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  • Build your own bike program


    Girls in grades 7-12 who attend Clayton, Sparks, or O'Brien Middle School, or Wooster, Hug, Sparks, or North Valley's High School are eligible to participate in this exciting program! 

    Girls will learn all about constructing a bike from scratch, proper bike maintenance, safe cycling techniques, riding in traffic, nutrition, and will even get to go for 5-30 mile bike rides after each session to experience new parts of the Truckee Meadows. At the end of the program, every girl will ride away with a vast knowledge about bicycles, safety, a helmet, and a new bike they built themselves! 

    The program runs on Monday's from 4-6 pm, and is limited to 10 participants per sememster. 

    Ready to ride? Contact us at girlscouts@gssn.org or 775-322-0642 to sign up today.

     

  • Making Juliette Proud


    "I have been with the Sierra Nevada Council for 50 fabulous years. I have done so much with this council and have loved every minute of it. I look forward to spending another 50 years with Sierra Nevada to equal... Wow! 105 years...." 

    55-Year Girl Scout and Lifetime Girl Scout Alumna, Karen Culp, will become an inaugural member of the GSSN Juliette Gordon Low Society. 

    Karen's love of camping has led to her passion for getting girls outdoors, becoming a champion of girl leadership, and above all, ensuring scout traditions transcend generations. 

    "We are honored to have Mrs. Culp join our philanthropic efforts for girls, especially during the inaugural year of our GSSN Juliette Gordon Low Society," said Pam Czyz, GSSN Chief Executive Officer. "She is truly dedicated to building courageous, confident girls in our community."

    Karen is also an active member of the local Silver Streak Chapter of the Green Hat Society, where she contributes to hosting the annual Camporall for older Girl Scouts, as well as the annual SongFest for girls throughout the GSSN Council (that includes: Alturas, Susanville, Truckee, Bishop, Hawthorne, Carson City, Ely, Elko, Battle Mountain, Reno, Sparks, and everywhere in between!). 

    Pictured: Karen and her husband, Doug Culp, on a camping trip - beautifully display...



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  • Time to place your troop Gluten Free Trios cookie order


     
    Guess what? Gluten Free “Trios” cookies will be available again for troops to sell in the 2017 Cookie Season! 

     

    Hurry, hurry! Troops must place their order for Gluten Free Trios no later than September 22 at 5 p.m. to be guaranteed to have Trios cookies available for pre-sale orders or at cookie booths. Troops will be able to pick up their pre-ordered Trios cases with the rest of their initial troop order in February.

    If any are available, Troops who did not place an order by 5 p.m. on September 22 may be able to get cookies from their local Cookie Cupboard. Please note: There is no guarantee Cookie Cupboards will have stock available for pickups after initial cookie pickups are completed, so be sure to order yours by September 22! 

    Quick Facts:

    • Gluten Free Trios are $5 per package
    • Trios will not appear on the order card, but will be supported in SNAP to make transferring cookies directly to girls easy
    • Good news - customers can still place a pre-sale order for Trios! Girls will just need to make a note on the order card and notify their TPSC of the special order
    • All Trios sold will count towards the normal troop proceeds and girl recognitions
    Place your order for Gluten Free Trios here!

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  • Troops - Don't forget to submit your annual ACH form


    Welcome back to another fun and exciting year of Girl Scouting!

    As you start to prep for your new year, make sure your troop submits your yearly ACH form. Each troop will need to submit this form to be eligible to participate in the upcoming Fall Nut/Candy and Cookie Programs. If your troop will not be participating, you will still be required to submit the form to provide your troop banking information. 

    Questions? We're here to help! Contact us at girlscouts@gssn.org or 775-322-0642.

     

  • Update Your Troop Profile


    With the Troop Profile update form, you can update your troop's info whenever anything changes like if you're accepting new girls, how many, grade levels, leaders and meeting day, time and place. All you have to do is click the link and update the appropriate field any time there's a change. If you haven't updated your troop profile this year, be sure to do so!

    You can also update your troop information in your MyGS at the bottom of the "Troop" tab. 

     

     

  • Shop Bridging and Starter Kits


    The GSSN Shop is here to help with everything you need for another fun Girl Scout year! Visit us Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month 9 a.m. - noon, or shop online for all your Back-to-Troop gear, bridging kits and starter kits, and more! 

    Questions? Contact us at girlscouts@gssn.org or 775-322-0642.

     

     

  • Hey Recent Grads - there's still time to apply for the Reno Gem & Mineral Society Scholarship!


    The Reno Gem & Mineral Society is generously sponsoring a one-time $500 scholarship to provide financial assistance to a student who has an interest in pursuing higher education in the Earth Sciences. This includes, but is not limited to, the following fields of study: Geology, Mineralogy, Mining, Environmental Sciences, and/or Chemistry. Please note that you do not have to be committed to majoring in these fields of study to apply – you just need to be willing to take a course in one of those areas!

    All students who meet the following criteria are eligible for the scholarship:

    • Registered member of Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada for the 2015-16 membership year
    • Currently enrolled full-time in a Washoe County School District (WCSD) high school, has graduated from a WCSD high school, or has obtained their GED at the time of application
    • Has been accepted to an accredited college or university 

    Click here for the scholarship application. All application materials must be postmarked by August 12, 2016; please be sure to read through the application carefully to ensure that you submit all of the required materials.

    Questions? Contact us at girlscouts@gssn.org

     

  • Welcome Back!


    It's Back to Troop season! Girl Scout leaders and volunteers across the council are starting their preparations for another fun-filled year with their troops. Read on for a handy checklist that will help you make sure that your troop is ready for action. 

    1.  Complete your annual Troop Profile Update. This document helps us make sure that your troop record is up-to-date with your most current meeting information and is your way of letting us know that you'd like additional girls or volunteers in your troop!

    2.  Log on to MyGS to see which girls and adults have renewed their membership for 2016-17. Simply click on the "Troops" tab and select "Next Year" to see who has completed their 2017 membership registration. On-time registration is happening now; make sure your girls and parents get registered by September 30, 2016 so they don't miss out on any of the Girl Scout fun! 

    3.  Even if you're an established troop it's a great idea to kick off your year with a parent/guardian meeting. This gives you a chance to collect all the paperwork you need for your troop (The Universal Parent Permission form and Health Histo...



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  • Earn Troop Funds with the Fall Nut/Candy & Magazine Program!


    The Fall Nut/Candy & Magazine Program begins October 1! 

    Does your troop need money to support all of your fun and exciting activities and trips planned for the year? Or are you a new troop that needs some start up funds? Participate in the upcoming Fall Nut/Candy & Magazine Program! It's a great way to earn troop funds and even some fun recognition items. 

    Girls can participate via door to door sales or through the online program and can choose to participate without a troop leader and earn money for the troop and her own recognitions. Troops who participate in the program have the opportunity to make $.80 per nut/candy item and 10% of the sale price of every magazine sold - both in-person and online. 

    To participate in the Fall Nut/Candy & Magazine Program, make sure you have the following by September 16:

    • An active Troop bank account 
    • Your Troop ACH and End of the Year Financials submitted to us
    • Two approved leaders in place
    • Let your Service Unit Product Sales Coordinator (SUPSC) know your troop wants to participate!

    Find out more about the...



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  • Volunteers Needed for Camp Ninja Warrior Weekend


    This weekend is volunteer-led and we’re looking for adult help! Activities will be a mix of games and tasks from the shows “American Ninja Warrior,” “The Amazing Race,” and “Minute to Win It.” 

    • When: Friday, September 16 - Sunday, September 18
    • Where: Camp Wasiu II

    Girls will jump, dive, hang, climb, strategize, and scheme! This awesome weekend will blend physical and mental trials. From traversing the pool to swinging on the low ropes course, you won’t want to miss helping girls with these fun challenges. 

    Interested in volunteering? Contact us at girlscouts@gssn.org by August 30.

     
  • Early Bird Service Unit Party Winners!


    Carson City, Spanish Springs, Carson Valley, Hawthorne, Winnemucca, Tahoe Shores, South Reno, Sierra Valley and Peavine did a FABULOUS job encouraging their families to renew, and for their amazing efforts, they will have their choice of a STEM or Outdoor party in the fall! Our programming team will coordinate with the Service Units to choose the theme and date. 

    Thank you for your feedback in our Early Bird Survey and the planning process, and we can't thank you enough for supporting your girls and families and making it possible for them to experience another year of events and FUN!

     

  • Nominate an outstanding woman leader!


    Nominations are Now Open!

    Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada is seeking nominations for our annual TRIUMPHANT: Celebrating Women In Leadership Awards Dinner. Those chosen will be honored at the event on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada. 

    Awards are given in five categories representing the five focus areas of the Girl Scouts: 

    Financial Literacy 

    Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) 

    Healthy Living 

    Environmental Leadership and Responsibility 

    Community Service 

    Help us honor the women in our community who exemplify the spirit of the mission of the Girl Scouts: to build girls, who become women, of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. 

    Nominations will be accepted through August 15, 2016. 

    Please contact Amber Aiton at 775-322-0642 x1232 or aaiton@gssn.org or click the link below to make a nomination.

     

  • Day Camp Adventures Await!


    At day camp, girls can build on their Girl Scout experience with days filled with sun, fun, and friendship. From swimming at the local pool and playing team games at the park, to hitting a bulls-eye at archery (grades 2+) or rock climbing (grades 4+) – girls will get to explore the world around them, try new things, and build self-esteem, all while having a blast with great friends and amazing camp counselors from around the world. 

    Day Camp is the perfect opportunity for first-time campers who might like to attend overnight camp at Wasiu II in the future, and is open to girls entering grades 1- 5. Leadership opportunities are also available to Program Aides in grades 6+.

    Registration closes on July 6 for Day Camp Week 1 (7/25 - 7/29) and July 13 for Day Camp Week 2 (8/1 - 8/5), so make sure you secure your camper's spot and register today!

  • A Message From Our CEO: Innovating on Behalf of Girls


    Dear Girl Scout Family,

    As a valued Girl Scout member, I would like to share with you an important announcement from Girl Scouts of the USA: The National Board of Girl Scouts of the USA has made the decision to increase the annual membership fee to $25, starting with the 2017-2018 membership year for both girl and adult members. (2015-2016 Early Bird and On Time Registration=$15, 2017-2018 Early Bird and On Time Registration=$25)

    Every dollar of membership dues is sent to Girl Scouts of the USA to cover the cost of fundamental services supporting the Girl Scout Movement including: accident insurance for members participating in approved Girl Scout activities, research, resources, training, and services to councils. 

    The extra funding will provide support for GSUSA’s continued research, investment and development of new technology platforms, and enhancements to girls’ program experiences in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), entrepreneurship, the outdoors, and life skills.

    While this fee increase will impact many families, we know that a Girl Scout membership is one of the most valuable investments anyone can make in a girl’s life. Girl Scouts remains a fantastic value and is very comparable to other local organizational dues, including: Boy Scouts/Venturing for $24/year, Discovery Museum membership is $45/year, Boys and Girls Club costs $30/year, local Great Basin Youth Soccer League costs $100 minimum...



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  • Let's make next year your best Girl Scout year ever!


    As a Girl Scout volunteer, you belong to a network of nearly one million adults who share an important goal - preparing girls to lead successful lives. We want to make sure you have all the information and training you need to have fun, impactful experiences with your troop that make this goal a reality!

    Check out these online resources and training courses that you can access whenever it's convenient for you: 

      With Volunteer Essentials you'll get just about everything you need as a Girl Scout volunteer, including basic facts and forms, as well as tips on planning outdoor activities, managing troop finances, promoting safety, arranging trips, selling cookies, and more. Every adult in Girl Scouting is responsible for the physical and emotional safety of girls, and we follow these guidelines at all times. From archery to hiking, outdoor cooking to ziplining, use Safety Activity Checkpoints to help everyone stay safe - and have fun! ...


