For nearly a century, we have provided programming that has helped
girls become leaders. In addition, we have participated in major
events and activities across our five boroughs. Following are just a few:
- In 1913, one year after Girl Scouts of the USA was founded,
the first New York troop started in Manhattan. One year later, Girl
Scouting began in Staten Island. Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx
followed suit within the next few years.
- In 1917, the first
troop for girls with disabilities began in Brooklyn.
women won the right to vote in 1920, Girl Scouts helped at the
- At the same time, the Manhattan Council drafted the
first comprehensive study on racial diversity.
- Girl Scouts
in New York held the first citywide cookie sale during the era of
the Great Depression.
- Girl Scouts exhibited at the 1939
World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens.
- During World War II,
Girl Scouts joined the war effort as “volunteers for victory.”
- In the 1950s, Girl Scouts launched the East Harlem project,
which became a model for membership outreach nationally.
- Girl Scouts were prominent participants in the Brooklyn Bridge
Centennial (1983); the re-dedication of the Statue of Liberty
(1986); and the opening of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum