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Girl Scouts of Nassau County Council History


In 1912, the Juliette Gordon Low started the Girl Scouting movement in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia. Sometime around 1918 a few girls in Nassau County heard about a new organization just for girls. The girls checked into it as something that might be fun for them to do. It seemed to offer everything. They could wear special clothes, learn skills and use their old skills in new ways. Thus, the first Girl Scout Troops were formed in Nassau County, becoming an early part of what would become a worldwide youth movement. The history of our Council is recounted here, to preserve the legacy of those early, pioneering Troops in Nassau County.


Girl Scouting in Nassau County Timeline


Founder, Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout Troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Gaorgia.


First Troop started in Lynbrook Photograph courtesy of the Village of Lynbrook,  Leo H. Bock, photographer


Mrs. W.E. Thomas of Garden City (Mary was her first name but women were identified by their husband’s name in those days) was appointed the National Organizer in Nassau County in November 1923. In lieu of a salary, Mary was to receive gasoline and tires for her car from the $1300 allotted to the Girl Scouts by the Nassau County Welfare Board. She also received 25 sheets of notepaper and envelopes, some literature and 12 Troop Committee forms.


Nassau County Council formed


North Nassau Council, Central Nassau Council, South Nassau Councils formed

Four Port Washington girls invested as Golden Eaglets


Mid Island Council formed

Radio publicity — “Play with a Purpose”


Central Nassau Council dissolves – it becomes Courthouse Council, Hub Council, Sewanhaka Council


Lady Baden Powell, Chief Girl Guide, from London, England visits


First roundup of Senior Scouts at Pontiac, Michigan – Highland Park

The four Councils located in Nassau sent a total of 26 girls


8 girls from Mid Island Council attend International Conference in honor of Lord Baden Powell at Duck Lake, Ontario


West Nassau Council chartered, composed of Hub, Courthouse, and Sewanhaka Councils


Second roundup at Colorado Springs 48 girls attended


Third roundup at Button Bay, Vermont 32 girls attended


Mid Island sent 4 girls to 4 different all-state encampments

Manhasset sent 1 girl to Sweden as community ambassador, 2 girls to Mexico in an open-door exchange


Nassau Council of Girl Scouts formed

Fourth round up at Farragut, Idaho (36 girls attended)

Mid Island sent a girl to represent American Girl Scouts at an international gathering. Svenska Scoutforbundet, Sweden

Many Councils sent delegations to meet Princess Margaret Rose of Great Britain at Girl Scout National Headquarters

At Mid Island Council two new groups were introduced –A chorus of girls 10-17, later named the Mid Island Minnesingers, And the International Flag Corps (Cadettes and Seniors)

Perry Como headed a fund drive

Courier newsletter started


Mid Island Council invited to serve as “in transit” hostesses to international guests

Mid Island sent 1 girl to all-states encampment in North Carolina, and 1 girl to Honolulu for East-West conference

Girl Scout Week: Girls were on the Ray Heatherton Breakfast Show broadcast from Mid Island Plaza, Hicksville


First Daisy Ball at the New York Hilton, ”black tie”


Daisy Ball in March at the Garden City Hotel


Daisy Ball at Terrace in the Park Nassau Council Girls Scouts appear in film “We’re Going Troop Camping”

ELLM Community Brownies featured in March Girl Scout calendar


Green Circle program started

First OctoberFest


In 1976, we celebrated our country’s bicentennial with a “Yankee Doodle Dandy Jamboree” program.

In April 1976 the Council, in the search for more space, moved to our current location at 110 Ring Road West, Roosevelt Field, Garden City, NY.


January – New office building dedicated and Open House held

Cookbook published. “Nassau Cooks” September – Mid Island and Nassau Councils began operating as one Council


We were environmentally conscientious in 1982. “Conserve- Preserve” was about conserving Long Island’s waters, Clearwater sailing, where the girls learned about the estuaries, pollutions, and weather, among other things.

“Gift of Water” – Nassau Council water conservation project for the 70th anniversary. Girls attend special ceremony at UN announcing “Gift of Water”

First Gold Award Ceremony

Kathy Lee Johnson (Gifford) and David Hartman “Good Morning America” interview Council members


First “Go for the Green” golf tournament at Brookville Country Club


Girl Scout Daisies started


Nassau Council Girl Scouts become Girl Scouts of Nassau County, Inc. (GSNC)


GSNC girls featured on Cookie boxes

For the 75th anniversary of Girl Scouting in the USA, we celebrated Diversity.

Anniversary Corporate Luncheon at Garden City Hotel. New Girl Scout Chorus made its debut

Friendship Tree introduced


Newly renovated office building dedicated – Barbara White, President


In 1990, during “Operation Desert Shield,” the girls packed “goodie” boxes for the servicemen of Desert Storm.


GSNC girls featured in Girl Scout video by GSUSA “Girls Only, All Girls”

Our 80th birthday festivities were held at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville. The theme centered around caring for the earth.


Girls presented flags at the dedication of GSUSA new headquarters

Girls star in new fitness video “Be Your Best”


Circle of Friends initiated by Ann Butera, Pat Motschmann, Jackie Hennelly, Marianne Templeton, Henrietta Tuthill and Barbara White


Council website started


Girl Scouts became part of the world wide web in 1999 with our website

Living History Museum dedicated


GSNC contributes to the County Time Capsule


10,000 Girl Scouts celebrated 90th Anniversary at “Sing Out For America” at Madison Square Garden.


GSNC hosts the 5th Annual National Latina Conference

46 girls go to Space Camp in Huntsville, AL.


The biggest thrill for the Chorus came when our girls were asked to record  “True Colors” to be broadcast as background for a Dove commercial to be aired during the Super Bowl game in 2006.

Our Operation Cookie Program officially begins. For this project, Girl Scouts from GSNC gather donations of Girl Scout Cookies to send to the servicemen and women overseas.


The first GIRLFEST was held at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville


2012 was declared the Year of the Girl

Girl Scouts of Nassau County and the ELLM Association dedicated the Juliette Gordon Low Park in Lynbrook, NY

The GSNC Chorus sung at Girl Scouts Rock the Mall in Washington, DC

We’ve celebrated a lot of milestones these past 100 years…