Ind. Girl Scouts join record sing along 

click to enlarge Indiana Girl Scouts at Rock the Mall in D.C. where they helped set a record for the largest-ever Girl Scout gathering. - JEN THOMAS
  • Indiana Girl Scouts at Rock the Mall in D.C. where they helped set a record for the largest-ever Girl Scout gathering.
  • Jen Thomas


Field notes from Indy resident Jen Thomas, who accompanied the troops to D.C.:

Girl Scouts from around the world gathered on the National Mall on June 9 to mark the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts Rock the Mall: 100th Anniversary Sing-Along attracted an estimated 250,000, marking the largest gathering of Girl Scouts in history.

Indianapolis troops 187 and 2494 from John Strange Elementary, Allisonville Elementary and Eastwood Middle schools participated in the power of girl leadership.

click to enlarge Getting a rubbing from the Vietnam War Memorial. - JEN THOMAS
  • Getting a rubbing from the Vietnam War Memorial.
  • Jen Thomas


click to enlarge Lily, Sarah, Abby and Shamique at the Vietnam War Memorial. - JEN THOMAS
  • Lily, Sarah, Abby and Shamique at the Vietnam War Memorial.
  • Jen Thomas


click to enlarge Group with a veteran Mr. Ray from Oregon. - JEN THOMAS
  • Group with a veteran Mr. Ray from Oregon.
  • Jen Thomas


click to enlarge Backbacks loaded with swaps, which the Girl Scouts trade among troops. The Indiana girls brought Shrinky Dinks of Indiana and Indianapolis symbols to trade as momentos. - JEN THOMAS
  • Backbacks loaded with swaps, which the Girl Scouts trade among troops. The Indiana girls brought Shrinky Dinks of Indiana and Indianapolis symbols to trade as momentos.
  • Jen Thomas


click to enlarge Girl Scout Sarah displays a cheese-themed swap she picked up from a Wisconsin-based troop. - JEN THOMAS
  • Girl Scout Sarah displays a cheese-themed swap she picked up from a Wisconsin-based troop.
  • Jen Thomas


click to enlarge Girl Scout Krystal Shirrell of Brownsburg (far left) was among a group of Scouts who visited the White House on Friday. She gained attention for her work on behalf of homeless vets. - THE WHITE HOUSE
  • Girl Scout Krystal Shirrell of Brownsburg (far left) was among a group of Scouts who visited the White House on Friday. She gained attention for her work on behalf of homeless vets.
  • The White House
Additional Indiana Girl Scout News.... Girl Scouts of Central Indiana of Indiana sent the following news release. We will follow up shortly with a profile:

Girl Scout Krystal Shirrell from Brownsburg, a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, visited President Obama at the White House Friday. Shirrell was accompanied to the White House by Girl Scouts of the USA's chief executive officer, Anna Maria Chavez, and other Girl Scout Gold Award recipients from around the country.

"It was truly an honor to be selected to meet President Obama on behalf of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana," said Shirrell. Girl Scouts has played a crucial role in developing me as a leader, as well as instilling the importance of community service and giving back. It was very exciting to have the opportunity to represent Girl Scouts in Washington, D.C.!"

Krystal's Gold Award take action project VET Support is contributing to the White House initiative to support our military and the Secretary of Veteran's Affairs initiative to end homelessness among veterans.

Krystal's passion and desire to serve those who have served has resulted in: over 300 blankets; more than 5,000 supplies collected to help meet needs of the VA Domiciliary; over 10,000 additional items collected resulting in 525 care packages sent to our soldiers in Afghanistan and numerous boxes of items donated to the VA Medical Center, the Domiciliary, and the Veterans House; 107 Christmas trees decorated and sent to troops in Afghanistan, 30 trees to the Veterans House and each resident at the VA Domiciliary received a tree; over 13,500 thank you coloring sheets have been given to veterans, soldiers and wounded warriors; and most recently during a three day collection drive, 1,481 items were collected and shipped to Walter Reed in Bethesda for Krystal to distribute while visiting with the wounded warriors during a trip to Washington, D.C.

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