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girl scouts–arizona Cactus-pine council

from the ceo and board chair

Margaret Serrano-Foster, Board Chair and Tamara Woodbury, CEO

Dear Friends, Congratulations to everyone participating in this year’s cookie program. Your efforts resulted in this year becoming the largest cookie sale in the history of our Council. What an accomplishment! As of now, the unofficial cookie tally is 3.2 million packages of cookies sold! And all the cookies sold over 3 million will help fund two cabins at Camp Sombrero. You helped make that goal a reality. From the engaging cookie rallies to creatively overcoming inventory challenges, you all worked very hard for this success. Yes, there were frustrations and things we learned along the way with the new direct sale model. But this unprecedented result is due to the dedication, commitment and extra efforts made by you – our volunteers and parents to support our girls. You have our great admiration and sincerest appreciation. Our camp directors are excited for summer camp and look forward to welcoming your daughters. Many girls will apply their credits from the cookie sale to a summer camp experience. There are more than 80 different program sessions being offered at our residential camps. So whether your daughter wants learn something new or improve an existing skill, there’s a camp session for her. Most of our summer camp sessions are designed for individual girls, not girls in troops. If whole troops or entire families want to go camp, we offer a few special troop and family camp sessions. When a girl goes to camp by herself, or with one buddy, she will have a rich experience in a caring, safe environment. She’ll make new connections with girls her own age and find new opportunities to grow and challenge herself. If you know a girl who wants to go to camp, but isn’t a Girl Scout, remind her it’s just $15 to join. At the Gold Award ceremony at the end of March, we recognized 26 young women who earned this prestigious award. They applied their leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills, along with a good dose of determination and persistence, to complete their project which positively impacted a local or global community. We are very proud of you! Our thanks also go to the girls’ advisors and families for their important contributions in supporting these young women. Girl Scouts DO change the world. With love,

Tamara Woodbury, CEO


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Margaret Serrano-Foster, Board Chair

Girl scouts–arizona cactus-pine council

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What we learned.






Passion for Flight

More cookies sold in 2014 than ever before.





Troop Notes and event highlights



just for you









Go for the Gold Award

Four fun ways to burn your energy.

5 must-haves and 5 leave-behinds.


everything else










Silver/Bronze Awards and Religious Recognitions A shout out to Kristyn Piper

looking forward




The Campaign for Girls in Arizona

get outdoors!

Girls who spend time outdoors gain competency and confidence, while also creating a positive body image. Studies have shown that when a group of girls attempt a challenge and fail, each girl tends to see herself as the reason for that failure. On the contrary, if the challenge is overcome, girls tend to credit the group for the success. “That’s pretty sad,” says Denise Mitten, graduate chair of Adventure Education at Prescott College. “What we would like is a balance; to learn when to be accountable for our failures, and for our successes.” Mitten, a former Girl Scout, believes outdoor education can help girls find that balance. Mitten has worked for 47 years in outdoor education, first as the owner of an adventure travel company for women, and later in academia. She believes that along with teaching girls how to live a healthy lifestyle, outdoor programming also builds a number of other life skills. “We want to draw that line from learning a skill, to being competent, to being successful,” Mitten says, adding that it’s crucial to highlight the value of skillbuilding, rather than skill-outcome. “If we just go for the accomplishment, then we become like many other people, almost addicted to accomplishment, rather than competency,” says Mitten. In the outdoors, girls are constantly presented with new challenges, like building a fire, cooking dinner in the wilderness or canoeing across a lake. Learning skills to overcome these challenges gives girls confidence that translates to real-life success. In addition, Mitten says that spending about three hours on outdoor activities per week has a significant impact on body image. “Essentially, women redefine what it means to be attractive,” Mitten says, “when your body can complete a physical task, you tend to be happier with your body, leading to a more positive body image.” Research continues to show the benefits of outdoor education, but Mitten says that as parents and leaders, “Our biggest job is to be role models—to actually walk our talk and go outside.” She emphasizes that it is the responsibility of adults to provide girls with the opportunity for activities like camp and unstructured play outdoors.


“There is a moment when a child connects with nature, and it changes their identity, and it is our identity that impacts how we treat others,” Mitten says, “There is also a sense of wonder, peace and belonging that comes from being outdoors.” These feelings ultimately help girls understand their role in the world, and give them the confidence to reach their full potential. Dr. Denise Mitten was 8 years old when she first attended Girl Scout camp. The experience was the beginning of a life-long commitment to nature and outdoor education. The Listening Post // SPRING 2014


a girl’s world what we learned

A Girl’s World: Today & Tomorrow educational conference was held February 20 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. As the premier leadership organization for girls, we feel compelled to provide the community with up-to-date information about girls and the issues that impact their lives. If you were there, we hope you found the conference both educational and enlightening. If you missed it, here are four major learnings.


Some girls are being left behind! African-

American and Latina girls face significant challenges in making successful transitions to adulthood. In a 2013 study, the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) found that an average of 35 percent of Latina and African American girls live in poverty in the U.S. Additionally, these girls face a greater risk of obesity and dropping out of high school. This is significant because as of 2011, 47 percent of Arizona girls ages 5-17 identified as Latina or AfricanAmerican. GSACPC provides tailored programming and support like mentoring, financial assistance and guidance during transitional periods for girls in underserved communities.


