Girl Scouts of the USA's 'University in the Woods'
Since 1926, Edith Macy Conference Center has served as a learning center for Girl Scout staff and volunteers. Edith Carpenter Macy, chair of the Girl Scout National Board of Directors from 1919 to 1925, was among the first of the organization's officials to foresee the tremendous influence trained leadership would have on the development of Girl Scouting. She dreamed of a permanent school, staffed and equipped to offer the highest possible quality of training and guidance to Girl Scout leaders.
Although she would not live to see it, her dream became reality when, following her untimely death in 1925, her husband, V. Everit Macy, donated land and offered to build as a living memorial to his wife the school she had envisioned.
Macy, as it's commonly known, has always functioned as a learning center for Girl Scout volunteers and staff members, and it is also open to both nonprofits and for-profits for training events. It features six corporate conference rooms, a 200-seat auditorium, and attractive lodges, all surrounded by 400 wooded acres in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.—just 45 minutes from New York City.
This "university in the woods," as it was called in its early days, is the site of many workshops and conferences sponsored by Girl Scouts of the USA. Macy is an ideal setting for events large or small. The conference center has facilities for groups of up to 200 people. The nearby John J. Creedon Education Center is perfect for smaller and more confidential gatherings. Macy accommodations, including 46 guest rooms, are located throughout the property. With these features and more, Macy offers all the ingredients for a productive meeting.
Guests will also find a fitness and recreation center, an outdoor pool (open June through September), a jogging trail around Lake Kinderaugen, and miles of scenic wooded hiking grounds.
Located across the road from Macy, Camp Andree Clark has served a variety of purposes since it opened in 1921. In its early days, it was a national camp for girls. Today, Macy course participants hike and jog on the site, and traveling troops (with their local Girl Scout council's approval) frequently use a renovated, winterized cabin there.
Guests at Girl Scouts of the USA's Edith Macy Conference Center cannot help but feel a close tie with the past and the future. This site—rich in American Indian, Dutch, and English history—has symbolized the spirit of learning in Girl Scouting, embracing generations of Girl Scout adults in a continuity of professional development, purpose, ideals and friendship. See highlights from the past below.
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Edith MacyEdith Macy Conference Center is open to non-profit and for-profit organizations for conferences and training facilities. Visit the Center's Web site for more information. Phone: (914) 945-8000 Phone from New York City area: (800) 442-MACY [(800) 442-6229]