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  • Get your troop outdoors!


    Connecting with the outdoors is an essential part of the Girl Scout experience. Whether your troop is doing a scavenger hunt in a local park or hiking up the Sierra Buttes, we know that outdoor experiences give girls an opportunity to build new skills, develop an appreciation for nature, and seek out new challenges. 

    Summer is a perfect time to get your girls outdoors. Even if your troop isn't meeting regularly during the break, one or two outdoor adventures could be a great way to keep girls engaged and excited for the start of the next Girl Scout year! 

    Ready to step outside and help your girls make memories that will last a lifetime? Check out the following resources: 

      Did you know that Girl Scouts has a partnership with the National Park Service that allows girls to earn badges and complete Journeys while adventuring outdoors? If your troop wants to learn and make the world a better place through nature and service, check out the Girl Scout Ranger Program.  Safety Activity Checkpoints gives you all the information you need to plan a safe, fun, and inclusive activity with your girls. It's also a great place to start if you're looking for suggestions on a...


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  • Service Unit Spotlight - Alana of Virginia Lake


    Alana Dixon is the Virginia Lake Service Unit Manager and gives us insight on what her service unit does and how service unit involvement and activities are so vital to the Girl Scout experience. She is a Senior Designer at NV Energy and also owns her own business in Reno.

    What are some things your service unit has done this year?

    Ice skating, he & me bowling, the Girl Scout Aces game, she & me painting at Pino’s Palate, World Thinking Day, and the leader appreciation dinner.

    How long have you been the Virginia Lake Service Unit Manager?

    I’ve been the Service Unit Manager for two years and I have a multilevel troop with Daisies through Cadettes.

    Why did you decide to take the position?

    I did it because the former Service Unit Manager was moving. The service unit needed someone to help out before she left and I had some free time. I just jumped in blindfolded but the service unit leaders made it easy to manage. Everything was already set up when I started, and when I had a question, I just asked them.

    In your own words, what does your service unit do?

    We provide support to everyone I try to make sure all girls are included regardless if they are able to attend [events] or not.

    What’s the best things about being a Service Unit manager?

    Seeing how happy girls are at the events. Seeing how everyone has progressed during their time with Girl Scouts from Daisie...



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  • A girl shines in Girl Scouting. I know this to be true because I was that girl.


    A girl shines in Girl Scouting.  I know this to be true because I was that girl.  - Wendy, a Girl Scout Alumna

    Imagine a shy little girl who is about to attend her very first Brownie meeting. There she is, all decked out in her brand new and slightly itchy uniform; beanie held securely by no less than 87 bobbie pins because of her unruly, thick mullet. She promises to wear her uniform to every meeting since she knows her parents spent hard-earned money to buy it.  And, her uniform makes her feel very, very important. She hesitantly walks into the meeting room which is full of laughter and chatter from the girls who already know each other.

    "Good afternoon, Brownie Troop 299!" says a woman at the head of the school's multi-purpose room.  Barely audible, the little girl says "hi."  She finds a seat next to a girl she's seen in school but who isn't in her class. In fact, none of these girls are in her class...not a good start for an introverted, insecure girl.  The Troop Leader starts the meeting by explaining different activities they will do together including crafts, hiking, making First Aid kits, and OH MY GOSH DID SHE JUST SAY ROLLER SKATING?!  The little girl is starting to feel much more comfortable.

    A few weeks pass and the little girl dutifully attends each meeting, always wearing her itchy uniform. Her badges are slightly askew and crooked as neither she nor her mother are...



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  • 2017 Cookie Recognition Voting


    We're excited to be gearing up for another great cookie season and look forward to hearing girl's feedback on the fun recognition items they can earn! This year's theme explores the fun of individuality with an energetic, social, hardworking, and adorable animal - the lovable llama.

    Vote for your favorite Cookie Program Recognitions here!

     

  • The New Service Unit Manual Is Here!


    GSSN now has a Service Unit Manual to help your service unit achieve its goals and support girls and adults. The manual includes service unit position descriptions, guides on how to handle service unit finances, resolve conflict, plan events, mentor leaders, be welcoming and much more! Your Service Unit Support Specialist looks forward to working with your service unit to plan for the upcoming year!

    Download your Service Unit Manual here!

     

     

  • Annual End of the Year Financials


    It's that time of the year - complete your Troop and Service Unit End of the Year Financials! We've made it easier for troops to complete their annual End of the Year Financials through a simple online form for troops to use. Complete your financials here!

    Financials are due by June 15. Troops who complete their financials by the deadline will be eligible for the upcoming Fall Nut/Candy and 2017 Cookie Programs.

     

     

  • Do a Good Turn with Goodwill


    Dear Girl Scout Troops,

    My name is Luke Miller, the new Communications Manager with Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley & Northern Nevada. I am so excited to let you know that Good Turn Day 2016 is coming up soon, and I would like to invite your troop to participate!

    Good Turn Day has been a successful collaboration for over 30 years where we partner the enthusiasm and drive of the Girl Scouts with the mission of Goodwill. Troops engage their community to gather donations to be dropped off at their local Goodwill store or Donation Xpress, and get Good Turn Day patches to showcase their efforts.

    This year’s Good Turn Day starts May 1st and runs through May 31st. We would love for your troop to participate! To do so, fill out the registration portion of the attached form and simply send it back. Then gather your donations! We will be sending out additional information with fun ideas for how Troops can engage with their communities to be as successful in getting donations as possible.

    Once all of your donations have been dropped off at a Goodwill store or Donation Xpress (don’t forget to let the attendant know that your donation is for Good Turn Day), send in the second part of the attached form, the Patch Order. We’ll get the patches and rockers back to you and your Girl Scouts! 

    If you have...



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  • FULL Cases of Cookies - On Sale NOW!


    You may have heard - Full cases of cookies are now 50% off! Mix and match, or just get your favorite flavor! Get 'em before they're gone! 

    Questions? Email us at cookies@gssn.org

  • Congratulations & Thank You to All of our 2016 Cookie Bosses!


    Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year's Cookie Season! Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada would like to thank all of our girls, families, and especially all of the volunteers for their hard work and effort to make this year's cookie program a success. 

    This year, girls in Girl Scout troops sold 480,204 packages of cookies to friends, family, neighbors, and the general public. Way to go everyone! Can't wait to see what you do next year. 

    2016 Cookie Season Stats

    • 6 girls sold 1,500 boxes of cookies or more
    • 32 girls sold at least 1,000 boxes of cookies or more
    • 2384 girls sold cookies this year!

    GSSN's Top Cookie Seller

    Our 2016 Top Cookie Seller is Adysson F.! Adysson is from the Spring Creek Service Unit out of Spring Creek, NV, and she sold 2530 packages of cookies to her friends, family, and the local community. Adysson will be recognized again as the Jr. Saleswoman of the Year at a luncheon being held by the Professional Saleswomen of Nevada on May 10, 2016. Way to go, Adysson!

     

  • Service Unit Support Survey


  • It's Troop Bridging Time!


    Are your Girl Scouts bridging to the next level of Girl Scouting fun? If so, we have the perfect tool to help you celebrate this new adventure!

    Bridging kits include the items that are presented to girls bridging to the next age level. Just add the girls' name to the certificate and you're ready to go.

    Did you know? GSSN also has actual bridges that can be checked out for your ceremony! To reserve a bridge or purchase a bridging kit contact us at (775) 322-0642 or shop@gssn.org and one of our Customer Care Representatives would be happy to help!

  • Girl Scout super-strength and willpower...


    As we wrap up Girl Scout Cookie season we'd like to introduce you to Pat Madura, a Reno Nev. GS Alum who grew up in Connecticut. Pat is about to turn 80 years young, and her super strength is Girl Scout Cookie Willpower. 

    An avid Weight Watchers advocate, Pat eats just one Girl Scout Cookie each week - savoring every bite. Well, we had to meet this powerhouse of a lady. I mean, who on earth can possibly resist eating, at the very least, two Girl Scout Cookies? 

    Pat brought with her some treasured Girl Scout memorabilia. A black and white photo of her Girl Scout troop, her membership star pins, and several earned badges - her Green Clover Award, First Aid Cadette, as well as her Child Care badge, dating back to 1946. 

    We are always excited to meet our amazing alum, and want to thank Pat for her story and continued support of Girl Scouting. 

    P.S. Pat's "just one cookie" rule has contributed to her losing more than 100 pounds on her journey to health through Weight Watchers. (Congratulations, Girl Scout. We're proud of you for reaching your goals!). Maybe we, too, can aspire to the "just one" rule? Fingers crossed it might make our frozen Thin Mints last until next cookie season.

  • Volunteer Appreciation Gifts at the GSSN Shop!


  • Earn Your Brownie Dancer Badge at Marigold Movement Center


    Marigold Movement Center is proud to partner with Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada to offer a special Brownie Dancer Badge Workshop. Brownie Girl Scouts will warm up with a cardio and stretching routine, learn about cultural dances from around the world, practice posture and carriage, and even start to choreograph their own dances! This fun program will help girls complete steps 1-4 of the Brownie Dancer badge. 

    The team at Marigold Movement Center is available to run this program for troops on weekends, or the program may be split into two weekday afternoons between 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. The cost is $30 per Girl Scout. Adult leaders and parents are welcome to participate at no extra charge.

    Click here for more information about this fun opportunity. Please contact Allison Prater at marigoldmovementcenter@gmail.com or 775-224-8665 to reserve a space for your troop today! 

     

  • Discover your passion for fashion! Join the Seams of Service Club


    Discover your passion for fashion!

    4th and 5th graders can learn the tips and tricks of fashion -including sewing with a needle, fashion design and techniques, merchandising, and using your newfound fashion skills to help others through community servious projects! 

    Club Meetings

    • Who: Open to ALL GIRLS in grades 4-5
    • FIRST meeting time: Thursday, April 7, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. 
    • Regular meeting times: 3rd Thursday of each month, 6 - 7 p.m. 
    • Where: Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada, 605 Washington Street, Reno, NV 89503

    Join the Seams of Service Club!

    1. Become a Girl Scout
    2. Enter information
    3. Select “Troop 2515” and complete your membership

    A leader will reach out to you shortly after!

    Share your expertise! Fashion Volunteers:

    Volunteers are essential to helping girls learn new skills, build confidence, and create endless possibilities. This is a unique opportunity to share your fashion talents, from teaching girls how to sew to composing a runway outfit. Are you interested in sharing your fashion expertise and helping girls with community service opportunities? Contact us to explore the possibilities!

    Find out more! Contact us at girlscoutshelp@gssn...



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  • Volunteers Needed for Camp Opening!


    Make a difference at Camp Wasiu II, Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada’s local overnight camp! More than 1,000 local youth will directly benefit from your hard work and dedication. Sample tasks include setting up tents, moving cots and mattresses, opening our bathroom buildings, cleaning, and more!

    Volunteers of all ages are welcome. All meals and accommodations are provided for free. Come for one day, all weekend, or anywhere in between. This is a great service opportunity for groups and families! 

    Date(s): June 9, 10, 11, and/or 12

    Location: Sierra City, CA

    What: Help prepare our camp for a busy summer!

    Contact us girlscoutshelp@gssn.org for information on how to sign up.

  • Are you homeschooled? Join the Homeschool Girl Scout Troop!


    In this this multi-level homeschool troop, girls will build leadership skills; earn badges for math, health, cultural literacy, and more. You’ll also have a chance to attend day, troop, or other kinds of camp and participate in the Cookie Program, the largest girl-led business in the world!

