Saturday, October 18, 2014

Greetings from Salt Lake City

Greetings from Salt Lake City and the 53rd National GS convention!  Last evening, our delegates (8 adults and 4 girls) from GSCSNJ were energized as we left the opening ceremonies.  Keynote speaker Allison Levine shared HERStory of leadership as she climbed Mt. Everest not once, but twice!  Her messages of courage, confidence and action resonated with adults and girls alike.  Today, National Session officially convened to conduct business, and approved a modest change to wording in the Blue Book which will provide greater flexibility for membership options in the future.  It was a thoughtful, open dialogue and ultimately a resounding majority vote in support.  The best part of today's agenda was Anna Maria Chavez's announcement that GSUSA is developing new outdoor badges and programming to answer our call for more outdoor experience programming for girls, and better support for volunteers.  The streets are flowing with Girl Scouts of all ages, and the common bond of our movement is strong in the swapping and sharing taking place all over Salt Lake City!

Stay tuned for more!
Ginny Marino

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Leadership in Action: Inspiring Others to Lead Livestream

Leadership in Action: Inspiring Others to Lead Livestream – Live from the 2014 Girl Scout Convention

Bring the national convention to your home Saturday, October 18, 2014, 4:30PM – 6:00PM (EDT). Join GSUSA and thousands of Girl Scouts for the Leadership in Action: Inspiring Others to Lead livestream event. You can live tweet questions on Twitter (#GSC14) for the inspiring panel of women leaders. Use this link to sign in

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Town Hall Announcement

Tell your delegates what you think about outdoor experience!

Join your convention delegates on Sunday, September 7, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cherry Hill Service Center, or from 4 p.m. to 6 the East Brunswick Service Center for a presentation of “S’mores and More” and an open discussion about the importance of outdoor experiences for girls. The Cherry Hill group will be moderated by delegates Ginny Marino and Hugh Regan, and the East Brunswick group will be moderated by delegates Raina Searles and Lisa Cheng.   Please try to drop in for a minute or an hour!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mission Moment: Troop 30365: Bethany Baptist Church

Mission Moment
Troop 30365: Bethany Baptist Church

Troop 30365 is a multi-level troop that meets at Bethany Baptist Church, located in Lindenwold, New Jersey.  The many levels include Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes with over 50 registered girls attending troop meetings and activities regularly on the third Wednesday and the third Sunday of every month.  With Girl Scouts at their side, girls explore their every dream, discover what they love, and learn the skills that will set them up for life. 

One example is when the troop went camping for the first time this year in May at the Timbercreek Service Unit’s bi-annual Camporee Event at Camp Inawendiwin.  They met new friends while learning new things about the outdoors.  They played games with prizes, ate lots of campfire food and had fun in the outdoors.  The girls say that the campfire was truly the best and they had so much fun singing camp songs and being a part of the talent show.  No one wanted to leave when the festivities came to end.

The young ladies also worked on a service project throughout the year. Last August, the girls organized and successfully ran a clothing drive for Angels of God Clothing Closet, located in Pitman, New Jersey.  Angels of God Clothing Closet was founded by Katelyn Darrow in July 2009 at just 12-years-old; she is now 17.  To date they have provided clothing to over 8000 families.  Some of the girls even had the opportunity to meet her during the pick up!

Also this year, the girls participated in a community service project at the Camden City Children’s Garden, with fun activities that included touring the Butterfly House, planting flowers and painting a mural.  They learned about beautification and how everything in the environment works together, such as how butterflies use flowers to lay their eggs.

Another exciting adventure for the girls and their moms was the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Kid’s Dash on Mother’s Day in Philadelphia, PA.  Amira Trueblood had the honor of being an Ambassador while Aniyah Ward, TaNiya Ritter and Brianna Lester walked with her in the processional parade.  Also, Amira and another troop member Skyy Simmeron were accepted into the 2014 NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) SEEK (Summer Engineering Experience for Kids) Program in Philadelphia, PA.  Participants in this program are exposed to STEM through hands on engineering projects, and exposed to the roles and responsibilities of engineers.  This is Amira’s sophomore year in the program.

While this is just some of the things that the young ladies are up to, these opportunities with Girl Scouts have helped to propel them forward.  The troop of Bethany Baptist Church has a new sense of sisterhood and confidence.  Their future has limitless possibilities. 

They truly believe that with Girl Scouts, they have seen and done things they would have never been able to do. 

When girls realize they can, they do!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Letter From Our National Delegates

Hi Girl Scout Families,
This year is a National Convention year for Girl Scouts.  The GSUSA convention meets once every three years.  We have been honored to be selected as your delegates to represent our Council, you, in Salt Lake City this October.  One of our responsibilities as delegates is to represent your thoughts and view points at the National level.  As you know Girl Scouts is the premiere Girl Leadership Program in the United States.  To keep the Girl Scout programming moving forward GSUSA likes to have input from Girl Scouts across our country.  One of the ways GSUSA does this is by having open discussions at the convention. This year there will be an open discussion about the importance of Outdoor experiences for girls and what role Girl Scouts should take to help promote outdoor experiences.  GSUSA compiled research on the importance of outdoor experiences.  To make this report relevant for Girl Scouts, GSUSA has used input from about half the councils, including ours, on the type of programming, opportunities available and their outcomes as in addition to external research.

The full report can be seen in this link:
Some of the points we found interesting were: how much unstructured play time a girl has per day,  the percentage of troops that participate in outdoor activities and the significant impact outdoor opportunities have on a girls quality of life.

GSUSA has asked us, the delegates, to share this report with you and to ask you a few questions regarding the role of GS in outdoor experiences and how can GSUSA and Council support this goal from the National level to the troop level.  We have created a survey to compile your answers.

Please take a moment and read through the More than S'mores report, and then answer our 10 short question questionnaire.

The results of the surveys will be compiled, sent to GSUSA and represented at the Open Discussion.  This is your chance to have input on outdoor GS programming.

If you have more than one girl in Girl Scouts grades K-12, you may fill out the survey for each girl.  Girls ages 14 and over encouraged to fill out the survey on their own.  The deadline for completing the questionnaire is September 8, 2014.

Thank you for taking time to review the report and participating in our questionnaire.   We appreciate your support of Girl Scouts and look forward to representing your ideas at the National Convention.

Jean Ward
Alicia Slattery
Cindy Beim
Gayenell Burch
Ginny Marino
Hugh Regan
Jeanne Fox
Lisa Cheng
Raina Lindsey Searles  
Rebecca Conn
Sanjana Saksena
Smriti Ganjoo
Jan Anderson

GSCSNJ Delegates
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