University of the Woods - MACY -

The Edith Macy Conference Center is located in Westchester County, just 35 miles north of New York City. It is a year-round tribute to Edith Macy's vision of educating Girl Scout leaders.

 

In 1925 the land was deeded to the Girl Scouts by V. Everit Macy in loving memory of his wife, Edith Carpenter Macy to be used as a National Training School.

 

It was Juliette Low's dream that the site be used for the first biennial International Conference of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (World Camp), despite the fact that the land was woefully underdeveloped. Although not everyone agreed that this site should be the one picked, everyone banded together to get the site prepared - just barely in time. On May 11, 1926 Camp Edith Macy opened the International Conference with Juliette Low, Sir Baden-Powell and Lady Baden-Powell and delegates from at least 32 different countries in attendance. At a ceremonial fire dedicated to the memory of Edith Macy, the National Director of Girl Scouting, Jane Rippen is quoted as saying : Once again Mrs. Low has pointed the way to us, her desire has become our desire; the hope of this world camp, held in our country, would mean one more real step toward the goal that was and is in our hearts - World Peace. 

The site has been known by various names; 

  • Camp Edith Macy (C.E.M.) - University In The Woods

  • Edith Macy Training School

  • Edith Macy Training Camp

  • Edith Macy Girl Scout National Center

  • Edith Macy Conference Center (1982)

 Participants at Edith Macy receive the "Lamp of Knowledge" pin. Early pins had C.E.M., later pins spelled out MACY. Visitors may purchase the visitor's pin. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Talli

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Talli

1 1/2" x 3/4"

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1 1/2" x 3/4"

Silver for the 25th Anniversary

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Gold for the 50th Anniversary

Smaller Pin

1' x 1/2"

Open Handle on Lamp

Smaller Pin

1' x 1/2"

Filled-In Handle on Lamp

Angie Olds

 

1926-2001

75th Anniversary MACY
participation pin
with faux diamond in flame
 

 

1927

1939

Donna K. and her troop on the Great Hall

front steps
1974

Macy Silver Charm

Talli

Beverly Miner

1926-2006

80th Anniversary MACY
participation pin
with faux emerald in flame

Visitor Pins

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Angie Olds

Bolo Tie Clasp

Key Ring

Macy Postcards

This plaque, right, of Edith Macy, was shown in a 1946 issue of the Girl Scout Leader magazine. However, it didn't say WHERE it was located. I'm guessing it's at MACY. I'd love to know it's location.

Who was Edith Macy? Below is a very nice obituary for her  outlining her good works through her life. She was from a well-to-do family and married a multi-millionaire, but rather than live an idle life of leisure, she used her time and energy helping the less fortunate - as did her husband - who by the way, has a park named after him.

Scarsdale Inquirer, Volume VI, Number 12, 14 February 1925

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