In 1917, Bertha Stringer organized the first troop in Hingham, Troop 1. It was one of the first to be organized in the New England, just 5 years after Girl Scouts was founded in the United States by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912.
About Bertha Hobart Stringer
Bertha Hobart Stringer was born in Hingham on September 5, 1890, the daughter of Oscar Hobart Stringer and Mary Jane Merritt Carlton. She was a descendant of Edmund Hobart who came to Hingham in 1633, and whose son Peter was the first minister of Hingham Church.
A few years after founding the Hingham Girl Scouts, Bertha went to England to watch the Girl Guides in operation at a training camp. There she met Lady Baden-Powell, Betty Hockin, and a number of other leaders from other parts of the world, some of whom became her lifelong friends.
Bertha's enthusiasm, imagination, vital spirit, and untiring devotion made the Girl Scouts an important part of Hingham life. Her enthusiasm was contagious ad many other adults became actively and creatively involved.
Bertha was an active member of Troop 1 in Hingham for over fifty years and also served as President of Hingham girl Scout House, Inc. for many years. She was recognized for her work in the early dats of Girl Scouting, continuous service for fifty years, and for a consistent example of living the ideals of Girl Scouting.