Award have given 2,360 hours toward their Gold Award projects and for many of these girls, this award is the culmination of more than 10 years in the Girl Scouts.

    The girls will be honored at the 2015 Girl Scout Gold Award Celebration on Saturday, March 28 at the Glendale Civic Center.

    The awardees are:

    Maddie Allen
    Rio Salado Habitat Restoration

    Maddie restored the diminishing wildlife habitat along the Salt River. She began by planting eight mesquite trees and installing irrigation so they could thrive. She also created an information board containing facts about the health and environmental benefits of the mesquite seed pods.

    Sierra Aranda Fam...

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  • The Leadership Center for Girls and Women Becoming a Reality

    GSACPC reached a new milestone on its 103rd birthday during the groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, March 12, at Camp Sombrero. Girl Scouts, government and community leaders gathered with shovels and hard hats to officially celebrate the much anticipated new Leadership Center for Girls and Women. 

    The groundbreaking ceremony included remarks by Governor Doug Ducey and Congressman Ruben Gallego and a special blessing by Debra Thomas of the Tohono O’odham Nation accompanied by O’odham drummers.

    "It's no accident that all former female Arizona governors were also former Girl Scouts," says Governor Ducey.

    The Board of Directors developed a two-phase construction plan. The first phase includes the necessary infrastructure, renovating the existing small lodge and pool center, constructing cabins and three activity centers. Construction begins in May 2015 and will take about a year to complete.

    Investing in the healthy development of girls is the most cost-efficient and impactful way to ensure healthy Arizona families and communities in the future.

    We invite you to join us! Invest in girls. Change the world....

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  • Troop Tuesday: Troop 634 Brightens their Community through Cookie Funds

    When girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they learn new skills and help sister Girl Scouts and their communities all while having fun.

    Cadette Troop 634 made a change for the better! The girls donated 700 toothbrushes and 590 tubes of toothpaste to a dental clinic, $400 worth of clothes to a clothing drive, 206 pounds of food to a homeless shelter, 170 centerpieces for a retirement home, 50 care packages for troops overseas, and the list goes on and on!

    How did Troop 634 make this happen? They came up with a resourceful money saving idea by using their cookie funds to purchase clearance and off-season items. For example, during the fall, the girls bought 69 backpacks for $1 each and 523 hand sanitizer bottles for $0.04 each. What a deal!

    When Rocky Point Dental Clinic asked for help, the girls didn’t have the funds to buy toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste. Fortunately, resourcefulness came to the rescue! The girls contacted their local dentists and orthodontists to ask for donations and they were glad to help.

     “If we all do a little, we can do a lot,” said a member of Troop 634.

    Troop 634 definitely knows how to create big results on a small budget. With some planning, shopping off season and holding item drives, these girls are making things better in their community. Way to go, girls! If you’d like to join Girl...

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  • GSACPC Makes Katy Perry’s Thin Mint Dreams Come True!

    Did you know that Katy Perry LOVES Thin Mint cookies? She was pretty open about it during her preparation before her huge Super Bowl performance. It all started with a tweet, which gave GSACPC an idea to get those chilled Thin Mints over to Katy!

    Just after her press conference at the Phoenix Convention Center, she got the best Thin Mint surprise of her life! Check out the full video here!

  • Girl Scout Monday: Local Girl Scouts Plan a Big Journey around the World

    When girls sell cookies, they’re doing more than just helping their customers stock up on delicious treats. They’re doing it with a goal in mind. Whether that goal is a pizza party, a community project, or an adventurous trip with her troop, she knows how many boxes she needs to sell to make it happen.

    Local Girl Scouts, Ellie and Kendra reached their goal of traveling across the world to England and France!

    “We wanted to go because it’s an exciting way to meet new people, make friends from all over the world, and an opportunity to improve our leadership skills,” say Ellie and Kendra.

    The girls worked hard to raise money by selling cookies, holding fundraisers and applying for financial aid. Through the Oxford Youth Leadership Destination Program, they had the opportunity to travel with 20 other U.S. Girl who all share the love of adventure.

    To read their full story on the Listening Post, click here! 

  • Troop Tuesday: Troop 444 Gives Back to the Community through Gift of Caring

    Through Gift of Caring, a cookie donation program, Cadettes in Troop 444 donated 97 boxes of cookies to Phoenix Children's Hospital. The cookies were used to brighten up patients’ days when they were delivered on the hospital’s “Cookie Cart!”

