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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Posted: Mar 28, 2012
On Saturday, March 24th, Girl Scouts from across our council came together to celebrate Women's History Month, and kick off the upcoming camp season at the Women's History Month and Taste of Camp Carnival!
Held at our own Camp Sombrero in Phoenix, Girl Scouts and their families enjoyed a variety of camp activities (face painting, making s'mores, singing and astrology) and activities in honor of women's history month. They learned how to made corn husk dolls and butter by hand--the way women would have in frontier days, and some even participated in a fashion show of vintage Girl Scout uniforms!
Click below the image for more pictures from the day!
Posted: Mar 23, 2012
Earlier this year, Kate Nelson from Troop 438 submitted a video for the K12- I Want to Rock the Mall YouTube contest, where Girl Scouts can create and perform an original song with the hope of being selected for the top prize: a trip to "Rock the Mall" in Washington D.C.! The winner will perform her song in front of the 200,000+ Girl Scouts at the "Rock the Mall" celebration!
Kate's video, along with several others were first featured on the NBC Today Show on the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts, March 12th!
Then, our local Channel 12 News had to speak to our star themselves! On Monday, March 19th, Kate was on EVB Live with Kim Covington. She talked about the video contest, her dream of going to Rock the Mall, and even got to perform her song with help from Kim, and GSACPC staff Sam Sanchez-Perez.
Amazing job, Kate! You're fun and inspiring song has been in our heads ever since we first heard it! [Click here] to see her youtube video! Click on the link below the image for more photos from the Channel 12 studios!
Want to submit your own video? [Click here!]
Posted: Mar 23, 2012
Anna Maria Chávez, first Latina to Lead Girl Scouts National Organization, Returns to Her Roots in Arizona
Anna Maria Chávez, the new national CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, will visit her home state of Arizona for the first time since taking over the world’s largest leadership organization for girls. Chávez, who goes by the Twitter handle “Eagle 1,” (@GirlScoutEagle1) is the first Latina to lead the Girl Scouts national organization.
One of the highlights of Chávez visit will be a tour of the grounds of Camp Sombrero, a long-standing Girl Scout Camp located at the base of South Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona.
Members of the media are invited to join Chávez as she views the camp and hears about renovation plans that will create a place for Arizona’s girls to call their own in the heart of the city.
WHAT: Girl Scout CEO visits Girl Scout Camp Sombrero
DATE: Thursday, March 29, 2012
TIME: 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
LOCATION: Camp Sombrero, 1611 East Dobbins Road, Phoenix
Following the Sombrero tour, Chávez will head to her hometown of Eloy, Arizona, where the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona will host a gathering at Main Street Park.
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. To find more information about Girl Scouts, to join, or to become a volunteer at Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, please visit www.girlscoutsaz.org.
Posted: Mar 21, 2012
The Girl Scouts of Ahwatukee Troop 612 were featured on "Hero Central" on Channel 12 News this week! Moses Sanchez, who serves in the military in Afghanistan, thanked the Girl Scouts for the many boxes of Girl Scout cookies they donated to him and his task group.
As part of the Gift of Caring program at the Girl Scouts, Troop 612 asked cookie customers to buy cookies for the troops overseas, and during the 2012 Cookie Program, they sold 2,000 boxes to be donated to military troops.
Amazing work, Troop 612! Thank you for bringing joy to the men and women who serve our country. And thank you to ALL of our Girl Scouts who participated in the Gift of Caring this year.