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Girl Scout History Spotlight: Edith Macy, Founder of Girl Scouts University

January 4, 2016

Edith Macy Girl Scouts

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

After joining Girl Scouts as an adult, I felt as if I had so much to learn about our Movement.  One time I’d wished out loud that there was such a thing as Girl Scouts University, only to be told that, in fact, there was one!  And a few years later, I’d have the privilege of attending a conference there.

This amazing opportunity was the legacy of one of our most important members, Mrs. Edith Macy, who served as the chair of the Girl Scouts Executive Board from 1919 to 1925. According to Juliette Gordon Low’s biographer, Stacy Cordery, Daisy Low considered her “the pivot that kept our whole organization in harmony.”  Beloved for her “consideration and tactful nature,” Edith Macy dreamed of a national training center for Girl Scout leaders. She passed away unexpectedly in 1925.

As a memorial to his wife, V. Everit Macy donated two hundred acres of land near Westchester, New York for the purpose of fulfilling her vision. Furthermore, he established a generous endowment to build up the camp, a sum which he later doubled.  By 1926, the site was dedicated as Camp Edith Macy, and was the site of the 1926 World Camp.

Preparations for the camp began in earnest while Daisy Low stepped up her efforts to build an international sisterhood of Girl Scouts, traveling to England for the International Council of Girl Guides committee meeting. While she was away “the national staff bent their every effort to making Camp Edith Macy a reality,” Cordery wrote.

Despite Daisy Low’s failing health, she realized her mission of the World Camp, which also resulted in one of our most cherished Girl Scout traditions. The delegates agreed to an international Thinking Day, “on which Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world should remember each other and send messages of friendship and goodwill flashing across the world by the wireless of thought.  They settled on the date of February 22, the shared birthday of Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts and his wife, Olave Baden-Powell, the founder of Girl Guides. The final day of the World Camp saw Daisy Low presenting the Golden Eaglet to Lady Baden-Powell.

Today the site is called the Edith Macy Conference Center, and it now features accommodations for staff and volunteer training.  It is also open to both nonprofit and for-profit organizations for meetings and training events.  The front entrance to the conference building is built at the same elevation as and facing the Great Hall, the site of the 1926 World Camp. This was done so that all who enter the Macy Center will remember the remarkable history of our Movement and our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Have you ever visited the Macy Center?  How did it help you as a Girl Scout?  Share a memory with us in the comments!

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Every Girl Scout Has a Story to Share

November 23, 2015

Tell Us Your Story - Girl Scouts

To celebrate the end of another wonderful year of Girl Scouts, we wanted to take the time to express our thanks to all of the wonderful donors who make a difference in the lives of girls, the community, and our world!

What better way for us to do this than to share the stories we hear every day about the impact Girl Scouting has?

This blog is part of a three-part series where we will be sharing the stories of our donors, our girls, and you! We also hope you will join them in Giving to Girls by sharing your message of support.

“In 1973 I made one of the best decisions of my life, I became a Girl Scout. I wanted my daughters to participate in an organization that would build their character, develop their leadership, and connect them to the community. 42 years later, my dedication and support of Girl Scouts has not waivered. I have given countless hours leading troop meetings, leader trainings, attending council meetings, organizing Jamboree, camping, singing, and helping girls with their badges and awards. I wouldn’t trade ONE single minute I’ve INVESTED because I love the girls that much. They have given me far more than I have given them. After all, that is why “we” do what “we” do….for the girls. Make no mistake, the money we give truly counts. Every dollar donated is an investment in OUR future. The money collected literally changes girls’ lives by providing grants and financial aid for girls to participate in all of the activities involved in Girl Scouting. It bridges the gap between the girls who want to attend and the girls who cannot attend because of the cost. ALL of these activities provide so many opportunities for the girls to develop leadership, community, and have fun in a loving and safe environment. These girls deserve the chance to grow and explore with our help. They will learn countless ways to lead and give back. They develop confidence, loyalty, patriotism, and collaboration. I am so proud that I continue to have the chance to invest. We can change the world one Girl Scout at a time. Won’t you help?”

—Linda Peedin, volunteer and donor


“As an Army Brat, I moved constantly while I was growing up, attending 20 schools along the way. Our moves took my family to Alaska and Korea, as well as around the United States. The one constant for me was Girls Scouts. I started as a Brownie in Northern Virginia and was a Junior in Atlanta. My Cadette years were in Seoul, Korea and then I finished as a Senior in Monroe, North Carolina when my Dad retired from the Army. Serving on the Board of North Carolina Coastal Pines as well as contributing each year to our Council, is my way to say thank you to Girl Scouts for always being there for me.”

—Jean Carter, Girl Scouts—NC Coastal Pines Board Chair and donor

“Through its guiding principles, Girl Scouting serves the entire community. And we need to make it possible for everyone in the community to participate. Because everything is a great deal more expensive than it was when I was first a Girl Scout, the money needed to run our camps and programs has increased. In addition, our Council has been chosen to try out several of the new science and technical programs. Through these, our girls are learning about our amazing world of technology and seeing ways to become a useful member of our technological era, while keeping the fun that only interacting with other humans can give. With our support, Girl Scouts will positively affect the future of the entire community – online, at home, and around the world.”

—Lois “Lofi” Hirshman, Girl Scout alumna, volunteer, and donor


“Girl Scouting gave our daughters so many unique opportunities for adventure, community service and leadership that we hope our support will ensure that more girls in southeastern North Carolina can experience the same. Girl Scouting definitely helps girls grow strong!”

—Pam and Jeff Duncan, donors


“While most of the details of my one-year Brownie experience are vague, I will never forget my pinning ceremony: I was so looking forward to it, I could almost jump out of my skin! I think I was just as excited to join the staff 14 years ago. Although I don’t work with girls on a regular basis as Volunteer Services Support Coordinator, I did get to accompany a membership director on a beach trip with a group of girls from a housing project. Those little girls had never been to the ocean before. It was great to be able to broaden their horizons, and they had the best time! I’m proud to be a part of Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines and make a difference in the lives of girls every day. I love working with girls, allowing them to try something they’ve never done before.”

Betsy Wharton, staff member and donor


Girl Scouts leadership development program for girls mirrors the process of philanthropy –discover one’s own passion and the need of the community, connect with other like-minded folks to plan and prepare, and take action to improve the community. Through philanthropy—giving, volunteering, and charitable engagement—our community is empowered to prosper, progress, and protect our important ideals.

Martha Webb, donor, former GSNCCP board member, and 2015 winner of Excellence in Philanthropy award for the Triangle chapter of AFP


These stories tell just a few of the many reasons that Giving to Girls can make a difference in your life and in the life of girls across 41 counties in North Carolina—and we want to hear more of them! Send us your story and help girls tell theirs by making a tax-deductible contribution to Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. You can give online, via mail, in any of our Council Shops, or by phone at 919-600-6315. We can’t wait to hear why you give to Girl Scouts!

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