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Girl Scouts of Silver Sage starts New Year in new HQ
BOISE, Idaho (Jan. 4, 2018) — Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council, which serves Girl Scout troops in Southern Idaho, Eastern Oregon, and Northern Nevada, has moved to new headquarters after spending nearly half its history at its previous base.
Formerly the QUE Financial Services building at 8948 W. Barnes St. on the corner of S. Maple Grove Rd., the region’s new Girl Scouts headquarters is 24 years newer, nearly double in size, ADA compliant, and closer to I-84. It also boasts improved amenities like a multipurpose space, updated fiber optics, conference facilities, room for troops and volunteers to meet, and a lab for computer coding equipment the organization secured via a grant from the Idaho STEM Action Center.
According to new CEO Patricia Pyke, the new headquarters is a visible symbol of the 80-year-old organization's modernization and bright, relevant future and allows Girl Scouts to better serve the entire region as a top-notch girl leadership center.
“This new building gives us a really strong foundation for serving the community in new ways,” Pyke says. “I can’t imagine a more relevant program for girls, and our society needs the kind of leadership and community service that joining Girl Scouts inspires.
“As an urban kid who grew up in Philadelphia, Girl Scouts was life changing for me, opening up a whole world of opportunities I would’ve never known about, and many women have the same story. While Girl Scouts is super fun, there’s a strong education component to it focused on project-based learning and developing 21st-century skills employers want and that girls will need to succeed in their careers and lives."
Pyke says long-established Girl Scout programs build strong, confident girls by focusing on four key pillars — leadership abilities, STEM education, outdoor skills, and entrepreneurship — to prepare future generations of female leaders.
“Girls benefit in five important ways when they participate in Girl Scouts,” she says. “They develop a strong sense of self, display positive values, seek challenges and learn from setbacks, form and maintain healthy relationships, and learn to identify and solve problems in their communities.”
Between the sales of its former headquarters and one of its three camps — Pine Creek Ranch — Girl Scouts of Silver Sage was able to purchase the new building while carrying relatively little cost, Pyke says.
Near Salmon, Idaho, Pine Creek Ranch offered seasonal (summer only) camps to an average of 70 Girl Scouts per year. However, the council last used the site to host Girl Scout camps in 2008, because 2009 and subsequent camps were canceled due to low attendance. The council sold the camp this summer to a licensed outfitter and guide, which will continue to operate the site as a backcountry camp.
Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council still owns and operates two Girl Scout camps — Camp Alice Pittenger on Payette Lake and Camp Ta-Man-A-Wis near Swan Valley.
About Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council
Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council is a girl-led youth organization serving more than 4,100 young women throughout southern Idaho and parts of northern Nevada and eastern Oregon. The council, along with a team of 2,300 local volunteers, delivers educational and leadership programs that build girls of courage, confidence, and character who positively impact the communities in which they live, donating 277,960 hours of service in 2017 alone. The first Girl Scout troop in the region was founded in 1921 in Nampa. Worldwide, Girl Scouts is 2.6 million strong, with 1.8 million girls and 800,000 adult volunteers who believe in the power of every girl to change the world. Visit www.girlscouts-ssc.org for more details.
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