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  • December CEO Blog - Robotics, Engineering, and More


    Sometimes it’s been difficult to make a connection between Girl Scouting and STEM.  Activities seemed too “academic” for girls – missing the fun and best parts of the Girl Scout experience.  Volunteers were lacking resources if they did not have STEM expertise, and parents were more puzzled than excited because the mindset was that Girl Scouts was about cookies and camping.  Our focus on STEM – which we knew was important for girls future success and aligned with their current interests, seemed like it didn’t fit in.

    Fast forward to the release of our 23 new badges focused on science, technology, engineering and math and it’s a super exciting new time for Girl Scouts! The largest addition of new badges in a decade, these new offerings take a progressive approach to STEM and nudge girls to explore new concepts and try new things.  Girls can create algorithms, design robots and racecars, go on environmentally conscious camping trips, collect data in the great outdoors, try their hand at engineering, and so much more.  Having content that is best in class and developed in partnership with our cutting-edge organizations like NASA, Code.org, the Society of Women Engineers, and the outdoor-focused Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has transformed the image of Girl Scouts and will attract families who might have not otherwise considered...



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  • Girl Scout Troop 55725 Completes Community Project Symbolizing Unity


    On November 14, 2017, Girl Scout Troop 55275 gathered along with their families to unveil the 4x4 Unity Sign that is now displayed at the entrance of the Delsea Village Apartments in Millville, NJ.

    The Girl Scouts chose the design to symbolize unity and community. The troop tossed around several ideas, but decided that the tree symbolized unity, and agreed that there are certain characteristics that should be built into the roots, elements needed in order to build a strong community. The girls learned to come together as a team to create a piece of artwork that many would be able to appreciate. They worked closely and in a harmonious fashion to make a piece of artwork that would be viewed and respected by all who live in Delsea Village on a daily basis. The Millville Mayor, Michael Santiago, gave each Girl Scout that participated a " City of Millville" Certificate of Achievement for completing this project!

    The basic idea for the sign was, “How can we, The Girl Scouts of Delsea Village, demonstrate to our community that we are the example of unity?  And how can we get the message across to the community using a group of words, that represents positive attributes?”  It was an adventure for the girls in more ways than one. They had to create this sign from the beginning stages.  A four foot-by-four foot piece of plywood was delivered to the community center and the girls immediately got to work suggesting a variety of ideas of which the...



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  • Gold Award Highlight - Tia


    1.  What is the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?

    The "I CARE" Project

    My project addressed the issue that not all children are exposed to how important it is to take care of one's teeth. The impact I had hoped to make was that after every workshop, each child would be able to take what they learned home and set a good example for their siblings and the rest of their families. Proper dental care is vital to have a healthy life, so it is important to start with the basics.

    The root cause of the issue was to accentuate how important it is to have good dental health. I addressed it by contacting various child care facilities in hopes that they would allow me to educate the children about dental care. I addressed it by explaining the importance of staying healthy with many experiments and activities. It was important for me to address the issue through interactive activities because that is how young children learn the best.

     

    2.  What sustainable impact does your Gold Award project have on the community?

    I have created a website/blog explaining everything that I have done. In order to inspire others, I notified my friends in the community through email and social media and even created a blog in order to impact people on a global level.

    https://icaregirlscoutsgoldaward.wordpress.com/

     

    3.  What insights/takeaway did...



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  • November CEO Blog - The STEM Initiative


    Since our founding, Girl Scouts has been focused on preparing girls to be strong, courageous women who make impact in the world.  Through these efforts, we’ve also been focused on leveling the playing field for women and girls, ensuring that we have equal opportunity, representation and influence in all aspects of society.

    Over the past decade, Girl Scouting has launched our STEM initiative, to ensure that girls have access to and are encouraged to explore science, technology, engineering and math beyond the academics they’ll find in school.  Sure, we were motivated by the glaring gaps in the numbers of women in high-paying STEM careers and in STEM majors.  We were motivated by the alarming numbers of girls who in middle school are opting out of challenging STEM classes because they think it isn’t pretty to be smart.  At the same time, our world is changing, and predictions are that no matter what the occupation, STEM competency is and will continue to be a critical skill for the future.  We can already see this happening – whether it’s computer technologies that drive every business you can name or the automation and robotics which are changing industries and jobs.  Just think about the technological power we all carry in our pockets via our smart phones, and how our kids are using technology every day in the classroom.   

    Technology increasingly permeates every aspect of society and provides the foundation for most mo...



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  • Gold Award Highlight - Sara


    1.  What is the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?

    “BE-WISE” 

    My research showed that in elementary and middle school, 74% of girls express an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) for a future career. But by the time they choose a college major, only about .3% of today’s STEM majors are women. I wanted to address some of the root causes including a lack of information to young girls about today’s STEM careers and lack of school clubs dedicated to women in STEM.

     

    2.  What sustainable impact does your Gold Award project have on the community?

    BE WISE (Bishop Eustace Women Interested in Science and Engineering) is now an officially sanctioned club at my high school. Girls from all four grades are members and the club has a Science faculty member as a continuing advisor. BE WISE has also been accepted as a “SWE Next” official club of the Society of Women Engineers - NEXT Generation national organization.  Our “junior” club at an elementary school in Camden, NJ was officially recognized as a Girls Who Code national club.

     

    3.  What insights/takeaway did you gain from your project? 

    When I first submitted the approval form for the club at my school, many teachers said the club was unnecessary and told me that I need to make it more general and involve boys as well. Many of them didn’t understand the r...



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  • Girl Scouts Advocate for the "International Day of the Girl": A Movement of Youth Mobilization and Girl Leadership


    On October 11, Girl Scouts and girl-led advocates around the world celebrate “The Day of the Girl”, an international observance day declared by the United Nations in 2012. The “Day of the Girl” aims to increase global awareness of girls’ access to education, takes a stand on violence against girls and women, and encourages overall equality based on gender. As the largest youth-serving, girl leadership organization, recognizing October 11th is a not just a day of advocating for girls’ issues, but empowers an everyday movement to highlight girl leadership and the importance of issues that affect girls everywhere. Today, Girl Scouts urges girls to get involved and mobilize to advance rights and opportunities to help less fortunate, fellow sisters all over the world.

    Girl Scouts builds Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-Takers, and Leaders of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place through discovering their talents and passions, connecting with their communities, and taking action to positively impact the world – in this case, for all girls. "Although Girl Scouts focus on their local communities initially, we give girls the tools to empower themselves to look at the bigger picture, and in turn take on the problems not just in their backyards, but in their world.  Our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character urges girls to ignite their passions and learn to lead....



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  • CEO Blog - October


    As I write this blog, it is the last week of September – only 5 days away from the beginning of the new Girl Scout year.  I am so excited for the coming fiscal year, as it is bringing some great new things to our movement!

    The coming year brings focus and a refresh to girl program with new badges and enhanced Journeys.  We are very excited to have updated core curriculum as well as new resources in STEM, entrepreneurship, outdoor experience and life skills to bring to troops and girls.    Our Council will be finding new ways to bring these tools to life – so be on the lookout as we focus our Council sponsored programs and events in the coming year.

    We’ll also leverage this focus in other ways like creating a better tie between the core tenants of entrepreneurship with the Fall Product program, and spotlighting careers in STEM at the Girl Leadership Summit.  In everything we do, we want to highlight these four niches – as areas that girls are most interested in exploring, and as skills and experiences that transform girls into go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders.   I hope that our troop leaders will also encourage girls to pursue opportunities to explore these areas – for fun and growth!

