RIVERDALE – Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey is inviting all girls ages 5 to 18 to join Girl Scouts and explore the four program pillars of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), Life Skills, Entrepreneurship and the Outdoors.
Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey is offering a hybrid of in-person and virtual activities that allow girls to explore their interests while earning badges and patches and building essential life skills.
“There is no better after-school program than Girl Scouts for girls right now. The inclusive, all-female environment of a Girl Scout troop creates a safe space where girls can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and just be themselves," said Betty A. Garger, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Girl Scouts is the best leadership development experience for girls in the world."
Program activities focus on helping girls: Develop a strong sense of self; display positive values like responsibility, honest, and ethics; seek challenges and learn from setbacks, form healthy relationships and become community problem solvers and include everything from archery to building robots to art and space science.
“We are rising to today’s challenges by supporting girls and their families with our program that helps girls’ social and emotional well-being,” said Garger said.
Girl Scout Daisies activities focus on kindergarten readiness, building confidence, and exploring new interests. Some activities available this fall include rock climbing on a miniature wall, hiking at night, and exploring animals in nature. Girl Scout Brownies can join activities in robot building, trail exploration, and civic engagement surrounding the history of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote.
Starting with Girl Scout Juniors, who are in grades 4-5, girls can begin earning the highest awards in Girl Scouting, which asks them to participate in a service project that will benefit the community. Girls can also learn about cybersecurity, join wizarding school, or enjoy a high-tech game of hide-and-seek.
Some girls choose to join Girl Scouts in middle and high school to explore careers, develop critical skills they will need throughout their lives and earn higher awards that require them to identify issues in the community and undertake projects to help address those issues.
Girls can join Girl Scouts at any time and any age and participate in a hybrid of in-person and outdoor adventures for girls, troops and families along with a virtual option, called Girl Scouts at Home, which was ranked by Parents magazine as the number one for after-school virtual programming.
Three camp properties operated by Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, are also open for groups of girls, called troops, to meet in person, or participate in the many program offerings for girls, including archery and a low ropes challenge course.
Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through grade 12, and anyone over the age of 18 can become a Girl Scout volunteer. According to the Girl Scout Research Institute, Girl Scout volunteers say they find the experience of mentoring girls rewarding, while providing them with the chance to build new friendships and skills that they can use in their careers.
“We find volunteers enjoy spending time with girls and other adults who want to make a difference in girls’ lives,” Garger said. “We couldn’t offer our leadership development program without the dedicated adults.”
For more information about joining or volunteering with Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, call (973) 248-8200 or visit www.gsnnj.org. Girl Scouts is the premier leadership development program for girls.
Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey serves girls ages 5-18 in 160 municipalities in Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Northern Warren counties. Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey serves over 26,000 girls and almost 14,000 adults for a total membership of over 40,000.