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NJ Kids Clubs, Organizations for Kids & Teens in NJ

Adventure Guides Boys / Girls
Program for fathers (sometimes mothers) and their children entering grades K-8. Groups, formed in Sept., participate in monthly meetings, special events and camping trips.
• Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA
1340 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains, 908-889-8880.
• Madison Area YMCA Family Center
  111 Kings Rd., Madison, 973-822-YMCA.
• Somerset County YMCA
  Somerset Hills YMCA, 140 Mt. Airy Rd., Basking Ridge, 908-766-7898 ext. 544.
Summit YMCA
67 Maple St., Summit, 908-273-3330.
• Westfield Y
220 Clark St., Westfield, 908-233-2700.

Boy Scouts of America
Youth program designed for boys first grade and up to learn responsibilities of citizenship and enhance physical, mental and emotional growth.
• Garden State Council
 Serving Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties. Service center and scout shop at 693 Rancocas Rd., Westampton, 609-261-5850; 4468 S. Main Rd., Millville, 856-327-1700.
• Jersey Shore Council
  609-272-6820; 732-349-8093. Serving Atlantic, Ocean, Southeast Burlington Counties and Ocean City in Cape May County. Scout supply stores at 1518 Ridgeway Rd., Toms River, 732-473-1796; 6725 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Twp., 609-272-6820; 229 Brookville Rd., Barnegat, 609-698-2855.
• Monmouth Council
  Serving Monmouth County and southern Middlesex County. Service center and scout shop at 705 Ginesi Dr., Morganville, 732-536-2347.
• Northern New Jersey Council
  Serving Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic Counties. Service center and scout shop at 25 Ramapo Valley Rd., Oakland, 201-677-1000; shop 201-651-9743.
• Patriots’ Path Council
  973-765-9322. Serving Union, Morris, Sussex, Somerset and northern Middlesex Counties. Scout shops at 1 Saddle Rd., Cedar Knolls, 973-765-9322; 1130 Rt. 22W, Mountainside, 908-654-9191.

4-H Club
No membership fee. Informal educational programming for grades 1-college by Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Individual clubs are guided by one or more adult leaders and concentrate on a particular area such as gardening, woodworking, small animals, horses, seeing eye puppies, food, karate, photography, etc. Adult volunteers always needed.
• Essex County 4-H
  621 Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland, 973-228-3785.
Hunterdon County 4-H
  6 Gauntt Pl., Bldg. 2, Flemington, 908-788-1339.
• Middlesex County 4-H
  42 Riva Ave., New Brunswick, 732-398-5261.
• Morris County 4-H
  County Bldg. 550, West Hanover Ave., Morristown, 973-285-8300.
• Somerset County 4-H
310 Milltown Rd., Bridgewater, 908-526-6644.
Union County 4-H
  300 North Ave. E., Westfield, 908-654-9854.
• Warren County 4-H
165 County Rd. 519S, Belvidere, 908-475-6502.

Garden State Canoe (and Kayak) Club
908-647-2088. Active group devoted to canoeing plans canoe trips almost every weekend year round. Meetings held 2nd Tues. of every month at Long Hill Twp. Library, 917 Valley Rd., Gillette, at 7:30pm.

Girl Scouts
For girls ages 5-17. Troops meet regularly in schools, homes, community centers, houses of worship. There is always a need for adult volunteers to work with the girls and in a variety of support positions.
Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey
  908-518-4400. Merges the Girl Scout Council of Greater Essex and Hudson Counties, Girl Scouts of Rolling Hills Council and Girl Scouts of Washington Rock Council. Serves girls in Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset, Union and Warren Counties.
East Service Center: 120 Valley Rd., Montclair.
West Service Center: 1171 Rt. 28, North Branch.
Central Service Center: 201 Grove St. E., Westfield.
• Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey
  95 Newark Pompton Tnpk., Riverdale, 973-248-8200. Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Sussex Counties and the northern half of Warren County.
Paramus Service Center: 201-967-8100.
Randolph Service Center: 1579 Sussex Turnpike, Randolph, 973-927-7722.
• Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, Inc.
  242 Adelphia Rd., Farmingdale, 732-938-5454. Monmouth County, Point Pleasant Borough, Point Pleasant Beach, Bay Head, Mantoloking and Brick.
• Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey
  40 Brace Rd., Cherry Hill, 856-795-1560; 800-582-7692. Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex and Salem counties and parts of Monmouth County.
East Brunswick Service Center: 108 Church Lane, E. Brunswick, 732-821-9090.

Hunterdon County Canoe & Kayak Club
908-782-1158. Monthly meetings 1st Tues. at 7:30pm at Echo Hill Environmental Center in Clinton Twp. Canoe trips are scheduled most weekends. Affiliated with the Hunterdon County Park system.

Seeing Eye Puppy Club
Somerset County 4-H, 908-526-6644; Morris County 4-H, 973-285-8300. 4-H Club for grades 4-13 who have an interest in raising and loving a puppy for about 18 mos. before its formal training at the Seeing Eye (973-539-4425).