I was attending a Girl Scout event today and brought along my copy of the GSA 100th Anniversary book in case there was some down time while the girls were in class. They were working with Engineering students at North Carolina State University and the leaders were asked just to hang back (and so I did!). A few pages into the history book I came across a caption that mentioned a silent movie the GSA produced in 1918 called “A Golden Eaglet”. It tells the fictional story of a Scout named Margaret who passes through the ranks in the early teens eventually earning her Golden Eaglet. As you can see by this screen grab none other than the founder Juliette Gordon Low pinned the badge on her after she successfully earned 21 merit badges.
While some of the Scouting portrayed in this movie might seem a little old fashioned (like helping a mother with housework while her soldier husband is away at war) it is a treat to see the old uniforms and girls in action. I especially enjoyed seeing the scenes of camp life and to be honest the wall tents with wooden platforms seem like the ones that you still see at Scout camps all over the country. The movie runs 18 minutes and I promise if you like vintage Scouting you will enjoy watching it.
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