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Vision toward 2020 and Beyond!

Girl Scouts of Silver Sage is evolving to meet the needs of its members as we head toward 2020 and beyond. 

For the past three years, we have been working to purchase a more modern, spacious and technologically-advanced headquarters building that would better serve girls and volunteers. With this year’s sale of Pine Creek Ranch—a camp that has been out of operation for several years—and the recent sale of our existing headquarters building, we can accomplish this. Our new headquarters office space is located at 8948 W. Barnes St., Boise, ID 83709. 

Another area of focus for the council has been to improve and expand program offerings. Girl Scouts of Silver Sage now has one of the strongest and most dynamic Outdoor programs in the council region and highly-regarded STEM and Older Girl programs. With increased fundraising by council staff and board, these programs will continue to grow throughout the 17-18 membership year.

This year’s cookie price increase will create even more opportunities for girls and volunteers because you’ll be able to earn more, which means you can do more in Girl Scouting. The increase also will help expand special programs and activities, as well as fund much-needed camp improvements at Camp Alice Pittenger and Ta-Man-A-Wis.

What does this mean to you? The positive momentum created over the past three years was strategically planned to benefit all members of Girl Scouts of Silver Sage. The areas in which you’ll see the most impact are as follows:


Increased Volunteer Resources and Support 

  • Shared resource center and event space for volunteers & girls at new headquarters.
  • Increased focus on membership support in regional offices (Twin Falls, Pocatello and Idaho Falls) through reallocation of a staff position to Eastern Idaho.
  • Regional mini retail stores (Pilot program membership year 17-18)
  • Increased functionality of the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK), which will now offer online registration, troop roster management, and troop financial tools for K-12, and troop planning and program development for K-5. The VTK Guide is now available online.
  • Updated, in-depth Girl Scouting 102 online training. Girl Scouting 101 is also online and has been updated by GSUSA.

Greater Fundraising Opportunities for Troops and Girls

With an increase from $4 to $5 per box of cookies, troops and service units will be able to earn more, which means they can do more in Girl Scouts.

  • Troop proceeds will increase by 10-25 cents per box for a total of 60-75 cents per box, depending on total number of boxes sold per girl.
  • Average troop earnings would go up 11.6% from $1,300 per troop to$ 1,450.
  • Girl Rewards will remain at the same high levels you have come to expect.
  • Proceeds for programs will increase by 69-84 cents per box. This will result in expanded programs and camp improvements as listed below.

Expanded Programs and Camp Improvements

  • Increased programs/support will be provided to all council areas with an emphasis on expansion in southcentral and eastern Idaho.
  • More outdoor programs in each council region.
  • Program day camps in each council region.
  • Increased community partnerships in southcentral and eastern Idaho.
  • Camp improvements and updates to include horse corrals at Camp Ta-Man-A-Wis, beach area enhancements at Camp Alice Pittenger, and updated trails/bridges/road work at both camps.

Increased Financial Support for Girl Scout Programs & Activities

Increased council focus on fundraising to provide financial assistance for the following:

  • Membership fee
  • Program and activity fees.
  • Camp
  • Creation of a Gold Award Scholarship Fund
  • Expanded Service Unit Allocation for “Dollar per Girl Campaign.”