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  • GIRL SCOUT LEADER "We Draw the Things We Know" NovEMBER, 1937

    The Arts and Crafts Program of the Casper, Wyoming, Girl Scouts




    Members of two local clubs spon- sored these clas- ses. It really over- whelms me when I think of the volunteer services of the men and women who gave so generously of their time and will be 'on the job' again this fall.

    W HEN our National Director, Mrs. Paul Rittenhouse, returned from a trip to the West a few months ago, she spoke so enthusias- tic~lly about the quality and orig- ' inality expressed in an exhibit of arts and crafts by the Girl Scouts in Casper, Wyo- ming, that I wrote immediate- ly to find out more about the program. The letters that came in reply showed so clearly that the arts and crafts program of this Girl Scout local

    "We draw the things we know, the background of our lives-our washing machines, gas stoves, furnaces."

    "I can't close without telling you of plans for a new class that promises to be- come a reality this fall. This class as yet has no name, but it will in all prob- ability be called a 'Free Activity' class. It will serve

    A drawing from the Casper G irl Scou t Exhibi t

    organization is a splendid example of what we believe such a program can mean to Girl Scouts, that it seems wisest to let the letters tell the story in the writers' own words. Miss Nelle A. Pate, Treasurer of the Casper Girl Scout Local Council, writes:

    "We appreciate the kind words said of us by Mrs. Rittenhouse and Mrs. Hoover. Their visit inspired us to even greater activity.

    "Mrs. Ruth Joy Hopkins, who teaches our classes in creative art, will tell you in a separate letter of her teaching methods and the work done by the girls. This was one of our outstanding Girl Scout activities for the past year. Her work, plus her interest and enthusiasm, has gained recognition in the community for the whole Girl Scout program.

    "Our Swedish and block weaving, pottery, and sew- ing classes encouraged original designs, and gave the girls every chance to show their initiative.

    "The art classes, during the past Girl Scout year, have reached a·pproximately ninety to one hundred and ten girls-ages seven to seventeen-and natural, happy con- tacts they have been. The steady attendance in these clas- ses was especially gratifying, since no badge was offered.

    "It is only fitting that due credit should 'be given the some thirty volunteer instructors-each an artist in his or her own field-who gave freely of their time each week.


    to teach the girls personal habits, poise, charm, and so forth, and, shall we say, manners; and then as a crea- tive activity, the girls will make masques and marion- ettes, closing the season with a puppet show-using the figures made by the girls.

    "It has been most interesting to see the development of leadership among the girls, through this type of activity."

    The following excerpts from Mrs. Hopkins' letter will undoubtedly be stimulating to leaders in other parts of the country.

    "I was so glad Mrs. Rittenhouse was here when our exhibit was up and saw the class working. She under- stood at once what we were doing-that we were ·not

    . making pretty pictures ·for the sake of the pictures. So many adults look at our pictures, and, because they do not resemble their preconceived idea of what pictures should be, do not see how remarkable they are . I am afraid they think we are a little queer. Consequently it was most gratifying to have Mrs. Rittenhouse under- stand what we are doing and what we aspire to.

    "This . class has been in existence for over two years. It was inspired by the open ·air school at Taxco, Mexico, taught by the Japanese teacher, Kitagawa. I was there painting one summer and he showed me the work of his class and explained his method. It is not what is termed

    (Concluded on page 93)

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    Here We Come a-Caroling

    WE n~v~r tire of hearing the same old carols ev~ry Chnstmas any more than we grow weary of seemg · the same old flowers bloom every spring. But just as we add new seeds and slips and bulbs to our gardens year by year for our own and our neighbors' deLight, so we should add to our Christmas celebration more songs, more festivities-and consequently more joy. It is sur- prising how like an ancient tradition will be, next year, the carol that we learn this year.

    We have only to turn on the radio in late December to discover how few Chr,istmas carols and hymns we manage to get along on. Yet there are so many in the world that one collector, Professor Edward Bliss Reed of Yale University, has gathered thousands.*

    When Girl Scout troops go caroling in hospitals, at community tree lightings, or on the radio, let them be a little different-their audiences will hear the standard hymns and camls from many another choir. The troop or home bookshelves might be combed first for carols that have been overlooked or neglected. The Girl .Scout Song Book contains five well known Christmas hymns. Sing Together has seven Christmas songs, including the lilting carol, "In Dulci J ubilo," which was first sung and danced (so says the legend) by a group of angels on a visit to a holy man one night:

    Some of the ancient English carols are known only by name to many Americans-"The Holly and the Ivy," "The Boar's Head Carol," "Here .We Come a-Carol- ing." These may be found in many large collections.

