Founder: Norman E Richardson
Sponsor: Protestant Evangelical Churches
Headquarters: Chicago, IL
Moentita Girls were in the 7th, 8th or 9th grade or 12, 13 or 14 years old.
There were 3 ranks. The lowest rank, White Craft included such requirements as abstaining from candy, soda and commercially manufactured soft drinks for one month, know the Christian Pledge of Allegiance and know the Moentita Girls Purpose and the Twelve Moentita Laws. Once she completed all the requirements, she could wear the Moentita Girls membership pin.
The second rank, Blue Craft required tasks such as - maintain silence from the time of dismissal from school until bed time for one day, read a biography from the Moentita book list and give a report at a Moentita Girls meeting, keep a Moentita Girls Health Chart for four weeks. After all the requirements were met, the girl could wear a blue tie along with her Moentita Girls pin.
The highest rank, Red Craft required, among other things, that a girl be a Moentita Girl for at least one year, show leadership in church, created a sampler including 2 alphabets, the Moentita Girls Purpose and her name. Once she completed all the requirements, she was entitled to wear the red tie and the Moentita Girls Membership pin.
In 1929 a National Moentita Girls Camp was held at Winona Lake at Warsaw, IN at the Bethany Girls campsite. This was the only noted national camp for the group.
The word Moentita came from taking the first two letters of the words money, energy, time and talent and was included in the 11th law of the Moentita Girls.
The group never gained a large following. It was similar to the Girl Scouts with an emphasis on earning emblems and camping. The first mention of Moentita Girls in the newspapers was in 1925, but it is likely the group started a year or two earlier as the handbook wasn't published until 1926. Their handbook, called the Moentita Girls Project Book seems to only have one edition, likely indicating the program did not survive long.
Moentita Girls Membership Pin
Moentita Girls All-Around Pin
is earned when a girl has attained all three ranks in membership; White Craft, Blue Craft and Red Craft, and earned at least one emblem in each of the 10 crafts. The laurel leaves around the Moentita Girl symbol signifies success, as does the round shape of the pin.
Image from handbook
Moentita Girls Handbook 1926
Most Moentita Girls Clubs were clustered in the mid-west, but isolated clubs sprang up as far west as California, east as Pennsylvania and as far south as Alabama.
1926 Track Pin and
1928 Tennis Pin
Moentita Girls Purpose:
Trusting Jesus Christ for help
I will be my own self
At my very best
Always ready to help others
Ever loyal to my country
And to God.
Moentita Girls Salute
Moentita Girls Flag