    Meeting Times

    First Introductory Meeting: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 29

    1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month

    6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    GSSN Reno Service Center

     

    How to Join

    1. Click here to become a Girl Scout
    2. Enter information
    3. Select “Troop 132” and complete your membership

    A leader will reach out to you shortly after

     

    For more information, contact us at girlscoutshelp@gssn.org or 775-322-0642.

     

    Adult Volunteers Needed!

    Interested in leading a group of girls? As a troop leader, you’ll work with a group of girls and mentor them as they have fun, make new friends, and develop connections that will last a lifetime. Assist in the girl-led planning of meetings and activities and help them succeed! Guide the girls in earning badges, completing their Journey’s, and working on Take Action projects to earn awards.

  • Great news: We've added some brand new sessions of our most popular summer 2016 programs at Wasiu II!


    Great news: We've added some brand new sessions of our most popular summer 2016 programs at Wasiu II! Check out the details below.

    Little Mermaids (girls entering grades 2-3 for fall 2016) will now be offered June 19-24

    Program Description: Spend your days making waves in the pool and at the lake! Have a floating lunch, plan your own pool party, and go on a creek walk. You'll learn the basics of canoeing, too. This week is all about water...even the arts & crafts.

    Registration deadline: 6/2

    Cost: $340 before March 31, $365 beginning April 1

    Register today!

     

    Tahoe Quest (girls entering grades 6-8 for fall 2016) will now be offered July 17-22 

    Program Description: So, maybe you've been to Tahoe before...but not like this! With your camp friends, you'll check out the stone remains of the original Camp Wasiu, which first opened in 1949! We'll camp overnight at Meeks Bay Campground and then explore secret coves and beaches like Skunk Harbor, where you'll see old building from the Gold Rush era. Don't forget your bathing suit!

    Registration deadline: 6/30

    Cost: $360 before March 31, $385 beginning April 1

    Register today!

     

  • Girl Scouts Needed for National Art Week


    Monaco Ridge Assisted Living in south Reno is looking for Girl Scouts who can visit their facility and do art projects with their residents in celebration of National Art Week! These activities would take place at the end of March or the beginning of April. 

    If you are interested in supporting this project please email Keri Fuchs or Dardi Hammonds or call 775-982-7035. 

    Monaco Ridge Assisted Living is also open to having Girl Scouts visit and do activities at other times during the year. If your troop would like to set up an opportunity please give them a call.

     

  • Cookie Booth Season has officially begun - does your troop have enough volunteers?


    Volunteers play such an important role, and every bit of help counts! Each Cookie Booth location requires a minimum of two registered adults and two registered girls, so we recommend having at least one adult in every family registered as a volunteer. This will help to alleviate leaders and TPSC's from having to be at each cookie booth, and give girls their much-needed support. 

    Registration is required for adults to volunteer at any Cookie Booth, troop events, field trips, camping, and troop trips, so register today and be set for the membership year! 

    Please note: financial aid is available for adult membership.

    Questions? We're here to help! Contact us at girlscoutshelp@gssn.org.

    Volunteer today!

     

  • The Gigabyte Girls


    Gigabyte Girls is a club for ALL girls in grades 6-12 who have a passion for learning all things tech-related! You’ll have the opportunity to explore things like computer science, website coding, programming, and more. Get in on all the fun with the Gigabyte Girls today!

     <Meeting Times>

    2nd and 4th Thursday of each month
    6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    GSSN Reno Service Center
    605 Washington Street
    Reno, NV 89503 

     <Join the Club>

    1. Become a Girl Scout!
    2. Enter information
    3. Select “Troop 2518” and complete your membership

    A leader will reach out to you shortly after!

    <Tech Volunteers>

    Our Tech Volunteers are essential to the Gigabyte Girls program. This is a unique opportunity to share your expertise, educate, and empower girls and help transform the tech industry into a better, more inclusive field. Do you have what it takes? Contact us to explore the possibilities.

    Contact us at girlscoutshelp@gssn.org or 775-322-0642 for more information. 

     

  • Need a gift for your award recipient? Look no further than the GSSN Shop!


    Need a gift for your award recipient? Look no further, the GSSN Shop has lots of gift items to help you recognize your Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award recipient! Check out our exclusive collection for recipients of Girl Scouts' highest honors here and call or stop by the GSSN Shop Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. or the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. During the month of March the GSSN Shop will be open on the 5th, 12th and 19th for your shopping convenience.

  • New Service Unit Manual COMING SOON!


    Your Service Unit support staff has been working hard to develop a new Service Unit manual! Service Units can customize and use to recruit a Service Unit team, support volunteers, and create a Service Unit plan and budget. Look for the handbook on our website and in the Essentials soon!

  • Have you thanked a Girl Scout volunteer lately?


    Every year in April, organizations across the nation celebrate the outstanding contributions of volunteers. In Girl Scouting we even designate a special day to honor our incredible adults who work in partnership with girls - April 22 is Girl Scout Leader's Day! 

    Do you know a volunteer who has gone above and beyond this year? Consider showing your appreciation by nominating them for a special recognition!  Click here to determine which award is the right fit for your special person and submit your nomination using our easy online form. All nomination materials are due Friday, February 12, 2016. GSSN also recognizes volunteers for the special milestones they've reached in their Girl Scouting journey. If you're eligible to receive your Years of Service Pin or Numeral Guard Pin (awarded at 5-year intervals) you can use the online form to self-report your years.  Have a question? Contact us at girlscoutshelp@gssn.org or 775-322-0642. Be sure to check out our...



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  • NEW at the GSSN Shop - Charm It!


    The GSSN Shop has a new line of adorable charms from Charm It - more than 50 charms to choose from! When you purchase 10 charms, get the 11th FREE! Just ask for the club card and we'll get you started towards your free charm.

    Stop by the GSSN Shop Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm or the first Saturday of the month from 9 am-12pm.

  • Save the Date! Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, April 9


    In 1912, Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low formed an all-girl organization that relied upon adult role models that gave their time and talents to bring Girl Scouts to reality. Through a committed network of volunteers and supporters, girls today are realizing their innate potential and their ability to change the world. GSSN’s Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition event provides an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding volunteers who have made remarkable contributions to Girl Scouts over the past year.

    This year’s event will be held at The Grove at South Creek. Before the meeting attendees can enjoy a brunch buffet as well as an opportunity to network with volunteers, delegates, staff, and board members from 9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition ceremony will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 and registration will be open on eBiz in February.

    Please come out and support your fellow parents and volunteers, because without the effort and energy of all of you, Girl Scout could not exist. YOU are Girl Scouts!

  • Go by Air Patch Program for Troops


    GO BY AIR Patch Program for Troops

    Offered by the Reno Area 99s

    Girl Scout Junior and Cadette troops, do you want to learn about flying and earn the Go by Air patch by doing fun, hands-on aviation-related activities? Make an airplane, learn the language of aviation, and discover the many careers available that are related to aviation. The Go by Air patch program is presented by licensed women pilots – all active members of Reno Area 99s chapter of the International Organization of Women Pilots. 

    The cost of this program is FREE. The Go by Air patch program is for Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes. Members of the Reno Area 99s need a minimum of 10 girls to present this program and we are willing come to your troop meeting. The program takes about one-and-a-half hours. The Go by Air patch program is currently being offered in the Reno, Carson City, and Fernley areas. 

    For more information contact: kathywalton99@gmail.com (be sure to put Girl Scouts in Subject) or call Kathy at 775-356-2928.

  • Bronze Award Training Updated!


    At the beginning of this membership year, the Bronze Award Training video was updated. If you are a troop leader who was trained before this membership year, please watch the new video. Also, we are now requiring troop leaders to seek approval before starting award projects. The “Bronze Award Proposal” form can be found here.

    In addition to the Bronze Award self-study video, we are offering in-person or webinar trainings! Check out the Events Calendar to find upcoming trainings- offered every other month. 

    Questions? Contact Jamie at girlscoutshelp@gssn.org

  • High School science party at the Discovery!


    Senior Girl Scout, Irene, is part of the Teen Advisory Committee at the Discovery Museum and has planned a huge event! Basically, it's a science party specifically for high schoolers, with space, lasers, dinosaurs, music, art, black lights, and Science!! The event is taking place on March 12, from 7-10, and will have an entry fee of $5.

    For more information contact Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum.

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  • Missed Like a Boss: Cookie CEO?


  • GIRLS’ CHOICE BADGES AND DESIGN POLL


    Make your voice count by helping to select the design for the cool new Art in the Outdoors badges! Click here to vote between January 11 - 22! The winning badge designs will be announced by Girl Scouts USA this February.

  • KPMG Future Leaders Program and Scholarship


    KPMG Future Leaders Program: Applications due February 28, 2016

    We are excited to announce the opportunity for girls to participate in the 2016 KPMG Future Leaders Program, which will include receiving a KPMG Future Leaders Scholarship for $10,000 each year for 4 years of college, attending the 3-day KPMG Future Leaders Retreat at Stanford University this July, and participating in the KPMG Future Leaders Mentoring Program for one year. The Office of Condoleezza Rice is currently accepting applications. They will select 16 top high school senior female students from around the country to participate in this program.

    The KPMG Future Leaders Program application includes an overview of the program, instructions on how to apply, and a list of specific criteria needed to qualify for the program. You can also read a cover letter from Dr. Condoleezza Rice and Lynne Doughtie, Chairman and CEO, KPMG LLP. 

    Applications are due to the Office of Condoleezza Rice at Stanford University by February 28, 2016. The 16 winners will be selected and notified by April 30, 2016, and the program will publicly launch with a media announcement on June 7th, the day before the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit.</...



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  • Troop and Volunteer Invitations Now Available!


    Want more girls and volunteers in your troop? Give them a personal invitation with new troop invites! These customizable invitations let new girls and potential volunteers know your troop's meeting times and location. So share the word and give everyone a personal invitation to your troop! 

    Customizable invites are available here!

  • Girl Scouts Spark at Hometowne Christmas Parade!


    Congratulations to the 41 troops and almost 400 girls, and their dedicated parents and volunteers who helped make this very festive day an exciting one. Many of the troops put together costumes based on this year's parade theme of trains. Click here to see more photos of all of the troops and the floats!

    Congratulations to the following troops who collectively won this year's Costume Contest: Troops 19, 28, 82*, 188, 195*, 237, 254, 358, 420*, 540, 680, 1306! *Troops were also our amazing floats!

     

  • Troop 420 crafting event at Cascade of the Sierra


    The Daisy girls in troop 420 in Spanish Springs cheered the residents of Cascade of the Sierra by crafting with them for their "Considerate and Caring" petal. The girls had a great time with the residents and look forward to more service projects.

  • Highest Award Trainings: Bronze, Silver, Gold!


    Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award training is required for Girl Scouts interested in earning their Highest Awards. Participants will gain a clear understanding of the Girl Scout Award process and be able to ask questions about possible project ideas. 

    Click on the links below for more information!

    Bronze Award January 12 6:30-8 PM in-person at GSSN Service Center (Required for Troop Leaders)

    Silver Award January 13 6-7:30 PM online webinar (Required for girls)

    Gold Award January 14 6-7:30 PM in-person at GSSN Service Center (Required for girls)

     

    Contact Jamie, jhill@gssn.org with questions.

  • Fall Nut/Candy Top 5's!


    2015-2016 Fall Nut/Candy Top 5 Results

    Our 2015-2016 Fall Nut/Candy & Magazine program was very successful again this year! Congratulations to everyone who participated and earned money for more troop activities. Check out the following girls, troops, and service units who exceeded their goals and rose to the best of the best.

