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First Name: Hemlata

Troop #: Troop 95772

Grade Level: Girl Scout Brownie (Gr 2-3)

Title: Book Donation Drive


The Brownie Girl Scouts from the Troop 95772, based out of Fort Lee, recently worked on a Take Action Service Project. From the start of this Girl Scout year they embarked on the It's Your Story – Tell It! Leadership Journey. By working on various activities and small projects the Girl Scouts gradually became aware of their own world and the world beyond, multifarious cultures, the understanding of basic facts that what was a normal thing for some, was a big privilege for others in any given society.

Using the techniques of team-building and brainstorming, the Girl Scouts arrived at the conclusion that they were to take action in terms of a "Literacy" project, since they saw education as a precursor to a better life. They decided to collect books and donate them to the needy. It was a simple project at first glance, but one that required a lot of planning. As their Girl Scout leader, I helped them with what they thought was their biggest concern- donate to whom exactly? I shared information about the Bridge of Books Foundation, an organization that donates new and gently used books to underprivileged and at-risk children in New Jersey.

The Girl Scouts in their true Elf Style got to work immediately. With the help of pointers from the Bridge of Books Website and a few general guidelines, they chalked up an end-to-end project plan, with role specifications.

The plan was to organize a Book Donation Drive at two Fort Public Schools, that majority of the girls came from. I facilitated the process by handling the communications with the principals of these two schools for necessary permissions, and also with officials at the Foundation for updates and drop off logistics once the books were collected.

This is what they planned and acted upon:
- The drive was weeklong.
- They made posters with unique collages to put up in the donation area.
- They went "green" by not using paper flyers. Instead they chose to make school-wide announcements. The principals cooperated by making announcements to parents by phone one evening, right before the start of the drive, and got the word out. That really helped boost the donations. The girls took turns each day at their schools in making morning announcements about this drive to the student body. This made them very happy and confident, and they did enjoy their fair share of popularity in their schools.
- They decorated the donation site with the Girl Scout troop banner and their posters. They also decorated boxes, labeled by grade, that were generously donated by A&P. This was also a learning lesson for girls that people and businesses in the community help each other.
- They checked on the collections at the end of each day.
- On the last day of donation, they met for sorting and counting the books.
- Finally they helped box the books and marked the grades.
- They were over the moon to see their final collection – a whopping 514 books!
- The mothers of these Girl Scouts offered to drive down South New Jersey for the drop off at the Bridge of Books Foundation, who thanked the Girl Scouts for their help.

The biggest take away for the Girl Scouts from this project was a great feeling: They can achieve anything that they set their mind to… Something they did!

First Name: Janet

Troop #:

Grade Level: Girl Scout Cadette (Gr 6-8)

Title: Gal 'n' Pal


The 8th grade Girl Scouts of Jefferson Township ran a Gal 'n' Pal event at the Jefferson Township Middle School. In one room was square dancing and the other was a craft, snack & games! They also did the blue pinky promise/mean stinks to swear to stand up to bullies!

First Name: Brittany, Colleen & Kaylie

Troop #: 1148

Grade Level: Girl Scout Cadette (Gr 6-8)

Title: Girl Scout Silver Award


Girl Scouts of Jefferson Township Troop 1148 Brittany, Colleen & Kaylie have been working hard on revitalizing the campfire ring at Camp Jefferson for their Girl Scout Silver Award! The troop started an Opening Campfire event for Girl Scouts a few years ago and noticed last year that it needed some work! So they have been working on it piece by piece for about a year. The project included installing a garden, new seating, fixing the circle itself, installing new red rock & grey rock to make a path to the pit. They are now fixing benches and staining them and are also building a wood shed. They have had help from AWESOME volunteers and donations of goods. They are very thankful for all the help received!

First Name: Andrea

Troop #: 210

Grade Level: Girl Scout Junior (Gr 4-5)

Title: Pen Pals


Rockaway Girl Scout Junior Troop 210 and Minisink Valley, New York Girl Scout Junior Troop 235 have been pen pals this year. The girls finally met each other during a picnic at Wawayanda State Park, in Hewitt, NJ on June 25, 2014. They did a one-legged race, painted picture frames, had pizza and dessert. They all had a great time and loved meeting each other.

First Name: Ilana

Troop #: 5762

Grade Level: Girl Scout Cadette (Gr 6-8)

Title: Visit CBS Radio


Our troop ended the year by visiting CBS Radio 1010 WINS Broadcast Emmy Award-Winning Investigative Journalist, Larry C. Mullins. We were able go behind the scenes and witness him on the air. It was an exciting experience that the girls will never forget!

