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Since 1912, millions of women have had their lives positively influenced, sometimes even transformed, by their Girl Scout experience. During the Girl Scouts 95th Anniversary Celebration, GSSJC is seeking out local alumnae to reengage them and hear their stories. To join the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Alumnae Association, alumnae are encouraged to visit www.gssjc.org and fill out the alumnae form on the homepage or call 800-392-4340 extension 1358 to have an alumnae card mailed to them.
At the age of 104, Olive Waddell fondly remembers her introduction to Girl Scouts. It was the mid 1940’s and the war was coming to an end. Although born in Canada, Waddell came to know Rosenberg, Texas as her home.
She was a young adult when she went to the only high school in the city to recruit the area’s first official Girl Scout troop. “We started with 15 girls,” said Waddell. “The people from Girl Scout headquarters came down to help us get started and helped us to learn how to do things the Girl Scout way.”
Although there wasn’t a Girl Scout campsite in the area at the time, Waddell and her troop were welcome at a local campground. “The leaders would sleep in the lodge building and the girls would set up the tents. Since their brothers were in Boy Scouts, the girls learned from them. Unfortunately, that first time, they hadn’t quite figured out everything they needed to know to secure the tents. So, later that night, their tents blew down,” she said.
Waddell did not have children of her own; however, she says she loved the girls as “daughters” and was always concerned for their needs.
Waddell doesn’t get to see her “girls” often but enjoys the opportunity when it comes along. “We just cry, hug and kiss each other and talk about the good old days,” she said. “I still have plaques and certificates on my walls showing our troops’ accomplishments.”
The plaques remind her of days gone by when she was the driving force behind the area’s first official troop. “In recognition of the service … awarded to Olive Waddell of Fort Bend County Girl Scouts and the Rosenberg/Richmond area. Make new friends but the keep the old; one is silver and the other gold,” she read.
Approaching the age of 105 in March 2008, Waddell is one of the Council’s golden friends. If there is another Girl Scout in the Council whose memories as a Girl Scout precede Waddell’s, the Council is not aware.
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving over 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.
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