Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona’s campuses and camps occupy the ancestral lands of many indigenous communities. Among them are the people and ancestors of Tohono O'odham, Pascua Yaqui, Ak Chin, Apache, Cocopah, and the Quechan Tribe.
Though displaced, these people are the past, present, and future caretakers of this land. To say this is to acknowledge a debt to those who were here before us and to recognize our role as colonizers and our responsibility to respect and honor the intimate relationship indigenous peoples have with this land. This acknowledgment is a small step toward reconciliation and improved relations with the tribal communities in our region.
It’s done to remind us of the history that has shaped our present and will continue to shape our future. It also reminds us to be intentional in our relationship with the land and with the people indigenous to this region. Our Council’s work needs to be informed by that history in order to best serve our communities.
For decades, Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona has maintained several locations and program spaces across Southern Arizona. Among them, we are proud to own two properties, dedicated to camping.