Macedonia, OH – Girl Scout Week is a time to celebrate Girl Scouts as groundbreakers, big thinkers, and role models. This year, to kick the week off on Girl Scout Sunday, March 10, troops 90010 and 90011 (formally troops 10 and 11) celebrated their 100-year partnership with Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Almost 40 Girl Scouts, their families, members of Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) Council, and administrators of the church were in attendance. Those who attended shared memories of their own Girl Scout experiences over the years and donated vintage memorabilia to the church and GSNEO.
The current troop leader, Sandra Berg-Plummer, also known as “Miss Sandy,” has been leading the troops since 1961. She was a member of the church and a Girl Scout in the 1950’s, and as a result, grew into a passionate Girl Scout troop leader.
One of the Girl Scouts from “Miss Sandy’s” troop in the late 1960’s has continued to help her lead Troops 90010 and 90011. Cindy Berry of Akron has co-led with Sandy for more than 10 years. Together, they guided Berry’s daughter and three friends to Silver and Gold Awards.
“Miss Sandy was my troop leader and the leader for all 3 of my sisters,” Berry recalls. “Through Sandy, I was able to participate in a Wider Opportunity to Wyoming as a teen. It is a privilege to return to this church to help lead new girls now.”
For Berry, “Miss Sandy” exhibits what it means to be a Girl Scout.
“Her passion for guiding young girls to growth and opportunity through Girl Scouts is unsurpassed,” Berry said.
Berry explained the collaboration between the Girl Scouts, Trinity Lutheran, and “Miss Sandy” was built on mutual trust. Church members have taught Girl Scouts from troops 90010 and 90011 to quilt, play the pipe organ, and more.
“It is a gift to have a fully equipped meeting place filled with parishioners who want to support our efforts,” Berry said. “In turn, we have taken part in their church service every Girl Scout Sunday and have encouraged young girls from the church to join the troop.”
Pamela Valentine, Community Development Manager at GSNEO, was one of the council members to attend the event. She noted that troops 90010 and 90011 represented the first racially integrated troops in Akron.
“There were family members and past troop members who talked about their experiences, demonstrating the strong relationship between church and troop,” Valentine said. “I especially enjoyed the original handbooks, sash, and memorabilia from the 1950’s that were shared and then donated to both GSNEO and Trinity Lutheran.”
“The troops and the church are proud of the legacy and partnership,” Berry said. “We look forward to more years of working together with new, young leaders and have more girls from the community and church get involved in Girl Scout troops 90010 and 90011.”