    I am especially excited about the new Outdoor STEM Journey, Think Like a Citizen Scientist.   Girls will have the opportunity to bridge their interests in the outdoor and science by making observations, colle...



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  • Gold Award Highlight – Kristen


    Care Package Pillows

    1. What is the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?

    The name of the Gold Award Project was "Care Package Pillows." When I originally started the project, I intended for it to be a homemade item that children in hospitals could keep for themselves. Instead of only having items issued by the hospital that they would have to return, they would be given colorful, well-made pillows with fun prints filled with stuffed animals, coloring books, crayons, etc. However, throughout the course of the project it became apparent that I would need help in order to meet the quantity of pillows that I wanted to make. I asked a local group of young teenage mothers, many of them younger than me, to help. This was especially meaningful because they were giving up their already very busy lives (with trying to raise their own children) to help with the community.

    2. What sustainable impact does your Gold Award project have on the community?

    My Gold Award project will be continued at my local high school through the Christine's Hope for Kids club. They will continue to sew and fill these "care package" pillows to donate to local hospitals. These gifts meant more to the kids than I ever could have imagined, and reminded them that our community truly cares about them and wishes them a fast and safe recovery. I also believe that, through helping the young mothers, I reminded them that our community also valu...



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  • CEO Blog - September


    I hope that everyone is settling in back at school – and that it’s a successful school year for everyone!  With the launch of back to school and Girl Scouting comes the Fall Product Program!

    This year, you’ll see many exciting changes to the Fall Product Sale - higher proceeds for troops, troop incentives, new product offerings, and more. The Fall Product Program is an opportunity for troops to hit the ground running, and earn funds to support their Girl Scout experience.  This year, proceeds for troops will increase to 15% across the board for all, and we’ve eliminated the Older Girl Proceeds form so there’s less paperwork for girls to participate.

    We’ve also introduced several new product options for your customers including tumblers, water bottles, and organic veggies.  The incentives and rewards include a plush stuffed animal for selling 18 items and new incentives for girls who sell online.  Girls can earn the MyPatchCreation customizable patch at $175 in online sales, and a customized shirt for $250 in online sales.  As a troop volunteer reward, we’ve added a Cookie Biz Bundle for troops selling a combined total of $1200. The Bundle includes document holders, note pads, HUGE promo cookie boxes, 2 cookie aprons, and a bundle of 25 thank you bags.

    Finally, in an effort to help troops with paperwork, we’re introducing a joint permission slip that parents can sign for participation in both the Fall Product and Cookie Programs...



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  • Gold Award Highlight: Shivangi


    Girl Scout Gold Awardee – Shivangi

    “Soarin’ with STEM”

    1. What is the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?

    My Gold Award project was entitled “Soarin’ with STEM.” The purpose of my project was to motivate and encourage young girls to view STEM subjects as a great avenue for their future careers. Currently, there is a huge under-representation of women in STEM fields, particularly due to the negative impact of media and marketing in the toy and film industries as well as a lack of exposure to STEM opportunities at an early age. Through this project, I hoped to inspire young girls through hands-on learning, interactive discussions and role-playing exercises that they are equally as capable of pursuing STEM careers as boys.

    2. What sustainable impact does your Gold Award project have on the community?

    The community benefited immediately because after taking the classes, children felt more confident and excited about their science and math classes at school as they mentioned through surveys. Both girls and boys were more excited to interact together at the same level through the many team-related experiments that I gave them to perform. I hope that through early exposure to STEM through these classes, both girls and boys will be more confident in pursuing a STEM career in the future if they choose to do so. For anyone who wishes to sustain my project, I created a whole website with links to my powerpoint pr...



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  • CEO Blog - August


    One of my most vivid Girl Scout childhood memories is a troop trip to Washington DC.  We learned about the US government, and I was inspired by the stately feel of the city with the Capitol, White House and Smithsonian.  Around the same time, I realized that my parents were very active in local politics – the next year my father ran for State Representative, and my mother served as a Women’s Committee Chair.   Perhaps somewhat unique at the time (and even now), was the fact that my father was a Democrat and my mother a Republican -  although it certainly explains why our dinner table was often the place of spirited debate!  Listening to my parents debate issues through somewhat opposing points of view and being inspired by their engagement in the local political process made an impression on me, and I believe partially fueled my own passion for community service and civic engagement.

    Fast forward many years, and here I sit as the CEO of our Girl Scout Council in a time when the interest of girls to drive issues and change is exploding.    We certainly saw a spike following last year’s election, but long before that we began to see the interest of our girls in issues – in wanting to not only take action via service but also understand the root causes of community problems and speak out when they saw injustice or disparity.  Girl Scouting has a long tradition of community service and engagement, as well Citizen Badge P...



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  • Gold Award: Caroline


    July Gold Award Highlight – Caroline

    Jr. FIRST Lego League Program for the New Jersey School of the Deaf

    1. What is the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?

    After taking Sign Language class, I realized that the deaf community has limited exposure to many of the activities I have enjoyed. I was inspired to share my love of robotics with the students at New Jersey School for the Deaf. I started a Jr. FIRST Lego League Robotics team for them teaching them about simple machines, engineering, and programming. They created a Lego model and poster around the theme of recycling. They presented this model and poster at an expo and were overjoyed when they won the “Explosive Minds” award.

    2. What sustainable impact does your Gold Award project have on the community?

    I trained a teacher at the school how to run a Jr. FLL team and left the Lego kits and computer software at the school. The program continues to run and expose more hearing impaired students to STEM and robotics. They loved the expo and hopefully they will now consider STEM majors or careers in the future.

    3. What insights/takeaway did you gain from your project?

    It is important for the community to remember that students with hearing impairments or other handicaps are very capable and enjoy a variety of learning opportunities just like other students.

    4. Anything else you'd like to share?

    I recommen...



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  • July CEO Blog - G.I.R.L. 2017


    In a few short months, women and girls from all across the country will convene in Columbus, Ohio for a very special event!  G.I.R.L. 2017 will draw more than 10,000 of the brightest, toughest and most capable girls and women in the world for an event that only comes once every three years!

    G.I.R.L. 2017 is for every girl who wants to stand up, take charge, and change the world, for herself and for all of us. The gathering will offer one-of-a-kind fun, inspiring speakers and enlightening educational opportunities. This will be my second time attending this event.  It truly is amazing to see Girl Scouting take over a city – and make our presence known.  The 2014 event in Salt Lake City was educational, inspirational and fun.  Being there truly sparked passion in me for the collective power of our movement!  I hope that many of you have the opportunity to attend a national gathering at some point during your Girl Scout career.

    In addition, National Council Delegates, representing the Girl Scout membership in all 50 states, will convene for the 54th National Council Session.  This meeting provides an opportunity for us to do national business – like elect National Board Members, update our National Bylaws and provide input to the National Board on critical issues for the future of Girl Scouting.  The governance of Girl Scouting is woven from the fabric of each one of us – the nearly 2.0 million members of the Girl Sc...



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  • Coding is Magic by Violet


    What is the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?
    The name of my Gold Award is “Coding is Magic”. My​ ​issue addresses the lack of coding programs for children. My target audience is​ ​elementary to middle school children. I have always thought coding was cool. But, There​ ​were not programs for me to learn how to code until last year. I believe children will benefit if​ ​they are exposed to code at a younger age.

