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Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson
Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Inc (GSHH) was formed in October of 2007 as a result of merging five area Girl Scout councils in the mid and lower Hudson River Valley of New York State. GSHH is governed by a 19-member volunteer board of directors and an experienced management staff. GSHH’s central administrative office is located in Pleasantville, New York with regional offices in Kingston, Middletown, New City, Pleasantville and Poughkeepsie. The council serves girls in a seven county region (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties).
Since the early days of Girl Scouting, Girl Scouts has been providing girls with extraordinary programming throughout the region. Currently, we serve over 32,000 girls in grades K through 12 and 15,000 adult volunteers. In Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson’s geographic area, there are over 3,400 troops and groups providing Girl Scout program activities on a regular basis. GSHH maintains nine Girl Scouts houses, four regional offices, a central administrative office and six camp properties. GSHH is committed to providing Girl Scouting to as many girls as possible in our jurisdiction all year 'round. GSHH is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of New York.
Recognized as the area's largest youth-serving organization, GSHH reaches out to girls in cities, towns and rural areas from the Bronx border in the south to the Catskill Mountains and farmlands of the north, and from the Connecticut state line in the east to the New Jersey and Pennsylvania border in the west. As a membership organization, we balance our budget through activity fees, product sales opportunities, retail sales and public support. Over 80% of our annual budget is program-driven. GSHH enjoys broad support from New York State government, United Way agencies, corporations, foundations, individual donors and its membership.
Current Girl Scout Movement
The Girl Scout movement has evolved to meet the demands of society and the girls we serve today. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience engages girls in discovering themselves, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. The experience retains many traditional programs, such as badges, Silver Award, Gold Award and community services while adding programs that address current issues for girls. Among the contemporary issues that Girl Scout programs address are: financial literacy, Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) programs, self-esteem programs and multi-cultural appreciation.
Girl Scout programs are delivered in a variety of ways: traditional and non-traditional, in schools and at the community level.