Girls Scouts and museum team up for centennial celebration

Sunday, March 11, 2012 | 7:50 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Girl Scouts' 100th anniversary is Monday and to celebrate, the Walters-Boone County Historical Museum hosted a birthday party Sunday complete with cake, a Girl Scouts time capsule, a collection for the food bank, songs and arts and crafts.

For the opening ceremony, Missouri State Rep. Mary Still along with a girl from each age level in the Girl Scouts helped to blow out 100 candles on the birthday cake, Angie Robinson Sullivan, who works with the Girl Scouts Council, said.

All of the Girl Scouts in Boone County were invited and about 300 said they were attending, said Megan White, who organized the event with the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland.

The birthday party was an opening to an exhibit that is being held at the museum. White said they put the exhibit together to show that the girls are always changing.

"Girl Scouts is a movement, not an organization," White said.

The exhibit consists of uniforms, handbooks, patches, flags, camping equipment and other odds and ends used by Girl Scouts throughout the past century. White said it was a collaborative effort between the Girl Scouts of Missouri Heartland council and the Boone County Historical Society.

She said the items in the exhibit are mostly local. They came from Girl Scouts archives as well as Girl Scouts alumnae in the area.

"It brings back memories," said Cokie Blake, a Girl Scouts alumna who still had her sash to wear to the event.

"There's a pocket songbook over there that I remember using when I was in Girl Scouts," Bettina Coggeshall said.

The two women fondly remembered their time as Girl Scouts in the '50s.

"I thought it was neat to be able to match the different displays to the different decades," said Holly Troyer, an ambassador Girl Scout. Troyer began Girl Scouts in kindergarten and is now a junior in high school.

Mary Daly, Troyer's Girl Scouts leader, said she remembers the days when the girls were able to check out old uniforms from the archives to try on. She said those days came to an end to help preserve the historical uniforms for future generations of girls.

At the entrance of the museum, each girl could put whatever she liked into a time capsule that will be opened in 20 years. Girls put silly bands, troop pictures, Girl Scout SWAPS (Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pined Somewhere), other trinkets and the latest issue of Tiger Beat, a pre-teen magazine.

In the song corner, the girls knocked lummi sticks along to traditional Girl Scouts songs.

Brooke Painter, Junior Girl Scout (fourth and fifth graders), and Haley Acton, Brownie Girl Scout (second and third graders), said they knew a lot of the songs, but did pick up a few new ones in the corner. The girls admitted to previous practice with the lummi sticks in their school's music class.

The girls also had the opportunity to decorate a cloth square that will later be sewed together to make a 100th anniversary quilt. Cecile Mazan, who has been a volunteer with the Girl Scouts for 35 years, will be piecing together the quilt. She said she told the girls to color what Girl Scouts means to them on the blocks of cloth.

Brownie Girl Scout Jordan Campos said she drew "a cookie, another cookie and a brownie" on her block.

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