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  • Girl Scouts seek nominations for award honoring phenomenal women under 40


    Nominations are now open for the Girl Scout of the Jersey Shore’s second annual Phenom Awards. The award honors emerging, young, female leaders under the age of 40 from Monmouth and Ocean counties.

    Phenom Award nominees should be outstanding performers who understand the hard work and dedication necessary to be a success. The award not only recognizes young, professional women for who they are, but also for the potential for what they might achieve in their futures.

    Nominations for the award can be submitted through this website. Nominees must be a resident of Monmouth or Ocean counties or be employed/affiliated with a business or organization located in Monmouth and Ocean counties. A nominee does not need to be a current or former Girl Scout, but she must be under age 40 on December 31, 2017 to be considered.

    This year’s nomination deadline is Wednesday, May 31. Award recipients will be notified after that date. Five award recipients from each county will be honored at a special reception Thursday, September 14, at the Park Pavilion in Seaside Park.

    For more information about the event or to submit a Phenom Award nomination, visit the Phenom Award page on this website.

  • Families are welcome at Girl Scouts' annual egg-straw-dinary event


    Come out and join us for our Egg-Straw-Dinary Scavenger Hunt! Held at the Program Activity Center on 127 Yellowbrook Road, Farmingdale. 

    Egg-Straw-Dinary Sacavenger Hunt
    Fun for the whole family! Come out and join us for our Egg-Straw-Dinary Scavenger Hunt! Create a special Spring craft before heading out to hunt for eggs. There will be lots of hidden "special eggs" to trade in for fabulous prizes. The bunny will be available for photos, so don't forget your camera! Pre-K and Kindergarten groups will hunt on one field; first through third grade will hunt on another. Fourth though sixth grade will venture down into camp to hunt for eggs. Pre-K and 1-3 hunts will happen consecutively, so if you have children in both age groups you can see both!

    • Register for the 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. session
    • Register for the 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Session

    Egg-Straw-Dinary Sacavenger Hunt at Night Bring your flashlight and your friends! The Egg-Straw-Dinary Sacavenger Hunt at Night is for 7th though 12th graders. Come out and join us for our older girl Egg-Straw-Dinary Scavenger Hunt! Create a special spring craft...



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  • Happily Ever A'fur'ter - Finding 'Fur'ever Home For Shelter Dogs


    Finding 'Fur'ever homes for shelter animals is the idea behind Troop 170's silver Award Project.

    Family, friends, and kids 6-12 years old, come join Cadette Troop 170 for some fun & games as they earn their Silver Award to help homeless animals.

    This event will be on Monday, March 27, 2017, at the Ocean County Library in Toms River at 6:30 p.m.

    Event Registration

     

  • Spring Break 2017 School's Out Programs


    When School is out the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore is in session with some really cool and fun programs for you to do! Morning programs, take place between 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Afternoon programs take place between 1:00-4:00p.m. except where noted.  Programs are open to girls and boys! Childcare between 12:00 noon and 1:00p.m. is included for those attending both morning and afternoon programs. Outside playtime will be provided, if weather permits, so please dress accordingly. Children must bring their own lunch and drink. We recommend bringing a refillable water bottle. Cups are not available.

    Monday

    Saddle Sampler
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Love horses, spend the morning with our horses

    Case of the Disappearing Dance Diva
    9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    Help us solve the Case of the Missing Dance Diva

    Saddle Sampler (K-3)
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Spend some school's out time with the horses

    Tuesday

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  • Registration is open for Girl Scouts of New Jersey's Women in Leadership Conference


    Girl Scouts of New Jersey is proud to announce this collaborative program with the Center for American Women and Politics. This one day program is aimed towards young women who are interested in learning more about government and politics and may even want to run for office one day! 

  • Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Honors Distinguished Community Leaders at Annual Women of Distinction Event


    The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore raised more than $155 thousand dollars during its annual Women of Distinction and Community Partners Gala on Friday, March 3, at Eagle Oaks Country Club, Farmingdale. The annual event honors the personal and professional achievements of outstanding local individuals and organizations.

    During the black-tie optional affair, sponsored by Investors Bank, the Girl Scouts honored an amazing group of individuals. This year’s Women of Distinction included Regina Foley, Bayshore Community Hospital; Patricia Howard, United Healthcare – Optum 360; Victoria Magliacane, Investors Bank, and Dr. Stephanie Reynolds, Riverview Medical Center. 

