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Soangetaha Campfire Girls, Farmington State Normal School, 1915

Soangetaha Campfire Girls, Farmington State Normal School, 1915

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In spring 1915, the first Camp Fire girls group (Soangetaha) at Farmington State Normal School organized with 20 members, under the guidance of faculty member Carolyn Stone. According to "The Farmington Normal" of June 1915, the organization’s purpose was to train girls to "greater efficiency,...help them appreciate the beauty in nature, and…promote social life." Its watchword was Wohelo (Work, Health and Love). Girls received symbolic beads that were worn with the ceremonial costume when they completed work. Ranks included Wood Gatherer, Fire Maker, and Torch Bearer. The law of the Camp Fire was: Seek beauty, Give service, Pursue knowledge, Be trustworthy, Hold on to health, Glorify work and Be happy.

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