Now accepting scholarship applications for Astronomy Camp!

20 Dec

Would you like to spend a week observing the skies with large telescopes on top of Mt. Lemmon along with 25 other teenagers from around the world? If so, you’ll like Astronomy Camp! Each summer the James Webb Space Telescope’s infrared camera project at The University of Arizona offers two full scholarships to the Beginning Teen Astronomy Camp for qualified Girl Scouts. At Camp you and your new friends will undertake a variety of hands-on projects in science and engineering. Some examples include measuring solar activity, hiking a scale model of our Solar System in the unique environment of the Kitt Peak sky island, and even eating ice cream from Saturn cooled by liquid nitrogen. There are also other hikes around the area to introduce basic concepts of ecology, geology, and orienteering.  If you are interested in this opportunity, please check out the details at and email Dr. Don McCarthy at This year’s Camp will be held June 3-9 atop Kitt Peak National Observatory.



2011 Cookie Gram

6 Dec

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Girl Scouts doing good- all over town!

6 Dec

As we approach the holiday season, Girl Scouts from all around Southern Arizona are joining forces to make the holidays a little merrier for the people in Southern Arizona. Check out some of the amazing things our girls are doing this season:

Troop 1131 is collecting toys for Toys for Tots again this year. Last year, they collected 50 toys but hope to double and even triple that number this holiday season! You can drop off new, unwrapped toys at 4300 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson to help these girls reach their goal.

Troop 645 is collecting 150 pairs of underwear for the Gospel Rescue Mission. This is in celebration of Juliette Gordon Low’s 150th Birthday. You can help these girls by dropping off new, packaged undies in any color, shape and size to 4300 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson.

Troops at St. Joseph’s Church at Craycroft and Broadway (Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts) are collecting non-perishable food items and new or used blankets for St. Vincent de Paul and The Primavera Group. Donations can be taken directly to St. Joseph’s Church.

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Troop 590 held a food and clothing drive at Safeway on Linda Vista and Thornydale this weekend. They managed to collect 1000 food items and 500 clothing items!! They are donating the food to the Tucson Community Food Bank and the clothing will be donated to Big Brother Big Sister of Tucson. These girls received a donation from a young cancer survivor (pictured in blue above). Her mother said that Tucson helped her through donations for the two years she battled with cancer, so she felt it important to give back. What a great story for these girls to be a part of!

To find out more about how Girl Scouts are giving back in your community, call 520.327.2288 or visit

If you are a Girl Scout Troop and want to tell us about your project, send me an email at!

Just a Reminder: Troop 590 Food and Clothing Drive

29 Nov

Troop 590 wanted to let council know that our Brownie and Juniors are holding their first food and clothing drive for the Tucson community. As we celebrate the warm feelings of the holidays with food in our bellies and clothes on our backs, we will think about people in need of the basic things we take can easily for granted. Our girls are learning about the importance of ‘helping people at all times’ and ‘making the world a better place’ by realizing that not everyone has the opportunities we do. On November 23rd, a Tucson community food bank representative is coming to our troop meeting to discuss the importance of helping our community through the gift of giving.

With that, we are collecting gently used clothing and non-perishible food items from now until December 4th. On December 4th, our troop will be at the Safeway on Linda Vista and Thornydale (9705 N Thornydale Rd) ready to collect final donations. Our hope is to collect at least 1000 food items and 500 clothing items. Food items will be donated to the Tucson Food Bank, and clothing items donated to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of  Tucson.

If anyone wishes to donate items towards our cause, they can contact me at 360-4583 to schedule a pick-up/ drop-off, or they can bring their items to the Safeway on Linda Vista and Thornydale on Saturday December 4th between 11 am and 2 pm.

It’s Your Culture~ Love It!

