Tuesday, November 28, 2023

December's Leader Meetings Agenda

Our leader's meeting will be at either 10 am or 7 pm on Monday, December 4th. 

Where: Meetings will be held in-person at the Boys and Girls Club (10515 E Lakeview Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85258). 

Social gathering at Goldies following the evening meeting (approximately 8:15 pm)

  • MSE Notes (new insurance guidelines)
  • Discussion 
    • Low Attendance Rates: JGL, Holiday Party, Skills Day, Encampment
    • High Attendance: Ice Cream Social, Ice Skating, Elf Jr, Brownie Badge Workshop
  • Day Camp Location Summer 2024
    • Robotics 
    • Appreciation Pin Recipients: Teresa, Melissa C, Lesley, Brandy A, and Maria
  • Cookie Rally
  • Cookie Delivery
  • Other Cookie Questions

November 2023

December 2023
Recommended Troop Activity: Hike Pinnacle Peak (holiday story usually can be found along the trail during the month of December)
** December 10, 2 pm: Mom and Me Holiday Event: Elf, Jr

January 2024
January 12: Cookie Rally, 6pm @ Notre Dame

February 2024
February 25: Thinking Day
Father/Daughter Dance TBA

March 2024
Community Service Project: Jared Boxes
Recommended Troop Activity: McDowell Sonoran Preserve Family Day (at the Lost Dog Trailhead)
March 2-3: Camp BASIC
March 22-24: Encampment at Shadow Rim

April 2024
April 8, 6:30 pm: Leader's Gala
April 13-14: All-neighborhood Encampment at Parsons (Daisies too!)
April 20: Annual Meeting (tentative)

May 2024
May 1: Older Girl Bridging
May 5: Mother's Day Tea (Troop 4637)

June/July 2024
Neighborhood Day Camp

Friday, November 17, 2023

Robotics Competitions

The Techalongs cordially invite all Girl Scouts to attend their competitions to cheer them on.  Matches start about 10 am at any event.  Come for the whole event, or just drop in for an hour or so.  Each qualifier starts with check in and inspections followed by preliminaries that determine who will compete in the finals.  Awards generally start about 4.

Turquoise Qualifier

December 2nd@ Valley Christian Schools - K-8 Campus, 6304 S Price Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283, USA

Valley of the Sun Qualifier

January 27@ ASU West Campus - South Fields, 4700 W Sweetwater Ave, Glendale, AZ 85304, USA

Copper Ridge Qualifier

February 4 @ American Leadership Academy, Applied Technologies, 7729 E Pecos Rd, Mesa, AZ 85212, USA

For more information about FIRST FTC in Arizona, please visit their blog.

For more information on the Techalongs, including how to join the team, please visit their website.

Friday, November 10, 2023

March 2024 Service Project: Jared Boxes

Troop 2256 invites Pima to send some love to hospitalized children at the Honor Healthcare Shea right here in our neighborhood during the month of February. We are sending out the call NOW because we believe there will opportunities for discounted items over the next months (Black Friday? after holiday sales?) to maximize our efforts. 

Questions may be directed to pima.neighborhood@gmail.com


A Jared Box is a shoe box full of small toys and activities that are given to children who are hospitalized. The goal of the Jared Box Project is to lift the spirits of children in the hospital. Boxes filled with the "gift of play" are given to young patients in emergency rooms, hospital rooms, surgical centers, and clinics.

The boxes symbolize the importance of play and are filled with well wishes, hope, and love.  


There are a number of avenues you can choose to participate depending on your desired level of participation.  Please fill in this link to report your participation and receive your patches.

Families or troops assemble full boxes by following the directions here. This video shows you how to complete a full box.  


Because these boxes are going to sick children, all items must be new. No food items. No tiny items due to choking hazards. No snow globes or glass items that can break. No pencil sharpeners. No bubbles. No holiday items. Keep in mind, toys need to fit into a plastic shoe box.


Please deliver all completed boxes to Diana between March 14 and March 31. Please wait for an email before delivering.  Gift of Caring cookies need to be cleared from the garage before Jared boxes can be delivered.  


Suggested Toy List (printable list)

Infant (0 to 12 months) 
Soft cover books, cardboard books, rattles, bibs, stacking blocks, farm animal sets, small toys that clip on strollers or cribs, crib mirrors, bath toys, stuffed animals, balls, busy boxes, light up toys, musical toys, Oball toys. Lamaze, Bright Starts, and Sassy brand toys are great. Other toys that are labeled as suggested for infants. Be aware of choking hazards. 

Toddler (1 to 3) 
Soft cover books, cardboard books, stacking blocks, farm animal sets, small toys that clip on strollers or cribs, bath toys, stuffed animals, balls, busy boxes, musical toys, colorful pillowcases, fun socks, chunky crayons, coloring books, picture flashcards, plastic cars and trucks, puppets, soft dolls. Other toys that are labeled as suggested for children under 3. Be aware of choking hazards. 

Preschool (3 to 5) 
Crayons, coloring books, grab-n-go activity kits, Play-Doh, reading books, stickers, sticker workbooks, activity books, matchbox cars, nerf or rubber balls, stuffed animals, flashcards, fun socks, small action figures, small dolls, travel size games, Silly Putty, simple puzzles, card games (Go Fish, Old Maid, Memory), colorful pillowcases, princess crowns, dress up items, farm animal sets, dinosaurs. Other toys that are labeled as suggested for Preschoolers. 

