history

Girl Scouts of VA Skyline’s History: 1963-2013
50 Years of Building Girls of Courage, Confidence and Character
Who Make the World a Better Place.

 

2013
GSVSC turns 50 in June 2013!

 

2012
GSVSC celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts.

 

2008
The Yellow Mountain Road program center was officially named Icimani Adventure Center.

 

2007
Camp Dark Hollow was sold.

 

GSVSC purchased 63 acres on Yellow Mountain Road in Roanoke County.

 

2006
The first annual Awards and Recognitions Banquet was held in Roanoke, honoring the council’s Gold Award recipients and recognizing volunteers who have served Girl Scouting in an exceptional capacity.

 

2005
GSVSC initiated the String of Pearls awards program to recognize outstanding cookie sales achievement.

 

2004
Camps Massawomee and Shawnee were sold.

 

2003
GSVSC moved its corporate headquarters to 3663 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke.  Service centers have since been added at 113-A Tradewynd in Lynchburg and 380 Greenbrier Square, Suite D, in Charlottesville.

 

The Nut and Candy Sale took place for the first time.

 

GSVSC established a Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women for 35-40 inmates as a part of the GSUSA initiative developed with the Justice Department, to bring Girl Scout values and activities to prison mothers and their children.

 

2000
The council’s name was changed to Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council.

 

1992
For the first time, the council sold more than one million boxes of cookies.

 

1986
The council headquarters office was expanded with the purchase of 401-405 Apperson Drive.

 

1983
The council’s first computer, a Hewlett-Packard 250 with three terminals, was installed.

 

1981
The first Gold Awards in the council were earned by Gail Hottel, Sharon Rhodes and Faith Hannah, all of New Castle.

 

The first Gold Awards Banquet was held after the annual meeting.

 

1979
The council purchased the 155-acre Indian Bottom Campground in Rockbridge County.  The camp was officially named Massawomee Program Center.

 

1975
Campus Girl Scout groups were established at Radford and Virginia Tech.

 

1974
The council headquarters office moved to the one-story building at 413 Apperson Drive in Salem.

 

1971
The council’s first Campus Girl Scout group was formed at Madison College (now James Madison University).

 

1968
The council purchased Lake Catherine in Botetourt County and Camp Shawnee near Danville.

 

1965
Camp Garth Newell was closed because of lack of water.

 

1964
The new council held its first cookie sale.  Cookies were 40 cents a box, of which the troops received six cents.

 

The council held its first annual meeting in Lynchburg.

 

June 1963
Six councils (and a handful of lone troops) — Albemarle Girl Scout Council (including Charlottesville),The Augusta-Rockingham Area Girl Scout Council, Central Virginia Council of Girl Scouts (Lynchburg area), Old Dominion Girl Scout Council (the largest of the councils, encompassing Roanoke City and County including Salem and Vinton, Montgomery County, Alleghany County except for Covington, and the counties of Franklin, Craig, Grayson and Carroll), Piedmont Girl Scout Council (Danville area) and Pulaski Girl Scout Council — merged to form Virginia Skyline Girl Scout Council.  This new entity also included Covington and lone troops in the counties of Buckingham, Charlotte, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Green, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Rappahannock, Rockbridge, and Wythe.

 

The first office was at 625 First Street in Roanoke.  Miss Gertrude “Willie” Richardson was the new council’s executive director.