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Girl Scouts celebrate 95th anniversary
"Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold." Most Girl Scouts will recognize those familiar words from a favorite song sung at meetings or around the campfire. This week, as the Girl Scouts of America celebrate their organization's 95th anniversary, those words ring especially true.
Island Girl Scouts wave goodbye from the Vineyard Haven dock in April 1957 before heading to Camp Hoffman in West Kingston, R.I. In front, from left, Carol Duarte, Margaret Tilton, Carol Ward, and Martha McDonough, Troop 12, and Leah Perlstein and Judith Snowden, Troop 34. In back, from left, Maryann Sylvia, Diane Sylvia, Margaret Whittemore, and Emily Rabello, Troop 12, and Ruth Nason, Carol Hall, and Judith Cryer, Troop 34. Photos courtesy of Martha's Vineyard Girl Scouts
A look at Girl Scouting then and now on the organization's website reveals an organization that has weathered changing times and remained appealing to increasingly sophisticated generations of girls and young women. Today, Girl Scouts number 3.6 million worldwide, about 100 on the Island.
Alice Robinson, co-director of the day camp program at the Girl Scout's Camp Wampanoag in Chilmark, represents her family's third generation in scouting. Her great aunt, Dorris Hough, worked with Ms. Low when the Girl Scout program began, and enjoyed a career as a scout executive. Ms. Robinson's mother and grandmothers also were Girl Scouts.
Girl Scouts Sandy Maseda, Susan Pereira, and Sally Leslie, from left, present smiles along with the flag during a ceremony in 1962.
Carrie Welch started as a Brownie on the Island and stepped in when her younger sister was in 7th grade and her troop needed a leader. Her sister will graduate from college in May, and Ms. Welch continues to lead not one, but two troops. Similarly, Dukes County Veteran's agent Jo Ann Murphy became involved with the Island scouting program when her daughters Kimberly and Amanda were young, and continues to remain active after 22 years.