Caron Jackson started out simply planning a big bash to celebrate Girl Scouts of Cecil County.
What she ended up with was new found knowledge of the history of scouting.
She spent more than 20 hours looking for details regarding the anniversary date of 1955 when the Girl Scouts emerged under the umbrella of Chesapeake Bay Council. Prior to that time, they were under the Wilmington Council.
Jackson, who was a Girl Scout in the Central Maryland Council and in Texas, found a lot of stumbling blocks.
She learned that record keeping was less than perfect. If troop leadership changed, some records for troops disappeared. There was also an entire time frame when no records regarding troops and leaders were kept. "For as many things as I got answers to, I got more questions," said Jackson.
Since the majority of the leaders and scouts are female, phone books were little help, since phone numbers were typically listed under the male head of household.
Jackson relied on word of mouth and social media to spread the news about the birthday celebration. She also passed out or posted flyers at more than 20 churches as well as at American Legion, and VFW Posts and libraries.
The celebration of 60 years of Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council will be held Sunday, September 25, at FVW Post 8185. Cecil College president Dr. Mary Way Bolt, who was a Girl Scout, is the keynote speaker.
For the celebration, Jackson and others managed to gather history items and older uniforms. There will also be an update on Camp Grove Point.
Jackson has been involved with Girl Scout Troop 512 from Mt. Pleasant UMC for more than a quarter century.
There are currently 19 troops in Girl Scout Service Unit 1.
Although it is too late to sign on to attend this celebration, Jackson is still working on research and history. There is an email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send any information or questions to that address.