Photos from Monroe’s past: The Girl Scouts of yesteryear in Monroe

Above: A group of Girl Scouts, joined by their adult leaders, sit on the steps of a cabin at the former Camp Trefoil, an overnight Girl Scout camp on the Monroe/Trumbull border that was off Spring Hill Road. A corporate park now occupies the space, using the name “Trefoil.”


Alyce Block of Monroe wanted to share some old photos she found of the Monroe Girl Scouts. Block was a leader of Troop 277 in decades past.

Block remembers that the Camp Trefoil, an overnight Girl Scout camp on the Monroe/Trumbull border that was off Spring Hill Road. had streams and a swimming pool, and could accommodate about 100 campers. She said during some wintertime stays, they had to melt snow for water.

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In addition to being a Girl Scout leader, Block also was a substitute teacher and registered nurse. “I loved doing the first aid badges,” she said of being a Scout leader. “The girls in the troop were always wrapped up in bandages!”

Alyce Block

Former Girl Scout leader Alyce Block of Monroe, in a recent photo.

Girl Scout Troop 277 would meet at Monroe Elementary School, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and her house. Mrs. Ainley was the assistant troop leader.

Some of the girls from the troop were Betty Ainley, Shelby Austin, Marilyn Banas, Susan Cherry, Diane Dubail, Charlene Dubail, Eileen Hagerty, Carolyn Konecny, Sarah Martin, Margaret Pulaski, Gail Russell, Susan Sapai, Karen Spicer, Bertha White and Kathy Wright.

The Girl Scouts are celebrating their 100th year in 2012.

Block and her husband Burton had operated a 47-acre dairy and beef farm on East Village Road, near where Block Farm Road now is located, beginning in the late 1950s. They previously had overseen a farm on leased land at Wolfe Park, where they raised cattle and grew corn.

The Blocks have four children and 13 grandchildren. Both Alyce and Burton had grown up in Shelton.

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