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Sing It! With Girl Scouts!

July 20, 2015

By Kim Henry, Program Director

“Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold.

A circle is round, it has no end. That’s how long, I will be your friend…

Across the land, across the sea. Friend forever, we will always be.”

This quoted Girl Scout friendship song is a classic – perhaps you are even humming along now. Well, here at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, we know that songs have been a treasured part of Girl Scouting since the beginning. Girl Scouts use songs to start meetings, to fill time transitioning from one activity to the next, and to close a special ceremony or troop meeting.

Anyone who grew up as a Girl Scout usually remembers a favorite song of two from their childhood. I can vividly remember a meeting years ago when I was a Girl Scout Brownie. I can still picture the school cafeteria where we met. I remember that I had been upset earlier about something, but then, when we closed the meeting my feelings all changed. Our troop gathering in our closing friendship circle and started singing and acting out “Alice the Camel.” Who can stay upset after a few rounds of that song??

Anne Smith from Girl Scout Troop #394 shared some of her beloved song memories:

“I’ve been a Girl Scout since 1978. Girl Scouting has always been a big part of my life. My mom was a Girl Scout. I am a Girl Scout. Both of my daughters are Girl Scouts. The happiest memories for me have been the songs. I remember romping around Camp Apasus as a 7-year-old singing the songs my mom taught me. I grew up in a different council so the songs we sing here are variations of the songs that I learned as a child.”

One of our favorite songs to kick off a Brownie troop meeting is the Brownie Smile Song. It’s a short and simple song that reminds the girls to have fun. Sometimes during a meeting you just need to get the wiggles out!

Girls Scouts have a never ending supply of silly songs. Check these out for your next Girl Scout gathering!

And what better time to sing Make New Friends or TAPS (in ASL) when you close your troop meeting with a friendship circle! And here’s a great Song Leading mini-workshop from Girl Scout University. For more ideas ask your sister Girl Scouts young and old, and remember to have fun!

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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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