Fight hunger, one bag at a time.
Goal: Collect 50,000lbs of food items.
Fight hunger, one bag at a time.
Goal: Collect 50,000lbs of food items.
According to the Association of Arizona Food Banks, for the third straight year, one in five Arizona households (20.5%) in 2011 reported not having enough money to buy food that they needed during the previous twelve months for themselves or their family. This ranks Arizona 15th worst in the country in food hardship rate for the second year in a row, and continues a trend of high food hardship rates (20.8% in 2010; 20.5% in 2009; and 18.8% in 2008, the first year data was tracked). Nationally, food hardship hit 18.6% in 2011, an increase from 18.0% in 2010 and the highest rate ever recorded.
What it means:
Most likely, you know someone who is suffering from hunger. A friend, a child, a family, a coworker; it could be anyone. Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona is taking action to fight hunger. Throughout the month of October, our goal is to help Interfaith Community Food Bank by collecting 50,000 pound of food. As we launch the next century of Girl Scouting, we would like to challenge each family, troop, or group to collect at least 100lbs of food. That’s about 100 canned food items.
Please consider joining us for these educational workshops throughout October.
Fit, Fun & Fabulous
Join us October 6, 2012 from 11am-1pm at the Tucson Mall for this health & wellness event. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate if you can and stop by the Bag-a-Thon table to learn about emergency food boxes, what we can do to make them healthier, and participate in a service project. Open to the whole family. Bring a friend for more fun!
Hunger Hits Home
Join us October 9, 2012 from 6pm-9pm for a swim-up movie at the Hacienda. We will watch Hunger Hits Home, a Food Network documentary that follows the lives of three families and their struggle with hunger. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate if you can and come prepared with ideas about how we can fight hunger in our community. Open to the whole family, lifeguards will be on duty.
Join us at the Interfaith Community Services Food Bank on October 13, 2012 from 9am-11am. Help sort and distribute food and learn about what it takes to run a food bank. This opportunity is limited to 10 girls, ages 13 and up. If you would like to sign up, please email Kristi directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us on October 20, 2012 at Edward Jones. Bring all the food items that you’ve collected and come prepared to celebrate! There will be Eegee’s provided thanks to Edward Jones Investments, and an amazing celebration of service with all of the groups participating in the Bag-a-Thon. 10355 N La Canada Drive | Oro Valley, Arizona | 85737 | It will be on the SW Corner of La Canada and Lambert. There is a Subway Sandwich Shop on the corner of the plaza.
Sporty Girls showed their volleyball skills on Saturday the 18th at Pima Community College West Campus. Head Coach of the PCC Women’s Volleyball team, Dan Bithell, hosted the Girl Scouts at their gym and gave the girls a tour of the Training Room, Weight room, and the Volleyball locker room. After the tour, the real action started. The girls learned the basics of passing, setting, and serving with the help of Pima Volleyball players and coaches and a former University of Arizona Volleyball player. The girls learned quickly and excelled at a ball control contest and serving contest. At the end of the event, the girls were able to see college level volleyball as the coaches and players showed their skills in a short scrimmage. Thank you to Pima for hosting such a fabulous event with the Girl Scouts! View the full Photo Gallery on our Facebook Page!
Over the weekend four Girl Scouts on the Tough Cookies Cycling Team competed in the 39th El Tour de Tucson 42 mile race. All the girls, all 10 or 11 years old, completed the 42 miles in less than 5 hours!
Race day started out with the girls putting on their neon mohawk decorated helmets, and lining up at the start line with over 1,200 other cyclists. CEO Debbie Rich and her husband Bobbie came to see the girls off. Along the course the Team received some well needed food and water from a Girl Scout Aid station, along with good dose of encouragement. The girls triumphed over exhaustion and sore muscles to finish the 42 miles. Just one day after El Tour, as the sore muscles are starting to recover, the girls are already looking forward to the next team ride!
The Tough Cookies worked very hard in preparation for El Tour, training for three months, with practices 2-3 times a week, helped teach a bike safety class, and were professionally fit on their bikes by local coach Brian Grasky.
