Girl Scouts peek into the past
CHRISTIANSBURG —This year marks the 101st anniversary of the Girl Scouts, and thanks to a local troop, artifacts from many of those years are now on display at the Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Regional Art Center.
Since December, six members of the Christiansburg-based Troop 972 have collected memorabilia and interviews in order to create the display and to earn their Girl Scout Silver Award.
The Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette — sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade Scouts — can earn and must involve enhancing the Scout’s local community.
The troop celebrated their work last week and officially opened the display, containing artifacts dating to 1930, alongside friends, family and former Scouts, with a reception at the museum.
“I think it’s tremendous,” said former Scout Mary Ann Hinshelwood.
Hinshelwood, who was a Scout from 1938-42, said she was one of five former Scouts the troop interviewed for the project. She said her favorite Scouting memories include building a fire and roasting marshmallows, as well as learning the other basic Scouting skills.
“I wish I knew today how to tie all those knots,” Hinshelwood said.
Dressed in Girl Scout uniforms ranging from the years 1912 to 1978, the members of Troop 972 guided their guests through the exhibit and explained the history behind the books, tools and badges.
Scout Rachel Brown said that during the project, she was surprised to learn how much camping was involved in previous generations of Scouting, while fellow Scout Kaylee Greiner said she enjoyed looking through the old photos the troop collected.
Like her Scout mates, Abby Duff said finding old uniforms and badges had been fun, but her biggest takeaway from the project was the overall impact the organization had over its 101 years.
“I learned how important Girl Scouts really is to people,” Duff said.
The exhibit will run until the end of June at the museum, and then the troop will photograph each artifact and create a PowerPoint display before returning the pieces to their owners, said troop leader Makala Witten.
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