Monday, January 23, 2012

Camp Low Time Capsule Unearthed

The Examiner reports that in 1986, a Girl Scout Troop gathered at Camp Low on the 75th anniversary of Girl Scouting.

Fast forward 25 years to January 20th, 2012. Hundreds of girl scouts, daughters and grand daughters, troop leaders and friends, gathered around the granite marker to open the time capsule that had laid undisturbed for 25 years, to be opened on the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Girl Scouts.

No one remembered exactly what was put inside. Sherry Feathers said she thought it was a girl scout uniform and some pins and a newspaper, but she couldn’t remember anything else. Most of the girls were 12 and 13 when the original time capsule was buried and even though few remembered what was put inside, they all thought that it would make a huge impression when it was dug up and examined 25 years later.

After a brief ceremony, Margaret Skene, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, kneeled down beside the open hole and with the help of two others, managed to pull the bulky time capsule from its earthen home for the past quarter of a century.

There was an Ebony magazine with Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad on the cover, sheet music for the number one song of 1986: Michael Jackson’s We are the World, an assortment of hand written letters and photographs of the girls.

1986 was the centennial celebration of the Statue of Liberty, so there was a Time Magazine with Lady Liberty on the cover as well as a newspaper article and Liberty coin.

A rusted girl scout whistle and two pins were included as well as a toy from a Wendy’s Kid’s Meal, magazine articles showing the current clothing style, a VCR on sale for $496, banana seat bicycles for sale for $69.99, a signed cup and scarf, but no uniform, though they did have photos of what the uniforms looked like, all bright Kelly green and polyester.