The girls would like to give a huge thanks to Kristen and Anna for riding with them in El Tour, and our sponsors: Roadrunner Bicycles, Fair Wheel Bikes, Genuine Innovations, The Grasky Endurance Performance Center, Specialized, and Gu Energy.
The Tough Cookie Cycling Team will be starting fun group rides soon, open to everyone. If you are interested in riding with Tough Cookies contact Kat Salthouse at email@example.com.
by Rachel S. aka “Frog”
On the Sundays of these previous weeks, ten girls (with the assistance of three awesome staff members) went to the Hacienda to learn about chickens. On the first day, these “chicken chicks” got to meet two chickens, their own “Egg power”, and the grounds where their coop would be built. They also picked the design of their coop and learn about the different types of chickens.
On the second day, the girls reported their homework. One group did native plants, another did what plants to plant, and the other did which are the best types of chickens. When the homework was finished, the girls went to go check out the semi-finished coop. Then they raked out some rocks and got down and dirty with composting.
The third day was the most fun in my opinion, the most painting and goofing off. The garden got its first bloom and the coop’s painting and layout was finished. Then on the fourth and final day we got our chickens. There was a range of about five different types of chickens. All of them as cute as can be. Then the girls had their final peace-out-Girl Scout game and said good-bye. That is the story of the Chicken Chicks.
by Super Kristi
On March 27th, the Catholic Committee on Scouting recognized Girl Scouts with Religious Awards. Dr. Virgina Robillard was presented with the Saint Anne Award. The Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award was presented to Kathleen N (Troop 646) and Carla R (Troop 1022). Marie R (Troop 646) was presented with the Spread the Spirit Medal. The Marian Medal was presented to Brianna R (Troop 1022), Danielle R (Troop 1022) and Siobhan Frankiewicz (Troop 1073). The Family of God Medal was presented to Rhiannon M, Karla M, Solil C, Layla L, Heidi L, Brenna D, Ciela P, Stephanie S, Lily G, and Jillian S all from Troop 1217. The I Live My Faith Medal was presented to Kelly D (Troop 1217), Mikayla S (Troop 1217), Mireya E (Troop 1217), Jenna S (Troop 1217), McKenzie C (Troop 1217), Annie O (Troop 1212), Catherine S (Troop 1212) and Noelle S (Troop 1212). Congratulations to all of you!
On Friday, Kim met with a group of Cadettes for Fashion Remix. They spent their time learning about fashion and how to transform old clothes into something new and cool! How fun is that? Want to get in on the action? Join Ellen for Fashion Rewind on April 6th from 5-7 at the Resource Center!
Also on Friday, we had some staff changes happen at the office! Congratulations to Niki Hoffman, our new Customer Experience Manager; Karyn Synnestvedt, our new Retail Manager; and Kristi Pallack, our new Mission to Market Coordinator!
Saturday was a BIG day in Girl Scout land! In Yuma, Juniors got to enjoy a two hour horseback riding lesson at the Rocking Horse Farm! They learned to groom their horse, take care of their tack and then got to learn how to ride. Thanks Jonica for organizing such an awesome event!
If you were in Tucson on Saturday, you must have been busy! We had three amazing events for you to choose from! We started the day off at 10am at the Resource Center with Eatza Pizza where 40 Daisies and Brownies gathered to learn about what makes a pizza a pizza! They planted herb gardens to use on their own pizzas at home and built solar ovens to cook pizzas for a pizza party!
Also at 10am, we kicked off our 2nd Annual GreenFest- Presented by Bookmans at the Tucson Village Farm! Over 1,000 Southern Arizonans came out for this FREE, family event showcasing over 40 local, sustainable organizations. We had a farmer’s market, a green living exhibit, a recycled art show, live music on the solar powered stage and even an electric car show! We had over 30 Girl Scouts show up to volunteer at the event and even more bring their families to walk around. We made worm bins, challenged you with a recycle relay and had a solar robot demonstration! If you’d like to get involved with GreenFest 2012, become a fan of GreenFest Tucson on Facebook to keep up with the latest news and planning for next year!
