Timeline

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Click below to be directed to each decade's highlights, or scroll down to review our entire history.

1910s  |  1920s  |  1930s  |  1940s  |  1950s  |  1960s
1970s  |  1980s  |  1990s  |  2000s  |  2010s

 

1910s

1912: Girl Scouts of USA founded

1913: First New York City troops started

1917
: First troop for girls with disabilities begins at PS 75 in Brooklyn

1918
: National award recognizes Girl Scouts’ service projects for WW I efforts

1919
: Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan Councils organized

1920s


nurse-rev 1920s
: Girl Scouts help at polls when women win right to vote; membership grows – troops open in Chinatown and Harlem; Juliette Low dies

1920
: Diverse troops form as early in 1920 in Manhattan

1924
: Queensboro Council organized

1929
: Staten Island Council organized

1930s

1930s: First citywide commercial cookie sale launched

1930: 
Girl Scout Federation of Greater New York incorporated; First Lady Lou Henry Hoover attends dinner to mark beginning of Girl Scout Federation of Greater New York

1935
: Girl Scout Federation of New York raises money through sale of cookies; coins phrase “Girl Scout Cookies” on boxes

1939
: Girl Scout Council of Greater New York host exhibit at World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens

1940s

eleanor 1940: Girl Scout councils of five boroughs consolidate, creating the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, Inc.; Irving Berlin, writer of “God Bless America,” establishes God Bless America Fund, dedicating funds to special area Scouts in New York

1942
: Mrs. Harriet Phipps becomes president of the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York; Song “America Needs You”, written by Kent Cooper, dedicated to Girl Scouts of New York City

1942-1945
: During World War II, Girl Scouts take care of babies, releasing mothers for war work; provide courier service by foot and bike; operate one of city’s biggest scrap salvage depots

1945
: Girl Scouts Alumnae of Greater New York forms; Girl Scout Council of Greater New York receives Red Cross Citation in recognition of service to Armed Forces

1947
Launch of special area program to concentrate on providing the Girl Scouts experience in underserved areas: East Harlem, East Brooklyn, South Central Bronx, Lower East Side, South Ozone Park

1949
: Scout House, headquarters of Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, formally dedicated at 133 E. 62 St.

1950s

television 1950s: East Harlem Project becomes model program for national membership outreach; in recognition of growing Spanish membership, forms printed in Spanish

1952
: Awarded 1st prize in Register and Vote competition sponsored by American Heritage Foundation

1957
: Council announces to New York City that it will help fight juvenile delinquency – program goes on the be successful

1959
: Council Membership reaches 91,565 girls

1960s

1960s: Troops reorganize into 4 age levels; Phipps family gives building for new Council headquarters

1960
: Mrs. Phipps receives first Huntington-Manning Medal of the Youth Consultation Service of the Protestant Episcopal Diocese of New York, an award for “distinguished service in guiding girls and young women toward constructive and responsible roles in our free society”; Leaders in Training program launched, teaching senior scouts how to lead troops; Council works w/nearly 1,000 agencies, providing help with various community projects

1962
: Girl Scouts Stamp launched

1964
: Language programs begin to be offered at camp

1967
: Girl Scout Council of Greater New York moves to 335 E 46 St. - building was built especially for Council by Mrs. Phipps’ family; 8,000 girls celebrate Irving Berlin’s 80th birthday in Central Park; Science programming begins to be offered as part of Girl Scout programming in NYC

1970s

library-rev 1973: Launch of Take Stock in New York program at NY Stock Exchange with Mayor Beame. This program mobilizes girls to improve the city.

1976
: Girl Scouts participate in country’s bicentennial celebration with exhibit at Twin Towers

1980s

1980s: Contemporary Issues series focuses on personal safety, math, and science

1983
: Opening of Activity Centers in Chinatown and Far Rockaway

1984
: Manhattan Girl Scouts carry banner at the front of the ticker-tape parade honoring the nation’s 1984 Olympic champions; Daisy Girl Scout Program is adopted, opening Girl Scouting to girls ages 5 and up

1988
: Irving Berlin turns 100; Girl Scouts honor him with parade; Passing of Ellin Berlin, influential, long-time GSGNY supporter; Reaching Out program launched to help girls deal with difficult issues including drug and alcohol abuse

1989
: Girl Scouts Scholars College Prep Program launched

1990s

computer 1990: Career mentoring program launched, bringing together girls and women business leaders

1991
: Corporate Cookie Connection program launched, hailed as unique marketing model for cookies

1992
: Girl Scout Council of Greater New York hosts first annual Women of Distinction Breakfast; honors role models of ethical leadership and one extraordinary Girl Scout; Introduction of “Read to Lead” program to improve girls’ basic reading skills

1993
: Thousands celebrate Council’s 80th Anniversary at Shea Stadium; Girls Scouts work 10,580 hours to clean, plant, and maintain parks through the Adopt-a-Park program

1998
: Be Your Best program initiated, emphasizing health, fitness, and nutrition

1999
: Camp Kaufmann rededicated after re-modernization in 1998

2000s

hilary-bw 2001: Nearly 70,000 boxes of cookies sold in five hours at the World Trade Center during last sale at the site pre-9/11

2002
: Launch of programs Project Bold (violence prevention) and CentsAbility (financial literary)

2003
: Women with Wings initiated in collaboration with NASA to stimulate interest in Science, Math, and Aerospace; formation of Irving Berlin Girl Scouts Chorus

2004
: From Badge to Business program incorporated in Girl Scouts Scholars College Prep Program; Girl Scouts, Global Citizens program launched in partnership with United Nations Development Fund for Women

2006
: Launch of Juliette Low Society

2007
: Start of Troops Support Troops program (later Operation Cookie), allowing people to purchase cookies for U.S. servicewomen and servicemen

2008
: In-school Career Exploration Program launched at 5 at-risk middle schools in South Bronx

2009
: Leadership Advisory Board established

2010s

2010: Girl Scouts starts to serve girls in detention centers

2013
: Girl Scouts of Greater New York turns 100