Daisy Hindman’s Legacy to Girl Scouts
Camp Daisy Hindman is a favorite among Girl Scouts in our region. It also happens to be one of the oldest Girl Scout camps in the United States! This beautiful and serene wooded valley was founded in 1929. But do you know the history of why it is named Camp Daisy Hindman? Plenty of Girl Scouts enjoy its splendor but not many know how it came to be!
Thankfully we got to talk with Camp Daisy Hindman’s great-niece, Judith Miller of Topeka, Kansas, regarding her great-aunt’s love of the outdoors and the legacy she left us all.
Growing up, Judith spent a lot of time with her Aunt Daisy.
“She never had kids of her own but she had so much fun with everyone else’s kids,” Judith said. “She was such a character! She was someone who liked everyone and the kids loved it when she was around.”
Daisy was born and raised in Topeka. For a short time she worked as a telephone operator but soon met her husband Bill and got involved in the Topeka Women’s Club.
When asked why she thought her great-aunt got involved with Girl Scouts and became dedicated to making sure the camp was brought to life, Judith said Girl Scouts was her way of connecting with children when she couldn’t have her own.
In 1925, Daisy was elected Girl Scout Commissioner and attended the National Convention, where her idea to create a camp for Girl Scouts in her area was born.
“She loved being outdoors and believed all girls should have more outdoor experiences,” Judith said. “She was focused on this project because giving this gift to girls was important to her.”
When Daisy returned home she rallied for support and donations, as well as walked the hills of Dover until she found the original 20 acres that became the camp. She knew she wanted a place with good accessibility to Topeka but far enough away from the hustle and bustle of life for girls to get away from it all.
“She was the ultimate source behind the development of the camp,” Judith said. “She walked the fields and knocked on doors to help spread the word and get support for the project. It took a lot of time and effort to get the camp off the ground.”
Despite the hard work it took, they soon accumulated the land and the camp, originally known as Camp Dover, was officially founded in 1929.
“She was so proud of the camp and talked about it all the time,” Judith said. “She was always telling us you have to plant things.”
And plant, she sure did!
Daisy is a great example of what hard work and dedication can do for your community. Plant those ideas in the ground and they can blossom into a wonderful legacy for others to enjoy. Thousands of girls and adults have enjoyed Camp Daisy Hindman throughout the years.
Will you be visiting us at Camp Daisy Hindman this summer? We hope to see you there! Register today!