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Training for Girls 
Gold Award Training:
April 20
Training for Volunteers
Journey Training:
Apr 17
102 Training:
Apr 19
403 Training:
Apr 29
Community Partner Spotlight  

Albertsons
at 250 S Eagle Road
Albertsons' free "Answers in the Aisles" program offers fun and informative cooking workshops or guided tours through the aisles of your favorite neighborhood supermarket, led by their in-store dietitian, Molly. She can customize to any troop size or nutrition topic of interest.  Minimum size is 4 girls.
Contact MollyTevis at m.tevis@albertsons.com or 208-939-9850.
"Answers in Aisles" would be great for the following badges:
Brownies-
Work on your Snacks and Senses Badges.
Juniors-
Work on your Simple Meals Badge.
Cadettes-
Work on your New Cuisines and Eating for Beauty Badges .
Seniors-
Work on your Locavore and Women's Health Badges.
Ambassadors-
Work on your Dinner Party Badge.
A Message from
the GSSSC Store 
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Spring is in the air which means bridging season is upon us! Moving up to the next level of Girl Scouts? Starter kits are available for girls and bridging kits are available for troops right now! Prices of the  bridging kits have decreased this year, so please contact the store to hear the exact price for each level. 
To celebrate Easter, we will be offering free shipping April 14th-16th. Don't miss out on this opportunity!
If you haven't already, please m ake sure to go and "like" the Facebook page and follow us on Instagram for all the newest items, sales, chances to win merchandise and more!
Moving On to New Adventures 
Bridging Ceremonies
Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout's life. It's a defining moment when a girl becomes aware of her achievements and is ready for new adventures and responsibilities. Celebrating this change should be fun, personalized, and memorable for everyone involved. And most of all, it should be designed by the girls in true partnership with adults. To learn more about the tradition of Bridging Ceremonies, what to include in yours, and what requirements girls need to meet to "bridge", please  click here.
Save the Date!

Girl Scout Night at Boise Hawks Baseball 
Friday, June 30th
Bring the whole family and join other Girl Scouts as we cheer on the Boise Hawks. 
Tickets will be on sale soon, so keep an eye on the website! 
Would you troop like to present the colors?  Do you know of a girl or girls that would like to sing the national anthem?  Contact program@girlscouts-ssc.org
Girl Scout Voices Count Survey
Your Voice Counts!
At Girl Scouts, we care about your experience, good or bad, and we want to hear from you!   In April, Girl Scouts of the USA will be conducting a national survey with girls, parents/guardians and troop volunteers called, "Girl Scout Voices Count" to find out what's working, and what's not, in Girl Scouts. We will use your feedback to improve our services and programs.
The surveys open on April 3rd . As a Thank You, everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a raffle to win one of twenty $50 gift cards! 
Got questions? For more information, email GSVoicesCount@girlscouts.org.
2018
Membership Increase 

 
This is a reminder that the 2018 membership fee will be $40 for girl members and $25 for adults.  This upcoming increase is needed to support continued enhancement to girls' program experiences in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), entrepreneurship, the outdoors and life skills.
Girl Scouts of Silver Sage is committed to ensuring that all girls, regardless of financial means, can fully participate in our Girl Scout program, and will provide financial assistance accordingly. 
April 2017
Treasure Valley

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A Letter From the Program Department
Welcome to spring with Girl Scouts! We are looking forward to warmer weather and more outside activities, where the girls can practice their outdoor skills, attend camp, earn the new Outdoor Badges and so much more.  We have been busy building new partnerships within the community to offer new activities, while continuing the great relationships with existing partners.  We have enjoyed the time we get to spend with your girls at some of these events and activities too! 
We do have a few requests though to be able to continue these activities.  It is important for us to adhere to the activity descriptions and requirements that are posted on our website.  Many of our partners or sponsors (some grant funding is very specific on who we can have at an event) do have strict requirements for our activities.  So please, watch for registration deadlines, only attend if you have registered ahead of time, arrive or depart on time and please no "tag-a-longs" unless the description says they are allowed. There is much that goes into planning these activities and events, including buying supplies like badges and patches, requesting payment for the vendor/partner from our accounting department, providing enough notice to partners of how many are attending so they have enough staff, etc.  We appreciate your help in this so we can continue offering these wonderful opportunities for our girls.
Thank you,
Jeannie Pattan
Director of Program
April is Volunteer Appreciation Month!
Every day, Girl Scout volunteers make it possible for girls across the council to enjoy and benefit from an adventure-having, skill-building, lead-taking, life-changing good time.  THANK YOU!
Add to Your Girl Scout Experience!
Council Program Patches 
Available Now:  Cookemon,  Girl Scout Week,   Investing in My Future,   Outdoor Progression, &  STEMtastic!
Council Program Patches are a great way to explore a wide variety of topics.  Detailed booklets describing the requirements for each patch are available here.
Upon completion of the program, girls can purchase the patch from our Shop. To purchase the patches, the Council Program Patch Order Form must be completed and submitted with order or brought to the Council Shop. Questions? Contact program@girlscouts-ssc.org.

Council-Wide Community Service Opportunity
Idaho Gives Day
Idaho Gives is a 24-hour, online day of statewide giving. During this day, people from all over Idaho come together to support local non-profits. In true Girl Scout form, Girl Scouts of Silver Sage will honor this special day by giving back. This year, troops Council-wide are invited to make hygiene care kits to be donated to the most "in need" schools in their community.
For more information and to sign up, please click here.

Scouting Stars Treasure Valley
July 27, 2017 11:30am-1:00pm
Scouting Stars is an annual event that celebrates and recognizes area Girl Scouts who have demonstrated extraordinary vision, achievement, and leadership. Honorees are community-centered individuals who exemplify the key qualities of Girl Scouting - Courage, Confidence, and Character.
Scouting Stars honorees will be recognized at a luncheon on July 27, 2017, from 11:30-1:00 p.m. at the Grove Hotel in Boise. Helping us to celebrate will be Olympic Gold Medalist Kristin Armstrong.  Click here  to find more information how you can nominate a "Scouting Star".
Outdoor Opportunities 
Summer Camp 2017
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Camp Alice Pittenger & Ta-Man-A-Wis
Now that cookie season is over, TAM and CAP camp sessions are filling fast! Check out the online brochure here and get your registrations in!

Share Your Camp Experience Contest
The deadline has been extended, but don't delay! We're still accepting stories about the great time she had at camp. Juniors and up who have been to CAP are invited to apply. Find out more on the Activities and Programs page! 

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Earth Day Work Day
Saturday, April 22nd
Help our friends at Deer Flat clean up the refuge on Earth Day! The event is from 9am-12pm and will be held rain or shine, so dress accordingly. Participants must pre-register with their volunteer coordinator Melissa, (208) 467-9278 or by email at Melissa_murillo@fws.gov by Friday, April 14th. 

Cadette Badge Workshops
Animal Helper and Tree Badge
Is your Cadette interested in the  animals or the  outdoors? Check out these upcoming opportunities:
Animal Helper, hosted by Healing Hooves on April 22.
Tree"ologist", a partnered activity with a Forest Service Ranger on May 13.  

403 Troop Camp and Skills Training
If you are looking to take your girls on a troop camping trip this summer, make sure you have your 401, 402 and 403 training done! One adult in your group needs to be trained in these areas before you go. Click here to find a training time that works for you and to register!
What's Happening in STEM?
STEM Exploration Day 2017
Saturday, April 29, 12:00pm-4:00pm
Come join us at our 4th Annual STEM Day!  Girl Scouts, Junior to Ambassador, are invited to a hands-on, fun-filled, and STEMsational afternoon. Click here for more info and to see all the new booth descriptions!

Rasberry Pi Foundation: Picademy USA 
Picademy aims to give formal and informal educators the skills and knowledge they need to get creative with computing, no matter what their level of experience... and it is coming to Boise!  This is a great opportunity for Troop Leaders to gain skills in  using physical computing to control electronic components like LEDs and buttons, coding music with Sonic Pi, and terraforming the world of Minecraft to take back to their troop!  While it is free to attend, there is a high volume of applications and limited availability For more information, click here . To apply, click here.

Aviation Career Exploration (ACE) Academy
Idaho Division of Aeronautics, June 12-15, 2017
Hosted by the  Idaho Division of Aeronautics, ACE Academy is designed to introduce high school students (ages 14-18) to aviation and space related careers. Activities will involve field trips to places like the airport terminal, a flight school, a military aviation facility, an air traffic control tower, and a local flight in a small airplane! Enrollment is limited and scholarships are available.
Click here for more info!
Opportunities for Teens
For more information about the following programs and more, visit, our "Opportunities for Teens" webpage!

Scholarships
graduation_cap.jpg  It's that time of year again! With high school graduation right around the corner, please remember that there are numerous scholarship opportunities available for graduating Girl Scouts. Click here to see a  continuously  updated list. 

The Gloria Barron Prize 
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes invites applications for its 2017 awards. The Barron Prize celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment. Each year, 15 winners will receive $5,000 to support their service work or higher education. The application deadline is April 15. Find more information and apply click here.

The Congressional Award Program
The Congressional Award program, sponsored by the United States Congress, honors youth for setting and accomplishing goals in the areas of voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration. Hours accumulated through Girl Scout Gold Award projects or other Girl Scout activities can be counted toward a candidate's goal. All deadlines are rolling; Girl Scouts can start working towards a Congressional Award at any time.  
Youth can earn up to six different honors: Bronze, Silver, and Gold certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals. 
To access the Congressional Award program guidelines and instructions for logging hours, visit the Congressional Award website. 

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If you have a story or community partner that you would like to share, please email us at program@girlscouts-ssc.org.