• What to do with Girl Scouts, spare time and a paper bag?

    by:  Lynn W Jager As a troop leader, sometimes your ideas for a meeting program just don’t come together, even with the best planning and preparation.  Or maybe your troop is at a program or event waiting in line.  Sometimes you remember on your way home from work that you have a Girl Scout meeting tonight!  You need a last-minute activity that girls of any age will enjoy.  All you need is a paper bag and some imagination.  My best advice to leaders, new and old:  Don’t be afraid to wing it!  The girls are so happy to get together, they don’t have any idea how long you fretted (or NOT) over the program. Below are just a few ideas that I’ve used or are in my bag of tricks waiting for those times when we need a quick activity: Balloons. Inflate a worn, softened lunch size paper bag, gat…

    27 2014
  • Girl Scouts team up with TEP to give out 150K light bulbs

    By David Wichner As published in the Arizona Daily Star  Tucson Electric Power Co. and the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona are working together to give away 150,000 compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs through Girl Scout cookie sales. The Scouts will give customers one free CFL bulb and an information card with each cookie order. The bulbs are provided through TEP’s Energy Star Lighting program, which makes CFL bulbs available from local stores at discounts of up to 50 percent off of regular retail prices. TEP notes than each CFL saves approximately $4.50 a year — about enough to buy another box of Girl Scout cookies. The bulb giveaway and discount program are funded by a small “demand side management” surcharge on each TEP’s customer’s electric bill. The program was approved by the …

    21 2014
  • Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Program Serves Girl With Incarcerated Mothers

    As posted on ArizonaBilingual.com The Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona’s Beyond Bars program is a 2013 Wings Like Eagles Foundation grant recipient to support their work with girls impacted by the juvenile justice or criminal justice systems. “The Beyond Bars program represents the Foundation’s mission to increase child welfare, the spirit and general community goodwill. Our work with these girls and their families will break the cycle of incarceration in our community,” said Debbie Rich, Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona. In 2011, the Girl Scouts piloted the Beyond Bars program in Pima County to bring girls and their incarcerated mothers together on a monthly basis to work on projects and activities at correctional facilities. Local Girl Scouts staff recogni…

    15 2014
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