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level, 28% of girls are obese or overweight. Dr. Denise Mitten, an expert in outdoor adventure, says the best way to teach girls to live an active lifestyle is for parents and leaders to be good role models. Also, make healthy living fun by giving your Girl Scout an outdoor experience at one of our camps!

Girls are changing media! According

to Rachel Reinke, an expert on media and body image, teenage girls spend nearly 50 percent of their time consuming media. Reinke adds that the majority of media objectifies women, sets unrealistic standards of beauty and promotes harmful stereotypes. But girls are fighting back in creative ways! For example, around the world, girls are using the hashtag “#notbuyingit” to call out companies that objectify women and perpetuate gender stereotypes.



One-third of Arizona girls ages 10-17 are obese or overweight. On a national

GSACPC CEO Tamara Woodbury (left), and Sharon Lechter pose at A Girl’s World conference.

Only 12% of girls feel “very confident” making financial decisions. Lack of

financial literacy is a growing concern for everyone today, particularly in terms of how girls think about and experience finances. GSRI conducted a nationwide survey and found that 90% of girls say it is important for them to learn how to manage money. However, just 12% of girls surveyed feel "very confident" making financial decisions. The Girl Scout Cookie Program addresses these issues by teaching girls money management and financial skills.

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Ambassador Barbara Barrett poses with Girl Scouts Ellie Fessler and Martha Ryan at A Girl’s World conference.

what’s next

campaign for girls in arizona The Campaign for Girls in Arizona continues to gain momentum as more community stakeholders are engaged in supporting this effort. We have raised more than $3.3 million to date. We were so excited to see our girl members and their families support this project through the cookie program. And the latest sales figures show that enough boxes of cookies were sold to fund two cabins! Well done, girls! Our thanks to the Cookie Parents, Troop Leaders, Cookie Cupboard Managers and neighborhood volunteers for your support, as well. The Campaign for Girls in Arizona sends a strong message to Arizona – that Arizona girls are worth the investment. Our girls need to be able to step into their place in the world. We recognize that our children are a great asset to be cared for and valued. Through this campaign we are investing in the future of our communities, as our girls strive to make the world a better place.

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donor spotlight passion for flight The iconic Ninety-Nines continue their legacy by giving to Girl Scouts Aviation Program


tacy Howard has a passion for flight that is impossible to miss. Her life’s work has been an expression of her devotion to the profession, and her charitable endeavors provide further evidence. She learned to fly in 1978, and says the experience changed her life. “The world is a different place when seen from above. Time is etched across the surface of the earth in a way that gave me a new understanding of the universe,” Howard said.

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Howard is a member of the Sundance Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots, established in 1929. The organization got its name because it was created by 99 women, during a time when flying an airplane was still considered a man’s job.


The Ninety-Nines are devoted to promoting the advancement of aviation through education. True to their mission, the Sundance Chapter of the Ninety-Nines made a donation of $2,000 to Discover Aviation Camp at Willow Springs Program Center. The Ninety-Nines, many of whom were Girl Scouts themselves, recently dissolved their local chapter due to decreasing membership. The women The Listening Post // SPRING 2014

decided to donate the chapter’s remaining funds to worthy causes. The final donation from the Ninety-Nines is symbolic because the organization helped initiate our aviation camp. Sixteen years ago, members visited the Girl Scout headquarters in Phoenix and expressed their desire to bring aviation programming to the girls. Their idea eventually evolved into a 6-day resident camp at Willow Springs. Girls receive unique, hands-on experiences at Aviation Camp. The enthusiasm for the program is evident in this note written by a camper to her parents.

“…The 99ers have been spending a lot of time with us. We even met them after opening campfire yesterday night. They have been teaching us about women’s aviation history, the science of flying, air traffic calls, and flight instruments.” –Kaitlyn D. Aviation Camp introduces girls to basic aerodynamics, air traffic control and cross-

country flight planning. They visit the Embry Riddle campus and take exclusive tours of the accident investigation laboratory, aerodynamics laboratory and simulator labs. Campers also explore aircraft construction, preflight aircraft inspections, and state-of-the-art flight simulators. The week culminates with a flying lesson in one of the university’s modern Cessna 172 aircraft with a certified flight instructor. Howard has a lifetime of experience not only as a pilot, but also as a former Girl Scout, troop leader and coordinator for aviation camp. She says that being an aviation professional is one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of her life. “It tests your skill, your knowledge and your personal accountability every day,” Howard says, adding that she believes aviation camp is an invaluable experience for girls interested in becoming an aviation professional. “Aviation Camp provides an in-depth look at what it takes to become a pilot, an aircraft technician, an aeronautical engineer, or an aviation manager. You take control. You fly the airplane. It’s not a video, it’s an experience!” ■ Above: Ninety-Nine members Marge Thayer and Helen Buelen have supported the Girl Scout Aviation camp since the program’s inception, 16 years ago.

3.2 million packages sold You sold more cookies than ever before!

Congratulations Girl Scouts! You sold more cookies in 2014 than ever before – 3,242,713 packages. It sure took a lot of courage, confidence and character to navigate this year’s cookie program. The new direct sale combined with our tenacious Girl Scout sisters made a winning recipe for record setting sales! In the process, you’ve earned some fantastic rewards and experiences – AND – are now the sponsors of two cabins at Camp Sombrero. ENJOY and CELEBRATE in your success! A BIG thank you goes to our friends at Albertsons, AJ’s, Basha’s, Fry’s, Safeway and Wal-Mart (and many more self-scheduled locations) for making boothing possible. We appreciate our supportive community in Arizona. Be sure to spread the thanks where you can!

shout out to GSACPC media girls!

