This summer three generations of Girl Scouts, Lynn Rossol, Suzy Rossol Matheson, and Julianna Matheson traveled to Europe for a family vacation and made time to visit a special place, Pax Lodge Olave World Center.
Pax Lodge is one of four World Centres of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). The centre is situated in Hampstead, North London, next door to the World Bureau, the International Headquarters of WAGGGS.
Julianna, a Brownie from troop 3959, was excited to tour the lodge and even had the opportunity to put a pin in the world map!
This was a special moment for the family since Julianna’s mother, Suzy, is currently her troop leader and Grandmother Lynn is a Girl Scout Alumna and was Suzy’s troop leader.
Suzy is thrilled to have the Girl Scout legacy continue with her daughter and attributes her great Girl Scout memories to her mother.
“Two things stand out to me most about my experience as a Girl Scout. The first is having my mother as my troop leader. She was always very involved in scouting, dating all the way back to being an original 1965 Roundup participant. When I was a little girl she would even take me along to summer Girl Scout day camp when she was the camp director in the mid 70’s. She has been a wonderful role model for both my daughter and me in Girl Scouting.”
Suzy also links her lifelong friendships to her time in Girl Scouts.
“The second most important thing that stands out for me is the lifelong friendships I have formed in Girl Scouts. I am still friends with many of these women today, and our children play together and go to each other’s birthday parties…I truly believe my mother, being our troop leader, helped foster these friendships through the years.”
With so many fond memories of having her mother as a troop leader, Suzy knew she had to step up and be a role model for her daughter as well. Suzy feels it’s important to volunteer and hopes her daughter and the troop develop strong leadership skills, become strong women, and be able to give the gift of service to the world.