Largest gathering of Girl Scouts in the western US brought together 615 Girl Scouts, adult volunteers, and alumnae from 11 states
LAS VEGAS, NV – 615 Girl Scouts and adult volunteers from 11 states and 17 Girl Scout councils took part in the inaugural Songfest Jamboree organized by the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, September 28-30 at the Pali Retreat and Conference Center near Big Bear, California. The event was open to all Girl Scouts, parents, volunteers, and alumnae.
The largest gathering of multi-Council Girl Scouts in the western United States in 2018, Songfest Jamboree brought together Girl Scouts, parents, volunteers, and alumnae for a weekend of traditional Girl Scout campfire songs, outdoor skill building, leadership development, high adventure, and badgework. Southern Nevada Girl Scouts camped in the San Bernardino Mountains with Girl Scouts from Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, and Utah.
“Songfest Jamboree was a year in the making,” said Robyn Ratcliffe Manzini, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada immediate past president of the Board of Directors and Songfest Jamboree Co-Chair. “As a Girl Scout alumna, I learned the ropes of camping and outdoors as a Girl Scout in Ohio. Songfest Jamboree allowed girls from different troops, socioeconomic backgrounds, and geographic areas to learn new skills, gain confidence, and make new friends. We’re already planning for 2019!”
Volunteer facilitators from eight states shared their expertise and knowledge during hands-on activity workshops that included orienteering, archery, high ropes, songwriting, guitar, zipline, djembe drumming, African dance, rock wall climbing, giant triple swing, and Girl Scout badgework.
The opening ceremony was created and directed by Tony Award winning actress Leilani Jones Wilmore, a Girl Scout alumna and troop leader. The Cadette Special Agent Badge, which teaches sixth through eighth grade Girl Scouts about forensic science and criminal psychology was led by Vanette Christensen, a retired sergeant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
“Songfest Jamboree was much bigger than Southern Nevada,” said Collene Anderson, Songfest Jamboree Co-Chair. “Songfest Jamboree celebrated the differences and commonalities that are integral threads to the Girl Scout experience.”
Girl Scouts has a long, storied, and successful history of teaching girls outdoor survival skills and environmental advocacy. In 2017, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) launched 23 new STEM and outdoor badges, the largest programming rollout in almost a decade. The new outdoor badges included Environmental Stewardship, Eco Trekker, and Adventure Camper. Badges earned by Songfest Jamboree participants were sourced from the new GSUSA badges.
About Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada
Founded on April 14, 1932 in Boulder City, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada (GSSNV) is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. GSSNV focuses on four key pillars: STEAM, Outdoor Experiences, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship.
GSSNV serves the four Southern-most counties in Nevada: Clark, Lincoln, Nye, & Esmeralda, as well as the Southern California counties of Inyo and San Bernardino (eastern border) and has 6,042 girl and adult members.
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