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More than 30 girls and their parents generously volunteered their time to share all their Girl Scout enthusiasm with TV reporters and viewers. Often times this meant waking up very early and waiting around a lot before just a few minutes on camera. Thank you!

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cookie dessert challenge 13 restaurants stepped up

olive + Ivy Blueberry Cheesecake with Girl Scout Cookie Crust Gelato

most money raised

most desserts sold

The Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge was a buzz-building success! The competition helped keep cookies top-of-mind and encouraged customers to try them in new ways. Thirteen restaurants, including one in Flagstaff, created delicious Girl Scout cookie desserts, sold over 1,600 units and donated a portion of their proceeds to Camp Sombrero! They truly showed what it means to support girls in Arizona.

Beckett’s Table Tagalong Napolean

5th & Wine

Blue wasabi

Café Bink

Samoa Bread Pudding

Girl Scout Cookie Roll

Trefoil Jamboree Push Pop


herb box

Kick-Off Ice Cream Sandwich


DC Ranch

herb box

Thin Mint Ice Cream Sandwich

Savannah Smiles Icebox Pie

hopdoddy Tagalong Shake Rattle & Roll

Lumberyard brewing co. Samoa Turtle Cheesecake

the judges

what’s good

A panel of judges determined merit winners in fun categories.


Salty Sow

Tom’s thumb


Samoa Cookie Coconut Cream Pie in a Jar

Do-Si-Do Apple Pie

Tagalong Tiramisu

L to R: Sophie Ostos, Madison Wylie, Janita Gordon, Kiana Jeskewitz, Gwen Moreno, Kendra Wardon and Natalie Mendoza

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summer camp is almost here

which one are you headed to?

GSACPC camps are a place where girls create memories, make new discoveries, develop lifelong friendships and learn new skills. Girls can become the best they can be, learn to care for and protect the environment and feel part of the camp community. PLUS, our camps are among the most affordable and financial assistance is available.

Programs From horseback riding and archery to culinary, drama and visual arts, there are programs for all interests. Take time to explore the camp brochure and determine which option is right for your daughter. Here are some new and unique programs that just might spark your interest: Jedi School

Outdoor Chef

Colorado Adventure!

The first step to becoming a Jedi Knight is being aware of your surroundings. The smells, the sights, and sounds of camp are unique in many ways. We will be using our senses to make the most of camp while we hike, canoe, climb and craft our way through the week.

Let’s get cooking camp style! Explore your culinary skills while living in our tent unit. You will plan and cook a majority of your camp meals using a Dutch oven, open flame or propane stove. You’ll leave with your very own camp cookbook to share your new skills with friends and family.

The latest, and the greatest, of our trip and travel adventures! Grab a friend and hop on board for a seven-day road trip through Colorado. While camping our way around the state, we’ll zip line through the trees, do elevated hiking, a full-day rock climb, a rafting trip and visit some beautiful parks and points of interest.

grades 2-3 | 6 day | $300 | week 4

»» Focus: Healthy Living »» Award: Cadette New Cuisines Badge

grades 9-12 | 13 day | $800 | week 6

»» Focus: Healthy Living »» Award: Senior Adventurer Badge

Learn more about the properties, programs offered and what to expect at Happy camping!


»» Focus: STEM »» Award: Brownie Senses Badge

grades 6-8 | 6 day | $300 | week 5

Take advantage of camp Open Houses! Visit the properties and meet the staff before the summer begins. Families can tour the lodges, see activity areas and visit a cabin unit. ■ Camp Maripai

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Willow Springs


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Dear Girl Scout Sisters, During my years of scouting, I have many cherished memories—I hope you do as well! My decision to “Go for the Gold” was one of my most valuable choices in high school, so I encourage you to do the same. What left the largest impact on me was learning the importance of serving others and how to find the courage to follow my dreams.

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For my Gold Award project, I organized a medical mission trip to Africa. I wanted to leave a lasting impact on orphans’ lives through medical care and hygiene awareness. However, I had no idea the children would touch my life in a way I will never forget. Your Gold Award project will not only give you the opportunity to improve others’ lives, it will also change your own. You will see how important you and your time are to others. I promise, if you incorporate your passions and use this opportunity to serve your community, it will change you. The gratitude that comes from service is fulfilling and life-giving.


Katrina Hartzler

2008 GOLD AWARD RECIPIENT Harvard university phD student

with my Gold Award encouraged me to spend a semester studying and traveling in Australia. I had the privilege to work with a Girl Guides Troop and connect with girls across the world. My Gold Award project not only taught me the importance of serving others and our community, but also has taught me how to set goals to fulfill my dreams. With dedication and hard work, you will be able to complete your Gold Award. More importantly you will make unforgettable memories, lifelong friendships, and learn lessons that will shape your life. With love,

Going to Africa also helped give me courage to chase after my dreams. After graduating high school, I wanted to travel the world. My experience Need more information? Find testimonials and Gold Award project guidelines at

new gsacpc website Have you heard the word? The GSACPC website has undergone a HUGE transformation and is launching soon. It will be mobile-friendly, easier to find what you’re looking for and much more. Be sure to check it out – – and let us know what you think. ■

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Four Fun Ways to

stay active this summer

For most girls, there's really nothing quite like the end of the school year. Classes, homework, and any formal schedule are pretty much done, and the biggest concern is figuring out what to do with all that free time. Though lazing around in front of the computer or TV may be appealing at times, help girls remember how good it feels to burn their energy. 1. go for a family bike ride

Go for a group or family walk / bike ride. Too hot? Make it a family swim and play a game, like marco polo!

