Greater Grand Rapids Womens History Council
  P.O Box 68874, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-8874                     Phone: 616-574-7307



July 24, 2015

GGRWHC Board of Directors

Mary Seeger,
Jo Ellyn Clarey,
Ruth VanStee,
Connie Ingham
Janet Brashler 
Jennifer Bryant 
Jo Ellyn Clarey
Susan Coombes
Falinda Geerling 
Sharon Hanks
Connie Ingham 
Kyle Irwin
Mary Seeger
Ruth Stevens
Julie Tabberer
Ruth VanStee 
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100 Years Ago in July 1915

It was announced in the Grand Rapids Herald on July 2, 1915, that the Boy Scout camp at Port Sheldon had opened two one-week sessions for the Girl Scouts, accommodating 50 girls in each session.   The Girl Scout weeks would be under the direction of Edith Dykema. 

A follow up article in September 1915 featured pictures and a report on the success of the girls camp, saying "The two weeks' work and fun indeed proved to be so successful and the lessons learned so effective, pleasant and valuable, that the scouts and leaders were loath to leave."

Days were spent in "scout craft," including wood working, fire building, swimming, rowing, and learning techniques of resuscitation of drowning victims. There were contests  for who could build a fire and bring water to a boil most quickly, estimating the height of a tree, finding "north" on the compass and getting yourself out of the woods. Around the campfire, there were stories and songs, some that they made up to old tunes--"It's a long way to old Port Sheldon . . . ." 

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In the Grand Rapids Herald, September 2, 1915

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