On Saturday afternoon, the Flandrau Science Center hosted Brownies and Juniors for an afternoon of Insect Discovery! Girls learned about insects, why we need them and how they aren’t as gross as you may think! Insect Discovery is happening every Saturday in April so if you want to get in on the bug fun- contact Michelle for more info!
Well, that’s it for this week! Make sure you consult our Program Calendar for what’s coming up this week!
Do you want to cover Girl Scout events and write about them for the GS Blog Squad? It’s fun! If you don’t want to write about them, you can make a movie, record a podcast or even draw a picture! Sounds exciting, right? Let your voice be heard! Contact Kristi Pallack for info on how to get started as part of the Blog Squad!
Love the outdoors? Science and Technology? The environment? Lots of other girls do too. Explore your interests together in a way that fits your schedule. You can be sure we have something fun that fits in between cheerleading and soccer!
Most series meet once or twice a month and last anywhere from 4-8 meetings. For more information on what Series are currently being offered, please visit our Program and Events Calendar.
No Girl Left Inside
Girl Scouts have a rich history of outdoor education and environmental stewardship. Through Series like No Girl Left Inside, we are able to revive these traditions and take a stand for sustainability in our community. Our goal is to give girls the opportunities to discover nature and high adventure- something they may never discover without us. Girls are able to connect with others who enjoy the great outdoors and develop not only a passion for playing, but for protecting our natural resources. The No Girl Left Inside series allows girls to learn about the interconnection of people and nature and develop respect and appreciation and a passion to become stewards of our natural resources.
Girl Scouts know that it takes passion to affect change. This is why we incorporate service learning and Girl Scouts’ Discover, Connect, Take Action model into everything we do. We use service learning and hands-on learning models to deliver meaningful curriculum in a fun, engaging way.
Learn to hike, camp and climb a mountain! Go on backpacking excursions, learn to paddle and even learn to scuba dive! The possibilities are endless.
The Green Core Project
The Green Core Project connects girls with the earth and gives them the skills to create a more sustainable future. Through hands-on environmental education programs that incorporate everything from botany to resource management, Girl Scouts develop strong environmental literacy skills that allow them to make informed decisions concerning the environment in their own lives. The goal of the Green Core Project is for it to become second nature for Girl Scouts to think about how their actions and the actions of others impact the Earth and in what ways they can make sure these actions are positive.
The Green Core Project works with community partners to highlight existing sustainability efforts in Arizona. By connecting Girl Scouts with projects that are already in place, girls have a chance to see sustainability in action, make tangible contributions to their community, and draw inspiration from the work of those they meet. The Green Core Project then allows girls to put their own ideas into action with opportunities to develop and implement sustainable projects at the three Girl Scout properties in the Tucson area.
Girls will have the opportunity to prep, grow, and harvest all of native produce, plan and build a coop and then care for chickens, and design and carry out multiple other green projects.
Even when you’re not thinking about it, nearly everything you do is influenced by math, science and technology. In fact, just by looking at this webpage you are using one of the fastest-growing technologies there is – the Internet!
Math is all around you.
Many people think of math as adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. That’s ONE type of mathematics – arithmetic. But math is so much more than that. It’s the algebra that NASA uses to plot a rocket’s path to Mars. It’s the trigonometry surveyors use to plan the location of a new road. It’s the geometry calculations that help you make that free throw while playing basketball with your friends.
Technology is all around you.
Technology is already a major force in the lives of today’s girls. Just think how most girls are connected through PCs, cell phones or pagers, not to mention VCRs, MP3 players, DVDs and countless other devices with embedded chips. And that doesn’t include all the daily appliances, machines, vehicles and instruments that also use technology. How many items can you come up with?
Science is all around you.
Most of the information that your brain receives comes through your eyes. Sometimes, instead of waiting for all the signals from the billions of nerve cells to come in, your brain takes shortcuts. If images are unusual or unfamiliar, the brain can get confused. Images that “fool” the brain are called optical illusions.