    Top 5 Girls

    1. Alleyah-Rose – troop 98 Battle Mountain SU
    2. Elena – Troop 98 Battle Mountain SU
    3. Meghenna – Troop 532 – Bishop SU
    4. Sayda – Troop 250 Fernley SU
    5. Priyasha – Troop 1019 Peavine SU

    Top 5 Troops

    1. Troop 98 – Battle Mountain SU
    2. Troop 1- Susanville SU
    3. Troop 250 – Fernley SU
    4. Troop 28 – Pah Rah SU
    5. Troop 398 – Peavine SU

    Top 5 Service Units

    1. Peavine
    2. Alturas
    3. Northern Paradise
    4. Carson City
    5. Spanish Springs

    Thank you to the girls, parents, and our hard-working volunteers for your amazing support each and every year!

  • GSSN Community Service Give Back Patch


    Purchase the Give Back patch in the GSSN shop for $5, and then earn the metal charms!

     

    October - Back to School Supplies/Hygiene Drive

    During the month of October, we received more than 400 school supply items and more than 400 hygiene products.

    November - Food Drive

    During the month of November, we collected more than 250 pounds of food items that we gave to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada to feed many in need families. 

      

    December – Holiday Angel/Toy Drive

    Bring in a new item or a collection of ornaments valued at a minimum of $5 or a gift card. These toys will be donated to families in need in our local homeless shelters. We would love for all troops to help with this effort. Girls will receive one “Holiday Angel” or “Toy Drive” charm with their donation valued at a minimum of $5. The Deadline to qualify for this charm is 6 pm on December 16, 2016. Charms available while supplies last. 

    Any time of the year – Community Service

    Participate in a local community service project and provide GSSN with a short news article and picture that we will include in our monthly GSSN Essentials Newsletter. Girls will receive one “Community Service” charm.  Please note...



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  • Cookie Kickoff & Cookie CEO


    The Cookie Kickoff and Cookie CEO event will take place on January 9 at the Reno Events Center

    Cookie Kickoff: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    Join your local Reno/Sparks area service units for a morning of fun, games, and preparation for the 2016 Cookie Program.

    Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to learn all about the 5 skills essential to a successful Cookie Program, like goal setting, money management, people skills, business ethics, and decision making, all while having fun and interacting with Girl Scouts from around the council! Girls will be able to taste the eight cookie varieties offered this year, along with our Gluten Free “Trios.” There will be information about Coco Direct and the opportunities on how to sell cookies online directly to consumers.

    Leaders, Troop Product Sales Coordinators, and parents will have a chance to stop by and ask questions about the Cookie Program directly with council staff and service unit volunteers.

    Each Girl Scout will have the opportunity to earn their official 2016 cookie pin. All girls who attend will earn a cookie kickoff patch (while supplies last). Girls will also be able to create their very own cookie related SWAP (Special Whatmacallit Affectionately Place Somewhere). Each Girl Scout that brings a completely filled out, signed Parent Permission Form will leave with her cookie order form. Leaders can also exchange signed Parent Permission Form for order cards as well!!

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  • Give the Gift of Time!


     

    Are you looking for a short-term commitment that makes a big impact?Volunteer as a Troop Startup Guide to make a difference in the life of a girl and support a brand new troop leader! 

     

    As a Troop Startup Guide, you'll be teamed up with a new troop leader to support a troop's first six meetings as they get up and running. After six meetings, you're done! 

    You can choose to support one troop, or many throughout the year - it's up to you!

    Volunteer Today!

    Questions? We're here to help! Contact us at girlscoutshelp@gssn.org or 775-322-0462. 

  • Highest Awards Trainings


    The next round of awards' trainings are right around the corner!

    Gold: in-person, required for Seniors and Ambassadors January 14th 6-7:30 p.m.

    Silver: webinar, required for Cadettes January 13th 6-7:30 p.m.

    Bronze: in-person, required for leaders January 12th 6:30-8 p.m. 

    NEW!!! The in-person Bronze Award Training is a new addition to our award trainings. This training is for leaders who prefer to learn with a facilitator in real time instead of through a video. However, an updated video is still available as a self study here.

  • SUPER Troops


    Are you a SUPER Troop?!

    Your troop is eligible for a cash prize of $75 if it meets the following criteria by December 14, 2015:

    • Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and mixed troops must have 14 or more girls registered for the 2016 membership year
    • Cadette troops must have 10 or more girls registered for the 2016 membership year
    • Senior and Ambassador troops must have 6 or more girls registered for the 2016 membership year

    Oh, and did we mention? 

    If your troop meets the above requirements, you get the reward! It's that simple. Troops will be notified and presented their reward at their Service Unit meetings through the end of December.

     

  • Global Action Award


    Did you know the Girl Scout sisterhood not only stretches across the United States but spans the entire world, too?

    Girl Scouts of the USA is part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS, for short), which includes 10 million girls in 146 countries. And all of those girls in all of those countries are working to make the world a better place—just like Girl Scouts!

    Each year, Girl Scouts of all levels can earn their Global Action Award. This award connects the WAGGGS sisterhood by helping girls work together to make a difference on a topic that affects girls and women all over the world. It’s an official national award, so girls can wear it just like a badge on the front of their vest or sash!

    The theme for this year’s Global Action Award is “Increasing Girls’ Access to Education.”

    You see, in many parts of the world, it is hard for girls to go to school and finish their education, whether due to poverty, lack of schools, or cultural factors. We believe every girl deserves the chance to get an education. Let’s make it happen!

    To learn more about activities girls can engage in to raise awareness, help solve this worldwide problem, and earn their Global Action Award, check out these Global Action Award guidelines:

    For Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors 

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  • Ready for some amazing basketball fun? The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Reno on January 12, 2016!


    The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the Reno Events Center with their most epic tour in history, as the world famous team celebrates its 90th anniversary world tour. A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability)!

    Click here for information on how to secure your discounted tickets.Don't forget that a Harlem Globetrotters patch is included free with each order.

    Go Globetrotters!

  • Girl Scouts at the Veteran's Day Parade


    It was a chilly morning chasing the sun in the staging area before the Veteran's Day parade in Reno. Thank you to all the troops who participated. We marched as one large group (never ending unit) this year and proved that Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada are present and mighty! There were 27 troops and more than 200 girls in attendance!

    Check out the slideshow here!

     

  • Be featured on the Fall 2016 Nut/Candy & Magazine Poster!


    Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity for Girl Scouts to be selected and featured on the Fall 2016 Nut/Candy & Magazine Activity Poster!

    Girl Scouting allows you to shine in your community, make new friends and discover new adventures. It could be helping others, being involved in your community, a school activity/subject or other individual or group related events.  In your own words, describe how being a Girl Scout inspires you to be brilliant and shine on as you participate in the Fall Product Sale.

    Click here for a chance to be featured on the Fall 2016 Nut/Candy & Magazine BAR Activity Poster.

    Submissions are due by November 25.  

    Final decisions will be made by January 2016. Girls selected will be asked to provide a high-res JPG head shot, preferably with her GS uniform. 

  • Like a Boss: Cookie CEO


    As the CEO of your cookie franchise, you will need to stretch your imagination and develop creative strategies to increase your sales!

    Create your own BUSINESS PLAN 

    Design a creative MARKETING CAMPAIGN

    Sharpen your SALES PITCH 

    NETWORK with other Cookie CEOs

    RECEIVE ADVICE from experts

    HAVE FUN with Friends

    Accomplish all this while enjoying hands-on activities AND working toward a cookie badge.

    Saturday, January 9, 1-4:30 p.m.

    Place: Reno Events Center

    REGISTER NOW!

    This conference is offered to Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts exclusively, who are interested in learning business skills in a professional (and fun) environment! 

  • Cookie Program Troop Trainings


    Does your troop need help preparing for the upcoming Cookie Program? If so, we are offering a quick one-hour training opportunity where volunteers will learn how to place their initial cookie orders, how to handle distribution/pickup of cookies, learn how to run a cookie booth, see a quick overview of SNAP (online cookie ordering system), and general management of the Cookie Program.

    Volunteers will be able to pick up the troop training materials and their troop cookie sample before the start of the Cookie Program. This training is not mandatory but highly encouraged for any new volunteer or existing volunteer who might need additional support.

    This training will take place at all of our Fall FUNdamentals training events. Click here to find and register for a Fall FUNdamentals training near you. Space is limited, and registration is required to ensure enough training materials are available. *Please, no children.

    For more information about the Cookie Program, please contact us at 775-322-0642 or email at cookies@gssn.org

  • Don't Forget to Update Your Troop Profile!


    With our new Troop Profile update form, you can update your troop's info whenever anything changes like if your accepting new girls, how many, grade levels, leaders and meeting day, time and place. All you have to do is click the link and update the appropriate field any time there's a change. If you haven't updated your troop profile yet, click here to update yours today! We want to make sure we have the most updated information as new girls look for troops.

  • Be a Nut-free Safe Space for Girls


    We want all girls to feel safe in their Girl Scout troop. Help us to accommodate girls with nut allergies, and have a nut-free troop! 

    Contact us at girlscoutshelp@gssn.org for more information on how you can join or become a nut-free troop.

     

  • Help Us Welcome Our Newest Girl Scouts!


    Great News: We have lots of new girls who are super excited to start attending their new troop meetings!

    We have received a few calls from new girls asking for information about their troop meetings and letting us know they have not yet been contacted by their troop leader.

    We have had a lot of changes to the registration system, so we wanted to remind every troop leader that you should receive an email every time a girl joins your troop. In addition, that new girl will show up in your troop roster on the Volunteer Toolkit. Please know, new members are not given your contact information - so they have no way to reach out to you.

    We are counting on you to welcome these amazing new girls into our Girl Scout family! Thank you for calling them within 24-48 hours of receiving a "new girl" notification email so you can invite her to your next troop meeting or activity. Remember to check your junk mail- just in case!

    Thanks so much for all you do to serve girls. YOU are a rock star! 

  • New Bronze Award Online Training Video!


    Do you want your troop to build leadership skills? What about make your community a better place? How about be recognized as a future community leaders? Your troop can work on an issue you care about and earn the highest award a Girl Scout Junior can earn. 

    Getting started is easy, take the new Bronze Award online training video!

  • Family/Troop Movie Night


    Make Saturday evening, November 14, 6-9 pm a family or troop night out!

    Dr. Seuss' The Lorax will be on the "big" screen at the GSSN Reno Service Center and there will snacks, games, and fun activities for the entire family or troop.

    This is a fundraiser for the Girl Scouts who are traveling to Australia next summer and a bargain at $5 per person!

    Registration deadline is Thursday, November 12, 2015.

    To register or for more information please email rachel_winslett@yahoo.com.

    Find out more details about this fun event here. Please see the attached flyer for more details, register early, and support our very own world travelers while having a great time with your family or troop.

  • 8th Annual Gingerbread House Competition and Festival


    Heat up your oven, pull out those cookie sheets and get ready to whip up some frosting - your troop is invited to enter the 8th Annual Gingerbread House Competition and Display sponsored by The May Arboretum Society!

    Click here for details on how to enter your yummy creation, judging criteria, award categories and descriptions, and much more! The entry fee for each gingerbread house is $10 and goes to support The May Arboretum Society. 

    While you're there, you can can enjoy lots other activities taking place as part of the Gingerbread Festival - a fun family event that has become a holiday tradition in northern Nevada. Listen to holiday music performed by area choral groups and musicians, create your own mini gingerbread house to take home, have your face painted and even enjoy a visit with Santa Claus. 

    DATE: Saturday, December 12

    TIME: 12 - 3:30 pm

    LOCATION: Wilbur D. May Museum - 1595 North Sierra Street, Reno

  • Water Savers Patch Program | Submissions Due November 13th


    This summer we saw lots of amazing Girl Scouts out in the community learning about ways to love, conserve, and protect water with the Water Savers Patch Program!