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2. plan activities together

GSACPC has a lot of great programs available this summer. Check out eBiz listings regularly to sign up for a yoga workshop or a day at Kiwanis indoor pool. Bonus? You can bring your friends!

3. spend a week at camp

Camp is a great way to get active without knowing it! Can’t spare a week? Make sure you look into day camps at Willow Springs, or partner programs at Boys and Girls Clubs and the YWCA.


4. jumping jacks

When you are clocking TV time, do something to balance sitting, like jumping jacks during commercials!


camp pro tips:

5 must-haves & 5 leave-behinds bring this

leave this

Your favorite things to decorate your bunk and make it feel more like home.


Your phone. You will be having way too much fun to be glued to a screen!


A positive attitude.


Candy and gum.


A reusable water bottle. Remember, Girl Scouts are resourceful!


Throwing darts.


Hat for the sunshine.




Belief in yourself to try new things and meet new people.


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seen & heard

Troop 436 honors civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. by


Girl Scout Brownie, Amanda, hits a home run while enjoying a night at Chase Field watching the Diamondbacks!

From left to right: Annika Weaver, Serena and Ariana Schein, Abby Rose Saifi, Holly Hoogstra, Brooke Love, Allison Daugherty, Emma Quinlan and Hayleigh Daugherty.

More than 700 Girl Scouts spent the day exploring at the Phoenix Zoo in December. Girls enjoyed zookeeper talks, animal presentations and of course, spending time with their sister Girl Scouts!


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marching in the annual community parade in downtown Phoenix.

Troops 825 and 1010 got in the holiday spirit by helping

Many gathered at StarShine Academy when the Peace Light of Bethlehem visited Phoenix in December. Makayla from Troop 436 represented Girl Scouts and our commitment to spreading Peace on Earth.

those in need. The girls made care packages and handed them out to the homeless.

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These lucky Girl Scouts got to meet former Secretary of State (and Girl Scout alumna!), Madeleine Albright, as she discussed the importance of international diplomacy during a visit to Phoenix.

seen & heard

Troops 1395 and 2188 spread holiday cheer by

On February 22, over 900 Girl Scouts, friends and family came together to celebrate global education on World Thinking Day. Attendees learned about cultures around the world and enjoyed traditional American Indian hoop dancing, step and drum performances.

Troop 1920 toured Camp Sombrero to see the property and our plans for its transformation.


collecting toys for children in need. Nearly 100 toys were donated to the Kyrene Foundation.

Front row (from left to right): Councilwoman Terri Enos, Senator Kimberly Yee, Councilwoman Carol Schurz, Angela Willeford, Chief Justice Rebecca W. Berch, Rep. Debbie McCune Davis, Rep. Sally Gonzales, Rep. Rosanna Gabaldón, Councilwoman Carolyn Williams and Rep. Leah Alston; back row: Justice Ann Scott Timmer, Sen. Kelli Ward, Cheryl Pablo and Rep. Catherine Miranda.

Waste Management Tournament Chairman, Tom Altieri, visits with Troop 1873, who won the Birdies for Charity booth to sell cookies at the event.

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Ready, set, go! Over 300 Girl Scouts, their families and friends came out to the 3rd Annual 5K Thin Mint Sprint to celebrate fitness and get active together! >> Troops 5106 and 5104 celebrated Girl Scouts’ 102nd Birthday at St. Vincent de Paul. The girls served cookies & ice cream; created a birthday cake craft and had fun with birthday piñatas! The Listening Post // SPRING 2014


meet your camp directors Camp Directors lead the charge at each property, plan programs, manage the day-to-day, communicate with parents and much more. So, WHO are they? LP staff set out to learn more about GSACPC’s camp directors. We found that each possesses a unique personality and all share a common bond: their passion for Girl Scouting.


Michelle Balfe-Keefer

Willow springs program center favorite thing about the outdoors/nature? I feel peaceful in the outdoors. I love the smells and the sounds. I love to track animals and have close experiences with the birds, mammals, reptiles and insects.

summer of 2010 when a girl told me that she comes to camp because it is the only place in the world that she can truly be herself.

Favorite camp song? “Da Moose”

Have any pets? Lila, a black lab, and a Rhode Island Red Chicken named Red; she will come into the house and watch movies with us sometimes!

Most unique SWAP you’ve seen? Hand crocheted flowers

your go-to camp food? Salad, salad, salad...LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!

Best camp memory? This is so hard... one that comes to mind happened here at Willow the

Best part of the s’more? The ‘mallow.


Favorite color? Red Peanut butter or jelly? Sunflower butter (we outlaw peanut butter at camp!) Outer space or underground? Underground!! I would love the chance to see and meet all the organisms that live underground, see the roots of plants, and the various layers that make up our world. Fun fact My great grandfather was a Samurai Warrior.

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favorite thing about the outdoors/nature? Sitting in silence and listening/ watching: the sunlight on the grass, the wind in the trees, sounds of the birds and little bugs….the quiet beauty, the seemingly simple, yet infinitely complicated web of life happening all around me. Favorite camp song? “Anne Marie Loves John Pierre” Most unique SWAP you’ve seen? A little camp fire made of a bottle cap.

