Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Enrichment: Talking Sticks


Years ago, Brownies had a special two-fingered sign when they said their own Brownie Promise. Now, Brownies say the same Promise as all other Girl Scouts. Now the two-fingered sign is called the Talking Sign and is used when girls are sitting in their Girl Scout Circle. When a girl has something to say, she makes the two-fingered sign and taps the floor in front of her.

Girl Scout troops often use a Talking Stick when having discussions to help girls learn to respect the meeting's moderator--whether that is an adult leader or a troop member--and to encourage them to take turns in speaking without blurting out or butting into the conversation and taking over. 

The talking stick is actually a Native American tradition, and can be plain or decorated. Only the person holding the talking stick may speak – if a girl wishes to speak, she would use the talking sign to signal that she would like to have the talking stick passed to her. Sometimes troops use some other sort of object such as a stuffed animal as a “talking bear” or other object.

March Leader's Meeting


March Leader's Meeting Agenda

Our leader's meeting will be at either 10 am or 7 pm on Monday, March 7th.  The remainder of this year's meeting dates are here.

Where: Meetings will be held in-person at the Boys and Girls Club (10515 E Lakeview Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85258). The Boys and Girls Club require that all persons entering their building wear masks.

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

AGENDA

Enrichment: Talking Sticks

CURRENT BUSINESS
COOKIES

2020-2021

Ongoing Opportunities
March Community Service: Jared Boxes, due March 31 (2256/4727)
March 12, Girl Scouts' 110th Birthday
March 20, 11 am, Outdoor Skills Day

April
April Service Project: Earth Day
April 2-3, Camp B.A.S.I.C.
April 23, 8 am, Annual Meeting

May
May Service Project: DIY Toys for Animal Shelters
May 4, Older Girl Bridging

June
June 11, Pima Returns to the Theater: Winnie the Pooh (details coming soon)

July

FTC Robotics Team Forming Now


Calling all girls!  Pima is partnering with Girls in Tech to form an First Teach Challenge (FTC) robotics team to compete in the 2022-2023 season.  

FIRST Tech Challenge students learn to think like engineers. Teams design, build, and code robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Robots are built from a reusable platform, powered by Android technology, and can be coded using a variety of levels of Java-based programming.

The teams also need aspiring writers and publicists to help with the team process, so this is not just for the tech-inclined!

All girls who will be in grades 7-12 in the fall are invited to participate.  If you know girls who are not Girl Scouts who may be interested, they can join Girl Scouts ($25) and compete with this team.  Please have them fill in the form and Diana will contact them.

Pima has secured an experienced coach and has all the supplies to make this a reality so all we need now is girls!

Please sign up here to indicate interest.  We plan to meet in March or April to get things rolling!

Adults. Like Girl Scouts, this is a girl-led program but we definitely need mentors, coaches, and support from you as well.  Please feel free to use the contact form to indicate your interest.  

We are still looking for a home for our lab!









Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Adult Recognitions


It's that time of year when we honor all of our fantastic volunteers and give special recognition to those that have gone over and beyond to give their girls a fantastic experience and to contribute to the neighborhood. We need your help to point out those volunteers that deserve this special recognition. 

  • Leader Recognition Survey (Please complete before March 8th if you did not fill in last year or if you are new this year to Pima)

Neighborhood Awards (due March 14th)

The Volunteer of Excellence Award is given to a volunteer within a service unit who has contributed outstanding service while directly partnering with girls in support of the Girl Scout Mission.  To nominate a volunteer, please follow this link. Previous recipients are not eligible. Please feel free to email Diana and ask her if your candidate has already received this award.

If you are interested in nominating someone for one of the following service unit awards, please email Diana.

The Outdoor Pathfinder Award recognizes volunteers who make outdoor experiences in Girl Scouts possible and provided creative, recreational, and educational outdoor opportunities for girls. Service can go beyond a troop experience to make the outdoor experience available to a wide number of girls. GSACPC will provide this pin at no expense to the Service Team.

The Innovator Award Recognizes a volunteer who brought the Girl Scout program to her/his service unit in the most creative or innovative way. 

The Rising Star Award is for an outstanding NEW troop leader  and recognizes a volunteer during their first three years, for service beyond the expectations for the position, or recognizes volunteers who have volunteered a minimum of 6 months to maximum of 36 months who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway.

The Standing Ovation Award recognizes a product program volunteer (Fall or Cookie) who has gone above and beyond the expected product sales duties and given service of exceptional benefit which warrants recognition. 

The Sustained Service Award recognizes continued outstanding service for 3 years after receiving the Volunteer of Excellence Award. Contact Diana to find out if your nominee is eligible for this award.

The Go-Get-Her Award recognizes a volunteer who has put significant effort and creativity into finding and recruiting more girls into Girl Scouts. 

Council Recognitions

Nominations and endorsements need to be completed and turned in by September 1

Appreciation Pin- This is given to a volunteer for outstanding service in at least one geographic area, neighborhood, or program delivery audience. 

Honor Pin - This pin is given to a volunteer for outstanding service in two geographic areas or program delivery audiences. 

For information about all available recognitions, please visit this page:

February Leader's Meeting Agenda

 


February Leader's Meeting Agenda

Our leader's meeting will be at either 10 am or 7 pm on Monday, February 7th.  The remainder of this year's meeting dates are here.

Where: Meetings will be held in-person at the Boys and Girls Club (10515 E Lakeview Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85258). The Boys and Girls Club require that all persons entering their building wear masks.

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

AGENDA

CURRENT BUSINESS
COOKIES

2020-2021

Ongoing Opportunities
Community Service Project: Treasures for Teachers
February 8, 7:30 pm, Zoom Presentation about Camps (regularl leader's link)
February 13, 9 am, Outdoor Badge Workshop
February 27, Thinking Day (2256/4727)

March
March Community Service: Jared Boxes, due March 31 (2256/4727)
March 20, 11 am, Outdoor Skills Day

April
April Service Project: Earth Day
April 2-3, Camp B.A.S.I.C.
April 23, 8 am, Annual Meeting

May
May Service Project: DIY Toys for Animal Shelters
May 4, Older Girl Bridging

Cookie Donations for the Military

Troop donations for the military can be dropped off at Diana's house until March 4th and then again after March 13th.

Small donations (less than 3 cases) can be left at my front door, just let me know you are coming. Please bring them to the front door (do not leave them outside the gate) but do not place them directly in front of the door; this is a tripping hazard.

Large donations: text ahead so that we can transfer them directly into the garage. (Addresses and emails are on the neighborhood roster or in the private Facebook group).

Please bring your cookies in the right cases! The base needs to pallet them
 up for the journey. We need full cases to do that.

Youth Protection Training


All registered volunteers should have received an email about the required youth protection training that must be completed by 4/1/22 by ALL registered adults. 
 Training will have to be repeated annually.

You can access the Youth Protection Training directly from this link: https://gslearn.litmos.com?C=6259262

Please share this information with your troop volunteers.