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Scouting in New York
Newton Hall, Camp Buckskin
Camp Andree Clark
Camp Andree Clark
Girl Scouts 38th Anniversary on Howdy Doody
Fifth Avenue, New York - 1917
Fifth Avenue, New York - 1917
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Scouting in New York has a long history, from the 1910s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live. In fact, the first National Boy Scouts of America Headquarters was in New York City, and the Girl Scouts of the USA National Headquarters is located at 420 5th Avenue, New York, New York.


Early history (1910-1950)[edit]

On September 10, 1910, S. F. Lester of Troy, New York, became the very first person to hold the Scouting leadership position of Scoutmaster (approved by the BSA). He received his certification from the BSA headquarters in New York City. In 1910 he led a group of 30 scouts at Camp Ilium, in Pownal, Vermont. Camp Ilium was the starting point of the Boy Scout Movement for Troy, and Pownal. Pownal is only 35 miles (56 km) away from Troy.[1]

Following the lead of the State of Michigan, the State of New York formed its own Forest Scouts. This group was formed in response to a number of late 19th century and early 20th century forest fires and were effectively "auxiliary fire wardens".[2][3]

The 1924 National Order of the Arrow Lodge Meeting was held at Tuxedo Park, New York, and the 1929 National Lodge Meeting was held at Lake Kanawauke, New York.[citation needed]

Recent history (1950-present)[edit]

In the 1970s and again in the 1990s, upstate New York went through a huge consolidation of small, historic councils.[4]

In recent years, New York has also been home to smaller, independent scouting organizations.[5]

Scouting in New York today[edit]

Boy Scouts[edit]

There are seventeen Boy Scouts of America local councils in New York..

Allegheny Highlands Council[edit]

Allegheny Highlands Council (#382)
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Falconer, New York
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The Allegheny Highlands Council serves Scouts in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties in New York and McKean and Potter counties in Pennsylvania. It's Service Center is located in Falconer, New York and is visible on Hough Hill from Route 86.


The council is divided into 2 districts:

  • Western Gate District
  • Two Lakes District

It has two camps: Camp Merz and Elk Lick Scout Reserve. Elk Lick is tucked into the heart of the Allegheny Mountains in Smethport, Pa, and a cub scout summer camp in a beautiful setting. Camp Merz is located on Lake Chautauqua, just up the road from the Chautauqua Institution in western NY and is a boy scout summer camp. Camp Merz has a beautiful waterfront and many waterfront related merit badges available for scouts. Both camps are opens to all scouts for year-round camping.

Order of the Arrow[edit]
  • Ho-Nan-Ne-Ho-Ont Lodge 165

Baden-Powell Council[edit]

Baden-Powell Council (#368)
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Binghamton, NY
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Baden-Powell Council was formed in 1998 by the merger of the former Baden-Powell Council (headquartered in Dryden, NY) and Susquenango Council (headquartered in Binghamton, New York). The council's new headquarters are in Binghamton. The council covers five counties in New York State—Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Tioga and Tompkins—as well as Susquehanna County in Pennsylvania.[6]


As of 2017, the Council has four districts:

  • Chenango District (Chenango County and part of Broome County)
  • Delahanna District (Susquehanna County in Pennsylvania)
  • Hiawatha District (Tioga County and part of Broome County)
  • Taughannock District (Cortland and Tompkins Counties)[7]

The Baden-Powell Council operates two Scout Camps:

Camp Barton, founded in 1927, is a Boy Scouts of America camp located on 290 acres (1.2 km2) on Frontenac Point on the west shore of Cayuga Lake in New York State's Finger Lakes. It is approximately nine miles north of Ithaca.[8]

Camp Barton has nine summer camping sites with 2- and 4-man platform tents, as well as a winter lean-to site in one of the two gorges which surround the camp.[9] The camp facilities include many water-based activities on the camp's half-mile of waterfront, including rowing, motorboating, sailing, waterskiing, jetskiing and swimming, as well as handicraft, nature, rifle and archery ranges, and scoutcraft areas.[10]