    Did you complete all the requirements to earn your Water Savers Patch? If so, don't forget to fill out the Water Savers Patch Program survey. This survey tells us about all the awesome activities you participated in and lets us know that you're ready to receive your patch! 

    Please submit your survey by Friday, November 13th. 

    If you have any questions about the Water Savers Patch Program or survey please contact Jessica at jmahon@gssn.org.

  • Parade Pagentry


    Are you getting ready for some exciting parade pagentry? Join the fun by adding in the parade's theme to your troop.

    This year's themes are: 

    Nevada Day: Saturday, October 31 "Nevada: One State, Many Cultures"

    Veteran's Day: Wednesday, November 11 "Thank you for your service."

    Sparks Hometowne Parade: Saturday, December 5 “All Aboard the Hometowne Express!”

    Bring out your creative side and create a float and/or theme to showcase your troop in the parades! Here are some great links to help with creating your float or coming up with other creative ways to stand out in a parade:

      Parade entry ideas: http://gbump.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Parade-Entry-Ideas.pdf Homemade parade floats: http://www.ehow.com/way_5341398_homemade-parade-floats.html Budget parade floats: http://www.ehow.com/way_5137164_budget-parade-float-ideas.html Parade ideas with a bike: http://www.ehow.com/list_6652231_easy-parad and http://www.valleydecorating.com/howto.html...


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  • National Stand Beside Her Week


    Starting in childhood, girls are inundated with negative messages and behaviors that prevent them from building healthy relationships and ideals about their potential. Girls keep these unhealthy ideals and relationships as they mature into women. The competition and comparison formed on the playground and in the classroom carries over to the boardroom and in the home preventing women from reaching their fullest potential.  

    Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada is developing the next generation of girl leaders. Let’s create a world where all women and girls are appreciated for their talent, strengths and uniqueness!

    We invite you to stand beside us the week of October 25-31, 2015 to celebrate this national effort to change our current culture so every girl and woman can reach her fullest potential.

    So how can you Stand Beside Her? 

    1. Discover talents and encourage interests. 
    2. Monitor your comments about yourself, your friends, and other women.
    3. Pledge to Stand With Us
    4. Participate in a fun Stand Beside Her Project

    Find out more about how you can join the Stand Beside Her movement!

  • Missed the event? Watch National Young Women of Distinction livestream


    Girl Scouts invites you to experience how girls change the world. Join us in honoring ten Gold Award recipients who are creating sustainable impact to transform their communities and change the world. Hear their stories. Be inspired. View the livestream recording here! 

  • Watch Live: National Young Women of Distinction LIVESTREAM TELECAST!


    Girl Scout alumnae and Girl Scouts across the country will join together to celebrate our 2015 National Young Women of Distinction via a livestream telecast. Registration to view the livestream is now open. Click here to register!

    In anticipation, get inspired by reading all about this year’s National Young Women of Distinction and their Gold Award projects here!

    As a refresher, the National Young Woman of Distinction honor is given to ten recipients of the Girl Scout Gold Award, whose final projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge that related to a national and/or global issue.

  • SUPER Troops


    Are you a SUPER Troop?!

    Your troop is eligible for a cash prize of $75 if it meets the following criteria by December 14, 2015:

    • Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and mixed troops must have 14 or more girls registered for the 2016 membership year
    • Cadette troops must have 10 or more girls registered for the 2016 membership year
    • Senior and Ambassador troops must have 6 or more girls registered for the 2016 membership year

    Oh, and did we mention? 

    If your troop meets the above requirements, you get the reward! It's that simple. Troops will be notified and presented their reward at their Service Unit meetings beginning in mid-October through the end of December.

     

  • Travel the World with GSSN!


    Australia and New Zealand – June 27-July 8, 2016

    G'day mates! Join us for an exciting 12-day whirlwind adventure of Australia and New Zealand in the summer of 2016.  Arrive in Auckland and travel to Rotorua to explore the Whaka geothermal area and Maori village.  Observe a jade demonstration and enjoy a traditional Hangi feast. Fly to Cairns and explore the Great Barrier Reef.  Next stop is Sydney! Take a walking tour of the Rocks, discover the National Opal Collection, investigate Sydney's interesting history, and explore the Wild Life Sydney Zoo.  Other possibilities may include an excursion to the rainforest village of Kuranda or a trip to the spectacular Blue Mountains of Katoomba.  Find out more here.

    This is a girls-only (with selected chaperones) trip and girls must be 14 years old at time of travel.  

    Current Cost: $5,030. 

    Want to know more? If you will be 14 years old at time of travel, bring your parents/guardians/ troop leader to one of the following Travel Information sessions to learn more about this trip: • Thursday, October 8, 6 - 7 p.m. Contact Paula Cady, pcady@gssn.org, with any questions and visit our E...



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  • Parade Pageantry


    One of Girl Scout's fun traditions is to march in a parade! This year the GSSN council will coordinate girls participating in the Carson City Nevada Day Parade, Reno Veterans Day Parade, and the Sparks Hometown Parade.

    See the flyer for more information!

  • Trading Post Fireside Sale


    Want to get in on our fantastic deals going on for the Camp Wasiu II Trading Post items? Some of the items that have been discounted include: Camp Wasiu sweatshirts, camp blankets, camp bandanas and more. We also have pillow pals, pillow cases, water bottles, and more at 25% off their original price. Stop by or call the council shop to see these incredible deals while they last.

    Did you know that the GSSN council shop has more than just Girl Scout uniform items? We just got in a new line of charms, we have dolls, art/craft items, puzzles, frames and much more. For those girls who have GS Bucks (formerly known as Cookie Dough) now is the time to come on down and spend that hard earned cookie recognition. Can’t make into the shop, then call us and we can mail you your items instead. 

  • Girl Scout Day with the Wolf Pack


    It’s football season! Are you ready to show off your Wolf Pack and Girl Scout pride? Join your fellow Girl Scouts at the Nevada vs. New Mexico game on Saturday, October 10.

    Tickets are available for $16 each, which includes your seat in the Girl Scout section and a special Wolf Pack patch! All Girl Scouts will also be able to join the team for the Wolf Pack Walk at 1:00 p.m. Don't forget to stop by the GSSN tailgate to pick up your patch sign a good luck card for the Coach Polian, and snap a pic in our photo booth!

    Check out the Wolf Pack Girl Scout Day flyer for information on how to register. The troop that purchases the most tickets for the game will win a pizza party from Wolf Pack Athletics!

    GO PACK!

  • Join the Camper Advisory Committee!


    Help us plan for an awesome summer 2016! We want girl members' help in designing some cool themes & programs for both Camp Wasiu II (our resident camp) and Day Camp. Girl Scouts of all ages are encouraged to apply!

    The Camper Advisory Committee will have a one-day, 2-hour planning meeting this fall. Snacks will be provided!

    Click here to submit your application for the Camper Advisory Committee TODAY. All applications are due by October 10, 2015.

    Questions? Contact Stefanie Argus, Camp & Outdoor Program Specialist, at sargus@gssn.org.

  • Dutch Oven Extravaganza


    Step up your outdoor cooking skills and learn to make delicious food in a Dutch Oven! This is a free three-hour class and includes preparing (and tasting) dishes such as game meat, wild rice, and pumpkin pie cake.

    Join us at Cabela's on October 3 from 1 - 4 p.m. for this great event!

  • Girl Scout Night at Andelin Family Farm Corn Maze


    You're invited to come to Girl Scout Day at Andelin Family Farm. Admission is $6 per person for Girl Scout families and includes the corm maze and scenic hay ride. Receive $1 off admission per person by bringing one non-perishable food item to donate to the Northern Nevada Food Bank. Any girl wearing her Girl Scout vest will receive one free small pumpkin.

  • Cookie Program Troop Trainings


    Does your troop need help preparing for the upcoming Cookie Program? If so, we are offering a quick one-hour training opportunity where volunteers will learn how to place their initial cookie orders, how to handle distribution/pickup of cookies, learn how to run a cookie booth, see a quick overview of SNAP (online cookie ordering system), and general management of the Cookie Program.

    Volunteers will be able to pick up the troop training materials and their troop cookie sample before the start of the Cookie Program. This training is not mandatory but highly encouraged for any new volunteer or existing volunteer who might need additional support.

    This training will take place at all of our Fall FUNdamentals training events. Click here to find and register for a Fall FUNdamentals training near you. Space is limited, and registration is required to ensure enough training materials are available. *Please, no children.

    For more information about the Cookie Program, please contact us at 775-322-0642 or email at cookies@gssn.org

  • The Girl Scout Ranger Program is Here!


    The National Park Service and Girl Scouts have partnered to create the Girl Scout Ranger Program. Through this program, you'll explore the outdoors and learn about the history of national parks! Girl Scouts are invited to participate in a variety of existing, organized educational or service projects at national park sites, or design their own experience or project to align with Journey work, badge activities, or a Take Action or Highest Award project. Girl Scouts are awarded certificates and/or patches for their participation. While having fun in a national park, you can: - Complete Journeys - Meet badge requirements - Do Take Action Projects - Work towards achieving the Highest Awards in Girl Scouting QUALIFYING PROGRAM EXPERIENCES Girl Scouts are invited to work collaboratively with NPS employees to take part in educational programs, volunteer and service projects at any NPS site. Example activities for Girl Scouts: Participate In Existing Educational Programs and Service Projects such as: - Ranger-guided interpretive tours - Junior Ranger programs - Environmental education programs - Web Rangers - Service projects: Many national park sites have volunteer programs that can offer Girl Scouts an opportunity to assist in a variety of long-term or short-term projects to improve and ensure protection of park resources and facilities. Girl Scouts are encouraged to take part in any s...



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  • NEW Girls' Choice Outdoor Badges


    Girl Scouts can work toward the exciting new Girls' Choice Outdoor badges!

    In keeping with the century-old tradition of encouraging girls to be active outdoors, Girl Scouts of the USA rolled out the new Girls' Choice Outdoor badges in summer 2015. The new badge materials and guidelines are now available online for the first time ever!

    Brownie Outdoor badge: Outdoor Adventurer
    Junior Outdoor badge: Horseback Riding
    Cadette Outdoor badge: Archery
    Senior Outdoor badge: Paddling
    Ambassador Outdoor badge: Ultimate Recreation Challenge

  • Girl Scout Day at the Great Reno Balloon Race


    Join us for some early morning fun at Girl Scout Day at the Great Reno Balloon Race!

    Who: Girl Scouts, families, friends, neighbors, and not-yet Girl Scouts who want to participate in a fun scavenger hunt and see what Girl Scouts is all about!

    When: Sunday, September 13, 2015

    Where: Rancho San Rafael Park | 1595 N. Sierra Street | Reno, Nevada

    Cost: Free (no registration required - just join in the fun!)

    What to Wear/Bring: Wear your Girl Scout Sash or Vest, Bring SWAPS to trade with the Balloon Pilots!

    Click here to see the flyer for more information and FAQ's about Girl Scout Day at the Great Reno Balloon Race!

    Schedule:

    5-6:15 a.m. - Stop by the Girl Scout tent to pick up your Girl Scout Balloon Scavenger Hunt

    6-7 a.m. - Visit the Balloon Pilots for answers to your Scavenger Hunt. They will have SWAPS to trade with you too!

    6:45 a.m. - Mass Balloon Ascension

    7 a.m. - Meet in front of the Girl Scout tent for group pictures!

     

     

  • Girls' Choice Outdoor Badges


    Girl Scouts can work toward the exciting new Girls' Choice Outdoor badges!

