GIRL SCOUT LEADER
"We Draw the Things We Know" NovEMBER, 1937
The Arts and Crafts Program of the Casper, Wyoming, Girl Scouts
By CHESTER G. MARSH·
Members of two
local clubs spon-
sored these clas-
ses. It really over-
whelms me when
I think of the
of the men and
women who gave
so generously of
their time and
will be 'on the
job' again this
W HEN our National
returned from a
trip to the West
a few months
ago, she spoke so
tic~lly about the
quality and orig- '
in an exhibit of
arts and crafts by
the Girl Scouts
in Casper, Wyo-
ming, that I
ly to find out
more about 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
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
"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)
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.
THE GIRL SCOUT LEADER
By VIRGINIA GREENE
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
(Concluded on page 93)
Po' 11'1 Je-sus, Hail! Lawd, Child o• Ma-ry, Hailt Lawd, Bawn in a sta-ble,
Hailt Lawd, Ain' data pit-y an• a shame--- Po' 11'1 Je-sus, Hail! 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.
By N. ALLIENE HARDER
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-
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