Former Staff Member Recalls Her Experiences
Eva Steadman of Geneva recalls her Girl Scouting days with a smile. Not only was she a volunteer for Girl Scouts but she is now a lifetime member and was also a Girl Scout staff member with the Ontario Girl Scout council in the 1950s, before it merged to the Seven Lakes council.
"It was so long ago," Eva said with a laugh. "I loved being outdoors, directing camp, training the Girl Scout leaders, and working with the girls."
The time she spent outdoors at camp instilled in her a love of nature and the outdoors. To this day she and her husband frequently travel and spend time outdoors.
"I've always liked camping outdoors," she said. "We would frequently camp with out children, spend time in nature, and look at the different birds and animals."
Eva says her Girl Scouting days have taught her leadership skills and helped her with the rest of her life. After her time as Field Director with the Girl Scout council she moved to Syracuse where she worked as a coordinating secretary. In this role she helped people who had had a stroke return to the workforce, either by helping them to find a job or by getting them training in a new field.
"Girl Scouts helped me learn how to work with people and be a leader, which helped me in life," she said. She also volunteered for Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, at her church, and with a lot of other community activities. "Girl Scouts was such a gift to me and to every girl who has the opportunity to take part," Eva said.
as told to Kim Dunne