    In keeping with the century-old tradition of encouraging girls to be active outdoors, Girl Scouts of the USA rolled out the new Girls' Choice Outdoor badges in summer 2015. The new badge materials and guidelines are now available online for the first time ever!

    Brownie Outdoor badge: Outdoor Adventurer
    Junior Outdoor badge: Horseback Riding
    Cadette Outdoor badge: Archery
    Senior Outdoor badge: Paddling
    Ambassador Outdoor badge: Ultimate Recreation Challenge

     

  • The Magic of Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada - A Girl Scout Experience Story


     

    The Magic of Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada

    By Alexandra J.

    Throughout my entire life, I have been a Girl Scout. I remember sneaking into my sister’s meetings when I was too young to join myself and the elation to take part in something I saw as magical. I have now been a Girl Scout for over 10 years and still feel the “magic” I felt when I was first able to put on a vest of my very own.

    As a Daisy I believed that the magic was just that: magic. Clearly a fairy had come and placed a spell on all the little Scouts so that each meeting was filled with adventure and laughter. When I became a Brownie I stopped believing in fairies (because suddenly I was a “big girl”) and decided that the magic was just a silly thought of a child, but the lingering feeling of joy and “magic” that I felt as a Daisy remained. As a Junior I moved from California to Nevada and almost gave up on that “magic” completely. Then my parents made the choice to plop me in a room with 10 other girls and register me for Girl Scouts. On that single day I met my best friend and gained a second family. As we got older and our troop numbers dwindled me and my BFF always stuck together and stuck with Girl Scouts.

    Now I am a senior in High School working diligently on my gold award and my final year in Girl Scouts is here and the “magic” has finally revealed its true colors. It was not a fairy or a figment of my imagination as I once thought, rather the feeling t...



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  • TRIUMPHANT: Celebrating Women Leaders


    TRIUMPHANT is our annual premier fundraising event to honor OUTSTANDING local women leaders for their professional accomplishments, service to others, and community impact. 

    Awards will be presented in five categories representing the five focus areas of the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada: Financial Literacy, STEM, Healthy Living, Environmental Leadership, and Community Service. 

    Ready to celebrate? Tickets are on sale now!

  • It's Almost Time for the Fall Nut/Candy & Magazine Program!


    Fall Nut/Candy & Magazine Program

    October 1 - October 19, 2015

     

    Are you a new troop? Or maybe a troop that had tons of fantastic adventures this summer and needs to earn more troop funds? The Fall Nut/Candy & Magazine Program is the perfect way to earn recognitions and money for your troop to have even more great Girl Scout experiences!

    The Customer Experience:

    • Customers will be able to order, pay, and have their orders shipped directly to them, all from the comfort of their home.
    • Customers can select from any of the nut/candy items listed on the order card or any of the specially created gift sets that appear on the online store.
    • All confirmed online orders will be pulled directly into Nut-e on a nightly basis. This new process will eliminate the need to have the girl or volunteer pull any reports necessary to upload any sales.

    Interested in participating in this year's Fall Nut/Candy & Magazine Program? Just complete the following!

      Have two approved leaders with volunteer applications and completed background screenings in place prior to September 1, 2015. Complete and submit your Troop Year-E...


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  • Ordering Gluten Free Trios!


    GSSN will be offering the Gluten Free "Trios" cookies for girls to sell again during the 2016 Cookie Program! 

    Troops can place their order by 5 p.m. on September 23 and have their Gluten Free Trios available when girls take pre-sale orders or at cookie booths. Troops who place their order by this deadline are guaranteed to pick up those full cases when they pick up the rest of their initial troop order in February.

    Troops who do not place an order by 5 p.m. on September 23 may be able to get cookies from their local cookie cupboard if any are available. PLEASE NOTE: There is no guarentee that cookie cupboards will have stock available for pickups after the initial cookie pickups are completed. 

    Trios will cost $5 per package, just like the rest of our other 8 cookie varieties. The Trios will not appear on the order card but will be supported in SNAP to make transferring cookies directly to girls much easier than in the past. If a girl is asked by a customer if they can place a pre-sale order for the Trios then the girl will need to make a special note on the order card and let the Troop Product Sales Coordinator know that she will need those cookies. 

    All Trios will count towards the normal troop proceeds and girl recognitions just like any other cookie that your troop will sell. The troop order will appear on your Troop Balance Summary report as a Gluten Free Cupboard...



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  • Backpacking "Learn and Earn" at Cabela's


    Cabela's Learn and Earn program is designed specifically for Girl Scouts!

    This program will introduce an outdoor skill to girls and give them knowledge and confidence to improve existing skills...or learn something new! This month's class is about backpacking and will teach the girls equipment basics including how to select and get properly fitted with a backpack, how to pack a backpack for day hikes or overnight trips and hiking safety tips.

    Please RSVP by Sept. 11 so we can have enough equipment and materials for the class participants. Troops or individuals are encouraged to attend and should have at least two adult leaders present.

    Call 775.829.4128 to reserve your spot.

  • Camp Volunteers Needed!


    Come make a difference at Camp Wasiu II!

    Help us pack up for the snowy fall and winter ahead. Any individuals (of any age) interested in helping with our tasks are welcome. Typical work projects include moving mattresses, cots, and tents; cleaning; and shutting down our buildings. 

    All meals, accommodations, and evening campfires are provided at no cost. Come for one day, all weekend, or anywhere in between. This is a great service opportunity for both Girl Scout troops and families! 

    Register here!

    Registration Deadline: September 15

    Contact Stefanie at sargus@gssn.org for more information on how you can help!

     

  • Girl Scout Destinations - Jump Into Your Next Adventure!


    Make friends from all over the country as you travel with Girl Scouts from different states, see and learn new things, and pack your bags full of inspiring, life-changing experiences and memories.

    Girl Scout Destinations bring together Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors from all over the country for amazing summer and winter adventures filled with nature, culture, service, art, science, and tons more. Any girl in grade 6-12 can apply.

    Find out more here!

     

     

  • Explore the Wonders of Water with Girl Scouts and the RGJ!


    September 15, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. 
    Truckee River Ecosystem and Wonders of Water Event
    McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, Reno
    Cost: Free

    Click here to get your FREE tickets!

    What do you love most about water? How much water do you use every day? How can you work together with your friends and family to protect this precious resource? 

    Join Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada, the Reno Gazette Journal, and the City of Reno as we explore the unique ecosystem of the Truckee River and practice our water-saving skills with fun Wonders of Water activities! By the end of the evening, you'll be a water-saving advocate - inspiring others to join you in your mission to conserve and protect water. 

    In collaboration with the Reno Gazette Journal and the RGJ Water Savers Club we’ve created the Water Savers Patch Program – a fun opportunity to explore the different ways that you interact with water and learn about methods for saving it.

    Find out more about this patch program here!

     

     

  • Go by Air Patch Program Workshop


    Explore the science and careers of flying during this fun-filled workshop!

    Girls will earn a special "Go by Air" patch by participating in lots of hands-on activities, such as making a flying airplane and discovering the language of aviation. This Go by Air patch program is presented by local licensed women pilots who are members of the Reno Area 99s. Refreshments will be served.

    This program is FREE for girls in grades 4-8; however, pre-registration is required. Registration is open to troops and individual girls. 

    When: Saturday, October 3, 2015, 9:45 a.m.-noon
    Where: Carson City Airport Terminal Building, 2600 College Parkway, Carson City
    To register: email kathywalton@charter.net and put "Girl Scouts" in the subject line or call Kathy at 775-356-2928.
    Registration Deadline: Friday, September 25, 2015

  • GSSN Community Service Give Back Patch


    Purchase the Give Back patch in the GSSN shop for $5, and then earn the metal charms!

     

    October - Back to School Supplies/Hygiene Drive

    For the month of October, we will collect Back-to-School supplies and hygiene items for the Reno Homeless Shelter. Girls will receive one “School Supplies” or “Hygiene Drive” charm for every two items donated. Items should be in their original package and count as 1 item.

    Back-to-School Supplies:

     No. 2 pencil packs    Highlighters   Rulers  Pencil boxes/pouches    Backpacks  
     Pencil Sharpener  Erasers   Index Cards   Book Covers   Pocket Folders 
     Pen packs  Colored Pencils    Pocket Calculators    Dividers  Loose Leaf Filled Paper 
     Mechanical pencils  3 Ring binders  Markers  Scissors  Erasers
     Spiral Notebooks  Glue Sticks  Hand Sanitizer  Travel Tissues  

    Hygiene Items:

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  • Update Your Troop Info for the new Membership Year


    Can you believe its almost time for a new Girl Scout membership year to start? We want to help you get ready for even more amazing Girl Scout adventures this year - just follow the steps below!

    1. Submit your yearly ACH form. Each troop is required to complete a yearly ACH submission. Once this form has been received, your troop is one step closer to being eligible to participate in the Fall Nut/Candy & Magazine Program and the upcoming 2015/2016 Cookie Program. 
    2. Request a new troop bank letter. If your troop has any changes to their troop bank account or bank signers, fill out this form!

    Get ready for another year of fun-filled Girl Scout adventure!

     

     

  • Camp Mudder


    Race around camp and complete obstacles that test mental as well as physical strength. Slog through the water at Packer Lake, solve puzzles, experience our brand new field archery course, and help your teammates through the challenge. This event is "challenge by choice," so you can choose what obstacles you feel comfortable completing. You'll be placed in teams for this weekend but can sign up with a buddy!

    • When: 4 p.m. on Friday, September 11 - 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 13 
    • Where: Camp Wasiu II
    • Fee: $55 (includes all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast)
    • Registration deadline: August 21

    Our older girl camp reunion is for all Girl Scouts grades 6-12 who have already attended a week-long camp session in either summer 2015 or summer 2014. Eligible campers have already received an email to register for this program!

    This weekend is volunteer-led and we're looking for adult help! Interested in volunteering? Contact Stefanie Argus, Camp & Outdoor Program Specialist, by August 21 at sargus@gssn.org.

  • Update Your Troop Info!


    It's time to update your troop information for the new Girl Scout year - just follow the steps below!

    1. Submit your yearly ACH form. Each troop is required to complete a yearly ACH submission. Once this form has been received, your troop is one step closer to being eligible to participate in the Fall Nut/Candy & Magazine Program and the upcoming 2015/2016 Cookie Program. 
    2. Request a new troop bank letter. If your troop has any changes to their troop bank account or bank signers, fill out this form! 

    Get ready for another year of fun-filled Girl Scout adventure!

     

  • Wasiu Weekend Adults-Only Retreat


    Wasiu Weekend is an energizing and informative weekend to learn new outdoor skills, try new adventure activities, or just relax and have fun! Bring a bag dinner on Friday and then spend the rest of the weekend cooking outdoors! Some of our optional workshops will include Archery Instructor Level I Certification (extra $20 fee for 8-hour course), stand-up paddleboarding, tie-dying, and hiking the Sierra Buttes! Bring a friend to share the experience!

    Are you an adult new to Girl Scouts? Join us! Meet other Girl Scout volunteers, share experiences, and exchange ideas. 

    • When: 4 p.m. on Friday, September 18 - 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 20
    • Where: Camp Wasui II
    • Fee: $40
    • Registration Deadline: August 28

    Interested in hosting a workshop or volunteering? Contact Stefanie Argus, Camp & Outdoor Program Specialist, at sargus@gssn.org by August 15.

  • GSSN Flag Adventures Pinterest Contest


    Pin your adventures to win! Troops who've earned their 2016 Adventure Flag are invited to participate in our GSSN Flag Adventures Pinterest Contest! Follow the instructions below for your chance to win a special breakfast at the Great Reno Balloon Race! 

