We asked lifetime Girl Scout member Roberta “Robbi” Moore about her recent trip to Sangam World Centre and what Girl Scouts means to her.Robbi and Jessie at WAGGGS’ Sangam World Centre
You recently went to World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ (WAGGGS) Sangam World Centre.What inspired you to go?
I was lucky enough to get to spend a little over a week in Kolkata, India with a former Girl Scout of mine, Jessica Pfleiderer, who is like a daughter to me. She asked about the one thing I want to do in India, and my first thought was Sangam! I have been to Pax Lodge and Our Cabana, so I wanted to use the opportunity to get another World Centre on my list. I jokingly told Jessie that we need to get to Our Chalet while I can still “climb every mountain.”
I was very taken with the women from all over the world working there—they each bring such special gifts to the Centre. I was inspired by the outreach projects they have in the surrounding community and the amount of projects they have going on simultaneously. I was so thrilled to be able to go to Sangam while Heidi Storm from our own council was serving there.
Do you have a favorite moment from your Sangam visit?
My favorite part was the platform tent camping. I wish I could have spent the night camping there. Everyone was so welcoming; we truly felt like sisters. Jessie and I were saying on the plane that we both were glad we had made the effort to fly there from Kolkata to spend the day.
It is a beautiful place and I felt very safe. I was sad to hear how few girls visit from outside India. I was surprised myself how inexpensive it was for me to travel to India—cheaper than to England. What a wonderful place to see as a young person. What fun to see the similarities and differences.
How do you stay connected to Girl Scouts?
I am an active, lifetime Girl Scout and volunteer. I am the resource coordinator in the Nine Mile Service Unit and co-leader of a multi-level Girl Scout troop in Bloomington. I also provide flag training for our council and travel throughout the region teaching flag ceremonies—indoor, outdoor and flag retirement—in addition to flag respect and behaviors. Through my work with the North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting, I plan a periodic S’mores with Juliette outdoor event. I keep my love of camping alive through the Second Winds alumnae group and work at Piper Valley encampment. I am involved in planning the Connections Retreat – a leader retreat organized by a group of volunteers. For extra fun, I am on the Witches Crew at Spookamaga—I love to see the little ones experiencing the sites done by the older girls. I also serve on the CEO-COO Advisory Committee. I bleed green!
Why do you feel it is important to remain involved as a Girl Scout alumna?
Staying involved holds the tradition and framework of Girl Scouts. I have had so many girls that wanted to hear my stories and what I liked to do in Girl Scouts. I think alums “get it” and pass along the love and traditions [to the next generation].
What do you enjoy about your Girl Scout connections?
We [Girl Scouts] have common and shared experiences. We all found that spark that scouting gives us and we bond over those shared stories. I always feel like I am with family.