Girl Scouts Celebrated 100 Years of Sisterhood and Leadership
By: Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital
On Saturday, June 9, 2012, one quarter of a million Girl Scouts were on the National Mall to celebrate in song the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts at Girl Scouts Rock the Mall:100th Anniversary Sing-Along. Girl Scouts traveled from every state in the United States, along with international guests from England, Mexico, Australia and even Japan. All united by a common bond of sisterhood and love of Girl Scouts.
It was hot, very hot, but no one wanted to leave. At the peak of Washington’s heat, Girl Scout Ani Hesse led the crowd in a record-breaking flash mob to the official theme song “Ignite!”.The Sing-Along was a musical walk down memory lane.Traditional Girl Scout songs were sung by Rashida Jolley, Teresa, Katy Benko, Laura Dodd, Erin Willett and Candace Coles: all Girl Scouts. Sylver Logan Sharp fired up the crowd with an original song about girl leadership. Girl Scouts embraced “We Are Family” as an anthem, as Sylver kept 250,000 Girl Scouts moving. American Idol finalist and Girl Scout Thia Megia sang Girl Scout songs and introduced Dana Marie, the Girl Scout winner of the K12 and Girl Scouts “I Want to Rock the Mall” YouTube contest, who rocked the crowd with her “Girl Scout Cookie Rap”. Melinda Caroll updated a Girl Scout favorite “Make New Friends” and gave it a new hip-hop twist. SAVVY, the only group with three boys, had the crowd dancing, singing and yes, even screaming!
The sisterhood was engaging and overall the experience exhilarating. Girl Scouts found relief from the heat from hoses – creating a makeshift misting station, provided by Washington DC’s finest, the Fire Department. A special thank you to the Fire Department for that much needed relief from the heat.
At the Smithsonian, attendance was up 250,000 higher than this time last year. The Museum of American History had record-breaking attendance on Saturday with 77,605 visitors.
Washington, DC was the perfect location for Girl Scouts 100 anniversary celebration. With the Washington Monument as the backdrop, and surrounded by the greatest memorials on the National Park, Girl Scouts were able to take in the greatness of our nation and realize their place in history.