    How it works

    1. Follow GSSN on Pinterest
    2. Create a Pinterest board with the title "GSSN Flag Adventures"
    3. Pin at least 1 photo of your very own flag adventure to your "GSSN Flag Adventures" board!

    Hurry, hurry! The contest ends September 4.

  • Save the Date! Fall Nut/Candy & Magazine Program


    Are you a new troop? Or maybe a troop that had tons of fantastic adventures this summer and needs to earn more troop funds? The Fall Nut/Candy & Magazine Program is the perfect way to earn recognitions and money for your troop to have even more great Girl Scout experiences!

    This year's program will run from Thursday, October 1 - Monday, October 19, 2015.

    New this year! Girls can create and earn their very own custom giraffe patch by selling a minimum of $175 in online sales. Girls and troops can also create a custom image that will display on their online portal that customers will see when they visit the girls’ online secure portal site. 

    Did you know? Customers will be able to order, pay, and have their orders shipped directly to them, all from the comfort of their home using the online portal link (watch for more on this next month). The great thing about the online sales opportunity is that even if a troop opts out of participating in the program, a girl can still participate on her own and earn money for her troop and recognitions for herself!

    Interested in participating in this year's Fall Nut/Candy & Magazine Program? Just complete the following!

      Have two approved leaders with volunteer applications and completed background screenings in place prior to September 1, 2015. Complete and submit your...


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  • Nevada Volunteer Questionnaire


    Nevada’s volunteer participation rate (20.7%) is one of the lowest in the nation and is currently ranked 49th in the country. UNLV researchers are collaborating with United Way of Southern Nevada and The Governor’s Commission on Service to improve volunteerism in the State.

    As a volunteer yourself, you know how volunteering makes a real difference in our community. We’d like to ask you to take a survey that will help us better understand volunteerism in Nevada and strategize how to improve our volunteerism rate.

    Completing the survey will allow you to enter a drawing for one of five iPads. The survey will be open from July 20 to August 17 and we will randomly choose the winners of the iPads in August, 2015. We really appreciate your time and input.

    Complete the questionnaire here! 

    The link to the survey also works on your cell phone or tablet, so please feel free to complete it on whatever device is most convenient for you.

    Thank you in advance for your participation in this important project.

    Sincerely,

    Jennifer Reid Keene, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean, UNLV College of Liberal Arts
    Professor of Sociology
    University of Nevada Las Vegas
    4505 S. Maryland Parkway
    Box 455001
    Las Vegas, NV 89154-5001
    702-895-3401

  • We Want You... at Back to School Nights!


    We have back to school packets for parents and volunteers who can help us at the 65+ back to school nights in Reno and Sparks and the 90+ back to school nights in the surrounding areas. Included are talking points, a sign-up sheet, a tablecloth, patches, cootie-catchers, posters and a lot of gratitude for helping us out!

    Volunteers will pass out information, answer questions and are not obligated to take more girls into their troop. If you need to leave the table sometime during the night, no worries! We just need awesome Girl Scout advocates when they're available.

    If you or another parent in your troop can can help at your girl's back to school night, let your recruitment specialist know or call 775-322-0642, and we will hook you up with your own back to school night packet. You may be hearing from us very soon to see if you can represent Girl Scouts at your school.

  • Troop Profile Update


    Your troop may be meeting at a new place, changing grade levels, or requesting new girls to join. Let GSSN know by submitting a troop profile update.

    Troops can even add a personality description of what their troop is all about! This could include a fun description of the activities your troop loves most or goals your troop is working towards. 

    Complete the Troop Profile Form here! Please fill submit by July 31. 

    When this form is received, we will automatically update your requests! 

  • What Will Your Service Unit Do This Year?


    It’s time to start thinking about service unit planning, budgeting, events and more, and we have new Service Unit training videos to help. In just a few minutes, you'll gain some great tips on rocking the new year!

    Our brand new videos go over service unit planning, budgeting, incorporating the GSLE into events and meeting attendance. Are you dying to see another topic covered? Let us know and we'll to our best to make it!

    Check out all the videos here!

  • Sierra Saturday Sale's Are Back!


    Our Sierra Saturday Sale is back in full swing beginning August 1. Take advantage of the great Sierra Saturday Sales - everything in the GSSN Shop is 15% off on the first Saturday of each month!

    All discounts apply to originally priced items and no other discounts apply to this special offer. In stock items only. 

  • Back to Troop and Girl Scout Bridging Kits


    Is your troop planning on bridging to the next level of Girl Scouting or just starting out and you don’t know what each girl may need?

    Bridging or Starter Kits are a great way to help you stay organized while saving you time and money! The GSSN shop can put together a great Bridging or Starter Kit for you in just a few minutes, stop by today!

    Find out more about Starter Kits here!

    Find out more about Bridging Kits here!

     

     

  • Introducing…The GSSN Frequent Buyer Program!


    Save money and learn more about Financial Literacy in the process - stop by the GSSN Shop and get your Frequent Buyer Card today!

    Beginning August 3rd, every time you come into the GSSN Shop and spend a minimum of $25 before tax, we'll punch your Frequent Buyer Card. After 8 card punches, you'll receive 15% off your next purchase!

    For those in our outlying areas who many not be able to visit the GSSN Shop in person, this offer is available to you and we will store your Frequent Buyer card at the GSSN Reno Service Center. 

    *All punches are given at time of purchase for in-store merchandise only. No other discounts or offers apply. Cards are valid from 1 year after initial punch.

  • Girl Scout Adventure Day at Cabela's


    Come join us at Cabela's for our exciting annual Adventure Day on Tuesday, August 4! We have a great day planned with fly tying (provided by the Stillwater Fly Tying Club), tent setup and archery by Cabela’s Outfitters, and even gold panning (courtesy of the Gold Panner’s Association of America)! Fly tying is available for girls grades 4+ and archery is available for girls grades 2+.

    This FREE event runs from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for girls in grades 4-6 and from 10 - 11:30 a.m. for girls in grades 1-3. Check-in is at the flag poles outside the front of the store beginning 15 minutes before the event time.

    Interested in attending? RSVP to Jamie Klund (james.klund@cabelas.com) with your troop number, names of attendees, and grades of attendees! 

    Registration deadline: August 1, 2015

  • Girl Scouts Give Patriotic Reading at the Historic Aultman Flag Raising


    One-hundred-forty years after the first Flag Day on June 14, 1917, the citizens of White Pine County erected the flag pole on the crest of a hill directly West of Aultman Street. June 14, 2015, Ninety eight years later, the City of Ely rededicated this flag pole to the citizens of White Pine County.

    Mayor Melody Van Camp welcomed the crowd to the re-dedication at noon. Girl Scout Troop 1349 gave a patriotic reading about the flag and its importance to the American people. 

    The crowd watched as the flag, measuring 8 feet by 17 feet, was raised for the first time on the new pole. As the wind caught the flag, the stars and stripes could be seen as the flag unfurled and stood out to fly majestically above the City of Ely. The crowd proudly said the Pledge of Allegiance and then sang “God Bless America” and “The Grand ‘Ole Flag” with music provided by Cal Henley and Bill Wilson of the Hometown Backers Band.

     

  • Troop #1349 Visits White Pine Museum


    Girl Scouts Troop 1349 had a great time at the White Pine Public Museum!

    The biggest hit of the tour was the collection of rocks and, of course, the Cave Bear Display. They also toured the outside grounds and enjoyed the school house and the log cabin. It was certianly a fun and interesting day! 

  • Splish, Splash, Save...join the RGJ "Water Savers Club" today!


    Girl Scouts - YOU are invited to help lead our community in saving FIVE MILLION gallons of water this summer. Joining the RGJ "Water Savers Club" is easy as 1, 2, 3:  1. Check It Out: Our Water Savers Patch Program is filled with activities, event opportunities, and more...follow along to earn the new RGJ Water Savers Patch!  (Brownie Bonus - many activities are also in the Wonders of Water Journey Guide. This is a great time to earn this award!)  2. Pledge To Save: Track your water usage by signing up for the RGJ "Water Savers Club" online. 3. Share Your Success: Send us pictures and stories of your "Water Savers Club" adventure for a chance to be highlighted in the Reno Gazette Journal. Email: SierraDrought@RGJ.com  Because water is such an important part of our lives, drought can affect communities and the environment in lots of different ways. Thank you to our Girl Scout troops and families as we pledge to save water this summer. Water Saver questions? We're here to help: jmahon@gssn.org  *For interested families, the RGJ wil...



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  • Represent GSSN at a Back to School Nights


    There are more than 65 elementary back to school nights in Reno/Sparks alone and we need your help representing Girl Scouts and expanding membership at as many schools as possible!

    Volunteers will pass out information, answer questions and are not obligated to take more girls into their troop. If you need to leave the table sometime during the night, no worries! We just need awesome Girl Scout advocates when they're available.

    If you or another parent in your troop can can help at your girl's back to school night, let your recruitment specialist know and we will hook you up with a back to school night envelope with a table cloth, flyers, bracelets and instructions. You may also be hearing from us in August to see if you can represent your school.

     

     

  • Golden Gate Bridging


    "On May 2, five girls from Troop #1141 bridged from Juniors to Cadettes on the Golden Gate Bridge, along with 5,000 other girls from around the country! After the bridging party, we went to explore all San Francisco has to offer. It was a fantastic experience and we made a life time of memories."

    - Sherry M.

  • Tahoe Shores Camporee


    On the weekend of May 29, almost 90 local Girl Scouts gathered for the annual Girl Scout Camporee at 4H Camp in Stateline! Girls ranging in age from six to sixteen got to bunk in cabins with their troop mates and leaders, kayak, swim, sing songs (lots of songs), perform skits, and make s' mores over the campfire. They also got to participate in arts and crafts projects, team building challenges and they even got a lesson on native plants and animals from a local science educator!

  • Camp Wasiu II Trading Post


    The trading post at Camp Wasiu II has some great Girl Scout related merchandise for your camper to enjoy. While at camp your camper will have the opportunity to visit the camp trading post either on the day that you check her in or during her camp session. You can either put any amount of money on a account that your camper can access while in the trading post or you can send your camper with money to spend while she learns about financial literacy and shops on her own. Items in the trading post range from $.99 up to $25.00.

  • Now, troops can IMAGINE their STEM futures too!


    Do you want to do more science activities with your troop? Do you want to learn about fun and high paying careers available in science fields? If you answered yes, then IMAGINE Your STEM Future is for you. 

    IMAGINE is a GSUSA designed investigative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) career curriculum and is now available from the Reno Service Center. Activities include Extract DNA from a Banana, Soft Circuit Textiles, Oil Spill! and more. The IMAGINE curriculum is tied to GIRLtopia and BLISS Journey books but many activities can be altered for younger Girl Scouts. 

    Call the shop (775.322.0642 ext 1237) to sign it out today. 

  • End-of-Year Ceremonies and Celebration Planning


    It’s hard to believe, but June is right around the corner! This is when many troops hold their bridging and flying up ceremonies, as well as their courts of awards to recognize accomplishments. Here are a few tips to get you started:

    Court of Awards- a ceremony to recognize the achievements of the Girl Scouts. It is on this occasion that girls receive the badges that they have earned. This ceremony can be held any time during the Girl Scout year; some troops have two or more of these during their troop year.

    Fly-Up – a ceremony held at the end of the Girl Scouting year for Brownie Girl Scouts bridging into Junior Girl Scouts. It is at this time the girls receive their Brownie Girl Scout wings.

    Bridging- a ceremony held for any Girl Scout moving up to a new level in the program. Daisy Girl Scouts to Brownie Girl Scouts, Brownie Girl Scouts to Junior Girl Scouts, etc.

