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  • Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona are going places!


    Did you know that almost 30 girls jetted off to Paris and London two years ago.  A similar number of teen girls are headed to Costa Rica next summer to do an awesome service learning project in the rainforest.  Girls and adults often ask me what’s next?  What’s the 2018 trip?  Well get ready to be super excited because the 2018 Girl Scouts So. AZ international trip is a GIRLS CHOICE trip!

    This fall we will be promoting 4 trip choices for girls to learn about the options and get excited.  Then, in the late fall, we’ll hold an electronic vote to determine the trip choice of our teen girls!  More to come later on the actual voting process and eligibility to vote.  In the meantime, let me introduce you to our trip options.  All of these options are tours run by EF Tours for Girl Scouts- Trusted travel partner of GSUSA and Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona.   *minimum number of girls (TBD) will be required in order to run the trip.  All costs are estimated until the trip is booked and girls are registered.  Girls must be Cadettes or older to travel.  Other age restrictions may apply.  Interested adults may apply to be chaperones, but if their daughter is traveling in the group, they will not be selected.

    Come along with us and let’s start dreaming!

    Fashion in Paris- 8 or 9 days  eftours.com/PAFJ  A...



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  • Girl Scout Troop Reunion


    As happens so often in Girl Scouting, the members of our troop became best friends. Some of us started together as Brownies, some of us met as Juniors when our different elementary schools fed into the same middle school.  But however and whenever we came together, we were tight. We remained a troop through high school and earned our Silver Awards and Gold Awards together.

    We camped together, put on puppet shows together and spent two weeks together in San Francisco after we graduated from high school.  After that, we went our separate ways for college and jobs.  We remained in touch, of course, but most of our daily lives were no longer linked. So when we decided to gather at Marriott Starr Pass to celebrate our 50th birthdays this summer, we knew we¹d have fun based on our shared past. But we were surprised at how easily we picked up without missing a beat. We talked, laughed and absolutely enjoyed each other's company from the moment we came together late Friday afternoon to the moment we said goodbye late Sunday afternoon. Even after so many years, we love each other so much that our bonds remain as strong as they ever were.

    We have vowed to make our gathering an annual event. Why wait until another one of life's milestones to enjoy a sisterhood that played such a huge part in shaping who we are?

     

    Troop Members: 

    Jill Jorden Spitz Susan Armstrong Ronnie Crider Mimi Polanskyj Beth Laing Ju...



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  • New Disney and Girl Scout Partnership!


    Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Disney Channel are teaming up to inspire girls and their families to practice leadership. The collaboration brings GSUSA’s focus on leading like a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)TM, the Girl Scout way, and Disney Channel’s recently launched animated television series Elena of Avalor into action with the debut of the The Elena of Avalor Leadership Guide by Girl Scouts and Disney Channel. Available in English and Spanish, the guide showcases leadership activities and conversations parents and caregivers can engage in with their preschool through fifth-grade girls to boost their everyday leadership skills and prepare them to create the future they imagine.

    Download the free Leadership Guide (PDF)
    English | Español

  • Volunteer Conference Registration Now Open!


    The third annual Volunteer Conference registration is now open with early bird pricing ending on August 31st. Join community experts and other leaders in the movement to increase your leadership skills, engage in hands on enrichment opportunities, and celebrate our local adult awardees. Participants will select up to four sessions. There is an optional overnight stay and an optional Troop Camp Certification – Level 2 training on Sunday (lunch included).

    Thank you to our sponsor, Vantage West! 

  • Champion for Girls: Philanthropist Spotlight


    Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout!  Emily Kittle Morrison grew up right here in Tucson and was a Girl Scout in our Council.  After graduating from Catalina High School she attended the University of Denver where she started her over 50-year involvement with the Delta Gamma sorority, whose mission is to develop a sisterhood built on a commitment to making the world better through not only service, but also a deep appreciation for each individual.  Sound familiar?  

    Emily continues to live the Girl Scout Promise and Law through her active involvement with many organizations including Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona (she recently helped organize a “Hard Hat Tour” for Girl Scout alumnae to learn more about our new “A Place for Girls,” an expansion of our Tucson campus which is currently under construction), Junior League, Ronald McDonald House, the Catalina High School Foundation, and the Tucson Alumnae Penhellenic Council of which she is the immediate past president.  She has also worked tirelessly for children in foster care, refugee students, and homeless youth. 

    Because of her dedication to making the world a better place, this summer Emily received national recognition by being awarded Delta Gamma’s Catherine Stuart Schmoker Principled Leadership Award, which honors a Delta Gamma Alumna who has made, and continues to...