    What sustainable impact does your Gold Award project have on the community?
    They learned the skill of coding. My project is sustained beyond this project because the students get to keep their projects when they are done. They are able to further improve their web pages after the program. I created a game that they can play and edit with the skills they learned. Or they could try creating a new project using the Javascript skills they learned. All the student will walk away with a basic understanding of HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

    What insights/takeaway did you gain from your project?
    I learned that problem solving is key. I have become very effective at detecting coding errors. I had to teach slowly and not assume anything. My communications skills through interactions with parents and participants improved. I was able to closely mentor and inspire children. I successfully facilitated activities requiring applications of leadership, mentorship and time management skills.

    ...



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  • Honor your Father this Father's Day


    We know you want the best for the girls in your life—and that few things are as important to you as their health, safety, happiness, and access to opportunities in life.  This Father's Day, we honor all the Girl Scout Dads who are making a difference. 

    • Melissa Schultz honoring Norman Dexter
    • Sierra James honoring Samuel James III
    • Issie D'Agostino honoring Robert Klinger
    • April Suk​ honoring ​Christopher Suk
    • Heather Brown​ honoring ​Rob Flanagan
    • Tracy Alexich in honor of Mark Alexich
    • Tammy LaPorta in honor of Jimmy Lange
    • Alexis Colon in honor of Wilfredo Colon Sr.
    • Amanda Edwards in honor of Don Edwards
    • Troop 25735 honoring John Dwyer 
    • Yasmeen Eltemawi in honor of Rajae Eltemawii
    • Omprakash Nakka honoring of Omprakash Nakka

    Add your Dad or male role model to the list, donate today in his honor.

     

     
  • CEO Blog - June


    I love so many things about Girl Scouts.  When I was a Junior and Cadette, my favorite thing was earning badges; I still have them all, proudly displayed in my office in a shadow box.  I love the outdoors, and while I wouldn’t consider myself much of a camper, I love walking around Girl Scout camp – smelling the fresh air, crunchy pine needles under my feet, roasting marshmallows for S’mores.  Today, as a Girl Scout professional, I especially love that I am part of the amazing accomplishments of thousands of girls each year.  Already, over the four short years I’ve served as CEO, I have seen girls transform in maturity, poise and confidence.  I’ve seen them tackle community problems through Bronze, Silver and Gold Award projects and use their voices to speak on issues that they care passionately about.  Our organization is special and like me, if you are Girl Scout, parent or volunteer, you know it too.

    There is one thing that does drive me a little crazy – something that does affect us and can’t be ignored, but needs to be put in proper perspective.  It’s something that I call our “Boy Scout thing”.  

    Many of you know what I mean.  It’s when we get frustrated about how come “no one” knows about the Gold Award and everyone knows what an Eagle Scout is.  It’s the competition over who has the best STEM or Outdoor program, in a day when girls are welcomed into Boy Scouting to participate in those programs.  ...



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  • Sylvia Acevedo Named Next Chief Executive Officer Of Girl Scouts Of The USA


  • Mission Moment


    Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors of Girl Scout Troops 81874, 80812, and 80429 joined forces to benefit our soldiers overseas.  They organized a packing event at the East Brunswick Civic Center Firehouse to pack 400 shoebox size boxes filled with toiletries and snacks. They turned this event into a community effort by inviting Boy Scouts and the East Brunswick Youth Council to assist in packing boxes.  The boxes were taken by Operation Shoebox who will distribute the care packages. The girls coordinated two yard sales and held a flapjack breakfast at Applesbee’s to raise over $3,700 to be used for postage to ship the boxes overseas.  Anyone with friends or family members in the military can contact Operation Shoebox NJ and request a box be sent.  Log onto Operation Shoebox’s website, scroll to the bottom of the screen and register a soldier to receive a box. Their website is: opshoeboxnj.org.

     

     

  • Gold Award Highlight: Adopt Don’t Shop by Stephanie


    What is the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?

     

    The name of my project is "Adopt Don't Shop".  The purpose of my Gold Award project was to show people the benefits of adopting a pet instead of purchasing one from a pet store or from a breeder.

    What sustainable impact does your Gold Award project have on the community?

    The sustainable impact my Gold Award project has on the community is that people will be wearing the tee shirt I designed that encourages other people to "Adopt Don't Shop".  People can read the book I wrote, titled "Going Home", it is the story of how a homeless dog was rescued, brought to a shelter and eventually finds forever home.  My book is available for purchase on Amazon in the United States and throughout Europe.

    What insights/takeaway did you gain from your project?

    The insights/takeaway I gained from my project are that you have to convince people that what you are doing and saying will benefit homeless animals everywhere.  I learned to think on my feet and that people, who share you opinions on an issue, will listen and follow you.  I gained the confidence to talk to people that I do not know about an issue that is affecting our community.  I was able to draw up a plan, put it into action and see it through to the end.  I now possess the leaders...



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  • CEO Blog - May


    “Here’s to strong women.  May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”

    My friend Claire often uses this quote when she gives remarks at events.  She’s done some amazing things in her professional career and I’ve been to several events where she’s been recognized for her accomplishments, and each time, she uses this quote and gives thanks to her mother, her mentor and role model.  Claire herself is also an amazing role model to young women – strong, accomplished and determined.  She’s never had any children yet she’s aunt extraordinaire, and has mentored countless young women pursuing similar careers.  She believes passionately in surrounding herself with like-minded women as she’s seen the power and brilliance they have brought to her life.  Claire knows that by giving we receive.

    I’m like Claire in many ways, as I suspect most Girl Scout volunteers are too.  Girl Scouting gives us the opportunity to be surrounded by amazing women (and men too!) with whom we share a common cause, and that creates an immediate bond.  Whenever we have a big Council event (like Celebrate or our Girl Recognition event) I get energized by meeting new volunteers and reconnecting with those I’ve already met; it’s an honor for to spend time talking with them.  Each of those interactions – no matter how short – is a time to learn something, moments of mentorship that help me to learn and evolve as a le...



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  • Change Begins With Understanding - Gold Awardee Summer


    1. What is the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?

    “Change Begins With Understanding” is the name of my Gold Award project, which is a conference that I held on April 10th to raise awareness of the struggles of children living in poverty and to inspire young people to help. In order for change to happen, people need to really understand what it is like for kids living in poverty – to put themselves in their shoes. Conference speakers from Trenton organizations (Michele Czechowski from St. Francis Medical Center’s CARES program and Jeff Brown from the Trenton Health Team) highlighted real life examples of the stark realities that kids in poverty face right around us like going without basic needs or feeling lost and hopeless.

    2. What sustainable impact does your Gold Award project have on the community?

    This project has a sustainable impact because “once you know something, you cannot un-know it.” This is especially true when you are moved by something. I am so happy that the conference served as an inspiration for people to get involved. Here are a few responses from attendees to the survey question, “Did you learn anything today that changed the way you think about children living in poverty?”:

    “I never realized how much poverty affected a child’s life mentally, emotionally and physically.”

    “It was both devastating and motivating to hear these stories from community leaders.”

    “I learned that although it does...



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  • CEO Blog - April


    Thank You.

    Two simple words that aren’t simple at all in their meaning and importance. As we once again celebrate the annual National Volunteer Appreciation Month, on behalf of our entire staff team and the Board of Directors, I want to express our gratitude to our volunteers – all of you - who bring Girl Scouting to life in our communities and for our girls.