The Camp's buildings and cabins are available for off-season use by Scouting and other youth organizations.[11]

Tuscarora Scout Reservation is a Boy Scouts of America camp located on 1200 acres (4.5 km²) around Summit Lake in New York State's Southern Tier.[12]

The camp has ten summer camping sites with 2-man platform tents.[12] It also has five winter units with a center lodge equipped with wood stoves, refrigerators and electricity and four 8-man lean-tos. Tuscarora Scout Reservation also offers a renovated Nature lodge, dining hall, a nationally known Handicraft program, and a 40-foot (12 m) 40 foot, progressively more difficult climbing wall with free rappel. Additionally we also offer Mountainboarding, Paddleboard, Shotgun and Rifle Range as well as multiple Wilderness Programs and Scoutcraft Programs. The Camp is available year-round for camping, hiking as well as shotgun and rifle programs. Tuscarora Scout Reservation hosts over 500 Scouts and Leaders each January and February for its Winter Camp Programs. Finally Tuscarora hosts the Councils annual National Youth Leadership Training Course every August.[13][14]

Order of the Arrow[edit]

The corresponding Order of the Arrow Lodge is Otahnagon Lodge 172, a nationally recognized lodge.

Connecticut Rivers Council[edit]

The Connecticut Rivers Council serves the majority of the State of Connecticut in addition to Fisher's Island in New York.

Five Rivers Council[edit]

Five Rivers Council (#375)
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Horseheads, NY
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Five Rivers Council serves Scouts in the Southern tier of New York and the Northern tier of Pennsylvania.


The council is divided into four districts:[15]

  • Andaste District
  • Indian Waters District
  • Williamson Road District
  • Thunderbird District

It operates two camps: Camp Brulé, in central Pennsylvania, and Camp Gorton on Waneta Lake in New York.

Camp Gorton

Camp Gorton located on Waneta Lake in the middle of the Finger Lakes provides over 350 acres of land with some of the best facilities in Upstate New York for Boy Scout camps. In 2014 Camp Gorton is celebrating the 92nd year of existence and 90th anniversary of being a scout camp on the east side of Waneta Lake.

Camp Gorton provides a program that is well-suited for younger scouts and is known for having an excellent waterfront and shooting sports programs. At the waterfront they offer facilities for fulfilling the Water Sports merit badge requirements as well as those for the Motorboating merit badge for no additional fee. Their Shooting Sports ranges have 16 slots for fulfilling the Rifle merit badge requirements and has plenty of cover for Scouts, Leaders, and Parents to come and observe.

Camp Brulé

Camp Brulé (pronounced "Brul-a"), named after Étienne Brûlé, is in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania. It was founded by the General Sullivan Council with headquarters in Athens and jurisdiction over Bradford, Tioga and Sullivan Counties.

The camp covers the forty two acres of Elk Lake and 200 acres (0.8 km2) of forest land bordering it. Pancost Hall and Crandall Hall are memorials to Alfred H. Pancost, Chief Scout Executive and founder, and to Harry H. Crandall, first president of the Council.

On the parade ground a native boulder bears a bronze plaque in memory of Eagle Scout twin brothers from Troop 2, Towanda, Pennsylvania, Army Air Corp Lieutenants John R. and William G. Winter. Born August 11, 1925, they were killed in action in World War II on August 11, 1945. The plaque was erected by employees of the Patterson Screen Company.[16]

Greater New York Councils[edit]

Greater New York Councils (#640)
Owner Boy Scouts of America

350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 7820

New York, NY 10118
Country United States
Council President Ray Quartararo
Council Commissioner Thomas S. Bain
Scout Executive Ethan V. Draddy
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The Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America serves the Scouting families of the five boroughs of New York City.

Greater Niagara Frontier Council[edit]

Greater Niagara Frontier Council (#380)
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Buffalo, NY
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Greater Niagara Frontier Council serves the territory of Erie and western Niagara Counties, with its headquarters in Buffalo.


The council is organized into four districts:

  • Tatonka[17] District
  • Red Jacket District
  • Onondaga District
  • Polaris District, serving Northern Erie and Western Niagara Counties.

The Boy Scout summer camp is Schoellkopf Scout Reservation, formed in 1938, located in Cowlesville, NY, and donated by the Schoellkopf family. It normally runs 6 weeks of traditional summer camp sessions each year. The summer camp offers shooting sports, a COPE high ropes course program, an older boy Kodiak adventure/leadership program that includes things like SCUBA diving and horseback riding, and a variety of program areas focusing on summer camp merit badges.

GNFC also operates Birchbark Expeditions, a Nationally Accredited week-long, fully guided high adventure canoe experience, steeped in the rich Age of Exploration history of Southern Ontario. The program takes place in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario and is open to Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts at least 13 years old. Crews generally consist of six youth, two adults, plus a guide – making nine total.

The Cub Scout camp is Camp Scouthaven, located in Freedom, NY (just outside Arcade). The council has a Residents camp called Camp Stonehaven, located in Niagara County.

Longhouse Council[edit]

Longhouse Council (#373)
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Syracuse, NY
Country United States
Founded 2001
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Longhouse Council was formed in 2010 as a merger of Hiawatha Seaway Council and Cayuga County Council. The Hiawatha Seaway Council was formed in 1999 as a result of the merger of the Hiawatha Council and Seaway Valley Council.[18] The council is headquartered in Syracuse, NY. The council currently owns 2 camps, including Sabattis Scouting Reservation and Camp Woodland.[19] The council covers six counties in New York State — Cayuga, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, Onondaga, and St. Lawrence.[20]


The council is divided into seven districts:[20]

  • Cayuga County District (the former Cayuga County Council area)
  • Interlakes District (Western Onondaga County)
  • Northern Lights District (St. Lawrence County)
  • Oneida District (Northern Onondaga County)
  • Onondaga District (Southern Onondaga County)
  • Ontario District (Oswego County)
  • Tri-Rivers District (Jefferson and Lewis Counties)

As of 30 June 2009, Longhouse Council acquired a seventh district: Cayuga County.[21] This was previously Cayuga County Council, which lost its charter.[22][23]

Order of the Arrow[edit]

Lowanne Nimat Lodge 219, formed January 1, 2010 from Kayanernh Kowa and Tahgajute lodges.[24]

The World Brotherhood Camporee is a weekend-long camping trip that Boy Scouts from Canada and the U.S. participate in. The camporee is an annual event and takes place either in the Longhouse Council, New York or in the Loyalist Area of the Voyageur Council, Ontario, Canada.

The main events include Council Strip trading and a dance party.[25]

Hudson Valley Council[edit]

Hudson Valley Council (#374)
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Newburgh, NY
Country United States
Founded 2001
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The Hudson Valley Council is headquartered in Newburgh, New York, and also serves Scouts in Pennsylvania. The grave of Daniel Carter Beard lies within the Hudson Valley Council, where an annual service is held.


Its districts are: Rockland, Heritage, Delaware River, and Dutchess.

Dutchess contingent at the 1977 national Scout jamboree, held at Moraine State Park, Pennsylvania

The Hudson Valley Council operates two year-round use properties - Camp Bullowa in Stony Point, NY and Camp Nooteeming in Salt Point, NY.

Order of the Arrow Lodge[edit]
  • Nacha Nimat 86[26]

Iroquois Trail Council[edit]

Iroquois Trail Council (#376)
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Batavia, NY
Country United States
Founded 2001
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Iroquois Trail Council, with its headquarters in Batavia, New York, serves Scouts in western New York. It was created in 1994 from a merger of two councils: Genesee (Genesee, Livingston, and Wyoming Counties) and Lewiston Trail (eastern Niagara and Orleans Counties).

Troop 1 was first formed in 1912, first chartered in 1914. When it was disbanded in late 1994 troop 1 had 80+ years continuous charter with the BSA.


