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YOUniversity is a weekend of enrichment training workshops for Girl Scout volunteers—you don’t have to be a troop leader to participate! Design your weekend as you wish: come just for the day Saturday, stay for Saturday evening extras, come back on Sunday for more workshops, or just spend the night and take it all in.

Workshops are facilitated by subject matter experts from GSHNJ staff, community partners, and veteran Girl Scout volunteers. Bring along buddies from your troop or service unit to join forces and fully explore all of the workshop options available through the weekend.

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Saturday & Sunday, May 4-5, 2019
Camp DeWitt | 605 Montgomery Road, Hillsborough, NJ

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Dr. Liz YOUniversity
Dr. Liz  |  Keynote Speaker
Speaker, Author, and Consultant

Presentation: Living Online
Technology is an integral part of a young person’s life. As a result, young people (especially teenagers) spend more time on computers, cell phones, and other devices and less time socializing in person. Attendees will learn how to encourage youth to communicate more off-line, the real consequences of spending too much time online, and how to help find a good balance between the two.
 

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Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout | 9:30 am-10:15 am | Saturday
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Presenter: Maria Villalobos
GSHNJ Multicultural Specialist 



Learn more about council’s multicultural initiative and how to practice inclusion in a troop setting. The workshop will promote dialogue on bias and cultural divide while focusing on fostering a healthy climate for girls. 

Opting for the Outdoors | 10:30 am-11:15 am | Saturday
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Presenter: Kay Stephenson
GSHNJ Leadership Development Specialist




When girls spend quality time outdoors and increase their exposure to nature, they thrive physically, emotionally, and intellectually. Whether your troop is in an urban or rural area, this session will show you how easy it is to get your troop outdoors—and unplugged!

The Role of the Trusted Adult | 9:30 am-11:15 am | Saturday
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Presenter: Society for the Preventiion of Teen Suicide

This session empowers trusted adults to take action when a youth comes to them about either a friend talking about suicide, or themselves. Learn how to engage with at-risk youth, confidentiality, warning signs, and risk factors of youth suicide, protective factors and resources.

Get Things Rolling with Mechanical Engineering | 9:30 am-11:15 am | Saturday
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Presenters: Theresa Moody (GSHNJ STEM Experience Manager) and Roxie Zeek (GSHNJ Girl Experience Manager)

Does the mere mention of the “Engineering Badges” make you run for the hills? Let us get you started with designing, testing and improving your own easy, inexpensive, and completely intimidation-free model car. This hands-on activity prepares you to help your troop with the Car Design badges (Daisy/Brownie/Junior Mechanical Engineering series).

Mastering the Game of LIFE | 11:30 am-12:15 pm | Saturday
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Presenters: Christina Duffy, Tara Gilvar, Brittni Landers
BIG - Believe, Inspire, Grow


This fun, interactive Mastering the Game of LIFE - Exploring Your Financial Priorities and How to Fund Them workshop will give you the tools to help your troop earn financial literacy badges. Plan and create your ideal life, examine your needs and wants, and come up with creative ways to fund them. Then take the activities back to your girls! Incorporates financial literacy badge activities.

Seated Yoga for Self Care | 11:30 am-12:15 pm | Saturday
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Presenter: Lauren Pendergast
GSHNJ Service Unit Support Specialist &
licensed yoga instructor



In this seated chair practice, you will learn some yoga postures to stretch your spine, legs and hips. We will spend a few minutes at the beginning and end to focus on your breath in a guided meditation you can do anywhere!

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Living Online | 12:45 pm | Saturday
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Keynote Presenter: Dr. Elizabeth Henry, M.D.
Dr. Liz Consulting; fellow of the American Academy of Pediatricians, member of the American Medical Association, lifetime member of GSUSA



Technology is an integral part of a young person’s life. As a result, young people, especially teenagers, spend more time on computers, cell phones and other devices and less time socializing in person.  Attendees will learn how to encourage youth to communicate more off-line, the real consequences of spending too much time online, and how to help find a good balance between the two.

Exploring Real Life Entrepreneurial Situations | 1:45 pm-2:30 pm | Saturday
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Presenters: Christina Duffy, Tara Gilvar, Brittni Landers
BIG - Believe, Inspire, Grow



Wondering how to approach those financial literacy badges? This interactive workshop will have you exploring unique situations and deciding what the best movement/action step would be for each. Learn tools to share with your girls as they work on their financial literacy badges. Incorporates financial literacy badge activities.

Watts Up? Wired Girls (Part A) | 1:45 pm | Saturday
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Presenters: Theresa Moody (GSHNJ STEM Experience Manager) and Roxie Zeek (GSHNJ Girl Experience Manager)

Crafts and circuits are combined in this workshop. You will learn two concepts in one: how to build a circuit, and how this relates to robots and sensors.  Material suitable for all GS levels. (Cadette leaders: You can partner this session with Part B to see the complete Cadette “Programming Robots” Badge.)

Introduction to Robotics (Part B) | 2:45 pm | Saturday
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Presenters: Theresa Moody (GSHNJ STEM Experience Manager) and Roxie Zeek (GSHNJ Girl Experience Manager)

Learn how robots sense, think and act, and how to communicate with and program them.  Material suitable for all GS levels. (Cadette leaders: You can partner this session with Part A to see the complete Cadette “Programming Robots” Badge.)

The "Cadette Cliff": Retention after Intermediate School | 1:45 pm | Saturday
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Presenter: Karen Briegs
GSHNJ Volunteer, co-Service Unit Manager, SU 72


Keep your Girl Scouts involved long after 8th grade by tapping into their motivations and helping them craft an experience that will keep them engaged. We'll also discuss how to manage a troop where not all of the girls are pursuing their Gold Award, and how to keep your Gold Award Girl Scouts active after they complete their project. Attendees with older Girl Scouts are welcome to bring and share their personal experiences with the rest of the group.  

Troop and Service Unit Event Planning | 2:45 pm | Saturday
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Presenter: Fatima Latif, Lauren Pendergast, Caitlin Glynn
GSHNJ Service Unit Support Specialists


Learn how to plan and supervise a troop or service unit event in your area to promote the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Learn what’s expected of you as Event Coordinator, and discover the tools we have to help you plan. At the end, let’s come together to share stories and ideas! 

S’moregasbord | 2:45 pm | Saturday
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Presenter: Diane Barker and Kathleen Cunningham
GSHNJ volunteer outdoor trainers


Take s’mores to a whole new level! Join us for this tasty session where you’ll make gourmet versions of an old favorite.

Star Party | 7:00 pm | Saturday
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Presenter: Theresa Moody
GSHNJ STEM Experience Manager



Got stars in your eyes? Come star-gazing with us! Rain or shine, we’ll do easy activities you can take back to your troop, such as Starwheels and constellation viewers. If the night is clear, we will view the stars with telescope and binoculars. All activities will support parts of the Space Science badges (Daisy, Brownie and Junior).

Art in the Outdoors | 9:00 am-11:00 am | Sunday
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Presenter: Caitlin Glynn & Alicia Lazorisak
GSHNJ Service Unit Support Specialist & Facilities Manager


Explore the Art in the Outdoors badge progression with fun make and take activities. You don’t have to live in rural areas to enjoy outdoor experiences!