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First Name: Andrea

Troop #: Daisy troop 95013

Grade Level: Girl Scout Daisy (K-1)

Title: Candlelighting at Centenary College

Three generations of Girl Scouts: Andrea (Leader), Bella (Brownie) & Sofia (Daisy) with Girl Scout Grandmother Kathy at the 100th Anniversary Ceremony at Centenary College Candlelighting on March 12th!

First Name: Margaret (Peggy)

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Title: Registrar, Cookie Coordinator

Family Girl Scout History- Peggy Backer Walk & Joan Backer Koeck

Our family Girl Scout history begins before I was born. Our grandfather’s cousin, Thyra Maxwell, was involved with her husband in the building of Old Cabin at Jockey Hollow. Mrs. Maxwell received two Thanks Badges from Morris Area Girl Scout Council. Our Aunt Margaret (Backer) Washington and Aunt Jean Slocum were counselors at Camp Mogisca in Bear Mountain. The first pool at Jockey Hollow was given in part by the Maxwell family and Peggy was present with Mrs. Maxwell and our mother, Emily Backer at the pool dedication.

Peggy’s Scouting adventure:

My Girl Scouting adventure began when I was in second grade and was 7 years old (1949). I was a Girl Scout Brownie for 3 years and the third year my mother became a leader. I continued through Senior Girl Scouts in Florham Park. My senior year in high school I was an assistant leader for a Girl Scout Brownie troop. I went to Camp Mogisca in Sparta for many years and was a counselor there the summer of 1960. When I went away to college I missed Girl Scouts and I wrote a letter to a Girl Scout coordinator in Norton, MA. I had an answer the next day and started helping with a Girl Scout Brownie troop. I was a Brownie leader for three years.

After college (1964) I became a Girl Scout Cadette leader in Florham Park. I also was a council trainer and held many community jobs. When my daughter was born in 1974 and I became an at-home mom. I became leader of a 2nd and 3rd grade Brownie troop. We met at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and most of the girls walked from Brooklake School. I stayed with that troop for many years. Each year the third graders moved on to Juniors and a new group of second graders came in. I was also a volunteer counselor at Jockey Hollow when my girls were old enough to go.

Finally my daughter Sharon got to second grade (1981) and was in my troop. She continued in Girl Scouts through high school. My daughter Barbara was also a Girl Scout from grade 2 through high school. When I was between jobs I did volunteer work in the “Office” and eventually had a paid position for a short time. I would not have been able to do this with out my mother babysitting while I was doing troop activities. We had a busy troop and had memorable back yard campouts. During the time I was in college and beyond my mother held many volunteer positions in Florham Park and was a council trainer. She continued to register and had started her 60th year when she passed away on October 2, 2009.

Both my sisters Joan Backer Koeck and Betsy Backer Supancik were Girl Scouts too. Betsy was registered for about 10 years. Joan is like me and has never stopped since second grade. She has held many positions in many places and this is her 61st year. This year is my 63rd year (all but 3 of those years in Florham Park).

Now my two granddaughters are Girl Scouts and I am involved with their troops. Alisa is in 8th grade and started in Kindergarten. I was co-leader of her troop from grade 2-7. Her sister Abbey is a 4th grade Junior Girl Scout who also started in Kindergarten. I continue to volunteer at Jockey Hollow Day Camp one day a week during the summer and teach about monarch butterflies. I am currently registrar for Florham Park and was the Cookie Coordinator this year.

Joan’s Scouting adventure:

Joan started two years after Peggy. I was a Girl Scout in Florham from Brownies through high school. After high school (1962) I went to X-Ray School at Morristown Memorial Hospital. I became a Girl Scout Cadette leader during that time. I was with the first group of Girl Scouts to camp at (then new) Camp Mogisca in Glen Spey, NY in the middle of winter. I also became a camping specialist.

In 1970 I got married to a navy man (George Koeck--registered Girl Scout for 39 years before he died January, 2009) from Madison, NJ. We moved to Wilmington, DE in 1971 where I became a Girl Scout Cadette leader for three years. Then on to East Meadow, Long Island, NY where I was a Cadette leader. In 1978, my husband changed to the United States Coast Guard and we were off to Memphis, TN. There I became a cookie coordinator and a Cadette leader. We stayed there for three years. In 1979, we moved to Lower Township in Cape May County, NJ (where I still reside). During the years that followed I had many volunteer jobs for the Girl Scouts: community coordinator, co-community coordinator, cookie coordinator, first aid, mini camp director for several years. I have held many volunteer positions in Girl Scouting. At present, I am still treasurer of the community and the co-cookie coordinator. As you can see the first thing I did while moving around was call the Girl Scout office to see if there was a place for me. I always knew I was wanted and needed.


First Name: Allison

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Title: Where Is She Now?

Allison is a lifetime Girl Scout from Randolph Township. She went through the program from a first grade Girl Scout Brownie through a Girl Scout Senior in 12th grade. She graduated from Randolph High School in 2005. Now a 2011 master of architecture graduate from the University of Maryland, Allison's team is competing in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, currently ongoing on the National Mall at West Potomac Park in Washington, DC. As one of the two UMd team liaisons to the DOE, Allison has been with WaterShed since its inception. The team from Maryland has placed 2nd in the past – this year they are “In It to Win It”, and you can help. One of the contests is the People’s Choice Award. You can vote for Maryland by clicking on , registering your email address, and then on the following page selecting the button for Maryland and clicking the Vote button at the bottom. Please vote, and please ask your friends to vote. If you have more than one email address, you can vote more than once. To learn more about Team Maryland and their entry, you can follow the Team link in the left-hand navigation on the Solar Decathlon main page, or check out their entry, WaterShed, on Facebook at . To learn more about the Solar Decathlon, you can click on - note that Maryland is currently in 1st place!

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