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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!


Behind the Green Curtain…

April 14, 2015

Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines Volunteer Appreciation Week

Valerie Jackson, Adult Learning Director

Six years ago, I answered a newspaper ad that would forever change my life. I remember not understanding what or who Girl Scouts was, but something about the ad stood out. As I look back, I feel like it glowed — but then again, that could have been the fluorescent highlighter I was using.

At the time, I was the mother of a 4 month old baby girl and seeking a new position that offered greater work-life balance.  Having worked in the world of politics and city planning, I’d experienced things that left me waiving a white flag.  I’d recently left a very public position and was looking for an employer that could embrace this big change in my life.

Then I met the volunteers of Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines and my, oh my!

I remember being shocked that they volunteered so often and were not paid employees. It was surprising to see people this passionate about something other than money!  I’d worked with volunteers in the past, but what I discovered behind the green curtain was something entirely different.

Girl Scouts is a world of women and men who are selfless. Not only are Girl Scout volunteers dedicated to the girls that they interact with regularly, they are dedicated to our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.  I am proud to see how dedicated they are to each other.

Volunteers and leaders of Girl Scouts not only change the lives of girls, but they change the lives of the adults around them. The volunteers set an example that inspires parents, gives courage to new volunteers, and revitalizes employees like me.

We may not always be with our volunteers in the trenches or working at their side with girls, but I want them to know that we notice their hard work.  We notice their passion and commitment. The light of a volunteer shines so bright at times that it brings light to those who may be operating at a flicker, like me 6 years ago.

Volunteers are appreciated by so many who often never get a chance to say thank you. On behalf of generations of girls, and on behalf of the rest of us who have benefitted from selfless dedication, I want to say thank you to our Girl Scout Volunteers. They have forever changed my life and I am forever grateful for the phenomenon that is the Girl Scout Volunteer.


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