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  • Memory Beads Badge


    By Amber Jacoby, Memory Beads Facilitator

    Girl Scouts who share their courage, confidence, and character to those who are grieving makes the world a better place.

    The partnership between Girls Scouts of Southern AZ and TuNidito through the Memory Beads Patch builds a future assuring no child will have to grieve alone.  

    When confident girls have the courage and training to recognize when someone is struggling with grief they can make a significant difference in the course of that person’s life.

    Imagine a young person feeling lost in their feelings of grief. Feeling isolated and afraid, maybe shutting down or lashing out because they are misunderstood, being ignored or tragically being bullied simply because someone in their life has died. Unfortunately this occurs every day in schools and social groups around the world.

    Now, image someone reaching out to that person instead of turning away because they don’t know what to do or say. Someone, who is just like them offering comfort, hope and a willingness to sit with them in their grief; accepting them just as they are.  Someone simply offering a little time to hold their hand and to quietly listen.  It would make a world of difference to that grieving person.

    This grieving person is still the same person they have always been.  They are now just trying to come to terms with the new reality of their life. This takes a little time. The act of this kindness and...



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  • Troop 626 Visits Arizona Capitol


    By Cathy Mikkola

    Troop 626 goes to the Capitol. Our girls got to turn an idea into a bill at the house of reps and walk it over to the house Senate to become law. We got to meet a lot of state representatives, and state senates. We worked side by side with Representatives Charlene Fernandez, Lisa Otando and Senator Pancrazi. These 3 ladies are from Yuma and are women in Congress, AND ALL 3 HONORARY GIRL SCOUTS. It was an amazing, powerful learning experience for our girls. The girls took home a lot of new information and ideas to build on for our troop and community. I want to give a special that's to my awesome leader Ms. Margarita who put it all together.

  • Yuma Celebrates Girl Scouts Birthday


    On Saturday March 12th, the Girl Scouts of Yuma county donated gifts to the Maternity Ward at Yuma Regional Medical Center.  In Celebration of the 104th Girl Scouts Birthday, the young girl scouts brought gift baskets filled with diapers, blankets, clothes, bottles, baby lotion, etc. to all the future Girl Scouts Born on our National Birthday. The theme for the baskets were, “Watch me Grow!”  Girl Scouts build girls of Courage, Confidence and  Character.  The baskets included a gardening shovel and plant seeds, and mothers are encouraged to watch their new plants grow alongside their newborn baby girls. 

  • Background Checks and Opportunity Catalog Explained


    Hello Wonderful Volunteers!

    I would like to first thank you for all you do to ensure our girls have the most amazing experience in Girl Scouts!

    It is for girls safety that our Volunteer Policies, approved by the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona Board of Directors, asks every volunteer to renew their background check annually. In November, we merged to a new and improved Volunteer Management system.  We would like to say THANK YOU for being patient as we learn the full functionality of this great system. Many components are auto generated, and you may have already received an email asking you to renew your background check. We apologize as the email may be misleading and directed only towards new members. Unfortunately, it is not something we can edit and is intended for all volunteers in need of a background check. With the new system, in order to view your roster and have access to the Volunteer Tool Kit, you must have two adults in a leadership role with a current registration and an updated background check. If you have not had a chance to renew your membership this year, please contact one of our Customer Care representatives at 520-327-2288 , they would love to help you in any way possible. 

    Another important component to this system is our Opportunity Catalog. This is a wonderful resource for our future members that helps them find a troop to join! If you have sp...



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  • Camp, Program Events, and Membership Registration Explained


    Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona is currently utilizing 3 different programs to track our registrations.  We are in the middle of a complete transition out of our membership databases. We are moving from Personify (eBiz) into Salesforce Member Community – found through MyGS, a cloud based program that will better serve everyone’s needs.  It is always our goal to deliver the best possible customer service, and as a non-profit, software solutions happen within the budget, therefore cannot happen all at once.

    What that means for caregivers and troop leaders:

    Camp Registration

    Where:
      Campdoc.com
    When: Starting 2/15/16
    Why:

    • To make it easier for our membership. 
    • To promote better information sharing in a secure, HIPAA compliant program.
    •  Returning campers will simply need to update files and can now add registration and payment in one place.  New camp profiles are easy to create. Based on customer feedback, campdoc.com is much easier to navigate than eBiz. 
    • Make as many or as few payments as you need to.

    Program Events Registration Where: eBiz (Personify) Link on the top right hand corner of website. When:  </...



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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