Johanna Farrar’s life was full of nonstop action. A Girl Guide as a young girl growing up in England, Johanna brought energy and enthusiasm to everything she did. Girl Scouting was an integral part of her life.
In 2015, Johanna Farrar’s family started the Johanna Farrar Girl Scout Memorial Scholarship to celebrate her accomplishments, particularly those within the Girl Scout community. The fund provides annual $500 cash prizes to any and all Gold Award recipients from Chafee County, Colo. Kelsey Quick was the inaugural scholarship recipient. To earn her Gold Award, Kelsey created a website and other materials to help children who have been cyberbullied. She was also the first Girl Scout from Salida to earn the Gold Award since at least 2000.
Born in London, England, and raised in a small village on the south coast of England, Johanna was a Girl Guide in her childhood. She was also the youngest ever to have achieved the Queen’s Guide Award at that time, the English equivalent of a Gold Award. After earning a software engineering degree from Loughborough University, Johanna moved to New Jersey to work for Bell Labs. In 1985, she accepted a position with FedEx in Colorado Springs, where she met and married Gene Farrar in 1990. Johanna and Gene lived and worked in the Colorado Springs area, moving to Monument in 1992 when their oldest daughter, Hannah was born. In 1995, after their second daughter, Rachel’s birth, Johanna retired from a successful career as a Technical Advisor at FedEx for an even more successful and rewarding career as a dedicated full-time mother.
Johanna introduced her daughters to Girl Scouts at the first opportunity and became a local leader in Monument, then started a new troop after relocating to Buena Vista. When Johanna first arrived in Buena Vista, she learned Girl Scouts had all but disappeared in Chaffee County. Johanna believed so strongly in the values and skills that scouting develops, it became her passion to reestablish scouting for girls in the high Rockies.
Known to many of her friends as the “Energizer Bunny” because of her seemingly never-ending energy and indomitable spirit, Johanna provided the leadership and drive to rejuvenate Girl Scouting in the valley. Now, for the first time, there are troops for all ages.
Additionally, Johanna loved the outdoors, including skiing, hiking, biking, mountain climbing, and especially gardening – passions she loved to share and instill in young women.