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Best thing about your job? Witnessing the transformation of young women who come to camp nervous or unsure of themselves, and then overcome challenges by working with other girls. At the end of the summer they are proud of themselves, know their self-worth and what they are truly capable of, because they found it in themselves. Have any pets? I adopted two kittens from the Humane Society. They are twin sisters, both grey and white, named Sugar and Spice.

your go-to camp food? Chicken patty sandwiches…. mmmm! Best part of the s’more? Chocolate Favorite color? Purple Peanut butter or jelly? Peanut butter Outer space or underground? Outer space Fun fact I have been working as a runway model for 15 years.


justina burks

shadow rim ranch What’s your favorite thing about the outdoors/nature? Everything! All the things you can discover in the outdoors are amazing – not only about nature in and of itself, but about yourself. Best camp song? “On the Loose” Most unique SWAP you’ve seen? A miniature bow and arrow - it was awesome! Favorite camp memory? Being part of a climbing instruction team that helped a camper climb to the top of the rock wall after years of trying. Due to some congenital health

issues, she had limited use of the left side of her body and fatigued easily. She attempted the wall for 7 years, unable to make it to the top. The next year, when she finally made it to the top, we all cheered and cried from excitement and happiness. It was truly one of the best things I’ve ever had the privilege to witness. Favorite thing about your job? Being able to witness campers and staff overcome challenges to find and define their own success. Have any pets? I have a dog named Scout (she’s my girl, Scout… see what I did there?)

Best part of the s’more? A s’more cannot exist without the balance and blending of all three parts. Favorite color? Orange Peanut butter or jelly? Both, in proper ratio. Outer space or underground? Most definitely outer space. I watched way too much Star Trek and Star Wars growing up. Fun Fact I was limbo champion in high school and hula hoop champion in college two years in a row.

camp names If you haven’t been to camp yet, you might wonder, “Why do the camp directors always have a special nickname?” Everyone gets one at camp! It’s a fun way to get to know and bond with your camp family! ■

help get a girl to camp! “Thanks so very much for making it possible for me to go to camp... I made some really great friends. I tend to be a little shy, so making friends doesn’t always come easy. This week, it was as easy as breathing.” We know that even a few days at summer camp can boost girls’ confidence and independent spirit. But not every girl can afford to go, even though it’s only $300 for a five-day session.

You can help change a girl’s life. Donate today to help a girl get to camp this summer. Donate online at or use the enclosed envelope to send us your check or credit card information. Thanks! ■

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That’s why we provide need-based financial aid to families. Last year, more than 500 girls enjoyed an outdoor summer camp adventure with the help of our generous donors. This year, even more girls have applied for our need-based financial support.


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This year, 26 girls earned the prestigious Gold Award. It is the highest, most demanding award a Girl Scout can obtain. The process of earning the award requires a girl to stretch her skills and step forward as a leader to meet a local or global need, and to create sustainable change through a time-intensive service project of her choosing. She develops and enhances her own leadership, determination, creativity and confidence.


The Silver Award is achieved by girls in grades six through eight, and is earned by completing one Girl Scout “Journey,” as well as developing and implementing a Take Action Project. These projects apply the skills and knowledge learned through Girl Scouting and benefit the community in a meaningful way. Girl Scouts work together in small groups to earn their Silver Award, with each girl responsible for her own part of the project. Everyone – parents, mentors and council staff – is immensely proud of these exceptional young women and their achievements. They are leaders among their peers, and the future leaders of our community.

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Laura’s Gold Award is a reading buddy program at Palomino Library that targets literacy issues and fosters a love of reading. Rather than a tutoring program, the project empowers teenagers and children through mentorship.

Cori discovered that the majority of Gilbert school cafeterias were not recycling. She decided to focus on teaching students and staff to recycle. By the time she was finished, Styrofoam was banned in Gilbert school cafeterias and she reduced cafeteria waste by 50 percent.

“Going Green for Gold”

Katie Becker

“Glendale Prep Mentorship Program” After discovering the low retention rates at Glendale Preparatory Academy, Katie created a mentorship program to provide a support system for students. All but one student who completed the program returned the following year. The Listening Post // SPRING 2014

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Laura Abril

“Reading Buddies”


Eliza Burke

“Meghan’s Garden” After the death of a dear friend, Eliza wanted to create an environment that invited quiet reflection and healing. She chose to build a garden at St. John’s Episcopal Church. She planted five trees in the garden, installed a new irrigation system and built a brick path.

Hayleigh Daughtery “Teen Suicide Prevention through Empowerment”

Hayleigh’s Gold Award aimed to help teens experiencing suicidal emotions boost their self-esteem and cope in a healthy way. First, she created a blog that shared tips about dealing with negative emotions. She also organized a suicide awareness concert held at a local church where teens shared their experiences and insights about suicide.


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Alexis Halee Cohensitt

“The Contact List” Alexis’ best friend was in a serious car accident caused by texting and driving. Alexis recruited a production crew and created a video to increase awareness about the dangers of texting and driving. She presented her video at multiple driving schools and spoke to the students about the risks of texting while driving.

Catherine Desmond “Music is the Universal Language”

To raise awareness about the value of high school music programs, Catherine co-founded a local chapter of Tri-M. She created brochures, visited middle schools and met with parents to explain the benefits of participation in the high school music program. She also spent many hours in community outreach.

