Girls in Scouting

Girls in Scouting

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BSA now offers the “FAMILY SCOUTING EXPERIENCE” for families in Cub Scouting. Cub Scouts is for youth in Kindergarten through 5th grade and is organized in dens. Please visit this link to find out more about Cub Scouts.

Girls are now joining CUB SCOUTS across the country.   A pack can be an all girl pack, an all boy pack or a pack with both girl dens and boy dens. In this circumstance, there are to be separate girl dens and boy dens. Thus, there could be a Wolf den for girls and a Wolf den for boys in that same pack. If there are not enough girls to make separate dens, an all girl den can be formed with girls from up to 3 consecutive levels.  For example..if there was one Lion, two Tigers and one Wolf–they can be combined but would still work on the advancements for their level.  The all girl dens would meet separately but come together for pack meetings and events. Girls will follow all of the same requirements as the boys.  The only difference relates to uniforming when a skort or other item will be made available for the official BSA uniform.

The Chartering Organization has the choice whether to make this opportunity available at their parish or school. When a pack is chartered by a parish or Catholic school, the pack leadership should check with the pastor, parochial administrator or principal and their unit committee to discern if this is a program they would like to offer girls and their families. 

SCOUTS BSA is the name of the program for older Scouts whether they are boys or girls.  The term replaces the old term “Boy Scouts”.  Programs are still under the umbrella of the Boy Scouts of America but the name of the older scout program changed to reflect that troops for girls are now available for this level of BSA Scouting. Thus, when a girl finishes Webelos or wants to join Scouts BSA  they will join an all-girl troop. Similar to Cub Scouts, the Chartering Organization will have the choice whether to make this opportunity available.  Visit BeAScout.org for information on the location of all-girl troops in your area or contact Davis Fox at davis.fox@scouting.org.

​The VENTURING program was founded on February 9, 1988 and just celebrated 23 years.  Members are youth ages 14-20 (or 13 and finished 8th grade). Crews can be all girl crews, all boy crews or co-ed.  Venturers take the lead in planning and carrying out activities which often include high adventure experiences.  Look for more information at the Venturing tab on the Grand Canyon Council website at this link and/or visit the Venturing Facebook page

Crew 2009 is a co-ed Venturing Crew chartered by the Diocese of Phoenix and Serra Club. Please click on the link to visit our webpage and learn more about the crew and find contact information.

SEA SCOUTING  began in 1912 and was a branch of the Exploring program originally. Now it is considered part of Venturing.  Click here to learn more about the history and program.

​Sea Scouting is coming to the Valley!  Please visit the Grand Canyon Council website at this link to find out when the Ship will sail!

Girls have been involved in the Boy Scouts of America since 1972 when the EXPLORING program became co-ed.  The program is for youth ages 11-20 and provides opportunities to have hands-on experience in various career fields.  Look for more information at the Exploring tab on the Grand Canyon Council website at this link.

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Girl Scouts in the United States was founded on March 12, 1912 in Savannah, Georgia by Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low. GSUSA has provided opportunities for leadership, learning and outdoor experiences for over 100 years.  
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

The Girl Scout Promise is-
On my honor, I will try:
    To serve God and my country,
    To help people at all times, 
    And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

Girl Scout Law:
I will do my best to be
    honest and fair,
    friendly and helpful,
    considerate and caring, 
    courageous and strong, and
    responsible for what I say and do, 
and to 
    respect myself and others, 
    respect authority,
    use resources wisely,
    make the world a better place, and 
    be a sister to every Girl Scout. 
For information about Catholic Girl Scouting here in the Diocese of Phoenix and Arizona Cactus Pine Council,
​please contact Ann Colvin-Smith at 352-359-1111 or phxdccscatholicgirlscouts@gmail.com
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Since 1995, AHG has provided a Christ centered program of character development for girls ages 5-18. The American Heritage Girls mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country has been successfully achieved in parishes and parochial schools across the nation. 

AHG Oath
I promise to Love God,
cherish my family,
Honor my country
and serve in my community.

In the Diocese of Phoenix there are five parishes that have AHG troops.  The location and name of the Troop Coordinator is below:

Troop 15 at St. Gabriel in Cave Creek
Maria Garcia, Troop Coordinator

Troop 428 at San Francisco de Asis in Flagstaff
Jessica Robertson, Troop Coordinator

Troop 513 at Ss. Simon and Jude in Phoenix
Robynn Combs, Troop Coordinator

Troop 703 at St. Thomas the Apostle in Phoenix
Kristin Sanders, Troop Coordinator

Troop 1013 at St. Timothy in Mesa
Mary Hirsch, Troop Coordinator

Troop 1226 at St. Steven Parish in Sun Lakes
Amanda Jensen, Troop Coordinator

Please contact Maria Garcia at 623-628-5367 or
maria37644@gmail.com  to learn more about American Heritage Girls.