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Sometimes schedules don’t work out – never fear! There are plenty of resources for you and your troop to access on your own!

We partner with dozens of nonprofits and businesses to offer fun and exciting opportunities right here in our backyard! By working together as a team, we can collaborate with these partners and provide access to resources and experiences far beyond your wildest dreams.


Program Partners

There are many organizations around the state of Arizona and beyond with which the Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is proud to partner. You can contact these organizations to schedule visits with your troop or as an individual.

Let them know that you are a Girl Scout! Sometimes our partners offer special events and programs for Girl Scout members and we’ll let you know about that here.

Badge & Patch Workshops
Tempe Camera
Junior Girl Scout Digital Photographer Badge Workshop

Join us at Tempe Camera for an afternoon filled with photography! Bring your favorite camera and learn how to set your shutter speed to stop action or blur it. Take better images of your friends using the correct aperture. Learn how to show your world close up. Bring your memory card to save all your images. One final printed photo will be provided at the end of the workshop. 

Complete all five steps to earn your Digital Photographer Badge. Cost $10. Register early; the class size is limited to 40 Junior Girl Scouts. Please contact Tempe Camera at (480) 966-6954 for more information.  

As You Wish Pottery
  • Girl Scout Daisies – Petal Projects (VIRTUAL)
  • Girl Scout Brownies – Potter, Painting (VIRTUAL)
  • Girl Scout Juniors – Drawing & Business Owner (VIRTUAL)
  • Girl Scout Cadettes – Comic Artist (VIRTUAL)
Desert Botanical Garden
  • Girl Scout Brownies – Bugs Badge (VIRTUAL)
  • Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors – Brilliant Bugs Patch (VIRTUAL)
Verve Studios
  • Girl Scout Juniors 
    • Digital Photography & Entertainment Technology (In-person only)
    • Playing the Past (VIRTUAL) 
    • Scribe (VIRTUAL)
  • Girl Scout Cadettes 
    • Digital Movie Making (In-person only)
    • Public Speaking (VIRTUAL)
    • Screenwriter (VIRTUAL)
Financial Literacy

AmTrust Bank

AmTrust Bank, a division of New York Community Bank is committed to helping our community and that includes helping your Girl Scouts learn financial skills that will grow with them. We offer a fun, customizable, and interactive financial literacy program for all levels of Girl Scouts, from Daisies to Ambassadors. We make learning fun while your girls learn valuable life skills. Our AmTrust team can meet with your group virtually or in person following Council guidelines. Once you have earned your badge, you can celebrate your newly earned badge with a scheduled bank tour at any of our 14 valley locations! 

Please contact Misti Stone, Project Manager at AmTrust Bank, at 480-516-4879 or Misti.Stone@mynycb.com for more personalized assistance and to schedule a time to meet!

Life Skills

Desert Blue

Desert Blue Consulting & Coaching hosts workshops open to troops and service units for Girl Scout volunteers and older girls (Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors). We all remember how challenging it was to be a teen. Interactive and fun workshops focus on personal development for older girls and adults. They include topics like "Creating a Vision For Your Life," "Discovering Your Values," "Building Confidence with Goal Setting", and many more that will help Girl Scouts with life skills. In addition, each participant receives actionable takeaways and custom workbooks.

Check out www.desertblueaz.com or email niki@desertblueaz.com to schedule a workshop for your troop or service unit.

SAFE Choice

GO CHIHUAHUA CRAZY!” in a fun, interactive, age-appropriate self-protection class that teaches girls how to be aware of their surroundings, project confidence, and trust their intuition. Girl Scouts will earn a fun Awareness patch after learning self-protection skills like conflict resolution, how to deal with friendship drama, protecting your power from aggressors, ABC's of self-defense, stranger awareness & more! Come learn and practice against trained instructors using role-play and games. It's a crazy chihuahua time for sure!

Please email Theresa Wnenta at getsafeaz@gmail.com for more information. 

Arcadia Pediatric Dental 

Making the Dentist Fun Again! In this entertaining and interactive class, Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to learn the basics of dental hygiene and the importance of having a clean and healthy mouth! Through a hands-on class led by our amazing dental assistants, each child will have a hands-on opportunity to dive into the world of teeth through our fun models (hint: we have a GIANT toothbrush!)! Each class ends with a take home toothbrush as well as an excitement for the dentist (maybe even inspiration to want to become a dentist.)

Please email Ashley Francis at ashleyfrancis@kidsdentalbrands.com for more information.  

Natural Grocers

We are here to provide educational programs to your Girl Scouts to help them to take charge of their health! We offer free classes at multiple Natural Grocers locations. These classes are geared towards different badges, and you will meet some, if not all, of the following badge requirements: 

  • Brownies: "Snacks", "My Best Self - Healthy Living" 
  • Juniors: "Simple Meals", "Staying Fit"
  • Cadettes: "New Cuisines", "Eating for You" 
  • Seniors: "Locavore"
  • Ambassadors: "Dinner Party" 

Please contact Christi Louderback at clouderback@naturalgrocers.com to schedule class today! 

