Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
About Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona
Girl Scouts Southern Arizona is a non-profit organization serving more than 14,000 girls ages 5-17. Membership also includes over 3,000 adult volunteers who serve as leaders, trainers, consultants, and board members. GSSoAz covers the southern region of the state, serving girls in Pima, Cochise, Greenlee, Yuma, Santa Cruz and southern parts of Graham, Maricopa, and Pinal counties. In addition, Girl Scouts also serves our Native American communities, military installations, and border communities in Southern Arizona.
GSSoAZ is chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA. The Council was established in Arizona in 1935.
Girl Scout Levels
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience
From the very beginning, Girl Scouts has been about developing girls’ leadership.
Now we’re defining what we’re doing with national, outcomes-based program activities that are designed to guide girls along a life-long path to lead with courage, confidence, and character as they continue to make the world a better place.
- Discover: Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world.
- Connect: Girls care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally.
- Take Action: Girls act to make the world a better place
In Girl Scouting, it’s not just “what girls do” (activities), but “how” (processes). These processes are Girl-Led, Learning by Doing, and Cooperative Learning.
Council Initiatives and Specialized Programs
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
- Health and Wellness
- No Girl Left Inside
- Hispanic Initiative
- Social Justice
Among the properties that the Council operates are 3 administrative offices and 2 camps.
- Council Office and Resource Center (Headquarters); 4300 East Broadway Blvd, Tucson
- Goldsmith Building; 1950 West 3rd Street, Yuma
- Cochise County Resource Center; 2367 East Fry Blvd, Sierra Vista
- Hacienda (Tucson)
- Camp Whispering Pines (Mount Lemmon)
On my honor, I will try
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And, to live by the Girl Scout Law.
Girl Scout Cookie Program- Promoting Financial Literacy
The Girl Scout cookie program allows girls to develop a wide range of skills including money management, goal setting, public speaking and confidence.
Troops have the potential of earning up to $0.66 per box of cookies that can be used to conduct service projects in their community, go to camp, travel, and try new activities together. All other proceeds stay within the council and are used for financial assistance, opportunity funding, girl recognition awards, and staff support to membership.
The board of directors, led by chair Christine McNamara and members of the community are responsible for managing the business and corporate affairs of the Council. Chief Executive Officer Debbie Rich is responsible to the board of directors for overall operations of the Council.