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Albertsons Boise Open
Sept 13-17
Girl Scouts of Silver Sage is pleased to announce our partnership with the 2017 Albertsons Boise Open at the Hillcrest Country Club. C omplimentary clubhouse tickets (limit two) are good for the entire event and are a vailable on a f irst come first serve basis at the front desk at GSSSC Headquarters, so we recommend calling ahead at   208-377-2011. Youth 17-and-under are free with ticketed adult. By using these tickets, you will be supporting Girl Scouts of Silver Sage. If you would like to purchase additional tickets, please visit  click here and select "Girl Scouts of Silver Sage" as the benefiting organization. 100% of the purchase amount will go back to Girl Scouts of Silver Sage.

Idaho Museum of 
Mining and Geology
Rock Party! Sept 17
Girl Scouts, ages 15 and older, are needed to help with the Annual Rock Party at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology. Have fun guiding children through hands-on geology, mining and fossil stations. 
Volunteering on teams with experienced adults, Girl Scouts will work under large canopies at tables on the courtyard lawn. Shifts are from approximately 11:30-2:30 pm or 2-5 pm. No experience is necessary, but girls should work well with younger kids. The date is Sunday, September 17 from noon-4:30. Please contact Patsy Wolter at  parwolte@msn.com  or 208-342-0288.
Click here for info! You can also attend for fun!
St. Luke's FitOne
September 23
Join us for this annual friends and family event. There are FitOne patches for the girls and fun for the whole family. Register for FitOne by 

Girl Scout Day at
The Farmstead
Saturday, September 23
10:00am-11:00pm
Girl Scouts in uniform* will enjoy free admission all day! No registration required.
*Scouting t-shirts do not qualify for the uniform discount. For Girl Scouts, vest, sash, or tunic must be worn. For more info, click here!

Sound the Alarm!
September 29 & 30
This fall, the American Red Cross of Greater Idaho is holding a major smoke alarm installation event called Sound the Alarm on September 29th and 30th, 2017. Red Cross volunteers and community volunteers will install smoke alarms in homes for FREE in at risk neighborhoods in the Treasure Valley. They need your help to make homes in the West Treasure Valley safer! To volunteer for the event, please click here and if you need help registering, contact Danielle Pozernick at  danielle.pozernick@redcross.org.

Boise State Scout Day
Saturday, October 21
Albertsons Stadium
Don't miss your chance to experience Bronco Football's Scout Day! Click here for more information!

Boise Veteran's Day Parade
November 2017
Join your fellow Girl Scouts in the tradition of walking in the Boise Veteran's Day Parade! Troops need to register here with password: 2017parade).  
There will be two participant meetings and new entries must attend one of the dates, (returning entries need not attend). Dates for meeting will be given after entry approval.
At the parade, Girl Scouts will assemble as a single entry with Daisys in front followed by each level with all leaders to the rear. Cadettes will skirt the entry to provide safety and flow control. 
 Save the Date
We hope our volunteers will join us for an exciting day of fun, networking and camaraderie while they participate in learning opportunities that will enhance their skills and knowledge and assist them in building girls of courage, confidence and character.  This event is a great chance for leaders to do something for themselves while still impacting their work with girls.  Not a troop leader?  No problem.  This is a great event for any adult in Girl Scouts to receive enrichment training and learn something new.
Dates: 
Pocatello- October 21
Twin Falls- November 4
Boise- November 18
Please watch for more information and registration.

Resource Central 
Have some questions but aren't sure where to start?  Resource Central is that place!  From opening your troop bank account to taking your girls overseas, everything you need is there at your fingertips. Even a guide to the VTK If your questions or ideas cannot be answered there, reach out to our  Membership Support Team.

Community Partner Resource Guide
Did you know that all of our Community Partner and what they  can offer troops is available to you in the Resource Guide?
If you have a story or community partner that you would like to share, please email us at program@girlscouts-ssc.org.
Treasure Valley September 2017 
Feature Article: Back to Troop!
Greetings From Your Program Department!
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We hope you and your girls had a  wonderful summer and are ready for a fun, adventurous year! We know many troops take a break during the summer, so  girls maybe haven't seen their sister Girl Scouts from their troops since school let out. Here are some ideas to get the year off to a great start:
  • Host a welcome back party!  Have each girl share pictures of her summer fun. Invite all the girls that were in the troop the previous year and challenge them to invite a friend.
  • Invite each girl to make a collage of what she would like her year of Girl Scouts to look like and allow them to share these ideas. When planning your year with the girls, use these to build the plan.
  • Make sure and check out the new Outdoor and STEM badges and Journeys released this summer! If your Girl Scout would like to do badge work that the troop isn't doing, they can ask their troop leader for assistance with getting information from the VTK. If your Girl Scout is a IRM/Juliette, please contact program@girlscouts-ssc.org. 
  • Attend extra Girl Scout activities to get to know more sister Girl Scouts. These could be activities set up by the council office, ones your troop plans or others planned by your service unit.
  • Back to troop (back to school) time is the perfect time to hold an Investiture/Rededication ceremony. Include the girls in the planning to make it more special to them.

Remember to read through your Program Chat newsletter (old ones can be found here), and make sure to keep an eye on the activities/events calendar for the latest and greatest activities!

