Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey Encourages Girls to “Press Play” with Girl Scouts,

Announces September 25 Membership Events at Local Festivals, Parks, and Town Celebrations

Membership Events to Take Place Across Five Counties and Will Feature Activities, Prizes, and More

Riverdale, N.J. – September 22, 2021 – Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey (GSNNJ), the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, will host a series of “Press Play” membership events on Saturday, September 25 at various local festivals, town celebrations and parks in Bergen, Passaic, Morris, Sussex and Warren counties. Each of the events will feature free activities that align with the important skills Girl Scouts learn through Girl Scouts Leadership Experience, including STEM, entrepreneurship, life skills, and the outdoors.

With the goal of showcasing the best Girl Scouts has to offer in a fun atmosphere, the free Press Play membership events will offer a range of exciting hands-on activities for girls to complete on-site or at home including a make your own campfire craft, a S’mores SWAP, a pizza box oven recipe, a bandana SWAP, personal care kits, and make your own slime and lava lamp, as well as demonstrations and information on camping and hiking, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, and more. Additionally, the events will feature a community service aspect with each location accepting donations of toiletries and cleaning supplies to help with Hurricane Ida relief. Press Play event attendees will also have the opportunity to win a small prize by spinning the prize wheels at each location. 

The Press Play events will take place at the following locations:

Bergen County

Ridgewood Duck Pond Park

Location: 133 East Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood

Time: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Rutherford Day

Location: 115 Highland Cross, Rutherford (Park Avenue and Ridge Road)

Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Hasbrouck Heights Town Day

Location: Cleveland Ave at Woodland Park, Hasbrouck Heights

Time: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Passaic County

Passaic County BBQ and Music Festival

          Location: 1 Westervelt Place, Clifton

          Time: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.      


Morris County

Lincoln Park Day Festival

          Location: Main Street, Lincoln Park

          Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Rockaway Mall Craft and Vendor Fair 

          Location: 301 Mt Hope Ave, Rockaway

          Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Sussex County

Hopatcong Food Truck and Music Festival

          Location: 32 Lakeside Blvd, Hopatcong Senior Center

          Time: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Warren County

Hackettstown Oktoberfest Festival

          Location: Main Street, Hackettstown

          Time: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.


“While many Girl Scouts participated in activities virtually or in socially distant small-group settings throughout the pandemic, others had to pause—and we understand why. Now is the time, however, to ‘press play’ and resume their Girl Scout journey. The fall season is one of the best times to join Girl Scouts, helping girls make new friends and stay active and engaged in their communities while they acclimate to a new school year,” said Betty Garger, President and CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey. “With 28 new badges and new Girl Scout programming, girls who enroll now can truly experience all Girl Scouts has to offer while preparing them for a lifetime of leadership, adventure and success.” 

Girl Scouts that register between Saturday, September 25 and the end of business on Monday, September 27 will be entered into a raffle for chance to win one of four prize baskets which include a STEM ice cream ball and other items. Additionally, the first 20 individuals that register and complete the requirements to become a Girl Scout leader at the Press Play events will receive a $20 Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey council shops gift card.

For more information about the Press Play membership events taking place on September 25, visit

About Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey

Girl Scouts bring their dreams to life and work together to build a better world. Through programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be unapologetically themselves as they discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges—whether they want to climb to the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or advocate for climate justice, or make their first best friends. Backed by trusted adult volunteers, mentors, and millions of alums, Girl Scouts lead the way as they find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them.

Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey serves girls ages 5-18 in Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, and northern Warren counties, bringing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to over 24,000 girls and nearly 13,000 adult members. Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for every girl and her family.

To learn more about Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey or to volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit and stay connected by following GSNNJ on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.


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