Girl Scouts observe centennial during Riverfest celebration
WINDOM - One year ago, the history of Boy Scouts was reviewed during Windom's annual Riverfest celebration.
This year, it was the Girl Scouts' turn. A 100th anniversary celebration tea event brought past, present and future scouts alike into the Business, Arts & Recreation Center (BARC) Saturday afternoon to observe the century mark of the largest girl-serving organization in the country.
Storyboards highlighting the history of Girl Scouts were set up in the BARC for public viewing, and Windom scouts and adult volunteers marched in the Riverfest parade later in the day. Girls were also busy in the morning, going around to local businesses and filling out "passports" that, when completed, allowed for a free ice cream cone at River City Eatery. The Wonders of Windom Challenge, a scavenger hunt, was also put on by the scouts.
The tea, however, was the main event, and included songs, an opening of a time capsule, modeling of decades of uniforms and the recognition of various individuals -- not to mention some refreshments.
Karen Brinkman, who earlier this year was recognized as one of Minnesota's 100 most influential Girl Scouts alumnae, coordinated the tea. One local troop leader participating in the ceremony participating in the ceremony was Mary Mohlencamp.
"I became a girl scout leader when one of my daughters joined," Mohlencamp said. "I'd always wanted to be one (scout), but my hometown (Welcome) was too small."
Mohlencamp has three daughters and two grandchildren, who are also in Girl Scouts. Her youngest daughter, Emily, received a Silver Award earlier this month.
"She worked with a kindergarten teacher (Sherry Shirkey) and made a program for SMART Boards for kindergarteners - for example, matching upper case letters with lower-case letters," Mohlencamp said. "She did a lot of research working with her advisor ... and it's a 40-hour project."
Another Windom troop leader, Diane Low, has a daughter, Hanna, who plans to work toward her Gold Award when she begins her senior year in August.
"She is going to work with the school and is going to do Community Day, which begins the school year and ends the school year," Diane Low said. "At the beginning of the year, you meet the new kids at the high school and walk them through the community and pick up trash ... and also plan other activities to do, including some that are not just work. She will also line up businesses that help sponsor different projects."
A total of 77 girls are involved in Girl Scouts in Windom at 10 age levels, and there are 18 volunteer leaders. Windom Girl Scouts are part of the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys.