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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 16, 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 election in April.  Girl Delegates may...



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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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  • Early Bird registration is happening now!


    Did you have a FANTASTIC Girl Scout year?  Are you looking forward to building upone important skills you've gained?!  Now's the time to renew your membership so that you can continue your Girl Scout journey!

    Early Bird registration is happening now!  Click here to renew your membership and reserve your spot for the 2016-2017 Girl Scout year! 

     

    Register before July 18th to receive a unique fun patch and a 15% off coupon (one time use) to Juliette's Closet, which can be redeemed September 1st - 30th!  Be on the look out for the coupon, which will be emailed directly to you during the week of July 18th!  Patches will be distributed within your Service Unit at the start of the next Girl Scout year.

    Need help registering online? Call us anytime at 856-795-1560 or email customercare@gscsnj.org. Looking forward to seeing you in the new year! 

     

     

     

     

     

  • 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
  • Celebrate! Thoughts from Our CEO


  • Mission Moment: Traversing China


     

    Verity, an Ambassador Girl Scout, is spending her senior year of high school in Beijing China, and this isn't her first trip!  Last summer, Verity spent six weeks in Sichuan Province studying Mandarin.  Thanks to State Department scholarships through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth, she has been able to pursue her ambition to become fluent in Chinese language, have life-changing adventures, and meet lots of amazing people from all over the world.  

    Verity credits Girl Scouts with helping her learn many skills which have made her a strong candidate for the demands of this type of intensive study abroad program. As a Brownie Scout, she enjoyed socializing with friends, doing Try-Its and taking trips with her troop; but as a Junior Girl Scout, being able to work on badges and awards independently really sparked her imagination.  Working independently on her sign awards and Bronze Award (with help from council and the support of her leader) showed Verity how to pursue her dreams.  Exploring her curiosity through badges and Interest Projects helped Verity learn how to break big projects down into small manageable steps and organize her priorities.  She was able to complete both her Silver and Gold Awards using the organizational skills that she practiced while completing her Journeys, Torch Awards and Community Service Bars.  Working as a program aid at camp was a great opportunity to learn teaching and...



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  • Gold Award: Yoga: A Stress Free Life for Kids & Teens


    Girl Scout: Nicolette

    Project Title: Yoga: A Stress Free Life for Kids & Teens

    Nicolette recently earned her Gold Award by creating a unique health-conscious project, “Yoga: A Stress-Free Life for Kids and Teens.” Yoga is shown to help children not only with flexibility and coordination, but also focus, concentration, confidence, and mind-body connection. Nicolette worked with a local yoga studio and a certified yogi to organize four successful children’s yoga workshops, sharing the stress-reliever with over 70 children. Nicolette said, “knowing I shared yoga as an option to so many people is the greatest gift I could ever receive.”

    What is the Gold Award?

    Starting in 1916, the best and brightest Girl Scouts undertook projects that improved their communities—and the world. The Golden Eaglet insignia, the highest award in Girl Scouting from 1916 to 1939, marked the beginning of a long tradition of recognizing the extraordinary efforts of extraordinary girls. From 1940 to 1963, the Curved Bar Award was the highest honor in Girl Scouting. From 1963 to 1980, the highest award was called First Class. And since 1980, the Gold Award has inspired girls to find the greatness inside themselves and share their ideas and passions with their communities.

    How do Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award?

    The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn. Ful...



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  • Weather Alert - January 22


    All Service Centers & Shop Locations will close
    Friday, January 22 at 4 PM.

    All camp properties are CLOSED this weekend, January 23-24.

    Please stay tuned for continued updates during this period of inclement weather. Read our weather advisory alert to prepare for the storm.

    Please visit the Cookie Team App site for updates regarding the cookie program. 

  • Ribbon Recycling


    Over the last 100 years, young women have honed their leadership skills to earn the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award. To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of this special award, we’ll be featuring Gold Award recipients throughout the year on our website, social media, and our newsletters.