    You know, I have to admit that it is sometimes daunting for me to think about the fact that our Council is powered by thousands of adult volunteers. Each one who generously gives her or his time and talents to girls. And while we’ve got volunteers who might be in similar roles, no two are alike in their passions, strengths and skills. That diversity makes Girl Scouting strong, and weaves a foundation upon which we can bring so much richness to the Girl Scout leadership experience. 

    Beyond the “doing”, volunteers are also role models for our girls, something that many of us might not often think about. When I’ve met Girl Scout alumnae and we talk about their experiences “back in the day”, inevitably they speak affectionately about a troop leader. That woman who encouraged them to try something new, to make new friends and to challenge themselves in directions they might never have imagined. That’s the magic of a Girl Scout volunteer – and on behalf of the girls whose lives you touch each and every day, thank you.    Girls may not always recognize what you are doing for them toda...



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  • New Jerseyans Reflect on Meaning of Girl Scouts


  • Stay Fit for Life - Gold Award Honoree Christina


    March Gold Award Highlight – Christine

    1. What was the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?

    My love for fitness became the inspiration behind my Gold Award Project, “Stay Fit for Life"

    The issue my Gold Award project addressed is the lack of physical fitness, as well as lack of knowledge about health and well-being and how this affects one’s health. The program encouraged the residents of Good Counsel Homes in Riverside, a residential care and community-based program for homeless, expectant and new mothers and their children to incorporate physical fitness into their daily lives, as well as educate them on different types of exercise.

     I first heard of Good Counsel Homes when I volunteered as a babysitter last year.  While babysitting, I discovered that Good Counsel holds life skill classes for the residents.  I was pondering ideas for my Girl Scout Gold Award and I met with Allyson DeSante, House Manager, to discuss the needs of Good Counsel.  I discovered that Good Counsel did not have a health and fitness program.  Being an avid athlete, I decided to develop a 6-week program for the residents to teach them different type of exercises that they could incorporate into their busy schedules.  I enlisted the help from local area fitness instructors and last summer the month of July was called Fitness Month at Good Counsel Homes.

    2. What sustainable impact did your Gold Award project have on the com...



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  • Applications for National Young Women of Distinction


    Every year, ten exceptionally inspiring Girl Scout Gold Award recipients are chosen as National Young Women of Distinction (NYWOD).

    This honor is given to Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors whose Gold Award projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge related to a national and/or global issue. These young women are taking matters into their own hands, generating much-needed change!

    NATIONAL YOUNG WOMEN OF DISTINCTION REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS

    If I am selected as a National Young Woman of Distinction I will agree to serve for one full year. I will also, to the best of my ability, make myself available on the dates requested by GSUSA, and I agree to do the following:

      Travel to New York City or other destinations as needed Respond to public relations requests—e.g., telephone or in-person interviews, or written articles for newspapers, magazines, websites, etc. Provide written blog posts or news articles upon request (Note that all articles will be professionally edited.) Serve as a representative for the national organization at speaking engagements and/or other Girl Scout–related events Sign and return, prior to award conference, all required documents, including photo/media release forms and W9 tax forms for disbursement of s...


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  • Gold Award: Self-eS.T.E.A.M.-Journei' S.T.E.M. Gems


    Girl Scout Gold Award Honoree: Journei 

    What was the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?

    The name of my project was "Self-eS.T.E.A.M.-Journei' S.T.E.M. Gems."  For my Gold Award, I planned and conducted a workshop for girls in grades six (6) to eleven (11).  In the workshop, the girls worked in S.T.E.A.M. based activities throughout the day at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, in Stratford, NJ.  The workshop was all day and separated by a lunch provided by Rowan University/SOM.  In one of the morning sessions, the girls worked in an Aerospace workshop learning about aerodynamics experiments.  They made paper airplanes, flew them and tested the effects of adjustments they made to their aircrafts.  The other workshop in the morning was a physics and engineering workshop where the girls learned about motors and magnets and its effect on our everyday life.  Just before, lunch the girls participated in a music session.  They learned the science and math in music and how technology is playing a role.  In the afternoon, Problem Based Learning (PBL) was introduced to the girls.  Here they worked closely with a group of medical students from Rowan University/SOM.  The girls envisaged themselves as doctors and simulated a medical case which they had to solve and come up with a diagnosis for a patient. The purpose of my workshop was to help inspire girls to do what the...



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  • February CEO Blog


    At Girl Scouts, our mission is to support girls as they define and tap into their inner leadership potential by standing up for themselves and the causes they believe in.  Over the past few weeks, that mission has never been more important as our nation transitions leadership and is embroiled in conversations and tensions that we haven’t experienced for some time.  In a recent op-ed for Time Magazine, our interim national CEO Sylvia Acevedo, asked several important questions:  “What does our work building the leadership of girls look like in a polarized age of hyper-partisanship? How do we encourage girls to speak out when it seems everything people say these days gets filtered and twisted through the lens of politics?” 

    As Girl Scouts from across the country expressed their opinions as to whether girls should march in the Inaugural Parade or the Women’s March, Girl Scouts from our area wrote personal letters to Sylvia expressing their views.  Countless others commented on social media or called our offices. 

    That’s the strength and the magic of the Girl Scouts.  While bound together through a common mission and law, our movement facilitates and expects individual input.  Our differences – in background, perspective, and experience – bring richness to our discussions and debates, through which we become stronger.    At the same time, we also know that it’s more than words we recite or read.  Girl Sco...



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  • Celebrate & Annual Meeting


    We can’t wait to celebrate all the amazing work of our volunteers at our Adult Recognition and Annual Meeting!

  • Celebrate & Annual Meeting


    We can’t wait to celebrate all the amazing work of our volunteers at our Adult Recognition and Annual Meeting!

  • Girl Scouts CEO: Why Our Girls Are Marching In the Inaugural Parade


  • Gold Award: Branch Out STEM Program


    Girl Scout Caitlin
    Branch Out STEM Program

    What was the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?

    My project was called Branch Out STEM Program. The project was made to help students explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The project offered students the ability to conduct experiments and learn useful problem solving and teamwork skills.

    What sustainable impact did your Gold Award project have on the community?

    I made a workbook with all of the details of the project and the Old Bridge High School Physics Club said they would continue the project.

    What insights/takeaway did you gain from your project? 

    After conducting the project, I realized how important it is to expose younger students to the opportunities that present themselves with in the STEM field.

    Anything else you'd like to share?

    I hope that my project will inspire students to pursue a career in STEM or at least explore it further. 

  • Inauguration Day: Reflecting on Girl Scouts’ History of Civic Action


  • G.I.R.L. - CEO Blog January


    By now, I’m sure that many of you have seen our enhanced Girl Scout brand essence G (go-getter) I (innovator) R (risk-taker) L (Leader) – and how it’s being used in new marketing and advertising materials for our movement.  As one of my team recently remarked  – “isn’t it obvious, and yet at the same time, about time we do something different!”

    So is it really different? Or better yet, what is different? From my perspective, the essence of G.I.R.L. isn’t really anything new or different.  It’s who Girl Scouting is and has been since the glimmer of the idea for the movement formed for Juliette decades ago.  Helping girls to build an individual foundation of courage and confidence so that they can be strong, bold, accomplished women – it’s the heart of Girl Scouting.  In many respects, it’s just high time that we clearly articulated to the public the value of Girl Scouting rather than a laundry list of what we do (camping, cookies, troops, etc.) – because it’s the value that today’s parents need to understand to choose us over all the competing interests for their daughter’s and their personal time.

