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For Girl Scout Seniors & Ambassadors

Coming in December 2021, registering for memberships, activities, and events will be done through your MY GS portal. Until then, all LINK Program Activities and Events that are now open for registration can be accessed here:

   

Program Activities for Girl Scout Seniors & Ambassadors

Abstract Sculpture Artist

Abstract Sculpture Artist

Challenge your creativity! Build your own abstract sculpture out of just the contents in your mystery kit, and then put your artwork on display in our virtual art gallery.

  • Fun patches can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Ratios: 2:20 (Cadettes), 2:24 (Seniors/Ambassadors)
  • This program is offered October 2021 through September 2022.
Amazing Girl Scout NYC Race

Amazing Girl Scout NYC Race

Join us for a race around New York City. Teams of 6-10 participants each (including two registered adult members) will maneuver through NYC using mass transit as they solve challenges together. Be prepared to move quickly at this all-day event and discover new areas of NYC.

  • Fee includes bus transportation, mass transit funds, and challenges.
  • Lunch is not provided. LINK patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • We will combine groups if only one adult is registered with a troop or girl.
  • Bus pick-up will be at the GSNNJ Riverdale Service Center.
    Ratios: 2:8
  • This program is offered in May 2022.
Archery at Jockey Hollow & Lake Rickabear Camps

Archery

With a little practice and good hand-eye coordination, you’ll be hitting bullseyes in no time. During this two-hour session, you’ll learn all about archery—the equipment, safety, and shooting on an archery range. Choose between our two camps for your preferred location: at Jockey Hollow Camp in Mendham or Lake Rickabear Camp in Kinnelon.

  • Archery sessions are available from mid-April through mid-November.
  • Sessions must be reserved at least 30 days prior to desired date.
    Adults can register to participate, too.
  • LINK patch and fun patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • For more information or questions, email camping@gsnnj.org.
    Ratio: 1:1 (if desired)
Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration (May 21)

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration (May 21)

Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with us at Lake Rickabear Camp in Kinnelon and enjoy unique cultural traditions and cuisines. Bring the whole family! Food trucks will be on-site.

  • Fee includes crafts, family fun, and a fun patch for all registered Girl Scouts. 
  • Participants must pay for their own purchases from food trucks.
  • Ratio: 1:1 (if desired)
Baking with S.T.E.A.M.

Baking with S.T.E.A.M.

Put on your chef’s hat and apron and get ready to combine a little S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) with your baking skills to make cakes, pies, cookies, and bread. Join our professional baker in a restaurant kitchen at the Black Forest Inn in Stanhope, NJ, for a lesson in seasonal baking and take home your yummy creations. Adults are welcome to participate, too.

  • Fee includes program materials and professional instruction.
  • LINK patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Chaperones who are not participating do not need to register online or pay, but must remain for the duration of the program activity.
  • Food items may contain or be cross contaminated during manufacture/processing with known food allergens, including but not limited to: wheat/gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, eggs, dyes/coloring.
  • Ratios: 2:20 (Cadettes), 2:24 (Seniors/Ambassadors)
  • This program is offered October 2021 through May 2022.
Birthplace Bound

Birthplace Bound

Travel to Savannah, Georgia, the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts. Discover what her life was like in the 1880s as we tour historic Savannah and participate in workshops at Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace and Girl Scout First Headquarters. Board a boat and search for dolphins and take a ghost tour at night. We'll dine at Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House and enjoy ice cream by the river.

  • Two payments of $415.00 per person are required, with the first payment due upon registration. The second payment is due on July 1, 2022. Fee includes travel, hotel, tours, four dinners, and four breakfasts. Hotel is based on four to a room.
  • Participants must attend a preparatory meeting on Sept. 11, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at the Riverdale Service Center.
  • Troop leaders, please have parents register their girl. Due to the payment option, troops cannot register as a unit.
  • Last roster change or withdrawal date is July 1, 2021. Refunds cannot be given after July 1, 2022.
  • For more information or questions, contact Lorena Kirshner at Lkirschner@gsnnj.org.
  • Ratios: 2:6
  • This program is offered in November 2022.
Boo Bash Drive-Through Spooktacular

Boo Bash Drive-Through Spooktacular

Bring the whole family to Lake Rickabear Camp for this year’s Drive-Through Boo Bash. Enjoy engaging—not too spooky—live Halloween displays created by Girl Scouts, and vote for your favorites. Girl Scouts will receive a fun patch and all children older than age 3 will receive a goody bag.

  • Fee includes a fun patch for Girl Scouts and goody bags for children older than age 3. LINK patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Ratios: 1:1 (if desired)
  • This program is offered in October 2021.
Bootiful Buildings

Bootiful Buildings

Bring your creativity and crafting skills to Lake Rickabear Camp and help us prepare for this year’s Boo Bash. Painting, sanding, building, and wiring will be skills you work on while putting together displays and other wood projects. Every participant will build a wooden pumpkin lantern to take home.

