Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Were You in a Youth Organization?

Saturday night has rolled around again and we have a new topic for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun on Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings:

1)  Did you join a youth organization such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire, Job’s Daughters, for example?

2)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment on this blog, or in a Facebook post.

I was, indeed, a member of the Girl Scouts from the age of 10 to 14 – fourth through eighth grades. I joined Girl Scouts when I was 10 and we still lived in Passaic, New Jersey. The local troop was #26 and it met at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

I don’t remember much about any of my fellow Scouts or the troop leaders, but in December of 6th grade, we moved to Wayne and I had to find a new troop. The Wayne troop met at Alps Road School, but said they were full and weren’t taking any new members. When they found out I was a transfer, they made an exception and I became a member of Troop 267. I was thrilled that I only had to add the number 7 onto my sash!

There were a lot of girls in that troop. I remember our troop leader was Mrs. Kahman and the adults kept us all busy working on badges and various projects.

I dropped my membership at the beginning of 8th grade, as I was too busy with school activities. However, I do distinctly remember during my first year in the Wayne troop that the cookie sale came around and I was determined to sell 100 boxes to earn the cookie sale pin.

I still have my sash and if you look beneath the badges, there is a square pin – I sold exactly 100 boxes and headed home, worn out from ringing doorbells in my neighborhood, but proud that I met my goal!

Girl Scouts was a lot of fun, even though I only completed a handful of badges. It seems that often we would start work on a badge, but there would be one or two requirements that weren’t so easy to accomplish and then many except the die-hearts moved and started a new badge.

Thank you, Lisa and Randy, for this week’s challenge.

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