    We’re honored to spotlight Arianna Tartaglia, a Girl Scout Senior from Troop  #71830 in Princeton, New Jersey! Arianna worked tirelessly for 14 months to develop her project, “Ribbon Recycling: Inspiring Special Needs Kids to Cross Thresholds.”

    “Ribbon Recycling” addressed the issue of finding a way for special needs kids who participate in equine therapy programs to further develop their physical and social skills, such as hand-eye coordination and asking for what they want in a fun, inexpensive manner. Many special needs children are unable to afford the costly and intense equine therapy shows already in place, and Arianna successfully created a series of six smaller, more affordable shows that local children could participate in with donated prize ribbons from top Hunter Jumper horse shows.

    “The kids benefitted the most from my project,” she said, “during the riding course there were a lot of smiles, as well as a lot of learning.”

    We’re so proud of the amazing accomplishments Arianna has achieved to make her community a better place!

  • Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship


    In June of 2013, GSUSA announced the five year Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship available for Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients. The scholarship program awards a $10,000 college scholarship to two recipients each year, up to a total of ten recipients by 2017. This program is made possible through the generous support of the Alcoa Foundation.

    Who is eligible to apply?

    • Girl Scout Gold Award recipients who completed a STEM Take Action Project (project involves a STEM field - Science, Technology, Engineering or Math)
    • Recipients who will attend an accredited four year college or university as a freshman beginning in the fall of 2016 to pursue and complete studies in a STEM-related field. (At time of submission, applicants may not be enrolled in college yet but will have to confirm enrollment before scholarship can be awarded.)

    The parameters and structures of the scholarship include:

      Scholarships are awarded to Gold Award recipients with an innovative, sustainable STEM-related Take Action Project that has significant impact on a community. Strong focus on girls from diverse and underrepresented communities. Recipients must be enrolled in an accredited four year college, beginning their freshman year in the fall of 2016, 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 fie...


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  • Kindness Counts!


    Girl Scout: Katie
    Project Title: Kindness Counts!

    Katie recently earned a Gold Award for carrying out a project, “Kindness Counts,” with the goal of spreading kindness throughout her community! Katie worked with elementary school students to teach them the importance of kindness, friendship, and compassion – three values we hold in high esteem at Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey!

    Katie hopes that the students she works with will take the skills and values into their teen years so that, although they are competitive, they do not put down others to make themselves look better.

    What is the Gold Award?

    Starting in 1916, the best and brightest Girl Scouts undertook projects that improved their communities—and the world. The Golden Eaglet insignia, the highest award in Girl Scouting from 1916 to 1939, marked the beginning of a long tradition of recognizing the extraordinary efforts of extraordinary girls. From 1940 to 1963, the Curved Bar Award was the highest honor in Girl Scouting. From 1963 to 1980, the highest award was called First Class. And since 1980, the Gold Award has inspired girls to find the greatness inside themselves and share their ideas and passions with their communities.

     

    How do Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award?

    The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn. Fulfilling the requirements for the Gir...



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  • Hamilton Head Start


    Girl Scout: Morgan

    Project Title: Hamilton Head Start

    Morgan Raynor, a Senior Girl Scout from Mansfield Township, chose Hamilton Head Start for her Silver Award project, addressing literacy and summer learning loss for Head Start children. She chose to work with the Head Start program in Mercer County after volunteering at the school on numerous occasions and witnessing the need for the students to have educationally stimulating activities for their time off from school. 

    Morgan provided summer enrichment activities for the students to take home and work on during summer break while they are not in school. Each student received a backpack packed with workbooks, coloring books, story books, crayons, pencils, puzzles, flashcards, crayons, sunscreen, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and bubbles, along with other items.

    The second part of her project was to create age appropriate, sustainable educational games for the students to use in the classrooms to encourage a love of learning while having fun at the same time! Morgan had a wonderful experience working on her project and volunteering at the school and is grateful to the Head Start Staff and students for welcoming her into their family.

     

    What is the Silver Award?

    Have you ever looked around your neighborhood or school and wondered how you could make a change for the better? Going for the Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest award a Girl Scout...