  • This program activity will help girls earn the Girl Scout Cadette Woodworking Badge.
  • Snacks will be provided.
  • Badges and patches may be purchased at the Girl Scout Shop.
  • Ratios: 2:8
  • This program is offered in October 2021.
Boston Experience

Boston Experience

Tour the historic city of Boston, Massachusetts during this get-away weekend with your sister Girl Scouts. Your visit will include a trip to the historic town of Lowell—where young farm girls of Massachusetts fueled the Industrial Revolution in America; a walk in the footsteps of John Hancock and John Adams along the Freedom Trail; and a stop at Bunker Hill Monument where the Boston Massacre occurred. We’ll stroll through Boston Commons and enjoy lunch and shopping at Quincy Market.

  • This program activity will help girls earn the Girl Scout Senior Traveler Badge (Steps 1, 2 & 5).
  • Fee includes transportation via coach bus, hotel accommodations (fee based on 4 per room), breakfast, dinner at Hard Rock Cafe, exclusive fun patch, tour guide, and all admission fees. LINK patch and completed badge can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Minimum of one adult per three girls required to register.
  • Bus departs from the Riverdale Service Center.
  • Ratios: 1:1 (if desired)
  • This program is offered in May 2022.
Brooklyn Bridge and the Sidewalks of NY

Brooklyn Bridge and the Sidewalks of NY

Be a tourist close to home when you join us for a guided walking tour of the sidewalks of New York. We’ll walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and continue through the streets of lower Manhattan where we will visit African Burial Ground National Monument, Trinity Church cemetery, St. Paul’s Chapel, Federal Hall, the 9/11 Memorial, the New York Stock Exchange, and Battery Park.

  • Fee includes coach bus transportation, entrance to all venues, exclusive fun patch, and professional tour guide. LINK patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Bus pick-up locations are tentatively Paramus or Riverdale Service Centers, and depend on where the majority of participants live (TBD).
  • Ratios: 1:1 (if desired)
  • This program is offered in October 2021, and May and June 2022.
Cake Decorating I

Cake Decorating I

Be creative with icing as you learn from a professional baker how to decorate a cake that you can take home. You’ll earn Part 1 of your Girl Scout Bake Arts Patch as you master the basic skills for turning something tasty into something beautiful, too.

  • Fee includes program materials, professional instruction, and part 1 of a Bake Arts Multilevel patch. Take-home materials also include a practice board, pastry bag, information sheet, four decorating tips, and a small spatula (retail value of $22). LINK patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Adults can register and participate, too. Chaperones who are not participating do not need to register online or pay. A registered adult must remain for the duration of the program activity.
  • Note: Food items may contain or be cross contaminated during manufacture/processing with known food allergens, including but not limited to: wheat/gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, eggs, dyes/coloring.
  • This activity is also available as a Program on the Go activity.
  • Ratios: 2:12 (Brownies), 2:16 (Juniors), 2:20 (Cadettes), 2:24 (Seniors/Ambassadors)
  • This program is offered October 2021 through June 2022.
Cake Decorating II

Cake Decorating II

Build on the decorating skills you learned in Cake Decorating I, as you work with bakery icing to create ruffled swags and basket weaves on a cake you can take home. You will learn to equally divide a cake to create borders using piping techniques.

  • Cake Decorating I is a prerequisite.
  • Fee includes program materials, professional instruction, and part 2 of a Bake Arts Multilevel patch. Take-home materials also include four decorating tips and practice boards (retail value of $10). LINK patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Adults can register and participate, too. Chaperones who are not participating do not need to register online or pay. A registered adult must remain for the duration of the program activity.
  • Note: Food items may contain or be cross contaminated during manufacture/processing with known food allergens, including but not limited to: wheat/gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, eggs, dyes/coloring.
  • This activity is also available as a Program on the Go activity.
  • Ratios: 2:16 (Juniors), 2:20 (Cadettes), 2:24 (Seniors/Ambassadors)
  • This program is offered January through June 2022.
Centerpiece Masterpiece

Centerpiece Masterpiece

You can design a beautiful floral holiday centerpiece like a professional florist during this virtual instruction by Frelinghuysen Arboretum staff. Learn the basics of floral design and how to create an intricate bow.

  • This program helps girls earn the Girl Scout Cadette Trees Badge (Step 3).
  • Fee includes one-hour virtual session and all supplies. LINK patch and completed badge can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Adults can register and participate, too.
  • This program is offered in December 2021.
Chemistry of Beauty

Chemistry of Beauty

Be a chemist for a day with the help of the staff at Bellus Skincare Lab in Pompton Plains, NJ. You’ll learn about the chemistry behind natural beauty products and how they affect your skin, health, and hygiene. Professional lab technicians will explain the science behind your skin as you take a closer look under a microscope and determine the best cleansing products for you. You’ll even create your own personal cleansing product to take home.

  • This program will help girls earn the Girl Scout Junior Product Designer Badge, Girl Scout Ambassador Research & Development Badge, Girl Scout Cadette Science of Happiness Badge (Step 2), and Girl Scout Senior Science of Style Badge (Steps 1, 3 & 5).
    Adults can register and participate, too.
  • Virtual and in-person special arrangements are available for this program.
  • In-person participants will take home a personal cleansing product, essential oil guide, and Bellus Skincare Labs fun patch. LINK patch and completed badge can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Virtual participants will receive by mail a product kit from Bellus Skincare Labs that includes ingredients, essential oil guide, and fun patch. LINK Patch and completed badge can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Ratios: 1:1 (if desired)
  • This program is offered in October 2021 through May 2022. 
Cider Making and Seed Searching

Cider Making and Seed Searching

Explore the trails of the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham as we search for fruits and seeds and learn facts about them along the way. After, we’ll make fresh apple cider the old-fashioned way by pressing apples by hand, plus we’ll sample some.

