Guest Blogger: Celebrating Girl Scouting Past and Present

Julie Lineberry is the Chair of the GSCNC Archives Committee. Pictured here in 1965, Julie and her Girl Scout "patrol" wait for the bus that will take them to the Girl Scout Roundup.

As we approach the 98th Birthday of Girl Scouting on March 12, 2010, Girl Scouts, leaders, and alumni will become reacquainted with the lives of strong, brave and self-determined women and Girl Scouts of the past. The GSCNC History and Archives Committee has various ways that troops can explore and appreciate the history of Girl Scouts and the activities of each generation.

What did “Be Prepared,” our motto, mean for girls in the last century? Girl Scouts of every generation face many of the same issues including war, epidemic, economic flux and natural disasters. But, by knowing where Girl Scouts have been, today’s girls can find inspiration and ideas to evaluate the current needs in their communities, and take action on today’s challenges.

Some troops borrow our vintage uniforms and often take them on visits to retirement homes – senior residents love seeing “their” uniforms and can remembers words and melodies better than the girls who have recently learned the songs. Check out these other great projects available for download on our website:

Here are a few History and Archive Committee Projects that you can include in your programs:

  • View a collection of photos of the first Girl Scouts participating in the first Presidential Inauguration (1917)
  • Discover a detailed patch and badge collection
  • Review early photos and stories of local African- American troops (some formed as early as the 1920’s)
  • View the architectural detail of the Stone Lodge and other early buildings at Camp May Flather
  • See part of the GSCNC collection on display at the Alexandria History Museum – The Lyceum—as part of the “Tramping and Trailing” exhibit.
  • Review digital copies of Teen Girl Scout 1920’s camp photos

If you have historic Girl Scout memorabilia to share or are interested in taking part in the History and Archives Committee, contact me at

Editor’s note: Girl Scout Week begins on March 6 with the exhibition of the Portraits of Girl Scouting art collection at the National Portrait Gallery. Don’t forget to visit our Girl Scout Week page for information.

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