In 1912, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally and spiritually. So she founded a new organization, the Girl Scouts of America, and today it has a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults.
Low’s first Girl Scout troop consisted of 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia. The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community troop, known as the Salt River Girl Scouts, has approximately 72 members. The scouting program runs during the school year, September through May. The goal of this all–Native American troop is to inspire girls to make their Community a better place while working on developing personal skills for future advancement.
The Girl Scouts have separate divisions based on age: Daisy, kindergarten and first grade; Brownie, second and third grade; Junior, fourth and fifth grade; and Cadette-Senior Ambassadors, sixth through 12th grade. Adults are welcome to volunteer as Troop Leaders.
In their program activities, Girl Scouts provide community service, learn money management, go on field trips, march in parades, learn about goal-setting, learn business etiquette and more. Each activity or event provides the opportunity for the scout to earn a badge, pin or award. Each Girl Scout troop also plans an end-of-the-year trip, and the girls learn to fundraise (including selling the famous Girl Scout cookies) in order to reach their troop goal.
The Salt River Girl Scouts meet on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Upcoming events include an outing to Peter Piper Pizza, a mother/daughter dance, a traditional tea party, and participation in various Community and Valley parades and festivals. The Salt River troop also works with other troops from across the Valley and invites them to join in projects to help make the SRPMIC a better place.
Native American girls and women are encouraged to apply anytime. Applications can be found at www.girlscoutsaz.org/interest. Applications should be returned to Social Programs Supervisor Teresa Masayesva at the Salt River Recreation Center. A $15 registration fee is also due with the application.
For more information about the Salt River Girls Scouts, call (480) 362-6602.