Elementary (5 to 8) 
Crayons, markers, colored pencils, pens, coloring books, word searches, activity books, reading books, joke books, matchbox cars, nerf balls, stuffed animals, stickers, Play-Doh, Silly Putty, Lego kits, craft kits, Slinky, travel games (Sorry, Connect 4), hand lotion, colorful pillowcases, reusable water bottle, fun socks, My Little Pony, action figures, puzzles, deck of cards, UNO card game. Other toys that are labeled as suggested for school-aged children. 

Tweens & Teens (8 and up) 
Crayons, makers, colored pencils, pens, coloring books, word searches, doodle pads, writing journals, Play-Doh, Silly Putty, stuffed animals, card games, Lego Kits, puzzles, brain games, books, magazines, Chapstick, hand lotion, fuzzy/colorful socks, colorful pillowcases, nail polish, jewelry making kits, craft kits, paint sets, reusable water bottle. Other items that are labeled as suggested for teens. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Basic Cookie Sale Information

REMEMBER: The cookie rally will be held January 5th! Details to come.
Access to eBudde

Access to eBudde is granted to registered/background checked individuals who have completed training and filled in this form: https://forms.gle/WVfRyeKbsbk3Czz96 

Registration is verified through GSUSA and access can take some time after submission of your troop product manager (TPM) agreement.  When filling in the TPM, our neighborhood is Pima and the neighborhood email is pima.neighborhood@gmail.com

Parent Financial Responsibility Agreement

You need a signed form from a parent of each girl in your troop.  Please remember that parents need to put in YOUR email (the cookie manager email) not the neighborhood email on this form.  Cookie managers are responsible for ensuring these forms are signed.  If you need to double check who signed the form, please email productprogram@girlscoutaz.org


Cookie Manual

The official cookie manual is available only online.  It can be accessed here.

Neighborhood Training Site

The neighborhood training presentation--and lots of other information-- can be accessed here.

Initial Order Calculator

Don't know how many cookies to order initially. The council has an initial order calculator here.  Teresa is happy to look at your numbers and have a conversation about what to order for initial delivery.

Pima Neighborhood Troop to Troop Transfer Link

If you need cookies or want to trade out extra cases, you have two options.  The first is closer to home and is a list for troops in the Pima and Fountain Hills area. The second will connect you to troops across the valley and can be accessed under the exchange button in eBudde.  


Cookie Sale Dates
Please remember to stress to all girls/families that they may not sell before January 15 at 9 am.

Monday, November 6, 2023

Cookie Booth Do and Don'ts



Be polite to customers, store employees, fellow Girl Scouts, and adult volunteers at all times but particularly if you encounter a confrontational situation.

Cancel any booths that you will not use.  If you can't make a booth offer it to a fellow Pima troop or send a note to Pima Neighborhood before cancelling so we can keep the booth in our neighborhood.

Take written proof of booth scheduling from eBudde with you.

Do arrive five minutes before your booth start and leave promptly when your time is over.

Leave the booth space cleaner than you found it. Take all your trash with you.

Bring your own equipment and supplies (tables, chairs, tape, carts, signs, etc).

Enter all your self-scheduled booths into eBudde for approval.

Check in and out with the store manager and give him/her a thank you note.

Follow store set-up rules.

Follow any directions given to you by the store managers and employees.

Wear Girl Scout identification. You will do better at a booth if your girls wear matching/troop tshirts with vests/sashes.  The more professional you look, the better you will do.

Keep less than $100 in your cash box.

Have girl health forms with you, as well as a MS-27 emergency card for reference. http://www.girlscoutsaz.org/content/dam/girlscoutsaz/documents/forms/ms-27-emergency-procedures.pdf


Do not contact Basha's, Food City, AJ's, Walmart, Sam's Club, Albertson's, Safeway, Fry's, or ASU.  Booths for these places are only scheduled by council and are available via Ebudde.

Don't booth at locations that are not girl appropriate such as marijuana dispensaries or bars.

Do not fill store garbage cans with empty boxes.  Take them with you.

Do not sit on or use store merchandise (for example, do not sit on patio furniture that is for sale).

Do not use store property (for example, do not use store carts and do not sit on store furniture that is intended for their customers' use).

Do not eat or allow your girls to eat at a cookie booth.

Do not let girls sing, shout, or chant.

Do not bring bags from other stores to a booth. (No Fry's bags at Walmart, for example).

Do not block the door.

Do not bring non-Girl Scout friends and/or siblings.

Do not staff your booth with more than four girls at a time.

Do not take bills over $20.

Do not take checks.

Do not ask store managers to mediate any conflict.

Do not argue in front of customers, girls, or store employees.

My First Cookie Booth

Pima has a program that pairs Daisy Girl Scouts and Daisy Parents with an older troop for their first cookie booth experience.  Here are the rules:

  • The expectation is that girls will attend for about 15 minutes to get just a taste of what it is like.  
  • Last year, girls chose to stay longer, and that is up to you and the hosting troop when you are there.
  • registered parent must attend with their Daisy.
  • Girls should come in uniform (white shirt, black bottoms, vest).
  • Daisies will receive a patch for attendance.
Please note, if you open up your booth to Daisies, you must still adhere to cookie booth staffing guidelines. No more than FOUR girls at a booth at any time.  

We would like parents to read over the boothing guidelines here before they arrive at their first cookie booth experience.  ).

The links to sign up will appear here after booth sign ups.

Cookie Booth Activities

Slow cookie booth? Here are some activities to pass the time.

Brownie Cookie Badge Packet: Cookie Decision Maker

Cookie Word Search

Cookie Crossword Puzzle

Cookie Word Scramble

Cookie Bingo

Map of LBB versus ABC cookie councils

Quiet Games

  • Tic Tac Toe
  • I Spy
  • 20 Questions
  • Charades
  • Hangman
  • Head's Up (phone app)