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Girl Scout leaders teach troops how to manage their money

Posted: Nov 30, 2011

Check out the great piece from the Cronkite Newswatch highlighting one of our Girl Scout troops and the importance of financial literacy.




Thank you, Laura Gilliland!

Posted: Nov 21, 2011

Because of Laura Gilliland’s ongoing dedication to the Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC), $1,000 will be donated to our organization in her honor.

Click on the link below the image to read more!


Laura Gilliland (left) presents GSACPC fund development staff, Nancy Knoche (right) with the $1,000 check from Wells Fargo



Blog praises our CEO Tamara Woodbury and Girl Scout Alexis La Benz!

Posted: Nov 18, 2011

Linda Herold, author of photo blog Linda Land, chronicles Valley life, sharing photos and thoughts about events, people, activities and organizations. Her recent blog post highlights presentations made by Tamara Woodbury, Barbara Barrett and Alexis La Benz at the Charter 100 luncheon. Click here to learn what they shared and enjoy some photos from the event!



“It’s in the Bag” project featured in the Arizona Food Industry Journal!

Posted: Nov 18, 2011

GSACPC's 100th Anniversary project, "It's in the Bag" was featured in the Arizona Food Industry Journal!  The article titled "Paper, Plastic or Re-Useables" hails the project a success story for our community.  [Click here] to see the article.

A special thank you to all participating Girl Scouts! You have collected 866,000 bags so far, and the number keeps climbing. Keep it up!

Want to join the project? [Click here] to learn more.



Maxie Dunning: A small-town leader

Posted: Nov 17, 2011

In 1916, the small town of Prescott was the first to host Girl Scouting in Arizona—an impressive feat, considering its population was only 5,000 at the time (half the population of Phoenix), not to mention that Arizona had only been a state for four years.  Somehow, however, the news about Girl Scouting traveled the 2,000 miles from Savannah, Georgia to this little mining town, and reached Maxie Dunning, who knew exactly what to do with it…     

Click on the link below the image to learn more about this small town leader.


Maxie and her husband, Charles, in front of their home in Prescott (1912)



Girl Scouts pay tribute to Veterans!

Posted: Nov 16, 2011

About 74 Girl Scouts and Girl Scout volunteers from the Page-Lake Powell neighborhood received an honorable mention in the Towns Veteran Parade.





Arizona Girl Scout Receives National Recognition

Posted: Nov 16, 2011

For her fight against human trafficking in Arizona, Chandler Girl Scout Alexis La Benz has been named “Young Woman of Distinction” by Girl Scouts of the USA. Follow the link to read more about her!



Volunteer for the Breast Cancer 3-Day and host a cheer station!

Posted: Nov 08, 2011

We are looking for volunteers and troops to participate in this year's Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day on November 11th-13th.

From making encouraging cards and posters to being a cheerleader at the event, there are many ways to get involved! Click here for details about how to participate, and let's help make this event a success!
For a list of cheer station locations, click here.



Girl Scout troop 1561 makes birthday bags for those in need

Posted: Nov 04, 2011

Girl Scout  troop1561 made a very unique and special donation recently to St. Mary's Food Bank. With one in four children in Arizona not knowing where their next meal is coming from, celebrating a birthday is also a difficult if not impossible experience without the resources for a cake and decorations. The fifth-graders of Troop 1561 took it upon themselves to create and deliver 30 “Birthday Bags” to the food banks Surprise location last week. Each bag contains all the items needed to decorate a birthday cake – candles, sprinkles, etc – along with packages for crepe paper, balloons, party plates, napkins and other assorted party favors.




Girl Scouts SWAPS: The tradition of friendship

Posted: Nov 02, 2011

By Lindsay Johnson

So, what is a SWAP? Well, it’s a Special Whatchamacallit Affectionately Pinned Somewhere.

Still wondering what a SWAP is? Keep reading…

In 1956, at the first National Senior Roundup, the tradition of SWAPS began. Girls were instructed prior to attending to make charms, trinkets or other objects that represent themselves or their home state. The idea—Girls would “swap” their homemade objects with girls they meet at the Roundup, and pin them to their Roundup hat to symbolize the many friends they met.  At the end of the Roundup, each girl had a hat full of swaps from her sister scouts from across the country.  

Click on the "read this entry" button to learn more about this tradition.


Girl Scouts at the 1956 Senior Roundup, proudly wearing their SWAP hats