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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 New Jersey 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 formally every other month to enjoy learning about cool cosmic topics. Meetings can consist of special guest speakers from the field of astronomy, hands on STEM activities, and much more. 
  • Club meetings are generally Sunday afternoons and will alternate between in-person and virtual. All meetings will follow COVID-19 precautions.
  • In addition to regular club meetings, members can attend sky observation nights, and optional astronomy related council events. These events are typically held on Friday or Saturday evenings to allow for sky observation. These events will be posted on the general GSHNJ events calendar.

To learn more:

  • Registration for our October 2021 interest session will open on August 1, 2021. This hybrid event will be held simultaneously in-person and virtually. Check our Event Calendar after August 1 to sign up.

Questions about this program? Contact Tiffany Allen at tallen@gshnj.org

HNJGIRL Advisory Board

About: The HNJGIRL Advisory Board gives Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors the opportunity to serve as the voice for all girls in Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey by providing input to the Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors, and leadership team. This board is a cooperative learning team and is a safe place where girls can share their thoughts about what girls need and want, as well as their ideas on how Girl Scouts can be the program of choice for girls today. By lending their thoughts and opinions to a movement that wants, needs, and values girl-led contributions, these young leaders will play a significant role in shaping the ongoing work of Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey.

This select group, comprised of up to seven girl members representing Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey’s seven counties, will work as a team to help determine the council’s priorities. Their work will be in the areas of programs, girl activities, girl engagement, training, social trends, and other topics as determined by the CEO. Members will also be exposed to governance opportunities and will be present at various activities and events throughout the year. Advisory board members will make their voices heard to the staff of GSHNJ, as well as learn to share their Girl Scout story with their greater community.

Qualifications and Commitment:

Interested applicants must be:

  • Currently enrolled in 6th-12th grade
  • Currently registered as a Girl Scout
  • Genuinely interested in taking on a leadership role at GSHNJ
  • Able to communicate with peers and with adults
  • Able to work well independently and on a team
  • Committed to using technology as a platform for research and communication
  • Available for a one-year commitment, running from October 1- September 30. Girls can serve up to two consecutive one-year terms with the term of high school senior ending on September 30 of the year after graduation.

Responsibilities:

HNJGIRL Advisory Board members will be expected to:

  • Attend orientation, quarterly meetings with the CEO, at least one Board of Directors meeting, the annual Board of Directors Retreat, and other meetings as determined by the CEO. The meeting dates and times of the quarterly CEO meetings will be established based on the availability of the majority of girl members.
  • Consistently contribute feedback on various digital platforms.
  • Actively participate in all scheduled meetings.
  • Work in groups and independently to complete and present research and tasks.

Application Timeline (2021-2022)

August 1, 2021

HNJGIRL Advisory Board Application opens. GSHNJ girls who are currently enrolled in 6th-12th grade and currently registered Girl Scout members who meet the above qualifications are eligible to apply. 

September 12, 2021

Application period closes at midnight.

Week of September 20, 2021

Applicants who have been selected will be notified. Once board members have been confirmed, applicants who have not been selected will be notified.

October 1, 2021

Term begins

Ready to apply?  Use the application worksheet to draft your answers and then apply here

Media G.I.R.L.

Apply for the 2021-2022 Media GIRL team here! Application closes on September 12, 2021

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

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 GIRL.

You already know being in Girl Scouts is awesome and filled with opportunities to discover your inner go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader so help us spread the word! We look 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!

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

Questions about this program? Contact Roxie Zeek at rzeek@gshnj.org

Meet the Media G.I.R.L. Team
Abrantes, Julianna

JULIANNA A.

Julianna is a first-year Girl Scout Cadette! She has been in Girl Scouts for over 7 years. She loves reading, playing the piano, and especially hiking. Math and Science are her favorite subjects in school. For this Cadette, going on camping trips is always a blast. This is Julianna's first year as a Girl Scout Media G.I.R.L.!

