Singing Girl Scout songs is a tradition that goes back to the very beginning of the program. Girls love to sing traditional songs (Make New Friends) as well as silly camp songs (Penguins Attention). Is your local council hosting a singing event at a local mall? If not – why not try hosting/planning one!
Many troops on the East coast are lucky to be able to attend the Girl Scouts, Nations Capital “Rock the Mall” sing-a-long event that will be taking place in June, 2012. Our council is planning a bus trip to the event. However, a couple of troops in our service unit said that the event was too far, too expensive, etc – why couldn’t we have something locally, at our mall. So my co-service unit specialist & I decided to take on this “small” endevour.
We thought it would be small in the beginning! If you take on this event – be prepared to add people to your committee. To start at the beginning, you need to coordinate the date with the mall representative. Meet with the rep and get as many questions answered as you can.
You will need council staff help on various parts of an event of this size. There are insurance questions to answer – best for council staff to handle. You will also want publicity for the event – get your council marketing staff on your side early. They can help make this a successful community event.
A helpful person to have on your committee can help organize/contact song leaders or troops to lead singing times at the mall. To help make it a successful event, you will need either troops to lead songs or song leaders. Get a plan together about when troops can be on stage to lead a song and when the song leaders will need to be on stage to lead songs. We have a tentative plan to sing old traditional GS songs at the top of the hour (songs that will be sung at the Rock the Mall event). Every half hour, we will focus on “camp”/fun songs that the girls also love to sing.
Another committee member that you may need is someone to handle money issues. We will charge a small fee – this will cover the cost of a patch, a song sheet and some minor publicity issues (printing fliers or posters).
I’m sure there will be more details that we will uncover as we get closer to the event! I will update this post!
Are you going to Washington DC’s “Rock the Mall”? Do you have a local sing-a-long at the mall event you can attend? Share your information please!