First Name: Ilana

Troop #: 95762

Grade Level: Girl Scout Cadette (Gr 6-8)

Title: Before GPS there was Celestial Navigation


Before GPS, before the compass, there was only the sky and the stars to guide captains and crews in their explorations on the water. Girl Scout Cadette Troop 5762 visited the William McDowell Observatory in Lyndhurst, NJ. Environmental educator, Kirk Weber of the Meadowlands Environment Center taught the girls how to navigate their way around by using the heavens as ancient sea-goers did. The troop visited the planetarium, observed the planet Jupiter and the evening sky by using the observatory telescope. The Celestial Navigation course was an exciting way for the girls to conclude the requirements for their Night Owl Badge. Pictured Left to right front- Ilana Lightburn, Brianna Carthins, Iris Martin, Amoria Burks, India Duvall, Zahariea Morales Bria Samuels, environmental educator, Kirk Weber, DaShonda Williams, Italiaze Arkbar, Alicia Thompson

First Name: Clarissa

Troop #: 1017

Grade Level: Girl Scout Junior (Gr 4-5)

Title: Girl Scout Sunday


Girl Scout Junior Troop 1017 of Fort Lee hosted Girl Scout Sunday on March 9, 2014. It was a very lovely event. Girls from two other troops joined us. Pastor Allison Moore of the Church of the Good Shepherd presided over the lovely ceremony. The girls reviewed and reaffirmed with her “The Golden Rule” and how this translates equally over all religions. “To serve God” was reaffirmed that no matter what your faith or belief, being a good person is always most important. The girls made a flower craft and lit tea lights in honor of their spirituality. It was a beautiful ceremony.

First Name: Vesna

Troop #: Lenape Valley SU

Grade Level:

Title: Service Unit raises money for local food bank


Lenape Valley Girl Scouts, which consists of troops from Byram, Netcong and Stanhope, celebrated World Thinking Day, on Feb. 28 at the Netcong Elementary School. Girl Scouts and their families participated in activities to celebrate the sisterhood of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from across the globe. The evening included many foods, games and activities from different countries around the world. The event raised more than $1,000 and with the help of a very generous donation from Ronetco Supermarkets of $200, girls in Troops 326 and 418 were able to purchase more than 900 items to stock St. Michaels Food Pantry in Netcong. The two troops worked together on behalf of the service unit to shop, deliver, sort, and make up food bags for families in need. For more information about Girl Scouts go to www.gsnnj.org or call the Randolph service center at 973-927-7722. St. Michaels Food Pantry is located at 4 Church Street in Netcong, for further information about how to help the pantry contact the church office at 973-347-0032. There is a white bin marked “FOOD” in front of the pantry doors that is available 24 hours a day, where community members may drop off non-perishable food items. - See more at: http://townshipjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140313/NEWS01/140319976/0/SEARCH#sthash.wWmm4iuV.dpuf

First Name: Corinne

Troop #: 80143

Grade Level: Girl Scout Cadette (Gr 6-8)

Title: Helping Habitat for Humanity


The Madison/Harding Older Girl Program for girls in grades 6th through high school recently volunteered their time to serve their community by preparing and serving lunch to the Habitat for Humanity volunteers and staff in Madison. Since the girls did not meet the age requirements to work on building the houses, they instead prepared homemade macaroni and cheese, and healthy sandwiches and snacks for the many volunteers and staff working at the site. The girls received a tour of the houses and the background behind the mission of Habitat for Humanity.

First Name: Bonnie

Troop #: 1223

Grade Level: Girl Scout Senior (Gr 9-10)

Title: An Evening of Service in Honor of Juliette Gordon Low's Birthday


Randolph Township Girl Scouts and Girl Scout Senior Troop 1223 held An Evening of Service at Center Grove Elementary School to benefit the Jersey Battered Women’s Service. On Monday, November 4, 2013 Girl Scout Senior Troop 1223 held an Evening of Service event for Randolph Township Girl Scouts at Center Grove Elementary School to benefit the Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS). Over 50 girls and 30 adults attended, bringing non-perishable food for a Thanksgiving food drive to benefit the shelter. In addition, the Girl Scout Seniors helped all of the attendees make Thanksgiving cards for the women and families that JBWS serves. There were presentations about the JBWS, Juliette Gordon Low, and Savannah, Georgia (the birthplace of Girl Scouts). Girl Scout Senior Troop 1223

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