    The Gift of Caring program allows girls to learn about philanthropy and service by giving them an opportunity to donate cookies to an organization of their choosing. Or, girls can donate the cookies to Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, where they will be distributed to community partners like Saint Mary’s Food Bank or the USO.

    We are proud that these girls are making a positive impact through cookies sales. Learn more about Gift of Caring here!

  • Make a difference when you shop – join eScrip!

    Join eScrip, a shop-to-fundraise program. It’s safe and easy!

    Earn donations to Girl Scouts with your everyday purchases when you use a registered debit or credit card at qualifying businesses. You’ll earn 2% for GSACPC whenever you shop and checkout with your registered cards.


    1. Sign up for free at

    2. Just register your credit and debit cards, and choose to support Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine when you shop.

    3. GSACPC will earn 2% from your purchases at eScrip merchants where you already shop.

    BONUS: Sign up in February and you will be entered for a chance to win one of five $100 VISA gift cards!

    Related article: Looking for additional, simple ways to give to GSACPC? ReadThree easy ways to support Girl Scouts (that you haven’t heard of until now)!

  • GSACPC Guinness World Record Update - We did it!

    In honor of Super Bowl 49 happening in Arizona, local Girl Scouts attempted to set the Guinness World Record for Most Money Raised for a Charity through the Sale of Cookies in 24 Hours, by each girl selling 49 boxes within the timeframe. 

    The record attempt ended at 2:59p.m., January 31, but Girl Scouts had officially surpassed the minimum required by Guinness to set the record by 1pm.         

    Girl Scouts reported $355,024 in the official Wells Fargo bank account holding all Guinness purchase deposits as of 2:59p.m, January 31. That’s roughly 88,756 boxes accounted for in 24 hours. We needed to raise at least $75,000 and had set a stretch goal of $100,000. Here’s the play by play of account updates from earlier today:

    • 11 a.m., $30,000
    • 12 p.m., $42,000
    • 1 p.m., $77,000
    • 2 p.m., $123,000

    So, unofficially, the Girl Scouts of Arizona Cactus-Pine Council have attained the Guinness World Record, just in time for the big game in Arizona. The official verification process involves sending copies of all deposit slips along with pictures and written accounts of the Record Attempt to the official Guinness advisors handling the council’s submission, who are based in the U.K.

    Six hundred troops, amounting to thousands of Girl Scouts took part in this attempt and covered their neighborhoods, Super Bowl Central, hospitality venues, and every single Fry’s Fo...

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  • Explore the World at World Thinking Day!

    World Thinking Day lets visitors discover the world, without leaving Phoenix!

    Each year, this signature Girl Scout festival gives the opportunity for girls to participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 150 other countries. Not only does this event give girls a chance to celebrate international friendships, it is also a reminder that Girl Scouts is part of a global community.

    With this year’s theme, “We can create peace through partnerships,” the focus is on uniting worldwide within our own communities, for peace.

    Be prepared to dance, play games and try exotic foods! Plus, see a special performance from the Kawambe-Omawale African Drum and Dance Theatre troupe.

    World Thinking Day
    February 21 | Margaret T. Hance Park
    $10 per person
    Everyone welcome!
    Register now

    There’s lots of ways to get involved! These NEW activities allow you to creatively express yourself at Word Thinking Day!

    Speak, Drum, Dance February 14 | Arizona School for the Arts $15 per girl Grades 4-12 Take advantage of an extra-special opportunity to perform at World Thinking Day! Participants will learn a routine from the Kawambe-Omowale dance troupe. Girls will also make a d...

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  • Alumna of the Month: Grew up Green and Living her Dreams

    Teresa Miller, Girl Scout alumna and Director of Finance and Planning at the Arizona Cardinals, reminisces growing up green and how it impacted her life.

    When the University of Phoenix stadium was underway, Teresa was hired by Arizona Cardinals in 2006. They were expanding the finance department and she came on board as an accountant.

    She can’t help but credit her Girl Scout experience for her successful career.

    “Girl Scouting was really a foundation for learning - learning about myself, my interests and about others around me. I learned how to be a leader AND when to follow. It pushed me to be involved, because without it I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to serve my community the way I did.”

    To read Teresa’s full story on the Listening Post, click here! 

  • Troop Tuesday: Troop 2437 “Goes All In” to Help Cancer Patients

    Girls have the power to Discover, Connect and Take Action—and have fun doing it.

    Brownies in Troop 2437 working on their World of Girls Journey, participated in the We Are All In campaign with Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. The campaign supports anyone battling cancer by sharing words of encouragement through a video.

    The girls recited a poem together and then each girl shared a heartfelt and hopeful message with the patients. These Brownies exemplify the Girl Scout spirit of service and helping others. Check out their video here!

    To support patients battling cancer, share your words of encouragement by visiting We Are All In

  • Portraits in Leadership—Girl Scouts Interview Women Members of Congress

    In a series of interviews with female members of the United States Congress, Girl Scouts across the country sat down with their Congresswomen to learn about their individual leadership journeys and discover what inspired them to take on leadership roles.

    The interviews gave Girl Scouts an opportunity to ask Members of Congress for advice about the skills and the character girls will need to develop in order to lead our world in the twenty-first century. Seventy percent of the women in the U.S. Senate and 57 percent of the women in the House of Representatives are Girl Scout alumnae; but regardless of whether or not they were Girl Scouts, each Congresswoman spoke of the value of having an organization such as Girl Scouts to help girls develop leadership qualities.

    Girls Scouts profiled women members of Congressboth Republicans and Democratsto highlight their advice to girls everywhere who aspire to become leaders in their communities.

    Watch GSACPC’s very own Girl Scout, Jordan, interview Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, of Arizona's 9th District:

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  • Happy Holidays from GSACPC!

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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  • Bring the Power of Girl Scouts to More Girls

    Today, thousands of girls want to join a Girl Scout troop, but they are on waiting lists because there is a shortage of Girl Scout volunteers to offer the necessary support, encouragement, and guidance that all Girl Scouts need along the way.

    Volunteers are the heart and soul of Girl Scouts— they are our everyday heroes. Volunteers enable girls to dream big and to realize that they’re capable of more than they ever imagined. And because volunteers play such a vital role in delivering the Girl Scout experience, they deserve top-notch resources and training, and all the support we can provide for them.

    But right now, we’re also facing a shortage of funds needed to identify, recruit, and train new volunteers.

    That’s where you come in. Your investment will help us support new volunteers and bring the best to our 11,000 volunteers in central and northern Arizona. Whether they are moms, dads, college students, or Girl Scout alumnae, they need your support to empower the next generation of girls.

    When you invest in Girl Scouts you’re helping us recruit and keep volunteers who impact the lives of countless girls by generously offering their time and talents.

    After all, girls can’t change the world when they’re stuck on a waiting list.

    Here are two steps you can take today to help increase the number of volunteers and bring the power of Girl Scouts to more girls:

    1. Invest in Girl Scouts locally with a donation to suppo...

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  • OTM: Volunteers Get Recognized for Offering the Girl Scout Experience

    Congratulations to Melissa Siaotong, Angela Bargon, Carissa Deciccio, and Amy Montogomery for being the first four recipients of the “Grow a Garden” pin! With this program, these dedicated volunteers are helping our Council grow with our adult volunteers in offering the Girl Scout experience to a greater number of girls in Arizona.

    We appreciate all they do for Girl Scouting! For more information on how you can get involved with this program, click here.

  • Exciting Changes for Arizona Cactus-Pine!

    Arizona Cactus-Pine is launching a Member Engagement Initiative this membership year. This exciting initiative is aimed at improving the volunteer experience and bringing Girl Scouting to more girls. To fulfill these goals we are launching an updated website and Volunteer Toolkit!

    • The website will launch November 19! Not only will it be easy to navigate, but its fresh new look is consistent with the Girl Scout brand and aligns Arizona Cactus-Pine with other councils across the country.
    • The Volunteer Toolkit is currently scheduled to launch in March. Leaders will be able to easily plan and manage troop activities for the year, and have access to important resources to help deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Continue checking your email for more information and details on this new resource as we get closer.

    Be sure to take a look around!

    *Note: Some of you may remember that we launched a new website last April. However, we were unable to integrate the Volunteer Toolkit with this website. For this reason, we have decided to use GSUSA’s new website template. 

  • Girl Scouts Honors Current and Emerging Leaders

    From left to right: Kaily Toney (representing Diane Enos), Kate Gallego, Mitzi Montoya, Hannah Stevenson, Ariel Carr, Brittanee Hustad, Judy Mohraz, Harry Papp and Pam Hart (representing Wells Fargo).

