KINGMAN - Kingman resident Bette Beeman joined the Girl Scouts in Winner, S.D., in 1939, and the organization remains very important to her. She feels it gives the girls an opportunity to help learn leadership, more about their community and country, as well as life skills.
Her first long trip as a young Scout was in the back of a cattle truck to the Black Hills in South Dakota. They put out benches along the sides of the truck with all the equipment in the middle. In 1959, six Swedish Girl Guides visited her hometown of Belle Fourche, S.D., where the girls stayed in private homes. The local Girl Scouts showed the Swedish Girl Guides our American ways. It was very informative for both groups.
While serving as the senior troop treasurer and troop committee member in 1969, she and her husband, two other men and three other women helped dreams come true for 16 senior Girl Scouts who had saved money to travel to the National Girl Scout Camp in Rockwood, Md., a camp that no longer exists. They traveled on to Washington, D.C., a city Bette had lived in during 1945, utilizing prior arrangements they had made.
They spent evenings at Scout Halls, private homes and churches. Everywhere they visited, the girls wore their uniforms - always a conversation starter with the people they met.
The cost for the trip was $750 and included three vehicles for 16 girls, three men and three women. Gas was 25 cents a gallon. It was a very special trip.
Three years later, in 1972, she and her husband took Bette's troop of six girls to Victoria, British Columbia. Again, they spent evenings in Scout Halls, private homes and churches.
Bette served for eight years as the Neighborhood Day Camp chairwoman, and was Troop Committee chairwoman at Camp Pahasapa near Deadwood, S.D. About 12 years ago, Bette changed her membership to the Arizona Cactus Pine Council in Flagstaff.
She has always helped the girls in any way she can in Kingman, as well as Belle Fourche. She Still follows the Girl Scout motto, "On my honor I will try to do my best for God and my country."