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  • Veterans Awareness and Appreciation


    Girl Scout: Michelle

    Project Title: Veterans Awareness and Appreciation

    Michelle, a Senior Girl Scout focused her Gold Award project on learning from and appreciating Veterans.

    Michelle spent time with Veterans, collecting stories and information through interviews. She used the information she collected to create a booklet, website and video, which were shared with her community.

    Michelle hopes that this project will help Girl Scouts and their peers learn from and appreciate Veterans.

     

    What is the Gold Award?

    Starting in 1916, the best and brightest Girl Scouts undertook projects that improved their communities—and the world. The Golden Eaglet insignia, the highest award in Girl Scouting from 1916 to 1939, marked the beginning of a long tradition of recognizing the extraordinary efforts of extraordinary girls. From 1940 to 1963, the Curved Bar Award was the highest honor in Girl Scouting. From 1963 to 1980, the highest award was called First Class. And since 1980, the Gold Award has inspired girls to find the greatness inside themselves and share their ideas and passions with their communities.

     

    How do Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award? The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn. Fulfilling the requirements for the Girl Scout Gold Award starts with completing two Girl Scout Sen...



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  • On the Road with Anna: New Jersey


    Welcome to “On the Road with Anna,” in which we continue following Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez as she travels the country meeting the girls, volunteers, and council teams that help make Girl Scouts such a powerful force for change.


    I often say that “feedback is a gift” and that, when passionate people come together around something they feel strongly about, anything is possible. Recently, I got a wonderful opportunity to listen to feedback, take questions, and interact with some very dedicated girls, volunteers, and supporters of our Movement at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison.

    Nearly 300 attendees from the four councils across the state came together for a town hall–style meeting where we talked about our Movement and how, together, we are working to ensure its future is bright.

    I gained valuable insights about where they think Girl Scouts stands today and how we can continue our collaboration in order to ensure that volunteers, council staff, and above all, girls, have a truly unique experience that enables them to grow, learn, and develop as leaders. I got to meet privately with an amazing group of Gold Award recipients, who showcase the best of what our Movement brings to the world today. I not only heard about how Girl Scouts has shaped them into the accomplished young women they are today—I also got their perspectives on leadership and gained valuable insig...



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  • GSCSNJ Awarded Grant by Wells Fargo


    The Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey was recently awarded a $1,000 grant by Wells Fargo to support the organization’s mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

    “At a time when donations from the public and private sectors are so needed, we truly appreciate the support Wells Fargo has provided,” said Kimberly Bryson, Chief Mission Officer, Girls Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey, “We will use this grant to help girls thrive by serving more than 20,000 annually in our Girl Scout leadership program.”

    The grant was awarded as part of Wells Fargo’s Community Connections program, which provides local branch managers the opportunity to make a $1,000 charitable contribution on behalf of Wells Fargo to a nonprofit of their choice.  

    Wells Fargo’s 30 branches in the Southern New Jersey – South Jersey region distributed a total of $30,000 in grants to support nonprofit groups - $1,000 for a nonprofit identified by each store manager. 

    “Our local branches see which nonprofits are out in the community making a difference every day,” said James Newson, Wells Fargo’s South Jersey area president.  “We use this as an opportunity to celebrate and say thank you to Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey for all of the value they have provided to our community over the past year. 

    The Community Connections program offers Wells Fargo store managers the o...



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  • Lending a Helping Hand to a Community Hospital


    By: Isha 

    Girl Scouts has provided me with several ways to expand my knowledge and to become a stronger leader. I am a Cadette with troop 81724 and I have been working towards my Silver Award Project. I have never been quite the speaker and at the beginning of this project, I would have never expected to be where I am today. Through this project, I have gained several key leadership qualities that helped me make strong collaborations with large organizations and make a difference in my community.

