Monday, December 1, 2014

Girl's Choice - Outdoor Recreation

Welcome to Girls’ Choice Badges
Where girls decide what adventure to go on next!

It's time to vote on the next and final stage of Girls' Choice!

The votes have been tallied and your voices have been heard. The next set of badges - one each for Brownies through Ambassadors - will be based on an Outdoor Recreation theme!

Now is your chance to vote on the type of badge activities you will get to earn next year! Voting ends December 31st, so be sure to get your votes in!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Holiday Closing Schedule

Holiday Schedule
Thanksgiving - Offices will be closed from Wednesday, 11/26/2014 through Sunday 11/30/2014, reopening on Monday, December 1, 2014. Offices will be open for full business days on Monday, November 24, 2015 and Tuesday, November 25th, 2014.

Winter Break - Offices will be closed from Wednesday 12/24/2014 through Sunday, 1/4/2014, reopening on Monday, January 5, 2015. Offices will be open for full business days on Monday 12/22/2014 and Tuesday, 12/23/2014.
We know that this is an important time for our Cookie Booth Coordinator and Cookie Managers.  Therefore, to better assist you with your planning during the holidays, please direct all questions to staff during the week of December 15 to December 19 to ensure adequate time to respond to your inquiry before our offices are closed.  Because we know that schedules get busy, we promise that all inquiries that come in through the closure will be responded to promptly during the week of January 5 - January 9.

We wish all our Girl Scout families a safe and happy holiday season.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Girl's Choice Outdoor Badges

GSCSNJ is excited to share a special announcement from GSUSA: Four Outdoor Badges are being added to Program in fall 2015, and starting Oct. 31, girls can vote on the badges they will earn!

GSUSA just announced this new, annual national voting process during the National Council Session at Girl Scout Convention. The four Outdoor Badges added to program in fall 2015 will include one each at the Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior levels. To determine which badges will be added, GSUSA is using a “Girls’ Choice” process, meaning girls will take the lead on deciding which new badges will be created!

This year, there will be two rounds of polling:

  1. First, between Oct. 31 and Nov. 30, girls can vote on which content area they’re interested in within the Outdoor category (i.e.: Outdoor Recreation, Outdoor Environment, or Outdoor Survival).
  2. Once GSUSA receives a majority vote on the content area, girls will vote Dec. 1 through 31 on the actual badge topic (for example, Hiking, Camping, Trail Blazing, etc.), based on their grade level in the coming year.

Then, the fall 2015 Girls’ Choice badges will be announced March 12, 2015
Ready to take action? Girls, follow this link to cast your vote starting Oct. 31!

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
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