Girl Scouts Plant Tree to Celebrate 100 years of Scouting

Posted: Mar 07, 2012

“Every spring, the sap rises in the trees, from root to branch, and makes a tree that looks dead blossom with green leaves and life. So it is that the Scouting Spirit rises within you and inspires you to put forth your best.”    --Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts

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 arrived with shovels in hand on Saturday morning, ready to not only witness the planting, but to help. After a surprise visit from Miss Rio Nuevo, Christie Roshau, the ceremony began.  

The CEO of the ACTC, Conni Ingallina first spoke of the partnership between GSACPC and the Tree Council, and Carol Ackerson, senior staff from GSACPC, then discussed the significance of the planting.

“At the Girl Scouts, we are here to make the world a better place,” said Ackerson. “In 100 years, the trees we plant will be gorgeous, and will provide clean air our world needs.”

The girls had a chance to say a few words if they felt compelled, and Sharon from Troop 1393 read the thoughtful words she and her sister scouts had prepared about the Girl Scouts organization.

“Girl Scouts is like a tree,” said Sharon, a Girl Scout from Troop 1393. “Girl Scouts has been strong and flexible over the years: flexible to make changes to keep Scouting strong and available to other Girls. Girl Scouts grows and changes to remain in the community to help others.”

With help from an ACTC Arborist, the Girl Scout then planted a modest Desert Willow without leaves, but adorned with green bows.

Troop 1393 and Elizabeth help ACTC arborist plant the Desert Willow

The arborist noted that over time, the tree can grow to 25 feet tall, and may have a 25 foot canopy. After planting the tree, the girls learned about how trees improve our environment, and were able to ask questions of the expert. The Girl Scouts felt they learned a lot, and were proud that they helped improve the environment

“I really liked being here because I learned more about trees,” said Hannah from troop 1393. “I wanted to plant this tree because it will help the environment along with the other 99 trees that will be planted.”

The Girl Scouts named the tree “Juliette” after the founder of the Girl Scouts.

Thank you, Girl Scouts, for making our earth healthier and celebrating our 100th anniversary!

Troop 1393, their leaders, Elizabeth Vicoryosmanson, her mom and  Miss Rio Nuevo stand with the Desert Willow they planted

Elizabeth and the Girl Scouts of Troop 1393 named the tree "Juliette" in honor of the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary