Monday, May 21, 2012
100 Years. And Counting.
Each year, there's a theme. This year is the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts, so our theme was "100 years of Girl Scouts." We had about 90 girls from the three towns in our Service Unit, all mixed together and working together and singing silly songs together... it was a pretty good weekend.
Some of the women I spoke with were Girl Scouts back in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. This was back before Title IX, and back before there were a lot of choices for girls' activities. Girl Scouts was a huge part of these women's lives, and some of their stories are fun to listen to.
Some of these girls never went over the Cape Cod Canal until they went with their Girl Scout troops. With Girl Scouts, they traveled to Martha's Vineyard, Boston and even to New York City. Girl Scouts was an inclusive organization from the get-go, so in the old photos you see black girls and white girls working together - in 1940. Even the military wasn't integrated back then. One of my neighbors recalls vividly that her troop had several Portuguese immigrant girls who were treated as equals in Scouts.
None of the women remembered selling cookies. They didn't really recall how it was that they raised the funds to go on the trips they went on, or did the fun activities that they participated in. They just remember the fun. Which is all I can hope for for my own daughter. Remember the fun. And be proud to be part of an organization that has meant so much to so many women for 100 years. And counting.