Girl Scouts Unveil Time Capsule
Memories from Girl Scouting
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WICHITA
More than twenty-five years ago, a group of young Girl Scouts
were joined together as Seniors in Troop 502 inWichita. Although
these girls went to different high schools, were in different grades
and were overbooked with academics, school activities, sports,
and youth group events, each individual made Girl Scouting a
priority. Lisa Stallbaumer, a college student not much older than
the girls themselves, became the leader for this energetic group.
The troop developed a connection during their time together
at troopmeetings, serving on a Senior Planning Board, selling
cookies, and working as aides at the local camps. Camping trips
meant “competitive spoons”, Trivial Pursuit, songs sung by the
campfire, and the consumption of large amounts of gorp (good
Cadettes, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts of
Hamilton county took part in a simulated disaster drill
learning valuables lessons and helping local rescue
teams prepare for the worst.
St. Francis Girl Scouts travel to the Denver Museumof
Nature and Science as well as the Denver Zoo while
working on the “Get Moving” Journey.
Hutchinson Girls Scouts participate at their Festival
of Giving at the Kansas State Fair grounds, an event
to collect needed items for local agencies.
Wichita Troop 502 celebrated the 100-year anniversary of Girl Scouts as a new
generation prepares a time capsule of their own.
old raisins and peanuts). This bond extended beyond
Girl Scouts as they supported each other’s activities
and interests. Watching each other’s softball games,
soccer games, swimmeets, or debate tournaments–
the connection grew stronger. In 1987, an idea was
formulated to bury a time capsule to be opened 25 years
later coinciding with the 100th year anniversary of Girl
Scouts of the United States.
As schedules allowed, they visited each other at college,
on vacation and while traveling for work. Although time
and distance separated them, their bond has only grown.
They have been there for each other for the happy
occasions– graduations and weddings–as well as a few
bad times.
Fast forward to 2012 when it was difficult to find a time
for the unveiling as somemembers now live out-of-
state. However, on Sunday, October 14, five of the
eight members were able to attend the opening of the
time capsule in person while the others made virtual
arrangements, including Skype and conference calls.
To continue the tradition, a Brownie troop plans to
bury another capsule as part of the celebration. Items
from the past 25 years will be combined with the new
to be unearthed in 2037. Burying a new time capsule
renews the friendship and passes the truemeaning of
Girl Scouting to a new generation. To quote one of the
songs they used to sing around the campfire, “May the
memories that we have shared linger on and on….”
The members of Troop 502: Lisa Stallbaumer Beishline,
Cheryl Schmeidler, Melissa Fortney Troub, Sheri Lux
Addis, Maureen FlinnWoods, Sara Hosford Perkins, Kathy
Shurtz Steele and RamonaWelty Ashraf.
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