    The Junior Woman of Distinction was Hannah Morgan, an Ambassador Girl Scout from Beachwood.

    As its Community Partner, the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore honored The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation. 

    And the Girl Scouts’ Man Enough to be a Girl Scout Man of the Year was Thomas Hayes, New Jersey Natural Gas. 

    All honorees are from Monmouth and Ocean counties. They are dedicated to bettering the community and are valuable role models to girls as they become women of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. 

    Money raised from this Girl Scouts’ Gala will make a significant difference in the lives of girls in Monmouth and Ocean counties. That’s important because those girls need support more than ever. The reality they face is har...



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  • Lakewood Blue Claws accepting submissions for their 2017 Scout Night Patch Contest


    April 13th is Opening Day for the Lakewood BlueClaws! What does this mean? It means 2017 Scout Nights are right around the corner! 

    The 2017 Scout Patch design contest is officially underway. Between now and March 31st Scouts design a patch that will be given out on all of our Scout Nights. All entries must be received by 5pm on March 31st. A winner will be selected on April 3rd.

    In order for the Girl Scout to be eligible to win, the Troop she is a part of must have booked and paid a deposit on their 2017 outing by March 31st.

    Any questions on this year’s Scout Nights please contact Mike Cassidy at 732-901-7000 x103 or mcassidy@blueclaws.com

    2017 Contest Submission Paperwork

  • Girl Scouts will honor amazing, local leaders and role models at Annual Women of Distinction and Community Partners Gala


    While men and women equally share low-to-mid management roles in the United States, upper management positions remain dominated by men with fewer than a quarter of Fortune 500 companies led by women and only approximately 15 percent of executive and board positions at those same companies filled by women.

    This generation of future female leaders is expected to improve those statistics, leading the way for greater gender equality for senior management positions. For that to occur, young girls must have strong, successful role models with persistence and dedication to show them what’s possible.

    The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore will honor seven of these outstanding role models who are leading the way at its annual Women of Distinction & Community Partners Gala, sponsored by Investors Bank, on Friday, March 3, at Eagle Oaks Country Club in Farmingdale.

    In addition to honoring four outstanding Women of Distinction, the Girl Scouts will continue to honor additional role models, including a Junior Woman of Distinction, a community partner and a Man Enough to be a Girl Scout member of the year.

    The 2017 honorees are as follows. Full biographies and photographs of all honorees are available upon request. 

    Women of Distinction

      Regina Foley, Hackensack Meridian Health Patricia Howard, United Healthcare - Optum360  Victoria Magliacane, Investors Bank Dr. Stephanie Reynolds, Hackensack Me...


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  • Make plans to attend an open house at Amity Acres or Sacajawea!


    Looking for Adventure This Summer?! Look no further than the award winning day camps offered by the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore!

    Amity Acres Day Camp, Waretown, and Sacajawea Day Camp, Farmingdale, will host monthly open house events to show you all they have to offer! New campers who attend receive special new camper discounts when they reserve a spot in camp within 48 hours.

    Amity Acres Day Camp

    • Camp Amity Acres
      133 Jones Rd, Barnegat, NJ
      • Saturday, March 4   1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
      • Tuesday, April 4    5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
      • Thursday, June 1    5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

    Sacajawea Day Camp

    • Program Activity Center
      127 Yellow Brook Rd, Farmingdale
      • Sunday, March 5   1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  

    • Camp Sacajawea
      242 Adelphia Rd, Farmingdale, NJ
      • Thursday, April 6   5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
      • Sunday, May 7   1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
      • Wednesday,  June 7    5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

     

  • Girl Scout Cookie Sale scheduled to begin in Monmouth and Ocean County


    A century ago, a group of Oklahoma Girl Scouts began what became a national tradition – the Girl Scout Cookie Sale.

    Now, Girl Scouts are celebrating the 100th anniversary of girl selling cookies and the Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program is the largest girl-led business enterprise in the world. As it was 100 years ago, money earned stays with local Girl Scouts and those proceeds fund Girl Scout activities – everything from trips and camp to community service projects.

