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  • 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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  • Buy 5 Contest Winners

    Cookies Power Amazing Adventures for Girls

    Sure, they’re awesomely delicious, but beyond that sweet treat, Girl Scout Cookies are an incredible opportunity for girls to do extraordinary things. 

    THank you for your support this season. Your dollars help power new, unique, and amazing experiences for girls. Whether it’s a trip she’ll never forget, a service project that will change her community forever, or the opportunity to build a lifetime of memories at camp, Girl Scout Cookies help make it happen!

    2017 Buy 5 Contest Winners

    • Josh L. bought from troop 30167, Timbercreek Service Unit
    • Ray A. bought from troop 30210, Timbercreek Service Unit
    • Veronica L. bought from troop 80020, South Brunswick Service Unit
    • Mary Ann B. bought from troop 24070, Tangled Webb Service Unit
    • Christina B. bought from troop 61956, ECO Woods Service Unit
  • 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!

    The NYWOD program perfectly reflects our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. The program provides these young stars with the opportunity to be an inspiration to girls around the world and throughout the Girl Scout Movement—and serve as incredible examples of what it means to be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™.

    Who is eligible?

    Any girl who completed her Girl Scout Gold Award between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017, is eligible to apply.

    When can I apply?

    Applications will be open from April 1–30, 2017. You MUST be nominated by your council and have a completed Gold Award Project in Go Gold Online to complete an application. Please contact Stephanie Fowl...

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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!

  • 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. 

  • 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:

  • 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 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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  • 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

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

    Apply for a 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Award and you could win $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., next May!

    Deadline: November 8, 2016.

    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: Applicants should select Ginny Marino as their certifier and sub...

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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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  • 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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    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


    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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  • 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 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

    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 (  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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  • 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 

  • 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 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:

    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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