As part of our mission here at the Archives, we make Girl Scout history available and accessible. Many of our volunteers say that going out and speaking to groups is one of their favorite things to do. A long-time volunteer and Girl Scout, Mary Ann Milton, volunteered her time at the 2011 Oconee County Girl Scout Day Camp in Watkinsville, Georgia, on June 8.
The theme this year was “A Walk Down Memory Lane,” which combined women’s and Girl Scout history. The camp met at the Watkinsville First Christian Church in downtown Watkinsville. The Oconee County Service Unit is located in the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Council.
Ms. Milton reports:
“The camp only had three units: one Daisy, one Brownie and one Junior unit. They combined the Daisy and Brownie for my first presentation, then I gave a longer presentation for the Juniors. At the camp, I thought it was very interesting that each Program Aide had to pick a famous or important female in history (living or dead) and introduce herself to the group in appropriate costume for her choice. During the opening ceremony, two Program Aides presented themselves to the group and gave a short speech on why they were famous. On the wall in one of the rooms were pictures of each of their choices plus lots more.
I wore the Mariner uniform, and had an old Brownie uniform and old Intermediate uniform on display. I also had my own badge sash and the badges that went with the older khaki uniform. I described what I did as a girl and as a leader, as well as why Brownies came to be. The Juniors took the appropriate handbooks and researched what the badges were on the Junior Uniform and on the khaki badge sleeve. The Brownies and Daisies passed the books and badges around and looked at them while asking questions.
I showed the brown uniform shoes and the old camera, and both elicited much amazement. I also had a photo of me from 1950 in my Intermediate Uniform. The unit leaders were using the Paper Doll books for some of their activities. They also made corn husk dolls and homemade soap.”
With the new Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting coming out in September 2011, there will be legacy badges and opportunities to learn about Girl Scout history and traditions. If your troop or group would like to see the archives, or make an appointment for one of our volunteers to come and discuss Girl Scouting with your troop/group, please contact Margaret Paschal, Archives Liaison at the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta.