Girl Scouts are known for their leadership, sisterhood, adventurous spirit, respect, decision-making skills – and yes, well, cookies. But there has also been a recent focus on STEM, and New Jersey will be home to the East Coast’s first Girl Scout DreamLab, designed to inspire a love of science, technology, engineering and math.

You don’t have to be a scout to visit the new 3,500-square-foot space in North Brunswick where you can record a podcast, create videos, climb the rock wall or test your camping skills through the onsite simulation. Scouts can work on badges, hold troop meetings, do community service projects or work on their Gold or Silver Award projects. If you’re part of a troop, your leader can bring in subject matter experts who can discuss the four pillars of Girl Scouting: leadership, entrepreneurship, STEM and outdoor adventures.

The purpose is to be a safe and welcoming space where all girls can learn, dream and play. You don’t need a scout membership to join, and it’s open to people of all abilities.


“The DreamLabs now play an important part of this mission because we can introduce new girls, not familiar with Girl Scouting, to exactly what we do,” says Ginny Hill, CEO of GSCSNJ. “No one helps girls achieve their full potential like Girl Scouts. The DreamLab allows us to reach girls of all backgrounds, ages, and cultures to fulfill our mission for everyone.”

To celebrate the grand opening, Governor Phil Murphy declared Wednesday, September 13, Girl Scout Dream Day.

The Girl Scouts DreamLab is located at 650 Shoppes Blvd. in North Brunswick. It will open to the public on October 1, and the operating hours will be from 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday. After Oct. 2, you can view the schedule on the website to sign up for an activity or book the space for use.

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