Kum Ba Yah

Kum Ba Yah

This is a pretty religious song, so these days it might be avoided if parents are particularly sensitive. With a lot of the religious songs we sang in Girl Scouts growing up, it was easy to replace Lord with Earth, but this one uses it so often I don’t think it would be possible.

Kum Ba yah, my Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Kum Ba yah, my Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Kum Ba yah, my Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Oh, Lord, Kum ba Yah.
Oh, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.

Someone’s crying, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Someone’s crying, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Someone’s crying, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Oh, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Oh, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.

Someone’s praying, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Someone’s praying, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Someone’s praying, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Oh, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Oh, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.

Someone’s singing, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Someone’s singing, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Someone’s singing, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Oh, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Oh, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.

Join the Relief Effort for Girl Scouts of Japan

Join the Relief Effort for Girl Scouts of Japan

This statement was released on 3/16/11 by Kathy Cloninger, National CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

We are devastated by the catastrophe in Japan and, on a personal level, are deeply concerned about our sisters there, the Girl Scouts of Japan. USA Girl Scouts Overseas has served American military and civilian families in Japan for many years, and has extremely close ties with Girl Scouts of Japan. In fact, many of our overseas troops and Girl Scouts of Japan are sister troops. We have received many calls from Girl Scouts around the country asking how to help and are happy to report that the policy that prohibits Girl Scouts from raising money for other organizations has been temporarily suspended. To contribute to earthquake and tsunami relief efforts, you can make an online donation to the newly established Girl Scouts of Japan Relief Efforts. At times like these, Girl Scouts throughout the world come together in sisterhood to help those in need. We have seen our Movement rally in support of the victims of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters over the years, and will continue to do everything we can to help our sister Girls Scouts of Japan in the weeks and months ahead.

Make checks payable to Girl Scouts of the USA:
Girl Scouts of the USA-Fund Development
P.O. Box 5046
New York, NY 10087-5046
Memo: Girl Scouts of Japan relief efforts

Girls are also encouraged to send expressions of friendship to their sister Girl Scouts in Japan by making origami cranes (Sadako). For instructions, see YouTube videos. The Girl Scouts of Japan made and mailed thousands of these cranes to the United States as an expression of peace and friendship after the September 11th tragedy.

Mail cranes to:
USAGSO – West Pacific
HQ USARJ/9th TSC
Unit 45005
APO, AP 96343-5005

Happy Girl Scout Week!

Happy Girl Scout Week!

This week, Girl Scouts is celebrating it’s 99th year!  That’s an amazing feat, and we’re just one year away from the centennial of Girl Scouting in the United States.  It’s a thrilling time!

To celebrate, this entire week leading up to the 99th anniversary on March 12th has been deemed Girl Scout Week.  The Girl Scout Shop has a new catalog out full of practical things like uniforms and fun things like teddy bears in adorable GS hoodies!

Girl Scout CookiesCelebrate in your own way!  Make some great scrunchies or bandannas with Girl Scout Fabric!  Put together a cool memory book of your troops activities using Girl Scout themed scrapbook materials.  Or just get together and sing some songs!  Don’t forget that you have until March 27th to get your cookie fix!

For those of us in Northern California, you can use this handy Cookie Finder to see where the closest booth sale to you is.  They’ve also got a handy Cookie Locator iPhone app, which I’m happy to report also works on my iPad well enough!

Happy Scouting!