Emily Cruse

“Growing Together Giving Garden Compost Area and Garden Lessons” Emily realized that many children don’t know where their food comes from. She focused on teaching children at a local elementary school about community gardens. She partnered with a community garden and held a class to teach children about gardening and composting.

Emily Devore “Life is Good VBS”

Emily noticed the lack of free, Christ-centered programs available to children in her community. She addressed this issue by writing and developing a Vacation Bible School (VBS) curriculum geared toward children in kindergarten through fifth grade. During fall break, she implemented the 5-day VBS at Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School with the help of 40 volunteers.

Heather Garrett “A Place of Worship”

To counteract the hectic pace of life, Heather created a prayer garden where the community could go to allow the beauty of nature to inspire and enrich their lives during prayer or meditation. She took special care to select Arizona-appropriate trees and flowers for the garden and built an irrigation system and a retaining wall.

Katie Hoppis

Ali Gilliland

Kathryn Gleason

Ali helped Children First Academy by creating a spreadsheet and donation pick-up form to add structure to their donation center. She also helped the school relocate to a larger campus and led a sock and underwear drive, the school’s two most needed items.

Kathryn wanted to help provide underprivileged children with the fun, stability and community that playing sports gave her. To achieve this, she organized a sports goods drive and collected more than 400 items. Then, she made a trip to the Boys & Girls Club in Nogales, Mexico to donate the items.

“Organize, Assist, and Donate”

Meghan Keller

“Seniors Stay Connected”

“Vision Therapy Awareness”

Katie’s goal was to teach people in assisted living homes computer basics and how to use Facebook to communicate with family and friends. She had to accommodate a diverse set of learning styles. For example, some of her clients had learning disabilities, terminal illnesses or minimal experience with a computer.

Meghan learned that nearly one-fourth of students have undiagnosed vision problems, so she decided to take action. She presented information about vision therapy to teachers, created an informative video and assisted in screening an entire school. Because of her efforts, many students were diagnosed with vision problems, and are now receiving the help they need.

“Youth Sports Angels International”

Lillian Kelly

“Homeschool College Planning” Many families in Lillian’s homeschool group were unsure of the college application process. To address this, Lillian organized a seminar for homeschooled students and families to learn about higher education opportunities. She recruited community partners and colleges to give presentations and provide materials for the event.

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Meghan Kenney “Get Up and Dance!”

“Theatre Facility Renovation”

Taylor wanted to engage the youth at her church by teaching them how to build and plant a garden. First, she advocated for donations from church members to support her project. Then, with Taylor’s leadership, the children built raised beds, filled the beds with soil and planted flowers.

After learning that the childhood obesity rate is rapidly increasing, Meghan decided to design a dance class that included a stretching session, warm-up, two choreographed routines and movement games. To make sure her program could be replicated, she produced a DVD of the class and distributed it to her students and other childcare programs.

While searching for an item in the prop room at Bourgade High School, Amanda had a dangerous accident because the room was in disarray. She decided to take action by leading volunteers in cleaning and organizing the prop room. After her project, the theater department’s production process is easier, safer and more efficient for everyone.

Lindsay Olson

Mary Margaret Petersen

“Awning in the Garden”

“Bridge Rebuild”

At the Page Springs Hatchery in Cornville, Arizona, the park fixtures had become run down. Lindsay decided to help by stabilizing the bridge, making it feel safer to cross. She also improved the aesthetics of the hatchery by staining the bridge, the pond handrail, a bench and seven picnic tables.


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“Life House Renovations” Mary decided to renovate the storage room and repaint the bathroom in the Life House, where her church’s youth group meets. She organized a team of volunteers to insulate, dry wall and paint the storage room and bathroom, and install a new light fixture.

Amanda Murray

Alicia Popik

“Life House Youth Group Building Renovation” The exterior of Alicia’s Life House youth group building at her church had deteriorated and needed major renovations. With her team of volunteers, Alicia replaced the rotted paneling and framing, and also painted the building’s exterior. Alicia said it was gratifying to help provide a meeting place that the youth group members could be proud of.

Jordan Shinn

“Crafting Through Crisis” Jordan organized and facilitated craft workshops at the Child Crisis Center. Her mission was to show the children that they are loved, while also helping them positively express themselves. She also painted murals for the crisis center to create a more inviting atmosphere.

Skyanne Simonson

“Project Skin Cancer Awareness and Prevention” Skyanne’s goal was to increase awareness of sun damage and its effects. She gave presentations about sun damage and prevention techniques at the YMCA, summer camps, schools, sports teams, community events and her church. She also created business cards, designed a website, printed brochures, reached out to local publications and attended community events.

Emile Stubbert

“Bullfrog Eradication” When Emile learned that American Bullfrogs are damaging Arizona’s ecosystem, she decided to take action. She went to Horseshoe Ranch Pond, where the wildlife has suffered because the American Bullfrog preys on endangered native species. She organized a team of volunteers to build a fence around the pond, preventing bullfrogs from entering the area. To date, no American Bullfrogs have been observed.

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Tressa Lynne Teetsel “Young Pioneer Program at Living History Museum”

Tressa decided to focus her Gold Award on creating fun and engaging history lessons for children. She partnered with Pioneer Living History Museum in Phoenix, and designed an interactive educational program. Then, she hosted a “Girl Scout Day” at the museum for 70 girls. Watching them get excited about history was her reward.

