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Juliette Low: A Birthday Tribute

Posted: Oct 20, 2011

By: Lindsay Johnson

“Looking back, it seems to me now that she was always either roaring with laughter, often self-directed, or foaming with indignation about some injustice to man or beast.”    Arthur Gordan, Juliette’s nephew (1956)

In the many black and white photos, biographical sketches and timelines that document Juliette Low’s life and her founding of the Girl Scouts, the full story about this quirky, hilarious, bull-headed and thoughtful woman often goes untold.  This was what prompted Low’s nephew, Arthur Gordon, to write an article for the Reader’s Digest in 1956. His hope was that her name would be remembered not only as an icon of the Girl Scouts organization, but for her spirit and joy that the organization was born of.  The above quote from Arthur is a peek inside the personality of our founder—a personality that created a legacy in many ways.

In honor of Low’s upcoming 151st birthday, take a moment to learn about the woman behind the Girl Scouts organization! Click on the link below the image to learn more.

Juliette Low with two Golden Eaglet Scouts in Georgia (1925)

Girl Scouts add Tech-Savvy Badges

Posted: Oct 12, 2011

ABC Reports on the new Girl Scouts badges and program portfolio, which includes new, exciting and culturally relevant badges.
video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

Video Courtesy of ABC 15 News

Arizona’s First Golden Eaglet

Posted: Oct 06, 2011

By Lindsay Johnson

Jean Maddock Clark began her Scouting journey in 1922 as one of the first Girl Scouts in the first troop in the Phoenix Area.  With Alice Marshall as her troop leader, 13-year-old Jean’s natural leadership abilities were quickly recognized.  Her diaries document the responsibilities she was given as a young Scout: between leading hikes with younger girls and assisting Marshall with Troop activities, she realized early on her passion and skill for leading and teaching girls. 

She also realized the important role Scouting can play in a girl’s life, and stayed active as a girl member through her formative years.  By 1928, Jean was a Troop leader, and had her sights set on receiving the Golden Eaglet, the highest honor a Scout could receive at the time.  In 1930, the day after graduating with honors from Phoenix Junior College, Jean became the first Golden Eaglet recipient in Arizona. She then studied at Stanford University (while leading a Girl Scouts troop, of course!) and after graduating in 1932, returned to Arizona to teach elementary education and continue leading troops.  

Click on the link below the image to read the full story of Jean Clark's journey as a lifelong Girl Scout.                  

Jean Clark (far right) and friends at camp (year unknown)

GSACPC Girl Scouts perform flag ceremony!

Posted: Oct 03, 2011

GSACPC Girl Scouts perform a flag ceremony at the Mesa United Way luncheon that recognized the work of organizations, like the Girl Scouts, in the community.

Litchfield Scouts form club to teach peers about service animals

Posted: Oct 03, 2011

Click here to read an article from the West Valley View about an awesome club that Scouts in Litchfield Park started!

The Fall Sale Kickoff Event ‘Inventions Today for a Better Tomorrow’ was a big hit!

Posted: Sep 23, 2011

The event was held on September 10 at the Arizona Science Center, and a total of 31 innovative and creative projects were presented. Thanks to all that participated and attended. 

Click [here] or a few photos from the event, including photos of Amanda’s “Pizza Layer Maker” and Troop 39’s Recycleable Rake!

More pictures will be made loaded to our Facebook page when available. 

Alice Marshall: Our Pioneer

Posted: Sep 22, 2011

Intrigue for the “wild west” and a love of horses…

These are the things that brought 23-year-old Alice Lord Marshall from her home in East Orange, New Jersey to Phoenix in 1919. A “Pioneer,” as she once called herself, she was never one to shy away from new experiences, and handled her arrival with fearlessness. She immediately steeped herself into the community, and became involved in a local Episcopalian church—Trinity Cathedral—located on Roosevelt and Central.  

It was here, in a rather ordinary encounter that one of the most significant moments of Arizona Girl Scouts history occurred.  Click on the link below the image to learn more about Alice Marshall.

Registration form for Troop #2 (1923)

Special opportunity for participants of the It’s in the Bag project!

Posted: Sep 19, 2011

Join us for the City of Phoenix Recycle-Palooza!

The City of Phoenix has invited Girl Scouts and Girl Scout troops to participate in the city's Recycle-Palooza this Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. Girl Scouts are invited to appear with city representatives as they do live shots during the morning television programs and to talk about the It’s in the Bag project! For more information about this event, click here. If interested in this opportunity please contact Sam Sanchez at for further details.

Click here for more information on the It's in the Bag project.

The Journey to Arizona: How Girl Scouting made it to the Grand Canyon State

Posted: Sep 08, 2011

“The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers.”
-- Juliette Gordon Low

As we enter the 100th year anniversary of Girl Scouting, these words, spoken by the founder of the Girl Scouts, carry great significance.  Without the vision and determination of history-makers like Juliette Gordon Low, Girl Scouting may never have made it to Arizona.

So, how did Girl Scouting reach the Grand Canyon State?  Click the link below the picture to find out!

Troop #1 in Phoenix, Arizona (1925)

Our Local Just-Us Girl Scouts Send a Message of Hope to their Fellow Girl Scouts in Japan

Posted: Aug 25, 2011

After the towers fell in New York on September 11th, 2001, our nation was wrought with grief, and overcome by the loss of life, and what felt like a loss of freedom. 

In the wake of this tragedy, Girl Scouts of Japan reached out through a profound Japanese tradition:  In the months that followed the attacks, thousands of hand-folded origami cranes arrived at schools, fire stations and police stations in New York. The Girl Scouts folded these cranes, one-by-one, as an expression of support and healing—a tradition that originated after WW II.  

Nearly 10 years later, this thoughtful gesture has been returned.

1,000 origami cranes, folded by GSACPC Girl Scouts and ready to be sent to Japan.

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