About Our Council
We’re the Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson. We’re 30,000 girls and 13,000 adult members strong. That’s more than 43,000 girls and adults who believe every girl can change the world! And we’re part of a nation-wide sisterhood with more than 2.8 million members and 59 million alumnae.
We have girls reaching their fullest potential throughout Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester County. Here, they’re a part of a community of girls and women looking to experience new challenges, make friends, serve the community, and discover skills and interests. Our girls are discovering what’s important to them, creating adventures, and taking action to make the world a better place!
Recognized as the area’s largest youth-serving organization, we have offices located in Kingston, Middletown, New City, Pleasantville, and Poughkeepsie.
A Legacy of Role Models:
Juliette Gordon Low was a frequent visitor to our council where her goddaughter Anne Hyde Choate lived. Mrs. Choate started the first Girl Scout troop in 1915 and the 1st Girl Scout Council in the Hudson Valley in 1916. Mrs. Choate went on to become National President of Girl Scouts USA in 1920, succeeding Ms. Low herself.
Our seven counties have a long history of strong, independent heroines. Two of note are Sarah Wells and Sybil Ludington. Sarah, was the first female settler in Orange County’s Wawayanda Patent and built her own log cabin at the age of 18 after arriving in 1712. Sybil was a Revolutionary War heroine who rode through the night on April 26, 1777 to alert American colonial forces of the British approach. Our camp in Dutchess County is named in her honor.
Edith Carpenter Macy, chair of the Girl Scout National Board of Directors from 1919 – 1925, and Jane Deeter Rippin of Tarrytown, GSUSA’s National Director from 1919 – 1930, were also crucial supporters of the Girl Scout movement in its early years.
Did you Know?
After WWI, a feature film about Girl Scouting entitled “The Golden Eaglet” was shown in theaters across the country. It was the first PR film ever produced for a non-profit agency, and it was filmed right here in Orange County, NY, at what was then referred to as “Camp Calemaco”. The film featured Caroline Lewis, who was once the Director of Rock Hill Camp, in Mahopac, NY.
Stop by any of our offices to chat with any of our GSHH staff, drop off and pick up paperwork, or purchase Girl Scout merchandise. Programs, trainings, and meetings are also frequently held in our office locations. Offices are located in Kingston, Middletown, New City, Pleasantville, and Poughkeepsie.