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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.

Women’s History Month and Taste of Camp Carnival was Fun for Everyone!

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!

Girl Scout on Channel 12 News to Promote “Rock the Mall” Video Submission!

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!]

News Release! Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of Girl Scouts is Coming to Town!

Posted: Mar 23, 2012

“EAGLE 1” to Land in Arizona!
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 

Ahwatukee Sailor Says “Thank You” to Girl Scouts of Troop 612!

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.

Daisy Scouts Win Radio Competition!

Posted: Mar 19, 2012

Girl Scouts from Daisy Troop 2636 visited 98.7 the Peak yesterday after winning the annual “Girl Scouts Cookie Buyout” contest. Chris and Monica from “Chris and Monica in the morning” put a call out to all Girl Scouts listening to their program in February to submit their best Cookie Selling pitch!

After all the submissions from Girl Scouts across Arizona, Troop 2636 was voted as having the best pitch of all. They were able to visit the station and were interviewed live on the air!

[Click here] to listen to their interview, and for more pictures of their visit to the station, click the link below the image.

Great work, Girl Scouts!!

Girl Scouts Celebrate 100th Anniversary at the Arizona State Capitol!

Posted: Mar 13, 2012

On the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in the United States, March 12, 2012, Girl Scouts from across Arizona welcomed Governor Jan Brewer and state Legislators as members of the newly-created Girl Scout Troop 1920 during a “pinning” ceremony at the State Capitol. Troop 1920 – named in honor of the year in which women in the United States gained the right to vote – is an honorary troop with the special mission to continue as a strong voice for girls and women at the state level. 

More than 200 attendees watched as Executive staff and Board members from our council and our sister council, the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, spoke of the 100th anniversary of Scouting, and the important role Girl Scouts and the State legislature can play in making the future brighter for the girls in Arizona. Our own Governor, Jan Brewer, also spoke about her time as a Girl Scout, and read a proclamation honoring the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts.

After the ceremony, the Governor signed House Bill 2498 into law, which establishes March 12th each year as “Girl Scouts of the USA Day” in Arizona. Girl Scout cookies and milk from Shamrock farms was available in the senate lawn following the ceremony.

Thank you to all who attended and took part in the ceremony--particularly the Girl Scouts. You are the reason why we are celebrating! Happy 100th anniversary, Girl Scouts!

To see more pictures from the day, click below the image.

The Thin Mint Sprint was a Hit!

Posted: Mar 12, 2012

This past Saturday, 600+ Girl Scouts, families and other community members came together to celebrate the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary, and participate in the 100th Anniversary 5K Thin Mint Sprint.

Girl Scouts were decked out in Scouts attire, and came out in droves to run in the 5k Thin Mint Sprint, and walk in the 1 Mile Samoa Stroll. We even had two girls wearing a Thin Mint and Samoa costume!

After the race, Girl Scouts enjoyed the awards ceremony, a vendor fair, and, of course, pizza!

Click below the image for more pictures from the day!

Girl Scouts Plant Tree to Celebrate 100 years of Scouting

Posted: Mar 07, 2012

At the Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) offices in Phoenix on Saturday, March 3, Girl Scouts from Troop 1393 in Avondale and Elizabeth Vicoryosmanson, an Independent Girl Member (IGM) from Chino Valley, participated in a ceremonial tree planting to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting. The event also kicked off a program in which 100 trees will be planted across Arizona through a partnership with the Arizona Community Tree Council (ACTC).

The Girl Scouts even had a surprise visit from Miss Rio Nuevo!

Click below the image to learn more about the event, and to see more pictures!

Girl Scouts Night at the Coyotes Game was a hit!

Posted: Mar 07, 2012

The Girl Scouts Night at the Coyotes was held Saturday, March 3! What a fun we had!

A total of 356 Girl Scouts and their families watched the Coyotes play the Columbus Blue Jackets. All girls received beautiful pink Coyotes patches, saw their troop numbers in lights on the scoreboard, and watched our own Camp Commercial at the game. We held a booth to distribute Girl Scouts materials, including summer camp guides and Women's History Month literature.

Thanks, Girl Scouts families, for coming out!

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