Since the start of the school year, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community girls from kindergarten through high school have been taking part in the Girl Scouts program here on the Community. Social Programs Supervisor and Brownie Troop 437 leader Cathy Gonzales said the program has between 40 and 60 participants every year, and with the help of four other leaders the girls can continue to participate for several years.
Daisy Troop 2516 is led by Rebecca Makil and Erin Andrews. Diedre Goodluck leads Junior Troop 1532, and Sera Gould leads Cadette Troop 2372.
The Girl Scouts program is very active within the Community. The girls often participate in community-service events, with their service varying from year to year. “We always participate in Community Earth Day,” Gonzales said. “The troops each do something individually.” The Girl Scouts led the Pledge of Allegiance during the Community’s Thanksgiving program on November 20.
She said their service varies from year to year depending on their service. At the end of each year the participants attend an end-of-the-year field trip and Gonzales said the The participants are encouraged to wear their T-shirts to their two monthly-meetings and to wear their official uniforms during special appearances.
Typically the meetings begin with a start-up activity or games, and then they recite the Girl Scout Promise and Law. These are words spoken as a promise by the girls to be respectful and honest and carry themselves with integrity.
“There is usually a theme to every meeting; [at the] last meeting the girls created birdhouses for seniors,” Gonzales said. “This meeting (November 15) they are going to make Thanksgiving cards to give to the seniors with their birdhouses.”
Gonzales said they always try to celebrate the holidays with parties, and they volunteer to help with Community projects when needed, such as cleaning up trash. Every year the scouts attend an end-of-the-year field trip, with longer trips as the girls get older.
The Girl Scouts program is beneficial for the girls, and the leaders too. Gonzales said she takes a lot of pride in seeing the girls enjoying their time together and getting the opportunity to make new friends. “It is very rewarding and there is so much progress, especially with the shy girls who, by the end of the year, are enjoying new friends and activities,” she said.
Registration is still open for the Girl Scouts program through the end of December; simply complete the paperwork at the SRPMIC Recreation Department office and pay a $12 fee. For more information, contact Cathy Gonzales at email@example.com or (480) 362-7333.