75 Years as a Golden Eaglet
Edith Cox received a pin commemorating the 75th anniversary of her receiving the Golden Eaglet in 1936. She still talks with pride in 2010 as she tells the story. Edith can remember only two years when she was not a registered Girl Scout member and those were when she was right out of high school and had gone to New York City to pursue dancing.
Born in 1919, Edith is now over 90 years old. She received her Golden Eaglet in 1936, the only girl in Pulaski to achieve that distinction. She remembers it required completing lots of badges. She still has the newspaper article from the Oswego Times that announced Edith remembers being one of two girls from New York State chosen to help at a Springfield Exposition in Storrowton,* Massachusetts. Storrowton still is a village of historic properties including a schoolhouse, a tavern, and churches. Back then the Girl Scouts acted as tour guides.
Edith also went to the Adirondacks Deep Woods Camp. Only a few girls were selected from each state. They canoed over to an island where they camped; they climbed Mt. Marcy, New York’s highest peak.
Upon returning to Pulaski from NYC, Edith returned to Girl Scouts as a troop leader. She learned to how to delegate, a cornerstone for leadership. Edith became skilled at delegating what didn’t come easy to her to those who had the skills. This enabled her troop members to have a variety of opportunities, not just the ones she could provide.
Learning about the out-of-doors, especially camping and all the skills needed to be a successful camper, impressed Edith the most about Girl Scouts. When asked about today’s theme of courage, confidence and character, Edith said, “It took lots of courage to do some of the camping activities we did. I loved it.”
* Does the name “Storrow” sound familiar? Helen Storrow was a Boston philanthropist who knew Juliette Low. She became a troop leader and a Girl Scout trainer. She also donated the money for the first WAGGGS World Center, Our Chalet, in Switzerland.
As told to Joan Sprague