Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson Museum

Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson Museum Girl Scout Museum for lower to mid Hudson Valley

Operating as usual

Another fun day at Camp Wendy! Green Hats offer an Outdoor Art Experience with help from two wonderful older girls!

Another fun day at Camp Wendy! Green Hats offer an Outdoor Art Experience with help from two wonderful older girls!

This is narrated by an actress which appears to be in the 1940’s. You have to keep in mind that things were very differe...
Follow Me, Girls (1918)

This is narrated by an actress which appears to be in the 1940’s. You have to keep in mind that things were very different in 1918 and in the 1940’s for women and attitudes but the basic underlying message is still the same that GSing strives to allow a girl to become an All Rounded person. Even back in 1918, the badges included almost everything that a person could think of trying. Enjoy.

Reel #: 10043 TC In: 103615 TC Out: 110400This clip is available for licensing without time code and logo - To inquire about licensing email us at [email protected]

This post is the requirements for the 1963-1980 Cadette My Country Badge.  At the time Seniors (our present Seniors and ...

This post is the requirements for the 1963-1980 Cadette My Country Badge. At the time Seniors (our present Seniors and Ambassadors) usually did not earn badges. They did Community Service activites. If you or your troop wish to do earn this badge as a Senior or Ambassador, I suggest challenging youself(ves) beyond these requirements. ALL requirements must be fulfilled.
Numbers 10, 11, and 12 are the same for all the badges and are for your personal answers.
1. Service. In what way was I able to use the skills learned to be of service to others?
2. Health and Safety. What health and safety factors were important?
3. Promise and Laws. By my actions and attitudes, how did I demonstrate my understanding of the Girl Scout Promise and Laws?

When your troop or any member of it has completed ALL the requirements to your satisfaction, please email me at [email protected] and I will send you the badges.


This post has the requirements for the 1980-1999 Junior Active Citizen Badge. It can be done by a troop or individual girl. Because this badge has a tan background, it can be earned by Cadettes as well. Four of the requirements need to be completed in order to earn the badge. When it has been completed, contact me at [email protected] (make sure there is GS in the title somewhere) and I will send you the number of badges that you need. Enjoy.

1. Prepare a display of citizenship symbols. Choose 2 nations and include pictures or drawings that have special meaning to each country and that show the diversity of people there. Try to choose countries located in different parts of the globe.

2. Talk to someone in your family or community who chose to leave her/his country or home to be free; or read a book or see a movie or television program about a flight to freedom. Share what you have learned through an original artwork of any kind.

3. Explore patriotic holidays around the world. Find out how patriotic holidays are observed in various parts of the United States and in other nations. Share with your troop, information about two or more of these holidays or hold a patriotic celebration special to one of these places.

4. Choose an issue that is important in your comminuty, such as pollution; or the condition of roads, new or old buildings, or playgrounds, etc. Collect and read some newspaper articles and photo stories about the issue. Listen to someone talk about the issue on radio, television, or in a public place. Or you may talk to a friend or neighbor who knows something about it. If there is more than one side, be sure to find out about a different point of view. Make something to show how people in your community feel about the issue. Decide how you feel about the issue and be able to explain why you feel this way.

5. Find out how to do three or more of these:
___ report a stray animal
___ report a crime
___ obtain a pet license
___ register a bicycle
___ locate the owner of a vacant lot or woods
___ get free dental care

6. For three days, keep a record of all the laws that you must follow- for traffic, in schools or parks, even in your own home. Consider changing at least one of these laws so that more people would benefit. Write up your new law and be able to explain why your law is better than the present one.

OR Attend a courtroom trial. Find out about the rights and responsibilities of the judsge, jury, defendant, and prosecutor.

OR Invite a lawyer, judge, probation or parole officer, or member of the Legal Aid Society to come to your troop meeting or visit this person at her/his office. Ask about her/his work, the legal services offered, and the way these services help people. Inquire about your legal rights and be prepared to explain them to someone.

7. Add your own activity here, if you wish.

From: Girl Scout Badges and Signs 1980

As promised- here is Series II of the Brownie HistoryBrownie Girl Scout HistoryAs summarized from ‘Girl Scout Collector’...