As of 2007, the council is divided into three districts:[27]

  • Nundawaga District (Livingston and Wyoming Counties)
  • Seneca District (eastern Orleans and Genesee Counties)
  • Towpath District (western Orleans and eastern Niagara Counties)

When the two councils merged, it originally had four districts.

  • Niagara District (Niagara County)
  • Orleans District (Orleans County)
  • Genishaua District (Genesee and northern Wyoming County)
  • Letchworth District (northern Livingston and southern Wyoming County)

It has two camps: Camp Dittmer (Boy Scout) and Camp Sam Wood (Cub Scout). Sam Wood was the first Eagle Scout in Genesee County. Sam Wood was a member of Troop 1 St. James Church, Batavia.

Order of the Arrow[edit]
  • Ashokwahta Lodge No. 339

Otschodela Council[edit]

Otschodela Council #393
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Oneonta, NY
Country United States
Founded 2001
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The Otschodela Council of the Boy Scouts of America served the needs of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties in upstate New York.

Otschodela Council was formed in 1924 as the Otsego-Schoharie Council; the third county added in 1926 and the name changed to Otschodela (OTsego-SCHOharie-DELAware). Otschodela Council, headquartered in Oneonta, NY, retained its name and three-county borders.

As of 2016, this council has merged with the Revolutionary Trails Council to form the new Leatherstocking Council.


It is divided into two districts:

  • Deerslayer District
  • Foothills District
Order of the Arrow[edit]
  • Onteroraus Lodge[28]
Henderson Scout Reservation[edit]

Within its programs the council provides opportunities for scouts to participate in summer camp at Boy Scout Camp Henderson, camporees, day camps and more. It provides valuable leader training at all levels of scouting.

Henderson Scout Reservation is made up of over 600 acres (2 km2) of woodlands and is home to a 70-acre (0 km2) lake that are both managed and maintained for the best possible Scouting experience. It has twelve campsites located in close proximity to the program facilities. It runs six weeks of Boy Scout Summer Camp Programs and Webelos Summer Camps. The camp also provides year-round camping at any of its lodging facilities, campsites or lean-tos.[29]

Located 20 minutes away from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta. The Otschodela Council with the National Baseball Hall of Fame has developed a Boy Scout national patch for the Baseball Hall of Fame Scavenger Hunt.[30]

Revolutionary Trails Council[edit]

Revolutionary Trails Council (#400)
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Utica, NY
Country United States
Founded 2001
Defunct 2016
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Revolutionary Trails Council served a portion of central New York. In 2001, the Land of the Oneidas Council and General Herkimer Council merged forming the current council. The council provides Scouting to Herkimer, Oneida and Madison Counties as well as part of Hamilton, Otsego and Lewis Counties.

As of 2016, this council has merged with the Otschodela Council listed above to form the new Leatherstocking Council.

Rip Van Winkle Council[edit]

Rip Van Winkle Council (#405)
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Kingston, NY
Country United States
Founded 2001
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Rip Van Winkle Council serves the youth of Ulster and Greene counties of New York, and headquartered in Kingston. The Rip Van Winkle Council has the distinction of having 6 of the first 21 Eagle Scouts from the Class of 1912, the first class of Eagle Scouts.


The council is divided into two districts:

  • Algonquin District (Ulster County)
  • Mohican District (Greene County + Saugerties)

The council's camp, located in East Jewett, NY, is Camp Tri-Mount.[31]

Order of the Arrow[edit]
  • Half Moon Lodge[32]

Seneca Waterways Council[edit]

Seneca Waterways Council (#397)
Boy Scouts Building (266864355).jpg
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Rochester, New York
Country United States
Founded 2009
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Seneca Waterways Council (SWC) serves youth in the Counties of Ontario, Wayne, Seneca, Yates, and Monroe and the city of Rochester, New York.

