Discovery Center of Southern Tier Showcases Girl Scouts!

From the Press & Sun Bulletin:

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The Discovery Center is host to an exhibit of books, photos, uniforms, patches and a variety of other items on display to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts.

Founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912, the organization has welcomed young girls as scouts, Brownies and Daises over the decades to teach them a variety of skills and attributes, according to information at the exhibit.

Books including Girl Scout Pocket Songbook, Cooking Out of Doors, Primitive Camp Sanitation and Scouting for Girls offer a look at what Scouts learned more than 40 years ago.

The exhibit offers a tent with bedding-filled cots, a canoe and several other objects for observers old and young to enjoy, along with information about the history of Girl Scouts.

For instance, while Beatrice “Buddy” Price Russell introduced young black girls to the Girl Scouts in Harlem in the 1930s, it wasn’t until 1975 that then-president Gloria D. Scott made diversity a priority of the Scouts.

Girl Scouts learned not only how to cook over a fire, but learned map and compass reading, flag ceremony obligations and helped out during wars.

In fact, in World War I, Girl Scouts sold their now-famous cookies to help raise money for the United States, rolled bandages for wounded troops and spread the word about rationing goods that were important for the war effort, according to the exhibit.

While she was impressed by a lot of what she saw Sunday at the Discovery Center, including the Girl Scout exhibit, the canoe is what caught the eye of Catherine Kordecki, 6, and her brother Lucas Woodwock.

“I like playing in the boat,” she said.

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