Sydney Van Horn “Spread the Word to End the Word”

Sydney launched a campaign that aimed to end the use of the word “retarded.” She partnered with Best Buddies. Sydney also made daily announcements to the student body, led school activities and produced a video featuring a student that shared the negative effects that the word “retarded” had on her life.

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Award Review committee. To set up an appointment to meet with the review committee, email your proposal or final report to Julie at

»» Before the plan is put into action, schedule an initial review to gain approval of your proposed Gold Award Take Action project.

»» Afterward, schedule a final review.

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BRONZE award

A leadership adventure and the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. After completing a Journey, a girl and her team find and research a problem in their community. They plan and complete a Take Action Project that will address the root cause of the problem, look to see how others have solved similar problems, and in the process, develop more confidence, meet new people, and have the kind of fun that happens when working with other Girl Scouts to make a difference in their community. August 1 – December 31, 2013 There were 23 different Bronze Award Take Action projects submitted for 101 Bronze Award recipients shown below. A few of the problems addressed were the needs at local animal rescue groups, not enough school supplies at Native American Connections, girls not learning sewing skills, and AIDS prevention and hunger in Africa.

Troop 6

Madeline Bushong

Sedona Gutierrez Kaitlyn Limczak Sahalee Martin

Troop 251

Victoria Dauch

Kennedy Waters

Troop 289

Olivia Baldi

Emma Bratko Grace Broglia Samantha Cardinal Angelica Escalante Erin Steele Troop 438

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Mackenzie Freeman


Jocelyn Ju Teagan Lilliebjerg Kate Nelson Gabriella Ruiz Kiki Sampedro Cara Self Kaela Self Rhegyn Spiker Chloe Walker Ellie Willard

Troop 559

Elisa Agins

Sydney Arnold Hannah Claypool Shelby Ferguson Rachel Forrister Kelsey Goldberg Ashley Kasel Kate Martin Sarah Meyer Ruth Mustard

Troop 600

Riley Barnes

Claire Gustin Jordyn Hitzeman Samantha Kool Laney Lohman Nikole Petrova Katie Prator Zoe Smith Samantha Synk Caroline Waddell Troop 684

Bella Geyer

Amelia Oliver Elyse Policastro Brooke Scott

Megan Webster Abby White Troop 761

Xareja Burleson-

Pettigrew Kansas Earnshaw

Troop 834

Gina Briones

Nadia Fernando Cereena Olmedo

Troop 863

Olivia Lewis Victoria Olchawa Madison Saldano Troop 868

Faith Archer

Gabrielle Barnes Breanna Dixon Sorayyah Johnson Rhyann Krueger India Rhoades Zariah Wilder Troop 967

Samantha Janssen

innovation circle Innovation Circle members take their best shots at the archery range at Camp Sombrero. From left to right: Catherine Genzler, Jennifer Koeller, Nicole Fernandez, Dr. Laura Martin and Lisa LaVoie. ■ For more info on Innovation Circles, contact Jeanine Bashir at

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Troop 1219

Nicole Hale

Taylor Horton Gabby Kirsch Sarah Martin Leah Martinez Abby Palubinskas Rain Thompson

Troop 1386

Naat’anii Castillo

Micah Murray Steven-Keri Rothschild-Potterf

Troop 1629

Morgan Goettl

Kelsi Kitigawa Brenna Slawson Kaija Terauds Zoe Wilson

Troop 1715

Hailey Kathman

Troop 1814

Emma Thompson Troop 2047

Breanna Brocker

Desirae Holding

Molly Layton Kelsea Lettieri JoLeen Mayer Denize Saiz Sophia Schneidewind Mikayla Watsula Troop 2355

Cheyann Becker Troop 2614

Kaylee Arenz Ally Wiedman Troop 2734

Gianna Abdallah Stephanie Howarth Kolby Lassen Avery Militec Olivia Morey Ashlyn Rynd Abby Sackett Mikayla Sedgwick

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The highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, the Silver Award gives a girl the chance to show that she is a leader who is organized, determined, and dedicated to improving her community. Girls work together in small groups, and each girl is responsible for a part of the project. August 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; December 31, 2013 The following 100 Silver Award recipients addressed 35 different issues. A few of the problems they addressed were the lack of awareness of youth and teen homelessness, constant media bombardment, dilemma of fundraising for school groups, importance of animal companionship for senior citizens, lack of safe play space at hospitals, and anti-bullying.