Suffolk County Council[edit]

Suffolk County Council (#404)
Beach at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp.jpg
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Medford, NY
Location Suffolk County, NY
Country United States
Founded April 6, 1919
President Mark Businski
Council Commissioner Dot Young
Scout Executive Dirk Smith
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Suffolk County Council serves scouts in Suffolk County, on Long Island, New York. Baiting Hollow Scout Camp is the council camp.

Theodore Roosevelt Council[edit]

Theodore Roosevelt Council (#386)
Colonel Theodore Roosevelt Has His Own Preparedness Parade at Oyster Bay. (15014041428).jpg
Colonel Theodore Roosevelt Has His Own Preparedness Parade at Oyster Bay
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Massapequa, NY
Country United States
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Theodore Roosevelt Council supports Scouting in Nassau County, New York.

Twin Rivers Council[edit]

Twin Rivers Council (#364)
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Albany, New York
Country United States
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Twin Rivers Council is based in Albany, New York. It serves a large geographic area that encompasses 13 counties of Northeastern New York. The original portion of Twin Rivers was formed in 1991 by a merger of the former Governor Clinton Council (Columbia, Rensselaer and Albany Counties), the Sir William Johnson Council (Hamilton, Fulton & Montgomery counties) and the Saratoga Council (Saratoga County). A year or so later the Schenectady County Council (Schenectady County) was added after working out issues between the entities. Then, later on in the decade (or early 2000's) the Wakpominee area (Warren and Washington counties), and then finally on February 14, 2006 the Adirondack Council (Franklin, Clinton and Essex Counties) and the Twin Rivers Council merged to form the current boundaries of the Twin Rivers Council #364. This merger was the result of recommendations made by both of the respective Council Executive Boards with National that neither council could continue to exist financially and both would need to merge to become a new solvent council. The new council has within its boundaries much of the Adirondack Park, one of the Northeast's wildest places and a haven for Scouting activities.


Up through 2016, the Council had seven districts:

  • Fort Orange District (Albany County)
  • Mahikan District (Columbia & Rensselaer Counties)
  • Schenectady District (Schenectady County)
  • Sir William Johnson District (Hamilton, Fulton & Montgomery Counties)
  • Saratoga District (Saratoga County)
  • Wakpominee District (Warren & Washington Counties)
  • Adirondack District (Franklin, Clinton & Essex Counties)

(You'll see that these districts follow similarly to the councils that existed before the mergers).

NOTE - As of January, 2017 the 7 Districts listed above are being merged into 5 Districts.

  • Fort Orange will remain the same area and name
  • Adirondack will remain the same area and name
  • Sir William Johnson absorbs Schenectady District and part of Southwestern Saratoga County and becomes the MOHAWK District
  • Mahikan absorbs part of Southern Washington and Southeastern Saratoga counties and becomes the YANKEE DOODLE District
  • Wakpominee loses a bit of Southern Washington, but absorbs the remainder of Saratoga County and becomes the TURNING POINT District
Rotary Scout Reservation[edit]
Rotary Scout Reservation
Location Poestenkill, NY
Founded 1922

Rotary Scout Reservation is a 1,300-acre (5 km2) camp of the Twin Rivers Council, located in Poestenkill, New York. The original part of the camp was donated by the Troy Rotary Club in 1922. Summer camp program areas include the Trail to First Class Program, where young Scouts can work on requirements needed to earn Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class ranks. Following the introduction of the Kayaking and Traffic Safety merit badges for the 2012 summer camp season, RSR offers 43 merit badges in 10 program areas. In addition to the merit badge options, RSR offers an open schedule which allows Scouts to plan their day with a variety of outdoor experiences. The camp also offers several additional program areas designed to appeal to older Scouts, which include COPE, Mountain Biking, and Chillicothe.

RSR's totem is the Thunderbird.

The Chillicothe program at RSR offers Scouts and Leaders a look at American pioneer life in the 19th century. Scouts are encouraged to try their hand at activities such as candle making, flint and steel fire starting, blacksmithing, woodsman tools, tin-smithing, blacksmithing and more. Chillicothe is a program unique to RSR, and it is an often underutilized program. It was designed to encourage the return of older Scouts who had earned most of the merit badges offered by the camp.