29 Nov

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This is the first in four overnight programs we are having at the Topawa Cultural Center and Museum located in the Tohono O’odham reservation. We are having one overnight a month for four months and it involves girls learning more about the Tohono O’odham culture. It is open to girls in grades 1st-8th. We had 6 girls in attendance. When we first arrived we made dinner- we had wraps and chips. Together after dinner, we colored a mural with things that represented Arizona and the Tohono O’odham reservation. We drew animals, words, scenery, foods, etc. After we were done coloring, Mr. Bernardo Siquieros and his wife Regina Siquieros came in to talk to us. Mr. Bernardo taught us about the Tohono O’odham culture and showed us pictures in a slide show. Mrs. Regina told us Tohono O’odham stories and sang traditional songs. That night, we watched Night at the Museum which taught us about how a museum works and the magic that happens at night. The following morning we ate breakfast, made thank you cards, had an awards ceremony and said goodbye until the next over night. It was a good time!

WAGGGS: Changing lives for 100 years!

20 Nov

The new Changing lives film celebrates the centenary of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting and how it has transformed the lives of individuals, their families and their communities. The film also shows the current work with the Millennium Development Goals, the positive effects of leadership training in Kenya and how we are planting Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting in diverse communities.

You and your girls can learn more about WAGGGS and about how girls worldwide say “empowering girls will change our world” by participating in our World Thinking Day Celebration on February 19, 2011! Join hundreds of Girl Scouts in Southern Arizona at this amazing event, celebrating the millions of girls all over the world and the difference they make in each others lives. Read about the history of World Thinking Day.

For information on how to get involved in our World Thinking Day celebration, contact Kristi at!

Senate introduces Healthy Media for Youth Act (S.3852)

20 Nov

Contact your Senators today to ask for their support!

Did you know…
  • Nearly 90% of girls say the media places a lot of pressure on teenage girls to be thin
  • Only 46% of girls think that the fashion industry does a good job of representing people of all races and ethnicities
  • 55% of teenage girls admit they diet to lose weight and 37% know a girl with an eating disorder   (Girls & Body Image, 2010)
Girl Scouts of the USA took action to fix these problems and to help girls and young women see themselves in a new and stronger light. We worked closely with Congresswomen Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to introduce the Healthy Media for Youth Act (H.R. 4925) in the US House of Representatives. Recently, Senator Kay Hagan introduced (S. 3852) in the US Senate. This bill supports media literacy programs and youth empowerment groups, like the Girl Scouts, and encourages healthy, balanced, and positive images of girls and women in media.
Ask your Senators to be a Voice for Girls and support S. 3852! We have crafted a draft email for you that be sent at a click of a button. Remember it’s your story-tell it! Read more

Girls Need Leaders! Are they waiting for YOU?

20 Nov

There’s lots of ways to volunteer! You don’t have to be a Troop Leader… you can volunteer at events, one time programs, series, camps, share your skills at a troop meeting, help out in the council office and lots more!

If you are interested in becoming a Girl Scout Volunteer, contact Timalee at 520-319-3155 or

A Southwest Nutcracker: Discount Tickets

18 Nov

Tucson Regional Ballet is offering a reduced ticket to Girl Scouts. Basically what she’s offering is a group rate; groups of 8 or more receive a discounted price of $14 per ticket, geared for troops that are interested. So please, if you would, spread the word! This is a HUGE discount that she’s not offering to everyone (regular group rates are $23 for 10+ people).

Because the show is drawing near (December 4th and 5th), it would probably be best to order tickets over the phone and have them ready at will call rather than mail the order form in.  You can view the order form here.

Our very own Marissa Sandberg is dancing in A Southwest Nutcracker, so get your tickets and lets cheer her on!

Brownies Give Back

15 Nov

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Brownie Troop 1084 out of Oro Valley spent the last 2 weekends raising money so that they could donate needed food and toys to the Pima Animal Care Center.  On Sat Nov 6th the girls sold baked goods at their school (Painted Sky) Arts and Crafts Fair.  They raised a whopping $137 – and all proceeds were to go to the Pima Animal Care Center on Silverbell.  After receiving a list of donation items from the Center, the Troop met this past Saturday at the PetSmart in Oro Valley to purchase the donation items.  I cannot begin to tell you how excited and proud the girls were about what they were doing – it was fabulous!  And PetSmart stepped up to the plate BIG TIME with a pile of free donations as well – they gave the girls a bag of dog food, frisbees, dog treats and cat toys – it was awesome!!

Way to go girls! We’re proud of all of you and what you give back to our community!