Medford Camp Fire Girls.
The future historian of Medford
will find he has a task on his hands to enumerate the various social and fraternal organizations that have been or are existent at the time of his writing.
Not so Mr. Brooks
His list included but three—Sons of Temperance, Masons, and the Medford
Today their name is Legion
, for they are ‘many.’
At the present time the spirit of organization is everywhere.
The young people have caught it, and the wide-spread helpful influence of the Boy Scouts
is everywhere felt.
As a bit of current history we wish to mention another which has obtained place in Medford
, that of the Camp Fire Girls
In a previous issue the Register has told of their visit to the Historical rooms and of their lighting of our initial (matchless) fire on the Society
On a recent occasion they were again both our guests and entertainers.
One of their number, delegated to do so, told of their aim to live up to the law of the Camp Fire
, which is to
Seek beauty, Give service, Pursue knowledge, Be trustworthy,
Hold on to health, Glorify work, and Be happy.
Of the three degrees—
‘Wood Gatherer,’ ‘Fire Maker,’ and ‘Torch Bearer,’
It is only by effort, and by sincere and earnest work, that each degree is obtained.
A Camp Fire Girl must earn a certain number of honors in order to obtain her degree, but it isn't the spirit of the Camp Fire Girls to see how many pretty bright-colored beads they can gain in order to have a long chain—theirs is the joy in earning them.
She explained their watchword, Wo-he-lo
, as compounded from work, health, love, and the entire company recited with her the desires of each degree.
One, especially beautiful, we quote—
As fuel is brought to the fire, so I purpose to bring my strength, my ambition, my heart's desire, my joy and my sorrow to the fire [p. 58] of humankind.
For I will tend as my fathers have tended since time began, the fire that is called the love of man for man, the love of man for God.
The usual number in a group or ‘fire’ of these girls is ten, their leader is usually a young matron, and styled ‘Guardian.’
Two or more fires are styled a Council, and its name may be a composite of the names of each, in this case Sag-my-nah
That it is educative in its influence goes without saying.
Each meeting some girl contributes to the entertainment of the evening an original composition.
The occasion referred to was the time of the ‘Council's’ meeting, transferred from a ‘house of worship’ to the Historical Society's home.
The Register gladly preserves for the future the contribution of the girl of the evening
, whose name is appended:—