  • This program will help girls earn the Girl Scout Daisy Clover Petal and Girl Scout Junior Flower Badge (Step 3).
  • LINK patch and completed badge can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Adults accompanying girls must be registered members of GSNNJ with cleared background checks.
  • Ratios: 2:6 (Daisies), 2:12 (Brownies), 2:16 (Juniors), 2:20 (Cadettes), 2:24 (Seniors/Ambassadors)
  • This program is offered in November 2021.
Clay Creations

Clay Creations

Work with clay as potters do to create your own decorative mug, bowl, figurine, or cookie jar (with clay cookies).

  • Fee includes two different types of clay, clay tools, and corn starch.
  • Fun patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Ratios: 2:20 (Cadettes), 2:24 (Seniors/Ambassadors)
  • This program is offered October 2021 through September 2022. (If scheduled dates and times are not convenient for your troop, reach out to Melissa Schielzo at mschielzo@gsnnj.org to make a special arrangement.)
Continental Cooking

Continental Cooking

Put on your chef’s hat and apron and join us in a professional restaurant kitchen at the Black Forest Inn in Stanhope, NJ, where you will learn basic cooking skills and create a special meal from a recipe.

  • This program activity will help girls earn the Girl Scout Cadette New Cuisines Badge (Steps 1 & 5).
  • A Master Chef of the Black Forest Inn restaurant will facilitate the program.
  • Note: Food items may contain or be cross contaminated during manufacture/processing with known food allergens, including but not limited to: wheat/gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, eggs, dyes/coloring.
  • A signed parental/custodial waiver is required for participation.
  • LINK patch and completed badge can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Ratios: 2:20 (Cadettes), 2:24 (Seniors/Ambassadors)
  • This program is offered October 2021 through May 2022.
Cookie Craze

Cookie Craze

Express yourself through cookie creations! Using fresh-baked sugar cookies, icing and sprinkles, you will learn to decorate one-dozen colorful cookies like a professional baker during this virtual program.

  • This program will help girls earn the Girl Scout Brownies Snacks Badge (Steps 1 & 3), Girl Scout Brownies Senses Badge (Step 4), Girl Scout Junior Simple Meals Badge (Steps 1 & 4), and Girl Scout Cadette New Cuisines Badge (Step 3).
  • LINK patch and completed badge can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Program fee includes one-hour live virtual class, plus a kit that includes one dozen sugar cookies, royal icing in multiple colors, and edible decorations.
  • Adults can register and participate, too. Adults who are not participating do not need to register online or pay.
  • Virtual and in-person special arrangements are available for this program.
  • Ratios: 2:12 (Brownies), 2:16 (Juniors), 2:20 (Cadettes), 2:24 (Seniors/Ambassadors)
  • This program is offered January through May 2022.
Creative Kitchen

Creative Kitchen

Discover baking with this beginner virtual lesson in baking and cooking with the staff at Food Explorers. You’ll learn how to make some delicious treats at home from basic ingredients, as well as discover some fun facts about food and nutrition.

  • An ingredient list will be sent with the program confirmation and Zoom link. Some ingredients will need to be purchased prior to the program, but most are household staples.
  • LINK patch and fun patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Ratios: 2:12 (Brownies), 2:16 (Juniors), 2:20 (Cadettes), 2:24 (Seniors/Ambassadors)
  • This program is offered October 2021 through June 2022.
Cupcake Create!

Cupcake Create!

Learn how to decorate cupcakes beautifully with the help of a professional baker during this lesson in basic icing piping. You will decorate four seasonally-themed cupcakes to take home.

  • Fee includes all decorating tools and materials needed for use in class. LINK patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Note: Food items may contain or be cross contaminated during manufacture/processing with known food allergens, including but not limited to: wheat/gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, eggs, dyes/coloring.
  • Adults can register and participate, too. Chaperones who are not participating do not need to register online or pay, however, a registered adult must remain for the duration of the program activity.
  • Program on the Go dates are also available.
  • Ratios: 2:16 (Juniors), 2:20 (Cadettes), 2:24 (Seniors/Ambassadors)
  • This program is offered October 2021 through May 2022.
Earth Day Celebration

Earth Day Celebration

On Earth Day, show our planet some love and give back by planting and learning about trees at beautiful Lake Rickabear Camp in Kinnelon. Be a part of the Girl Scout Tree Promise to plant 5 million trees by 2026: www.girlscouts.org/treepromise

  • Ratio: 1:1 (if desired)
  • This program is offered in April 2022.
Explore Our Differences

Explore Our Differences

Spend some time with your sister Girl Scouts exploring the topic of differences in human experiences. This workshop is designed to start a productive dialogue about different realities and challenging issues such as inequality, prejudice, and oppression. Bring your open mind and heart and discover an easier way to think and talk about people who are different than you.

