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Social Action Committee

Social Action Committee

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey’s Social Action Committee is made of Seniors and Ambassadors across our council footprint who are passionate about improving social justice in their communities. The Committee meets locally once a month to brainstorm, research, and make plans for how they can implement change. They also join with similar committees from Girl Scout councils across the state for workshops and state-wide collaborations.

The GSHNJ Social Action Committee wants to celebrate being Girl Scout Strong! We’re looking for writers, artists, chefs, photographers, and all creative spirits to help us build our first ever girl-made “zine” (that’s short for a magazine!). Submit your creative works that celebrate the theme of “Girl Scout Strong” to rzeek@gshnj.org for a chance to be included. Submission deadline is May 15th and the zine will debut virtually on June 1st. See below for complete submission guidelines and terms and conditions.

We can’t wait to see what you send in! 

Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in contributing to our Zine! By submitting your article or creative pieces, you are acknowledging and signifying your agreement to all of the Social Action Committee and Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey’s Terms and Conditions as they are listed below. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of these terms at any time. Please understand that there is a possibility not all submissions will be used in our publications, and Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) has the right to reject or repurpose any submissions.

Submissions may be rejected by our editors for any of the following reasons, but are not limited to those listed below:

  • Does not fit the theme of the zine
  • Does not follow standards put forth by the Girl Scout Promise and Law 
  • Improper formatting
  • Use of any copyrighted material
  • Any other reason not mentioned above

Terms and Conditions

By submitting your story, poem, recipe, artwork, or creative piece:

  • You declare that you are the sole owner and author/creator of the article, story, poem, recipe, artwork and own 100% of all copyrights pertaining to the piece or have permission from the owner or author to submit the piece to What a Girl Scout Can Do! and GSHNJ.
  • You retain all rights and copyrights to your piece.
  • You agree that What a Girl Scout Can Do! and GSHNJ are not liable for any potential lawsuit that could arise from the piece(s) submitted and hold What a Girl Scout Can Do! and GSHNJ harmless for any situation that may arise.
  • You agree that all articles are submitted without any financial consideration now or in the future.
  • You are giving permission to What a Girl Scout Can Do! and GSHNJ to publish, distribute or use in any way we deem appropriate. Including but not limited to: on any of our websites / print publications, e-newsletters, and social media platforms.
  • You agree that if not used in the current publication, your piece may be used in a future publication
GSHNJ Astronomy Club

GSHNJ Astronomy Club

Are you a Cadette, Senior or Ambassador Girl Scout who loves science? Are you curious about stars, space, and astronomy?  Are you looking for service and research opportunities that also help you explore what excites you?

We invite you to join our Girl Scouts Heart of NJ Astronomy Club:

  • Meet girls who share your interests.
  • Expand your knowledge of the cosmos with the latest news from NASA, hands-on time with our awesome club telescope, special speakers, citizen science projects, and fun hands-on space activities 
  • Learn to lead. High school girls are eligible to apply for leadership positions in our girl-led club; all girls will have the opportunity to help lead activities for other Girl Scouts.

Club details:

  • Meet approximately every other month to have fun learning about cool cosmic topics.  Club meetings are generally Sundays 1-3pm, alternating between our Westfield and North Branch Service Centers.
  • Participate in and/or lead additional events for other troops and council on alternative months.  These are typically held on Friday or Saturday evenings to allow for sky observation.

To learn more:

Questions? Reach out to Tiffany Allen, at tallen@gshnj.org.

Media G.I.R.L.

Media G.I.R.L.

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey’s all-girl media team, representing GSHNJ in various media opportunities throughout the year!

Are you a Media G.I.R.L? Do you like being in the spotlight and talking about what it’s like to be a Girl Scout? Do you want to learn more about what you need to become a media professional? Then you might be a Media G.I.R.L.

Questions about this program? Contact Roxie Zeek at rzeek@gshnj.org or 973-842-4243.

Am I A Media G.I.R.L.?

You already know being in Girl Scouts is awesome and filled with opportunities to discover your inner G.I.R.L. (Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, and Leader)™ so help us spread the word! We are looking for girls to represent Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey through various media opportunities throughout the year. No experience is necessary; you will work with GSHNJ staff and media professionals to learn all about public speaking, storytelling, creating campaigns, and more!

What Will I Do as a Media G.I.R.L.?

