It was 1943 when Janice Crowe signed up to join Brownie Troop #9.
More than 70 years later, Crowe credits her Brownie Troop for offering comfort in the midst of a country in chaos.
“It was war time. Things were scaled back. There was sugar rationing, gas rationing. We were too young to recognize what was going on in the world, but the Girl Scouts was one way to carry on with regular life,” she said.
Crowe said the most pivotal moment in her life was when she was selected to attend a Girl Scout camp in Cody, Wyoming. She hadn’t seen much of the world outside of northeast Iowa.
“This experience opened up the world for me,” she said. “Some of these girls -- who were my age -- had never seen snow before!”
Crowe’s Girl Scouting experiences didn’t stop when she got married and had children. As soon as her daughters were old enough to get involved with Girl Scouts, they did.
“I remembered the fun times I experienced in scouting, and I wanted that for my daughters,” she added.
Crowe’s children have families of their own, and some of her granddaughters are actively involved in Girl Scouts.
Even now, she spends much of her time involved with Girl Scouts as a co-leader of a troop in Cedar Falls.
“I’ll keep doing it until somebody says they’ve had enough!” she said.