Scout’s honor 70 years in the making

By on October 15, 2014

Doris White, a former Ephrata resident, who now resides at Cornwall Manor, received her 70-year membership pin recently from representatives of the Cedars Service Unit at a Foxfire meeting at nearby Camp Furnace Hills.
She joined Girl Scouts as a Brownie, and has been a Scout ever since, holding many different positions and earning many awards. She advanced through Brownies, Intermediates, and Seniors and on into adult membership, staying active even while in college. She served girls while attending Lebanon Valley College and then Temple University in Philadelphia, as she earned her master’s degree.
Doris’s great love of the outdoors and canoeing led her to be a counselor at camps throughout two different councils. She says she grew up at Camp Furnace Hills, here in Denver. Doris was a leader of Intermediate, Cadette, and Senior troops. She has served as a council trainer, worked on the camp development crew, was a member of the archive committee, and has been a member of the Foxfire House team since it was restored, at Furnace Hills Girl Scout Camp in the late 1970s.
Foxfire is a 19th century bank house, which is on the National Registry of Historic Places that has been restored to its original state. Girls camp there, learning how people lived during the 1800s. They cook on ten-plate stoves, bake in a squirrel tail oven and make all meals from scratch, while wearing bonnets, long skirts, and other dress from that time period. There were five national encampments there, where girls chosen from Scout troops all over the US came to experience life in the 1800s. Doris is the master baker with the squirrel tail oven. She has taught countless girls and adults how to bake in this outdoor oven as they would have back then, making delicious breads, pies, and pretzels. She remains active on the Foxfire team to this day.
With an easy smile, Doris recalls that the National Round-Ups were the highlights of her Scouting career. These encampments were huge. Only the top notch girls and adults were chosen to attend, after a rigorous selection process. She was a leader at round-ups in Idaho, and Vermont, and helped prepare girls for the Michigan and Colorado events and still attends reunions. She remembers one Girl Scout she had in her group as Christa McAuliffe, the astronaut that was lost in the Challenger accident in 1986. She states that she is sure many of those girls grew up to do great things.
When asked if she had a message for girls of today, she said, “Stay in touch with the out-of doors. Be prepared, and really think ahead. Do a good turn daily. Be self-sufficient. Scouting is a way of life.”
Scouting has certainly been a way of life for Doris. She has made many good friends throughout her years in Girl Scouting. The Girl Scout values make for a well rounded, helpful, independent, and successful, member of society, with lifelong friends.

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