In 2012, RSR introduced Venturing Week, a week of resident camp for youth in the Venturing Program. In addition to various open programming opportunities, offerings included a full-week half-day COPE course, American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Hunter Education course, and more. As of 2017, this program is offered in one specific week, along with another specific week featuring several special merit badge offerings themed to the STEM program.

Camp Wakpominee[edit]
Camp Wakpominee
Location Fort Ann, NY

Camp Wakpominee is a 1,200-acre camp located in Fort Ann, NY. It is completely within the boundaries of the Adirondack Park, providing a base for Council trekking programs. The camp contains Sly Pond, a 42-acre lake.

Woodworth Lake Scout Reservation[edit]

Woodworth Lake Scout Reservation, located in Gloversville, New York.The 1500 acre camp began operation in 1949. Situated in the Adirondacks, Woodworth Lake is an excellent starting point for a hike into the Adirondacks. There are no resident summer programs run out of this camp, however it is open for weekend camping trips as well as a summer Cub Scout day camp.

As of August 10, 2013, the camp will no longer be open to scouts as it is being sold to a private investor.[33]

Camp Boyhaven[edit]
Camp Boyhaven
Location Middle Grove, NY
Founded 1924

Camp Boyhaven is a 300-acre camp located in Middle Grove, New York. It was founded as a Boy Scout camp in 1924 with a purchase of approximately 20 acres from the Frink family for Schenectady Council. Over the years, the camp grew to encompass most of the old Frink family farm. With the merger of Schenectady Council with Twin Rivers Council in 1991, it was converted to a Cub Scout and Webelos long term camp.

The totem of the camp is the "Toonerville Trolley," based off the trolley line that ran across the creek from the camp.[34]

Each summer, the camp runs Cub Scout and Webelos resident and day camps. The camp program and facilities are specially designed for Cub Scouts, Webelos scouts, and their families. Lean-to cabins and indoor plumbing make the transition to overnight camping easier for Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts. An archery range, BB gun range, vertical climbing wall, water slide, and movie night are all provided to appeal to younger Scouts who are spending their first nights away from home. As of 2017 though, summer camp programs are no longer being held.

Camp Bedford[edit]

Camp Bedford, is located at 10424 State Rt. 30, Malone, NY (near the Meacham Lake NYS DEC Campground, north of Paul Smiths, and south of Malone, NY). The camp encompasses 150 acres (0.61 km2), 2 large ponds for boating and fishing, and over 3,500 acres (14 km2) of State Wild Forests border the camp. Charles E. Bedford donated 3,650 acres (14.8 km2) to the Adirondack Council in 1943 to establish the camp, making it at the time the largest donation of land to any council in the USA.

Order of the Arrow[edit]

The Order of the Arrow Lodge for Twin Rivers Council is Kittan Lodge 364.[35]

Westchester-Putnam Council[edit]

Westchester-Putnam Council (#388)
Westchester-Putnam Council.jpg
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Country United States
Founded 1973
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Westchester-Putnam Council serves Scouts in southeastern New York State.

Girl Scouts[edit]

Girl Scouting in New York
Map of Girl Scout Councils in New York State
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New York state is served by 12 (soon to be 8) Girl Scouts councils. In addition the Edith Macy Conference Center belonging to the national organization is in Briarcliff Manor and the national headquarters is in New York City.

