Adirondack Scouts “Ignite” Sing-Along at the National Mall

Girl Scout Troops 4079 & 4177 at the Washington Monument

Girl Scout Troops 4079 & 4177 at the Washington Monument.

The Evergreen Fund at Adirondack Foundation helped send Girl Scout Troops 4079 and 4177 of Lake Placid to join 250,000 other Girl Scouts at their 100th Anniversary Sing-Along at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

"There were many 'firsts' during the trip, including riding in a bus that had a bathroom, traveling outside of New York State, going to a zoo, and using the Metro," says Troop leader Lynda Desourdy. "While on the Mall, their hours of practice paid off as they sang and danced to the theme song 'Ignite.' They made new friends and traded SWAPS (Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere) with Girl Scouts on the Mall. While they were in D.C., the girls made the most of their limited free time by splitting into groups to visit the National Air and Space Museum, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Capital Building, many monuments and memorial around the National Mall, the National Zoo, and the Arlington National Cemetery, where they watched two fellow Girl Scouts lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The girls learned that traveling can be tough: long rides in the bus, long walks in the heat and humidity to sightsee, and battling crowds at large events.

"In planning the trip, the girls strengthened the financial literacy skills they have learned through other Girl Scout activities, and were able to budget appropriately for all aspects of the trip," Desourdy adds.

"Without the Evergreen Fund grant, many would not have been able to go," Desourdy says. "The troops also received donations from Stewart’s Holiday Match program and their local Lion’s Club to support the trip. The girls are already talking about where they would like to go for their next trip. They are also discussing how hard they will need to work to attain whatever goals they set, so the success of this trip supported their belief in their abilities to set challenging goals and achieve them."