A local Girl Scout troop is well on its way to earning a Tree Badge after performing in a concert titled “Voices of the Woods.”
Girl Scout Troop No. 12765, comprising sixth- and seventh-graders from Spring Lake Park, Blaine and Circle Pines, performed in the Women’s Drum Center annual benefit concert May 18 at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
The concert, including songs, stories and the playing of such percussion instruments as snare drums and marimbas, celebrated trees and expressed the need to sustain trees to ensure the health of people and the world.
The girls sang a tree song written by Ken Medema and arranged by Anna Anderhagen, Marisa Cuneo-Linsly and Jan Strootman from the Women’s Drum Center. The Girl Scouts learned and played the percussion instruments as well.
Earning a Tree Badge calls for the girls to learn about trees, to prepare a snack derived from trees, to do a tree-related art project and to explore the connection between trees and people. The Girl Scouts are also required to plant a tree to help ensure the future of trees.
Drumheart, the center’s performing ensemble, the center’s instructors and a selection of class participants from the drum center also performed at the concert.
Girl Scouts build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization was founded by Juliette “Daisy” Gordon in 1912. Gordon believed all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally and spiritually.