Sunday, September 20, 2015

A Special 50th Anniversary

Last year we stayed a bit into September to assist with the annual Veterans Reunion here at the park. This year we were asked if we would stay a few days beyond that to help with a one-time event, The 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Girl Scout Roundup here at Farragut State Park.

Farragut State Park has been the home of some large Girl Scout and Boy Scout International Roundups and Jamborees. The Girl Scout Roundup in 1965 drew nearly 10,000 scouts from across the United States as well as countries throughout the world.

Two years ago a reunion steering committee met with park personnel and arranged for their group to spend a day here at the park. The reunion itself is headquartered at a nearby ski resort, as these ladies decided that they weren't interested in tents and sleeping bags any longer!!

About 250 ladies are attending the reunion. Among their activities was the unveiling of this brand new sign that the group donated.

Three new interpretive panels have been placed at the site to commemorate not only the 1965 Roundup but several other scouting events that have occurred at the park.

The group also dedicated 50 new state flags to the museum at the park, so they certainly gave back to the place that they enjoyed 50 years ago.