    Hundreds of GSACPC community supporters gathered at the Arizona Biltmore on November 15 to celebrate current and emerging leaders at the Women and Young Women of Distinction luncheon. The distinguished honorees set a powerful example of “what could be” and gave an inspirational glimpse into a future led by our most valuable asset—our girls.

    Girls who receive the Young Woman of Distinction honor stand out on college and scholarship applications, have the opportunity to network with prominent community leaders, and are featured in the media. Nominate a Woman or Young Woman of Distinction for 2015 by contacting Leslie Friedman at

    The event was a result of enormous effort and generosity by many people and organizations. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, for their continued support and belief in the Girl Scout mission. We also thank Carstens Family Funds, Arizona Lottery, L. Roy Papp & Associates, Wells Fargo and Arizona State University, Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

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  • Troop Tuesday: Girl Scouts Wear Uniforms for the First Time

    Families, friends and community members attended the Investiture Ceremony for Troop 2747 in Kykotsmovi Village, home of the Hopi Tribe. Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes received their official Girl Scout pin, girl guide and backpack as they were welcomed into the Girl Scout Sisterhood.

    The girls had big smiles on their faces as they wore their uniforms for the first time. This meaningful ceremony symbolizes the girls’ first step of building courage, confidence and character to ultimately make the world a better place!

    If you’d like to join Girl Scouts, get involved here

  • Girl Scout Monday: A Daisy Makes a Special Connection with a Former Girl Scout

    A Daisy begins her Girl Scout journey by discovering herself, earning recognitions and connecting with new friends. Kayla, a Daisy from Troop 819 definitely started her Fall Product Sale on the right foot. While selling Fall Product, she met her neighbor, Ellie, a former Girl Scout during the late 1930s.

    Ellie shared stories with Kayla about her scouting experience during the Great Depression. Some of the things her troop members made were blankets for troops overseas and rationed food staples like butter, sugar and flour. 

    “It’s nice to know that some things don’t change…like Girl Scouts helping others and using resources wisely!” says Leticia, Kayla’s mom.

    Throughout the long history of Girl Scouting, traditions remain meaningful and important, and are still practiced today. After connecting with Ellie, Kayla learned this first-hand!

    If you'd like to learn more about Girl Scout history, check out our very own historical museum here!

  • Community Members Recognized for Modeling Girl Scout Values

    Promise Award honorees help girls build a brighter future. 

    Women and Young Women of Distinction celebrate current and emerging female leaders. But we will also recognize three community members with the Promise Award. This award honors a woman, a man and an organization, who although are not Girl Scout alumni, have modeled the Girl Scout values in their work. Through their tremendous efforts and willingness to embrace the next generation of leadership, they are helping girls build a brighter future! 


    Meet the Promise Award honorees now! Judy Jolley Mohraz is the first president and CEO of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, and now a Trustee. She furthered the vision of Virginia G. Piper and built a vibrant foundation supporting arts and culture, children, education, healthcare, older adults and religious organizations throughout Maricopa County. Harry Papp, the Managing Director of L. Roy Papp & Associates, is a dedicated servant whose charitable endeavors touch every sector of the community, including the Phoenix Zoo, Arizona State University, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and GSACPC.  With two daughters of his own, he is passionate about expanding and providing opportunities to all girls....

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  • Troop 82 Takes Their Leadership “Roles” Seriously, Dressing up as Princesses!

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    “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

    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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  • Troop Tuesday: Girl Scouts Collecting Donations

    Girl Scouts are constantly giving back to the community. Troop 1957 has partnered up with former Girl Scout, Dr. Jeannette MacLean, at Affiliated Children’s Dental, to collect non-perishable food items at her office through November. The donations will benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank. What a great way to get an early start collecting donations before the holiday season! Help out by dropping off some goods at ACD.

    Keep it up, Troop 1957!

    Check out other service opportunities with our community partners!

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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  • Girls Earn Bronze Award with Support from Sister Scouts

    Lyn, Rose and Erin, members of Troop 1594, are being recognized for their incredible Bronze Award service project! Their project was extra special because they used their leadership skills to garner the support of Girl Scouts from Gilbert, Mesa and Queen Creek. The three girls taught a group of 32 scouts to sew bags and then donated the homemade bags to foster children and veterans. Way to go girls!

