Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Singing out Girl Scouts Celebrate 85th Anniversary with Songfest on Mall in Washington

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Singing out Girl Scouts Celebrate 85th Anniversary with Songfest on Mall in Washington

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When four young girls asked folk singer Patricia Shih if she had a pen to use to autograph their programs at the Girl Scout's 85th anniversary sing-along, she replied, "Of course I do! I'm a Girl Scout."

Shih, who led the audience in singing such favorites as "Michael Row The Boat Ashore," was among the estimated 50,000 current and former Girl Scouts who filled the National Mall Saturday to celebrate the organization's 85th anniversary with a daylong songfest.

After a round of the "Scout-arena" (a parody of the macarena), the girls belted out many of the songs - "Make New Friends, But Keep the Old," for example, and "Kum Ba Yah" - that have come to define Girl Scouting. "We wanted Girl Scouts from throughout the region to come together to sing, to join in friendship, and to celebrate the very best the movement has to offer," said Jan Verhage, executive director of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, one of the eight Mid-Atlantic councils that joined in organizing the event. …

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