5th National Senior Girl Scout Roundup 1968

Officially, it was the Roundup that wasn't - the 1968 National Senior Girl Scout Roundup never got a chance. Times they were a'changing.

What was hoped to be the triennial pinnacle of Girl Scouting and just as familiar as the Boy Scout Jamborees, the U.S. military - that gave much of the background logistical support -  was unable to guarantee their support. I would like to note that BSA held it's 1967 World Jamboree of Friendship AND 1969 their National Jamboree at Farragut State Park, ID (with 40,000 in attendance) - somehow they managed.

Whatever the real reasons for the cancellation of the event there seems to be some evidence that the Roundup did actually happen, just on a smaller scale. Where & when did it happen?Follow my thoughts here and see what you think.

  • The cancellation was announced in 1966. This allowed plenty of time for local Girl Scouts to jump into action. Back then Girl Scouting was divided up into "Regions" - and many regions did go on to have regional roundups - leading to many confused memories of Girl Scouts who remember going to a Roundup in 1968.

  • But there was one Roundup that stood out - the one held at Camp Hilaka, OH. Noted in the Girl Scout Leader Magazine, April 1967, page 15 under Opportunities 1968. It lists simply a Senior Roundup with a theme of "After Tomorrow." No other regional camp listed a theme. AND, unlike other regional camps it was open to Senior Girl Scouts from several regions and Canadian Girl Guides. (yes- it is listed under Council events instead of National events)

  • This roundup included trips to area sites such as; Cleveland State College, Mt. Sinai and University Hospitals, Cleveland Electrical Illuminating Company and the Ohio Bell Telephone Company - just like other National Senior Girl Scout Roundups.

  • Several newspapers, independent of each other, listed this particular camp as the National Senior Girl Scout Roundup.

  • See the examples below - what do you think?

Noted here is an example of the news coverage for a regional roundup

 

Example of a regional/local Roundup patch for 1968

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Two months after the National Roundup was cancelled, newspapers were still mentioning it as an upcoming event.

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