  • Activity patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Ratios: 2:20 (Cadettes), 2:24 (Seniors/Ambassadors)
  • This program is offered iOctober 2021 through September 2022.
Family Fun Days & Family Camping at Lake Rickabear

Family Fun Days & Family Camping at Lake Rickabear

Bring your family to Lake Rickabear Camp for our Family Fun Days and Family Camping and have an outdoor adventure with us during Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends! Spend the day or reserve overnight accommodations. Each campsite offers an outdoor cooking grill with picnic table and flush toilets and hot showers are available nearby. Lake Rickabear Camp offers a 40-acre, spring-fed lake with a 700-foot sandy beach, fishing, miniature golf, outdoor bowling, volleyball, tennis, basketball, and more! For more information, email camping@gsnnj.org or visit: www.gsnnj.org/FamilyFun

Family Swim & Picnic at Lake Rickabear

Family Swim & Picnic at Lake Rickabear

Bring your family for a fun day at Lake Rickabear, a 40-acre, spring-fed lake with a 700-foot sandy beach Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. Camp offers fishing, miniature golf, outdoor bowling, volleyball, tennis, basketball, and more. Charcoal grills and picnic tables are available. Identification bands are issued when you check-in. NO ADVANCE RESERVATION REQUIRED. Family Swim and Picnic is open to Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scout friends and family. For more information, email camping@gsnnj.org or visit: www.gsnnj.org/FamilyFun.

Fantastic Food Forage

Fantastic Food Forage

Get a head start on your Sow What? Journey at Jockey Hollow Camp in Mendham. You’ll explore your food print at a supermarket near camp, create a dining experience as you prepare lunch for the group, devise a food commitment, and interview a local farmer regarding composting, rotating crops, and organic farming. Meet other high school GSNNJ Girl Scouts and have fun at camp overnight in the comfort of heated cabins. During this program activity, you will complete everything except the Take Action Project for the Sow What? Journey.

  • This program activity helps girls earn the Girl Scout Senior Sow What Journey.
  • Fee includes overnight lodging, snack, breakfast, lunch, and program supplies. LINK patch and completed badge can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Note: This is not a parent/guardian and child program. Troop leaders must adhere to the published adult to girl ratios. Registrations exceeding the adult ratios will not be accepted.
  • Ratios: 2:24 (Seniors)
  • This program is offered in February 2022.
First Tech Challenge

FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team

Learn to think like an engineer as your team designs, builds, and codes a robot to compete against other teams at FIRST Tech Challenge. Our high school students only team will be accepted on an application and interview process.

  • This program activity will help girls earn the Girl Scout Senior and Ambassador Robotics Badge.
  • Fee includes robotic equipment, team shirt, pizza dinner every Sunday, and team registration, competition, and coaching fees.
  • This program is offered in September 2021.
Floral Botanical Water Lab

Floral Botanical Water Lab

Be a scientist for a day with the help of Bellus Skincare Labs staff in Pompton Plains, NJ. You’ll work with organic flowers to create your own floral scented water mist in a lab. Learn about the anatomy of flowers and the role of flowers in healing and beauty products, such as essential oils. 

  • This program will help girls earn the Girl Scout Junior Flowers Badge.
  • In-person participants will take home a personal body mist in an atomizer bottle with a custom label, a floral anatomy guide, and Bellus Skincare Labs fun patch. LINK patch and completed badge can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Adults can register and participate, too.
  • Virtual and in-person special arrangements are available for this program.
  • Ratios: 1:1 (if desired)
  • This program is offered October 2021 through May 2022.
Force of the Fourth (May 4)

The Force of the Fourth

The Force of the Fourth brings good and evil on all planets. Be a warrior of the stars (dress up if you would like) and make your own tool to defend the galaxy. What side will you join? Then enjoy relaxing meditation on the beach and a closing campfire with S'mores at Lake Rickabear Camp in Kinnelon.

  • Fee includes light saber craft, family fun, meditation on the beach, and S'mores.
  • Ratio: 1:1 (if desired)
  • This program is offered in May 2022.
  • For questions about this program, reach out to Program Manager Melissa Schielzo at mschielzo@gsnnj.org.
Get Packing!

Get Packing!

Discover travel through Girl Scout Destinations and other opportunities. During this interactive workshop at the Riverdale Service Center, you’ll hear from Girl Scouts who have traveled and you’ll learn how to plan your own trip. Bring your smart phone, laptop, or tablet with you to assist you with the session.

  • This program activity will help girls earn the Girl Scout Senior Traveler Badge (Steps 1, 2, 3 & 4). LINK patch and completed badge can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Adults attending will step aside to learn the ins and outs of travel through Girl Scouts as they receive their Extended Trip Training.
  • Passports not needed, yet.
  • Ratio: 1:1 (if desired)
  • This program is offered in February 2022.
Gingerbread House Construction 101

Gingerbread House Construction 101

Create your own gingerbread house with some imagination and a lot of icing and other edible decorations this virtual program. You’ll learn the best ways to make this fun and festive food item.

