Girl Scouts of Greater New York has embarked on our largest and most exciting project to-date, the construction of Girl HQ at Camp Kaufmann, our 425-acre facility in Dutchess County.
Cookie Hall, our former camp dining hall and activity center, was built in 1960. The unheated structure was suitable only for warm-weather programs and was inadequate to provide programming for an ever-increasing number of campers.
Girl HQ will be a modern, flexible, and welcoming environment that meets the needs of today’s Girl Scouts. The new building will serve as the camp’s year-round welcome center, dining hall and kitchen facilities, gathering place, and educational space, providing breakout rooms for STEM, arts & crafts, and other essential indoor activities and services. To be completed for the opening of summer camp in 2023, it will provide Girl Scouts visiting Camp Kaufmann with the experience they deserve.
Our council has heard from many Girl Scouts, troops leaders, and volunteers that you want to help raise funds to support the construction of Girl HQ, just as our sister Girl Scouts did for Cookie Hall in the 1950s - named for the Girl Scout Cookie sales that helped make it possible!
Check out our Girl HQ Troop Fundraising Guide through the link below to learn more about planning your fundraisers and the commemorative rewards & recognitions your troop can earn for your efforts.
Check out the 3-D renderings of what Girl HQ will look like, learn more about the facilities that will be provided, and track our fundraising and construction progress!
Located 75 miles north of NYC in Dutchess County, Camp Kaufmann stretches over 425 acres and features a lake, archery range, pool, hiking trails, frog pond, butterfly garden, organic garden and greenhouse, and rope challenge courses. Each year, our camp welcomes over 5,000 Girl Scouts from diverse backgrounds, some of whom have never left New York City, for a unique and immersive experience.
Camp Kaufmann is owned and operated by the Girl Scouts of Greater New York and is fully accredited by the American Camp Association.
For more information, please contact Alexis Eggleton.