    What are Girl Scout high awards? Find out here! Or, participate in a webinar!

  • Arizona Girl Scout to be Honored as National Young Woman of Distinction

    Girl Scout alum Morgan Serventi from Page, Arizona, continues to earn accolades for her humanitarian service project, “The Power of Poo” — this time from Girl Scouts of the USA.  GSUSA has named her a 2014 National Young Woman of Distinction, an honor only bestowed on 10 girls across the country. 

    “We are delighted to see Morgan recognized nationally with this great honor. Her commitment, innovation and leadership have resulted in a sustainable solution that brings water and heat to a small Kenyan village and beyond," said Tamara Woodbury, CEO of Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council.  

    Last November, Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council recognized Morgan with their Young Women of Distinction Award, which celebrates rising female leaders. This year’s Women & Young Women of Distinction award luncheon will be held on November 15 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort.

    Morgan’s project brought heat, light, and pure water to the small village of Wamba, Kenya, and has also been adopted by a community on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. Her project is sustainable, ecologically brilliant, and affordable for families who live on less than we can imagine.

    Morgan had firsthand knowledge about cattle since she raises steers, sheep and lambs in 4-H. So she decided to design and build a methane biodige...

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  • #TroopTuesday: Ambassadors Donate Leftover Money toward Camperships

    As Ambassador Troop 881 heads off to college, they are leaving a huge gift for future Girl Scout campers. The troop, who earned money through cookie sales over the years, decided to donate their remaining funds of $1,250 dollars to go toward camperships. The girls said they had been hugely impacted by Girl Scout camp and are thrilled that they are able to give the camp experience to sister scouts. Their generosity is exemplary of the Girl Scout spirit, way to go girls!

  • Both Girls and Volunteers Benefit from Their Experience in Girl Scouts

    Girl Scouts really is great for everyone! While there are possibly too many positive outcomes associated with being a member of Girl Scouts to list, there is some compelling research which illustrates just how good Girl Scouts is.

    Results of a summer 2014 pulse poll conducted with more than 3,500 volunteers and parents of Girl Scouts in the K−5 age range show positive effects on members of all ages. Ninety-seven percent of parents agree that Girl Scouts has been a positive activity for their daughter, that she has had fun and exciting new experiences (95 percent), and that she has learned or tried something new (96 percent). In addition, 94 percent of parents say that because of Girl Scouts, their daughter feels special, has more friends (95 percent), is more confident (90 percent), and is happier (89 percent).

    While GSUSA boasts more than two million members nationwide, there are more than 30,000 girls on waiting lists who want to join Girl Scouts but can’t because there are not enough volunteers in local communities to help deliver the Girl Scout experience. Data shows it is not just girls who benefit from participating in the organization: 94 percent of volunteers have made new friends, 88 percent believe their life is better because they volunteer with Girl Scouts, and two-thirds believe their volunteer experience has helped them professionally. Ninety-five percent of Girl Scout volunteers are happy knowing they are making girls’ lives better.


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  • Get Ready for Fall Product!

    The Fall Product Program is a council-sponsored money earning activity which supports Arizona Girl Scouts and girl learning! Proceeds from the program fund the troop and council wide operations, all while girls learn key skills.

    Why should my troop participate?

    Participation in the program provides girls an opportunity to generate funds for troop fun and adventure. The program also encourages budding entrepreneurs to practice goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. 

    How does it work?

    Girls sell nuts and candy, magazines subscriptions and photo keepsakes to friends and family. Girl Scouts at any age level are allowed to participate. Just make sure you are currently registered and if you are in a troop, make sure your troop is registered, too.

    Where do girls sell?

    It’s a “friends and family” sale. So, girls can reach out to their close network face-to-face and/or through a secure online program. 

    When is it?

    September 20 - November 9

    For more info about the sale, click here.

  • #Love: Volunteer and Daughters Strengthen Bond through Girl Scouts

    When Nichelle Williams signed her daughters up for Girl Scouts, she had no idea how deeply her family would be affected.

    “I signed my daughters up for Girl Scouts to help develop their leadership skills, give them opportunities to try new things and make lifelong friends. Initially, I did not choose to volunteer for Girl Scouts. I was one of those moms who just wanted to help,” says Nichelle Williams, who has now been a GSACPC volunteer for more than 13 years. “Over time, a helping mom naturally becomes a volunteer,” she adds.

