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  3. “Size of an average Daisy” made me laugh ! After on catastrophic drop, break open and girls sliding on slippery paper episode. We used only segments at a time, never whole notebooks

  4. My senior troop went to Rockwood on Nov. 22d 1963. We had scheduled an overnight and when jfk was killed, we went anyhow. Radios came out and we cried and listened to the news for two days. Nancy McDaniels

  5. These were my glory years as a proud girl scout of the Columbia river council. I completed my first class at the end of my Cadette year in 1967 before moving to the Oregon coast.

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  7. As a GS in surburban NY between 1960 and 1969 our troop sold cookies every year and while I remember ringing doorbells in my neighborhood, I dont remember the cookie sale being the focus of our GS year as it has become in recent years. Camping, visiting the local nursing home on holidays, and troop trips were what I remember best.

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  9. This was my era too, and I earned Gold in 1989. Thanks for pointing out the discrepancy in the cookie year patches. I have a 50 Yrs of Cookies patch from when I was a girl on my patch blanket and was very confused when the 100 Yrs of Cookies patch came out a few years ago. I wondered if volunteering for GS had really aged me that much.

    And those Cadette unis were HEINOUS! We HATED wearing them. We couldn’t wait to move up to Seniors with its blue colors.

  10. Well, my sisters, we do live in interesting times. The 2000’s fundamentally changed who and what Girl Scouting was and the early 2020s have proven that change weakened the movement and its organizations perhaps beyond recovery, ripe for yet another fundamental shift. I choose to hold on tight to our history and my memories in hope of encouraging future Girl Scouts to restore the movement.

    Happy Birthday sisters, may the year ahead be filled with adventure and friendship.

  11. I have been a Girl Scout since 1952, worked in two Councils and for GSUSA. At age 76 I have currently lead a troop for 8 years from Daisies through Cadettes., Educators we’re hired and wrote the journeys which are like school work unless greatly adapted. They are required before girls can earn the Bronze, Silver and Gold. We have completed them but the girls enjoy badges more. I am very disappointed in the council training and support of new leaders. On the council level separating the job of recruiter and support person leads to no wholistic approach and volunteer development. This is a membership organization and volunteers are members, not customers as we are now being called. The emphasis on reaching all girls, especially those in underserved populations which was a goal in the 80s has been lost.

  12. An important event was left out of the 1950 decade! There was an All-States Encampment that was held in 1951 in Wapiti, Wyoming. It was again held throughout the 1950’s. Yet again, in the early 1960’s in California! I would assume that it was a precursor to the Roundups. I was one of many that attended the first one. It would be nice if it got some recognition! Otherwise, I have enjoyed your briefing on the decades.

  13. Studio 2B, “mentor” here, decided to start a troop when I was 18 in 209/2010! I enjoyed the program. I was a lifer with the GSOA program when Studio 2B popped up. The charms were a selling point and drop-off point for many. Everyone in my group wore updated uniforms, with the sash thing and all, hahaha! I think it served its purpose for those who aged out—but could not let go of GSOA(me) lol. It’s hip to be civic-minded!

  14. I was selected for and attended the 1968 Regional Girl Scout Round-up at Camp Drum in NY. I and my 1,000 sister Scouts will challenge that the encampments ended in 1965.
    Any one else remember the 68 Round-up?

    • Where’s the rest of my comments ? As I stated, the 68 roundup was a REGINAL event and just as important and exciting as the NATIONAL. Ann’s reply was hurtful as if I didn’t know the difference and it didn’t matter anyway. Please don’t down play the most important highlight of my GS “career” which continued for several years working at our summer camps, serving as troop leader and on council committees.

      • Caren, I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings. I’ve had other comments from women confused about those signature events, and I gave my usual answer. I did not mean to diminish your experience in any way.

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  17. Oh yes, I was a Buzzard from early on. Learned of the Order as camp staff in Minnesota where one had to first perform the song before being presented with one’s patch. It was quite a ceremony as only a Girl Scout ceremony can be. Raised my daughter in the tradition, welcomed my whole troop to the Order after their requisite performance before a crowd, and have taught the song to countless girls. Proudly wore my Chartreuse Buzzard patch during my one sojourn to Macy.

    Thank you for that memory Ann!

  18. Learned the song as an outdoor trainer, sang and taught it to others for many years. One of the trainees was inspired and carved several statues of a chartreuse buzzard sitting on a tree & gave one to myself and two other trainers. Saw pictures of the patch, but never heard the story. Beautiful!

  19. I have been a Buzzard since 1990 and had the priviledge of staying at Macy just this past weekend with the 2022 National Volunteer Partner Conference. Macy Magic is so special and the experience of the Great Hall never ceases to inspire.

    • These were a fundraiser, purchased rather than earned. Sometimes they appear on eBay. Good luck!

  20. I have been a Buzzard since the early days when I was in GS Council of the Nation’s Capital. I was a counselor at Camp May Flather…we all joined and became Buzzards!

  21. Yes, I am a Buzzard. I took classes at Macy 4 times. Twice in the early 80’s to take a class in the “new” Cadette program and to become a Council Trainer. Twice in 2000 to become a Trainer-of-Trainers. It was an amazing experience. I have an older patch and a newer patch and a lamp pin.

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  23. Shortening the span of a troop to two years made it hard to continue troops of multiple grades since volunteers are always cycling out..I am not sure why that happened. The Daisy petal and badge work is just monotonous and shouldn’t be 2 years. Maybe badges like cooking and sewing seemed too much like “womens work”, but they are still good skills – you don’t need to know how to sew a dress but you do need to know how to fix a hole or a hem, and you do need to know how to cook for your health! I have adult friends that pay to have a button replaced! And many parents pay to have their girls’ badges sewn on! And we press so hard on cookie CEO but don’t educate about personal finances…unless that’s for Seniors and I’m just not that far yet.

    That said, it is more fun than the 1980s, where I largely remember doing crafts! My mom’s clearest memory from the 1950s was going to the state fair with her troop, so there’s that!

    I second the lack of volunteer support, from figuring out the various online portals to requirements for high adventure activities. TLs must educate themselves, especially on what is appropriate for a particular level.

    Does anyone think the Council boundaries have led to good or bad things? I read about closure of some camps.

  24. What a treat! Thank you.

    I first heard of Lou Henry Hoover when I was one of the hundreds of Girl Scouts at her funeral at Stanford Chapel in January of 1944. It was not until years later when I became a Girl Scout volunteer, that I had any idea how important she was. The more I learn about her, the more impressed I become.

    Thanks again