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Alumnae, Scouts reflect on milestone
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Casey DeBusschere with Troop 14254 looks at Girls Scout memorabilia with Sally Curry. Curry was a scout in the 1940s in Kansas and a troop leader in Atlanta during the ’70s. - photo by Crystal Ledford

Sally Curry was a Girl Scout in the 1940s in Kansas.

In the 1970s, she became a leader of a troop in Atlanta.

“I still know how to do a square knot,” she said March 10 during a celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts at Cumming Elementary School.

“This gives me goose bumps,” she said of the event.

The gathering welcomed alumnae of the organization to share their experiences with current Scouts, who had a chance to earn badges while learning about the organization’s history. 

Nearly 300 young Scouts from throughout Forsyth County were expected to attend the event, said one of the organizers, Kellii Tarrer.

During the event, the girls had a chance to learn about the Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, who founded the organization in 1912.

“We have several different stations set up for them to learn more about Juliette and life during the early 20th century,” Tarrer said.

Among those stations was one in which the girls got to take part in tea time and another in which they created flower sachets, both of which were popular activities during the Victorian era.

They also made masks in celebration of Low’s birthday, which was Halloween, and created cards of encouragement to be sent to breast cancer patients, since Low died from the disease.

Scouts at the cadet level, or those in middle school, lead many of the activities for their younger counterparts.

Mara Hill, 11, said she thought the event was important for younger girls.

“It helps teach them about Juliette Gordon Low. She was the founder of this whole thing, but a lot of them don’t even know her name,” Hill said.

She said the day’s activities, which included some from Low’s time, were important.

“There’s a lot of fun games and that helps,” she said. “If something’s not fun, most kids won’t learn. I wish we could do this kind of stuff at school.”

Members of Troop 14254 wanted to honor Girl Scout alumnae.

Leader Cindy Morris said the girls set up a reunion during the event.

“We’ve had a handful of alumni come through,” she said Saturday morning.

Shirley Snedeker, 78, was one of them.

She said she went all the way through Girl Scouts, ending with her senior year of high school in the early 1950s.

She also served as a troop leader for a dozen years in the late 1950s and ’60s.

“Those were wonderful days,” she said. “I still keep up with some of the girls I was a leader of.”

The alumnae who attended were asked to sign an “autograph board” and fill out a card with their years of participation and troop numbers.

“We’re trying to get as many troop numbers as we can,” Morris said.

Alumnae were also asked to take part in a video project, in which they were interviewed on camera by members of Troop 14254.

Some also brought memorabilia from their days as Scouts to show current members.

Snedeker shared a charm bracelet, while Curry brought some pins and socks she wore with one of her uniforms.

Morris said the project opened the eyes of her troop to the impact the organization can have on women’s lives.

“They’re seeing these women and realizing that Girl Scouts is so much a part of them,” she said. “They’re realizing that, ‘Hey, I’m having fun, but this might also be something I never forget.’”