Susan Swetnam

Courage, Confidence, and Character: A Century of Girl Scouting in Southern Idaho

Though many people assume that Idaho has always been conservative in terms of gender roles, for nearly a hundred years legions of southern Idaho women and men have been working through the Girl Scout movement to help girls build self-confidence, broaden their intellectual horizons, and take themselves seriously as citizens and leaders. This talk traces the evolving history of Scouting in the region, with particular attention to the contributions of women’s organizations, single women, and parents of both genders in establishing the program. Along the way, it examines the ideology of Girl Scouting and the way specific activities have been designed to contribute to help girls develop in stereotype-defying ways.