  • This program activity helps girls earn the Girl Scout Brownies Snacks Badge (Steps 1 & 3), Girl Scout Brownies Senses Badge (Step 4), Girl Scout Junior Simple Meals Badge (Steps 1 & 4), and Girl Scout Cadette New Cuisines Badge (Step 3).
  • Fee includes a gingerbread house kit and one-hour live virtual class. LINK patch and completed badge can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Virtual and in-person special arrangements are available for this program.
  • Adults can register and participate, too. Adults who are not participating do not need to register online or pay.
  • Ratios: 2:12 (Brownies), 2:16 (Juniors), 2:20 (Cadettes), 2:24 (Seniors/Ambassadors)
  • This program is offered October and December 2021.
Girls Go Grand...Canyon

Girls Go Grand...Canyon

Our adventure will have you rafting through the Grand Canyon, observing stars in the desert and taking a Pink Jeep Tour in Sedona! We’ll be guided by a park ranger at the Grand Canyon and hike the red rocks of Sedona from June 28, 2022 through July 3, 2022. (Dates are approximate, and will be finalized by November 2021.)

  • Included: Airfaire, Lodging, Tours, Arizona Transportation, Breakfast and 2 Dinners. Accommodations 4 to a room.
  • COST: $1900 four to a room. $2230 two to a room. Final cost may vary due to airfare fluctuations.
  • Registrations opens: Mar. 16, 2021; Regsistration closes: May 24, 2021. Last day to withdraw: Nov. 29, 2021
  • Deposit: $250 per person (Monthly Payment Plan: $1900 four to a room ($150 a month); $2230 two to a room ($180 a month). Payment start date is May 16, 2021. Must be paid in full by March 20, 2022.
  • For Girl Scouts in Grades 6-12. Troops or individually registered Girl Scouts with their female adult are welcome.
  • QUESTIONS? Contact Lorena Kirscher at lkirschner@gsnnj.org
GIRLtopia Weekend

GIRLtopia Weekend

GIRLtopia Weekend is your invitation to imagine a perfect world and spend time learning and analyzing different challenges facing girls around our planet. Become an agent of change as we develop an art project together relating to topics you find important while staying at Lake Rickabear Day Camp in Kinnelon. We’ll visit the Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center in New York and hear about different world initiatives focused on global issues. We’ll also hear from women who are making a difference in the world today. Earn your Create It and Guide It portions of the GIRLtopia Journey and leave with a Take Action Plan to follow to complete the Journey.

  • This program activity will help girls with the Girl Scout Senior GIRLtopia Journey.
  • Fee includes GIRLtopia book. Troop leaders are encouraged to bring their facilitators’ guide and are welcome to share responsibilities/fees for the weekend. LINK patch and completed badge can be purchased at the council shops.
  • This event has all participants engaged in global issues and will require a sensitive issues permission slip. Girls must stay the entire weekend. Late arrivals and early departures cannot be accommodated due to the nature of the information progression and workshop presenters.
  • Ratio: 2:24
  • This program is offered in January 2022.
Glass Fusing Explorations

Glass Fusing Explorations

Express yourself through the unique art of glass-fusing at Glassworks Studio in Morristown. Through your artwork creation in this advanced workshop, you’ll learn more complex cutting and layout options for a unique design. Using the complex cutting you will be able to construct a mask of your own design or create a 3D project with different depth and shapes.

  • The mask creation is offered in the Mask Making session and the 3D project is offered during the Carve it in Glass sessions. 
  • LINK patch and fun patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Ratios: 2:20 (Cadettes), 2:24 (Seniors/Ambassadors)
  • This program is offered in January, March, and June 2022.
Gold & Silver Award Celebration

Gold & Silver Award Celebration

Join us for an inspiring event as we honor GSNNJ’s recent Gold Award & Silver Award Girl Scouts. Learn more about the Girl Scouts whose Take Action Projects have positively impacted their communities, creating a lasting change. More information, including an updated location, will be sent to Silver and Gold Award Girl Scouts in 2022.

Gold Award Introduction

Gold Award Introduction

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors: this workshop will provide you with inspiration as you hear about the benefits and stories of successful Girl Scout Gold Award projects. You’ll learn how to develop Journey strategies and timelines. This workshop is the first of two required Gold Award workshops and must be attended before or as you begin your Journey work. Adults are welcome to attend and must register to reserve a seat. The Gold Award Project Planning Part 2 workshop must be taken after Journey completion (or near completion).

  • This program is offered in September 2021 through May 2022.
Gold Award Project Planning

Gold Award Project Planning

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors: this workshop will help you understand the necessary elements of a successful Gold Award Take Action Project, how to construct your project, and how to navigate the council approval process. This workshop is mandatory and must be attended once you’ve completed or are near completing your Journey work. Gold Award Introduction is a pre-requisite to this program. Adults are welcome to attend and must register to reserve a seat.

GS Travel Destinations: Broadway Bound, NYC, Times Square & Beyond!

Broadway Bound, NYC, Time Square and Beyond!

Defy gravity as you explore NYC and Broadway. See shows, take workshops, and see what makes this city a go to destination for the world. Visit the Girl Scouts of the USA Destinations website for details and to register:

Girl Scout Destinations

Guilty, Eastern State Penetentiary

Guilty: Eastern State Penitentiary

Explore Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA, one of the most famous prisons in the world. Now abandoned, it stands as an architectural monument to our base for criminal justice. Roam the halls and cells with our guide and learn about crime and punishment. We’ll also visit the U.S. Constitution Center, where we will view the Bill of Rights and the 4th-8th amendments. Examine advocacy from a new perspective and discuss the day’s events with criminal justice professionals. In between our two stops, we will eat lunch at Philadelphia’s famous Reading Terminal Market.

  • This program activity will help girls earn the Girl Scout Senior GIRLtopia Journey and the Girl Scout Ambassador Your Voice, Your World: The Power of Advocacy Journey.
  • Fee includes coach bus and tours. Lunch is not included. Link patch and completed badge can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Ratio: 1:1 (if desired)
  • This program is offered June 11, 2022.
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration (Oct. 9)

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us and enjoy unique cultural traditions and cuisines at the Cultural Connections Festival in Dover, Oct. 9, 2021, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Bring the whole family! Learn some traditional dances. 

Jockey Hollow Camp Open House

Jockey Hollow Day Camp Open House

You’re invited to tour the beautiful camp facilities at Jockey Hollow Camp in Mendham. Come meet our staff, ask questions, and make S’mores. With a large "L"-shaped swimming pool, Low-Ropes Challenge Course, and Zip Line, beautiful equestrian center, archery range, playing field, and adventurous hiking trails, the fun is endless at our camp. Walk through our luxurious cabins and activity shelters, see our large troop house and spacious pavilion, and more. Stop by anytime between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and bring a friend or two.

  • New or returning campers and their families are invited to attend.
  • Registration is suggested in case of program cancelation, but not required.
  • Driving directions will be emailed when you register online.
  • Open Houses are offered in March, April, and May 2022.
Lake Rickabear Day Camp Open House

Lake Rickabear Day Camp Open House

Take a tour of our Lake Rickabear Camp in Kinnelon. Meet our camp staff and enjoy refreshments as you discover what makes our summer camp program so desirable. Our beautiful 40-acre, spring-fed lake is perfect for pedal boating, row boating, paddle boarding, and swimming, and has a long stretch of sandy beach. You’ll also see our archery range, low-ropes challenge course, mini golf course, zip line, rock wall, equestrian area, gaga ball pit, and hiking trails. Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts are welcome to register for our camps. Bring along a friend or two!

  • Reservations are requested in case of cancelation due to inclement weather.
  • Driving directions will be emailed post-registration.
  • Open Houses are offered in March, April, May, and June 2022.
London Calling

More information to come. 

Low Ropes Challenge Course at Jockey Hollow & Lake Rickabear Camps

Low Ropes Challenge Course
at Jockey Hollow and Lake Rickabear Camps

Build self-confidence, team cooperation, and problem-solving skills, both individually and as a troup, when a trained facilitator guides you through low rope elements and group initiative activities. Your team will work through frustrations and gain confidence as they create a solution for each activity. Each challenge activity will be geared to the participants’ age levels during this 2-hour program. Girls in Grade 4 or older can enjoy a zip line experience.

  • Low Ropes Challenge Course sessions are available from mid-April through mid-November.
  • Sessions must be reserved at least 30 days prior to desired date.
  • LINK patch and fun patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • For more information or questions, email camping@gsnnj.org.
  • Ratios: 2:6 (Daisies), 2:12 (Brownies), 2:16 (Juniors), 2:20 (Cadettes), 2:24 (Seniors/Ambassadors)
Maple Sugaring

Maple Sugaring (Feb. 19)

Experience a unique behind-the-scenes maple sugaring program designed for older Girl Scouts. You’ll work side by side with our maple sugaring staff to tap our maple trees and create a sugar bush at Lake Rickabear Camp. Girl Scouts who have previously attended our Maple Sugaring program are encouraged to attend, but girls new to maple sugaring are also welcome to register.

  • This program activity will help girls earn the Girl Scout Cadettes Trees badge (Steps 1, 2 & 4).
  • Fee includes program supplies and a fun patch for each Girl Scout. Link patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Ratios: 1:1 (if desired)

Maple Sugaring (all sessions)

Enjoy a late winter day at Lake Rickabear Camp and discover how maple syrup is made. You’ll be able to experience the maple sugaring process with all your senses. Bring your troop or family.

  • This program activity will help girls earn the Girl Scout Cadettes Trees Badge (Steps 1, 2 & 4).
  • Fee includes program supplies and a fun patch for each Girl Scout. Link patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scout family members are welcome to register and participate. Children under age 3 are free.
  • Program will occur in sunshine, rain, or snow. Come dressed for the weather.
  • Ratios: 1:1 (if desired)
  • This program is offered in February and March 2022.
Me & My Guy

Me & My Guy

Bring your favorite “guy” along for a day of outdoor fun at Lake Rickabear Camp in Kinnelon. Explore the trails, enjoy a hotdog cooked on the grill, and play miniature golf, try our outdoor bowling alley, and more! Wear your bathing suit and bring a towel for some water fun in the lake.

  • Fee includes all games and activities, hot dog lunch, and fun patch.
  • Guys do not have to be Girl Scout members.
  • Ratios: 1:1
  • This program is offered in June 2022.
Molten Glass

Molten Glass

Design your own piece of beautiful molten glass during this private workshop for GSNNJ members only at Morris School of Glass in Morristown. You can choose from a variety of dates and glass-making themes.

  • Due to limited capacity, we ask that only leaders attend with their troop. Leaders can register and participate, too.
  • LINK patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Ratio: 2:6
  • This program is offered October 2021 through April 2022.
National Cookie Day Celebration (Dec. 4)

National Cookie Day Celebration (Dec. 4)

Celebrate National Cookie Day by learning to make a Chocolate Ganache Tart with a Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookie base during this virtual cooking class.

  • Fee includes Thin Mint cookies needed for recipe. LINK patch and fun patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • An ingredient list and Zoom link will be sent out in the confirmation email closer to the program date. Some ingredients will need to be purchased, but most are household staples.
  • (If Dec. 4 is not convenient for your troop, reach out to the program team at program@gsnnj.org to make a special arrangement for another date during the month of December.)
National Hot Chocolate Day Celebration (Jan. 31)

National Hot Chocolate Day (Jan. 31)

Celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day by learning how to bake delicious hot chocolate cookies during this virtual cooking class with the staff of Food Explorers. Enjoy your cookies with some hot chocolate, too, when they come out of the oven.

  • An ingredient list and a Zoom link will be sent out in the confirmation email closer to the date of the program. Some ingredients will need to be purchased, but most are household staples.
  • LINK patch and fun patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • (If Jan. 31 is not convenient for your troop, reach out to the program team at program@gsnnj.org to make a special arrangement for another date during the month of February.)
Off the Grid Warrior

Off the Grid Warrior

Get outdoors and build your survival skills during this badge-earning, Journey-centered program for both girls and adults! Girls Scouts: you’ll participate in workshops that will help you learn to live outside and “off the grid.” Fire building, knot tying, tent pitching, edible plant eating, and outdoor cooking are all part of this weekend. Troop leaders: you can earn your Troop Camper Certification. Overnight accommodation choices include troop houses, platform tents, and rustic bungalows, or pitch your own tent under the stars at Camp Glen Spey. Boating will be available on the lake and the archery range will be open.

  • This program activity will help girls earn the Girl Scout Cadette Trail Adventure, Trailblazing, Archery and Night Owl Badges, Girl Scout Senior Trail Adventure and Adventure Camper Badges, and Girl Scout Ambassador Trail Adventure and Survival Camping Badges.
  • Fee includes all food, lodging, and instructions.
  • Activities begin Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m., but participants are welcome to check in early on Friday night. LINK patch and completed badge can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Ratio: 2:8
  • This program is offered in June 2022
Owl Prowl

Owl Prowl

Be an explorer in search of owls during this guided night hike through the Flat Rock Brook Nature Center forest in Englewood. A naturalist will introduce you to an owl up close and help you spot them in the wild, while you discover the adaptations that help owls survive. You’ll learn how to identify owl species by sight and sound before heading out on the trail to search for them.

  • This program helps girls earn the Girl Scout Cadette Night Owl Badge (Steps 1 & 2).
  • Participants are asked to bring a flashlight and wear comfortable hiking shoes and appropriate clothing.
  • Fee includes a fun patch. LINK patch and completed badge can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Ratios: 2:12 (Brownies), 2:16 (Juniors), 2:20 (Cadettes), 2:24 (Seniors/Ambassadors)
  • This program is offered in February and March 2022
Philadelphia: America Starts Here

Philadelphia: America Starts Here

Tour Philadelphia—America’s most historic city—with your sister Girl Scouts. We’ll visit Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Franklin Court, and much more. Plus, we’ll have the opportunity to experience the multi-media presentation “Freedom Rising” at the National Constitution Center.

  • Fee includes coach bus transportation, entrance to all venues, exclusive fun patch, and professional guided tour. Lunch may be brought or purchased at the food court.
  • Bus pick-up locations are tentatively Paramus or Riverdale Service Centers, and depend on where the majority of participants live (TBD).
  • Ratios: 1:1 (if desired)
  • This program is offered in June 2022.
Plein Air Watercolor in Historic Mount Tabor

Plein Air Watercolor in Historic Mount Tabor

Come spend time outdoors in Mount Tabor’s Trinity Park to study and be inspired by the Victorian architecture, colorful cottages, and native New Jersey plants and trees in this beautiful park setting. With the coaching of a trained artist, you’ll sketch and paint what you see “en plein air” (outside) using watercolor to capture the unique architectural elements and natural beauty.

  • This program activity will help girls earn the Girl Scout Brownie Outdoor Art Creator Badge (Steps 1 & 2), Girl Scout Brownie Painting Badge (Steps 1 & 2), Girl Scout Junior Outdoor Art Explorer Badge (Steps 1 & 2) Girl Scout Junior Flowers Badge (Step 4), Girl Scout Junior Gardener Badge (Step 1), Girl Scout Cadette Outdoor Art Apprentice Badge (Steps 1 & 2), Girl Scout Cadette Trees Badge (Step 3), Girl Scout Senior Outdoor Art Expert Badge (Steps 1 & 2), and Girl Scout Ambassadors Outdoor Art Master Badge (Steps 1 & 2).
  • Fee includes all art supplies. LINK patch and completed badge can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Adults can register and participate, too.
  • Program on the Go dates are available for this program.
  • Ratios: 2:12 (Brownies), 2:16 (Juniors), 2:20 (Cadettes), 2:24 (Seniors/Ambassadors)
  • This program is offered in May and June 2022.
R.E.A.C.H.

