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My View: Girl Scout values have staying power

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“Now every Troop 5 girl is quite discreet, she looks a hundred per from head to feet …”

Fran Olans, of East Aurora, proudly wore her Girl Scout uniform.

It has been more than 70 years since I sang that Girl Scout song. Although I wasn’t a Presbyterian, the First Presbyterian Church across from Kleinhans Music Hall welcomed girls of all religions to join Troop 5. Perhaps it was a part of their ministry to offer a safe alternative to other amusements on city streets.

The values that Girl Scout leaders wish to instill in their scouts were the same as my family and church. One day shortly after I became a scout, I was shopping at a 5 & 10 cent store with two girls who were my age. I was shocked that they were shoplifting and expected me to do the same. I refused and they no longer wanted me as a friend. I did not need them; I had a troop of friends. I learned that some people are friends and others are only acquaintances.

My frugal mother purchased my uniform at a rummage sale. Euphemistically speaking, it was vintage. In plain English, it was secondhand used. Maybe people thought I was wearing my grandmother’s uniform. It was so old-fashioned but I didn’t care; I had a........

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