Your Girl Scouts Weekly News & Updates
Dear Girl Scouts,

Thank you to all the troop leaders, parents, and volunteers who are reading this newsletter with your girls and seeing what interests them…and then being ready for anything! From a backyard camp-out on Facebook Live to starting off your Monday morning with Camp Songs with Noodle, you make it possible. If Girl Scouts is a movement because we’re out to change the world through girl opportunity, then volunteers are the unstoppable force that propels our movement forward, no matter what pandemic tries to get in the way.

On behalf of all the staff and Board at Silver Sage, please know, volunteer friends, that we are honored by your service to girls and our communities. And we hope you’re learning and growing and enjoying too.

Be well.

Pat Pyke
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!
April 17 11:30AM
Outdoor Cook-a-Long Facebook Live
Join Community Specialist Amber for this fun Outdoor Cooking event. The Cook-a-Long will cover steps from multiple Girl Scout badges and offers the joy of cooking over a campfire. 
Supplies List:
  • A heat source such as a fire pit, BBQ or oven 
  • Tinfoil 
  • Vegetables cut into pieces 
  • Pre-cooked meat 
  • Bananas 
  • Chocolate 
  • Marshmallows 
  • A knife 
  • A cutting board 
  • Tongs and oven mitts  
  • An adult to help  
April 22 4:00PM
Geology of National Parks - Yellowstone
Learn about the geology of Yellowstone National Park with Sarah and Mattie! During this Zoom meeting, we will discuss volcanic activity, hot spots, petrified trees and more! During the meeting Sarah and Mattie will be ready to answer your questions!

Zoom login information coming next week!
April 24 3:00PM Facebook Live
Council-Wide Backyard Campout
Join us on April 24 th for our Council-Wide Backyard Campout! Grab your tents, sleeping bags, blankets, pillows and stuffed animals for our a stay-at-home adventure! Kick the night off with Noodle giving you some tips and tricks for setting up tents and making a cozy campsite over Facebook live at 3:00PM!
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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!
Digital Game Design: What makes a video game good? Build, test, and improve your game. Explore new tools to design digital games and discover how games can be used for good.

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 April 30th, 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
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 .
Do A Good Turn Daily Challenge
It's Girl Scout Volunteer Appreciate Week! We are so grateful for all that our volunteers do. Write a letter or draw a picture thanking a volunteer. Then, t ake a picture of what you create and send it to program@girlscouts-ssc.org. We will display the letters and pictures at a later date.
Did you or someone you know do a good turn? Please tell us about it; we'd love to share your story! Email your story to program@girlscouts-ssc.org  
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
Outdoor Challenge
Sharpen your outdoor skills by learning to tie knots, make fire starters, cook outdoors and more!
EF Tours Patch Challenge
Whether you’re a Daisy or an Ambassador, EF Tours wants to see your creativity. They need help designing the next EF Tours for Girls travel patch. Every year, travelers receive a patch to celebrate their hard work in achieving their travel goal and to commemorate their experience. They've decided to shake things up a bit and ask YOU to help come up with a unique design for the next patch that will be distributed to all of our Girl Scout travelers in 2021!
 
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!
NEW! Safety Activity Checkpoints for Virtual Troop Meetings!
Holding virtual troop meetings creates an array of new challenges and exciting opportunities to deliver a powerful Girl Scout experience into the lives of girls. Whether you are new to virtual troop meetings or now a seasoned veteran; please take a moment to review the newly created guidelines

Within the Safety Activity Checkpoint you will find information about virtual troop meetings, tips for successful troop meetings and important privacy and safety information. 
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!
Scouting Stars Treasure Valley
Nominations for Scouting Stars Treasure Valley are now open!
Do you know a Girl Scout who consistently demonstrates courage, confidence, and character? Is she a strong leader who exhibits grace and integrity? Does she serve her community well? If so, you know a SCOUTING STAR! Please click HERE to nominate her for a Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Scouting Star award. If selected, she will be honored at a special luncheon attended by a large audience of community members and Girl Scout supporters. 
 
The last day to nominate is April 27th, so get your nomination in soon!
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

The Girl Scouts Leadership Center may be closed,
but you can still order online!
Now through April 30th, all shipping is free!
Visit our online store here .
Questions? Contact customercare@girlscouts-ssc.org