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GSOFCT History

Girl Scouts of Connecticut: McGuff Museum of Girl Scout History

The Girl Scouts of Connecticut McGuff Museum of Girl Scout History is located on the first floor of our North Haven Service Center. Please contact the Program Department or (800) 922-2770 to schedule a visit!

It includes:

  • Displays of Girl Scout memorabilia from around our state from 1912 until today
  • A try-on area where girls can dress up in Girl Scout uniforms from different eras
  • A TV with multimedia hookups for presentations.
  • Simple hands-on activites such as a SWAP, Flat Juliette, or paper pocket knife or games such as badge memory, and scavenger hunts to encourage exploration of the displays.
  • And more!

We occasionally host programs or special events at the museum. If you are interested in using the museum for your program or meeting, please contact the Program Department.

Help us expand the museum!

Steve and Cheryl McGuff with CEO Mary Barneby

In 2013, the museum in our North Haven Service Center opened thanks to the vision of Steve and Cheryl McGuff. Today, Cheryl and Prescille Yamamoto are co-chairing a campaign to expand programming at the North Haven site. We are inviting you, as a strong supporter of our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place, to be among the first to help.

Donate online now!




Historical Suitcases

Bring history to your troop meeting or local event! The GSOFCT Historical Committee has created several suitcases with various uniforms, accessories, and handbooks. There is no fee to borrow these suitcases, but they must be picked up from and returned to the North Haven Service Center. Borrowers are held responsible for the contents.

Reservations should be made through the Request to Borrow Historic Items Form as far in advance as possible and during times of high demand, may not be able to be met. There are two types of suitcases: General Suitcases with uniforms that may be carefully tried on for indoor meetings or fashion shows, and Parade Suitcases (very limited in quantity) with uniforms that may be worn during parades. Contact the Program Department for more information on borrowing these or other historical items.


Volunteering at the GSOFCT Museum or with the Historical Committee
We are currently looking for volunteers and older girls (Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, or Ambassadors) to be museum hosts. You need not be a historical expert- just friendly and responsible.

The Historical Committee catalogs items, readies and repairs items in the Historical suitcases or museum, creates programmatic elements for the museum, and collects current items for future generations.

Please email the Program Department if you are interested In volunteering.


Donating to the GSOFCT Historical Collection
GSOFCT preserves the history of Girl Scouting in the state. If you have items to donate, please see our item “wish list” or contact the Program Department.

If you would like to make a monetary donation, please email Fund Development or call (860) 522-0163.

Past Historic Milestones

Celebrating over 100 years of Girl Scouting
The 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting took place on March 12, 2012. Throughout the year we held events and had ongoing activities celebrating this momentous occasion.

Gold Award Centennial
Since 1916, Girl Scouting's highest award has had many names — Golden Eagle of Merit, Golden Eaglet, Curved Bar, First Class, Gold Award — and in 2016 we celebrated the accomplishments of every girl who has changed the world by earning it!