Troop #2271 pays a visit to The Wright

Recently, Maine-based Girl Scout Troop #2271 visited the Wright Museum of World War II in Wolfeboro, an occasion that Co-Leader Amy Capone Muccio said was thoroughly enjoyed by all the girls, ages 10 to 13.

“The kids spent two and a half hours at the museum and absolutely enjoyed every minute of it,” she said. “All of them are looking forward to a return visit.”

One of the highlights of their visit, she said, was a presentation by Executive Director Mike Culver.

“Dr. Culver did a wonderful job giving them a feel for what women did for our country during the war,” she said. “His knowledge of all topics is great, and he answered all their questions.”

As for the group’s favorite topic, it may have been the Pershing Tank, one of several military vehicles and tanks on display at The Wright.

“They had lots of questions about it,” laughed Capone Muccio, who said Culver and the museum provided most of the information required for the girls to earn a ‘Playing the Past’ badge.

“They needed to learn about a girl or woman who lived in the past,” she added. “They completed most of the requirements for this badge at the museum by learning about the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, and Rosie the Riveter.”

Other requirements fulfilled at the museum included role playing and experiencing daily life during World War II. 

“They tried on Airforce pilot costume accessories, and they loved the time tunnel, the displays of the kitchen and living rooms of that time period,” she said.

Capone Muccio said the troop will finish their badge by “celebrating the end of the war.” 

“They will plant some roses at a veterans’ park in our community,” she said. “At our next meeting, they will plan this and also meet with some veterans.”

On a more personal note, Capone Muccio said it was nice to visit the museum while still following all social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines.

“The museum is large enough and has a great open feel to it,” she said.

Expressing appreciation at the visit by Troop #2271, Culver said The Wright can accommodate groups of varying sizes and customize their experiences.

“I think it is more important than ever before that we continue to remind ourselves of how Americans can persevere in times of adversity,” he said. “We are thrilled to have had Amy, her co-leaders and the Girl Scouts visit us and hope to see more groups this season.”

The region’s leading resource for educators and learners of all ages on World War II, The Wright features more than 14,000 items in its collection that are representative of both the home front and battle field.