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Timeline: A History of Girl Scouts, Connecticut Trails Council


1913
The Thistle Troop, (the first recorded troop in CT), was organized in Cheshire, Laurel Trail Girl Scout Council

1918
New London Council of Girl Scouts chartered (37th charter in the United States, was signed by Juliette Low)

1922
New Haven Council of Girl Scouts chartered (merged in 1957 with Laurel Trail Girl Scout Council)

1927
Derby-Shelton Girl Scout Council chartered

1928
Wallingford Girl Scout Council chartered (merged in 1957 with Laurel Trail Girl Scout Council)

1929
Charter issued to the Waterbury Council of Girl Scouts, Inc.
Charter issued to Middletown Girl Scout Council

1930
Norwich Girl Scout Council established (merged with Eastern Ct Girl Scout Council in 1955)

1936
Waterbury Council of Girl Scouts chartered

1937
Camp Pattagansett, East Lyme, purchased

1942
Day Camp Program started at Camp Pattagansett

1947
Cheshire Council of Girl Scouts is formed (split from Waterbury Area Council; joined Laurel Trail in 1957)

1949
Upper Middlesex Area Girl Scout Council formed

1950
Girl Scout Council of Eastern CT chartered (largest area council in New England)

1952
Waterbury Council of Girl Scouts changed name to Waterbury Area Council of Girl Scouts

1955
Eastern CT Girl Scout Council chartered
Camp Laurel, Lebanon, purchased

1956
Camp Laurel opened and dedicated
Waterbury Area Council changed name to Blue Trail Council of Girl Scouts

1957
Laurel Trail Council formed [Dec. 5] (included independent councils of Cheshire, New Haven, and Wallingford)

1962
Ansonia Council of Girl Scouts merged with Laurel Trail Girl Scout Council

1964
Connecticut Trails Council of Girl Scouts formed with the merger of:
Blue Trails Council, Derby Shelton Council, Eastern CT Council, Laurel Trail Council, New London Area Council, Middlesex Area Council
Council Office was located in Hamden
CT Trails became the fifteenth largest Girl Scout council in the USA

1967
Connecticut Trails Council of Girl Scouts office moved to New Haven

1982
Miriam K. Healy Program Center, Camp Laurel, dedicated
Septemberfest is inaugurated

1984
20th anniversary of Connecticut Trails Council of Girl Scouts
UFO's (Utterly Fun Opportunities) developed

1990
Connecticut Trails Council of Girl Scouts moved to North Haven

1994
Connecticut Trails Council of Girl Scouts changed to Girl Scouts, Connecticut Trails Council
30th anniversary of Girl Scouts, Connecticut Trails Council
Connecticut Trails served 23,071 girls and 7,845 adults from 93 communities

1995
Connecticut Yankee Council merges with Girl Scouts, Connecticut Trails Council
Connecticut Trails grows to be the 10th largest council in the USA in terms of registered girls and adults

1998
Connecticut Trails served 27,000 girls and 11,000 adults from 107 communities