Thursday, September 25, 2014

Encampment Update

I'm working on finalizing the menu and site assignments, but here are a couple of updates:

Encampment Information Packet: 

   (Both driving directions and a camp map are on this document.)  
Willow Springs General Information:

It looks like we're going to get a bit of rain! :)  
- Please make sure all of your girls bring raingear or a poncho or something.  
- Throw in a few large garbage bags--always useful if anyone forgets.  
- Bring an extra pair of shoes and a couple extra pairs of socks.  
- Bring old shoes and socks (it may be muddy).  

We'll play the activities by ear.  Throw in some cards and board games, or a craft, just in case.  Sometimes the girls just enjoy spending some cabin time, giggling and talking.  No matter what happens, they'll have fun!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Journey Helps

Need a little help planning your Girl Scout year? Check out these Journey planning guides!

Brownie Journeys 
Junior Journeys 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Troop 1265 Thanks You


Thank you to everyone who donated towards our Silver Award Project helping the Sojourner Center.  Below is what we collected from everyone -- it's amazing!

16 pairs of shoes
5 large bags/boxes of clothing
4 twin bed sheet sets
2 throws/bedspreads
1 set of bath towels

5 huge bags of stuffed animals
4 bags of toys
35 games
16 puzzles
129 childrens' books
86 adult books
32 packages of loose leaf paper
40 mechanical pencils
16 boxes of crayons
40 folders
2 backpacks

3 movies
2 high chairs
1 kid table
5 kid chairs
10 pieces of wall art
1 bookshelf
1 storage basket unit
1 small child bike
1 doll house
1 doll cradle
1 oriental rug
1 armoire

Thank you again,
Ericka, Tia, Mia
Troop 1265

Monday, September 15, 2014

Online Ordering for Fall Product

​Fall product items can be sold and mailed to the customers (which works if you want to sell to customers out of state, but is not really cost-efficient for local sales).  If a customer goes to the online ordering system, he or she also has access to the entire Ashdon Farms line of products, including the blueberry pomegranate nut squares.  

Here is the link to register to do that:

​The complete instructions for online ordering are on page 12 of your troop Fall Product Manual.
This is where ​girls register and send 12 emails to get a patch.

The one thing I will mention is that sometimes I find sending magazines to my nieces and nephews to be a handy gift.

Online Shipping Charges

Product SubtotalStandard FedEx 2nd Day
$0.01 - $15.00$8.95$19.25
$15.01 - $30.00$10.25$23.95
$30.01 - $45.00$11.55$28.65
$45.01 - $60.00$12.85$33.35
$60.01 - $75.00$14.15$38.05
Every additional $15 + $1.30+$4.70

It is strongly recommended that you ship via 2nd Day if you are ordering chocolate products.  Melted chocolate products shipped via Standard will not be replaced.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Rendezvous with a Comet

Rendezvous with a Comet
WHENSaturday, November 15, 2014, 10:30am – 12:30pm
(Also available from 1 to 3 pm)
GRADE4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
CONTACT NAMEMargaret Spicer
LOCATIONArizona Challenger Center
ADDRESS21170 N 83rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85382
Girl Scouts will participate in a daring mission to take an up-close
look at a comet as it streaks its way across the galaxy. Working 
as a team, girls will plot a successful course to rendezvous with 
the comet and launch a probe to collect scientific data. Don't 
miss this fun voyage to test your math, science, problem-solving 
and team work skills!
Open to girls in grades 4 - 10. Adult chaperones transporting
scouts will remain onsite while the participants complete their 
Chaperones may enjoy the museum or relax in the cafeteria. 
Please limit adults to no more than 2 per troop.

Fiesta Bowl Parade

If you have a girl interested in this event, please email Pima Neighborhood.  We'd like to coordinate it so all the Pima girls can attend together.

2014 Fiesta Bowl Parade - Banner Carrier
WHENSaturday, December 27, 2014, 8am – 2:30pm
GRADE9, 10, 11, 12, Adult
CONTACT NAMEMargaret Spicer
AREA OF FOCUSGlobal Citizenship
LOCATIONNorth Phoenix Baptist Church
ADDRESS5757 N Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Girl and Boy Scouts have been invited to march, as banner carriers,
in the 2014 Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade. Over 75 banners 
will be carried down the two (2) mile, televised, parade route. 
Breakfast and snacks will be served and all participants will receive
an official 2014 Fiesta Bowl Parade t-shirt. Don't miss this opportunity 
to join in the fun of the 2014 Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade.
Open to girls in grades 9 - 12.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Super Troop

All Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador troops are automatically a part of Pima Neighborhood's Super Troop. The Super Troop works together to plan, execute, and attend activities together.  If you are not on the Super Troop email list, please send your information to to be added to the list. 

The Super Troop aims to do at least one activity per month.  This year's calender so far looks like this:
  • August, Ice Skating (hosted by 2256)
  • September, Encampment (hosted by 2010)
  • January, Cookie Rally (organized by 2010)
  • February, Thinking Day (organized by 2256)
  • March, Camp Basic (organized by 2010)
  • April, Ninja Night (organized by 2010)
  • June, Pima Neighborhood Day Camp (organized by 1870)
All troops are invited to add events to the calender.

Fall Product Sale

For any troops who are still interested, I have Fall Product packets available at my home.  Please have your troop product manager fill in this form:
They will be emailed a receipt that they can then forward to me, along with the number of girls in the troop.  

At that point, we can arrange a pick up time.

  • Sale starts September 20
  • Orders must be entered into website by 10/4
  • Product will be delivered by 10/14 
  • Sale ends November 9th
  • Ashdon Farms Website:
  • Password is: Contact Diana for password (
  • Troops order and receive only what is sold (no full cases as with cookies)
  • Troops that participate will be allowed to select cookie booths in the first round
  • A troop manual is included in your packets, but Diana is happy to answer questions. 

Troop Resources 101


Service Ideas

Sojourner Center
Scottsdale-Shea Children's Wing
Via Linda Senior Center
St Mary's Food Bank
Crisis Nursery
Heal House
Feed My Starving Children


McDowell Sonoran Conservancy 
Circus School of Arizona
Field Trip Factory
Pediatric Dentist
English Rose Tea Room Etiquette Classes
Girly Girlz
Beauty Schools
Desert Stages
Kids' Art Days at the Phoenix Art Museum
Chandler Center for the Arts
Butterfly Wonderland
AZ on the Rocks
Pueblo Grand Museum
I.D.E.A Museum
Heard Museum
Arizona Museum of Natural History
California Pizza Kitchen
Fry's at Tatum and Shea Cooking Classes
Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor
Dance Motion
Pampered Chef
Microsoft or Apple Store
Home Depot
AZ Dance Artistry
Desert Botanical Garden
Science Center
Museum of Musical Instruments

Council Activities

Sunday, September 7, 2014

September Leader's Meeting Agenda

September 8, 2014

GS Promise
Shout outs - Ice Skating
Encampment - Lee
Neighborhood Service Day Event  - Saturday, October 5 - Lee 
Songfest - Sunday, November 9 - Lee
Sister Troops - Diana
Fall Product - Diana
Getting Started - Susan
Annual Meeting Input - Simplify Journeys/Outdoor Journeys - Susan
First Aid - Julie
Registration - Jenny
Garage Sale Announcement- Laynee

Troop Resources 101 (see associated post)

Don't forget we have Margaritas on Mondays at Chili's following the evening meeting (around 8 pm).