Ruth S. Rodeman, A Girl Scout for All Times
Ruth Rodeman has been a Girl Scout for 80 years—7 years as a girl member and 73 as an adult. She grew up in Jersey City, where for a time her council was known as Pavonia Girl Scout Council. Over the years, she saw it morph into the Essex Council and then into the present-day Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey. Throughout, Ruth has remained an active volunteer.
In 1939, Ruth received Girl Scouting’s highest honor, the Golden Eaglet. Today, she serves as secretary to the Golden Eaglet Order, which includes sixty members throughout the United States. In this role, Ruth keeps Golden Eaglets records, produces their newsletter, and mails birthday greetings. On another front, she was thrilled when the Scranton Girl Scout Council recently asked her to pin a Gold Award on her niece.
Through her years in Girl Scouting, Ruth has worked as a troop leader, council vice-president, and council delegate. Other activities have included organizing trips, overseeing cookie sales, and serving as an assistant presenter at two citywide doll shows and two fashion shows. High on her list of fond Girl Scout memories is a trip Ruth made to Camp Edith Macy for a presentation to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Ruth also loved the many parades she walked in as a member of the Jersey City Girl Scout Band.
Also notable, Ruth spent 30 consecutive summers at Girl Scout Camp Hudsonia, first as a camper then as a junior counselor, before moving up through the ranks to serve as camp director. Her love of camp eventually led her to shared ownership and partnership in the operation of Camp Heritage over a 15-year period.
Ruth was employed by the Ridgefield (N.J.) Board of Education for 48 years, where she taught children and supervised teachers. Prior, she attended Teachers College (Columbia University) part-time, earning her master’s in mathematics.