As promised- here is Series II of the Brownie History

Brownie Girl Scout History
As summarized from
‘Girl Scout Collector’s Guide 2nd Edition, 2005
By Mary Degenhardt and Judith Kirsch

Series II

Experimental Brownie Programs

In 1919, Marjorie Dunn, a field captain from Westchester, New York, started a program for the younger girls with different levels, tests and symbols. The beginner brownie was called a Wee One until she passed her first test (not unlike Girl Guides and Scouts at the time who were not inducted as a member of the troop until they passed their tenderfoot test whereupon there was a ceremony to welcome them to the troop). Now as a member of the Brownie pack, the girls worked up the ranks: the Tinkler after passing her test wore a tassel and bell on her brownie cap; the Trusty after passing her test wore a Brownie shaped pin; the True Brownie after passing her test wore a golden acorn pin.
In Massachusetts, 1920, Dorothy Hatshorn Underwood adapted the English Brownie Program developing eight Brownie Laws for girls under 11 years old and accepted the promise- “to be obedient and to help other people, especially those at home.”

It was announced in American Girl, November, 1921, that the English Handbook, called Brownies or Bluebirds, A Handbook for Young Girl Guides, would be used. (England was going through the same experimenting with the younger girls but had developed this guide.) The object of the Brownie Pack was to provide suitable, age appropriate activities for the younger girls. By the end of 1921, it is known that there were Brownie packs in Portland, Oregon; Pine Mountain Settlement, Kentucky; Newport, Rhode Island; Savannah, Georgia; Elizabeth, New Jersey; Rochester, New York.

Judith Batty named Interim CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA
Judith Batty named Interim CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA

Judith Batty named Interim CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA

/PRNewswire/ -- After four years leading the Girl Scouts of the United States (GSUSA), Sylvia Acevedo is stepping down as CEO, the organization announced today....


Brownie Girl Scout History
As summarized from
‘Girl Scout Collector’s Guide 2nd Edition, 2005
By Mary Degenhardt and Judith Kirsch

Series I

At the Beginning

Brownies were first organized in England in 1914 and named by Sir Robert Baden-Powell from a book by Mrs. Julia Horatia Ewing called , “The Brownies”, 1865. In folklore, the Brownie was a quiet, clever fairy helper who came onto mortals’ homes and inconspicuously did good turns. Imagination and magic were widely used in early Brownie programs. They were filled with useful home and nature oriented activities to be taught with an imaginative, creative spirit. Names of symbols were taken from fairy tales and folklore. The toadstool was the symbol of the pack.
The first known Brownie pack in the United States was started in 1916 in Marblehead Mass. by Mrs. Marie G. Dennett. They learned signaling and first aid. At first there were no formal uniforms and the girls wore makeshift uniforms like their older sister Girl Scouts. Since Brownies were not yet formally organized, they were not registered either so we do not know how many of these early packs existed. For a program, some used the British program, some used a form of the Girl Scout program and others were just creative. “Brownies” and “Junior Girl Scouts” were both used to describe the packs until the 1920’s.
The 1918 Girl Scout Handbook includes a chapter on the English Brownie program for girls under 10 years old if the girl was willing to do her best to carry out the promise of the Brownies- “to be obedient and to help other people, especially those at home.” Their motto was “ Be Prepared” and the “Cry” was “LAH” “ Lend A Hand”. The Blue Book of Rules in 1919 designate Brownies as the first class (age) of Girl Scouts for 6-10 year old girls.


Hello All.
Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson Museum and Archive Committee took a break during these difficult times but we have still been working from home. We have been meeting by Zoom to discuss future plans. I hope everyone saw the video produced by Kathy Maxcy signing the Girl Scout Promise. We have several other things in progress that could be of help to your troops. To start with I have written a short series on the history of the Brownies. It will come out in segments (much like novels of old in magazines - remember those). Following this post will be the first of the Series. Also, while doing further inventorying on the badges, I realized that we need to divest ourselves of some of the Junior and Cadette badges. So, we will also, in the very near future, start posting the requirements of some of the badges of which we have so many so that troops can try them and we will supply the badges, once completed, free. We will be starting with the badges for Juniors and Cadettes from the program years 1963-1980. We will intersperse some Junior and Cadette/Senior Interest Project Patches from the Worlds to Explore program 1980-1997. Daisies did not start earning badges till very recently and we actually have none. Brownies started earning try-its in 1980 and we have relatively few. Seniors typically did not earn badges from 1963-1980 instead focusing on community service. Ambassadors are too new and again we have no badges to share but for the Seniors and Ambassadors, later, we will post some even older badges that were designed for girls 15-17 years old and if we have enough of the badges, we will supply them. Otherwise, you can make your own.
We hope that you have a great year and if you need our help in any way, please email us: [email protected].
Sincerely, Judith Silverman


GS Promise in Signing Exact English.

