WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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serves a total of 200 town households, and the joint Boy-Girl Scout drive is the pantry's largest source of donations each year. "2013's effort involved a total of 351 Boy and Girl Scouts, who collected nine tons of food from residents," enthuses Rula Salemeh, the drive coordi- nator who is a parent of both a Boy and Girl Scout. The diversity of community service is amazing: Weston and Wellesley Scouts have made holiday ornaments and caroled with local seniors, planted blueberry bushes at Wellesley High School, painted area churches, helped veterans place flags at Wellesley's Woodlawn Cemetery, created an ongoing visitation program at retirement homes, and more. Smart Cookies While the core values of scouting have not changed since their found- ing, it's fascinating to observe the evolution of American society sim- ply by taking a look at badges from 100 years ago. Back in 1911, Boy Scouts could earn badges in Maritime Signaling, Blacksmithing, Poultry Farming, and Mining. Similarly, 1920s Girl Scouts had the opportunity to achieve their goals via the Dairy Maid, Telegrapher, and Canning badges. It's telling that Girl Scouts have existed in Wellesley for 100 years, when you consider that the Girl Scouts of America is only 103 years old."Our town was an early adopter of scouting," says Harter. But this isn't your grandparents' scouting. Fast forward to the pres- ent day: you can probably guess what sort of goals and themes are 128 A Scouting Tale W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 IT'S FASCINATING TO OBSERVE THE EVOLUTION OF AMERICAN SOCIETY SIMPLY BY TAKING A LOOK AT BADGES FROM 100 YEARS AGO.

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