    Nichelle is currently a troop leader, a trainer for other volunteers, and a member of her Community Practice Team. She has two daughters, Jordan and Justice, who are both Girl Scouts. She says that one of the biggest benefits of volunteering with Girl Scouts, is the opportunity to spend time with her daughters as they develop their values and morals.

    “Jordan, Justice and I have an awesome relationship! Now that they are both teens ready to graduate high school, I really love that they feel so comfortable to talk to me about anything and everything,” Nichelle says, adding that not too many parents get to experience this type of honest and open communication with their teenage daughters.

    Girl Scouts asks all parents and adults to consider becoming a volunteer. To get connected to the Girl Scout community and more information, visit http://girlscout...

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  • Get up. Get active. Play GirlSports. Win big!

    Hey, you! How do you get in the game? Are you a rock star goalie who guarantees nothing hits your team’s net, or a track champ who helped your relay team get the gold? Girls across America are getting out and getting active, lacing up those sneakers and playing some of their favorite sports. Are you one of them? Show off your skills in our new challenge!

    Through GirlSports, a partnership between Girl Scouts and Nestle, we’re dedicated to showcasing girls like you—girls who know the importance of staying healthy through physical activity. After all, the benefits of exercising and playing sports are endless. Not only will you maintain a healthy heart and stay fit, but through our GirlSports challenge, you can win BIG!

    Here’s how to participate:

    • Upload a creative photo to the GSUSA Facebook page of you staying active through sports.
    • Rally your friends and family to vote on your photo. 

    Pretty easy, right?

    Keeping in line with the sports theme, we’ll be picking three winners of the GirlSports challenge—third, second, and first place, or bronze, silver, and gold, if you will. These champs will win:

    • First place: $300 gift card plus GirlSports merchandise bundle
    • Second place: $150 gift card plus GirlSports merchandise bundle
    • Third place: GirlSports merchandise bundle 

    So what are you waiting for? Get up. Get active. Play GirlSports. Win big!

  • Troop Tuesday: Girl Scouts Win Award in FIRST LEGO League Competition

    Every year, the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) challenges children and teens ages 9 to 14 to critically think about real-life problems and how they can be solved. This year, the theme was “Nature’s Fury.” Participants had to come up with innovative solutions to problems caused by natural disasters. Of the six Girl Scout teams that competed last season, Got Cookies and The Lego Ladies earned accolades from the judges. 

    The Lego Ladies consisted of eight Juniors and Cadettes from Troops 362 and 436. The girls chose to focus on avalanches and worked to solve the problem of young adults ignoring safety advisories at Kachina Peaks in northern Arizona.

    stacle course required for the project, researching possible solutions, laughing over their favorite snacks and working as a team.

    Their hard work paid off. In the South Phoenix regional tournament, the Lego Ladies took home the Robot Showcase Award, which recognizes initiative in promoting technology and innovation.

    Tournament Regional Director, Levar Patterson, said “The Lego Ladies received the award, in part because of their gracious professionalism. They demonstrated poise and the spirit of friendly cooperation throughout the competition. They also had such beautiful things to say about one of their coaches. In fact, their persuasi...

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  • Girl Scout Monday: Ambassadors Win Scholarships

    Girl Scout Ambassadors Kaylynn and Sommer each won a scholarship at the Juneteenth Scholarship Competition at last month! 

    Juneteenth is the combination of the words June and nineteenth, and is a time to come together and celebrate the rich cultural history of African Americans in the U.S.

    The day celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. It specifically celebrates the state of Texas announcing the abolishment of slavery in 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863.

  • Expert says; get your kids to camp this summer – needed most in age of technology


    “Around the U.S., and even right here in Arizona, people spend far less time in nature than even 25 or 50 years ago. Urbanization and technology has drastically changed people’s relationship with nature,” says Dr. Denise Mitten, Graduate Chair of Adventure Education at Prescott College. Dr. Mitten has spent many years studying the positive effects of nature on people’s overall well-being, and in turn, the declining rate in which we take advantage of the world around us.

    She says, “Many aspects of our culture now teach people not to spend time in nature. Parents have become fearful about their children playing outdoors, and children who grow up in primarily built environments often fear nature, largely because it is unfamiliar.”

