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Did you know...
...that Girl Scouts of Silver Sage releases an Annual Report every year?
Check out the incredible impact of 4,124 Girls, 2,366 Volunteers, 28 Staff, and 16 Board Members in our 2017 Annual Report.

... or have you heard about our new scholarship and financial aid opportunities?
Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Gold Award Scholarship Program
This scholarship is awarded based on achievement in Girl Scouting, academics, leadership and service.  This award is for girls that have earned the Gold Award and are graduating from high school this spring.  For more information and application, please click  here.

Program Activity/Event Financial Assistance 
We are committed to ensuring all girls have the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts. In order to remove financial barriers that may interfere, we offer limited funds to help members who would be unable to join in Girl Scout activities* without financial support from the council.  Financial assistance is based on need and may cover anywhere between 20% and 80% of the program fee. To apply for financial aid for council programming events and activities visit our website and click on the financial aid section (pictured below)  or contact program@girlscouts-ssc.org for application.
Note: this is for council program events and activities only.  Service Unit or troop events are not included.
Jubilation 2018
Jubilation 2018
June 8-10
Filer Fairgrounds

Registration is open for Adults to attend Jubilation!
The Jubilation Website will have the resources and links you will need to register.
 
December 1 - Adult Registration opens $50.00 - One Group Leader will register and one adult will register for your group and pay to complete your groups Intent to Attend.
January 1- Girl Registration Opens - No payment at registration, after cookie dough is earned, group leader will enter the cookie dough and then any remaining payments will be required.

Contact  info@jubilation-ssc.org with any questions!

Jubilation 2018 Girl Scouts Talent Show!
The Jubilation Committee and MCs are looking for individual girl or  troop submissions for the Jubilation Talent Show!  If you or your troop will be attending Jubilation next year and want to show your stuff please submit a 3-4 minute video audition no later than March 1, 2018. Click here for complete requirements!
Upcoming 102 Trainings
Click Date for Registration

Donation to Troop/Pass Through
Is there a group or organization that wants to donate to your troop? Please use the Donation to Troop Form. This form is used to track monetary donations to troops. The donation is turned in to the Council office for tracking so we may send a tax deductible letter.  The troop will receive the total amount that was turned into Council. Complete this form and return it to the Boise Council office at least two weeks prior to your anticipated date of receiving your check.

Tips for Troop Leaders
Being a Girl Scout volunteer is no easy task! GSUSA has created seven "quick tip" videos for troop leaders on a wide variety of topics:
Controlling the Room
 
Boise WaterShed Weekends
Go with the flow to the Boise WaterShed every third Saturday of each month for fun and activities the whole family or troop can enjoy! WaterShed Weekends are always FREE and no registration is required. 
The Watershed also hosting a Handmade Holiday off-site craft program at the the Fort Boise Center on December 16th . Make a wreath, beautiful ornaments and decorations from recycled or reusable household items. Take a free photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. For more information, click here!  

Boise Bike Project
Christmas Bike Giveaway
December 16
Join our friends at the Boise Bicycle Project during one of their busies t times of the year. This event gives over 400 children's  bikes for Christmas who may not be able to afford one. There are many volunteer positions available from bike fitter with intermediate bike repair experience to working the snack table (no experience needed!). This event is a great one for the whole family to volunteer at. Check out the link to sign up for your volunteer position now!

Scout Days at Birds of Prey
Scouts are invited to enjoy the World Center for Birds of Prey in an open house format that will include; bird presentations, and handouts for rank specific adventures. Only Scouts in uniform will be given discounted prices. The two Scouts days are:
January 27, 2018 10am-4pm
March 17, 2018 10am-5pm
For more details, visit their website.

GSSSC Retail Team 

A Message From the GSSSC Store
STORE & OFFICE CLOSURE:
We will be closed December 22nd- January 1st for the holidays.
Fall/Winter Hours
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-5pm
  • Thursday9am-7pm
  • 10am-2pm every second Saturday of every month
Treasure Valley December 2017 
Feature Article: The Season of Giving
Teaching Our Girl Scouts to 
Give Back This Holiday Season

"It's better to give than to receive" is an old adage that we've all heard. A study by the American Psychological Association suggests that giving to others increases life expectancy by at least 5 years. A stretch? Maybe. But if your troop shoveled the snow from an elderly neighbor's sidewalk this winter, you may be doing yourself, the girls, and your neighbor a favor. We can start with the very small and teach our girls about giving to others in need. Here are just a few ways the girls can make a difference in someone's life this holiday season:
  • Participate in the Warm Hearts, Toasty Toes Sock Drive
  • Participate in WOW 104.3's "Cards from Kids" Campaign
  • Volunteer with the Salvation Army
  • Volunteer with the Boise Bike Project and their Christmas Kids Bike Giveaway
  • Collect personal items and make "care packages" and donate them to a local shelter for the homeless.
  • "Adopt" a senior citizen and help him or her with necessary chores or visit an elder care home.
  • Collect food for local food banks and/or participate in a "sorting" day at the food bank.
  • Make greeting cards for people in a veteran's hospital or other health care facilities.
  • "Adopt" a service person stationed overseas, collect items and send them a gift box. Make sure to only go through legitimate agencies, like Adopt a US Soldier.
Share your stories with photos with us by tagging us on Facebook, Instagram with #gsssc, or emailing them to program@girlscouts-ssc.org. 

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 GSSSC Opportunities 
Make sure to checkout our website for all activities!
Program Activity Reminders
  • Activities offered by GSSSC calendar are usually open to troops, as well as individual girls. This means that if your Girl Scout wants to go to an activity her troop isn't going to, or if your Girl Scout isn't in a troop, you are allowed to sign up!
  • There may be age restrictions or that a parent/guardian/troop leader needs to stay for the event. Please read full activity descriptions before registering your Girl Scout to avoid problems with registration.
  • Our event and activity policies concerning refunds, waiting lists and more can be found on our website.
  • Make sure to keep an eye on the calendar as activities are added throughout the year!
Winter Day Camps
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Come explore the wonders of the outdoors and winter science this  winter break! Click the age group below for more details and to register.
Thursday, January 4th  9:30am-3:30pm for Daisies & Brownies
Friday, January 5th 9:30am-3:30pm for Juniors & Cadettes

2018 Cookie Stars Contest 
To help promote the upcoming Cookie Season we are asking Girl  Scouts to finish the phrase "Because of Cookies...". Tell us - or better yet, show us -  what you've done, what you hope to do, or who you have become "Because of Cookies!" The first 50 girls that create and submit a one minute video, or less, will earn a Cookie Star Patch and all submissions will be entered in to the Cookie Star Contest. We are accepting entries from individual Girl Scouts and troops/groups. There will be multiple individual winners, and 2 troop/group winners.
For more information and how to enter,  click here!
To submit a video,  click here.

2018 Treasure Valley Cookie Rally
Thursday, January 11 4:30pm-8pm
Circustrix 1460 N. Happy Valley Rd. Nampa, 83687
Due to limited space for safety, only 200 participants can attend each 1.5 hour session (3 total sessions). Please register your Girl Scout, and any related family members under the age of twelve, and have a signed waiver present the day of the event:
Cookie Captain
The Cookie Captain Program provides service-oriented Cadettes , Seniors, and Ambassadors the opportunity to mentor Daisy and first-time selling Brownie Girl Scouts in the art of selling Girl Scout Cookies. Along with providing guidance, Cookie Captains teach younger Girl Scouts about the 5 Skills of Selling Cookies: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Business Ethics! All Cookie Captains receive a patch and certificate; those who complete 20 hours of service earn the Service to Girl Scouting Bar. 
Girls must complete a Cookie Captain training, either with their troop or through a council sponsored training.  More information can be found HERE!

