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Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) believes in the power of every girl.  The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is designed to provide a safe space for a girl to discover who she is, what she can do, and connect her with a powerful network of girls, women, and mentors to make it happen.  With unique opportunities she won’t find elsewhere, Girl Scouts change themselves, their communities, and the world through small acts of kindness and through big ideas that make lasting impact.

Through the dedication of nearly 8,000 adult members, we are able to give over 11,000 girls ages 5-17 an exceptional Girl Scout Leadership Experience throughout Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Somerset, Union, southern Warren, and parts of Middlesex counties. GSHNJ has service centers in North Branch and Westfield along with camps in Middleville, Hillsborough, and Maplewood, NJ.

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Chartered by Girl Scouts of the United States of America, Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey builds girls of courage, confidence, and character: caregivers, volunteers, and staff working together to deliver on our promise of giving girls access to life-changing experiences that inspire them to do something big.


Girls & Families: Girl Scouting begins at home where caregivers provide support, access, and commitment to a Girl Scout Leadership Experience specially curated to spark your Girl Scout’s unique talents, passions, and interests—solo or in a troop. Girl Scouts is ready to embrace anyone ages 5-17 who identifies as a girl, regardless of her abilities, family structure, race, ethnicity, political persuasion, socio-economic standing, or demographic. Ready to get started crafting your own Girl Scout journey? Start here.


Troops: Girl Scout troops provide the sisterhood she needs to help her learn to believe in herself, take the lead, and spark her imagination. Troops are hosted in schools, community centers, places of worship, neighborhoods, and anywhere girls gather. Led by at least two adult mentors, one of whom must identify as a woman, troops are generally organized by grade level from K-12 and our programs and resources progress as girls grow and develop. Looking for a troop in your area? Start here.


Service Units: Girl Scout service units provide local support and day-to-day inspiration to troop leaders and individually registered girls in defined geographic communities. GSHNJ’s seven counties are divided into 62 service units, each managed locally by a team of adult volunteers who are leaders and influencers in their communities.

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Service Units

10: North Hudson, Union City, Weehawken, Guttenberg, West NY, North Bergen, Hoboken

11: Secaucus

12: Jersey City

13: Bayonne

14: West Hudson, Kearny, Harrison, East Newark

20: Nutley, Belleville

21: Newark

22: Irvington

23: Montclair, Glen Ridge

24: Bloomfield

25: East Orange, Orange

26: Verona, Cedar Grove

27: West Orange

28: Maplewood, South Orange

29: Caldwell, West Caldwell, North Caldwell, Fairfield

30: Livingston, Essex Fells, Roseland

31: Millburn, Short Hills

40: Hillside

41: Elizabeth

42: Linden

43: Union

44: Roselle Park

45: Roselle Park

46: Springfield

47: Kenilworth

48: Cranford

49: Summit

50: New Providence

51: Mountainside

52: Westfield

53: Clark, Garwood, Winfield

54: Rahway

55: Berkeley Heights

56: Fanwood, Scotch Plains

57: Plainfield

60: Watchung

61: North Plainfield

62: Greenbrook, Dunellen

63: South Plainfield

64: Middlesex Borough

65: Warren

66: Bridgewater, E. Pluckemin, Martinsville, Finderne

67: Franklin Park, Franklin Twp, Somerset

68: Manville, Bound Brook, South Bound Brook

70: Bernards Twp, Basking Ridge

71: Somerville

72: Hillsborough, Millstone, Neshanic

73: North Branch, Branchburg, Neshanic Station

74: Bridgewater, W. Raritan Borough, Bradley Gardens

75: Montgomery, Belle Mead, Skillman, Blawenburg, Rocky Hill

76: Bedminster, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack-Gladstone

80: Califon, High Bridge, Lebanon Twp, Tewksbury, Oldwick

81: Clinton Twp, Lebanon Borough, Annandale

82: Readington Twp, Three Bridges, Whitehouse, Whitehouse Station

83: Bethlehem Twp, Clinton borough, Glen Gardner, Hampton, Franklin Twp, Union Twp, Pittstown

84: Flemington, Raritan Twp

85: Alexandria Twp, Holland, Milford

86: Lambertville, Delaware Twp, East Amwell, West Amwell, Ringoes, Kingwood, Frenchtown, Stockton

90: Franklin Twp, Washington Borough, Washington Twp

91: Belvidere, Harmony, White Twp

92: Phillipsburg, Lopatcong

93: Alpha, Greenwich, Pohatcong, Stewartsville, Boomsbury



Staff: GSHNJ employs roughly 40 full-time, year-round staff members who provide administrative help, training, and inspiration to volunteers delivering the GSLE in our communities; assist in forming new troops and placing girls; care for our properties; form strategic partnerships with community partners and supporters; and curate unique experiential programs and events for girls across our service area. In the summer, our ranks swell to hundreds as we deliver amazing summer camp experiences to thousands of girls both in-person and online. Considering a career in Girl Scouting? Start here.


Governance: GSHNJ is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by delegates representing our membership. The GSHNJ Board reflects our strong commitment to diversity and inclusion and includes some of the most talented and influential change makers in the Heart of New Jersey region. They provide insight on financial and policy-related issues and help make our mission come to life every day. Meet our Leadership.


If you are a girl looking for a place to fit in and have fun, an adult who wants to volunteer, or a corporation, foundation, organization, or individual that wants to support the good work of Girl Scouts, you’ve come to the right place!  Join | Volunteer | Support Girl Scouts