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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! Registration is still open for YOUniversity—this year it’s May 2-3; since the ongoing health crisis is preventing us from gathering at The OVAL, we’re already working on a plan for a virtual, interactive YOUni experience. We have all-new workshops, so there’s something fresh for newbies and veterans alike. And this year there are some sessions appropriate for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors, so be sure to spread the word in your service unit.

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 2-3, 2020

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Dr. Delaney
Dr. Megan Delaney  |  Keynote
Monmouth University, Department of Professional Counseling

Presentation: Nature is Nurture
Research shows that spending time in nature reduces anxiety, improves mood and produces neurological benefits. Dr. Megan Delaney, ecotherapist and author of "Nature Is Nurture: Counseling and the Natural World," will discuss the many ways to connect and reconnect with nature and how we can help ourselves and our children can find peace and healing in the natural world. Dr. Delaney is also a Girl Scout volunteer!

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Saturday | 9:30 am-10:15 am | VTK Deep Dive
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Presenter: Kay Stephenson
GSHNJ Leadership Development Specialist



All your questions about Volunteer Tool Kit answered in this demonstration! We’ll help you start planning your upcoming year using this convenient digital tool from GSUSA.

Saturday | 9:30 am-10:15 am | Trails, Ropes, and Slopes
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Presenter: Kelly McDonald
GSHNJ Girl Experience Specialist



Kick your troop’s outdoor adventures up a notch by learning about GSUSA’s new High Adventures badges and Trailblazers program. This session will share ideas and resources for these opportunities. We’re excited about the new programs and we know you will be, too!

Saturday | 9:30 am-10:15 am | Zoom 101
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Presenter: Roxie Zeek
GSHNJ Girl Experience Manager

Leaders, ready to start meeting with your troops virtually? Join GSHNJ staff to walk through the Zoom platform. We'll talk through how to set up an account, invite participants, and get inspiration for running fun, interactive meetings. Participants will be able to practice using the platform after a short tutorial. 

Saturday | 10:30 am-11:15 am | GoToMeeting 101
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Presenter: Roxie Zeek
GSHNJ Girl Experience Manager



Looking for another option to host online troop meetings? Join GSHNJ staff to walk through the GoToMeeting platform. We'll talk through how to set up an account, invite participants, and get inspiration for running fun, interactive meetings. Participants will be able to practice using the platform after a short tutorial. 

Saturday | 10:30 am-11:15 am | Bullet Journaling 101
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Presenter: Victoria Laird
Camp Director & Property Manager, The OVAL



Curious about bullet journaling? Want to make a bullet journal but don’t know where to start? Are you a “bujo” pro who wants to share and learn new ideas? In this workshop, we’ll share techniques to create the bullet journal that’s right for you. Whether you want to get organized, practice self-care, or express your creative side, there’s a “bujo” for everyone! We will provide your very own bullet journal, pens, and other decorating supplies. Feel free to bring your own, too!

Saturday | 10:30 am-11:15 am | High Awards: Dream It, Achieve It!
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Presenter: Gina Dandrow
GSHNJ Leadership Development Specialist



Learn ways to support your Girl Scouts on their path to the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards. We’ll provide tips for helping girls turn their high awards into impactful reality!

Saturday | 11:30 am-12:15 pm | Google Hangouts 101
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Presenter: Roxie Zeek
GSHNJ Girl Experience Manager




We’re not done with those virtual meeting set ups yet! Join GSHNJ staff to walk through Google Hangouts. We'll talk through how to set up an account, invite participants, and get inspiration for running fun, interactive meetings. Participants will be able to practice using the platform after a short tutorial. 

 

Saturday | 11:30 am-12:15 pm | Defeating Leader Burnout
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Presenter: Stephanie Quinton
GSHNJ Director of Product Programs



As Girl Scout volunteers, you need to click your own “refresh” button from time to time. We’ll share exercises that work when you’re dealing with parents and girls in your troop. And we’ll share tips and techniques for troop leaders that hold on to too much for too long.

Saturday | 11:30 am-12:15 pm | STEM Badge Breakdown
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Presenter: Tiffany Allen
GSHNJ STEM Experience Manager


The science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professional of tomorrow is different from the STEM professional of yesterday. We want our girls to be prepared to be STEM leaders of the future. Join us as we break down GSUSA’s STEM badges and tell you more about the resources available to get your girls rolling with STEM!

Saturday | 12:45 pm | KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Nature is Nurture
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Keynote Presenter: Dr. Megan Delaney
Monmouth University | Department of Professional Counseling

Research shows that spending time in nature reduces anxiety, improves mood and produces neurological benefits. Dr. Megan Delaney, ecotherapist and author of "Nature Is Nurture: Counseling and the Natural World," will discuss the many ways to connect and reconnect with nature and how we can help ourselves and our children can find peace and healing in the natural world. Dr. Delaney is also a Girl Scout volunteer!

Saturday | 1:45 pm-3:30 pm | Dialogue, Not Debate
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Presenter: Ariel Sykes
Assistant Director of the Ethics Institute at Kent Place School


In a world of increasing polarization, it's easy to stop listening to "the other side." This session acknowledges a highly-charged election year as well as the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Topics tie in with GSUSA Citizen badges and older girl Journeys, and include: ethical decision making, civil discourse, and dialogue versus debate.

Saturday | 1:45 pm-3:30 pm | Destination Animation
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Presenter: Tiffany Allen
GSHNJ STEM Experience Manager



Lights, camera, animation! This very popular girl program has been a big hit so come see what it’s all about. Using a simple app, you will collaborate in small groups to develop a story concept, make characters, and film a stop-motion animation movie. In this workshop you will flex your creativity and “get techy” to create your own movie to share.

Saturday | 7:00 pm | Glow in the Dark Activities and Virtual Campfire!
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Presenter: Victoria Laird
Camp Director & Property Manager, The OVAL


What’s that? You say you’ve never been to a virtual campfire? Now’s your chance! We’ll have fun with  glow-in-the-dark crafts, and will end the day around a virtual campfire.

Sunday | 9:15 am-10:45 am | Dollar Store Crafts
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Presenter: Caitlin Glynn
GSHNJ Camp Business Administrator


Looking to save pennies for your troop? Learn how shopping the dollar store can be your gateway to creative projects. We’ll make and take clever projects that will be fun for you and the girls.