- 1914: The first Girl Scout troop in Rhode Island began meeting at Darlington Congregational Church in Pawtucket, led by Elizabeth Ann Bury, a nurse at Memorial Hospital. Within three years, troops were organized in Providence, Woonsocket, Barrington and Westerly, open to all girls from ages 10 to 17.
- 1917: The Red Clover Troop of Newport became the first in the state to register officially with the national organization. The first girl to be pinned in Troop 1 was 15-year-old Catherine “Kit” Hammett.
- 1919: Girl Scouts of Rhode Island was chartered by the national organization and incorporated in Rhode Island to coordinate local efforts, organize troops in new areas, train leaders and provide camping opportunities. Each city or town established its own council.
In 2012, the Girl Scout Movement celebrated its 100th anniversary. That means over 100 years of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place!
Here at Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England, we have a rich and vibrant history all our own which began in 1914. Thanks to the vision, passion and hard work of many women of courage, confidence and character Girl Scouts here in the Ocean State was given the chance to make it’s mark!
Please click the green drop down arrow to the right of each section to view our history during that era!
Special thanks to volunteers Judy Lonardo and Cyndi Harney of the GSRI Museum Committee for assembling the content of this page.