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Our Structure

Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson supports the seven counties in the lower Hudson Valley, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Orange and Rockland Counties. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is delivered by dedicated volunteers who work cooperatively, emphasizing program delivery to support our Girl Scout family.

Our volunteer led, service delivery model provides girls with flexible ways to participate in Girl Scouts, and engages adults in volunteer roles that are specific, sustainable, and rewarding. It combines all the elements that must be in place to create a movement that will flourish for the next 100 years.

Troops: The fun happens at the Girl Scout troop level. Troops are organized by program level, with a range of 12-15 girls, supported by a troop leader and adult volunteers.  We emphasize troop participation as the best way for a girl to enjoy Girl Scouting. Our council has approximately 3,000 troops and we continue to expand.  

Service Units: Girl Scout service units are managed by our volunteer community leaders, who provide program and training support to 40-60 troops in a specific geographic area. Our council has 106 service units.

Service Unit Delegates: A registered Girl Scout, 16 years of age or older, elected from within the service unit to represent the members of their service unit at Delegate Meetings, special meetings of the council, and the Annual Meeting. This person acts as a link between the membership and the Board of Directors in strategy and policy matters and is a voting member of the council. Juliette Girl Scouts can also serve as Service Unit Delegates. 

Board Development Committee: Elected at the Annual Meeting, this committee prepares the slate of nominations for Board Officers, the Board of Directors, Board Development Committee, and National Delegates and their Alternates (every three years). The slate of nominees is considered for election at the Annual Meeting. These volunteers are voting members of the council. 

Board of Directors: The ultimate governing body of the council. Under the leadership of the Board President, the Board maintains the integrity and purpose of Girl Scouting within the council's jurisdiction. The Board's responsibilities include influencing policy regarding council goals, issues affecting girls, issues affecting the business of the organization, strategic planning, financial oversight, and fund development.