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Girl Scouts bury time capsule to be dug up in 25 years at camp

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Time in a bottle...capsule

 HEBRON ESTATES - Girl Scouts of all ages, volunteers, staff and special guests gathered at Camp Shantituck on Saturday, March 30, to bury a time capsule to be opened in 25 years, when the much-loved Bullitt County camp turns 110. IIncluded the capsule are notes from current Girl Scout members, assorted patches, and a letter from current Girl Scout board president Cynthia Weller.

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One special guest who spoke was former Girl Scout Irma Roy, who camped at Shantituck in 1938 and 1939 as a high school student. 

Roy told of the challenge of crossing the swinging bridge over Cedar Creek when it was an actual rope bridge.

Her story about inviting some neighboring Boy Scouts over for a dance drew quite a laugh.

Since no “respectable girl” at that time would dance with a boy while dressed in shorts, the girls made dresses from their bed sheets.

“The boys were no-shows, but what fun we still had,” said Roy. “These are some of my favorite memories.”

According to Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, girls who came to Shantituck when it opened in 1929 slept on straw mattresses and carried buckets of water for drinking and washing. 

Early campers built the first brush and clay dam on Cedar Creek. They also selected the name “Shantituck,” an Iroquois word loosely translated to mean “wooded place.”

During its 85 years, Camp Shantituck has served thousands of girls. It was a residential camp until the 1970’s, then became a day camp location after three regional Girl Scout councils merged. 

Because Girl Scouting focuses on being open to all girls, Shantituck became integrated in 1953, making it one of the nation’s first non-segregated camps.   

Registrations are now being taken for this year’s Girl Scout summer camps. A variety of camps that range from several days to two weeks are available. Costs vary depending on stay, location and program option. Scholarships are available to help cover camping fees. For more information about camp options, or how to join Girl Scouts go to gskentuckian.org, or call 888-771-5170. 

Before closing Saturday’s ceremony with a traditional Promise Circle, local Girl Scouts young and old decided a quote from Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low would be the perfect message to include in the time capsule. It reads: The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers.