RIVERDALE, March 20, 2020 — In the midst of the state shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Girl Scouts are making the world a better place. Girl Scouts across northern New Jersey are spreading hope and thanks by writing notes to those who need it the most.
Using a drawing of the Girl Scout trefoil, girls are sending their thoughts and thanks to healthcare professionals, first responders, supermarket associates, restaurant staff, postal workers, sanitation employees, takeout delivery drivers, and individuals who are ill. The notes are being posted on Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey social media channels or sent to organizations, businesses and facilities that can accept the physical copies.
Girl Scouts Emily and Hailey of Troop 95328 left Trefoil Thoughts and cookies for their postal carrier and saw from their home window how happy he was when he picked up his special delivery.
“During this state shutdown, there are still ways we can engage with and support each other,” said Betty A. Garger, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey. “Trefoil Thoughts are a great way for girls to bring some joy to our essential workers and those in need and help make the world a better place. We need to practice physical distancing but can still provide social support through the Trefoil Thoughts notes of gratitude, care, and concern.”
Girls and families can download the trefoil drawing from www.gsnnj.org and write and draw their special thoughts.
Prior to the state shutdown due to COVID-19, Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey closed its offices and facilities as of March 15 and postponed all program activities and events through April 12. In addition, Girl Scouts also temporarily suspended all Girl Scout Cookie booth sales through April 12. Customers can still support girls by reaching out to their local Girl Scouts and buying cookies through Digital Cookie, the online portion of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. The Cookie Booth sale season has been extended through May 31.
With school, entertainment and business closures, Garger noted that Girl Scouts are also participating in a Virtual Challenge to stay connected with their sister Girl Scouts. From conducting science experiments to growing a garden, girls can complete 25 activities and earn a fun patch. Girls can also participate in virtual meetings and work on badges and Journeys from their own homes. Online resources are also available to girls and adult volunteers.
GSNNJ is offering virtual program activities that focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) which include the following:
Roller Coaster Design for Girl Scout Daisies encourages girls to be an engineer and create their own roller coaster and car
Home Scientists for Girl Scout Brownies asks girls to be a scientist by either baking bread, making something bubble up, making their own salad dressing, and or creating static electricity.
Product Designer for Girl Scout Juniors asks girls to create a chart with the products found at home and then make innovative products.
Special Agent for Girl Scout Cadettes challenges girls to be a special agent by investigating and getting the whole family involved in Crime Science Time.
Digital Game Designer for Girl Scout Seniors/Ambassadors teaches girls to make their own video game
“The safety and well-being of our girls, volunteers and staff are always our first priority. While our physical locations are closed, we are still here to offer support and assistance to our members and the community. We remain committed to our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”
For more information about Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, call (973) 248-8200 or visit www.gsnnj.org. Girl Scouts is the premier leadership development program for girls. In Girl Scouts, girls discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to create positive change in their own communities.
Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey serves girls ages 5-18 in 160 municipalities in Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Northern Warren counties. Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey serves over 26,000 girls and almost 14,000 adults for a total membership of over 40,000.