90-Year-Old Girl Scout Reminisces About "Ancient History"


As a Girl Scout, Barbara Marsh received the Golden Eaglet Pin, as shown above.

Barbara Marsh's Girl Scout days were such a rich part of her life as a young woman, so she was thrilled to learn that part of her estate could support girls' programs into the future. This note from Barbara details her sentiment:

Thank you for the reminder of including the Girl Scouts in my will. I was an avid Girl Scout from age 10 until senior high school. Those were wonderful years! I was very active and was awarded the Golden Eaglet Pin, of which I am most proud.

In fact, Girl Scouting was a family affair. My mother was a troop leader, member of the council, and, finally commissioner of Girl Scouting in our town of Dedham. I also went to Camp Wind-in-the-Pines in Plymouth during the summer and loved every minute.

This, I know, is ancient history but I just wanted you to know I have never forgotten my Girl Scout years...I'm 90 now! Please let me know the language I'm to use to include in my will. Thank you.


Barbara Marsh

What Are Your Favorite Memories?

Barbara can still tell us about her troop leader, Mrs. Hall, and her days in the school gym marching in straight lines and learning from a visiting nurse to correctly tie bandages and make a bed. An avid swimmer her whole life, she loves to tell about her Girl Scout camp experiences of swimming in the lake and learning to canoe.

We'd love to hear about your Girl Scout days. Contact Harriet Hessam at (212) 852-8054 or hhessam@girlscouts.org today.

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