Lupe Camargo becomes first Cactus-Pine representative in 50 years
Staff Reports | Digital Free Press
Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is announcing long-time board member and immediate past-chair — Lupe Camargo — has been elected to the Girl Scouts of the USA National Board of Directors for the 2023–26 triennium.
Of Note: this marks the first time in 50 years that there has been national board representation from GSACPC.
Ms. Camargo was elected during the organization’s 56th National Council Session, 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, according to a press release.
“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.
Ms. 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 Ms. Camargo.
A first-generation Mexican American and experienced business professional, Ms. 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.
Ms. 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. Ms. 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.