Lupe Camargo Elected to Girl Scouts of the USA National Board of Directors
(PHOENIX – October 17, 2023) – Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is pleased to announce long-time board member and immediate past-chair Lupe Camargo has elected to the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) National Board of Directors for the 2023–2026 triennium, making the first time in 50 years that there has been national board representation from GSACPC. Camargo was elected during the organization’s 56th National Council Session (NCS), a triennial business meeting, which has been held since 1915. The 30-member National Board of Directors, which reflects the diversity of this country and Girl Scouts’ Movement through their expertise and backgrounds, manages the organization’s governance, legal, and fiduciary responsibilities.
“Our new and returning board members, many of whom are Girl Scout alums, will carry this energy and excitement into our next triennium, and I look forward to working with each and every one of them,” said Bonnie Barczykowski, CEO of GSUSA.
Camargo has advised GSACPC in many volunteer capacities for more than 15 years, most recently as Board Chair from 2020 to 2023. Her leadership skills, along with her professional expertise in finance and strategic planning helped lead during the most recent challenging times.
“I feel extremely honored to be a part of supporting Girl Scouts at the National level. What a gift it has been to be a part of a successful council for so many years. GSACPC has served its girls and volunteers well, and helped me become the leader I am today, and for that I will always be grateful,” said Camargo.
A first-generation Mexican American and experienced business professional, Camargo – who is both an MBA and Certified Financial Planner® – will be a valuable voice on the National Board. Her experience helping to lead GSACPC, an expansive and widely diverse council, will be valuable to the National Board as it works diligently to keep Girl Scouting relevant, and accessible to all girls across the United States.
Camargo’s Girl Scout story began when her daughter, Olivia, joined GSACPC as a Daisy. She witnessed firsthand how Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character. Camargo believed strongly in the work, and over the years volunteered as a troop leader, advisor, and longtime board member. She is confident that investing in girls is how to change the world. What has kept her engaged and motivated to invest her time, talent, and treasure for so many years, is knowing the impact Girl Scouting has on its past, current, and future members.
Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC)
In partnership with 7,500 adult volunteers, GSACPC serves over 12,000 girls grades K-12 in more than 90 communities across central and northern Arizona. Since 1936, GSACPC has helped girls develop leadership skills and tools for success in a rapidly changing environment. We know that given the opportunity, every girl can become a leader, act confidently on her values, and connect with her community. For more information, visit www.girlscoutsaz.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram.
Girl Scouts of the USA
Girl Scouts bring their dreams to life and work together to build a better world. Through programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be unapologetically themselves as they discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges—whether they want to climb to the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or advocate for climate justice, or make their first best friends. Backed by trusted adult volunteers, mentors, and millions of alums, Girl Scouts lead the way as they find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them.