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 Girl Scouts and Brownies: 

Sussex-Lisbon and Lannon Areas

compiled and edited by Michael R. Reilly, May 17, 2003

updated 12/27/2005

Early Sussex, Lisbon, Lannon Girl Scout History

    Waukesha Girl Scouts playing Santa and distributing to the poor children of Waukesha. Waukesha Freeman, Thursday, November 25, 1920, page 1.

    The (Waukesha) Girl Scouts Troops No. 3 held a business meeting Monday evening at which time the following officers were elected: Patrol Leader, Janet Fraser; corporal, Kathleen Lawless; treasurer, Jean Lowry; and secretary, Olivette Cooley. Waukesha Freeman, Thursday, March 3, 1921

Girl Scout Nurses
    Last year, according to word from headquarters (national); 1,829 Girl Scouts received home nurse badges as a mark of their proficiency in the fundamentals of home nursing. When asked what those fundamentals comprised in Scout practice, the director of the national council ran through a list which sounds only a little less complete than the accomplishments of a trained nurse.
    Note: more to article. Waukesha Freeman, Thursday, July 20, 1922

    Waukesha Girl Scouts joining other Scouts throughout country to sell cookies for the first time. Waukesha Freeman, Wednesday, March 28, 1934

    The Girl Scouts of Waukesha are in their 14th year of organization with 22 registered troops. This fall, 300 girls, Brownies and Scouts are already active in their troops, with an equal number waiting for completion of organization plans. A two-week established camp was held for the first time this past summer, making use of the Boy Scout camp at Long Lake. Through the war years, the Girl Scouts held grease drives as part of their service work to aid the government in production of war materials. With the war ended, the need of fat continued because of the shortage of soap-making materials. For this reason, the Waukesha Girl Scouts have continued their regular drives, with the twelfth held last Saturday. Waukesha Daily Freeman, Monday, October 7, 1946

    Camp Clover opens for girl scouts, 3 miles south of Waukesha on Racine Ave. at Swartz's Woods. Waukesha Daily Freeman, Tuesday, June 17, 1947

    Russell Miller, local scoutmaster, had this to say representing the Horne-Mudlitz Post 6377 VFW, when he presented to the Girl Scout troop 22 and Brownies troop 97 of Sussex the flag of our nation and their organization: "We all know that they will use the flag in a proper fashion and pay all the honor and respect due the flag of our country. "It is wonderful to see so many parents and friends. The future of America lies in our children, the youth of today. What better weapons could we have than our children inspired with the ideals of freedom and liberty to keep our nation the land of the free. "It is a shame to see so few flags displayed on holidays. During the last war almost every house had one up. Must we be at war to fly the flag of our country? Let's all be loyal Americans and keeps the Flags flying." Waukesha Daily Freeman, May 19, 1955, page 4 of 12.

    Two other active groups include the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts. The girl Scouts are led by Mrs. Maryanna Hart. The local Brownies leader, Mrs. Robert Stier. Both girls' groups will attend Girls Scout camp at Menomonee Falls, June 21-24. Waukesha Daily Freeman, June 16, 1955, page 11 of 28

    Mrs. Roland Kufalk, former assistant Girl Scout leader, has taken over full time leadership of the group, Troop 22. Mrs. Virgil Hart, former leader, will continue as an assistant. Mrs. Robert Stier is leader of the Brownies. Both Groups will meet at the Sussex school Wednesday, Oct. 5, for their first meeting of the year. Waukesha Daily Freeman, Wednesday, October 5, 1955

    Girl Scout Troop 483 meeting at Willow Springs school. Sussex Sun, October 12, 1976, page 4.

    Mrs. Claudia Wittman, of Sussex, elected President of Great Blue Heron Girl Scout Council. Sussex Sun, October 25, 1976 and November 23, 1976, page 2.

    In March 1985 - Marcy School had Brownie Troops 237, 305, and 160. Plus Junior Troops 504 and 555. Lannon School had Brownie Troops 189, 505, 611, 646; Junior Troops 189, 343, 571 and 610. Maple Avenue School Brownie Troops 118, 145 and 357, with Junior Troops 137, 204 and 618. Templeton Middle School had Cadette Troop 240 and Junior Troop 506; while St. James had Brownie Troop 466 and Junior Troops 210, 238, and 419. Sussex Sun, March 12, 1985, page 13.

    Early Girl Scout history - Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid.
    On June 10, 1915 the organization was incorporated as Girl Scouts, Inc. under the laws of the District of Columbia
    By 1920, Girl Scouts was growing in its independence from the British Girl Guide example and developed its own uniform, handbook (Scouting for Girls), and its own constitution and bylaws, contained in the Blue Book of Rules for Girl Scout Captains.

1920 - Juliette Low's birthday, October 31, is officially designated Founder's Day. 

1924 - First Girl Scout troop organized in Janesville. 1927 - Juliette Gordon Low dies in Savannah, Georgia. Membership is 200,000.

1929 - First Girl Scout troop organized in Beloit. 

1930's - The Girl Scout program was divided into three groups-Brownie, Intermediate, and Senior-in order to enhance service and provide age-appropriate activities for girls.

    The first sale of commercially baked Girl Scout CookiesŪ took place.
1950's - Girl Scouts of the USA was re-incorporated in 1950 under a Congressional Charter.

1957 - Badger Council is formed with the Janesville and Beloit councils merging and added troops from Green and Walworth counties. Badger Council's membership is 3,253. 

1958 - First cookie sale in Badger Council. 

   The social unrest of the 1960s was reflected in organization actions and Girl Scout program change, including introduction in 1963 of four program age-levels for girls: Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior Girl Scouts.

1967 - Camp Oakwood Knoll near East Troy was purchased. 

1984 - Daisy Girl Scouts, kindergarten age, is started. 

1992 - 80 years of Girl Scouting is celebrated. Nationwide membership is 3 million.


Girl Scouts - Great Blue Heron Council, Inc.



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