Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Date Selected for the 100th Anniversary Sing-Along

Girl Scouts Rock the Mall:
100th Anniversary Sing-Along on the National Mall in Washington, DC

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Join the Girl Scouts as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts at Girl Scouts Rock the Mall: 100th Anniversary Sing-Along on the National Mall in Washington, DC, Saturday, June 9, 2012.

Bring your troop, your daughters and friends and join your Girl Scout sisters from around the world on the National Mall in our nation's capital. While in Washington, DC, you'll also have the chance to visit some of the historic sites and museums. Girl Scouts has 3.2 million members around the world and over 50 million alumnae.

As the largest organization focused solely on the development of girls, we will mark this momentous occasion by hosting the largest gathering of Girl Scouts, friends, family and alumnae from across the world. We hope to see you in 2012!

Visit the official Sing-Along Website or become a fan on Facebook!

When can I register?
Online registration, which includes a commemorative T-shirt and patch, will begin in January 2012. Visit this page often for updates.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

100th Anniversary Statewide Events

October 2, 2011
NJ Girl Scout Statewide Volunteer Conference -
Power of Popular

As a successor to the statewide event for high-school aged girls last year “Through the Looking Glass,” the four councils in New Jersey are planning a one-day statewide volunteer conference on Sunday, October 2 (9:00am - 4:00pm) at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Visit

November 13, 2011
100th Anniversary Bridging Ceremony

To commemorate our journey to Girl Scouts’ second century, the four Girl Scout councils in New Jersey will hold a historic bridging events with girls walking across the George Washington. The event will take place on Sunday, November 13 in the mid-morning. There will be a lottery process prior to registrations becoming available for the actual bridging ceremonies. Visit .

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June 23-24, 2012
100th Anniversary New Jersey State Event, Liberty State Park

Celebrate our movement’s impact on the next century with 25,000 sister Girl Scouts and volunteers at an outdoor, all-day event. The weekend will include dozens of exciting activities, an eco service project, musical performances by a variety of talented young artists (including a very special guest) and a riverside firework spectacular just for us! A New Jersey statewide committee of girls has been formed and are meeting regularly to name the event and shape its offerings. Big things will start here. More information to follow.

100th Anniversary Merchandise
See our collection of once-in-a-lifetime 100th Anniversary merchandise available in our shops. Special commemorative tee shirts, caps, jewelry, collectibles, mugs and patches are all available. Visit Juliette's Closet online or one of our council shop locations for more 100th Anniversary merchandise.

16,000+ Households STOP Vampire Currents

On March 12, 2011 over 16,000 households pledged to PULL THE PLUG on vampire currents for 100 minutes thanks to 2,776 Girl Scouts who secured a minimum of 5 pledges each. Girls secured pledges from within the state of New Jersey as well as accross the United States. Reports from troops indicate pledges were secured from California, Texas, Florida, and Iowa. Thanks to technology, one troop even secured pledges from accross the Atlantic Ocean in England! Troop 30916 from Timbercreek shared, "The girls are all 5 year olds and this was the 1st time they ever did anything like this and they LOVED every minute of it!" Troop 72027 from LETS shared, "I thought this was a great project to raise awareness of how much energy each person/household can save." Many troops incorporated the program into the Journey they were working on like Troop 54120 from Wihe'Tonga who were learning about energy through Get Moving.

Just a reminder to troops who participated, your Troop Evaluation/Summary needs to be submitted in order for your troop to receive their patches. Contact Kimberly Reed with any questions,

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

S.B. Girl Scouts hold event as part of Bronze Award project

Keeping cancer away through ‘Sun Safety’

Sentinel North Brunswick

SOUTH BRUNSWICK — Even if their new medals are as bright and shiny as the sun, the 15 girls in Girl Scout Junior Troop 80385 of South Brunswick are going to be ready in the presence of the actual sun.

The girls held a “Skin Cancer and Sun Safety” event May 13 at the South Brunswick Community Center as the capstone activity needed to earn their Bronze Award, which is the highest award possible for Juniors and the third-highest award in all of Girl Scouting.

“The project must be something that does the greater good, that benefits people outside of the troop,” troop leader Colleen Albright explained.

This project in particular, Albright said, was first begun nearly a year ago, when the girls hashed out different project ideas.

From there, they undertook research and the other necessary steps for planning the event. They chose a skin cancer theme because May is skin cancer awareness month.

On the night of the event, the 15 girls were divided into four groups, each taking a different skin cancer-related topic, including types of skin cancer, the use and meaning of sun block, other ways to prevent overexposure, and skin cancer and kids.

The Scouts also devised a number of skin cancer-related games in order to help educate the younger attendees, including trivia games based on the displays, sun safety Twister, and sun safety relays, where kids had to don extra clothing as well as hold sunscreen before tagging a partner.

Dr. Janice Mehnert, an oncologist from the Cancer Institute of New Jersey who specializes in melanoma, gave the keynote address to the 50 other Scouts, parents and troop leaders who attended.

“She was outstanding; she really geared her talk to the level of the girls we had,” Albright said.

The girls ranged in age from7 to 12. Troop 80385 is composed mostly of 10- and 11-yearolds, Albright said.

In addition to the sun safety event, the girls also needed to complete other projects and 15 hours of community service to be eligible for the award.

In October 2010, the troop organized and held a campfire in Woodlot Park, which saw around 300 attendees show up.

The troop also helped sponsor the annual Friendship Fair this year. Working in conjunction with another troop, the girls worked to organize the event as well as help run it.

“The girls really had to hone their social skills and how to present information, and also their organizational skills. It was something they really needed to work on, because at 10, it isn’t something that’s really ingrained yet,” Albright said.

On June 17 there will be a presentation of the awards to the girls.