2017-2018 Girl Outcome Surveys
Information provided in the GSSSC Outcome Surveys is incredibly valuable in helping us develop our program and grow. The GSSSC Outcome Surveys are for Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. The Fall Pre-Outcome survey will open October 2 and will be emailed to households. Girls have the opportunity to earn a patch by completing the Fall Survey by Oct. 31st (Juliette Gordon Low's birthday!)
Jubilation 2018
June 8-10 in Filer, ID
Jubilation is a tri-annual, volunteer-driven, council-sponsored troop camping event.
Things to look forward to:
  • Jubilation website and app
  • Less emails and more leader control for registration and payments
  • Regional training for Jubilation 101 coming Fall 2017
  • More program for all levels
  • Registration begins December 2017!
Destinations
Check out  Girl Scout Destinations , the ultimate adventure program for girls ages 11 and older. With a ton of different trips to apply for every year-from surfing camp on the east coast and breathtaking hikes out west, to the crazy-cool wonder of new cultures abroad-there's something amazing for everyone to experience.
Round 1 applications are due no later than Friday, November 17th .  Scholarships may be available for girls that submit applications by this date.  Questions? Contact program@girlscouts-ssc.org

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
This unique youth recognition program, sponsored by Prudential Financial has recognized more than 115,000 5th-12th grade students including thousands of Girl Scouts, at the local, state and national level for outstanding acts of volunteerism over the past 21 years. Top winners received sizable cash awards, engraved medallions and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for the national awards ceremony in May 2018.  Girl Scouts who have recently earned Silver and Gold Awards are particularly good candidates or that girl in your troop that goes above and beyond giving back to her community!  Girl Scouts can apply online at http://spirit.prudential.com .
Applications must be submitted to the Girl Scout office by November 7, 2017 .  We will then review applications and select one or more Girl Scouts to represent our council in the state-level judging. If you have any questions or need a paper version of the application, please call 855-670-4787.

Teen Advisory Committee(TAC)
Do you know a girl looking for an exciting opportunity to represent girls in our council?  Do they have creative ideas they'd like to share and a passion for Girl Scouts?  Silver Sage's Teen Advisory Committee might be a great fit for her!  She will get to meet new friends, provide a voice in Girl Scouting, and build more leadership skills to include on her college applications and resumes.  
If you know a girl who is interested, please email jpattan@girlscouts-ssc.org for an application.

Other Activity Links

My Parks=My Adventure Patch
My Parks=My Adventure is due September 30th! 
NEW Girl Scout Outdoor Club 
Information Night
October 10 5:30pm-6:30pm
Interested in being a part of a Girl Scout Outdoor Club? We are looking for girls (Cadettes and older) and adult volunteers to help create a club dedicated to getting girls outdoors participating in high adventure activities and learning technical outdoor skills. Join us for our first meeting to find out more by registering here!
Girl Scout Bike Rodeo and Safety Workshop
September 16 from 9am-11am
Brownies and older, it's time to pull those bicycles out of the garage,tune them up and get ready for summer fun! Meet up with our friends at the Boise Bicycle Project to learn how to do an ABC quick check and take care of any minor issues you may have with your bike. Then, get ready to participate in a Bike Rodeo! Click here for more information and to register.
Resident Summer Camp 2017
Lost & Found Items
If your camper is missing anything from their days at camp,  please email a detailed description to camp@girlscouts-ssc.org For those campers in the Treasure Valley you will need to come in to the council office to pick them up. All lost & found items will be donated in the fall.
Urban Ascent Climbing 
October 7 1pm-3:30pm
Girl Scouts Brownie and older, enjoy learning how to rock climb at Urban Ascent with your fellow Girl Scout friends for only $15 per Girl Scout. Spend 2 and a half hours climbing on an indoor rock wall, learn about figure 8 knots and what belayers do! Troop leaders, adults and Girl Scouts 13+ can learn how to below for a small fee of $5. Click here for more registration and to register!
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 and to register:
Firearm Safety- Girl Scouts 12 and older on Sept 21
Geocaching
- Juniors and older on Oct 5
Archery - Cadettes and older on Oct 19
Fly Tying - Juniors and older on Nov 9
Archery Brownies and older on Dec 5
Wildlife Identification Daisies on Jan 17
Wildlife Identification Daisies on Jan 18

Make sure to visit our website for all activities!
 
Invent It at the Library for Juniors
Girl Scout Juniors, experience Virtual Reality with Meridian unBound's HTC Vive and Oculus Rift! Participants will receive a brief introduction to video game design and be shown free resources to continue learning and creating. Click here for more information and to register!

Meridian unBound's Family Make It
Saturdays 11am-1pm
You can find family-friendly STEM fun at unBound!  Drop-In program for children and families to explore the world of making and learning with strong STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) focus.  Families are encourage to work together on the projects, to learn together and to share the strengths of each family member in working on a project. Click here for more info!
More Fun at the Reuseum
Our friends at the Reuseum still have a variety of free, fun, and fantastic workshops! Workshops include, Geek Jewelry, Junk Drawer Robots, and Hovercrafts! Check out their calendar to learn more.

GSSSC Retail Team 

A Message From the GSSSC Store
B ack to Troop is already here! Journey Books are no longer included in the Starter Kits, so all Starter Kits are now $42.00-$61.00 depending on the level and type of uniform.
" End of Construction Blow-Out Sale " will be happening September 18th-29th. All clearance items will be an ADDITIONAL 50% off their already marked price!
Store & Office Closure September 4th (Labor Day)
Fall Hours starting September 1:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-5pm
  • Thursday9am-7pm
  • 10am-2pm every second Saturday of every month