Worth Waiting For: Earning a Girl Scout Campfire-Building Badge at Age 100

Scouts from Bedford Hanscom Girl Scout troops 82405 and 78184 celebrated Miriam McCue on a recent Saturday afternoon in Bedford. At age 100, McCue earned Master of the Campfire badge at a ceremony in Bedford.


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And, yes, there were s’mores!

When Miriam McCue turned 100 recently, Hayli Throckmorton asked if there was anything she had yet to accomplish in her long life.

McCue, a psychologist on the staff at the Bedford VA during her career, confided that she had always wanted to earn her Girl Scout campfire-building badge.

The secret to a great campfire is positioning the logs so that the fire can breathe

Throckmorton reached out to the Bedford Hanscom Girl Scout Council and to her parents on Pine Hill Road.

Scouts, leaders, and family members from troops 82405 (Juniors) and 76164 (Brownies) gathered around the Throckmorton’s backyard firepit on a recent Saturday afternoon.

They completed the campfire-building requirements listed in a vintage scouting manual and pinned the official badge on Miriam’s blouse.

There were posters about campfire safety, a fire-building tutorial, songs around the blazing fire, and s’mores that were worth waiting so long to enjoy.

Brownies from Troop 76164


Junior Scouts from Troop 82405


‘Make New Friends, but Keep the Old’ ~ a traditional scouting song
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