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500+ Girl Scouts Celebrate their “It’s in the Bag” Accomplishments!

Posted: Apr 23, 2012

On Saturday, 500+ Girl Scouts joined together at the Zoo to celebrate the conclusion of the "It's in the Bag" project-which challenged Girl Scouts to go into their communities and collect plastic bags, then properly recycle them by donating them to local grocery stores.  More than 7,000 Girl Scouts participated.

The Girl Scouts had a lot to celebrate on Saturday! Through their efforts, more than 6 million plastic bags were prevented from entering our landfills!

At the celebration, Girl Scouts were able to get to know their sister scouts, hear about their efforts, eat lunch, and participate in the Earth Day activities held at the Zoo.  

The highlight of the day: Pop band "Savvy" performed for the Girl Scouts! Great job, Girl Scouts! And don't stop your "green" efforts! Because of you, our world is a greener, better place!

Click on the link below the image for more pictures from the day. 

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“We Believe in Girls” Program at Girl Scouts Receives Grant from the Season for Sharing Campaign!

Posted: Apr 19, 2012

We want to send a special thank you out to the supporters at the Arizona Republic/Channel 12 Season for Sharing campaign for their generous $20,000 grant!

Your gift will allow us to support and strengthen our "We Believe in Girls" (WBIG) program here at the Girl Scouts--Arizona Cactus-Pine Council!  WBIG offers no-cost Girl Scouting to girls who may not otherwise have a chance to experience it. 

For more information on this program, [click here.]

Thanks again to the Arizona Republic/Channel 12 Season for Sharing campaign! What a great partnership!


Tamara J. Woodbury, CEO of GSACPC (left) and Lin Sue Cooney, Channel 12 News Anchor (right)



Girl Scouts Hike, Climb and Camp to Celebrate 100 years!

Posted: Apr 17, 2012

1400 Girls attended “Jamboree” In Mayer, AZ this weekend (13th thru 15th)!

This year, at the Girl Scouts “Turn Back the Clock: Centennial Jamboree 2012,” 1400 Girl Scouts from across Arizona participated in all the traditional camp activities—archery, hiking, dancing and more—and also enjoyed historic activities in honor of the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary. Held in Mayer, Arizona, the activities were similar to those that would have been enjoyed in “1912”—the year the Girl Scouts organization was founded.

Click below the image for more details and photos from the weekend!






Gilbert Girl Scouts presented with check at Baskin Robbins Reopening!

Posted: Apr 17, 2012

On Saturday, April 14th, Girl Scouts from Gilbert attended the Grand Reopening of the Baskin Robbins at Gilbert Road and Chandler Blvd.

They had their faces painted, got balloon animals and even enjoyed free ice cream! The store then presented our council with a $250 check to go toward supporting Gilbert-area Girl Scout Troops.

Thank you, Baskin Robbins, for the support!

Click below the image for more pictures!





Ahwatukee Girl Scouts get a Special Thank you from Soldiers in Afghanistan!

Posted: Apr 09, 2012

Check out this awesome thank you note that Ahwatukee Troop 612 received from soldiers in Afghanistan! Equipped with pictures and a fun message, these soldiers shared just how thankful they were for the cookies donated through the Gift of Caring program. 

[Click here] to see it!

Thank you to the Girl Scouts of Troop 612, and all others who participated in the Gift of Caring program. What a wonderful gesture of support for our US Army Troops!





Secretary of State Hilary Clinton congratulates the Girl Scouts on 100th anniversary!

Posted: Apr 06, 2012

Check it out! Clinton took a moment to congratulate the Girl Scouts for 100 years of building girls of courage, confidence and character!





Congratulations to our 2012 Gold and Silver Awardees!

Posted: Apr 05, 2012

On Saturday, March 31, 2012, twenty three Girl Scouts received a Gold Award at the 2012 Gold and Silver Award Celebration! 136 girls were also recognized for earning the Silver Award. The day was full of inspiration, as the girls shared how their projects are making the world a better place.

Great work, Girl Scouts! 

Click on the link below the image for a recap of the day and a list of awardees!





Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts, receives Arizona Latina Trailblazer Award!

Posted: Apr 04, 2012

On March 28, 2012, four women were honored at the fourth Annual 2012 Arizona Latina Trailblazers Award event at the Phoenix Art Museum. One of these women was our own CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), Anna Maria Chávez.

Chávez was selected as a woman who has dedicated her professional and personal life to the betterment of her community, and who has achieved professional excellence—blazing a trail for others to follow, which she has done well.

Anna Maria Chávez is the first person of color to become CEO of GSUSA. A native of Eloy, Arizona, her career started with an undergraduate degree from Yale followed by earning a law degree from the University of Arizona. She’s held high level positions in federal government for the Department of Transportation and Small Business Administration. She returned to Arizona in 2000 to work in state government and went on to serve on the staff of former Arizona  Governor Janet Napolitano, where she rose to become Deputy Chief of Staff. After Governor Napolitano resigned to become Chief of Homeland Security, Chávez sought out a new opportunity as the Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, which eventually led to her current role.

The Trailblazer award was presented by the Phoenix College Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Magazine.

Chávez was presented her Award by an Ambassador-level Girl Scout Miriam Salazer from Phoenix.

The other awardees included public health advocate and former state legislator Amanda Aguirre, Elizabeth Archuleta, a Coconino County Board of Supervisor, and Terri Cruz, community advocate and longtime social services provider at Chicanos Por La Causa.

Anna Maria, thank you for visiting Arizona to accept this well-deserved award! You inspire us all!





Girl Scout Camps Listed among the Best!

Posted: Apr 02, 2012

We all know how great our Girl Scout summer camps are, and now, the world does too! (or at least anyone who reads "the examiner!") Girl Scout summer camps were listed among the "best summer camps in Phoenix." Here is what they had to say:

"Now that spring has sprung and the desert begins to heat up a parent’s thoughts may turn to summer camp. Here in the Valley of the Sun there are many to choose from. Here’s a sampling of the best summer camps for kids in Phoenix.

Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council has many different camps for all types of girls. There are both day camps and overnight camps available in both Phoenix and Prescott. There are camps for learning ceramics, horseback riding, chemistry and more. Camps are for girls in grades 1-12 whether they are a Girl Scout or not and sessions begin June 4."

[Click here] to read the article.

[Click here] to register for camp!



History of the Gold Award

Posted: Mar 29, 2012

In 1916, The Golden Eaglet of Merit– the highest award a Girl Scout could achieve – was created. To receive this award, a girl had to earn a required number of proficiency badges and be judged by the National Standards Committee on her service and character. The Golden Eaglet (or Golden Eagle) remained until 1938, when the award name was changed to “First Class.”

Even though some of the details have changed over the years, the tradition of leadership awards in Girl Scouting has remained an important aspect of the Girl Scout experience.  Currently, Girl Scouts can earn Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards. On Saturday, March 31st, twenty three girls received their Gold Awards and 136 were honored with their Silver Awards.

These girls are actively making a difference in the world around them—doing exactly what the Girl Scout Promise and Law challenges them to do. As we feel a sense of pride for what today’s girls are accomplishing, let’s take a look back at some of our earliest Girl Scout Award winners....

Click on the link below the image to read about our own Golden Eaglets: Mary Thomas and Joanne Safarian.





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