Activity Links
 
Click date for more information and for registration. 
December 11, Senior/Ambassador Gold Award Training
January 6, Senior/Ambassador Volunteer-In Training Workshop
January 8,  Senior/Ambassador Gold Award Training
January 13,  Brownie Potters Badge Workshop
January 13, Junior Drawing Badge Workshop
January 27, Brownie Dancer Badge Workshop w/ Ballet Idaho

Frozen Fun Challenge
We are happy to announce the latest Get Outdoors Challenge... the Frozen Fun Challenge! Girl Scouts who complete 20 activities are eligible to buy the patch from the Council Store, and those who complete 30 activities and turn in the completed form will be entered to win a special prize.
Click here to download the form! It can also be found on our website .

Join Outdoor Club's Facebook Group
Join our Outdoor Club Facebook Group! Meet other girls and volunteers who enjoy the outdoors that you can have adventures with. Check out the upcoming outdoor activities taking place across the Treasure Valley, and join here!

Summer Camp 2018
Are you ready for camp? Camp brochures will be hitting your mail boxes this December! Make sure you check out all of the great camp sessions including day camps this year! We have new sessions, and activities like an overnight backpack trip during Cadette Challenge at CAP and a week of horses at TAM! Registration for summer 2018 will open January 15, 2018.

Want to work at Camp?
Want to work at Camp Alice Pittenger or Camp Ta-Man-A-Wis this upcoming 2018 camp season? It's hard to believe that we are talking about hiring camp staff already! We are looking for fun, energetic 18 years + camp counselors!
Or know anyone with a CDL? Our Girl Scout camps are looking for a fun and safe CDL driver to drive our Girl Scouts to 4-5 fun off-site day trips at Camp Alice Pittenger and a week of driving our Cadette Challenge girls at Camp Ta-Man-A-Wis. Contact Courtney for either of these opportunities at crussell@girlscouts-ssc.org
Free Girl Scout Workshops with Cabela's
Check out the great opportunities for Girl Scouts provided by Cabela's! Click the links below for more information a nd to register:
Wildlife Identification Daisies on Jan 17
Wildlife Identification Daisies on Jan 18
 
Girl Scout Discovery Center Night   
January 19th from 6pm-9pm
Girl Scouts of all ages, enjoy and explore with MythBusters:  The Explosive Exhibition at Girl Scout-Only Night at the Discovery Center!  This a Girl Scout only event, please no tag-a-long siblings.  Cost is $3 per girl, attending guardian/troop leader is free.This is not a drop off event. To register, 

Mechanical Engineering Badges Update
Message from GSUSA:
"Due to supply chain limitations, GSUSA is unable to pu rchase GolideBlox kits for the new mechanical engineering badges. They are creating "unplugged" or "DIY" Mechanical Engineering badge requirements for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors. ("Unplugged" or "DIY" means that the activities can be done with common  household objects rather than a special kit.) The new requirements will be available on the VTK by January 31, 2018. 

We're grateful to GoldieBlox for their collaboration and for their diligent efforts to find a solution to the inventory issue. As engineers say: Let's try something new. We will either succeed or we will learn
something. We succeeded in creating new STEM badges that are fun for girls to earn and easy for volunteers to facilitate. We learned a great deal about meeting demand for program-related products.
We'll use that knowledge as we continue to test new ways to give girls a great STEM experience."

Girl Scouts of Silver Sage STEM Program
GSSSC was able to purchase a limited number of of both Daisy & Brownie GoldieBlox kits with generous funding from the STEM Action Center. These will be available for check out in the near future, so look out for that announcement!

STEMtastic Patch
Looking to add something to your The STEM-tastic Program Patch isa brief introduction into STEM: the fun; the facts; and the fantastic! Girls will discover what each letter means, connect with how it impacts them, and take action by imagining how they can use STEM to make the world a better place! Click here to get the patch requirements, and check out other Council Program Patches.
If you have a story or community partner that you would like to share, please email us at program@girlscouts-ssc.org.