BOISE — Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council, which serves Girl Scout troops in Southern Idaho, Eastern Oregon and Northern Nevada, has moved to new headquarters after spending nearly half its history at its previous base.
Formerly the QUE Financial Services building at 8948 W. Barnes St. on the corner of South Maple Grove Road, the region's new Girl Scouts headquarters is 24 years newer, nearly double in size, ADA compliant, and closer to Interstate 84. It also boasts improved amenities such as a multipurpose space, updated fiber optics, conference facilities, room for troops and volunteers to meet, and a lab for computer coding equipment. A grant for the coding equipment came from the Idaho STEM Action Center.
According to CEO Patricia Pyke, the new headquarters is a visible symbol of the 80-year-old organization's modernization and bright future.
"This new building gives us a really strong foundation for serving the community in new ways," Pyke said in a press release. "I can't imagine a more relevant program for girls, and our society needs the kind of leadership and community service that joining Girl Scouts inspires."
Between the sales of its former headquarters and one of its three camps — Pine Creek Ranch — Girl Scouts of Silver Sage was able to purchase the new building while carrying relatively little cost, according to Pyke.
Near Salmon, Idaho, Pine Creek Ranch offered summer camps to an average of 70 Girl Scouts per year. However, the council last used the site to host Girl Scout camps in 2008, because 2009 and subsequent camps were canceled due to low attendance. The council sold the camp this summer to a licensed outfitter and guide, which will continue to operate the site as a backcountry camp.
Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council still owns and operates two Girl Scout camps: Camp Alice Pittenger on Payette Lake and Camp Ta-Man-A-Wis near Swan Valley.
The council is a girl-led youth organization serving more than 4,100 young women. The first Girl Scout troop in the region was founded in 1921 in Nampa.
Visit www.girlscouts-ssc.org for details.