“Scouting rises within you and inspires you to put forth your best.”

The house is far chillier than outside so I felt a bit silly wearing a sweatshirt in the morning warmth when I went to get the papers, but my house was only 65˚.

In the second grade I became a brownie. Lots of my friends became brownies too and we could wear our brownie uniforms to school instead of our regular uniforms if we had a troop meeting. I had the regular brownie dress and beanie, but I also had a brown purse which attached to the belt and had the brownie symbol on it. It had been a stocking stuffer one Christmas. I was proud to be a brownie but was thrilled on fly up day, the day I became a girl scout. We had prepared by learning scout songs, the pledge and everything girl scout. Our parents were invited to the ceremony. There were candles on the table and pins in rows. Candles always seem to make any ceremony a rite like in church. I remember our brownie leader made a speech and each of us was called in turn to the front where the girl scout pin was placed on our collars. After we all had received them, we stood as a group and said the girl scout pledge as scouts for the first time. Now our uniforms were green.

Jordan Marsh had a section where you could buy boy and girl scout clothes and paraphernalia. My mother and I went, and we bought my sash and my girl scout green tam. On the sash went the name of my town and our troop number as well as all the badges we earned. The Girl Scout Handbook listed what we had to do to earn those badges. I earned many. It wasn’t difficult.

Lots of us were scouts and most of us earned our ten-year pins. We were always proud to wear our uniforms. I remember wonderful overnights at the scout lodge in my town. It had a huge fireplace, and we slept on wooden cots which weren’t all that easy to put together. We ate hobo stew. We explored the woods on scavenger hunts for certain leaves and plants. We sang taps as the flag was lowered and folded.

I know a couple of scouts. I buy mint cookies from them every year. These scouts do so many different things than we had done, and they have a multitude of choices for uniforms, but they all still have sashes for their badges and they recite the Girl Scout Pledge. It seems we are connected.

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11 Comments on ““Scouting rises within you and inspires you to put forth your best.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    We don’t have Brownies over here and no girl or boy scouts, we are all just called scouts. But we have Sailing scouts and that’s so much more fun 🙂 I was an ordinary scout and can’t say I liked it too much, it was ok as it only was us younger kids but in camps when we met the much older ones it was a nightmare, they had the habit of beating up us younger kids.

    I came in touch with sailing scouts later in life and that was soo fun and a bit scary when some kids just sailed away and we at first couldn’t find them 🙂 🙂 🙂 But to be honest,those kids had grown up in sailing boats so they were much better out there than I ever became 🙂

    We always bought the clothes directly from the scouts and I can’t remember any badges, to be honest I’m not sure we have them over here or perhaps our leaders just were a bunch of lazy slobs 🙂 🙂

    Hot, hot, hot here today but things will cool down and thunderstorms will arrive. I like it even more now when they have torn down my telephone wires 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      That’s awful beating on little kids. It certainly violates the scout code as I know it for both girls and boys. The boy scouts also have sea scouts here but the girls don’t.

      Like with you, sea scouts are older boys who have advanced through the scout ranks. My nephew’s little boy who will soon be 8 is a cub scout which is a good thing.

      Now there are all sorts of different badges having to do with electronics, computers and all sorts of stuff which wasn’t around in my day. We had sewing and swimming and stuff like that.

      Nice day today here.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Hedley Says:

    In her day as a Brownie my daughter was the official cookie seller to the number one running back in the National Football League – Barry Sanders.
    Barry was cool, Barry liked cookies.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      That was cool both for Barry and your daughter!

      • Hedley Says:

        Barry lived a few houses down, and was just great with the kids.

      • katry Says:

        Some pro athletes need to be shot at dawn by a firing squad while others go out of their way to do good. A talent is what they have, not carte blanche to be arrogant.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’m late but how about You Can Never Hold Back Spring by Tom Waits. I’m feeling like someone is trying to. 🙂

    I was also a Brownie and a Girl Scout. There was a store in town that carried all the Scout supplies. I had the brown dress and beanie and the green skirt, white shirt and green sash. I think that shop also had the badges but I don’t remember.
    When I worked I had access to many Girl Scout cookie supply lines. Now that I’m retired, I have to find them outside my local Shaws or Starbucks. That’s probably a good thing because I really like those peanut butter filled ones. If I really need a fix, though, I know where council HQ is. I can get them there.

    It’s very cool here and very damp. It wasn’t too bad while I was walking around outside with Rocky because I was moving. Sitting outside waiting for him to do his thing was cold. The wind is making it so. I’m considering turning on the heat just to get the damp and chill out.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Not late at all-I’ve added it to the family file.

      This will be the year we go from winter to summer.

      For a while The Children’s Corner in Stoneham Square sold scout uniforms. I also had the same skirt and blouse outfit when I was girl scout. I think the badges came from the girl scouts because it was always my scout leader who presented them to us.

      They sell the cookies inside Stop and Shop, but I know the leader well so she always puts some away fro me. I also get the peanut butter ones.

      We had the sun most of the day. The house was cold this morning but warmed up this afternoon. Last night I turned the head on for a while as the house was really cold. Tonight it is just fine.

      Have a great evening!

  4. flyboybob Says:

    I was a Boy Scout until I lost interest in the 7th. Grade. What soured me to scouting was the camping and the critters. I went on a camping trip to a nearby lake with my troop mates in May. I decided I hated sleeping on the ground in a sleeping bag, I hated eating scrambled eggs cooked over a campfire with god only knows what kind of grit fell in with the eggs. At night the lake gave up their poisonous water moccasins looking for food. I decided right then and there that I liked air conditioning, hot running water and indoor toilets. I decided right then and there that roughing for me is Motel 6.

    • katry Says:

      That’s so funny as that was one of my favorite parts of scouting-the camping and outside cooking. I learned how to bake with a reflector oven and what stews to make over the fire and the fun of eating s’mores. We didn’t have a lake near us so it was just in the woods.

      Most time, though, we stayed at the lodge which was the most fun.

      Lots of people don’t like camping so you’re in good company.

    • Caryn Says:

      Bob, I loved the camping part but we didn’t have poisonous water moccasins. Just rattlers and copperheads. Piece of cake.
      I could camp any amount of time in the woods as long as I knew there was a hotel with hot showers and room service in the more or less immediate future. 🙂

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