Friday, September 21, 2012

Take a Trip Back in Time

After months of planning, our Girl Scout Council is gearing up for its huge anniversary celebration this weekend. While we're not taking the girls as a troop, several of them will be going to the event with their families, and I can't wait to hear their thoughts on the experience. (If you happen to be the metro St. Louis area, you should definitely check it out.)

We've been talking to our troop all year about the 100th anniversary, and they earned their Centennial Patch last spring. One of their favorite activities (and ours) was watching The Golden Eaglet. Honestly, I think every troop should check it out, as it really drives home how much Girl Scouts has changed over the years - and how much has stayed the same.

If you haven't heard of it, The Golden Eaglet is a silent film made by the Girl Scouts in 1918. It actually appeared in movie theaters at the time as a recruitment video and follows the journey of one Scout as she works to achieve the rank of Golden Eaglet. 

It was very entertaining to listen to our girls' comments as they watched. On one hand, they were shocked at some of the things Girl Scouts were expected to do back then, from morning calisthenics at camp to washing clothes by hand. But on the other hand, they were a little jealous of the freedom and independence. "Why can't we go hiking by ourselves without you leaders?" was the first question they asked after watching. While that's not likely to happen any day soon, it did make me and my co-leader wonder if we're working hard enough to teach our girls to be self-sufficient and capable.

If you get a chance, you should definitely share it with your troop. We checked out the DVD from our local council, but you can also view the video online.

Has your troop seen it, and if so, what was their reaction?


  1. I had never heard of it until this post, so thank you! If I can get my little ones to sit still long enough to watch, though, I'll definitely show it to them.

    1. We were a little worried about our girls losing interest too. If you watch it, you'll notice there are kind of 2 parts to it - could easily just screen the 1st part. Also found that by screening it first, me and my co-leader could comment and explain what was going on as they were viewing, so it helped keep them engaged.