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Eastside Girl Scout Troop Reunites 20 Years Later at Camp


Eastside Girl Scout Troop Reunites 20 Years Later at Camp

SEATTLE TIMES | You can imagine them back then, tromping around Camp River Ranch in jeans and vests covered with badges. A little gawky, a little loud, but up for anything because they were together. They were one. They were Girl Scout Troop 1718 of the Eastside.

Twenty years later, they are accomplished, educated women with well-punched passports and 30-year mortgages. Two are librarians. One is a lawyer. Another a public-relations account director and another a government analyst. Three stayed local, while three moved away to Portland, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.

They were back at River Ranch for Glamp, a fundraising weekend sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Western Washington that invited anyone who had been a Girl Scout—or wished she had been—to spend the weekend in Carnation, doing what Scouts do, with the addition of massages and a fancy dinner with wine. Lots of wine.

Kari Fugitt, 37, who lives in Washington, D.C., had read about Glamp online and reached out to everyone through Facebook. The group hadn’t been all together since high-school graduation.

“I feel like sending Mark Zuckerberg a thank-you note,” said Erin Ostrander, 36, a children’s librarian for the King County Library System who lives in Seattle. “I thought it was ingenious,”

Chrissy Vaughn, 36, said of using Glamp to reunite with her troopmates, who included Tami Wilkerson, 36, of Portland, and Sarah Monson, 37, who just moved to Kirkland. On Glamp weekend, the once-gawky grade-schoolers were now the cool girls who could roam blindfolded. They knew every shortcut. The quiet places. How to get in and out of a canoe and the best site for setting up a tent.

At the opening ceremony, when Glampers gathered in a circle and were being led through a song, Alina Morris, 36, and now a lawyer living in Seattle, started singing almost uncontrollably.

“The lyrics were just spilling out,” she said. “I thought, ‘How did I remember this?’” Vaughn, the public-relations account director, took in the sight of her former troopmates standing together again and teared up. “I had chills,” she said. “There are certain people in your life that you don’t see in 15 years, and it just feels like yesterday” … Read the full story!