    Yet, there is something pretty significant that can be different about the launch of G.I.R.L.  – if we embrace it, internalize it, and take action.  With G.I.R.L. we have an opportunity to truly transform the Girl Scout movement and create an opportunity for girls so compelling that girls and parents would be clamoring at our door...



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  • Gold Award: Alice's March for Equality


    Girl Scout Anna

    My Gold Award is Alice's March for Equality. The purpose of my Gold Award is to educate and advocate for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Alice's March for Equality will gather in Philadelphia on January 19, 2017 to educate and advocate for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.  The march continues the work of Alice Paul, the women's rights activist. In 1913, preceding Woodrow Wilson's first inauguration, Alice and over 8,000 other women marched on Washington to demand a constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote. After the passage of this amendment in 1920, Alice wrote a new amendment for the equal rights of the sexes, also known as the Equal Rights Amendment.  More than 100 years later, the ERA has still not been passed. Alice's March for Equality aims to put the Amendment back in the spotlight. A group of people will be educated and will continue to advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment.

     

    You can learn more or register to walk at the website: www.alicesmarchforequality.com

  • Chuck McLane Scholarship


    Chuck McLane Scholarship
    This year, GSUSA is offering the Chuck McLane Scholarship to two Girl Scouts across the nation. This scholarship is available for Girl Scout Gold Award recipients who complete a Gold Award project that deals with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and who plan to pursue a STEM-related college degree and career. Through 2017, the Chuck McLane Scholarship Program is providing $10,000 scholarships to two girls who will be enrolled in an accredited four-year college, beginning their freshman year in the fall of 2017, and complete their studies in a STEM field. (Recipients will be required to submit transcripts after their sophomore year showing they are pursuing studies in a STEM-related field and have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.0.)

    The scholarship honors the 40-year career of Chuck McLane, a retired executive vice president and chief financial officer of Alcoa and Reynolds Metals Company. He is a GSUSA board member who championed this program in support of young women pursuing a STEM education. Alcoa and Arconic Foundation share McLane’s commitment to inspire girls, women, and other underrepresented groups on their path to STEM-related careers....



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  • December CEO Blog


    It’s December and sometimes I can’t believe that the year is drawing to a close.  It’s the holidays, the hustle and bustle is only beginning….and soon we’ll be focused on the coming New Year, reflecting upon the year’s blessings, challenges and accomplishments and setting goals and plans for the future.

    Amidst all the activity and busy-ness of life, I’ve been trying to make it a practice to focus on meaning.  To focus on what matters, on what makes a difference.  To be sure that my investment of time, energy and resource will have lasting value and impact, long after my involvement.  I’m certain that I learned this practice in Girl Scouting, from our mission to make the world a better place.

    For more than a century, Girl Scouts have been involved in charitable and giving acts…learning that by giving to others much is received.    I’m always inspired when I meet girls who are tackling issues and challenges they experience in their lives, or that they see in their towns and communities.  Bronze, Silver and Gold Award projects have a direct impact on those most in need and the most pressing concerns in our world.    Troop efforts  - like canned food drives or distributing blankets to the homeless - matter.  And individually, girls confront tough issues because their Girl Scout experiences instill in them a sense to do the right thing, to make things better.   Take Alyssa for example. ...



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  • Girl Scout Gold Award: Veda


    Girl Scout Gold Awardee: Veda

    What was the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?

    Name of the Project: Unified Relay – A track and field program modeled after the fast growing Special Olympics initiative “Unified Sports”.  The program included six practices and the day of the event (2K Run, 4x100 relay races and fun games).   The purpose of The Unified Relay event was to allow students with intellectual disabilities to meet and socialize with students without intellectual disabilities through a shared sports training program.  It also let students with intellectual disabilities experience healthy competition through sports and build team spirit.  The Unified Relay Program was aimed to unify the population by breaking down barriers for people with intellectual disabilities. 

    What sustainable impact did your Gold Award project have on the community?

    My coaches who were present at every practice and on the day of the event confirmed that not only should this event continue every year, but it also will be incorporated in the track teams in the West Windsor -Plainsboro (WW-P) School District.  More students with intellectual disabilities will be encouraged to join WW-P North's Cross Country/Track and field teams. This will also allow WW-P track athletes to train and participate for the unified 4x100 meter relay, an event at the track and field NJSIAA Meet of Champions (States).  As the...



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  • International Travel Opportunity


    Grades 8-12 - Friday , March 3, 2017, Cherry Hill Service Center, Camden County


    Interested in traveling overseas? Want to meet girls in Scouting from around the world?  Come out to the Cherry Hill Service Center to learn about the 2018 trip to England with our International Committee. Meet the Committee, hear stories of past trips and learn about the planning already happening for 2018! Bring your Application form for the trip and the $50 non-refundable deposit for the trip to reserve your spot! Space is limited, so make sure to secure your spot as soon as possible! The International Committee has had friendships with Girl Guides from England and around the world for 29 years and have seen many lifelong friendships started in our trips. Check out Celebrationcamp.webs.com to learn more about our International Committee and to download the application and reference forms.

     
  • CEO Blog - November


    As November unfolds, I think most of us turn our attention to impending conclusion of the year.  It means holidays, family, and certainly lots of hustle and bustle.  I’ve tried to turn the last few months of the year into a time of reflection and gratefulness as well – spending some of my hustle and bustle as a burst of energy to personally make a difference in my world and those causes and organizations I care about most, before the year ends.

    Girl Scouting instilled “Take Action” and the value of community service in me long ago, and I’ve strived throughout life to “pay it forward” and keep that spirit thriving.   As a visible adult leader in our movement, I consider it a responsibility to model community activism and engagement for our next generation of girls.

    It’s probably not a surprise to anyone that I care passionately about issues that affect girls and women since the last 20 years of my career have been dedicated to service for that cause in the non-profit sector.  I’m also engaged in several women’s organizations that like Girl Scouts envision a world in which girls accomplish anything they aspire to, free from gender bias and societal images or expectations that foster doubt and erode self-confidence.   I also make charitable gifts that align with my passion, and am a donor and proud member of our GSCSNJ Green Trefoil Society.   I want our world to be a place in which girls who like science and math don...



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  • Prudential Spirit of Community Awards


    Are you a middle or high-school student who's making a difference through volunteering?

    Apply for a 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award and you could win $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., next May!

    Deadline: November 7, 2017.

    If you're a Girl Scout, it's a pretty good bet that you make a big difference in your community through volunteering. The National Association of Secondary School Principals and Prudential want to reward that service by naming one honoree from each state and DC to earn a cash award and a trip to the nation's capital. Maybe this year's NJ honoree will be you!

    This unique youth recognition program, sponosred by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Associaton of Secondary School Principals, has recognized more than 115,000 middle and high school studenst --- including thousands of Girl Scouts --- at the local, state and national level for outstanding acts of volunteerism over the past 21 years. Top winners receive sizable cash awards, engraved medallions and an all-expense-paide trip with a parent/caregiver to Washington, D.C., for the national awards ceremony in May 2017. 

    Girl Scouts can apply online here: https://spirit.prudential.com/awards/how-to-apply%20. Applicants should select Ginny Marino as their certifier and subm...