    While selling Girl Scout Cookies, girls also learn five essential skills that benefit them throughout their lives. These essential skills are goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

    The year’s Girl Scout Cookie Sale in Monmouth and Ocean counties begins Saturday, January 14. Cookies will be delivered in late February with booth sales at local businesses beginning Friday, March 3.

    In addition to perennial favorites like Thin Mints and Samoas, the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore added a new cookie to the mix for 2017 – the Girl Scout S’more Cookie, with a delicious mix of graham, marshmallow and chocolate.

    This year also marks the return of the Toffee-tastic, the Girl Scouts’ first gluten free cookie.

    Most varieties of Girl Scout Cookies cost $4. The S’more and the Toffee-tastic cost $5.50 each; because of demand, those cookies may not be available at March booth sales. Order early.

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  • Winter 2017 Open Houses


    Winter 2017 General Open House Events

    We are now making it easier than ever to join Girl Scouts and get started!

    Over the next few weeks, the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore will host three different Open House events in Farmingdale, Hazlet and Toms River.

    Girls who attend an Open House will get a chance to interact with Girl Scouts from local troops for a fun hour of Girl Scout activities, while parents will meet with helpful Girl Scout staff who will share details and answer any questions about the Girl Scout program.

    At the end of the event, girls can register for Girl Scouts and be placed into an available troop or program. We encourage you to attend the Open House that is closest to your hometown, but you are more than welcome to attend an Open House at any of the three locations.

    We can’t wait to meet you and your daughter!

    James J. Cullen Center, Hazlet
    Sat. Jan 7, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Kindergarten and 1st grade)
    Sat. Jan 7, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (2nd and 3rd grade)
    Sat. Jan 7, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (4th through 12th grade)

    Girl Scouts’ Ocean Service Center, Toms River
    Sun. Jan 29, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Kindergarten and 1st grade)
    Sun. Jan 29, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (2nd and 3rd grade)
    Sun. Jan 29, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (4th through 12th grade)

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  • Cyber Monday Camp Sale Announced


    This Cyber Monday, Sacajawea Day Camp and Amity Acres Day Camp have a special deal for you.

    Buy a gift certificate equal or greater in value than the cost of one week of 2016 basic camp and we'll give you 2016 pricing on all 2017 camp sessions, excluding horse camp.

    You can also make gift certificate purchases for smaller amounts; gift certificates of all values look great wrapped in a bow!

  • Girl Scouts give back to their community as part of World Kindness Week


    Girl Scout Troop 1330 from Leonardo celebrated World Kindness Week by participating in a global global Dance For Kindness flashmob in Red Bank. The flashmob featured over 200 people in Red Bank joining more than 12,000 people worldwide, all dancing at the same time.

    "Our troop has been doing it for three years now. It is so rewarding," said Ruth Ann McBee, leader of the Girl Scout Junior troop. "Our girls love being involved with Kindness Week and  sharing what they learned with their family and their school."

    Dance for Kindness is a movement that promotes unity and optimism around the world. Troop 1330's dance occured on World Kindness Day November 13, the start of World Kindness Week.

    Lesson taught during World Kindness Week including teaching how people can look beyond themselves, beyond the boundaries of their country and beyond their culture, race and religion.

    The Girl Scouts concluded their World Kindness Week activities November 18 in Middletown during Middletown Helps Its Own. The girls helped separate and box food for the holiday for those in need. 

    "We are all citizens of the world and kindness is the common thread that unites us all," explained McBee. "I am so proud of my girls and they are so proud of themselves.  They may be children, but they can make a difference. They can create positive change in the people around them simply by using kindness."

     

  • Help Her Lead Like a G.I.R.L.


    Download tips to help your girl unleash her inner leader

    Girl Scouts of the USA has been helping girls take the lead for more than 100 years, and we’ve taken that legacy to the next level by collaborating with Disney Channel to create a leadership guide that can help all families develop leadership traits and encourage their girls to be G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders)™.

    We know leadership isn’t just about who you are, but what youdo. That’s why Disney Channel and Elena of Avalor are a perfect match for Girl Scouts as we work to change the conversation around leadership and help girls see that everyone has the potential to lead.

    Like your girl, Elena might be young, but as crown princess of Avalor, Elena is learning to be a collaborative, communicative, and confident leader. By following Elena’s adventures—and taking on a few of her own—your girl will uncover the leader within herself and feel empowered to help others do the same.

