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Celebrate Girls Summer Program

Join us for our Celebrate Girls Summer Program—a robust, seven-week program for girls in Grades Kindergarten-8.

Celebrate Girls Summer Program

July 10 through August 25, 2023 (seven sessions) 

Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Academy of Earth and Science
PANTHER Academy, 201 Memorial Drive, Paterson

Cost: $120 per week per girl, includes daily breakfast, lunch, and snack, and a free T-shirt

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At GSNNJ’s Celebrate Girls Summer Program, you'll gain important skills in four areas that form the foundation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience: Life Skills, Outdoors, Entrepreneurship, and S.T.E.M. Themed activities make every day a fun, new adventure. You'll work on Girl Scout badges, attend field trips, spend time in the great outdoors, and participate in a Book Club.

Activities include:

  • Outdoor games, Sports, Bicycle Riding
  • Nature walks, Swimming 
  • Arts and Crafts, Drama, Dance
  • Hands-on Science Activities
  • Book Club with the Paterson Library
  • Girl Scout Badges
Plus, Weekly Field Trips that will include:
  • On Wednesdays to Fabian Theater, The Newark Museum, Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Liberty Science Center, a Broadway Show, Space Farms, and Paterson Great Falls & Museum. 
  • On Fridays to Lake Rickabear Camp in Kinnelon
Week 1 (July 10-July 14) Resilient, Ready, Strong
DATES GRADE (entering in Sept) DESCRIPTION Wednesday Trip Location/Day
July 10-14 K-8 Resilient, Ready, Strong: Learn skills that will help improve your mental wellness as we work through a series of Girl Scout age-appropriate activities designed to help you address stress and anxiety and some of the causes of it. You’ll earn your Resilient, Ready, Strong Girl Scout Patch as you learn how to build up the strength and resilience needed for facing difficult situations.  Fabian Theater
Week 2 (July 17-21) Social Justice
DATES GRADE (entering in Sept) DESCRIPTION Wednesday Trip Location/Day
July 17-21 K-8 Social Justice (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion): We’ll talk about advocacy, social justice, and human rights in this session that explores how to create change in your community. We’ll explore ways to volunteer with local organizations and learn how to advocate for a cause that’s important to you. Together, we’ll read the book, We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, and write down our reflections in journals. We’ll also discover how to make our voices heard through writing letters to local officials and we’ll discuss how protests and demonstrations can be most effective.  The Newark Museum
Week 3 (July 24-28) Think Like a Citizen Scientist
DATES GRADE (entering in Sept) DESCRIPTION Wednesday Trip Location/Day
July 24-28 K-8 Think like a Citizen Scientist: When scientists need a lot of data for their research, they often ask volunteers to collect it. The Girl Scout Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey activities will show you how Citizen Science is a way for everyday people to help scientists advance research about people, animals, and the environment. In this session, you’ll discover how you can become a Citizen Scientist, too. You’ll learn about the scientific method and steps to take when conducting scientific research and participate in a project to address an issue in the community.  Stirling Hill Mining Museum
Week 4 (July 31-Aug. 4) Becoming Me
DATES GRADE (entering in Sept) DESCRIPTION Wednesday Trip Location/Day
July 31-Aug. 4 K-8 Becoming Me: This session incorporates the Girl Scout Becoming Me program activities, which are designed to help you work towards becoming your best self. Inspired by themes from Michelle Obama's book, Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers, this unique experience will have you discovering the truth of your own story and the power of your voice, while making new friends.  Liberty Science Center
Week 5 (Aug. 7-18) Voter Girl
DATES GRADE (entering in Sept) DESCRIPTION Wednesday Trip Location/Day
Aug. 7-11 K-8 Voter Girl: During this session, you’ll participate in fun and interactive Voter Girl program activities that will enable you to earn and take home your Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, or Junior Girl Scout Democracy Badge. You’ll learn about our local, state, and federal government, hear from elected officials, and participate in a mock (pretend) election.  Broadway Show
Week 6 (Aug. 14-18) Money Matters
DATES GRADE (entering in Sept) DESCRIPTION Wednesday Trip Location/Day
Aug. 14-18 K-8 Money Matters: Discover how to run a small business by participating in Celebrate Girls Marketplace activities. You’ll learn how to create a business plan and how to manage money. Brainstorm new business ideas and learn how to achieve and maintain good credit, as you work towards earning Girl Scout Entrepreneur badges.  Space Farms
Week 7 (Aug. 21-25) The Girl Scout Tree Promise
DATES GRADE (entering in Sept) DESCRIPTION Wednesday Trip Location/Day
Aug. 21-25 K-8 The Girl Scout Tree Promise, A National Service Project: Learn more about the Girl Scout Tree Promise, an initiative to plant five million trees in five years, and how you can participate in this national project by planting a tree and making an impact in your local community. Discover how planting trees is a great way to become a steward of the environment, and explore how trees provide places for animals and birds to live, reduce pollutants, filter water, and combat climate change.  Paterson Great Falls & Paterson Museum


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Community Resources 

Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey has compiled a listing of Community Resources (national and statewide) for our Volunteers and Families to reference as needed, including hotlines, government agencies, and services for employment, health, housing, food assistance and children/families.

For more information, contact Chief Program Officer Charisse Taylor at (973) 248-8200.