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  • Gold Award Highlight - Jiwon


    Gold Award Highlight

    Jiwon, “Always Crafting”

    What was the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?

    The name of my project was Always Crafting and the purpose of my Gold Award was to help kids ages 5-9 who were affected by homelessness to find a way to express their pent up feelings and emotions through art while gaining a love for crafting at the same time.

    What sustainable impact did your Gold Award project have on the community?

    When my Gold Award ended, I left a book of crafts and materials at Homefront Family Preservation center so they could continue with the crafting classes. From my class, I could tell that the children really enjoyed crafting and hope they continue with their parents as a bonding activity.

    What insights/takeaway did you gain from your project?

    My Gold Award was one of the highlights of my summer because I was able to see the emotional and mental growth of the children I was working with. Form my project my biggest takeaway from the project was seeing how enthusiastic the children were every week and how they were passionate about crafting and use their imagination to create beautiful crafts that was also very unique. The project has pushed me to take special education classes in college because I had so much fun working with the children.

    Anything else you’d like to share? 

    Children always want to learn and if you tailor activities to...



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  • Jiwon, “Always Crafting” Gold Award


    Gold Award Highlight

    Jiwon, “Always Crafting”

    What was the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?

    The name of my project was Always Crafting and the purpose of my Gold Award was to help kids ages 5-9 who were affected by homelessness to find a way to express their pent up feelings and emotions through art while gaining a love for crafting at the same time.

    What sustainable impact did your Gold Award project have on the community?

    When my Gold Award ended, I left a book of crafts and materials at Homefront Family Preservation center so they could continue with the crafting classes. From my class, I could tell that the children really enjoyed crafting and hope they continue with their parents as a bonding activity.

    What insights/takeaway did you gain from your project?

    My Gold Award was one of the highlights of my summer because I was able to see the emotional and mental growth of the children I was working with. Form my project my biggest takeaway from the project was seeing how enthusiastic the children were every week and how they were passionate about crafting and use their imagination to create beautiful crafts that was also very unique. The project has pushed me to take special education classes in college because I had so much fun working with the children.

    Anything else you’d like to share? 

    Children always want to learn and if you tailor activities to...



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  • October CEO Blog - Honoring Our Founder


    Each October 31, we celebrate Girl Scout Founder’s Day on the birthday of our first leader, Juliette Gordon Low.

    Juliette made history in 1912 when she convened the very first Girl Scout meeting in Savannah, Georgia.  Motivated by a desire to ensure that all girls – regardless of their background, upbringing or family resources – deserved the opportunities to experience the outdoors, play and create.  She encouraged girls to prepare not only for traditional homemaking but also for roles as professional women in the arts, sciences and business.  She also wanted girls to be engaged in active citizenship outside the home – through community activism and service.  It was a tipping point for women and girls that would reverberate throughout time.

    I had the opportunity to visit Juliette Low’s birthplace in Savannah about a year ago.  The home is rich in historical relics and artifacts, and stories of Juliette, her family and their life in that house.  Like any girl, Juliette lived an ordinary life in that house - eating, sleeping, playing, creating and dreaming.  It made me wonder what it might have been like for her to live at a time when girls and women were often overlooked – especially girls with sprightly personalities like hers – and at what age she began dreaming of doing more, being more.

    Juliette carried that same exuberance for life into her leadership with Girl Scouts.  Hiking and rigorous sports were though...



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  • INVESTORS FOUNDATION DONATES $15,000 TO SUPPORT GSCSNJ EFFORTS


    The Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey (GSCSNJ) provide more opportunities for girls than just camping and selling cookies – although both are lots of fun. According to its mission, “Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” Investors Foundation, the charitable organization created when Investors Bank went public, and the Roma Community Bank Foundation, provided GSCSNJ with grants totaling $15,000.  Thanks in part to these grants, GSCSNJ will be able to bring scouting to more girls living in low-income and inner-city environments in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex and Salem counties.

    GSCSNJ applied for the grants from the Investors and Roma Community Bank Foundations, which support non-profit organizations that enrich the diverse communities served by Investors Bank. Roma Bank became part of Investors Bank in December 2013.

    “We are grateful to the Investors and the Roma Bank Community Foundations for supporting our programs to bring leadership experiences to girls in our area who are at-risk or have limited means,” said Kimberly Bryson, GSCSNJ Chief Mission Officer. “Girl Scouting provides girls with opportunities to learn that they can make a big impact on their communities by working together to address an issue. They learn that making a difference benefits them and their neighbors.”

    “Partnership and collaboration are core...



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  • Cultural Cooking Workshops by Cambria


    What was the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?

    The name of my project was Cultural Cooking Workshops. The purpose of the workshops were to introduce and teach kids ages 8-12 about different ethnicities' culture through a unique recipe. 

    What sustainable impact did your Gold Award project have on the community?

    My project was sustainable through the kids sharing what they learned to their peers and family members. They were provided with a cookbook with all of the recipes from each week so they could make them at home and share what they learned with everyone. Additionally, the cookbook was expandable so the participants could add more recipes to it. This will greatly help the community because now more people than just the participants of the workshops will learn about different cultures through their food.

    What insights/takeaway did you gain from your project? 

    The insights I gained were that kids learn better with hands-on activities rather than someone talking at the front of the room. Additionally, I learned how to manage and effectively communicate with both adults and children. I knew that my project was a success when the kids excitedly told their parents about what they did after each session and were looking forward to coming back each week.

  • September CEO Blog - Sisterhood


    “A Girl Scout is a friend to all and a sister to every Girl Scout”…..

    Hanging on the wall in my office is a banner that showcases the components of our Girl Scout law, including our value around sisterhood, our coming together to support each other and make the world a better place.  Over the summer I have seen some special kinds of sisterhood in action in wonderful opportunities we have as Girl Scout members to expand our horizons and learn from each other.  

    Sunday, July 31 was truly one of the highlight moments of my Girl Scout career thus far!  That evening, I had the privilege of being part of the opening ceremonies for Celebration International camp at Camp Sacajawea.  Celebration is a cooperative experience and on-going friendship that began in 1981 between our Council and Girl Guides from Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Staffordshire in England.  This summer, nearly 50 girls and adults traveled from England and spent the week with our girls and staff at camp for a week of fun and adventure.  Our visitors were also hosted by Girl Scout families and had opportunities to visit area attractions during their stay.  With the technology that girls have at their fingertips to keep in touch, I know that connections were made that will grow into lifelong friendships!

    Summer is also a time when we bring the Girl Scout experience to girls who don’t have the opportunity to regularly participate in Girl Scout troops. I...



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  • Delegate Applications for the National Council Session


    NATIONAL COUNCIL MEETING DELEGATE

    GSUSA National Council Session/54th Convention
    October 4-8, 2017
    Columbus, Ohio

    Want to travel? Want to represent your Girl Scout Council? We're looking for a few good Girl Scouts to serve as our council's delegates at the 2017 National Girl Scout Session in Ohio! All registered members ages 14 and up are invited to apply by October 14, 2016, to be a voting delegate with the opportunity to enjoy an experience you will never forget!

    In October 2017, the National Girl Scout Council will convene its next triennial session. Every Girl Scout council is entitled to send a specified number of delegates to serve as voting members of the National Council. National delegates and alternates are selected by our Board Development Committee from the applications received. The applicants will then be presented to our council's membership for adoption at the Annual Meeting on April 8, 2017.