A Century of Girl Scout Uniforms
A Century of Girl Scout Uniforms

A Century of Girl Scout Uniforms

Girl Scouts have been making a difference in their communities and the world beyond for over 100 years. In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low set out to create an organization that would give girls the oppo…

The Girl Scout Promise changed three more times; in 1947, 1972 and 1985 which is the Girl Scout Promise we use today.

The Girl Scout Promise changed three more times; in 1947, 1972 and 1985 which is the Girl Scout Promise we use today.

Today we would like to share the history of the Girl Scout Promise, it has gone through several iterations throughout ou...

Today we would like to share the history of the Girl Scout Promise, it has gone through several iterations throughout our 108 years.

The Girl Scout Promise and Law are the backbone of all things Girl Scout. When doing a Girl Scout activity, it’s always a good idea to look back at the Girl Scout Law and Promise to ensure that you are abiding by them. Although they have changed, the Girl Scout Law and Promise have still kept their positive message.

What the Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law stand for:
The Girl Scout Promise and Law is the way Girl Scouts agree to act every day toward one another and the world. When the Girl Scout Promise is said, we hold up three fingers, which symbolizes the three parts of the Promise.

This is the first Girl Scout Promise in 1912!


The GSHH Museum and Archive Committee are still active although the museum is closed right now until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We hope to bring you different information and activities we can all share as Girl Scouts together.


Until further notice the museum is closed to troops.


Currently ( March 12) the phone number for the museum has been given to the Poughkeepsie Cookie Cupboard. So you cannot reach us by phone, only email: [email protected]. If you do call our number and get the cookie cupboard, they will give you my home phone number to leave a message. Sorry for the inconvenience.

GreenBlood News

GreenBlood News


Adult scarves galore!
The OFFICIAL Scarf Showcase!

Adult scarves galore!

It’s been really serious around here lately what with white papers and all, so it’s time for some zaniness. And what could be zanier than OFFICIAL SCARVES?? FYI – in case you aren’t familia…


The museum will be closed for the holidays and will reopen on Tuesday January 7, weather permitting. We close for ice & snow storms.

We finally finished sorting through all the boxes and they are now ready for inventorying. We will be hosting CAB camper...

We finally finished sorting through all the boxes and they are now ready for inventorying. We will be hosting CAB campers next week for a great program. We are also continuing to plan our Junior Encampment program for September and our Astronomy badge programs in October.


We finally got our water back today after 3 months of carrying all our water- 10 gallon containers to flush the toilet and many gallon jugs to make coffee, tea and wash up. Our pidilators from our camping display sure came in handy and all the girls who have visited us for the last 3 months have learned first hand how well they work. Yay!!!!

A NEW Feature!!  This Week At The Museum!LOTS of new history delivered; look at all those boxes!!...and gardening.🙂

A NEW Feature!! This Week At The Museum!
LOTS of new history delivered; look at all those boxes!!
...and gardening.🙂

Here are the requirements for the We The People patch.

Here are the requirements for the We The People patch.


Hoping to get water back at the Museum soon. Still running troop programs. Bring water bottles!

Thanks to our leaders!

Thanks to our leaders!


[An oldie but for newbies here.]

We are not experts. We're your next-door neighbors. We're not perfect, we are just busy adults like you.

We don't have any more spare time or energy than you do, many of us work full or part-time and juggle our families and our schedules and try to keep it all together as best we can. The only difference between us is that we believe in what Girl Scouting has to offer. So much so, that we contribute our time, our miles, and our talents to help our girls and your girls grow in Girl Scouting.

We complete authorization forms, budgets, and registrations, and fill our homes with boxes of paperwork that you will never see. We are required to take many hours of training as well as attend various meetings so that we can meet our greatest challenge- providing a variety of programs which meet the needs and interests of very individual girls. We try to involve parents who want us to understand that they don't have the time to drive on outings or help at meetings. We rejoice at the generosity of others.

Sometimes we find ourselves going in too many directions, we run out of steam. We have memory lapses. Communication lines break down. Time slips by. But that doesn't mean we don't care. So many evenings we spend on the phone, seeking advice and support from other leaders when disappointments or problems occur. "How do I keep my girl's attention?" "What are your ideas for the ceremony?" "How do you work with girls in different grades?"