R.E.A.C.H.

Respect, Equality, Autonomy, Communication, and Honesty are all ingredients for a healthy relationship, but unfortunately, many teens and adults experience abusive ones. During this informative program, you will develop your personal relationship “bill of rights,” learn to recognize the signs of an unhealthy relationship, and discover ways to help yourself and friends when they occur. Workshops are grade appropriate and will address media influences, technology, friendships, and dating. Adults will participate in separate workshops addressing teen dating and relationships.

  • LINK patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Ratio: 1:1 (if desired)
  • This program is offered in February 2022.
Sewing 1

Sewing 1

Create a fun, easy to sew project using a computerized sewing machine. You’ll discover how sewing incorporates technology, art, and math. Plus, you’ll learn the language of sewing and how to choose and pin fabric by creating a one-of-a-kind pillowcase.

  • Fee includes all program materials. LINK patch and fun patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Adults can register and participate, too.
  • Program on the Go dates are available for this program.
  • Ratios: 1:1 (if desired)
  • This program is offered October 2021 through May 2022.
Sewing 2

Sewing 2

Once you’ve completed Sewing 1, expand your sewing knowledge and skills in this workshop using a computerized sewing machine to make an elastic waistband skirt or halter top. You’ll learn about style, body measurements, and the basics of garment construction, as you explore your personal style and build your confidence in creating your own clothing designs.

  • Fee includes all program materials. LINK patch and fun patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Sewing 1 is a prerequisite.
  • Adults can register and participate, too.
  • Program on the Go dates are available for this program.
  • Ratios: 1:1 (if desired)
  • This program is offered in December 2021, and February, March, April, and May 2022.
Skincare Innovation Lab

Skincare Innovation Lab

Discover how a skincare product is made and sold by a company with the help of the staff at Bellus Skincare Lab in Pompton Plains, NJ. You’ll get a peek behind the scenes as you imagine owning your own company and selling your own products. Join us in a boardroom to design your company’s brand elements, including its logo, colors, fonts, and brand voice. Then, visit the lab to use fragrances and ingredients for making a skincare product of your own design.

  • In-person participants will take home a personal cleansing product, fragrance guide, and Bellus Skincare Labs fun patch. LINK patch and completed badge can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Adults can register and participate, too.
  • Virtual and in-person special arrangements are available for this program.Ratios: 1:1 (if desired)
  • This program is offered October 2021 through May 2022.
Summer Camp Information Night

Summer Camp Information Night

You’re invited to a fun and engaging introduction to our summer camp programs. Meet our Camp Directors, discover what a typical day is like at Jockey Hollow and Lake Rickabear Day Camps, and learn more about our facilities, activities, and services. We’ll answer all your questions and share some of the fun and exciting times our campers have experienced. Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts are welcome to attend.

  • New or returning campers and their families are invited to attend.
  • Registration is suggested in case of program cancelation, but not required.
  • Register online, by email to customercare@gsnnj.org, or call 973-248-8200.
  • Information Nights are offered in January, February, and March 2022.
Trailblazers Hiking Group

Trailblazers Hiking Group

Outdoor adventure awaits—become an avid hiker as a member of the Trailblazers Hiking Group. Experienced leaders will guide you through a year of scheduled events as you discover hiking, camping, fire building, rock climbing, archery, geocaching, sailing, and more. Participate as your schedule allows. Girls can register on their own, with a parent, or with their troop.

  • A one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $20 per person for the year will give you access to a full calendar of events.
  • Fee includes all hikes and backpacking trips. All other activities require an additional fee.
  • Attend a free orientation bonfire in October to learn more about this program and meet other Girl Scout Trailblazers. Interested troops who are unable to attend the orientation can contact Elena Morgan at emorgan@gsnnj.org to learn more.
  • Events are offered in October and November 2021, and January, February, March, April, May, June, and August 2022.
Web Design

Web Design

Build your own website pages and develop a professional looking blog in this digital art workshop at One River School of Art and Design in Englewood. You will plan and create the look and content for your blog, including a logo, list of topics for blog posts, and the colors and fonts to be used.

  • This program activity will help girls earn the Girl Scout Senior Website Designer Badge.
  • Girls will be provided with information about blog platforms they can utilize. LINK patch and completed badge can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Ratios: 2:20 (Cadettes), 2:24 (Seniors/Ambassadors)
  • Dates for this program will be available soon.
What's the Point?

What's the Point?

Be inspired by Impressionist painters to create your own mini floral masterpiece. You’ll learn the history of art, and how the focus changed from portraits and historical themes to plants, flowers, and outdoor scenes during this virtual workshop with the Frelinghuysen Arboretum staff. Learn different painting techniques and how to mix colors using a color wheel.

  • Fee includes art supplies needed. LINK patch and fun patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • This program is offered in February 2022.
Woodburning Workshop

Woodburning Workshop

Learn how to design and create your own woodburning project. You’ll learn and practice proper woodburning techniques and apply them to several pieces that you can take home.

  • LINK patch can be purchased at the council shops.
  • Adults can register to participate, too. Non-participating adults do not have to register and pay, but two adults per troop are required to stay for the duration of the program.
  • Ratio: 1:1 (if desired)
  • This program is offered in December 2021, and January and February 2022.