About GSSC

About GSSC

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.

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

Council Structure
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.

Girl Scout Membership

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.

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.

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.

 

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 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

 

 

GSSC 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

Girl Scout Promise

On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.