    For my project, I decided to address the issue of children having long stays at hospitals. I realized that long stays at hospitals can be harsh on children if they aren’t provided with the right resources to keep themselves occupied and to make them feel like any other child. I believed that providing these children with educational and entertainment materials would help them adjust to going back to school after their stay at a hospital and help them avoid the feeling of being left behind just because they can’t do everything a child out of the hospital can do. I talked to Robert Wood Johnson’s Children’s Specialized Hospital and decided to provide this hospital with extra resources for their patients. I created DVDs teaching basic Math and Spanish and also DVDs telling stories with important life lessons, I believe that children who watch and listen to my DVDs can learn something new while enjoying their time rather than feeling bored and left with nothing to d...



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  • Girl Scout Awards


    The Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ were honored to celebrate many different young women and their achievements on Sunday, June 14th at the 2015 Girl Awards Ceremonies. We recognized more than 270 girls in nine counties throughout New Jersey for their accomplishments at the Silver Award and Outstanding Recognition Ceremony. Some of the girls’ amazing achievements included 191 scouts that earned their Silver Award, 6 top cookie sellers whose combined total boxes sold exceeded 18,300, and our very own W.A.G.S robotics team, who competed in the World Championships this year. The ceremony began with Gillian and Reanna Bartels-Quansah from Troop 70965 singing the Star Spangled Banner. Lauren Newbert, Aubrey Weibel and Natasha Wolfhope spoke and emceed the ceremony, sharing their ideals on values from Girl Scouting and how their experiences added enrichment to college and real life. Recognizing the many remarkable things a Girl Scout can do left the girls excited and motivated – you could feel the energy coursing through the auditorium! Leader Denise Skibar from Troop 80488 said, “Two of my four Silver girls were on the fence about their Gold but after Sunday’s ceremony they all left inspired and are ready to go for it. My own daughter is now even planning to move Pax Lodge as well!”

      During the Gold Award ceremony, we honored 67 girls who devoted a minimum of 80 hours each on a Take Action project. Collectively, they spent more than 5,360 hours of serv...



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  • GSCSNJ Launches New Volunteer Online System


    We are please to announce that GSCSNJ will be transitioning to the new Volunteer System Online Platform this month. Starting June 26th at 6am EST eBiz will be unavailable as we transition to the new Volunteer System platform. Volunteers and families will experience limited access to many of our current online membership features during this time. Please visit us again after July 5th for an update. If you need assistance please contact customercare@gscsnj.org. 

  • 2016 Cookie Rewards


    Calling All Girl Scouts - Cast Your Vote for 2016 Cookie Rewards!

    We've got a great line-up of cookie reward options for girls and, as always, we love to hear your feedback. Girls can log-on to vote for their favorite items. 

    Vote Today!

  • Nominate a Woman of Distinction


    Do you know a dynamic woman worthy of recognition? A woman who supports women in business? Submit a nomination for the 2016 Women of Distinction Awards, featuring the Rising Star Award and Community Partner Award.

    The Annual Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ’s Women of Distinction Awards honors female role models who exhibit the courage, confidence and character that we hold close to our leadership program. They are the mentors to our Girl Scouts, inspiring them to work hard to achieve their goals. From doctors to business owners to CEOs, each Woman of Distinction has a story to share with future generations of leaders. 

    We also honor one extraordinary Community Partner each year, and a young woman who represents the ideals inherent in Girl Scouting with the Rising Star Award.

    Learn more or submit a nomination by June 12. For questions please contact Carol Miller at cmiller@gscsnj.org or call 800-582-7692 ext. 161.

     

  • New Girl Scout Ranger Program Announced


    New Girl Scout Ranger Program Announced Girls Can Earn Patches and Certificates for Projects in National Parks Girl Scouts celebrated the announcement of the revamped Girl Scout Ranger Program in Golden Gate National Recreation Area on Saturday, May 2. The program, a joint venture between the National Park Service and the Girl Scouts of the USA, connects girls to national parks throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites. National Park Service Deputy Director (and Girl Scout) Peggy O’Dell and GSUSA National Board President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan joined 6,200 Girl Scouts for a hike and festival that stressed the importance of outdoor activity, healthy choices, and respect for the environment.  “The National Park Service and Girl Scouts have the same goal – providing meaningful and memorable outdoor experiences for girls,” said O’Dell. “This partnership will introduce scouts to the many ways they can play, learn, serve, and work in our national parks. We want each girl to ‘Find Your Park’ and enjoy these treasures.” Through the program, girls can participate in a variety of organized educational or outdoor service projects. Additionally, Girl Scouts may design their own project that aligns with their Girl Scout J...