Our dining tables are covered with bits of rope, menus, trip permits, craft supplies, paperwork and badges for each and every girl in the troop. A couple of them won't show up and don't think to call and let us know. Sometimes we feel unappreciated. Yet, these girls can fill us with pride at their determination and accomplishments. Their smiles light up a room; and when they say "Thank You", it makes it all worth it.

We help these girls build relationships. Some struggle more than others. Considerate, loyal, helpful, friendly... is encouraged by the Girl Scout Promise and Law. And sometimes we too must learn these lessons over and over again with the girls. But we are willing to keep learning. Please be patient if we appear distracted or frustrated or overwhelmed at times. Forgive us if we are not the kind of Leader you would be if you had the time. Instead, provide us with encouragement or offer your help. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

We are, after all, only mentors...role models...leaders. Volunteers who have taken an oath to give these girls, your girls, the most precious gift we have to offer- the gift of time.

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts

Meet Josephine Holloway, a champion of diversity and one of the first African American Girl Scout troop leaders.

Josephine dreamed of bringing the Girl Scout programming to girls at a local women’s shelter, and in 1924, she had the opportunity to do just that. By the end of the year, more than 300 girls there were engaged in Girl Scout-inspired activities.

Nearly 10 years later, in 1933, Josephine made her first attempt to form an official troop for African American girls, but her request was initially denied. Of course, giving up is hardly the Girl Scout way, so Josephine pressed on, and in 1942, after much perseverance, the region’s first African American Girl Scout troop was established.

With decades of experience serving girls under her belt (she even attended a training conducted by Juliette Gordon Low herself!), Josephine had become a well-respected member of the community and an expert on girls’ issues. She was eventually hired by Girl Scouts as a field advisor for black troops, and she remained in that position until her retirement in 1963. She reportedly supervised over 2,000 African American girls and adults.

Today, girls of all races, religions, and backgrounds gather at Camp Holloway, a historic camp established in her honor, to discover fun and friendship, and the power of girls working, learning, and exploring their world together.

We thank you, Josephine Holloway, for your vision, courage, and passion for bringing Girl Scouting to all girls. 💚


149 St Elmo Rd
Wallkill, NY


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I was cleaning out some Girl Scout stuff and found these patches from 2012 - the Rock the Mall event in DC. Does the museum already have these patches, or are you interested in them?
News from Yevgeniya at GSUSA: Mary Degenhard died in August. I received a call on August 23 from her daughter saying that Mary died earlier that week. The service was held in Queens on August 26, which I attended. In Memoriam—Mary Degenhardt We are sad to share that Mary Degenhardt, a long time archivist for the National Historic Preservation Center, recently passed away. Her contributions to the Girl Scout Movement over many decades were great, including: helping to establish the department within Girl Scout headquarters that preserves Girl Scout history and her role as co-author for both the Girl Scout Collector’s Guide: A History of Uniforms, Insignia, Publications and Memorabilia and The Cut of the Cloth: A Brief History of the Girl Scout Uniform From 1912 to 1999 . As a testament to her deep love for and dedication to our mission, in lieu of flowers, her family has asked for contributions in her name be made to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund.
We The People patch requirements added as photos.
Great visit from a Cadette Troop from Lakeland East on Saturday! They had a great time in the museum and had a picnic at Camp Wendy! Have photos to share with us? Use our new hashtag, #GSHHMuseum !
My grandmother passed away 4 years ago. We just recently found a box of her things and in it were these Vintage Post Cards of letters she mailed home from Girl Scout camp at Bear Mountain in the 1940s, as well as a membership certificate. We still have a few more things go search through because I know she has pictures of her time there tucked away somewhere in her things! I was wondering if anyone has a mother or grandmother who may have attended camp there around this time. I would love to know more about it! My grandmother would have loved talking to my Daisy about Girl Scouts, but never got the chance. I would love to show these post cards and have some stories to go with them... and maybe even some pictures or more memorabilia!
Thank you GSHH Museum for a wonderful program yesterday! The volunteers were great and the museum beautiful, well thought out and chock full of displays/activities! Nothing cuter than seeing our girls dressed up in Girl Scout uniforms from the different eras! They learned the Make New Friends song in sign language, spelled their names in Braille, learned GS history, cross stitch, how to make splints and more.