Scouting and Guiding in New York
Scouting in New York has a long history, from the 1910s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live. In fact, the first National Boy Scouts of America Headquarters was in New York City, and the Girl Scouts of the USA National Headquarters is located at 420 5th Avenue, New York, New York.
Early history (1910-1950)
Most Girl Scout units were originally segregated by race according to state and local laws and customs. The first troop for American Indians was formed in New York State in 1921.
Recent history (1950-1990)
In the 1970s and again in the 1990s, upstate New York went through a huge consolidation of small, historic councils.
Boy Scouting in New York
There are twenty-two Boy Scouts of America local councils in New York.
- Allegheny Highlands Council
- Baden-Powell Council
- Cayuga County Council
- Finger Lakes Council
- Five Rivers Council
- Greater New York Councils
- Greater Niagara Frontier Council
- Hiawatha Seaway Council
- Hudson Valley Council
- Iroquois Trail Council
- Otetiana Council
- Otschodela Council
- Suffolk County Council
- Revolutionary Trails Council
- Rip Van Winkle Council
- Theodore Roosevelt Council
- Twin Rivers Council
- Westchester-Putnam Council
Girl Scouting in New York
There are 21 Girl Scout council offices in New York.
- Girl Scouts of The Adirondack Council, Queensbury, NY http://www.adkgsc.org
- Girl Scout Council of Buffalo and Erie County, Inc., Buffalo, NY http://www.bflogirlscouts.org
- Girl Scout Council of Central New York, Syracuse, NY http://www.gsccny.org
- Girl Scouts of Dutchess County, Poughkeepsie, NY http://www.girlscoutsdc.org
- Girl Scouts - Foothills Council, Utica, NY http://www.girlscoutsfoothills.org
- Girl Scouts of Genesee Valley, West Henrietta, NY http://www.gsgv.org
- Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, New York, NY http://www.girlscoutsnyc.org
- Girl Scouts, Hudson Valley Council, Albany, NY http://www.girlscoutshvgsc.org
- Girl Scouts-Indian Hills Council, Binghamton, NY http://www.gsihc.org
- Girl Scouts, Mohawk Pathways Council, Schenectady, NY http://www.mpgsc.org
- Girl Scouts of Nassau County, Garden City, NY http://www.gsnc.org
- Girl Scouts of Niagara County, Lockport, NY http://www.gsniagara.org
- Girl Scouts of The North Country, Plattsburgh, NY http://www.gsnorthcountry.org
- Rockland County Girl Scout Council, New City, NY http://www.rocklandgirlscouts.org
- Sarah Wells Girl Scout Council, Middletown, NY http://www.sarahwellsgirlscouts.org
- Girl Scouts-Seven Lakes Council, Phelps, NY http://www.girlscoutssevenlakes.org
- Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, Commack, NY http://www.gssc.us
- Girl Scouts of Southwestern New York, Jamestown, NY http://www.gsswny.org
- Thousand Islands Girl Scout Council, Inc., Watertown, NY http://www.tigsc.org
- Girl Scouts of Ulster County, Kingston, NY http://www.girlscoutsofulstercounty.org
- Girl Scouts of Westchester-Putnam, Pleasantville, NYhttp://www.girlscoutswp.org
Edith Macy Conference Center
Edith Macy Conference Center is a national conference and training facility of the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) It is located in Briarcliff Manor, New York. The site has had four names: Camp Edith Macy (C.E.M.) - University In The Woods, Edith Macy Training School, Edith Macy Girl Scout National Center and since 1982, Edith Macy Conference Center. However, it is often simply referred to as Macy. The John J. Creedon Education Center and Camp Andree Clark are part of the complex. Macy hosted the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Fourth International Conference in 1926. Camp Andree Clark hosted the GSUSA's Silver Jubilee Camp in 1937.
Scouting museums in New York
- Camp Boyhaven Scouting Museum, Middle Grove, New York, http://www.campboyhaven.org/museum.htm
- Ten Mile River Scout Museum], Narrowsburg, New York, http://www.tmrmuseum.org
- William Hillcourt Scout Museum and Carson Buck Memorial Library, Constantia, New York, http://www.cnyscouts.org/about/museum.html
International Scouting units in New York
In addition, there are Armenian Scouts and Estonian Scouts in Exile in New York City, and Külföldi Magyar Cserkészszövetség Hungarian Scouting maintains two troops in New York City and one in Buffalo. Also, there are large contingents of active Plast Ukrainian Scouts in New York City.
Scout Activities by County