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Girl Scout Lauren Kuhman, Spreads Hiking Awareness

Q. What inspired your Gold Award project? A. Part of it, at first, was the surface level benefits (scholarships, recognition, etc). The other part was the excitement of completing a project, which had an impact, where I could say I changed something. As my project progressed my motives became solely focused on the desire to work towards a solution, and …

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Girl Scout, Hannah Suddarth, Creates Youth Gardens in Church Communities

Hannah is a recent Gold Award Girl Scout and her project entailed revamping her church community spaces into a youth garden. She implemented raised beds for gardening, tables and umbrellas. Since then, children have used this space as a learning center, an activity space and feature of the location. She learned how to project manage, collaborate with the community and …

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Girl Scouts Member, Alyssa Fink, Earns The Gold Award

Alyssa Fink, senior at Chandler Preparatory Academy, recently earned the Gold Award- the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts! Q. What inspired your Gold Award project? A. I have been fostering kittens for almost two years now, and have had the joy of caring for seven litters. A little over a year ago there was a litter of three – …

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Hubbard Swim Instructor Honored as ‘Educator of the Year’ by United States Swim School Association

It’s now official. Outstanding, talented, and caring swim instructors who specialize in teaching infants, children, and children with special needs how to swim, can be found right here at the Hubbard Family Swim Schools. Kathy and Bob Hubbard, the owners of the internationally recognized Hubbard Family Swim Schools, are very proud and pleased to announce that one of their long-time …

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Gold Award Girl Scout Recipient, Emma Norton

Emma Norton is a recent Gold Award Girl Scout. Her Gold Award project helped protect the Grand Canyon National Park by replacing more than twenty-year-old storage boxes, used for food and scented items. She replaced these with new and improved bins with Leave No Trace behind sticker educating visitors on how they can be responsible and help protect the park …

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Girl Scout Juniors Create Buddy Benches for Mesa Schools to Foster Kindness

Troop 487’s Juniors, Amber, Angelica, Aramina, MacKenzie, Madison, Taylor, and T’Shira, decided to address the issue of bullying in schools for their Bronze Award project. Their sister-Brownies– Jovana, Kelly, and Storm– assisted as well! After lots of brainstorming, the girls decided to make seven buddy benches to foster kindness and inclusion and provide a safe place for kids to go …

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After-School Swim Lessons Keep Fitness Fun

Now that the school year is underway, a growing number of parents are enrolling their children in fun-filled, after-school swim lessons at the Hubbard Family Swim Schools. The summer swimming pool season might be drawing to a close, but learning how to swim, developing a love for the water, and learning crucial lessons about water safety continues indoors here all …

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Girls Scout Troop 1606’s DIVA DROIDS qualify for Vex Robotics High School State Championships!

The ‘Diva Droids’ spent six months building and programming a robot that secured their position in the Vex Robotics State Championship competition, the first time ever for their team. This year team’s hard work earned them a Design Award, as well as a Judge’s Award, during their regular season. Building a robot to compete is no easy feat! The girls …

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GOLDEN GIRLS – YOUNG WOMEN TO WATCH: 2018 GOLD AWARD GIRL SCOUTS

  In 2018, 22 go-getter Girl Scouts from central and northern Arizona were honored for having demonstrated their leadership by tackling a community or global issue and achieving measurable, sustainable and far-reaching results. Through their efforts they have earned the Gold Award—the most prestigious award in the world for girls—and the most difficult to earn. Nationally, only about one million …

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What are the Criteria for Competitive Swimming for Kids?

A lot of parents make the decision to enroll their little ones in swimming lessons when they’re young and then may stop classes once they’ve become proficient swimmers. But there are a lot of kids who fall in love with swimming and want to continue taking lessons long after they’ve mastered basic skills. As a parent, you want your child …

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