    Experiencing the outdoors is not just about getting active. The real benefits of nature come through what experts call ‘unstructured play’. This is unscheduled time, where a child is able to be outside, relying on her or his imagination for entertainment. Free play, as opposed to games or structured activities, is the most essential type. Many research studies have shown that it leads to positive physical, cognitive and emotional brain development.

    Outdoor activity in the form of ‘unstructured play’ is not as common for today’s children due to technology, safety concerns and busy schedules. The Children & Nature Network notes that just 6% o...

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  • Girl Scouts and Google Inspire Girls to Code

    Google announced an exciting new initiative—and Girl Scouts of the USA is excited to be part of it. Made With Code aims to change the way girls think about coding, and inspire them to consider careers in computer science. The program includes:

    • A new site where girls can try Blockly-based coding projects like designing a 3D-printed bracelet, learning to create animated GIFs, and even building beats for a music track.
    • A directory where volunteers, girls, and their parents can find additional coding resources and opportunities, such as camps and clubs.
    • Video profiles of girls and women who are using computer science in new and exciting ways.

    Here at Girl Scouts we know that Computer Science and coding is a critical skill that will give girls great power to create, to innovate, and quite literally change the world - but surprisingly few girls see Computer Science as part of their future. Girls simply don’t think coding is cool and they don’t connect it with things they are interested in.

    Our goal is to demonstrate how coding can help girls to pursue, and reach, their dreams. Made with Code will encourage girls to write their own future and show them that it can take them anywhere!

    Google has also collaborated with other youth-serving organizations, along with leaders in the tech industry and celebrities like Mindy Kaling. “Less than 1 percent of high school girls see computer science as part of...

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  • Troop Tuesday: Girl Scouts Give Back

    Girl Scouts from Troop 491 gave back to communities around the world by packing meals for Feed My Starving Children. The meals are specifically formulated for malnourished children and are shipped to almost 70 countries.  

    Girl Scouts deserve to be recognized for good deeds like this! That is why YSA is calling on young change-makers to apply for a Summer of Service Award. Winners receive a $1,000 award to help make a lasting, positive change in the world. Get more info or apply now!

    Do you want to get your troop involved in volunteering? Here is a list of organizations that have asked for Girl Scout volunteer participation.

  • Troop Tuesday: Cookie Dough for Camp

    Anything is possible with hard work and dedication! Troop 2259 reached their goal to earn and save enough money through Cookie Sales to pay for summer camp. Here they are “Up in the Trees” at Willow Springs!

    The nonstop smiles on their faces and the never ending stories of adventure and fun certainly support the evidence that outdoor experiences will increase competence, build confidence and create a positive self-image!

    Learn more about how you can spend your cookie dough at camp or on other Girl Scout activities.

  • GSACPC’s First Annual Interfaith Tea was Big Success!

    Approximately 50 Girl Scouts were honored at the first annual Interfaith Tea for earning their My Promise My Faith pin and/or Religions of the World patch. They enjoyed the support of nearly 150 family and friends and refreshments too!

    Haven’t heard about faith-centered Girl Scouting? That's ok!

    Faith-centered Girl Scouting encourages a girl to be herself while learning who she is and what she values, study prominent women of her faith, participate in faith traditions and celebrations, put her faith into action to improve her community, and so much more! Imagine what an entire generation of girls can do, when given the skills, leadership experience, and a solid grounding in the principles of their own faith.

    For more information on faith-centered Girl Scouting, visit

  • June 14 is National Get Outdoors Day!

    Participants from federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry are again teaming up to host the 7th annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the nation. On Saturday, June 14, 2014, these diverse partners will offer opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities. Prime goals of the day are reaching currently underserved populations and first-time visitors to public lands, and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors. GO Day is an outgrowth of the Get Outdoors USA! campaign, which encourages Americans, especially our youth, to seek out healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters.

    Along with getting outdoors and having a great time, every girl in Girl Scouts can show her nature, conservation and parks spirit with a colorful patch developed for National Get Outdoors Day. Check that out here.

    What should you do to celebrate? Here are some ideas:

      Take advantage of this deal for Salt River Tubing. Take a hike with some friends. Go for a...

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  • New Research Affirms the Overwhelming Benefits of Outdoor Experiences for Girls

    According to a new study by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI),  More than S'mores (2014), girls benefit immensely from time spent outdoors. Girls who regularly spend time outdoors eclipse their peers who spend less time outdoors in environmental stewardship, more readily seek challenges, and are better problem solvers—all important traits in twenty-first century leadership.   The study also found that Girl Scouts are twice as likely as non–Girl Scouts to say they take action to protect the environment (51% versus 23%) and that they’ve had a personal experience in nature that has made them appreciate it more (49% versus 29%).   “There is a moment when a child connects with nature, and it changes their identity, and it is our identity that impacts how we treat others,” says Dr. Denise Mitten, an outdoor expert at Prescott College and researcher who works closely with GSACPC. Dr. Mitten was 8-years old when she first attended Girl Scout camp, which was the starting point of a life-long commitment to nature and outdoor education.      Dr. Mitten’s says that according to her research, one of the best ways for girls to learn...

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  • Gilbert Girl Scout spells her way to success

    Cadette wins Arizona Spelling Bee and earns opportunity to compete in National Bee.

    After 14 rounds of intense spelling competition at the Arizona Educational Foundation Spelling Bee, the finalists were whittled down to two competitors: Nila, a Cadette from Tnd Christopher, the returning champion from last year’s bee.

    Nila and Christopher faced off in the final spell-off, which lasted six rounds. When Christopher misspelled the word “effraction,” Nila corrected his spelling, and spelled her word correctly: “salvific.” 

    Her reward was $800, a dictionary, a Rosetta Stone language course and an all-expenses paid trip to Washing D.C. to compete in the 87th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.

    May 28 marked the first day of the national competition, where Nila placed 47th out of 281. This is a huge feat, considering students from around the world compete to be in the bee. She was four points shy of making it to the semi-finals. The competition ends May 29.

    Nila has quite the resume for a 12-year old seventh grader. In addition to being one of the top spellers in the nation, Nila has been a Girl Scout since she was a Brownie, is in the National Junior Honor Society, the drama club, the color guard and plays the French horn and viola.Her dedication, hard work and courage are exemplary of the values taught through Girl Scouting. Way to go Nila!

    Fun facts about the Scripps National Sp...

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  • “Love Your Selfie”: Girl Scouts Appear on TODAY + You Can Make a PSA and Win an iPad Air!

    “Love Your Selfie ‘cause it’s the only one you’ve got!” This is the key message the troop of Girl Scouts from the Northern New Jersey Council decided to make the center point of the body image public service announcement (PSA) they created.

    This morning, the TODAY Show featured the GSNNJ troop and their PSA as part of its week-long focus on body image. The girls partnered with Jordana Mollick, who is part of the Sundance Institute Women Filmmakers Initiative, to help with shooting and editing the PSA.

    Check out the clip to see the Girl Scouts in action, filming and editing their powerful PSA, as well as sharing their thoughts about body image!

    If you enjoyed seeing these Girl Scouts have fun making a positive PSA about body image, why not make your own?

    GSUSA, in partnership with the World Association of Girl Guide and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and Dove, has launched Free Being Me—a global leadership program developed to give girls a safe space to strengthen their self-confidence.

    With ...

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


    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!

    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!

    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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  • GSUSA and Catholic Church Relationship

    Girl Scouts of the USA is proud of its 100-year relationship with the Catholic Church and is very pleased the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has included on its website pages titled "Questions and Answers About Girl Scouts of the USA and About Catholic Scouting" and "Background on Girl Scouts of the USA and USCCB Conversations." The following documents and resources will help you better understand GSUSA's relationship with the Catholic Church and gain useful information about some of our programs.

      A  letter to the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry from GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chávez affirming GSUSA's commitment to the partnership and our 500,000 Catholic members. Independent third-party research resulted in the Alumnae Impact Study, which found that Girl Scout alumnae demonstrate positive life outcomes to a greater degree than non-alumnae with regard to several key indicators, in...

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  • 26 Girls Earn Highest Award in Girl Scouts

    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!

    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!

    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!

    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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  • Troop Tuesday: Girl Scouts Leave their Mark, Transform Home

    Troop 130 is using their goodwill and passion to touch the lives of people in their community.

    Along with HandsOn Greater Phoenix, Troop 130 took part in Make a Difference Day, a day that celebrates of neighbors helping neighbors.

    The girls gave a beautiful makeover to a mobile home for a couple in need. After long hours of painting, Juniors of Troop 331 provided lunch for the girls.

    If you'd like to find community services ideas, click here!