Altidor, Olivia

OLIVIA A.

Hi! My name is Olivia A. My friends call me Liv!  I have a maltipoo, named Cody and am an older sister to a very energetic and funny sister, Gigi. I am an actress and have been acting since the age of four. I like to relax with a good book or watching my favorite YouTubers. I was Girl Scout since I was a Brownie and joined with the intent to make new friends, but what I didn't know is how many opportunities would come from it. One of them, being Media G.I.R.L.! Since becoming a Media G.I.R.L. I have learned about the publicity and press process it takes for a typical advertisement in the media. I have been fortunate to attend conferences, radio shows, and big business and commercials while representing Girl Scouts! Being with all my fellow Media G.I.R.L.s through all of these amazing opportunities just added to the benefits of being a Media G.I.R.L.!

Madelyn B

MADELYN B.

Hi! My name is Maddie and I am a 1st year Brownie from Union. I have been in Girl Scouts for 3 years. In my free time I enjoy dancing and playing soccer. I have 3 sisters; 2 of them are also in Girl Scouts. My favorite part of Girl Scouts is doing crafts and learning new skills. 

Beversluis, Normandie

NORMANDIE B.

Normandie is excited to be a Media GIRL this year.  She is a Cadette from Troop 40304 in Scotch Plains. She has been a Girl Scout since Kindergarten, and values all the relationships and experiences she has had through Girl Scouts. She loves to write, sing, play the guitar, and perform in school and local plays. She is also a competitive swimmer and is involved in her school's Student Council. She is thrilled to be part of the upcoming Girl Scout Conservation Trip to Costa Rica and hopes that it will be the first of many worldwide adventures.

Boyd, Jocelyn

JOCELYN B.

Jocelyn is an first year Senior from Troop 40188 in Hillside. She has been in Girl Scouts for four years. This is her third year as a Media G.I.R.L.! 

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ALEXANDRA C.

Alexa has recently begun her first year as a Daisy Girl Scout! She is so excited and loves spending time with her Girl Scout Sisters, GS Media Team Sisters, and Leaders! Alexa is thrilled to be part of the GS Media G.I.R.L. program and to represent an amazing organization that empowers girls with STEM, Outdoor, Financial Literacy, and Entrepreneurial Skills. Alexa is an actress and model and loves to perform! This Daisy Girl Scout is also Miss New Jersey and Miss National Tiny Princess 2020-2021. Alexa has a big heart and always wants to help others. She donates a portion of her earnings through her work and pageant winnings to charities, as well as volunteers to help children in need and to feed families in need. Through her pageant platform, she promotes many charity projects. She has been holding food drives, entertaining senior citizens through Skype, collecting essential need items for children, among other things. She enjoys competing in dance, cheerleading, and soccer. Alexa is looking forward to doing great things with the GS Media G.I.R.L. team!

Daley, Marianna

MARIANNA D.

Marianna D. is a fifth grade Junior Girl Scout in Maplewood, N.J.  In her free time, she loves writing stories, singing, dancing, cooking, and technology and coding.  Her favorite things to do in Girl Scouts are to go on outings and hikes.

Fernandes-Santinho, Isabella

ISABELLA F.

Isabella is an 8th grader in Kearny, NJ. She is a Cadette and in her 9th year of Girl Scouts. She has earned both the Bronze Award and the Silver Award. She was awarded the latter for creating The Kearny Uniform Closet, which collects gently used public school uniforms and donates them to students in need. She loves STEM-related activities and is a member of the Girl Scouts SheStormz robotics team. She also 3Dprints ear savers and donates them to healthcare professionals and educators. She loves to read and write, and writes articles and short stories for her school newspaper. She's a big animal lover and, along with her family, she has raised a service dog in training and is currently fostering kittens for an animal shelter. In her spare time, Isabella enjoys playing the ukulele and the piano. She also likes to go on hikes with her family and go horseback riding.

