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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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