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A Los Angeles Childhood -Have Any Of You Heard of the Woodcraft Rangers? Part II
Sunday, 07 August 2011 16:56

When I was finishing my undergraduate degree in college in 1974 I got a job working for James Flanders, the Executive Director of the Woodcraft Rangers in Los Angeles. He remembered me fondly as a child in the Delevan Drive Elementary School Woodcraft Ranger group. I felt as if I was home.

When I Google Woodcraft Rangers, I find it still exists in Los Angeles but in no other location. It has become a wonderful place for inner city kids. Stanley Ranch, which was the place to go to learn Indian ways in my early days, still remains.

A woman who works at the Earnest Thompson Institute here in Santa Fe gave me her sister's email address. Her sister and her family are Woodcrafters in Bristol, England.

Just imagine a seven year old girl earning merit badges, and coups, felt feathers, to proudly display on a band which we, the Woodcraft Rangers and Rangerettes wore to display these honors on those certain special days. I no longer remember which day or who else was in my group. All I can tell you is that as a child being able to be a part of a group of other children was very important to me. I wish my mother had saved my sash.

When I asked my father why I couldn't be part of the Girl Scouts and why he couldn't be a teacher in the late 30s and early 40s the only thing he could tell his daughter because what was so evident made no sense was "For no good reason."

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