More than 250,000 Girl Scouts and participants, including a contingent from Weston, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts at the “Girl Scouts Rock the Mall” event on Saturday, June 9, in Washington, D.C.
The event was heralded as the world’s largest sing-along and featured a variety of singers and performers who led the group in song and a flash mob.
In addition, the Weston group visited Congressman Jim Himes’ office, where they met Mr. Himes’ staff and got a private tour of the Capitol building. Mr. Himes was home in Connecticut for the weekend and was not available, but the scouts learned a lot about government from the tour.
Weston scouts attended a special Girl Scout breakfast at the Smithsonian Museum and saw a new Girl Scout exhibit. They took a tour of Madame Tussaud’s, a wax museum, and posed with a wax statue of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts. The girls enjoyed dipping their hands in wax and made replicas of them.
They also got to see a brand new Girl Scout stamp issued by the post office.
On the Mall in D.C., the Weston scouts exchanged homemade “SWAPS” with other scouts from across the country. SWAPS stands for “Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere.” The SWAPS for this event were created on safety pins and freely exchanged among the scouts. The Weston group collected so many SWAPS it intends to make a banner and affix the SWAPS to them.
The scouts also enjoyed a special exhibit by Pepco, an electrical service provider. At Pepco’s office, there was a display of vintage Girl Scout uniforms as well as the original recipe for Girl Scout cookies which were originally homemade by Girl Scouts to sell. Cream butter and sugar, add well beaten eggs, then milk, flavoring, flour and baking powder. Roll thin and bake in quick oven. (Sprinkle sugar on top.) This makes six to seven dozen.”
Attending the Rock the Mall event from Weston were Girl Scouts Sarah Roberts, Abby Tanzer, Lilly Herman, Marissa Skor, Grace Hollyer, Julia Schreder, Sydney Fain, Casey Redcay, Chloe Mandell, Olivia Hollyer, Maddy Munford, Julia Clark, Caroline Braden, Olivia Donnelly, Rachel Roberts, Grace Juno, Natalie Schreder, Grace Goodrich, Emi Quist, Jessica Braden, Peri Ferdinand, and Emily Clark.
Adult leaders in attendance were Caroline Schreder, Jennifer Skor, Nancy Roberts and Julia Braden.