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Our Council

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Who We Are

Largest youth-serving agency on Long Island, serving more than 40,000 girls and 7,000 adult volunteers. One of every four girls in grades K through 12 in Suffolk County is a Girl Scout.


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Mission & Objective
 
 

Girl Scouts of Suffolk County is a not-for-profit corporation governed by a board of directors and administered by President & CEO. The council has a staff of more than 90 employees and a dedicated force of more than 7,000 adult volunteers.


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Council Structure
 

Girl Scouts of Suffolk County builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.


Girl Scout Membership

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Girl Members
 

The Council serves more than 40,000 girls between the ages of 5 and 17 (kindergarten through 12th grade).Girls can participate as members of troops that meet weekly, through group activities such as sports/workshops/training sessions, or as independent members in activities such as camping and sports without joining a troop.

Levels of Girl Scouting are Daisy (grades K-1), Brownie (grades 2-3), Junior (grades 4-5), Cadette (grades 6-8), Senior (grades 9-10) and Ambassador (grades 11-12). Worldwide, more than 3 million girls are Girl Scouts.


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Adult Volunteers
 

More than 7,000 adult volunteers in Suffolk dedicate their time and expertise as troop leaders, board members, and other key positions within the agency. Girl Scout volunteers are a diverse, dedicated and energetic group of women and men from many different backgrounds and walks of life.


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Facilities
 

All Girl Scout facilities serve as training and program centers, hosting Girl Scout activities, workshops, events and meetings. All facilities are home to a Girl Scout Shoppe, which offers patches, badges, uniforms, books, accessories, and boutique gift items.


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Girl Scout Camp
 
 

GSSC operates two year-round Girl Scout camps, both accredited by the America Camping Association (ACA). In addition to traditional camping, both camps offer day care during school vacations and special spa-like camping weekends at Camp Getaway.

Camp Edey, Bayport (631) 472-1625
A 95-acre natural preserve on a chain of freshwater lakes that offers girls-only camping opportunities. Home to the Juliette Low Friendship Center, a state-of-the-art dining and program facility.

Camp Sobaco, Yaphank (631) 924-6433 
A 34-acre stretch of pine barrens on the Carmans River that offers co-ed day camp for the working family, a year-round Environmental Education Center, and is home to Discovery World STEM Center


Main Office
442 Moreland Road, Commack, NY 11725
(631) 543-6622  (800) 544-3092  Fax (631) 543-9005
www.gssc.us 
girlscouts@gssc.us

East End Office 
825 Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
(631) 369-9757 - FAX (631) 369-9741

Welcome Center, Camp Edey
1500 Lakeview Avenue, Bayport, NY 11705
(631) 472-1625 - FAX (631) 472-8199

Camp Sobaco &  Discovery World STEM Center
229 German Blvd., Yaphank, NY  11980
(631) 924-6433

Girl Scout History and Milestones
  • 1912 - The first Girl Scout troop is organized by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia.
  • 1915 - The first troop in Suffolk and Long Island, and the 12th in the nation, is organized in Huntington.
  • 1930 - Birdsall Otis Edey, noted environmentalist from Bellport, becomes the first and only Long Islander elected president of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
  • 1935 - Seven individual councils begin delivering Girl Scout programs in Suffolk County.
  • 1968 - Suffolk County Girl Scout Council is created and chartered, consolidating all Suffolk units into a centralized service delivery organization. The council opens in a small office in Smithtown.
  • 1973 - Council Headquarters in Commack officially opens its doors.
  • 1980 - Troop House, the first major winterized camp building opens at Camp Edey.
  • 1988 - The mortgage is paid off on Camp Edey, and plans are drafted for a new dining hall on site.
  • 1989 - Two satellite offices open to serve the east end of Long Island.
  • 1990 - The Juliette Low Friendship Center officially opens at Camp Edey and in-ground pool completed at Camp Sobaco.
  • 1991 - On-site ranger living quarters are established at Camp Sobaco.
  • 1994 - A ranger residence is built at Camp Edey and first in-ground pool is completed.
  • 1995 - A satellite office opens in Bayport.
  • 1996 - The Betty Jane Horowitz Welcome Center opens at Camp Edey.
  • 1997 - East End Office purchased, renovated and opens in Riverhead.
  • 1999 - "In Katie's Care," a winterized year-round respite center, opens at Camp Sobaco.
  • 2000 - Major expansion to Council Main Office in Commack completed.
  • 2000 - A second in-ground swimming pool is built at Camp Edey.
  • 2002 - "Girl Scouts Love New York" September 11th Memorial Patch Program is officially entered into the U.S. Congressional Record and receives international attention.
  • 2003 - Operation: Cookie begins sending Girl Scout Cookies to soldiers overseas.
  • 2004 - Debut of Winter Wonderland, Suffolk County's largest Holiday Light Show.
  • 2005 - Girl Scouts make "Wish Bracelets" to help support Hurricane relief.
  • 2009 - An all-new Energy Star efficient Betty Jane Horowitz Welcome Center opened its doors at Camp Edey.
  • 2011 - Moreland Road is re-named Girl Scout Way.
  • 2012 - Girl Scouts' 100th Anniversary Celebration begins.
  • 2014 - Discovery World STEM Center opens at Camp Sobaco in Yaphank
  • 2016 - Celebrated the 75th Anniversary of Camp Edey at Camporee 2016
  • 2018 - Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Girl Scouts of Suffolk County Begins