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  • Girl Scouts Robotics Team to Compete in FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis, MO


    On March 21, 2015, the Girl Scout high school level robotics team W.A.G.S. (We Are Girl Scouts) advanced to the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis, MO.  W.A.G.S. won the second place Motivate Award at the FTC East Super-Regional Competition, which recognized their outstanding work in both the community and FIRST to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for students in elementary through high school.

    Approximately 4500 FTC teams compete worldwide, of which 128 are chosen in competitions to attend the World Championship.  Out of the four FTC teams attending from New Jersey, W.A.G.S. is the only one from this area. 

    The road to the World Championship event is a long one.  On March 8, 2015, W.A.G.S.  won both the second place Inspire Award and the Connect Award at the FIRST Robotics FTC NJ State Championships at NJIT in Newark, NJ. With these prestigious awards they advanced to the Super Regional competition in Scranton, Pennsylvania in March where they competed with the top teams from across the Northeastern United States.  W.A.G.S. earned their place at the NJ State Championships by winning First Place Inspire at the “Frozen Frenzy” Qualifying Competition in Piscataway in January.  The team also hosted a FIRST FTC meet, “Cookie Carnage”, in Plainsboro in December.

    Team members include Anisha Amurthur, Caroline Cardinale, Christina Rancan, Anusha Chintalapati, Lisa D'Souza,  Nithilam S...



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  • PSE&G Awards GSCSNJ $4000 through SPARK Grant


    The PSE&G Foundation knows the importance of furthering science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) education programs.  Their SPARK Partners Program empowers organizations like the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey (GSCSNJ) to provide grants that offset the cost of out-of-school programs for underprivileged girls.  GSCSNJ received a $4000 grant for the six-week Imagine! program which began on Martin Luther King Day.

    Women are underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.  The Girl Scout leadership experience provides girls with hands on activities in various STEAM fields.  For example, Girl Scout partners Abrakadoodle and Mad Science provide arts and interactive science workshops, respectively.  Imagine! addresses the opportunities as well as the challenges that girls face today as they work to prepare for careers in science, technology, engineering and math.  

  • GSCSNJ New Business Plan


    Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey (GSCSNJ) CEO Ginny Marino continues to think of new ways she and the rest of the community can help girls thrive. Throughout the past year, Marino has focused on a forward-thinking business plan that reshapes the council and will help improve the lives of current and future Girl Scouts in New Jersey.  The new three-year strategic business plan was announced at the annual “Celebrate” meeting.

    Working together with staff, volunteers, board members and community leaders, GSCSNJ has a new plan that focuses on five areas: membership, funding, talent development, knowledge & information management, and collaboration.  The entire process began with shaping a new vision statement: The Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey will shape leaders for tomorrow by empowering girls to take on bold challenges, discover their own passions and strengths, act with character and engage fully in fun, relevant experiences that encourage friendships and build life-long skills.

    Building on this vision statement, Ginny and the rest of the strategic committee began designing a plan of action that would take GSCSNJ to new heights by the end of 2018. Starting in 2015, GSCSNJ plans to increase girl membership, grow revenue, improve the volunteer experience, and increase the number and quality of community partnerships.  The goals of this new plan are to strengthen the Council and improve the Girl Scout ex...



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  • Girl Scouts—Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders


    Girl Scouting empowers girls all over the United States to blossom into strong leaders of tomorrow.  In Southern New Jersey, Varissa McMickens Blair, the Volunteer and Program Coordinator at the Roebling Museum, credits her time as a Girl Scout for much of the success in her career today.  Recently, Varissa connected with the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey through a learning opportunity for local Girl Scouts during National Engineers Week.  Varissa said that Girl Scouts not only provided her the opportunity to meet with girls from all over the world, but also helped her overcome severe shyness.  She began her Girl Scouting career as a Brownie and remained active through high school, working hard to earn her Silver and Gold leadership pins.

    Throughout her time as a Girl Scout, Varissa learned what leadership truly means. She said, “Girl Scouting transformed my life, and in combination with some other important influences and experiences, shaped me into a strong, confident, professional woman.  My career has taken me to places and provided me with opportunities I might never have imagined possible if I had not been involved in Girl Scouts.  But, because I was a Girl Scout, I believed then, as I do now, that anything is possible!”

  • New Research Affirms the Overwhelming Benefits of Outdoor Experiences for Girls


    Moving at the “speed of girls,” Girl Scouts brings the camp experience into the twenty-first century

    According to a new study by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), More Than S’mores (2014), girls benefit immensely from time spent outdoors. Girls who regularly spend time outdoors eclipse their peers who spend less time outdoors in environmental stewardship, more readily seek challenges, and are better problem solvers—all important traits in twenty-first century leadership.

    Outdoor experiences are also particularly beneficial to girls of comparatively low socioeconomic status (SES). More Than S’mores finds that lower-SES girls who have regular outdoor exposure through Girl Scouts are likely to credit Girl Scouts with helping them become leaders.

    Additionally, outdoor experiences through Girl Scouting, such as camp, are beneficial to girl leadership development across ethnicities. Latina (38 percent) and African American (40 percent) girls are more likely than their peers (28 percent) to say they overcame a fear of the outdoors through Girl Scouting; seventy-nine percent of Latina girls say they first tried an outdoor activity in Girl Scouts, and an overwhelming 59 percent of Latina girls say Girl Scouts has offered them outdoor activities they would not have otherwise had access to.

    “In this study, we expected to see that girls were having fun in the outdoors,” says Dr. Kallen Tsikalas, lead researcher on the study. How...



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  • Get Moving!

    From the Girl Scout Blog: blog.girlscouts.org

    As we know from the Girl Scout Research Institute report More Than S’mores: Successes and Surprises in Girl Scouts’ Outdoor Experiences it's super important and super healthy for girls (and all of us!) to get outdoors, have fun in nature, and not always be stuck inside glued to our technology toys. The proof is in the research! 

    1. Take your meals outside

    Whether you have a back yard, a small patio, or just a stoop, take your next weekday dinner or weekend lunch outside. Enjoy your food as you gaze around the neighborhood, connect with your surroundings, and feel the warm sunshine or the cool evening breeze on your face. And whenever possible, make it a family affair! 

    Take the opportunity to really relax and savor your meal, be present with your thoughts, or have a meaningful conversation with someone you love. It’s als...



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  • Fabulous Food

    Girl Scout: Victoria

    Project Title: Fabulous Foods!

    Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey Troop, Victoria, recently earned her Gold Award by creating “Fabulous Foods,” a Gold Award project focused on healthy, nutritious eating.

    Victoria’s Gold Award project goal was to demystify all available food information and simplify it so that it is easier to understand and remember. By teaching younger Scouts how to make more nutritious food choices, she hoped to see changes in the way the community thinks about leading a healthy lifestyle and encourage them to take charge by making nutritious meal and snack choices.

    What is the Gold Award?

    Starting in 1916, the best and brightest Girl Scouts undertook projects that improved their communities—and the world. The Golden Eaglet insignia, the highest award in Girl Scouting from 1916 to 1939, marked the beginning of a long tradition of recognizing the extraordinary efforts of extraordinary girls. From 1940 to 1963, the Curved Bar Award was the highest honor in Girl Scouting. From 1963 to 1980, the highest award was called First Class. And since 1980, the Gold Award has inspired girls to find the greatness inside themselves and share their ideas and passions with their communities.

     

    How do Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award?  The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors...



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