Greenbelt in 2012

A photo blog about Greenbelt, Maryland in its 75th anniversary year

Girl Scout 100th Anniversary Celebration

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April 15

“Girl Scouting in the United States of America began on March 12, 1912 when Juliette ‘Daisy’ Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop meeting of 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia” (Wikipedia). This year, Girl Scouts all over the country are celebrating their 100th anniversary. In March, I visited a celebration by two Greenbelt troops (4128 and 5859), and in June, Girl Scouts from across the country will be on the National Mall in D.C. for a singalong. On Sunday, April 15, scouts from Greenbelt and surrounding areas gathered in front of the Greenbelt Community Center for an afternoon of activities and celebration.

Girl Scouts check in at the welcome tent. Second from right is Maggie Boyden, field director at Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC). The 100th anniversary patches are 75 cents each.

Aimee Sanders, co-leader of Troop 1937 of Laurel, helps Kailynne Landry (Troop 5195 of Springfield, Virginia) make a box styled gimp as her mother Julie Landry looks on. Gimp is a plastic lacing used to make bracelets, keychains, and other designs. Kailynne Landry is a member of the GSCNC Chorus.

Carol Goddard shows how to make a butterfly. On the left are Maggie Grace and Elaina Perry (Goddard’s niece) of Greenbelt Troop 5004.

These craft objects are called SWAPS (Special Whatchamacallits Affectionally Pinned Somewhere) and are traded by girls to promote friendship. Here Goddard shows me a hat full of SWAPS from many occasions such as Service Unit 23-5 Share Bingo, Brownie Troop 2307 Pizza Party, and Troop 2546 Thinking Day 2011. Troops from Greenbelt belong to Service Unit 23-5.

Members of Laurel Troop 1937 gather for an activity.

Each girl is handed a tag that says steller jay, insect, grass, mosquito, pine tree, or rabbit, and a thread ball is thrown from one person to another when an ecological connection is made.

When a node is dropped, the impact on the ecological web is clear.

Members of Greenbelt Daisy Girl Scout Troop 3251 work at the craft table. This troop meets on the second and fourth Sundays in the Greenbelt Community Center.

A portrait of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, is featured on one of the patches here. This portrait is in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

There is a display of past uniforms. This is a senior uniform from 1960-1971: “Short sleeve deep green jacket; half belt; GS emblem on pocket.”

A block west of the Community Center, at Greenbelt Museum, Sheila Maffay-Tuthill, the museum’s education and volunteer coordinator, helps Amira Smith hang clothes on the clothes line. Smith is a member of Greenbelt Troop 2799 which meets on Sundays in the Community Center.

Athena Jones, a member of Greenbelt Troop 2799, washes clothes using an old-fashioned Sunnyland washboard.

Sheila Maffay-Tuthill hands out Greenbelt 75th anniversary bracelets to girl scouts. White azaleas are in full bloom in front of the museum house.

Sheila Maffay-Tuthill gives Troop 2799 a tour of the Greenbelt Museum house at 10B Crescent Road. Greenbelt was built for three reasons, she says, to provide housing to people of moderate income, to generate work opportunities, and to create a model of town planning.

Maffay-Tuthill shows tools and trash bins in the service side closet.

In the living room, Maffay-Tuthill shows drawings of the town done by government hired artists.

From left, Autumn Williams, Amira Smith, Caroline Casey, and Jasmine Williams, all of Greenbelt Troop 2799, look at a copy of Greenbelt’s 25th anniversary brochure from 1962. They are looking at a photo of the municipal swimming pool.

In front of the Community Center, under the big elm tree, girl scouts gather for a singalong. Here scouts from Greenbelt Troop 3251 and Laurel Troop 5865 hold song sheets, and standing behind is Anne Hedian, a member of the SingAlong Service of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital.

Where Can You Go


So tell me where can you go when you’re a Girl Scout
How about Mexico?
So tell me where can you go when you’re a Girl Scout
To Indian you know
So tell me where can you go when you’re a Girl Scout
A place in Switzerland
So tell me where can you go when you’re a Girl Scout
To England yes you can!



I’ve got a dog his name is Raggs
He eats so much, his tummy sags
His ears flip flop and his tail wig wags
And when he walks he goes zig zag
Flip, flop, wiggle, waggle, zig, zag
Flip, flop, wiggle, waggle, zig, zag

My little puppy he never obeys
He always runs the other way
He doesn’t have a pedigree
But I love him and he loves me
Flip, flop, wiggle, waggle, zig, zag
Flip, flop, wiggle, waggle, zig, zag

Flip, flop, wiggle, waggle, zig, zag

I said a Boom Chicka Boom


Girl scouts from Laurel Troop 5865 lead the call-and-response song Alligator.


Mary Alyce (left) and Naomi, both of Greenbelt Troop 5859, carry the 100th birthday cake.

Karen Yoho, leader of Greenbelt Troop 5859, cuts the birthday cake.

There is a long line waiting for cake.

Naomi and Mary Alyce smile for the camera.


Written by eric

April 24, 2012 at 8:00 am

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  1. I am wondering if you have a copy of the lyrics for Where can you go? anywhere? I have been searching all day and your site is the only one I found that even has the song. I am trying to get the lyrics for Rock the Mall in Washington DC which my troop will be attending. I appreciate any help you can give. Yours in Girl Scouting, Beth


    April 27, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    • Most Girl Scout Councils sell the commemorative songbook now so you can have them in time for the sing a long. I know the DC council at does! Good luck!

      Pam Goddard

      May 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm

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