The Star-Spangled Banner

I’d say that most children in America are taught this song at some point, but even adults need the lyrics for reference sometimes, especially for that second verse that they never sing at baseball games, do they?

Oh, say! Can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
Oh say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave.
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand
Between their lov’d homes and war’s desolation;
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the pow’r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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Summer Key Chain & Necklace

This Summer Key Chain & Necklace project is perfect to celebrate the coming of summer!  You can easily customize it by finding beads or charms that reflect any of the activities your troop did over the summer.  For example, if your girls went to summer camp, you could find wooden beads or a metal tree charm to attach to the end of the key chain.

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:

Necklace DirectionsNecklace Directions:

  1. Thread large turtle bead onto necklace cord.
  2. Working on one side at a time, add a star then alphabet beads to spell “summer”.  Add another star, contrasting bead, and another star.
  3. On the opposite side, add a star then alphabet beads to spell “rocks”, using a heart bead as the “o”.  Add another star, contrasting bead, and another star.
  4. Tie off the cord at the ends.

Keychain DirectionsKeychain Directions:

  1. Cut a 12″ piece of stretch lacing.  Fold it in half and place the folded end through the hole at the bottom of the plastic hook, bringing the ends through the look creating a “larks head” knot onto the keyring.
  2. With the cords together, slide on a silver bead, palm tree bead, and another silver bead.
  3. Separate the cords and ad beads as desired to personalize the key chain with a name, troop number, camp name, unit, or anything else you want!
  4. Bring both sides together again and add a silver bead, a sun bead, and another silver bead.
  5. Tie the ends together and trim the excess cording.

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. Adult supervision is required when using scissors.
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Postal Service to Salute Girl Scouts in 2012

The Postal Service will salute the Girl Scouts in 2012 by commemorating the 100th anniversary of an organization credited with helping girls build character and leadership skills. The Celebrate Scouting Forever Stamp can be seen on social media and will be issued next year as part of the centennial celebration.

Using social media to reach broader, more diverse audiences is an initiative that began this month to engage more interest in stamp collecting. Select stamps from the 2012 commemorative program will be previewed one at a time throughout the summer.

“Celebrate Scouting, the ‘sister’ stamp to the 2010 Scouting stamp, pays tribute to scouting organizations for the opportunities and pleasures they have provided millions of youths worldwide,” said Stephen Kearney, manager, Stamp Services.

The stamp features the silhouette of a girl with binoculars looking into the distance. A scene within the silhouette features a girl in mid-stride with a walking stick and backpack on a summer trek. The environment is composed of large redwoods, a lake and a distant forested mountainside with small ferns in the foreground. The sky has a dramatic blue gradation as it appears in early morning or late evening.

The stamp art was created by Craig Frazier of Mill Valley, CA, under the guidance of art director Derry Noyes of Washington, D.C.

Customers may preview the stamps on Facebook at, through Twitter @USPSstamps or on the website Beyond the Perf at Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service’s online site for the back story on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news.

Next year’s stamps previewed thus far using social media include the Cherry Blossoms Centennial, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Love Ribbons, John H. Johnson, Bicycling, Celebrating Lunar New Year:  Year of the Tiger and the Holiday Celebration Santa and Sleigh stamps.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

We’re everywhere so you can be anywhere:

A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, 150 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government,, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $67 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world’s mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 29th in the 2010 Fortune 500. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency six consecutive years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.

SOURCE U.S. Postal Service

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