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Chris Sams – Bugler and Lifeguard
Just after the property was purchased in the Spring of 1925, Girl Scout council members began planning for a Summer Camp program. They wanted to include swimming as one of the activities, so they contacted Chris Sams, a Girl Scout who was qualified as a Lifeguard. In addition to serving as the lifeguard for swimming, Ms. Sams was also responsible for bugling. She played reveille each morning and taps each evening when the campers gathered for flag ceremonies. Mrs. Sams passed away in 2009 at the age of 103.
Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low organized the first group of Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912, because she wanted to give girls the opportunity to get out of the house and get involved in their community and the outdoors. She got the idea of starting a girl’s group after spending time in England with General Robert Baden-Powell and his sister Agnes, who had founded the Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides.
Low took these ideas back to the U.S. and established the Girl Guides of America. It started out as a group of 18 girls who met regularly with a naturalist to go on nature walks, cook meals over campfires, and do other “scouting” activities. Low was so dedicated to this group that she sold a strand of rare matched pearls for $8,000 to pay for operations in the beginning. Today, Low’s birthplace in Savannah is open to the public as a museum and contains information about the early Girl Scouts.