    Filled with 12 simple but proven tips designed to enhance your girl’s critical thinking, goal-setting, and problem-solving skills, it’s a must-read for any parent or caregiver looking to give their girl the best. 

    Download the free Leadership Guide (PDF)

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  • Girl Scout Volunteers Are Making a Difference at the Jersey Shore


    Did you know?
    96% of girls have tried at least one new thing as a Girl Scout—what a confidence booster!

    93% of girls agree that Girl Scouts helped them learn leadership skills—her future just got brighter!

    73% of girls improved their willingness to persist through challenges because of Girl Scouts—she will never back down!

    Every day, as a Girl Scout volunteer, you help girls do all this and so much more. This November, you can double that impact by inviting a friend to join you on this life-changing adventure. Not only will you be giving girls another hero they can depend on to help them find their spark, but you and your friend also get a fun prize!

    That’s right. Invite your friend to volunteer, and once they’ve formed a Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop…

    ·  You get $50 to spend at Girl Scouts’ official online store—sweet!
    ·  Your friend gets awesome resources (a $50 value!) to help them get     their    troop up and running—so cool!
    ·  Plus, when you double the friends, you double your prize…

    $100 for you and a Volunteer Resource Pack for each friend—awesome.

    The best part is girls get one more guiding star to cheer them on, expose them to new and unique experiences, and prepare them for a lifetime of leadership (and fun!).

    Once your friend joins as a Girl Scout leader and starts a new troop, you’re ready to redeem...



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  • Girl Scouts honors 253 girls with Bronze Award – Highest Girl Scout award earned by fourth and fifth grade girls


    The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore honored 251 Girl Scouts from Monmouth and Ocean Counties with the Girl Scout Bronze Award on Wednesday, October 19 at the Girl Scouts’ Program Activity Center. The Bronze Award is the highest recognition for achievement in Girl Scouting for girls in grades 4-5.

    Girl Scouting’s highest awards—the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards—are a girl’s chance to make a lasting difference in the world. 

    The Bronze Award recognizes Girl Scouts who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects that address important community needs. 

    Every girl used their strengths, talents, and skills and put their plan into action to earn the Bronze Award while each taking a leadership role. 

    2016 Bronze Award Recipients

      Ella Acquaviva, Millstone Allentown Pantry Elissa Adams, Wall Providence House Roma Agarwal, Marlboro Book collection for the Kateri School Kyleigh Allen, Millstone Allentown Pantry Emily Anne Amato, Pt. Pleasant Beach Girls Can Do Anything Book Bailey Anderson, Jackson Blood Donation Awareness Megan Anderson, Jackson Blood Donation Awareness Avery Antano, Point Pleasant How to Help Animals from the Community Morgan Auth, Pt. Pleasant Beach Girls Can Do Anything Book Amanda Bajcic, Millstone Allentown Pantry Kaitlyn Bari...


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  • Girls Scouts host Career and College Forum for all interested teens


    All middle and high school girls looking ahead to college and beyond are invited to participate in a career and college forum hosted by the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. During this town hall style meeting, girls will have the opportunity to speak with women professionals in the community about their experiences in college and as professional adults.

    The career and college forum will take place Wednesday, October 19, at 6:30pm at the Girl Scouts’ Ocean Service Center located at 1405 Old Freehold Road, Toms River. The cost is $5 per participant. You do not need to be a Girl Scout to attend. Girls attending the event must be accompanied by an adult.

    The eight professional women listed below are currently scheduled to attend. They represent a cross-section of careers and provide a wide variety of perspectives. 

      Danielle Bagdzinski, Marketing Coordinator, Cowan, Gunteksi & Co., PA Jessie Bluvias, Environmental Scientist, Arcadis Environmental Consulting Lauren Holman, Audit Manager, Holman Frenia Allison, PC Alexandra Mazzucca and Cara Pescatore, Vegan Restaurant Owners, Seed to Sprout Jillian McLeer, Esq., Attorney, Ronan, Tuzzio & Giannone Sgt. Nicole McMinamin, Mortuary Affairs Specialist, Toms River Army Recruiting Center Kelly Murphy, Education Director, Crunch Fitness...


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  • FirstEnergy Foundation Supports STEAM Programs With a $2,500 Support Grant


    The FirstEnergy Foundation has partnered with the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore in providing a grant of $2,500 to support the council's STEAM programs. The STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) are designed to create awareness about STEAM, engage girls in exciting hands-on STEAM experiences, and stimulate lasting interests in this field. 

    The funding will help the council to create new and exciting STEAM programs as a prerequisite to prepare girls to apply for these areas of study in college. FirstEngery Foundation's commitment to the STEAM initiative will ensure the future success of over 11,000 girls in Monmouth and Ocean Counties to remain competitive in these very important and ever-increasing fields. 

    Thank you FirstEnergy Foundation for your support.

  • Girl Scouts honor 10 outstanding, young female role models


    The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore raised more than $21,000 while honoring 10 amazing women under the age of 40 at its inaugural Phenom Awards. The award reception took place September 22 at Martell’s Waters Edge, Bayville.

    “The Phenom Awards were created to recognize young, emerging female leaders under age 40 in Monmouth and Ocean counties,” explained Susan H. McClure, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. “The award recognizes each women for not only who they are, but who the community thinks they’re poised to become.”

    I think this award is a great benchmark for me,” said Dr. Tamra Wroblesky, founder and co-owner of Inner Dynamics Physical Therapy, Ocean Township. “This is the time in my life that I’m becoming a role model. I’m actually doing the things that I looked up to people for.”

    “My 10-year-old self would be incredibly excited by this award,” agreed Allie Cosaluzzo, account executive, Townsquare Media. “It’s an honor and a huge responsibility. But it’s also incredible that I have the chance to do for young girls what my role models did for me.”

    “It’s not just girls, but everyone, who needs good guidance to get on the right path,” said Jaimie Diaz, junior loan officer, Grand Bank, who also serves as secretary of Soroptimists International of the Central Jersey Coast.” It’s flattering that I’m seen as a role model for a younger generation.”

    Every Phenom Award recipient was nominated by a member of the local bu...



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  • Girl Scouts participate in Miss America parade


    Fifteen Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts from Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton participated in the Miss America “Show Me Your Shoes” parade on September 10 in Atlantic City.

    The annual parade features all 52 Miss America hopefuls riding in convertibles along the Atlantic City boardwalk. During the parade, the Girl Scouts carried a 20 foot by 40 foot ’76 Bennington Flag. The Bennington flag is the version of the American flag most associated with the Revolutionary War.

    Despite heavy winds, the Girl Scouts carried the flag for more than 2.5 miles. During that time, the flag didn’t touch the ground once. After the parade, the girls also had the opportunity to meet Miss New Jersey.

  • Girl Scouts announce “Phenomenal Women Under 40” honorees


    Ten outstanding young professionals have been named inaugural recipients of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s award for Phenomenal Women Under 40. The award, better known as the Phenom Award, honors emerging, young, female leaders under the age of 40 from Monmouth and Ocean counties. It not only recognizes young, professional women for who they are, but also who our community thinks they're poised to become.

    Honorees will receive their award at a special cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, at Waters Edge, Bayville. Sponsorships and tickets to the event can be purchased online by visiting jerseyshoregirlscouts.org/phenom.

    This year’s Phenom Award Honorees are:

    ·        Heather S. Barberi, Ocean County College Foundation

    ·        Allie Cosaluzzo, Townsquare Media

    ·        Jaimie Diaz, Grand Bank

    ·        Jennifer Godoski, New Jersey Resources

    ·        Lauren M. Holman, Holman Frenia Allison, P.C.,

    ·        Noelle McNeil, Meridian Neuroscience

    ·        Kelli Peterson, Wells Fargo

    ·        Catherine Tobin, Clean Ocean Action

    ·        Elizabeth M. Trottier, Foss, San...



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  • Girl Scouts announce addition of S'mores Cookie to 2017 Cookie Lineup


    Today, National S’mores Day, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced, in celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, the organization will introduce two commemorative Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies. The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore will add one of the new cookies to its 2017 lineup, where it will join classics like Thin Mints®, Samoas, and Trefoils®.

    Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore will offer a s’mores-inspired crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling. The last new Girl Scout Cookies®, including the gluten-free Toffee-tastic, were introduced in 2015.