National Headquarters[edit]

The national headquarters has been in various places in New York City since 1916 when it moved there from Washington, D.C.. It has been at 420 Fifth Avenue since 1992. Small groups can visit with prior reservations and visiting girls may be able to take part in a focus group meeting.[36]

Edith Macy Conference Center[edit]

Edith Macy Conference Center is a national conference and training facility of the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) It is located in Briarcliff Manor. The site has had four names: Camp Edith Macy (C.E.M.) - University In The Woods, Edith Macy Training School, Edith Macy Girl Scout National Center and since 1982, Edith Macy Conference Center. However, it is often simply referred to as Macy. The John J. Creedon Education Center and Camp Andree Clark are part of the complex. Macy hosted the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Fourth International Conference in 1926. Camp Andree Clark hosted the GSUSA's Silver Jubilee Camp in 1937.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut[edit]

Fishers Island in Suffolk County, New York is served by the Girl Scouts of Connecticut due to the close ties between the island and Connecticut.

Girl Scout Council of Greater New York[edit]

Girl Scout Council of Greater New York
Owner Girl Scouts of the USA
Headquarters New York, NY
Country United States
Founded 2005
 Scouting portal

Girl Scouts of Greater New York serves some 25,000 girls and has over 8,700 volunteers in New York City.

The council camp is 353-acre (1.43 km2) Camp Addisone Boyce in the Hudson Valley.

Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson[edit]

Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson
Owner Girl Scouts of the USA
Headquarters Pleasantville, New York
Country United States
Founded 2005
 Scouting portal

Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson serves over 34,000 girls. The council was formed through the merger of five counties: Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Westchester[37].

  • Camp Addisone Boyce is 360 acres (1.5 km2) in Tomkins Cove next to Harriman State Park. It was founded in 1951 and named for Dr. Addisone Boyce who had been active in finding a suitable camp.
  • Camp Birch Ridge is 100 acres (0.40 km2) in Otisville, New York.
  • Camp Ludington is 150 acres (0.61 km2) in Holmes, New York and was opened in 1954.
  • Camp Wendy is 56 acres (230,000 m2) (including a 13-acre (53,000 m2) lake) in Wallkill, New York. It was given to the Girl Scouts of Ulster County in 1926 by the Borden family.
  • Rock Hill Camp is 200 acres (0.81 km2) in Mahopac, New York. It has been used by the Girl Scouts since 1922 (initially leased and then purchased in 1927).
  • Rocky Brook Camp is 3 acres (12,000 m2) in Eastchester, New York.

Girl Scouts of Nassau County[edit]

Girl Scouts of Nassau County
Owner Girl Scouts of the USA
Headquarters Garden City, New York
Country United States
Founded 1917
 Scouting portal

Girl Scouting In Nassau County started in 1917.It is chartered by GSUSA to develop, maintain and administer Girl Scouting in Nassau County.


Camp Blue Bay in East Hampton, New York is the council camp. Camp Tekakwitha was sold in June 2007 to Southampton, NY which will retain it as open space.

Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York[edit]

Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York
Owner Girl Scouts of the USA
Headquarters Albany, New York
Country United States
Founded 2007
 Scouting portal

Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York was created in June 2007 from the union of four Girl Scout Councils (Hudson Valley, Mohawk Pathways, Adirondack and North Country) and now serves Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Greene, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Montgomery, Hamilton, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington Counties and a portion of St. Lawrence County.

GSNENY serves over 14,500 girls and has over 6,500 adults and volunteers.

  • Hidden Lake Camp is 400 acres (1.6 km2) in the southern portion of Adirondack Park
  • Lake Clear Camp is 91 acres (370,000 m2) on Lake Clear in Adirondack Park
  • Camp Is-Sho-Da is 100 acres (0.40 km2) in East Greenbush, New York.
  • Camp Meadowbrook
  • Camp Wood Haven

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways[edit]

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways
Owner Girl Scouts of the USA
Headquarters Garden City, New York
Country United States
Founded 2009
 Scouting portal

NYPenn Pathways was formed in June 2009, from five legacy councils - Seven Lakes Council, Central New York Council, Foothills Council, Indian Hills Council and Thousand Islands Council. NYPenn Pathways serves girls in 24 New York State counties and 2 Pennsylvania counties with a total girl registration totaling about 27,000.

