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Girl Scouts Reminisce

Posted on Tuesday, February 17th, 2009.

“I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!”- Juliette Gordon Low (March 12, 1912)

Juliette Gordon Low was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1860 and started Girl Scouts of America in 1912. Currently, there are over 3.7 million young women all over the United States that are part of the program.

At MobileBooth East in Savannah, current Girl Scouts Victoria Ross and Ashley Sutton interviewed Allene George. Allene has been a Girl Scout since 1932 and is now a lifetime member. She remembered holding meetings in a log cabin on an Army base at Fort Screven on Tybee Island in Georgia. “Back then we only had one type of Girl Scout cookie and we didn’t sell them, we ate them,” Allene said.

Ashley, Allene and Victoria

From left: Ashley Sutton, Allene George and Victoria Ross

Victoria asked Allene about summer camp at Camp Low. They were surprised when they found out that there was no electricity at the camp. “What was your best experience sitting around a campfire?” Victoria asked. Allene remembered cooking and singing – many of the songs Ashley and Victoria also know. “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other’s gold,” they all recited together.

As a closing question, Victoria and Ashley asked Allene what advice she would give to current Girl Scouts. “Enjoy your Girl Scout years and the friendships you make along the way. Don’t ever be ashamed to wear your uniform.”

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  • You’re right Jan,

    more informations on girl scout cookies:

    Comment from Phil on March 15, 2009 at 10:32 pm - Reply to this Comment
  • Thanks for the correction, Jan! I am craving shortbread as a write this.

    Comment from Alex on March 7, 2009 at 5:10 pm - Reply to this Comment
  • That is Trefoil and it is a shortbread cookie.

    Comment from Jan on March 7, 2009 at 12:17 am - Reply to this Comment
  • Allene says that the only Girl Scout cookie she used to eat was “Tree Foil.” I’ve never heard of it, but I’m sure it was delicious! The Girl Scouts did not receive a merit badge for StoryCorps…but after coming in for the project, all five scouts who participated are going to be working on oral history in Savannah – continuing the StoryCorps mission!

    Comment from Alex on February 19, 2009 at 12:17 am - Reply to this Comment
  • What was the 1 type of girl scout cookie they ate? Thin Mints? I hope so. Did the scouts receive a StoryCorps merit badge?

    Comment from Andy on February 17, 2009 at 3:50 pm - Reply to this Comment

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