Goel, Sachi

SACHI G.

Sachi is an 8th grade Cadette from Troop 20030 in West Orange. She has been in Girl Scouts since Daisies. This is her third year as a Media G.I.R.L.! 

Hartman-Kelly, Melody

MELODY H.

Hi! My name is Melody and I’m a Cadette. I am a sixth 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 2021 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.!  

Hogan, Samiyah

SAMIYAH H.

Samiyah is 12 years old and is in 7th grade. She enjoys drawing and hanging out with friends. Her favorite subject is math. This is her third year in Media G.I.R.L. and she can't wait for all of the fun events.

Lambert, Caitriona

CAITRIONA L. 

Caitriona is a third grade Brownie in a Berkeley Heights, NJ troop. She has been a Girl Scout since she was a Daisy. She loves participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, going camping, getting badges, and doing the Whitewater Challenge with he Girl Scout sister and father. In addition to Girl Scouts, Caitriona plays travel soccer, swims, and likes biking and hanging out with her friends.

Lambert, Caragh

CARAGH L.

Caragh is a fifth grade Junior in a Berkeley Heights, NJ troop. She has been a Girl Scout since she was a Daisy. She loves participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, going on campouts and hikes, and doing the Whitewater Challenge with her Girl Scout sister and father. Outside of Girl Scouting, Caragh likes dancing, reading, sewing and taking care of her dogs and cat.

Malhotra, Sia

SIA M.

Sia is a second grade Brownie 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 it brings different experiences and learning opportunities for her. In addition to Girl Scout, Sia loves robotics and has been presenting her work at First Lego League Junior events. She also likes to swim and learn Taekwondo.

Manzo, Gianna

GIANNA M.

Gianna is a first year Junior from Troop 12827 in Jersey City.  She really enjoyed the Great New Jersey Camp-In/Camp-Out this year.  She also loves participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Outside of Girl Scouts, she enjoys playing soccer, cooking, riding her bike or scooter, arts and crafts, and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys eating sushi and watching hockey!

Matos, Sofia

SOFIA M.

My name is Sofia and I am from Kearny, New Jersey. I am a Senior in Girl Scouts and have been a Girl Scout since Kindergarten. As a Girl Scout, I like to try new experiences with my troop and do activities such as Media G.I.R.L. Another thing I like to do is give back to the community through different service projects that my troop does. Outside of Girl Scouts, I like to ride my bike, dance, and play video games. Some clubs that I am in at school are Digital News, Yearbook, Student Council, Chorus, 4-H, and STEM. I like being apart of Girl Scouts because it provides opportunities that I could not do anywhere else. I also like meeting new friends!

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EMMA M.

Emma is an 18 year old living in Hunterdon County, New Jersey and has been an active Girl Scout  for 13 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.

McDonald, Joanna

JOANNA M.

I live in Readington Township, Service Unit 82. I'm a first year Cadette this year, and I've been a Girl Scout since Kindergarten, so this is my seventh year in Girl Scouts. In Girl Scouts I enjoy earning badges for outdoor and STEM activities, and love when we get to camp and hike. This year I am also a member of a Girl Scout First LEGO League robotics team, and we will have our first competition in January! Outside of Girl Scouts I attend dance school for ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and Broadway, and I enjoy performing. This is my first year as a Media G.I.R.L.

Melendez, Isabella

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!

Patel, Kareena

KAREENA P.

Kareena is an first year Junior from Troop 61135 in Bridgewater. She has been in Girl Scouts for four years. This is her first year as a Media G.I.R.L.! 

Pizzuta, Adrianna

ADRIANNA P.

Adrianna has been in Girl Scouts since Daisies, adding up to 9 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. She is currently working on her Silver Award! She enjoys soccer, reading, acting, singing, dancing and giving back to her community. Adrianna wants to be an actress or singer on Broadway 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.

Pizzuta, Breona

BREONA P.