    Year after year, the LEADER cannot resist mentioning the Botsfo1·d Collection of Folk Songs by Florence Hud- son Botsford, which may be obtained in the tune-book edition for 50 cents a volume (G. Schirmer, 3 East 43rd

    * The New Haven Carol Society publishes some of th ese from time t o time in arrangements for four-par t choirs. The Galaxy J\1usic Cor pora- tion, 17 West 47th Street, N ew York, will send price lists of these carols to leaders of Girl Scout choruses, on request.



    Street, New York). These three volumes contain many Christmas and New Year songs from all over the world. The Polish carol, "Amid the Silence" (Volume II) , which is played by trumpeters each Christmas Eve from a church tower in Krakow, has a solemn majesty like that of "Adeste Fideles"; the Hungarian "Christmas Carol" (Volume III) is soft, and full of the mystery of the holy night; and "The Pilgrims" (Volume I) is part of a tra- ditional Mexican Christmas ceremonial and could easily be dramatized. These are only three of the twenty-five or more Christmas carols found in the Botsford Collec- tion, which, of course, contains hundreds of folk songs of all kinds and nationalities.

    In the Southern Highlands some very beautiful old carols have been found, many of them brought over from England two hundred years ago or more. "Jesus Born in Beth'ny," the first verse of which appears on page 93, is from Ten Christmas Carols from the Southern Appa- lachian Mountains, collected by John Jacob Niles (G. Schirmer, 3 East 43rd Street, New York, 50 cents). This collection of American folk carols is one that ought to be very widely known. The music is tuneful and unusual, but simply arranged, and the verses have the natural poetry of good folk song. "Lulle Lullay" is a particu- larly beautiful version of the "Coventry Carol"; the words are the same as those in Sing Together, but the air is quite different. "See Jesus the Saviour" has a haunting melody-each verse consists of one line, followed by a long, tuneful "Ah !" "Down in Yon Forest" is an- other that should soon become a favorite.

    The lovely carol on this page, "Po' Li'l Jesus," comes from Mellows, A Chronicle of Unknown Singers, by R . Emmet Kennedy (Albert and Charles Boni, New York). It is a genuine American carol, sung by Louisiana Negroes.

    (Concluded on page 93)

    Po' 11'1 Je-sus, Hail! Lawd, Child o• Ma-ry, Hailt Lawd, Bawn in a sta-ble,

    J Hailt Lawd, Ain' data pit-y an• a shame--- Po' 11'1 Je-sus, Hail! Lawd,

    J Lawd,

    J l1J7JF3 ~~~il Tuck '1m fum a man-juh, Hailt Lawd, Tuck 'im fum 'is Moth-uh, Hailt

    1jm1T~ AhtJ 11 @JG Ain' dat a pit-y an• a shame---.

    From "Mellows, A Chronicle of Unknown Singers" by R. Emmet Kennedy . By permission of the publishers, Albert and Charles Bani, New York.

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  • NOVEMBER, 1937


    SEVERAL teen-age girls were gathered in an informal group having great fun "just talking" while waiting for . their meeting to start. The leader, who was postponing

    the opening until more of the girls arrived, heard snatches of their animated chatter. From one small group, she heard comments concerning the camps from which they had just returned: "We included photography in our program, which was great fun"; "I wish that the things we did in our nature and crafts program could have been harder to do so that we could feel that we had really accomplished something"; "We had lots of free time in which we could choose and develop our hobbies; one of the counselors gave us many good ideas by telling us about hobbies other girls had chosen and showing us some ex- amples."

    Other random bits of conversation which reached the other side of the ' room were: "We asked Mrs. Brown to go with us because she knows about so many things and likes to do the things we like to do"; "Mary is the most popular girl in our class"; "I wish we could give Thanks- giving baskets to the poor, as we did last year"; "I am going to go to my first dance next week and