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PRESS RELEASE: Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson Statement, Inc. Statement on the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House in Scarsdale, NY.


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Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson Statement, Inc. Statement on the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House in Scarsdale, NY.

Girl Scouts seek usage of their property amid conflict with Village of Scarsdale

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 1, 2022

Jennifer Donohue

Director, Marketing & Communications

Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Inc.

jdonohue@girlscoutshh.org

914-747-3080 ext. 720

PLEASANTVILLE, NY— On Tuesday, June 28, 2022, nearly one hundred Girl Scouts, troop leaders, volunteers, and supporters attended a meeting of Scarsdale Village Trustees and Mayor, pleading their case to save the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House in Scarsdale.

Girl Scouting has long had a presence in Scarsdale, with its current building, the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House, being a meeting and event space for Girl Scouts for over eighty years. Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Inc. (GSHH), to which Girl Scouts in Scarsdale and Edgemont belong, owns the house in partnership with the Village. The house is used regularly for troop meetings, activities, community service projects, and overnights by girls and volunteers in town and the surrounding areas. GSHH staff also utilizes the property for council-led programs for Girl Scouts from all seven counties in GSHH’s footprint.

Claims that the Betty Taubert Girl Scout House is ‘dilapidated’ or ‘unsafe’ are greatly exaggerated, and that Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Inc. has been derelict in its financial responsibilities to the Village are simply untrue.

At Tuesday’s meeting, GSHH’s Interim CEO, Helen Wronski, made a public request for a meeting with Village Manager Robert Cole and Mayor Jane E. Veron, which she’s been working on since beginning with the council in mid-May 2022, in an attempt to continue the partnership between GSHH and the Village of Scarsdale in providing Girl Scouts in the area a place to become girls of courage, confidence, and character who will make the world a better place.

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Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson (GSHH) serves approximately 17,000 girl and 8,000 adult members over Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties. At GSHH they are part of a community of girls and women looking to experience new challenges, make friends, serve the community through individual and group service projects, and discover new skills and interests. GSHH offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.