Depending on your interests and skill set, you can expect to:

  • Participate in TV, radio, and newspaper interviews and photoshoots
  • Create and take part in videos to promote Girl Scout programs and mission
  • Represent GSHNJ at high-profile events in the community including speaking engagements and appearances
  • Interact with adults to report on special Girl Scout events throughout the year
What Is GSHNJ Looking For?
Meet the Media G.I.R.L. Team
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OLIVIA A.

Olivia is an 8th grade Cadette from Troop 60640 in Hillsborough. She has been in Girl Scouts since Daisies. This is her second year as a Media G.I.R.L.! 

Madelyn B

MADELYN B.

Maddie is a First Grade Daisy from Union. This is her second year as an official Girl Scout, but spent many years as a tagalong to her big sister who is also a Girl Scout. She enjoys earning the Daisy petals and going on trips with her troop. In addition to Girl Scouts, Maddie loves to play soccer and is in her 4th year of dancing.

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RYAN B.

Ryan is a Kindergarten Daisy from Union. This is her first year in Girl Scouts and as a Media G.I.R.L.! 

Dinah B

DINAH B.

Dinah is a second year Brownie. Dinah loves spending time with her sister Girl Scouts, especially when it involves camping! This Brownie also loves theater and swimming. Dinah has been an HCY Little Stingray for three years and has performed in three Show Kids Invitational Theater productions. As a Daisy, Dinah won her Service Unit's Hoban Award for volunteerism. Dinah volunteers by fostering kittens in the spring, church choir, and collecting school supplies for United Way's Tools for School.

B, Jocelyn

JOCELYN B.

Jocelyn is an 8th grade Cadette from Troop 40144 in Hillside. She has been in Girl Scouts for three years. This is her second year as a Media G.I.R.L.! 

Sanaa C

SANAA C.

Sanaa is a dynamic 5th grade Junior Girl Scout from Hillside, NJ. She started as a Daisy and she loves doing arts and crafts with her troop and getting to know the girls as they grow together. Sanaa is involved in gymnastics, chorus, art club, and is also a part of the honors program at school. She loves dancing, singing, and making and editing videos. Her plan is to be a teacher when she grows up. She is so excited to be a part of the Media G.I.R.L. Program.

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ELIZABETH C.

Elizabeth is a 3rd grade Brownie from Troop 20897 in Cedar Grove. She has been in Girl Scouts since Daisies. This is her first year as a Media G.I.R.L.!

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MARIANNA D.

Marianna D. is a fourth grade Junior Girl Scout in Maplewood, N.J.  In her free time, she loves performing in musicals and doing ballet. Her favorite things to do in Girl Scouts are to go on outings and camping trips. She really enjoys doing the cooking and engineering badges.

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SACHI G.

Sachi is a 7th grade Cadette from Troop 20030 in West Orange. She has been in Girl Scouts since Daisies. This is her second year as a Media G.I.R.L.! 

H, Melody

MELODY H-K.

Hi! My name is Melody and I’m a Junior. I am a fifth grader in Jersey City. I’ve been in Girl Scouts since I was a first year Brownie. I enjoy camping with my troop and participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. My goal in 2020 is 250 boxes. My activities include track and field, dance and learning guitar. I would like to be a biomedical engineer for NASA. I love science, specifically medicine and engineering. I am overjoyed to be a Media G.I.R.L.!  

H, Samiyah

SAMIYAH H.

Samiyah is 11 years old and is in 6th grade. She enjoys drawing and hanging out with friends. Her favorite subject is math. This is her second year in Media G.I.R.L. and can't wait for all of the fun events. 

Alyssa J

ALYSSA J.

Alyssa J. is a 12th-grade Ambassador from Secaucus and a returning Media Girl. She is entering her 13th year of being a Girl Scout. She enjoys camping and spending time with her troop. She has earned her Bronze Award and is currently working on a STEM-based Gold Award. In college, she plans to study Industrial and Systems engineering. When she is not focused on school and scouts, she enjoys playing volleyball and basketball. She hopes that by being a Media Girl, she can gain the confidence to face her college years and influence younger girls to continue in Girl Scouting.

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CARAGH L.

Caragh is in her fifth year as a Girl Scout. She is a Junior from Berkeley Heights. She most enjoys camping with her troop, hanging out with her Girl Scout friends and selling cookies. Outside of Girl Scouts, Caragh likes to dance, sing, read, play the viola and play with her dogs and cats.

L, Caitriona

CAITRIONA L. 