Troop 6

Leticia Henke Troop 47

Hope Fogle

Alexandra Neumann

Troop 56

Allyson Hirsch

Miranda Kilbride Alena Rutherford Brynn Toliver Juliana Williams Troop 202

Haley Scheiffele

Lea Scheiffele Troop 212 Kyra Friend Kari Joy Thomas

Troop 465

Troop 1226

Troop 1755

Emma Brown Nicole Burleson Rebecca Heller Cassidy Knutson

Gabriella Garcia Danielle Manella Avery Smith

Makenna Kroulik Shannon McBreen

Sara Berlinger

Troop 761

Anna Campebell

Emma Campebell Morgan Kennedy Caitlyn Lopez

Troop 811

Morgan Chapman

Samantha McGregor Carmela Rubio Alyssa Stevens

Troop 902

Ashlyn Camba

Troop 317

Taylor Camba

Katherine Glaess Haley Rutledge Jessica Salas Kathryn Young

Troop 1178

Christine Chesney

Troop 462

Megan Hernandez

Timaline Jlay Kallie Leitner Jacinda Nichols

Sophia Kirkland

Audrey Novoa Crystal Zhou Troop 1218

Aleesia Hernandez

Jaclyn John Leah Mosbach

Elena Boyd

Kate Flaherty

Megan Maxwell Madison Smith Troop 2395

Troop 1900

Troop 1340

Alexandria Clugston

Nicole Nolan Jamie Sweeney

Angela Foley

Troop 2129

Devin Hicks

Brenna Condon

Troop 2421

Terry Wilson

Josephine Barnes Taylor Bernal Arissa Bernal Morgan R Maclellan

Troop 1503

Troop 2146

Sarah McMillan

Justeen Maass Liliana Roberts

Sarah Mason Maddie Wilson

Emily Cox

Troop 1591

Troop 2231

Troop 1440

Amida McNulty

Meredith Irick

Rachael Allen

Nora Kukuk Troop 1606

Nicole Castro

Kaitlyn Janssen Ansley McCormick Troop 1715

Colleen Owsley

Nicole Owsley Caitlyn Pallas

Kallie Chouanard

Nicole Padgett Troop 2256

Brynne Bowles Serena Schein Troop 2296

Taylor Nostdral Troop 2315

Sarah Desmond Troop 2355

Cassidy Becker

Alexandra Lamphere Leslie Wolbert

Troop 2510

Mackenzie Hughes

Troop 2513

Katie Fallos Troop 2614

McKenna Arenz Michelle Couture Alex Fagan Sarah Perrin Tiffany Rascon Abbey Schroeder Elizabeth Schroeder Kaycee Wiedman Troop 4182

Kira DeLucia

Katie Noel

Emily Guadagno

Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Convention!

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Learn more about National Convention at or contact Jackie Violette at 602.452.7012 or


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RELIGIOUS recognitions

Religious recognitions are created by national religious organizations/committees to encourage the spiritual growth of their youth members and reinforce many of the values integral to Girl Scouting. Each faith organization develops and administers its own program.

God and Me

God and Church

I Live My Faith

Megan Dye Sarah Erickson

Kristen Buelt

Sadie DeShon

Sara Curry Marisol Mattox

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TRIBUTES & memorials

Tributes and Memorials from October 16, 2013 – February 16, 2014. In Memory Of Ruth Catalano


Rowland Carmichael Advisors, Inc.

In Honor Of Marilyn Seymann and John Whiteman

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The Walton Family Foundation

In Honor Of Eileen Yellin


In Honor Of Xochitl and Tiffany Rascon In Honor of Susan G. Liming

John Carroll

Angela Foley Cypress Jones Noelle Sakauye

Want to honor a friend or family member for a birthday or other special occasion, or make a gift in memory of a loved one? Your gift to Girl Scouts may be designated as a tribute or memory of someone special.

In Honor Of Cathy McKee Olesen


Mary the First Disciple

Chelsea Divins

Gloria Beaudrot Denise M. Babirak Helen Padgett In Memory Of Florence Bowen

Carol D. Ackerson

Tamara Woodbury

In Memory Of Kim Frago

Chuck Allen

Nancy Lee Paul Frago Kimberly Willhide

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atTa girl!


Norma Partida, Girl Scout Troop Leader and founding member of the Council Interfaith Committee, is making important contributions to the Girl Scout movement in Arizona! A trained Catholic Religious Emblems Counselor, Norma has contributed substantially to developing GSACPC’s own Interfaith Committee; most notably, through finding new ways to honor achievements for girls of all faiths. Her passion is contagious and she is truly a sister to every Girl Scout! ■

Are you or someone you know doing something good? Send your submissions (photos welcome) with the subject “Atta Girl!” to

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Sherry B. Hughes Ralph Molling R & J Auto Transport, LLC In Memory Of Bella and Leslie Seager

Frederick and Genevieve Witteborg


In Memory Of Marion Willan

Anne M. Langenwalter

In Memory Of Barbara Anderson

Harriet Redwine

In Memory Of Fred Steiner

David C. Lincoln

I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to Get ready for another year of adventures with your Girl Scout sisters. Renew before the summer begins and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have one less thing to do in September! Plus, you can start planning and registering for 2014-15 programs.

Sign up by June 30 and get a fun patch! All Troops who participate in Spring Registration will receive a $10 gift card and be entered into a drawing to win $200 worth of Council Program. 25 Troops will be selected to win!!



annual meeting

This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting will be held at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. Visit the website for more information.

Celebrate Girl Scouts who have earned their Religious Recognitions, My Promise My Faith Pin, and/or Religions of the World patch. Email if you have not yet received an invitation.

5/31 & 6/1 summer camp open house Willow Springs May 3 & June 1


Camp Maripai May 3 & June 1

Shadow Rim May 31

gS night & sleepover

Girl Scout Night and Sleepover at Chase Field! To reserve your spot, email!


religious recognitions tea

6/3 - 8/8

Summer camp

Summer Camp is in session. Visit to register!


National convention

Girl Scouts will gather in Salt Lake City, Utah for the National Convention to celebrate our accomplishments and chart our future.

women and young women of distinction

Call for Nominations! Do you know a Woman or Young Woman of Distinction who should be recognized at our luncheon? We honor three former and three current Girl Scouts who have demonstrated courage, vision and leadership in making our world a better place. Nominations are due June 4! The form can be found at


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