RIVERDALE – Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey will host G.I.R.L. Conference 2018, a day filled with exploration designed to help Girl Scouts in grades 8-12, and their accompanying adults, broaden their interests in careers, STEM, life skills, advocacy, and high school/college readiness.

An exciting day of interactive workshops and hands-on activities, G.I.R.L. Conference 2018 will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Centenary University (400 Jefferson Street, Hackettstown, NJ), for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and affiliated adults. Girls who are not yet members of Girl Scouts, but who would like to attend, should join Girl Scouts prior to registering.

Participants will work to identify the go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader inside them. Girls will be able to choose from age-specific sessions, as well as hear from two extraordinary keynote speakers who will inspire attendees to unleash their inner G.I.R.L. Adults will have an opportunity to take separate workshops in teen development, college planning, and Girl Scout traditions.

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This fun and informative day will also include a luncheon. The cost per girl is $80, and per adult is $60. Keynote speakers will include:

  • Dr. Pamela Conrad is a Girl Scout and a research space scientist. She is an astrobiologist and mineralogist with the Planetary Environments Laboratory at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. Dr. Conrad has worked for the past several years on the development of approaches and measurements for assessment of habitability in planetary surface environments and the development of non-invasive optical methods for the in-situ chemical and mineralogical surface assessment of potential rock sample targets. In other words, "I try to figure out what makes a planet habitable and, beyond that, if anything actually does live there," says Dr. Conrad. "I'm currently focusing on Mars."
  • Conor Grennan is an author and the founder of Next Generation Nepal, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reconnecting trafficked children with their families in Nepal. His New York Times and international best-selling memoir, Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, has been nominated for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, was the winner of the Goodreads 2011 Best Travel and Outdoors Award, and has been translated into 15 languages.

To register or for more information, visit www.gsnnj.org, or call 973-248-8200.

Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey serves girls in kindergarten through grade 12 in 160 municipalities in Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and northern Warren counties.