    A ceremony may be informal, taking only a few minutes to prepare or, it may be a more formal nature, requiring advance preparation. If you girls are preparing to bridge or fly up here are some elements that might be included in a ceremony:

    Girl Scout Promise and Law, reading of poems or original words written by girls for the occasion, songs, candle lighting, flag ceremony, etc. The ceremony should be simple and dignified. A celebration is a time...



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  • Rent Camp Wasiu II


    Camp Wasiu II, our overnight camp in Sierra City, California, is the perfect outdoor destination for your troop or service unit! Affordable rental weekends for summer 2015 are now available, and your group can also have our program specialists lead awesome archery, swimming, canoeing, or stand-up paddleboarding programs.  

    For more information, contact Stefanie Argus, Camp & Outdoor Specialist, at sargus@gssn.org or by phone at 775.322.0642 x1202.

  • First Aid/CPR/AED Training


    First Aid/CPR/AED Training

    This Red Cross certification class fulfills the GSUSA Safety Activity Checkpoints Level 1 first aid requirements for the first-aider at troop meetings and most activities outside of regular troop meetings. This is a two year certification course in adult and pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED. First aiders are adults who have taken Girl Scout council-approve​d first aid and CPR training. Any adult volunteer, including parents, may be a first aider for a troop. You must complete the entire course in order to receive your First Aid/CPR/AED certification. This course is open to adults and older Girl Scouts who have not been certified before or for those needing re-certificatio​n.

    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!

    Click here to register.

    Registration deadline: Friday, June 12, 2015.

    Registration fee: $40

  • Travel the World with GSSN!


    Australia and New Zealand – June 27-July 8, 2016 (tentative)

    G'day mates! Join us for an exciting 12-day whirlwind adventure of Australia and New Zealand in the summer of 2016. Arrive in Auckland and travel to Rotorua to explore the Whaka geothermal area and Maori village.  Observe a jade demonstration and enjoy a traditional Hangi feast. Fly to Cairns and explore the Great Barrier Reef. Next stop is Sydney! Take a walking tour of the Rocks, discover the National Opal Collection, investigate Sydney's interesting history, and explore the Wild Life Sydney Zoo. Other possibilities may include an excursion to the rainforest village of Kuranda or a trip to the spectacular Blue Mountains of Katoomba. This is a girls-only (with selected chaperones) trip and girls must be 14 years old at time of travel. Current Cost: $5,030.

    Want to know more?

    If you be 14 years old at time of travel bring your parents/guardians/ troop leader to one of the following Travel Information sessions to learn more about this trip:

    ·      Wednesday, June 17, 6:00-7:30 p.m. OR Sunday, July 12, 2:00-3:30 p.m. OR Thursday, July 23, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

    Contact Paula Cady, pcady@gssn.org, with any questions and go to http://www.gssn.org/things-to-do/event-training-calendar/ for more information on how to register for these free sessions.

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  • Camp Wasiu II Opening Weekend


    We're looking for volunteers to help open Camp Wasiu II, our resident camp in Sierra City, California, to prepare it for a busy summer! Anyone interested in helping with our labor tasks are welcome, and we especially love folks who have carpentry, plumbing, electrical, roofing, or painting skills. All meals and accommodations are provided, in addition to fun evening campfires. More than 1,000 local youth will directly benefit from your hard work and dedication!

    Dates: June 11 - 14 (come for one day, all four days, or anywhere in between!)

    Register to volunteer!

    Please use one registration form for each troop/family and complete all sections. You may register ten child participants and three adult participants per form. Stay tuned for a packing list, directions, and more information! Questions? Contact Stefanie Argus, Camp & Outdoor Specialist, at sargus@gssn.org.

     

  • Host a Camp Staff Member This Summer!


    Would you like to host an international or long-distance American camp staff member in your home this summer? We're looking for families to welcome camp staff into their homes for lengths of time ranging between a weekend and two weeks! Families can host staff members before and after camp as well as during staff time off. As an approved host family, you will be asked to make contact with your camp staff members prior to arrival. This is your opportunity to tell them about your family and find out about them ahead of time. You may also ask them for a picture of themselves to make identifying them at the airport a bit easier. Your family will need to provide a safe and comfortable place for the staff to stay at your home - a couch, air mattress, futon, or bed will be just fine. Host families also prepare some meals for our camp staff members while they are at the home.

    Interested? Become an approved host family today! We so appreciate your dedication to Girl Scouting and for providing our camp staff with a welcoming Nevadan host family!

    For more details, please contact Stefanie Argus, Camp & Outdoor Specialist, at sargus@gssn.org.

  • Travel the World with GSSN!


    Savannah, Georgia – October 27-30, 2015 (tentative)

    Discover your Girl Scout heritage during four days of non-stop activities, October 27-30, 2015, in the Savannah, Georgia, the Birthplace of Girl Scouts! Visit Juliette Gordon Low's birthplace, the first Girl Scout headquarters, the house where Girl Scouts was founded, and Laurel Grove Cemetery where Juliette Gordon Low is buried. You'll also investigate the rich history and culture of Savannah, visit some of the nation's most significant battle sites, take a historic Savannah carriage tour in a horse-drawn carriage, be part of an "America's Most Haunted City" tour (or similar activity), visit Tybee Island complete with forts and the Tybee Lighthouse, take a dolphin cruise, participate in the Girl Scout Militia Program at Old Fort Jackson, and enjoy free time exploring the beautiful city of Savannah. This trip is open to girls in sixth grade and older at time of travel and to troops.  Current Cost: $2,000. 

    Australia and New Zealand – June 27-July 8, 2016 (tentative)

    G'day mates! Join us for an exciting 12-day whirlwind adventure of Australia and New Zealand in the summer of 2016. Arrive in Auckland and travel to Rotorua to explore the Whaka geothermal area and Maori village.  Observe a jade demonstration and enjoy a traditional Hangi feast. Fly to Cairns and explore the Great Barrier Reef. Next stop is Sydney! Take a walking tour of the Rocks, discove...



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  • What's New at Camp Wasiu II?


    Come get in on the FUN! Camp Wasiu II is our overnight camp for girls grades 1 – 12 in beautiful Sierra City, California. This summer at Camp Wasiu II, we’re offering some brand new stuff! Keep reading to check out the awesome things we have planned.

    MEGAswim: This swim is for the hearty, the brave, and the bold! Green-level swimmers will be invited to join us once a week at Packer Lake to test their skills and endurance. You’ll jump in at one end of the lake and swim all the way to the other shore…and back again! (We’ll keep things safe, too - all swimmers will be outfitted in life jackets and our staff will paddle canoes nearby to provide any needed assistance.)

    Field archery course: We’re taking the sport of archery into the woods! Our older campers (girls grades 4+) will have the opportunity to experience this more challenging version of archery, in addition to shooting at our archery range (available to all girls grades 2+).

    Mini-Sessions: Don’t want the magic to end? Come back to camp for a mini-session! From July 19 – 21, 2015, we’re offering cool programs such as the Outdoors & S’mores Mini-Session (girls entering grade 1), Camptastic Mini-Session (girls entering grades 2 – 3), Bring a Buddy Mini-Session (girls entering grades 4 – 5), or the Rookie Lifeguarding Mini-Session (girls entering grades 6 – 12).

    Award patches: Will you attend all of our Polar Bear early morning pool plunges while you’re at...



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  • TRIUMPHANT: Celebrating Women in Leadership Dinner


    Each year, we honor five outstanding local women leaders for their contributions to our community, and for being exemplary role models for our Girl Scouts. 

    Congratulations to the 2014 TRIUMPHANT Honorees!

    • Dee Frewert for her passion in S.T.E.M.
    • Lynell Garfield-Qualls M.S. for her dedication to Environmental Leadership
    • Estela Gutierrez for her brilliant Community Service 
    • Season Lopiccolo for her business savvy and Financial Literacy 
    • Heather Reimer for ensuring our community is Living Healthy

    Click here to see more photos from the 2014 TRIUMPHANT: Celebrating Women in Leadership Awards!

  • Girl Scout Leadership Institute 2014


    A lively, dedicated team of ten girls represented the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada at the Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) during the 53rd National Convention in Salt Lake City. In addition, three of the girls served as our council delegates with full voting rights during the business sessions. After listening to inspiring speakers and learning project management skills, they all developed their own plans for creative Gold Award projects. A special shout-out to Kaylie, one of 23 girls from around the country on the Girl Planning Team, who planned and implemented the GSLI program.

  • GSSN at the National Girl Scout Convention


    The 53rd National Girl Scout Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah was a week spent making new friends from around the world and around the U.S. Whether you were observing the Delegate sessions, exploring the Hall of Experience, or having a delicious lunch around town, there were thousands of Girl Scouts smiling, laughing, and having a great time together.  

    Several staff attended the convention for the first time and each had their own special memory: 

    • Alex really enjoyed the Conversation of Consequence: Diversity and getting her book signed by the panelists. 
    • Shannon was most inspired interacting as a volunteer at the NASA booth helping girls with the rocket launchers.
    • Tish could be seen trading SWAPS with adults and girls from all over including our National CEO, Anna Maria Chavez.
    • Krista was impressed seeing all of the girls interacting with each other during their learning sessions.
    • Johanna felt the closing ceremony speaker and CEO of GoldieBlox Debbie Sterling had a powerful message about trying something new and never giving up on your dreams.
    • Adrienne enjoyed meeting and talking with one of the Young Women of Distinction Awardees whose project was called, 'The Power of Poo'.

    Our Adult and Girl Delegates and GSLI crew were amazing ambassadors for GSSN and we are all looking forward to the 2017 convention in Columbus, Ohio!

  • Local Gold Award Project – Be Inspired!


    Girl Scout Ambassador Lindsey Z recently completed her Gold Award Project by raising a guide dog puppy, Kenny, to draw attention to the issue of blindness and educate people in her community about service animals.

     

  • Monkeys, Volcanoes, and Ziplining, Oh My!


    Eleven GSSN Girl Scouts, now savvy international travelers, just returned from an amazing 10-day trip through Costa Rica, and what an experience they had! These adventurers were on the go every day from very early in the morning until late at night, living what Costa Rican's call "Pura Vida!" or "pure life".  

    Activities included: visiting an active volcano, swimming below a waterfall, kayaking, visiting an organic farm, relaxing in natural hot springs, visiting a local 27-student school, planting indigenous trees at a reserve, taking dance lessons, horseback riding in a monsoon, zip lining through and above a cloud forest, going on a cloud forest night hike, boating through an estuary/mangrove swamp, spending an entire day at a beautiful Pacific Ocean beach, painting historic ox cart designs on personal medallions, whitewater rafting; and hiking through cloud forests, rain forests, and transitional forests! 

    It was like living in a zoo without cages as the explorers got up close and personal with monkeys (howler, squirrel, and capuchin), iguanas, geckos, crocodiles, sloths (two- and three-toed), raccoons, exotic birds, snakes, big insects, and breath-taking butterflies. Our international trekkers saw geologic marvels, experienced different types of habitats and foliage, ate great local food, met many nice people, were swept up in the World Cup, and absorbed as much of the Costa Rican culture as possible. &nbs...



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  • Girl Scouts Get their Creative Juices Flowing at Reno’s Artown


    Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts alike came by the GSSN booth at Artown’s Family Festival in Wingfield Park on Monday to paint, draw, sketch, and get their creative juices flowing. Girls used their skills to make their own murals and draw using three different techniques while completing one step toward a Brownie painting badge or the Junior drawing badge.

    GSSN is hosting an art booth every Monday in July from 5 – 7 p.m. at Artown’s Family Festival nights and all girls are invited complete one or all of the badge requirements.