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  • 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.

  • 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 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: • Sunday, August 9, 3 - 4 p.m. OR Wednesday, September 23, 6 - 7 p.m. OR Thursday, October 8, 6 - 7 p.m. Contact Paula Cady, pcady@gssn.org, with any questions and visit our Events Calendar for more information on how to register for these free sessions. Start the enrollment...



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  • 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.

  • Camp Mudder Older Girl Reunion


    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 campers grades 6+ 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 15 at sargus@gssn.org.

  • 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! 

  • 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!

  • 2016 Cookie Recognitions


    Hurry, Hurry, voting for the 2016 Cookie Recognitions closes on Friday, July 31, 2015. 

    We are excited to be gearing up for another great cookie season and look forward to hearing your feedback on our fun recognition items for the 2015-2016 cookie season. This is your opportunity to have your vote count towards the 2015-2016 recognitions that you'd like to earn.

    Find out more here, or vote for your favorite recognitions now! 

  • 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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  • It's Time to VOTE!


    Dream, Design, Do! encourages girls to push their creative talents, make a plan to achieve and follow through on those plans to make an impact on the world. We are excited to be gearing up for another great Cookie Season and look forward to hearing your feedback on our fun recognition items for the 2015-2016 Cookie Season. 

    This is your chance to have your vote count towards the 2015-2016 recognitions that you'd like to earn! Click here to vote for your favorite recognitions.

  • 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.

    Start the enroll...



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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.