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  • GSUSA Recruiting for White House Science Fair


    2016 White House Science Fair

    We know our girls love STEM and who wouldn't jump at the opportunity to represent Girl Scouts and Southern Arizona at the WHITE HOUSE?! Here is a message from Girl Scouts of the USA, who are wanting to read all about projects happening Nationally!  

    "This spring the President will host the 2016 White House Science Fair to celebrate the student innovators and future STEM leaders of our country. We are excited to announce that the White House is looking for inspiring girls and has invited Girl Scout councils to submit applications on behalf of girls with impressive STEM projects who are finalists or competitors with compelling personal stories.

    If your Council or troop or girl with a winning STEM project that you would like to submit to be considered for the White House Science Fair, please send the information below to advocacy@girlscouts.org by Wednesday, February 17th

    Provide short descriptions, along with any photos of the project(s) and girl(s) you may have, and be sure to include the following:

    1)      Council Name, Troop #

    2)      First and Last name of Girl(s), age, home city, stat...



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  • Local Girl Scout Aids in Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica


    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – January 14, 2016

    Rebecca Shanks, a 15–year-old Girl Scout from the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona Council, completed Outward Bound Costa Rica’s Sea Turtle Retreat Destination. On this 10-day course, she volunteered in Costa Rica in conservation efforts to protect endangered sea turtles and pushed her limits with unique adventure activities in the outdoors.

    “Outward Bound was an exciting way to experience the beauty and culture of the inexplicably awe-inspiring country [of Costa Rica],” said Rebecca.

    On the shores of Playa Ostional, a beach on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast in the Guanacaste Region, Rebecca and her fellow Girl Scouts participated in a multi-day service project focused on protecting the sea turtle population.

    Ostional is one of the world’s most important nesting sites for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. During their time in the area the group got the rare opportunity to witness an arribada, the mass nesting of hundreds of sea turtles as they lay their eggs.

    Rebecca and her group also gave back to the local community by painting a community center. The group learned about Costa Rican culture first hand while practicing their Spanish and playing soccer with children and families in the region.

    After returning to Outward Bound’s rainforest base in Costa Rica, the group stepped out of their comfort zone on a rainforest hike and toured nearby volcano Irazu and historic sites in Cartago. To finish up t...



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  • Outdoor Update from Cosmos


    Need something to do over Rodeo Break? Are you super excited for camp this summer? Are you super stoked on the new Star Wars movie, and are looking forward to Jedi Jamboree this April? Do you wish you had the skills and knowledge to use in the out of doors? Do you want to minimize human impact on beautiful places? If you said yes to any of these questions, and have some of your own, you are totally ready for the Leave No Trace Experience.

    Did you know that the car company, Subaru, has partnered with Leave No Trace to spread the knowledge of the training duo, Jenna and Sam, across the country and provide activities to people of all ages throughout the year?  On Thursday, February 25th from 2p-4p at the GS Hacienda, you have the opportunity to become a leader and advocate for our long-time Girl Scout, Mother Nature. We can find ways to be Girl Scout superstars and make the world a better place by keeping it cleaner than we found it, and preserving it for many years to come. Those of all ages and genders are welcome to attend this FREE event. Register here! 

    Check out their super cool blog to keep up with all of the cool ways LNT gets involved in the community around you! 

     

    Outdoor love from Cosmos!

     

    #Sedona...



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  • GSRI- The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life


    Since 1916, Girl Scouts have been making meaningful, sustainable change in their communities and around the world. The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers. They are our future, and it looks bright!

    According to the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) study Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study (2012), Gold Award recipients reap greater benefit from their time and experiences in Girl Scouting than non-alumnae. Comparatively, these individuals display more positive life outcomes pertaining to sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement. Gold Award girls represent our most successful and engaged—and happiest—Girl Scout alumnae.

    Here are some pretty impressive outcomes of the Alumae Impact Study (2012):     

    Life Outcomes of Gold Award Recipients Versus Non-Girl Scout Alumnae

    1. Sense of Self

      Gold Award recipients have more positive attitudes about themselves and the life they lead.   70% strongly feel they lead a purposeful and meaningful life, compared with 42% of non-alumnae. ...


