Picture: Wilton GS troops were especially active in leading celebrations of the GS Centennial in 2012. The local girls pictured here organized a 100-Minute Dance Party at Gavin Park.
Originally Published: 5/20/2013
Saratoga Girl Scout Council was established in 1933. Grace Hawthorne, longtime member of the Wilton Heritage Society, was a member of the first GS troop in the area, Troop 1 of Saratoga Springs.
The first Girl Scout troop in Wilton was Troop No. 8 (pictured here) of the Saratoga Girl Scout Council. Meetings were held in the old town hall at Gurn Springs.
Among the early Girl Scout leaders from Wilton was conservationist, author, and medical doctor Orra Phelps.
Dorothy Olson was the driving force behind Girl Scouting in Wilton for many years. She served as a Board member and Area Chair for the new Adirondack Girl Scout Council, established in 1963, and led the first Girl Scout troop at Wilton Developmental Center.
Over the years, Wilton Girl Scouts have done a great deal of traveling. Here, a Wilton Girl Scout Cadette troop visits the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. in 1979.
TODAY Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York serves more than a dozen counties in northeastern New York State. Girls belong to multiple area troops, now grouped into Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Many meet at Dorothy Nolan School or at Ballard School.
This is the third of several columns by Dick Lasselle about various aspects of life in Wilton. Dick grew up on Putnam Lane in Wilton, just off Jones road, and now lives on property that was part of the Putnam farm originally owned by his great-grandparents. Dick’s sister, Linda Baker, and his mom, Doris Lasselle, are contributing toward the development of these articles.