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Amazing but true Girl Scout Camp Stories!

As these news clippings attest, life in early Girl Scout camps was rugged, filled with heroism and the Girl Scout Spirit -


This Girl Scout leader, Miss Annie E Simmons in 1924 at Camp Runels in Pelham, NH was armed with revolvers - and stayed that way after the phone lines were cut to the camp and a group of young men tried to attack them.





This tragic story involves the selfless act of a Girl Scout volunteer, Lillian D Arhelger,  who died saving a young Girl Scout while at camp.





Fires in camp regularly made the newspaper. I liked this story because the counselors didn't skip a beat. The lodge burnt down, but the counselors saved the forest - and camp opened on Monday as planned.



Girl Scout Camp invaded by a band of "white robed and hooded men" in Birmingham, AL in 1948. This event was covered nationally and cause an outpouring of condemnation. No one was ever brought to justice.



This Girl Scout camp was run by Golden Eaglets and was held in a cave!

The obvious doesn't require an explanation...



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