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Oh Say Can We Sing – Girl Scouts sing the National Anthem

July 6, 2015

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines

By Lisa Lisk, Co-Leader of Troop #1859, Johnston County

Our Journey began by contacting the Wake County Speedway to see if our Troop could sing the National Anthem before a race. They thought it was a great idea and even agreed to have a Scout night where all Girl and Boy Scouts in uniform could attend the event for free.

What an honor to sing our country’s song and we could hardly wait! It was going to be hard, but I know my girls and I knew we could do it. When we started, only half of the troop wanted to sing. Then, with the girls’ encouragement and support for each other, all twelve troop members joined in!

Practice #1: Words were missed, tune was off, confidence was low and nerves where everywhere. I told them we are a team and to be proud of what they had started to accomplish.

Practice #2: Improvements everywhere and confidence was building. Since school was out, each girl was asked to watch an online video of the Star Spangled Banner and practice singing it five times a day. 

Final Practice: I was a nervous wreck! We sang separately and then together as one.   Each girl stood a little taller, sang a little louder, showed confidence and I knew my job was done.

“WOW, you girls are amazing!” was my response. I explained how I would be there to support them but they didn’t need me to lead them. Those smiles, their joy….I was speechless. I may be the troop leader but the girls have taught me so much more in return.

Ladies and Gentleman Start Your Engines!

That Friday night, Troop 1859 was ready to promote the Girl Scout program by passing out stickers and bracelets, the excitement was contagious. The time to sing arrived, the girls pulled together supporting one another as is the Girl Scout way.

They sang without any nerves or fear even during the rain. Despite the weather the girls finished strong to the cheers of the crowd. The fans were thankful and in awe seeing such a group of young girls present themselves in a professional manner, bringing honor to their country and community.

Girl Scout Troop #1859 is always willing to race to the challenge and show their support for the community and for Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines. I encourage you to think outside of the box for new ideas and experiences for your Girl Scouts. I believe everyone, every place and everything is a resource just waiting to happen. Who knows, maybe your troop will be singing next!

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It’s Time to Celebrate: Bridging Basics

April 20, 2015

Bridging Girl Scouts

By Christin Murphy, Adult Learning Director Year 1 and 2

Spring is in the air – we can smell, see it, and feel it. It also means that the end of the Girl Scout year is near. As leaders and volunteers, you’ve watched your troop continue to transform into girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. They’ve earned badges and patches, visited places both near and far, and made friendships and memories that they’ll hold in their heart forever.

And now – it’s time to celebrate! Celebrate their accomplishments, their new-found confidence, and their ability to make a difference in the world. One of our most long-held Girl Scout traditions (and most popular celebrations) is the Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony.

Wait, what’s a Bridging Ceremony?

The Bridging Ceremony is a traditional Girl Scout ceremony symbolizing progression, new adventures, and the continuity of the Girl Scout program. As girls move to the next level in Girl Scouting – for example Daisies to Brownies or Juniors to Cadettes and everything in between! – this ceremony is a defining moment in the Girl Scout experience.

Which is why we are here to help you plan a fun, personalized, and memorable ceremony in a cinch! To get started, follow our three easy steps Bridging Ceremony Planning Steps.

Step 1 Earning the Awards:

Your girls can complete the Pass it On and Look Ahead bridging requirements in the back of the Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting by partnering with younger and older Girl Scouts in their area. If you don’t already have a troop in mind, try posting a request on your local or Council Facebook page, talking with your Service Unit Manager or contacting your Membership Director for a list of troops in your area. Working together with older and younger girls allows girls to not only have a Girl Scout role model, but to be one!

Step 2 Finding a Bridge:

Here we take the bridging, literally! Don’t have a bridge? Get creative! Hold the ceremony at a local park that has a bridge. Create a bridge by stacking three wooden pallets, putting two on the ground a few feet apart and stacking the third on top to connect all three. Or create the illusion of a bridge with two rows of buckets filled with sand and stakes. Connect the stakes with ribbon and ta-da!, you have a bridge. You can find even more bridging ideas on our council’s Pinterest Board.

Step 3 Planning the Ceremony:

There are endless possibilities when it comes to planning the ceremony. From Girl Scout themed baked-goods and singing Girl Scout songs, to printing out certificates or troop photos that your girls can keep forever – there’s so many wonderful ways to celebrate! Use our Pinterest page to gather ideas (such as these awesome free printable bridging certificates), connect on the New Leaders Facebook group to swap stories, or contact your Service Unit for inspiration. You can also visit our Shop retail locations or go online and order bridging kits and supplies!

Regardless of the type of ceremony, it is important to make sure the girls are involved in the planning. It is important for girls to share their favorite Girl Scout moments and recognize the significance of this award by celebrating with their Girl Scout friends and family.

For more information and exciting bridging ceremony ideas, join us on our next New Leader Webinar on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Noon and 7 p.m. Click on the links below to register!

Click here to register for the noon New Leader Webinar
Click here to register for the evening New Leader Webinar

 

 

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