    Delegates need to be able to attend the full National Council Session in Ohio, as well as have availablility to travel one day before and after. GSCSNJ will cover travel & hotel accommodations and supply a food stipend. Delegates are asked to contribute the convention registration fee (TBD; in 2014 it was $245).  The final schedule and cost will be announced once released by the National Board, and will be made known prior to the electio...



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  • Words of Wisdom from the Women at the Gables


    Gold Award Highlight:  Taylor

    Project Name:  Words of Wisdom from the Women at the Gables

    “The purpose of this project was to address the intergenerational gap between senior and millennial women by producing a film whereby young women would benefit from hearing about the senior's life experiences and advice. The film is a valuable resource that can be used to inspire and educate all young girls. I believe it has also opened up the lines of communication with the seniors in my community. This project taught me that girls of my generation have so much they can learn from the senior women in our lives who have a multitude of experiences and a wealth of information to share. I spent a lot of time socializing and interacting with women who normally do not receive a lot of visitors. Making this film was a great morale booster and gave them an added sense of meaning and importance to their lives. I will always be grateful to them for sharing their lives with me and other young women. Working on this project was a truly wonderful experience that I will always cherish.”

  • YUM! New Girl Scout S'mores cookie flavor announced!


    New Variety Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts Selling Cookies and Organization’s Historical Tie to the Campfire Treat

    Today, on August 10, National S’mores Day, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced, in celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, that the organization will introduce two commemorative Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies. GSCSNJ will add one of the newly introduced cookies to its 2017 lineup, where it will join classics like Thin Mints®, Caramel deLites, and Shortbread.

    Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ will offer a s’mores-inspired crispy graham cookie double-dipped in a crème icing and enrobed in a chocolatey coating. This clever take on the time-honored campfire treat was developed in response to popular consumer trends. It is vegan and free of artificial colors, preservatives, and partially hydrogenated oils. The last new Girl Scout Cookies, including the gluten-free Trios, were introduced in 2015.

    “I was thrilled to discover the 100th anniversary cookie would be a s’more!” said Ginger Haithcox, Manager of Product Sales. “S’mores are a favorite campfire treat and this cookie represents a fun way to honor Girl Scouts tradition and our commitment to offering girls outdoor experiences.”

    The tradition of making and enjoying s’mores in the outdoors was popularized by Girl Scouts as early as the 1920s. The organization was one of the first to publish the iconic recipe under...



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  • CEO Blog August - National Leadership


    This has certainly been an exciting month to be a Girl Scout CEO!  This month we welcomed new national leadership - Sylvia Acevedo – as Interim CEO.   Sylvia has an impressive resume (she’s a rocket scientist and nationally recognized thought leader in the STEM field) and in her own words, “bleeds green”. Acevedo is a national advocate for STEM education who serves as a strategic consultant to companies that wish to use technology to capitalize on demographic trends-and she previously served as president and CEO of CommuniCard LLC, a firm that used innovative technology to harness market trends. And, we also bid Anna Chavez a fond farewell as she returns to a career in public service.  Her infectious energy (and boisterous laugh) will be missed.  Anna’s tremendous leadership and candor in articulating the issues we needed to focus on in order to be more relevant to girls and their families has gotten us to this point, and now Sylvia will lead us as the process gets underway to select the next CEO. 

    Last week, I had the opportunity to meet Sylvia and her warmth and commitment to our movement were clear.   Her priorities over her tenure are to ensure that we continue progress towards the goals of the current Strategic Plan, and do all that we can to engage more girls and their families in Girl Scouting. 

    Sylvia knows, as I do, that it’s imperative for us to change the way we talk about Girl Scouting so that parents,...



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  • Gold Award - Technology Night


    1. My Take Action Project was titled "Technology Night". Its purpose was to inform both students and parents the DOs and DONTs of Social Media and the online world in a fun and educational manner. I also addressed, for parents, how to properly monitor their children online and how they can use technology in a safe and beneficial manner.

    2. The Technology Night was very well received by the families who attended. Because of this contributing factor, I was actually invited back about a week later to give a more direct presentation to the fourth and fifth grade students at Johnstone Elementary School. Other schools in the district have invited me to speak about Social Media and the online world as well to educate even more families about this pressing issue. More specifically, I had created a PowerPoint presentation for my project, that can be easily distributed to schools in and around my district. To further the sustainability of my project, I wrote and illustrated a children's book by the name of "Precious Wants a PC" that discusses the rules of the online world and how to approach it safely. It was presented in the form of a PowerPoint to the children during my Technology Night. I also created two films: one being a Public Service Announcement about letting the students' parents be involved with the safety of their child in the online world. The other video gave my audience "What Would You Do?" scenarios in which we carried out...



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  • CEO Blog - July


    The sun is beaming a little brighter every day, temps are heating up, and it’s almost time for one of my absolute favorite times of the year—Girl Scout camp! 

    I spend a day at each camp – and regardless of whether I’m at Oak Spring, Inawendiwin or Sacajewa – the girls tell me the same things.  “Camp is fun!”; “I’ve learned so much at camp!”; “I got to (ride a horse, canoe in the lake, play Gaga; swim; make new friends ~ etc. etc. ) and it was awesome!”  This year, I am even more excited for camp season because we are hosting a group of International Girl Scouts, and I can’t wait to meet them, and learn more about their experiences in Girl Scouting. 

    Certainly, summer camp is a time for fun and making friends and we want to ensure that our girls have that kind of experience each year.  It also allows them to experience nature, develop a sense of adventure and exploration and take a step away from the technology-based world that they live in. 

    We also know ~ and I am certainly a living example  ~ that outdoor experiences like camp give girls the chance to get outside their comfort zone, try new things and build their confidence.  I can still vividly remember my week at Girl Scout resident camp, the summer between third and fourth grade.  I had never been camping before, and because of my allergies and asthma was a girl who more often played inside the house than out.  I was afraid and felt way outside my...



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  • “Building a Better World” With Its First Float in the 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®


    Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ to Commemorate Girl Scouts “Building a Better World” With Its First Float in the 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

    Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ (GSCSNJ) joins in celebrating the season of giving and the positive impact Girl Scouts have on our community.

    GSCSNJ announces that the first Girl Scout-themed float —and the first by Girl Scouts of the USA— will be joining the 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® on Thursday, November 24, 2016. On the float, girls will climb and belay on giant 3-D puzzle pieces of a globe, connecting the pieces by maneuvering mechanics and literally “building a better world.” This theme, prevalent throughout the float, reflects what Girl Scouts past and present have done and continue to do as they take action to address issues in their local communities and around the globe. In addition, the contemporary float design nods to the organization’s century of traditions, but highlights what today’s Girl Scouts embrace—discovering new things, participating in outdoor adventures, exploring science, technology, engineering, and math, creating positive change in the world, and taking the lead.

    “What better way to champion the amazing things our Girl Scouts do every day than to give their accomplishments national visibility with a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Ph. D.,  Chief Girl Expert at Gi...



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  • June CEO Blog - Man Enough to be a Girl Scout


    June is a month of many celebrations - the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, graduations, weddings...and it's also the time when we celebrate and thank our Fathers for all that they do for us.  Personally, my father has been the most significant role model for me, as it was his example of service to the community and others that set me on my journey as a volunteer and eventually, non-profit professional.  

