The Girl Scouts of America celebrated their 100th birthday yesterday. I celebrated by looking through this 1933 handbook that I found the the Goodwill Store a few weeks ago. It’s a fascinating look at how scouting and the education of girls has changed. The book contains not just the guide to the outdoors that one might expect, but also such topics as “The Girl Scout Homemaker” and “Taking Care of Younger Children.”
When I was about ten, my greatest ambition in life was to be a Girl Scout. Unfortunately for me, our community did not have a troop. One day the rumor started going around school that a troop was forming at the church that was located next to my school. There was to be a meeting on a certain day, and all the girls could join up. On the appointed day, a group of girls gathered at the church, eagerly awaiting the Girls Scout Leader, for for some odd reason, no one showed up. Looking back, I’m pretty sure that I was the one that started the rumor, as though I could somehow will my wish into being!
Years later I finally did become a Girl Scout, as a co-leader with a friend of mine. I am positive it would have been more fun at ten than it was at 35!
All illustrations are from the 1933 edition of the Girl Scout Handbook