Breona has been in Girl Scouts since kindergarten so this is her eleventh year! Breona loves earning patches and participating inthe Girl Scout Cookie Program. She has earned her Bronze and Silver Award and is currently working on her 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 !

Pizzuta, Julianna

JULIANNA P.

Julianna is a 2nd Grade Brownie Girl Scout. She has two older sisters who have shown her the way in Girl Scouting! Julianna loves Girl Scouts because it has taught her many new things, especially to always be kind. Lately she has taken many of the Girl Scout virtual classes and she really enjoys them. She loves to earn badges! In addition to Girl Scouts, Julianna loves to play soccer, swim, dance, read and have tons of fun!

Saavedra, 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 a 12th grade Ambassador from Troop 80026 in Whitehouse Station. She's been in Girl Scouts for many years and this is her second year as a Media G.I.R.L.! 

Secher, Juliet

JULIET S.

Juliet is a 2nd grade Brownie from South Orange. Juliet loves being outside in nature and learning about animals. Having fun with her friends is Juliet's favorite thing about being a Girl Scout. She is looking forward to another year of going on adventures with her troop.

Secher, Lilah

LILAH S.

Lilah is an 8th grade Cadette from South Orange. Lilah's favorite part of being a Girl Scout is exploring the world around her with her troop and giving back to her community. She especially likes horseback riding, canoeing, and hiking. She always looks forward to her troop's annual winter holiday party at a local nursing home. When not with her troop, Lilah loves competitive swimming and ballet. She is very excited to participate in another year of the Media G.I.R.L. program.

Shapteban, Cassandra

CASSANDRA S.

Cassy is a 5th 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 second year as a Media G.I.R.L. for GSHNJ. 

Strayhorn, Jola

JOLA S.

Hi my name is Jola Strayhorn and I am a 13 year old 7th grader at Holy Savior Academy. I have been in Girl Scouts since I was 5 years old! I also play the piano, sing in my church choir and take dance lessons. In my free time I like to play sports, look at funny YouTubers and hang with my friends (even it it's virtually). This is my 3rd year being a MEDIA girl and it has been so much fun! I can't wait to see what we will do this year!

Thompson-Ruiz, Madeline

MADELINE T.

Madeline is an second year Junior from Troop 20248 in Maplewood. She has been in Girl Scouts for five years. This is her first year as a Media G.I.R.L.! 

W, Becca

REBECCA W.

Becca is beginning her last 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 senior in high school and is enjoying her last 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 Girl Scouts. In the past Sarah has assisted younger troops in completing their journeys. She is currently working on her Gold Award. 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.

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ADELAIDE Y.

Hi! My name is Adelaide Y. I live in Cranford, NJ and I am a Cadette. I am a huge fan of photography and animals and I hope to learn more about those topics. I have been in the Girl Scout Media team for the last three years, and hope to continue. I love Girl Scouts because it gives great opportunities.

SheStormz Robotics Team

SheStormz is GSHNJ’s FIRST LEGO® League robotics team.

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! The 2022-2023 team will open for new members in June 2022.

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. Girls that participated on the team the year before are guaranteed a spot. The lottery to fill any remaining spots will open on June 1 of each year and will remain open till the end of June. After that, team members will be picked at random for any open spaces on the team. Check the GSHNJ calendar on June 1 to apply.

Questions about this program? Contact Tiffany Allen at tallen@gshnj.org

Social Action Committee

Apply for the 2021-2022 Social Action Committee here! Application closes on September 12, 2021

Are you passionate about issues of social justice, advocacy, and making change in your community? Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey’s Social Action Committee is made of Cadettes (new in 2021-2022!), Seniors, and Ambassadors across our council footprint who feel the same! The Committee meets about once a month to brainstorm, research, and make plans for how they can implement change. They also may join with similar committees from Girl Scout councils across the state for workshops and state-wide collaborations.

Questions about this program? Contact Roxie Zeek at rzeek@gshnj.org