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What is the Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI)?
You may have heard the acronym CEI in the past months, and noticed that our website has changed. This is all part of GSSSC launching a new customer support initiative, CEI, to better support girl and adult members. CEI will streamline the process to register for Girl Scouting, and will provide resources for troop management.  Click here to learn more and see how CEI will improve your Girl Scout experience!
The program team is hard at work building new partners and setting up fun activities for the girls to participate in. For more information on all events or to register, please click on the event name.
Training for Volunteers
Cookie Training:
102 Training: 
Community Partner Spotlight 
Twin Falls: Herrett Center  and the Faulkner Planetarium
New shows are coming to the Faulkner Planetarium. Upcoming attractions include: The Star of Bethlehem, The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale, and Let in Snow! 

Pocatello: Idaho Museum of Natural History 
There are always fun things to see and do at the Natural History Museum! Here are some December's events:
Dec. 7- Science of Evergreens
Dec. 8- Another Geeky X-Mas
Dec. 17- Prehistoric Tree Trimmings
Building the Leaders of Tomorrow
Here are the current statistics of women elected to national level positions who are GS alumnae:
-76% of women Senators are GS Alumnae
-54% of women Representatives are GS Alumnae
-80% of women Governors are GS Alumnae
-58% of women Members of Congress are GS Alumnae
Give to Girl Scouts While You Shop 
There are two easy ways to give back to back to Girl Scouts this holiday season through the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program and AmazonSmile. If you have any questions about these programs, please call Jennifer Spencer at (208) 377-2011, ext. 115. 

Fred Meyer customers can support Girl Scouts of Silver Sage by enrolling or re-enrolling in the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program. A percentage of every purchase will be donated to us with no cost to you! 
NOTE: If you have enrolled previously, now is the time to re-enroll in the program to ensure Girl Scouts of Silver Sage is connected to your Rewards Card.
Below are instructions on how to enroll ( these instructions are the same for re-enrollment ):
1. Visit FredMeyer.com.
2. Click 'Link your Rewards Card Now' and sign into your existing account or create a new one.
3. Link to Girl Scouts by searching for our name or non-profit number (88986).

You can also give to Girl Scouts this holiday season with just a click of a button on Amazon! The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to Girl Scouts of Silver Sage, without any extra cost to you!
The following are instructions on how to enroll in AmazonSmile:
1. Go to  www.smile.amazon.com .
2. Sign into your existing account or create a new one.
3. Link to Girl Scouts of Silver Sage by searching for our name.  
December 2016
Regional
Reminder:  The Council Offices will be closed  December 22-January 2 for the holidays. 
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Cookie Season is almost here!
Cookie Star Video Contest! 
Submissions are due December 5th!
To help promote the upcoming Cookie Season we are asking Girl Scouts to create their own commercial to help spread the news. The first 50 girls that create and submit their one minute or less video, will earn a Cookie Star Patch and ALL submissions will be entered in the Cookie Star Contest.  This year we are accepting entries from individual Girl Scouts and Troops/groups. There will be multiple individual winners, and two troop/group winners.
For more information, click here!
Outdoor Opportunities 
Summer Camp 2017
Camp logo 2017 Be on the lookout for 2017 Camp Alice Pittenger and Camp Ta-Man-A-Wis camp flyers! When your troop cookie packets arrive, make sure to check out the 2017 Camp Sessions. Each Girl Scout household will receive a camp brochure mid-December with camp registration starting January 15, 2017!

Is your Girl Scout in 4th Grade? Get a Free Park Pass!
Planning a trip to Yellowstone or Craters of the Moon? The National Park Service is offering free Park passes to all 4th graders that is good for all federal parks, lands and wate rs!

Outdoor Program Volunteer Team
Are you interested in being a part of the Outdoor Program Volunteer Team? Girl Scouts of Silver Sage is looking for volunteers to help lead and provide fun outdoor activities in your area? Contact Courtney at crussell@girlscouts-ssc.org for more information on how you can help get our girls outdoors. 
What's Happening in STEM?
Netflix Helps Girl Scouts Become STEM Superstars!
Girl Scouts of the USA and Netflix have joined forces to empower young girls to envision their futures in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. Centered on Project Mc2 , a Netflix original series, the collaboration takes STEM beyond the small screen with hands-on experiences for Girl Scout troops. The  STEM Superstars Guide , is an online resource that encourages Girl Scouts across the country to discover just how exciting, fun, and rewarding STEM can be. 
STEM Program Volunteer Team
Girl Scouts of Silver Sage is looking for volunteers to help lead and provide fun STEM-related activities in your area. Contact Traci at tswift@girlscouts-ssc.org for more information on how you can help get girls interested in STEM!
New from GSUSA 
Raising Awesome Girls- Advice from GSUSA 
Helmed by GSUSA's content team, with expert input from GSUSA Chief Girl Expert Andrea Bastiani Archibald, this new online resource offers straightforward, realistic, and proven parenting advice relevant to raising girls. Here are some examples:
9 Super-Easy Ways to Let Her Explore STEM
6 Ways to Boost Her Confidence
Help Her Find Her Girl Squad
For the Raising Awesome Girls homepage, click here!

Leadership Guide
GSUSA and Disney have partnered together to create a Leadership Guide based off the new Disney show,  Elena of Avalor. Like your girl, Elena might be young, but as crown princess of Avalor, Elena is learning to be a collaborative, communicative, and confident leader. By following Elena's adventures-and taking on a few of her own-your girl will uncover the leader within herself and feel empowered to help others do the same.
ToGetHerThere- Girl Scout Challenge!
1. Upload a selfie.
2. Choose your Build a Better World frame.
3. Say how you take the lead to build a better world, and enter to win a $500 scholarship sponsored by Metlife Foundation!  

Making the World a Better Place 
Warm Hearts, Toasty Toes: November-December 
Warm Hearts, Toast Toes is an annual community service project through our partnership with Icon Credit Union in the Treasure Valley to help those in need during the holiday season.
We invite troops in other areas to support this cause by collecting socks and donating them to your local homeless or crisis shelter. 
Volunteers needed for Jubilation 2018
Jubilation is a tri-annual, volunteer driven, council supported encampment since 2000. Jubilation 2018 may seem far away, but it is right around the corner for planning! They are looking for volunteers to help plan our event. You don't have to be a leader to help - parents, friends or acquaintances can help with this event. You just need to be an approved volunteer and support the Girl Scout Mission. 
For more information and the link to apply to help, click here!
Tis' the Season 
Girl Scouts of Silver Sage would like to wish you and your family a happy holiday season. We are grateful for your friendship and your support!
As you consider holiday gift-giving and year-end tax deductible contributions, please consider a gift for the program or activity that is closest to your heart. 
To make a donation online, please click here.
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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 .  
Sincerely,
Jeannie Pattan
Girls Scouts of Silver Sage