    Research shows that girls who have active, engaged fathers in their lives have greater self-esteem and a more positive body image. So much about Girl Scouting is centered around girls and women, and certainly when most people think about us - they envision our volunteers as women, and moms, of our girls.  A few years ago, Girl Scouts launched the "Man Enough to be a Girl Scout" initiative as a way to both showcase the amazing contributions of men to our movement, and to position Girl Scout volunteer opportunities as ways men can give back, support our mission and deepen their connections with their daughters.   

    In our Council, there are many men who dedicate hours of passion and commitment to helping girls grow and thrive.  These Dads are the epitome of engaged - as they are not only supporting their daughter's involvement in Girl Scouting, but are also serving as mentor and role model to countless other girls along the way.  There's Henry  - one of our service unit volunteers.  He's...



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  • CEO Blog - May


    Recently I had an incredible opportunity to attend a round-table discussion between 10 New Jersey Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients, and Senator Cory Booker, at the Senator's office in Newark.  Three girls from our Council were part of the group - Victoria from Princeton; Sara from Woolrich and Shailee from West Windsor - and each of the 10 girls had the opportunity to introduce herself to the Senator and share the details and impact of her Gold Award project.

    As I sat there listening, all I could think was WOW.  The girls described projects that are making a difference in improving the health of other children.  They are advocating for those struggling with mental health issues, and tackling tough issues like the academic achievement gap for African American males.  They are spreading their love of science and robotics to other girls, and encouraging them to pursue school work and careers in STEM.  The level of sophistication of these projects and the innovation our girls are showing in approaches to community problems is inspiring.  I know that Senator Booker was impressed and inspired as well!

    Next month, we celebrate the accomplishments of our Gold and Silver awardees at our annual Girl Achievement event on June 5th. It's one of my favorite days of the year not only as we celebrate the impact each girl has made in her community, but also see the poise and confidence she's learned along the way.   I hope you'll join us at...



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  • Gold Award Project: Team Building Through Activity


    Through Saachi’s project, Team Building Through Activity, she gave inner city children, who have little exposure to team building skills and team sports, the opportunity to learn many different team sports while learning team building skills.  Through teaching soccer, handball, and a handful of other sports, Saachi taught the children the importance of respecting each other and the important life skill of working together to achieve a common goal.  Because of a lack of resources in the district, these children would not have had a chance to play team sports or learn team building skills through athletics in their area.

    Along with being an instructor and mentor, Sacchi also spent time on an equipment drive - collecting and donating athletic equipment and sports manuals to the children’s local facility so that her project, the teams, and her valuable lessons could be carried on for years to come.

     

  • Membership Forum Notes


  • Go Gold: Weatherproof Mats for the Homeless


    Name: Dana
    Project Title: Weatherproof Mats for the Homeless

    Dana’s project, “Weatherproof Mats for the Homeless” came to her while she was on a trip to New York City where she saw homeless people sleeping on the streets.  Dana said, “The homelessness upset me and it has always been on my mind since then. I wanted to do something to help these people and let them know somebody cares.”

    Dana wanted to help, so she created a plan and put her project into action immediately.  She gathered plastic bags from local stores, cut them up, turned the bags into plastic yarn (plarn), and crocheted the yarn into sleeping mats to donate to local homeless shelters.  The new plarn mats are light weight, dry easily, and serve as a barrier to the hard, and sometimes cold ground.  Dana mentioned that, “Currently, fabric blankets are provided to homeless which become wet and heavy in any rain.  The fabric blankets are then abandoned.  The plarn mats are are a better solution.”  Dana worked with local craft groups that will both continue the plarn mat project so that the weatherproof mats are still donated in the future.

     

  • CEO Blog - April


    Hard to believe that today summer camp registration went live!  I guess it will be here before we know it, and I’m sure like me, many of you are looking forward to warmer temps and outside time.

    The summer between 3rd and 4th grade I spent a week at Girl Scout resident camp, at Camp Grove Point along the Chesapeake Bay.  The week didn’t start out so great for me because I was not an outdoorsy kid, and I felt very out of my element.  The wonderful counselors there coaxed me from my fears into having the time of my life and be the end of the week I didn’t want to go home!  For our girls today – summer camp is still that kind of experience.  An opportunity to make new friends, try new activities, spend time enjoying the outdoors and learn new things.  It’s these kinds of experiences that truly build courage and confidence in girls.  I know without a doubt that if not for that week at Girl Scout Summer Camp I might not have had the courage to take advantage of all the opportunities life has brought to me.  And I certainly wouldn’t have the confidence to go outside my comfort zone.  Take a peek at all the exciting programs we’ve got planned for this summer and consider joining us this year!

    March is also Women’s History Month, and each year as I go through the month, I focus a bit more than usual on the life stories and accomplishments of my role models.    Like many, my mother and a cherished aunt are ro...



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  • Celebrate! Annual Meeting and Recognition Event


    Volunteer Recognition & Annual Meeting
    Saturday, April 16, 2016
    11AM-2PM

    The Hamilton Manor
    30 NJ-156
    Hamilton Township, NJ 08620

    Registration is closed, but members are invited to vote by proxy. Please scroll down to download proxy voting information.

     

    Dear Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ Members,

    The governance of Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey includes a process that ensures that ALL members have a voice in major policy decisions and help set the strategic direction of Council.  All adult and girl members age 14 and older are eligible and are encouraged to vote at each annual meeting of our Council, either in person at the Annual Meeting or by using the proxy process.

    This year, we will vote to:

    · Elect candidates to the Board of Directors

    · Elect candidates to the Board Development Committee

    You can cast your vote either by attending the Annual General Meeting (April 16th  at 11:00 a.m. at The Hamilton Manor in Hamilton), or through the proxy process   using the information contained in this package.  If you can attend the Annual Meeting in person, please register at our website (www.gscsnj.org).  We would love to see you there — in addition to voting on several important items, you will be part of ou...



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  • Ruhi & Rhea Go Gold!


    It’s a sister act! Congratulations to Ruhi and Rhea, sisters, on earning your Gold Awards and making an impact internationally!

    Rhea’s Project: Robotics for All!

    Rhea earned her Gold Award with an outstanding project, “Robotics for All,” aimed at engaging and educating children with physical disabilities from around the world with robotics. Rhea recognized that children with disabilities have lower rates of participation in afterschool activities, leading to decreased socialization and leadership development. Rhea travelled to India and Washington D.C. to spread awareness of her platform, and engaged Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy and DISHA, an NGO in India. To sum up the importance of her Gold Award project, Rhea said, “Robotics is based on creativity; everyone has an equal chance to join a team where they are valued for their minds.” We applaud you, Rhea!

     

    Ruhi’s Project: Literacy Drive for India

    Ruhi earned her Gold Award project by building a library for underprivileged children in Bangalore, India. Ruhi recognized that poverty around the world often leads to schools being underfunded and under-supplied for basic learning equipment that children need, especially books. She worked hard to raise funds in the US, then travelled to India for a week to buy books, set up the library, meet students, and kick off the project in the community. Her...



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  • Buy 5 Winners


    • Joe B. bought cookies from troop 20714 in the Tangled Webb  SU
    • Linda B. bought cookies from troop 81708 in the Sayreville/South Amboy SU
    • Kevin S. bought cookies from troop 81113 in the Piscataway SU
    • Jane F. bought cookies from troop 46434 in the Southern Seashore SU
    • Jayne S. bought cookies from troop 30685 in the Five Star SU
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West Windsor Plainsboro Girl Scouts Honored Through Awards Ceremony

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