Showcasing Scout history

Girl Scout reunion remembers past troops

WARREN — Warren resident Agnes Bryant said she remembers taking local Girl Scouts to New York, Niagara Falls and Washington, D.C., when she was a troop leader starting in the 1950s.

Bryant, along with Julia Redd and Lois Cade, each served for many years as Girl Scout leaders for Warren Girl Scout Troops 80324, 559 and 425, which met at Second Baptist Church in Warren.

A reunion of past Girl Scout members and leaders was held at the church, with 50 people attending.

“I always liked working with the girls and seeing them get to do so many things. They have been very fortunate to get to go different places,” Bryant said.

Redd, who still mentors children in the Warren city schools, said she enjoyed being a troop leader and working with the scouts. She said the trips are what the Scouts remember.

“Our girls have been to New York the see the United Nations building. They have been to Boston, Disney World and Washington, D.C. to see the Pentagon and White House,” Bryant said.

Redd and Bryant said some of the scouts came back as leaders. Redd, who started as a leader in 1955, and Bryant in 1959, said they often are approached by former Scouts they led. They said Mary Ann Franklin was also a leader.

Redd said she is proud to have been part of scouting and making a difference in girls’ lives.

Serenity Breckenridge, 11, a Scout, said she likes seeing the Girl Scout memorabilia and different Scout uniforms over the years.

Alexis Carter, 13, a Scout, said she liked learning the history of Girl Scouting and how it has changed over the years.

Beverly Bryant said she started in scouting and then as a leader as four generations in her family have been part of scouting over the years.

Bryant said her mother, Agnes, was in scouting and then herself, her daughter and now her granddaughter, Mykaila Bryant, 14.

“This was a nice way to bring the Scouts together,” she said, noting scouting helps gets girls involved in the community.

Annette McCoy, who is a former brownie and Girl Scout, said “Scouting is something every young lady should experience. Scouting helps girls build relationships at early age.”

Several former scouts remembered camping in wooded areas in Warren. Several had three or four generations in scouting.

Pastor Todd Johnson of Second Baptist Church said scouting helps promote involvement by many generations of families. Johnson said the church is the oldest Girl Scout sponsored church in the city at 102 years old.

Sonya Carter, leader of Troop 80324, said the scouts shared memories of what it was like in scouting and told the history of Juliette Lowe in Georgia who started the organization.

“It is nice to see young people empowered. The girls do so much,” Carter said.

Nicole Bryant Franklin said she started in scouting at age 5.

“My grandmother made sure we were there for everything. I have been all over. We were fortunate to be able to travel to Canada and Georgia,”she said.

McCoy said she remembers the fun and teamwork spending time as a Scout at Camp Sugarbush in Vernon.

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