Girl Scouts in LaGrange

Sue Belden, GSGATL Archives Volunteer and Laurie Sedicino, Legacy Museum Curator

In 2012 the Girl Scouts of the USA, as you might have guessed by now, will turn 100 years old. There are celebrations being planned all over the United States, and here in Georgia, there will be many places to participate. Events will be happening in the Atlanta area, the Savannah area (birthplace of GSUSA), and in many towns throughout the state.

LaGrange, Georgia, situated in Troup County,  has had a long history with Girl Scouting.  In 1930, the LaGrange Girl Scout Council was chartered by the Girl Scouts of the USA. By 1958, this Council was merged into the Pine Valley Council, covering most of middle Georgia. In 2008, Pine Valley Council merged into the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta.  Right now, the Girl Scouts in Troup County are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting with a Membership Drive.

Sash from Pine Valley Council, ca. 1948-1962

Early next year, the Legacy Museum on Main will have a great exhibit on Girl Scouting in Troup County. The Legacy Museum Curator, Laurie Sedicino, recently paid a visit to the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Archives to see if there are any records or artifacts from the Troup County area which could be loaned for this exhibit. She met with some of our volunteer staff, and not only viewed records and artifacts, but also had a tour of the Council facility. We enjoyed her visit, and look forward to working with her on this project.

To the right is the sash that Sue and Laurie were inspecting in the picture above.  In slanted rows, the badges are: 1) Hostess, Cook, My Troop; 2) Housekeeper, Tree, Childcare; 3) Adventurer, Skating, Dabbler; 4) Interior Decoration, Cyclist, Back-yard Camper; 5) Cat & Dog.

The permanent exhibit gallery of the Legacy Museum on Main, in the renovated first floor of the 1917 landmark bank building, features the history and development of West Georgia from Indian settlement to present day. The exhibits spotlight major events in the region and the stories of the people who responded to the events, as well as bringing to life the people who explored, settled and transformed the region.

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Posted on August 31, 2011, in Archives & Archivists, Council History and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I think the one that you have labelled as Adventurer is actually Troop Camper.

    • Thanks so much for the comments. Our committee had fun looking this one up. We looked through several handbooks, and found our answer. For the time period the sash is dated (1948-1962), the badge is called “Adventurer.” Starting in 1963, the name of the badge was changed to “Troop Camper.” I haven’t gone through to see how much the requirements changed, but perhaps that would be a good subject for a future blog post. Here are the books we used: 1) Girl Scout (Intermediate) Handbook, Girl Scouts of the USA, 1955. The requirements for Adventurer is on pages 446-447; 2) Junior Handbook, Girl Scouts of the USA, 1963. The requirements for Troop Camper is on page 359.

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