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  • Awareness + Action = Social Change


    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and GSSOAZ is partnering with Emerge, YWCA, and many other organizations by by being a part of the equation: Awareness + Action = Social Change.

    Witnessing violence as a child is the strongest risk factor in transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.  Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.  Every 44 minutes in Arizona, one or more children witness domestic violence.  Up to 60% of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse their children. This has to stop.  It can be overwhleming to think about, but we can start with things that are easy to do.

    Participate in Wear Purple Day, October 23rd.  Organize your workplace and or family to participate, post pictures to your social media accounts with #DVAM2015.  Go online and educate yourselves, donate your time and/or resources to a local shelter, find ways to help with prevention by fostering healthy relationships and being the example.  

  • See Where Girl Scouts Began on this Mom and Daughter Experience!


    Travel to Savannah with Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona CEO, Debbie Rich, on this exciting trip! There is so much to learn, love, and explore in Savannah. Visit Juliette Gordon Low's Birthplace, take guided tours of historic and fun sites, and visit the first Girl Scout Headquarters. 

    This four day trip is a great way to travel with your sisters! Girls Cadette and up can travel with the group. Junior girls and their moms are welcome to take this trip, too! Are you a Girl Scout Alumnae? You can come, too! 

    Don't miss out on this great experience. 

    The price for all ages is $1730 and currently the monthly price is $217.

    Get registered today! 

  • Paint Pima Purple


    If someone you know told you that they were being abused, what would you do? Do you know what resources are available in your community to get your friend help?

    In Arizona, a child witnesses domestic violence incident every 44 minutes. 

    We are proud to partner with Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse and many other partners across Pima County to raise awareness and spread the word about resources. 

    This very real issue impacts our girls and families. Learn more about domestic abuse, how to recognize the signs, and how to get help. 

  • RV City Supports Programs in Cochise County


    RV City is a big supporter of the Girl Scouts in Cochise County. With their yearlong partnership, they will be supporting Huachuca City Elementary Social Justice program, the Cookies for Military program as well as Girl Scout events throughout Cochise County.  

    The support of RV City will allow Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona to extend our reach to engage more girls is important leadership and skill building opportunities.

    Always striding for complete customer satisfaction, RV City is a firm believer in giving back to their local community. 

  • Thank You, Military Families!


    Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona and Comcast are so thankful for the sacrifices our military families make. To say thank you, we have partenered to offer girls a chance to get away from it all at Operation Red Shirt. The activities the girls can experience are fun, challenging, and build skills. 

    Watch what it is all about! 

  • Girl Volunteer Corps is Looking for New Members!


    Wield a hammer and paintbrush to fix a house, and build a home for a kitten. Volunteer at local organizations to make your mark on the world. You’ve already got the smarts and the passion to lead – stay informed about issues affecting your community and take action today. Making your community a better place has never been so fun!

    Stay in the loop about upcoming events at www.girlvolunteercorps.org. We have some really fun ways to serve coming up soon!

  • AJ Goes Rock Climbing!


    This summer, we took the girls in Adelante Jovencitas to Rock and Ropes rock climbing gym. It was a first for many of them and they were really excited. At first, a few of the girls were hesitant because they didn’t think it looked safe, but they got over their fears pretty quickly! The next thing you know they are climbing on the walls that are slanted! It was awesome to see them step up to the challenge, experience something new, and support one another! 

  • NEW Outdoor Badges


    The girls have spoken! The Girls’ Choice Outdoor Badges are available now here

    Download the badge requirements and get started with your girls as they explore the outdoors, solve problems, and work as a team.

    What did the girls choose?

    • Brownies: Outdoor Adventurer
    • Juniors: Horse Back Riding
    • Cadettes: Archery
    • Seniors: Paddling
    • Ambassadors: Ultimate Recreation

    Badges are available for purchase in our retail shops!

  • Volunteer Conference 2015-Where Super Heroes Grow Strong