Your Girl Scouts Weekly News & Updates
Dear Girl Scouts,

My mom will be 87 years old in two weeks. Fiercely independent, she lives alone, 2500 miles away. And with the coronavirus pandemic she's more isolated than ever. She is undaunted by the challenge, because after all, she was a Girl Scout leader.

I'm so grateful for our new national project, #GirlScoutsGiveBack. Girl Scouts can reach across the miles, the generations, and the no-visitor polices to brighten the lives of people like my my mom, but those in nursing homes, senior residences, and assisted living facilities. I encourage everyone to join in this Movement-wide letter writing campaign. Jump down to the Do a Good Turn Daily Challenge section to learn more.

With gratitude,

Pat
Silver Sage CEO

Upcoming Virtual Programs & Events
Every Monday 9:15AM
Camp Songs with Noodle Facebook Live
Start your week off by singing your favorite camp songs with Camp Director Noodle every Monday!
May 6 4:00PM Facebook Live
Geology of National Parks - Yosemite
Learn about the geology of Yosemite National Park with Sarah and Mattie! During this Zoom meeting, we will discuss how tectonic forces and glaciation formed the Yosemite Valley! During the meeting Mattie and Sarah will be ready to answer your questions!
Activities From Home
Badges of the Week
One of the great things about Girl Scouts is that it can be done anytime, anywhere. Here are a handful of quick, easy, and fun Badges that you can complete with materials commonly found around the house!
Daisy Eco Learner : Learn how to be prepared to protect nature.
Brownie Computer Expert Part 1: Paint with an art program and learn computer facts while taking a trip online.
Junior Drawing Part 1 : Experience different materials, get some perspective, and learn to add shading.
Cadette Trees Part 1: Dig into the science of trees, make a creative project, and learn tree fun!
Senior Collage Artist Part 1: Explore collage, focus on composition, and create with color.
Ambassador Water Part 1: Celebrate water art, reflect on your relationship with water, and learn about animals that live in water!

Troop Leaders, don't forget: Full Badge requirements and lessons can also be viewed on the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK).
Earned a Badge? Visit our store here to purchase. Now through May 31, 2020, shipping is free.
Virtual Experiences
There are endless opportunities for adventure when you’re a Girl Scout. Virtual experiences are no exception. Check out these links to explore the world from the comfort of your couch!
At Home Challenges
Do A Good Turn Daily Challenge
Letter Writing
Girl Scouts have always stepped up in times of need and our current COVID-19 crisis is no different. We are proud of all that our service units, troops, staff and girls have done so far to support our community—and the world—during COVID-19. We are also proud to be a part of the larger Girl Scout Movement, which is serving our country and our world. Now, we are proud to share resources to engage in a Movement-wide letter writing campaign to support those in our community who need us most.

The idea is simple: Girls write letters to people in nursing homes, senior residences, and assisted living facilities, including the dedicated and heroic staff who are caring for them. This long-distance hug is a way to share your good thoughts with these vulnerable and loved community members.

Please visit here for instructions on how to write and send letters, including a sample letter to include when you send your letters to a facility.

Share your story of letter writing with the greater Girl Scouts Movement by sharing on social media with #GirlScoutsGiveBack.

Don't forget to visit our Girl Scouts Give Back page and log the number of letters you send to add them to the national campaign. Let’s see how many letters of love and care our movement can send!
Sewing-The STEM That Saves Lives
Idaho STEM Action Center’s COVID-19 response, #IdahoMakersUnite, has a call to action for people across Idaho with basic to advanced skills in sewing to help supply healthcare workers, elderly citizens, immunocompromised individuals, first responders, and others in their communities with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The greatest need is for cut-and-sew masks made of basic fabric or with filter materials and elastic. Whether by hand or with modern digital machine, it’s the science, technology, engineering, and math Idaho communities need today.
Visit us here to:
  • Connect your skills to an organization in need of masks
  • Find mask patterns and instructions
  • Inquire about elastic supplies
  • Apply for funding for supplies and shipping support for completed masks
Spread the word
Please share this information with anyone who may have skills or supplies to share. Connecting makers to those in need and supporting their efforts is what makes our place in Idaho so STEM-azing. Questions? Contact Erica with the ID STEM Action Center at Erica.Compton@STEM.idaho.gov.
Senior Girl Scouts can earn their Textile Artist Badge by creating fabric masks
Rise and Thrive Challenge
Our program team had a lot of fun creating a “Rise and Thrive” challenge as a way for the whole family to try new things and stay active while at home. We can’t wait to hear about all the fun things you do together. Submit by May 31st to earn a FREE patch!
Download the Rise and Thrive Challenge here .
Volunteer Resources and Updates
For Volunteers
We've said it once, and we'll say it a thousand times more: we wouldn't be anywhere without our passionate, caring volunteers! People like you who give their all- whatever that looks like for you- even through challenging times like now. Because when you take the lead as a volunteer, girls learn to take the lead and change the world.

For National Volunteer Month, we want to shout from the rooftops how much we appreciate all you do for Girl Scouts and the huge impact you have on the next generation of female leaders. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for everything!
Summer Camp Early Bird Pricing Extended to April 30th!
Jump into fun this summer at Camp Alice Pittenger and Camp Ta-Man-a-Wis! Visit our website about all the exciting programs we are offering this summer!
Girl Scouts at Home
Have you visited GSUSA's Girl Scouts at Home page? View Badge activities by grade level or topic and explore ways to stay engaged at home!

NEW! GSUSA launched a new Girl Scouts at Home feature: an  event calendar  listing nationally produced virtual events for girls, parents, and volunteers, which can complement your local efforts!
They Say it's Your Birthday!
We are so inspired by all those discovering new ways to celebrate and want to help! If you know someone who's birthday is coming up soon, please contact our Program Team so that we can wish them a Happy Birthday!
Email program@girlscouts-ssc.org with name, age, and preferred method of contact (Email/Letter/Social Media)
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GSSSC Offices and Store
Our brick & mortar store location remains closed for now. However, our online store is up and running! Since you aren't able to come to us, we'll send the merchandise to you. Free shipping is offered through May, with no order minimum. Our Retail team visits the office regularly to process and ship orders, so you'll receive everything you need in a timely manner. Thank you for shopping with us!  
Visit our online store here .
Questions? Contact customercare@girlscouts-ssc.org