Local Girl Scout Swing Choir to perform–Area Girl Scouts to celebrate 90th anniversary

Local Girl Scout Swing Choir to perform–Area Girl Scouts to celebrate 90th anniversary


On Saturday, June 22, area families are invited to attend “Girls’ Voices: Peer to Pier,” a 90th anniversary celebration at Navy Pier in Chicago, sponsored by 11 Girl Scout councils serving the Chicagoland area. More than 18,000 Girl Scout participants from the local councils, as well as councils nationwide, are registered to attend the event. More than 1,000 Girl Scouts and their families from the Rock River Valley will be at the event.

The celebration will feature interactive booths showcasing activities and resources available to today’s Girl Scouts, archival displays featuring nine decades of Girl Scout memorabilia, ongoing entertainment, and information about registering girls ages 5-17 as Girl Scouts for the 2002-03 membership year.

Renowned Girl Scout singer/songwriter Melinda Caroll will be coming to the Girl Scout Service Center, 2101 Auburn St., on Thursday, June 20, to practice with the Rock River Valley Swing Choir. The Swing Choir has been invited to perform live back-up vocals with Caroll at the 90th anniversary event.

Rock River Valley Swing Choir is a diverse group of 29 Girl Scouts, Brownies through Cadettes, from Cherry Valley, Davis, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Oregon, Rochelle, Rockford and Roscoe. Using a variety of patriotic, humorous and Girl Scout Songs, the Swing Choir has successfully performed for captive audiences in hospitals, nursing homes and community buildings. Girl Scouts in the Swing Choir devote numerous hours each year to choir practice and musical improvement. In return, girls gain greater self-esteem, build confidence, and bring joy to their communities.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Girl Scouts of all ages and their families to celebrate the impact that Girl Scouting has had during the last 90 years,” says Ruth Little, Rock River Valley Council executive director. “Girls have a myriad of opportunities to learn about science, math, financial literacy and technology through Girl Scouting.”

“Girls’ Voices: Peer to Pier” is expected to attract more than 50,000 Girl Scouts and their families nationwide. The Swing Choir will perform alongside Caroll on one of the main Navy Pier stages singing a variety of Caroll’s Girl Scout hits and other songs.

“Girls’ Voices: Peer to Pier” will be open to the public from 10 am. – 7 p.m. in Exhibit Hall B at Navy Pier. Opening remarks will start at 11 a.m. and be repeated at 5 p.m. A wide variety of performances will take place throughout the day, including several performances by Melinda Caroll.

As part of Girl Scouts’ 90-year history of commitment to community service, participants are asked to bring canned food items to donate to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, an organization with far-reaching benefits for people in the metro Chicago area. Receptacles for the canned food will be positioned within Exhibit Hall B.

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