    “It’s always exciting when we get to announce a new variety of Girl Scout cookie,” said Susan H. McClure, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. “This announcement is especially sweet because it connections our Cookie Sale Program with S’mores, a treat that’s almost as iconic as Girl Scouts itself.”

    This s’mores-inspired cookie made with specialty ingredients was created with emerging consumer trends in mind. It contains no artificial flavors or colors, high fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. This newly introduced cookie is the first of its kind for Girl Scouts. Like other similar consumer products, the cookie could be priced higher than other Girl Scout Cookies, reflecting the cost of production.

    The tradition of making and enjoying s’mores in the outdoors was popularized by Girl Scouts as early...



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  • Girl Scouts Support The Olympics


    Inside every young girl is a strong, confident young woman! Girl Scouts helps her discover her full potential. Support Girl Scouts. Join Girl Scouts. Our girls are worth it.

  • Outdoor Adventure and Hiking Club announces new leader


    We are happy to annouce the newest addition to the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore's Outdoor Adventure and Hiking Club!

    Here is a letter from Lisa herself!

    Welcome Lisa! We are so glad to have you a volunteer!

    Hi, I'm Lisa Berkowitz! Originally I am from Astoria, Queens, but now I live in Matawan, NJ. I am a mother of two and the troop leader for my daughter's Brownie Girl Scout troop.  Coming from the city, I didn't have much experience with hiking trails, camping or obstacle course racing. When I moved to Matawan, I had parks like Holmdel and Cheesequake at my fingertips! It opened a new door for me and allowed me to really pursue a healthy and active lifestyle. 

    After meeting a group of people who got me involved in obstacle course racing, I quickly turned into a trail runner and hiker. I loved it! My greatest physical accomplishments are completing a half marathon and hiking to the summit at Buck Mountain, Lake George. 

    I believe that we should always pay it forward and I do so with the time that I dedicate to both my troop and now the OAHC club.  My most recent adventures have led me to learning how to drive a boat, aerial yoga, waterfall rappelling!  I'm super excited to work with the older girls on experiencing new and exciting adventures and look forward to having a ton of fun and making memories that will last a lifetime!

     

  • Local businesswoman gives $15,000 to Girl Scout Gold Award recipients


    During a keynote speech at the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s June 2 Gold Award Reception at The Mill in Spring Lake, local businesswoman Carol Stillwell surprised each Gold Award recipient with a $500 gift in recognition of each girl’s achievements and in anticipation of future success.

    “I am so certain of all the wonderful things that the 2016 Gold Award recipients are capable of achieving that tonight it is my privilege to offer a small token to help with your future endeavors,” Stillwell said. “I truly look forward to growing old in a world in which you are our next generation of leaders. I am so proud to know that my future will have you guiding it.”

    Stillwell is CEO of Edison-based Stillwell-Hansen. She made the announcement at an event recognizing the 30 Girl Scouts from Monmouth and Ocean counties who earned the award this year. The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore named Stillwell a Woman of Distinction in 2011.

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award. Gold Award projects completed by Girl Scouts this year showcased a wide variety of interests and issues, including an autism awareness program, the creation of a database to organize documents for a local historical society and an art program to assist seniors living in an assisted living community.

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  • Legacy Pathway dedication at Ocean Service Center


    Tuesday, May 24, 2016, the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore celebrated the dedication of the Ocean County Legacy Pathway. The Legacy Pathway lines the entrance of the Ocean Service Center and pays tribute to those who have been a part of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore organization.

    If you would like to purchase a brick to be created and placed in the Legacy Pathway, email Madalaine Rice.

  • Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Voted #1 and Wins $6,600 Donation from Jeremy Grunin


    On Monday, April 11, 2016 WOBM-AM's "Wake Up With Jeremy Grunin" host Jeremy Grunin announced to the community that he needed their votes. Grunin need help to make a decision on where to donate his entire quarterly salary. The $6,600 donation got the community and the non-profit organizations involved talking, and the votes started pouring in.

    The past two weeks the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore received thousands of votes, from those who believe in our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character. 

    On Friday, April 22, 2016, the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore had fallen to second place just hours before the voting deadline. To keep the momentum going, the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore asked the community one last time for their votes, in hopes of reclaiming first place and receiving the $6,600 donation.

    After much anticipation over the weekend, this morning, Monday, April 25, 2016 WOBM-AM's "Wake Up With Jeremy Grunin" host Jeremy Grunin announced that the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore received the highest number of votes and would be the non-profit receiving his donation of $6,600. 

    Thanks to the thousands of people voting each day and sharing their love and support of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, we are able to continue building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.  

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  • Girl Scouts honored at St. Margaret Church


    Girl Scouts from St. Catherine School were joined by Father Harold Cullen, pastor of the St. Catherine and St. Margaret Parish Family, to celebrate Girl Scout Sunday on March 6, 2016. 

    Local Girl Scouts celebrated Girl Scout Sunday at St. Margaret Church, celebrating the founding of the organization and its ties to their faith.On Sunday, March, 50 Girl Scouts in kindergarten through sixth grade recited the Girl Scout Promise. Parishioners who had been members of the Girl Scouts during their youth were also invited to stand and recite the promise. " Women of all ages stand and proudly join in. This simple act demonstrates the significance of Girl Scouts to these young girls. They see that they apart of something special - a sisterhood that lasts a lifetime." said Mrs. Dwyer who organized the Girl Scout Sunday for the parish. 

    During Mass, 25 Girl Scouts were recognized for achieving the My Promise, My Faith Award, which strengthens the connection between faith and the Girl Scouts. To qualify for the award girls had to follow specific criteria, including a line of the Girl Scout Law in with an aspect of their faith, discussing their chosen line with a woman of faith in the community, finding three inspirational quotes from the women that align with the Girl Scout Law and, create a project to remind them of what they learned. 

  • U.S. Senator Menendez celebrates the Girl Scouts at 6th Annual Women's History Month Celebration


    Sunday, March 6, 2016 U.S. Senator Bob Menendez presented the Evangelica Menendez Trialblazer Awards, honoring New Jersey women for exceptional achievements.  

    Girl Scout Gold Award recipients from across the state of New Jersey were in attendance. Senator Menendez also congratulated them for completing their projects and taking time to make the world a better place. 

    This award ceremony honored six pioneering women who have made significant contributions to the Garden State and our country in law, health care, education, community and environmental advocacy.

    The other awardees were:

    • Paulette Brown, the first African-American woman to become president of the American Bar Association
    • Kyung Hee Choi, Vice President of Asian Health Services, Holy Name Medical Center
    • Chelsea Collins, a sixth-grade language-arts teacher in Woodstown, Salem County, who is the New Jersey Education Association’s Teacher of the Year
    • Michellene Davis, the corporate executive vice president of Barnabas Heath in West Orange
    • Siomara Sanchez, a Cuban refugee who is the president of the National Association of Cuban-American Women
    • Cindy Zipf, whose organization Clean Ocean Action campaigns against pollution in the waters in the New York-New Jersey region

    "Today we celebrate and honor women worldwide: our mothers, our daughters and our sisters. We celebrate their invaluable and countless cultur...



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  • Girl Scouts hires Pepenella as Director of Community Development


    Lori Pepenella will join the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Monday, February 15, as Director of Community Development. In this new position, Pepenella will oversee Girl Scout special events in Monmouth and Ocean counties, including the Women of Distinction and Community Partners Gala; the Girl Scout Golf Classic, and Dancing with Our Monmouth and Ocean County Stars. She will also work closely with community partners to maximize sponsorship opportunities and grants. In addition, Pepenella will promote the importance of women in business-leadership positions while increasing awareness of the Girl Scout mission to help girls become women of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.


    Pepenella joins the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore from the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. In her position as Destination Marketing and Communications Director, she increased area tourism by working with businesses and non-profits to establish projects to promote economic development in the region.

    For many years prior to her new position, Pepenella worked closely with Girl Scouts. She spent many years as a community volunteer assisting countless girls with their Girl Scout experiences. Two of those Girl Scouts were her own daughters, Jessica and Kim. Both earned their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, the highest awards in Girl Scouts. After high school graduation, each daughter joined Girl Scouts as a lifetime member; both are also i...