Caitriona is in her third year as a Girl Scout. She is a Brownie from Berkeley Heights. She most enjoys camping with her troop and selling cookies. Outside of Girl Scouts, Caitriona likes soccer, hip hop dance and playing with her cats and dogs.

Gianna M

GIANNA M.

Gianna is a Cadette and has been in Girl Scouts for 6 years. She earned her Bronze award last year! Gianna enjoys doing community service, arts and crafts, and babysitting. Gianna loves competing in gymnastics and also plays forward on her soccer team. When Gianna was 8 years old she won Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge recipe contest and represented NJ at the White House. She learned to navigate the media’s questions in interviews and would now love to represent the Girls Scouts in the same exciting way as a Media G.I.R.L.! 

M, Sia

SIA M.

Sia is a first grade Daisy from Livingston. She has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten and loves to explore new things with her troop. She enjoys being part of Media G.I.R.L. program as she it brings different experiences and learning opportunities for her.  In addition to Girl Scouts, Sia loves robotics and has been presenting her work at First Lego League Junior events. She also likes to swim and learn Taekwondo.

M, Emma

EMMA M.

Emma is a 16 year old living in Hunterdon County, New Jersey and has been an active Girl Scout  for 12 years. She loves helping others and her community whenever she can. In her free time, Emma loves spending time with her family and friends and has been involved with dance and field hockey for many years. You can also find Emma enjoying her favorite music and behind the camera taking photos.  

M, Bella

ISABELLA M.

Isabella is a Girl Scout Ambassador from West Orange. She has been a scout since Daisies and is now a Juliette. She is a figure skater and an online student. Isabella is also a member of the Social Action Committee and is very excited to be a part of the Media G.I.R.L. team!

M, Bria

BRIA M.

Bria is a 1st Grade Daisy from Troop 56003 in Cranford. This is her second year in Girl Scouts and her first year as a Media G.I.R.L! 

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ADRIANNA P.

Adrianna has been in Girl Scouts since Daisies, adding up to 8 years. Adrianna loves Girl Scouts and can't imagine her life without it! Her favorite thing to do with her troop is to sell cookies and work on earning badges. This year she is beginning her work on her Silver Award! She enjoys soccer, reading, acting, singing, and giving back to her community. Adrianna wants to be an actress or singer when she grows up so she can be a role model to many other girls. Adrianna is absolutely thrilled to be a Media G.I.R.L. and will continue to follow the Girl Scout promise.

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BREONA P.

Breona has been in Girl Scouts since kindergarten so this is her tenth year! Breona loves earning patches and selling cookies! She has earned her Bronze and Silver Award and can't wait to go for Gold! Outside of Girl Scouts, Breona plays soccer and is a competitive swimmer, she also loves to read! She is very interested in STEM and hopes to have a job in the STEM field! She is super excited to learn and become a great Media G.I.R.L !

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JULIANNA P.

Julianna is a 1st Grade Daisy Girl Scout. She has two older sisters who have shown her the way in scouting! Julianna loves Girl Scouts because it has taught her many new things, especially to always be kind. Her favorite Daisy activities have been camping and earning all of the Daisy petals. In addition to Girl Scouts, Julianna loves to play soccer, swim, dance, read and have tons of fun!

R, Da_Miyah

DA'MIYAH R.

Hi, I am Da’miyah of Hillside, NJ, Cadette Troop 40199. I’m in the 6th grade and have been in Girl Scouts since I was a Daisy. My favorite things to do are swim, crochet, read, and donate to the community center. I want to be a doctor when I grow up and I’m so excited to be a part of the Media G.I.R.L. team.

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KA'NIYAH R.

Hi, I am Ka’niyah from Hillside, NJ, Cadette Troop 40188. I’m in the 8th grade and I have been in Girl Scouts since I was a Daisy. My favorite things to do are painting, drawing, and helping friends, classmates, and my community. When I grow up I want to be a chef or an artist.

S, Karen

KAREN S.

Karen is a Cadette from Roselle Park. Karen has been in Girl Scouts since she was a Daisy. Karen enjoys playing soccer, swimming and volunteering for community service activities. Girl Scouts is very important to her because she gets to help others open doors to new adventures. Karen is extremely excited to be part of another amazing year with the Media G.I.R.L.s!  

S, Emily

EMILY S.

Emily is an 11th grade Ambassador from Troop 80026 in Whitehouse Station. She's been in Girl Scouts for many years and this is her first year as a Media G.I.R.L.! 