  • Camp Agaliha (Cherokee for 'sunshine') is a summer camp located on the Boy Scout Camp Kingsley near Rome, New York
  • Camp Amadaha (Located at Gulf Summit, N.Y. 1920-1925, relocated to Camp Arrowhead)
  • Amahami Outdoor Center is 450 acres (1.8 km2) including a 10-acre (40,000 m2) lake near Deposit, New York
  • Bayberry Program Center, near Geneva, New York
  • Camp Hoover is 90 acres (360,000 m2) (including an island) on Song Lake near Preble, New York
  • Camp Near Wilderness near West Monroe, New York is currently closed.
  • Camp Trefoil is 210 acres (0.85 km2) near Harrisville, New York. It was acquired in 1949
  • Comstock Program Center, on Cayuga Lake, New York
  • Misty Hollow Program Center, near Corning, New York
  • Sugar Creek Program Center, near Troy, Pennsylvania
  • Yaiewano Program Center, on Owasco Lake, New York
NYPenn Pathway's Original Five Councils[edit]
  • Central New York Council served Cortland, Onondaga, Oswego and portions of Madison County
  • Foothills Council served Herkimer and Oneida Counties, most of Madison County and parts of Otsego, Lewis, and Hamilton counties
  • Indian Hills Council served Broome, Chenango, Delaware, parts of Otsego County
  • Seven Lakes Council, the largest of the original five, served Allegany, Cayuga, Chemung, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Yates and Wayne Counties; and in Pennsylvania: Bradford and Tioga Counties
  • Thousand Islands Council served Lewis, Jefferson, and St. Lawrence Counties

Girl Scouts of Suffolk County[edit]

Girl Scouts of Suffolk County
Owner Girl Scouts of the USA
Headquarters Commack, New York
Country United States
Founded 1968
 Scouting portal

Girl Scouts of Suffolk County serves more than 43,000 girls and has more than 9,000 adult volunteers. The first troop in the county was started in 1915.


Girl Scouts of Western New York[edit]

Girl Scouts of Western New York
Owner Girl Scouts of the USA
Headquarters Buffalo, New York
Country United States
Founded 2008
 Scouting portal

Girl Scouts of Western New York was created on July 1, 2008, from four legacy councils: Girl Scout Council of Buffalo & Erie County, Inc., Girl Scouts of Genesee Valley, Inc., Girl Scouts of Niagara County, Inc., and Girl Scouts of Southwestern New York, Inc. The council serves some 25,000 girls within Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Genesee, Livingston, Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, and Wyoming counties.


Baden-Powell Service Association[edit]

New York is home to two chartered groups of the Baden-Powell Service Association. The BPSA is an inclusive, "back to basics" organization that welcomes boys and girls from 5 years of age through adulthood.

91st Sojourners[edit]

91st Sojourners
Location Kingston, New York
Country United States
Founded 2013
 Scouting portal

The 91st Sojourners group is based in greater Kingston, NY, with a mission to create a coed, inclusive and traditional scouting organization serving the Mid-Hudson Valley. The group was named after 19th-century abolitionist (and Ulster County native) Sojourner Truth.[38]

5th Brooklyn[edit]

5th Brooklyn
Location Brooklyn, New York
Country United States
Founded 2013
 Scouting portal

The 5th Brooklyn Scouts were formed in 2013 by Todd Schweikert, a former Eagle Scout who was looking for a more inclusive experience for his son.[39][40]

International Scouting units in New York[edit]

In addition, there are Armenian Scouts and Estonian Scouts in Exile in New York City, and Külföldi Magyar Cserkészszövetség Hungarian Scouting maintains two troops in New York City and one in Buffalo. Also, there are large contingents of active Plast Ukrainian Scouts in New York City.

West Point Camporee[edit]

48th annual West Point Camporee

The West Point Camporee annual Invitational event, started in 1963, run by a Cadet Officer, held around the first week of May since 2001 on the grounds of Lake Frederick. Cadets are allowed to invite their home Scouting Units (Boy Scout and Girl Scout). Managed by the Scoutmasters' Council.

Scouting museums in New York[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


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