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  • NEW! Yankee Candle Girl Scout Cookie Collection


    So mouthwateringly real...the delicious scent of GIRL SCOUT COOKIES® are on sale now at Yankee Candle! This years scents are Coconut Caramel Stripes, Zesty Lemon and Sugar and the famous THIN MINTS®. Get yours today! 

    Visit the Yankee Candle website to order yours today! 

  • Girl Scouts to donate Girl Scout Cookies to military service members and the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties


    Girl Scouts in Monmouth and Ocean Counties begin selling Girl Scout Cookies Saturday, January 16. In addition to buying cookies for themselves, customers will once again have the opportunity to donate cookies through the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s Jersey Shore Cares program. Donations received are divided between military service members and the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

    This year’s Girl Scout Cookie varieties include Samoas, Thin Mints, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Tag-A-Longs, Savannah Smiles, and Rah-Rah Raisins. A limited supply of Toffee-Tastic, a gluten-free cookie, are available for purchase as well.

    All varieties of Girl Scout Cookies still cost $4 a box, with the exception of Toffee-Tastic; it costs $5.50 per box.

    For those ordering using traditional methods, initial Girl Scout Cookie orders must be placed by Sunday, January 31. Orders placed after that date will still be fulfilled, but will arrive a few days later. Beginning Friday, February 26, through mid-April, Girl Scouts will also host more than 2,000 booth sales at areas businesses.

    Those who can’t wait until late-February for a delicious box of Girl Scout Cookies can once again order cookies online and have them delivered to their door in a matter of days. This state-of-the-art opportunity, sponsored by Dell and VISA Checkout, doesn’t take the place of girls selling in person, but is a convenience for those who want to order cookies online from a Girl Scout they kn...



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  • Girl Scouts Announce Honorees for Annual Women of Distinction and Community Partners Gala


    Building on almost 30 years of successfully honoring outstanding women and organizations in Monmouth and Ocean counties, the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore invites you to participate in this year’s Women of Distinction & Community Partners Gala.

    During the gala on Friday, April 1 from 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm at Eagle Oaks Country Club, Farmingdale, we’ll celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of our 2016 Women of Distinction, Junior Woman of Distinction, Community Partner and, for the first time ever, our Man Enough to be a Girl Scout Member of the Year. Once again, Thomas Hayes from New Jersey Natural Gas will chair this prestigious event.

    We are excited to announce our 2016 honorees:

    Women of Distinction

    • Lillian Burry, Monmouth County Freeholder
    • Valeria Montecalvo, Bayshore Recycling
    • Maria Tanzola, UBS
    • Betty White, Civic Volunteer
    • Bertha Williams-Pullen, Neptune Township School District

    Community Partner

    • The Faith & James Knight Foundation

    Junior Woman of Distinction

    • Kathy Ann Drake, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Girl Board Representative

    Man Enough to be a Girl Scout Member of the Year

    • Jim DeAngelis, Lakewood BlueClaws

    Your contribution to the Women of Distinction & Community Partners Gala will enable us to continue serving more than 11,000 girl members and over 4,000...



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  • Girl Scouts Announce the Arrival of Digital Cookie 2.0 in Monmouth and Ocean Counties


    TOMS RIVER, NJ — Last year, nearly 160,000 Girl Scouts nationwide experienced a revolutionary update to the Girl Scout Cookie Program - the Digital Cookie platform. Digital Cookie 1.0 gave girls the opportunity to sell cookies via website or mobile app. This initiative was a first step in preparing girls to be leaders in the high-tech, fast-paced, e-commerce world of today. Now, Girl Scouts in Monmouth and Ocean Counties are excited to participate in Digital Cookie 2.0, which will provide a more robust, hands-on, and entertaining learning experience Its mobile technology puts control of the sale, from customer contact to completion of the order, squarely in the hands of girls.

    Digital Cookie 2.0’s game-changing addition of a mobile sales app will expands girls’ ability to take their sale on the go. Using handheld devices like phones or tablets, girls will approach customers, take orders, and complete sales using digital order forms that allow for direct shipping to customers. The new app replicates the transactional elements of the girl’s personal website, and ensures all Girl Scouts have an opportunity to learn important ecommerce lessons for our increasingly mobile-based economy. Upgrades to the girl-facing website include a goal-setting calculator to help girls track the number of boxes they need to sell to reach their goal—instilling the importance of setting both short- and long-term financia...



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