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JULIET S.

Juliet is a 1st grade Daisy from South Orange. She was very excited to join the Girl Scouts last year. Juliet loves playing outside and digging in the dirt to find bugs and worms. Having fun with her friends is Juliet's favorite thing about being a Daisy. She is looking forward to another year of going on adventures with her troop.

S, Lilah

LILAH S.

Lilah is a 7th grade Cadette from South Orange. She joined Girl Scouts in 2nd grade. Lilah's favorite part of being a Girl Scout is spending time outdoors with her troop. She especially likes horseback riding, archery, canoeing, and camping. When not with her troop, Lilah loves swimming and dancing. She is very excited to be a Media GIRL.

S, Cassy

CASSANDRA S.

Cassy is a 4th grade Junior from North Plainfield. She started Girl Scouts as a 1st grade Brownie. Cassy's favorite class in school is art and she wants to be an art teacher when she grows up.  She also likes dancing, singing and acting and loves being on stage performing for her friends and family.  This is her first year as a Media G.I.R.L. for GSHNJ. 

S, Jola

JOLA S.

Jola S. is an 11-year-old Cadette Girl Scout. She lives in Hillside, N.J. She loves to act, play sports (like soccer, basketball and track), sing and read. She really admires other young actresses like Zendaya and Storm Reid because they are what she aspires to be.  Jola also enjoys piano, dance, and being a part of Media G.I.R.L.!

T, Vivienne

VIVIENNE T.

Vivienne is from Lebanon, NJ. She is currently in the third grade and enjoys dancing, musical theatre, drawing, playing lacrosse and playing with her friends. Vivienne’s favorite animal is a dragon and she so wishes that she could have one as a pet and ride it to school. She loves being a Girl Scout and enjoys being a part of the many adventures that Girl Scouts has to offer.

W, Becca

REBECCA W.

Becca is beginning her twelfth year of GIrl Scouts, and is currently working on her Gold Award. Some of her favorite things about Girl Scouts are going on outdoors adventures like kayaking, sailing, hiking and so much more. She also enjoying helping others. Most recently she went on a mission trip to Indiana. But her greatest experience  has been bonding and growing with her Girl Scout sisters. Outside of Girl Scouts, Becca also volunteers at her local hospital, plays field hockey year round and goes camping with her family. All of the experiences that she has had help prepare Becca for her future. 

W, Sarah

SARAH W.

Sarah is a junior in high school and is enjoying her twelfth year in Girl Scouts as an Ambassador. Through the years she has participated in numerous events that pushed her to become a leader and a role model for younger scouts. In the past Sarah has assisted younger troops in completing their journeys. She is currently working on her Gold Award on her way to become the ultimate girl scout. Sarah has been extremely active both in her community by volunteering with the United Way of Flemington, and also nationally by travelling to Indiana for a mission trip -- all to help those in need. While cooking food and organizing camps is fun, Sarah most enjoys playing varsity field hockey at her high school and connecting with her classmates through art and positivism. She also is active in school clubs such as Operation Smile and the German club. Sarah hopes to study health in college and later begin her career as a Pediatric Nurse. Girl Scouts has given her the confidence to reach for these goals. Sarah is thrilled to be Media G.I.R.L. this year.

Recent Opportunities
SheStormz Robotics Team

SheStormz is GSHNJ’s FIRST LEGO® League robotics team. Through their hard worked and preparation put forth in the 2019 membership year, they were awarded the Core Values Award at the regional qualifying competition. Throughout the season, the team of girls in 6th-8th grade, work together to understand the parameters of the robot challenge, brainstorm ideas, build the robot, delegate tasks to individual members, prioritize tasks, troubleshoot problems, overcome failures, and present their work to others. 

GSHNJ is recruiting members to fill spaces on our robotics team! Are you going to be a Girl Scout Cadette in the fall of 2020? Are you interested in exploring robotics, technology, and creative problem solving? Making new friends who like the same stuff you do? Working on a team project in a friendly, competitive atmosphere? Then this might be the place for you!

FIRST LEGO League teams work together over the course of several months to build a robot that can complete a challenge course and do a research project on a contemporary real-world issue related to that challenge; they then compete against other teams in the area based on their robot's skills, their project, and how well they work together. Member spaces are filled via a lottery each year. If you would like to apply for an open spot on the team, submit your name today.

The lottery takes place May 26, 2020 09:00 AM-June 19, 2020 11:59 PM