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Our History


Serving NYC girls since 1913

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. 
  • When women won the right to vote in 1920, Girl Scouts helped at the polls.
  • 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 (1990).