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  • Exciting Changes for Arizona Cactus-Pine!

    19 Nov 2014

    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

    18 Nov 2014

    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 lesliefriedman@girlscoutsaz.org.

    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

    18 Nov 2014

    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

    10 Nov 2014

    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

    07 Nov 2014

    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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  • Girls Earn Bronze Award with Support from Sister Scouts

    15 Sep 2014

    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

    08 Sep 2014

    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

    02 Sep 2014

    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

    25 Aug 2014

    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!

    22 Aug 2014

    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

    Lean more at the 2014 Fall Product Kick-Off! 

    September 20  |  10am - 2pm  (Lunch served 11 am – 1 pm)  |  $10/person

    Enchanted Island @ Encanto Park

    Get ready alongside your fellow Girl Scout families at this council wide event. Taste the product, swap crafts, and enjoy park amenities like pedal boats, volleyball, b...

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

    18 Aug 2014

    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!

    12 Aug 2014

    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

    04 Aug 2014

    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

    21 Jul 2014

    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

    18 Jul 2014

     

    “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

    16 Jul 2014

    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

    15 Jul 2014

    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

    08 Jul 2014

    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!

    24 Jun 2014

    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 http://girlscoutsaz.org/programs/faith-centered-scouting.

  • June 14 is National Get Outdoors Day!

    12 Jun 2014

    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:

  • New Research Affirms the Overwhelming Benefits of Outdoor Experiences for Girls

    03 Jun 2014

    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

    29 May 2014

    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!

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

    30 Apr 2014

     

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

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

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

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

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

    28 Apr 2014

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

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

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

     

    Where does the cookie money go...?

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

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

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

    25 Apr 2014

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

    Girl Scout Night and Sleepover with Arizona Diamondbacks

    June 20   |   Chase Field   |   Tickets start at $14

    (registration closes June 4)

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

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

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

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

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  • GSACPC Social Media Guidelines

    17 Apr 2014

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

    Facebook

    Be sure to check out all of our GSACPC groups.

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

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

    Dealing with the media in a cri...

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  • 26 Girls Earn Highest Award in Girl Scouts

    01 Apr 2014

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

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

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

    The awardees are:
     

    Laura Abril

    “Reading Buddies”

    Scottsdale

    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”

    Gilbert

    Cori discovered that the majori...

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

    20 Mar 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Happy 102nd Birthday, Girl Scouts!

    12 Mar 2014

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

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

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

    How are YOU celebrating? Tell us on Facebook

  • Ban Bossy Today!

    11 Mar 2014

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

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

    As part of Ban Bossy, Girl Scouts of the USA and LeanIn.org 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.  

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