The interview I gave Girl Scout Alumni 2005 is applicable today:
When Alumni reflect upon their time in Girl Scouting, many have several pleasant and even humorous memories. Camping, crafts, friends and cookies are favorites for many.
San Antonio Texas Alumni Georgia Morgan Wedin, and Life Member Girl Scout, treasures her Girl Scout memories at camp and has many keepsakes to go along with them.
At camp, girls have the opportunity to venture to a new environment surrounded by the best of nature. In those years Girl Scouts of the San Antonio Area were fortunate to have two summer camps, Camp Mira Sol and Camp La Jita.
Georgia’s Girl Scouting days begin in 1946 in Alpine, Texas at the Permian Basin Girl Scout Council and Camp Mitre Peak. The camp memories closest to her heart were made at San Antonio Area Camp La Jita (Indian for Precious Possession). In 1955 Georgia came to La Jita as a counselor in training, also known as a CIT. Beginning in 1956, she became a camp counselor and also went on to serve as the waterfront instructor and director. “One of my favorite Girl Scout memories involved my time at Camp La Jita…,” stated Georgia. “During the 1950’s Girl Scouts were taught how to swim in the Sabinal River and wore special uniforms on Sundays and during special flag ceremonies.” Georgia compared going to camp to going away for college. She states that go camping gave her the opportunity to become independent and gain important life skills.
“Campfires, camaraderie, and singing brings back special warm and exciting memories I treasure, even in my retirement years,” stated Georgia. “Those songs and experiences as a young girl and woman have stayed with me all these years. I feel it has helped make me the woman I have grown to be. Going away to camp is an experience every girl should have. Making friends and warm memories is a part of Girl Scouting. Girls have the opportunity to grow strong in mind, body and soul. I am active GIRL SCOUT ALUMNI at 80 years old.”