Outdoor
Cadence Horsemanship

This Girl Scout Horsemanship Clinic is a jam-packed, 3+ hour program consisting of trainer/handler-led small group sessions on grooming/leading/tying; health & nutrition; anatomy/breeds; and concluding with ride prep and supervised riding! For eligible Girl Scouts, the Horsemanship Clinic may also fulfill the requirements of the Junior Horseback Riding Badge. For more information, please visit the website below.

Get Outdoors Today

GotAZ is a Girl Scout project to help get you outdoors. Resident of Arizona or visiting? We have multiple trails in Greater Phoenix and surrounding areas for you to explore. Not from the area but still want to learn about nature? No problem, we got you there too.

Mighty Boots Wilderness Project

This introductory rock climbing experience focuses on developing confidence and leadership in an outdoor space. This is a great opportunity for team building. No experience is required and all gear is provided. Age Range is 4th grade and up. Please contact info@mightyboots.org for questions or more information. 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Experience the lush beauty of the Upland Sonoran Desert at Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. With spectacular views of Picketpost Mountain, Boyce Thompson Arboretum (BTA) is located in scenic Queen Creek Canyon, just 30 minutes from Mesa, Arizona. Featuring plant collections from the world's deserts, historic buildings, and gardens along 5 miles of trails. BTA is the perfect place to connect with nature for the whole family! Another program to reconnect your family with mother nature is our Family Yoga Program. Taking place on select Sunday mornings from October through December, this class is for all ages and levels. Taught by a certified family yoga teacher, discover how moving your body in natural spaces will deepen your family's connection with one another and nature. The Children's Garden is an excellent place for children to explore the Javelina Maze, discover the wonders of the natural world, experience vibrant colors, and so much more. Remember your picnic to enjoy in the Children's Garden or Picnic Area! Boyce Thompson Arboretum offers fun for the whole family! Plan your visit today to experience the wonders of nature through Discover Nature Play, Family Yoga, Field Trips, and more! 

Service & Take Action
STEM
Code Ninjas

If your Girl Scout likes computers, they will love Code Ninjas! A STEM education center where children aged 7-14 learn coding and robotics through our game-development curriculum. They build games and program robots using various coding languages while learning essential skills in coding, problem-solving, logic, and typing! Visit our site for more information! 

https://www.codeninjas.com/az-phoenix

https://www.codeninjas.com/az-chandler

iFLY Indoor Skydiving

iFLY Indoor Skydiving provides a fun, interactive and hands-on STEM learning experience for juniors and above! iFLY teaches Girl Scouts about the science and physics behind body flight and the best part of the experience is each girl becomes part of the science experiment and gets to experience body flight in a beautiful 55ft vertical wind tunnel. The program is lead and taught by a certified STEM Educator and every girl will receive a flight training class lead by a certified Flight Instructor and full gear rental before their flight experience. 

The STEM program consists of a wind tunnel demonstration where iFLY’s vertical wind tunnel is used as a live lab and the group gets to witness a variety of objects (including a liquid!) fly in the tunnel – this provides a focus on topics like gravity, velocity, force and motion. It also includes an interactive STEM presentation with a focus on the science behind body flight and STEM careers. Lastly, every girl will also participate in a hands-on activity! The cherry on top is every girl will experience the dream of flight

The only requirement for a STEM event with iFLY is a minimum participation of 15 (girls, parents, etc.) and iFLY offers a special Girl Scout rate that is greatly discounted compared to the normal rates. This program is available M-F and Sundays. Contact Karissa Swift at 737-256-7830 and kswift@iflyworld.com

Skype a Scientist 

Skype a Scientist matches scientists with classrooms/groups for informal Q&As all about science! We serve about 10,000 groups a year in this mission. Girls can ask about careers in science, or can just ask about what life is like as a scientist while learning about the their area of expertise! We have thousands of scientists to choose from, all of whom are offering their time and expertise on a volunteer basis. If a Girl Scout Troop wants to talk about dolphins, we have a scientist for that. If they want to learn about space, we've got a scientist for that too! Any scientific topic girls can think of, we have a scientist to match their needs. Complete the form or visit skypeascientist.com.

Walter Hive Makerspace

Come in with your personal projects or stop by and learn something new! Walter Hive's makerspace includes equipment for welding, woodworking, laser cutting, 3D printing, electronics prototyping, painting, papercraft, sculpture and other projects. They have many events on their calendar, including a free to the community “Open Shop Night” every Wednesday for all ages. They also host a “Teens of steam” night the first Tuesday of every month. For more information, visit thewalterhive.org/calendar.

 
How to Become a Program Partner

Are you an organization or individual that provides or are interested in providing quality Girl Scout programming to girls and their families? For more information on how to become a Program Partner please read the Program Partner Guidelines.