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!