This week I had the pleasure of meeting Frances A. Randall, a true pioneer of Girl Scouting in Frederick County, Maryland.

, Girl Scout History Project
Fran (r) tells Betsy Thurston (c) and I how to kill a snake on a hiking trail (GSCNC photo).

Frannie, who just turned 90 years young, joined Frederick’s Troop 5 in 1938 and has been involved non-stop since then.

, Girl Scout History Project
The future Mrs. Randall worked at Braddock Heights day camp in 1944 (GSCNC archives).

I enjoyed telling her about Nation’s Capital’s plans for a Girl Scout history program center in Frederick and brought several old scrapbooks for her to look through.

, Girl Scout History Project
In one of the scrapbooks, Fran found a newspaper she and her brother had published in 1942. Today, the Randall family publishes the Frederick News-Post (GSCNC archives).

We spent the afternoon swapping stories about troops, camping, council mergers,  National Center West, writing books about local history, and trips to Russia. We also compared notes about attending Girl Scout National Conventions in Houston, TX, in 1981 (Frannie) and 2011 (me).

We agreed to get together again in a few weeks with the right equipment to capture her wonderful memories and stories about Girl Scouting in Frederick County.

©2014 Ann Robertson

One response to “An Afternoon with Fran Randall”

  1. I was lucky enough to be a part of a Wyoming Trek with Mrs. Randall in 1974. Her influence, and the experiences we shared, undoubtedly contributed to my pursuit of a career working with museums and historic sites (and my long-time service as an adult Girl Scout). We’ve continued to find ways to work on community history projects together, and I still benefit from her wise counsel. She is a friend of “gold.”

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