Girl Scout Songs – What Shall We Sing Tonight?

Singing girl scout songs is not something I have done a lot of, being a guy! I imagine the girls must be more refined, dainty and classy. I’m sure they must sing the kind of songs you would sing at a church camp. The songs they sing must be quite different from the songs that I have heard around Boy Scout campfires. Is that true?

I have two daughters that have told me the kinds of songs they sing, and I can tell you, they sing the same kinds of songs that the boys sing. Maybe even worse! I think some songs they sing would make even a boy scout blush!

Not to worry; I am not promoting that kind of song here.

Whenever I ask one of the young ladies I know to tell me their favorite girl scout song or campfire girl song, the first one they say is Princess Pat. So here is Princess Pat, along with a few other camping songs popular among girl scouts, campfire girls and other organizations for girls.

  • Princess Pat: This song is a favorite among girls. The whole song is in The Great American Campfire Songbook. It is a sing and repeat song; The leader sings a line and everyone else repeats. There are also some fun actions that go along with it: The Princess Pat (pose like and Egyptian) Lived in a tree (hands in the air like a tree) She sailed across (wavy hands like the ocean) The seven seas (hold up 7 fingers then form a ‘C’ with hand) She sailed across (wavy hands) The channel too (trace a channel w/2 hands then show #2) And took with her (throw a sack over shoulder) A rick-a-bamboo. (trace a wavy figure in front as you go down, bending knees as you go) A rick-a-bamboo (same as above) Now what is that? (shrug shoulders) It’s something made (bang one fist atop the other) By the Princess Pat. (Egyptian pose) It’s red and gold (one hand on hip, other hand up) And purple too. (reverse pose) That’s why they call (cup hands around mouth, and shout) It a rick-a-bamboo. (same as before) Now captain Jack (salute) And his mighty crew (salute some more) They sailed across (same as before) The channel too. (same as before) But their ship sank (plug nose and go down) And yours will too (point at audience) If you don’t take (throw invisible bag over shoulder) The rick-a-bamboo. (same as before) The Princess Pat (same as before) Saw captain Jack (hand above eyes like a lookout) She reeled him in (reel in like your fishing) And brought him back (pat on his imaginary back) She saved his life (salute) And his crew’s too (salute some more) And do you know how (shrug) With a rick-a-bamboo. (same as before)
  • A Little Miss: I really don’t know how popular or widespread this song is. A niece of mine taught it to me. I thought it was fun, and so I have included it. I don’t know of any actions, but there are definitely possibilities. Here are the words: The music and chords are included in the campfire songbook. A little miss, went out to pick some flowers. Stood in the grass, up to her ankle bones. She saw a bird and thought of turkey feathers. It broke her heart, she let a farmer take her home.
  • I Like Bananas, Coconuts and Grapes: This is another favorite at girls camps. It can really get silly as you replace all the vowels with an ‘e’ or ‘a’ or ‘o’ or another vowel. There are 5 vowels, but you can also use the different pronunciations of those vowels. In the first verse you sing: I like bananas, coconuts and grapes. In the second verse, replace all the vowels with an e, and sing: E leke benenes, cecenets end grepes. In the third verse replace all the vowels with another vowel, like o and sing: O loke bononos coconots ond gropes. You can continue with whatever vowels you want to use.
  • Happy Wanderer: Just a happy song. It’s great for the outdoors, and is also an excellent hiking song.
  • I Love the Mountains: Just another happy song. Also an excellent hiking song.
  • Cannibal King: Another very popular girls camp song. The chorus moves along pretty fast, but that’s what makes it fun.

This is just a handful of good girl scout songs. If you have some favorites that I have not included, drop me an email with your suggestions. I can always add more to my songbook.

The Social Channel – Keeping Pace With the Power of the Consumer

Facebook and Twitter have become two very effective sounding boards, giving consumers a platform to communicate with friends and followers in an instant, reading and sharing opinions of products, services, and brands. With 140 characters or less, consumers have the ability to influence the buying behavior of hundreds of their peers in short period of time in a casual, friendly, trusted environment.

The importance of these communication channels seems to be understood by many retailers from a marketing standpoint. Brick & mortar companies along with online-only retailers continue to adopt what has become a smarter and more powerful consumer market, full of product reviews, company research, price comparisons, and peer recommendations on a global scale.

Having the ability to communicate directly with customers on a daily basis gives retailers more insight into their own business, allowing them to provide better customer service and make necessary operational or product adjustments based on popular feedback. It also gives them the opportunity to share relevant product information and offers to loyal customers, who in turn may share the information immediately with their peers within the same channel.

The issue is no longer whether the channels are important; the issue is primarily around execution, how to communicate through the channels effectively, engaging the intended audience while maintaining the integrity of the brand.

Though many companies now have a Facebook business page, the successful brands are those that use the channel with the understanding that it is primarily a social communication tool for friends and associates, not the typical marketing channel. Successful retailers use it as a way to enhance the shopping and brand experience, fully aware that they are in the customers’ home turf.

In this environment, marketers must play by the rules of their customers, providing them with the information that their audience will “Like” or “Share while respecting their customers’ privacy and overall user-experience within the channel. Pushy “buy now” marketing messages will not play very well, whereas honest engagement through “sharing” and excitement about a product or offer may be welcome.

Communication through this channel also requires a degree of caution. Anything the retailer does can be shared instantaneously within this Social Channel to an incredibly broad audience, permanently affecting their brand and reputation, for good or bad. A simple “tweet” mentioning the brand can noticeably (and measurably) affect the awareness and perception of the brand.

While many retailers are still behind the ball when it comes to effectively executing in these social channels, others have responded quickly to consumer demands and are putting resources behind what has become the new face of online marketing.

One such retailer is Tea Collection, an online children’s clothing store based in San Francisco, CA. E.B. Boyd recently highlighted their efforts in a Fast Company article, specifically around the success Tea had with a Facebook promotion last summer; Tea gave their Facebook fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece, promising to provide a significant discount to the piece that received the most votes.

Not only did Tea Collection fans have fun with the promotion and vote down the price of a $59 girl’s dress to $10, Tea had one of their biggest sales days ever, selling out of the dress as well as several other items.

The success of this promotion was largely due to Tea’s ability to engage their audience with a fun and valuable offer, then following it up with great customer service and quality products.

This well-balanced mix of engagement, service, and quality has been a decisive factor for marketing campaigns from the start. These three principles of marketing continue to be critical to the success of any retailer, especially those looking to capitalize on the current popularity of the Social Channel. Without these basic principles, retailers may jeopardize relationships with even their most loyal customers, ultimately losing any influence they may have had.

Early this year, CNBC’s Consumer Nation published an article posing the not-so-rhetorical question, “Consumers, Do You Know How Powerful You Are?” In her article, Barbara Thau points out that shoppers are “…becoming the critical influencers over what their peers buy…” due to social tools such as Facebook and Twitter. With retailers losing some of their influence due to smarter consumer choices, many retailers are “…grappling to keep pace with an increasingly digitally connected consumer.”

Retailers must also have a sense of how massive this channel has become. According to the most recent Social Bakers numbers, Facebook alone has grown worldwide by over 80 million users worldwide since the beginning of 2011. That is an average of approximately 700 thousand new accounts per day! This number includes the rising number of retailers that continue to do their best to keep up with this ever-changing online marketing channel.

Since success and return on investment are more difficult to measure in some cases and may not be apparent as quickly as they were with Tea Collection, many retailers are hesitant to put additional resources into any online campaign that cannot be tracked from a bottom-line standpoint. However, as the Social Channel continues to develop, new tools and resources are becoming more prevalent and effective, allowing for greater, more holistic insight into all online marketing campaigns, including the Social Channel campaigns.

Regardless of success measurements and ROI, the fact of the matter is that the Social Channel is full of consumers capable of reaching and potentially influencing hundreds if not thousands of their peers, literally, with a click of a button. If retailers are to be effective on any level within this environment, it will help them to have an appreciation for how powerful the channels and their primary users have become.

How to Get Your Girl Back – 5 Simple Steps to Getting Your Girlfriend Back

The break down of a relationship can feel like a nightmare- especially if you believe that you’ve lost the love of your life. Relationships collapse for loads of reasons. Some relationships break down due to very complex, deep-seated issues. Others falter due to relatively simple things such as one person in the relationship needing a bit of space and time to themselves. Other relationships are called off in the heat of the moment following an argument. The solution to how to get your girl back will be largely influenced by the reason why your relationship broke down. The more complex the reason, the more carefully planned efforts you’re going to have to make. Thankfully, there are some basic steps that can get to you off on the right track to getting your girlfriend back.

The break down of a relationship can feel like a nightmare- especially if you believe that you’ve lost the love of your life. Relationships collapse for loads of reasons. Some relationships break down due to very complex, deep-seated issues. Others falter due to relatively simple things such as one person in the relationship needing a bit of space and time to themselves. Other relationships are called off in the heat of the moment following an argument. The solution to how to get your girl back will be largely influenced by the reason why your relationship broke down. The more complex the reason, the more carefully planned efforts you’re going to have to make. Thankfully, there are some basic steps that can get to you off on the right track to getting your girlfriend back.

The key to getting your girlfriend back is proving to her that you can be a great partner who has the potential to make her really happy. To do this you need to:

  1. Keep your emotions under control – No matter how distraught you are feeling you have to stay calm. If you allow your ex to see displays of emotion such as extreme distress or anger, then you’re unlikely to come across as ideal partner material
  2. Keep busy – Be as active as you can. Try and channel all your sadness into activities. If you spend too much time sitting around dwelling on the break up of your relationship, you’re likely to let your emotions get out of the control. Not a good idea!
  3. Show positive behavior all the way – One of the crucial factors in how to get your girl back is showing her that you’re a great person to be around. So, make sure that your ex only sees you behaving in a positive, charming way. Also watch your behavior whenever you’re around anyone who is likely to report things back to her. Remember, you want everything your ex hears about you to be positive. You may be concerned that your ex may think that you don’t care about her if you behave like this. That’s no harm – keep her guessing initially.
  4. Don’t bombard your ex with contact – It’s really important not to keep constantly contacting your ex girlfriend. Not only is this likely to infuriate her but it’s also going to let her know that you’re desperate to get back with. She could easily become bored with this situation and decide move on from you. If you keep her guessing, you’re more likely to keep her interested in you.
  5. Use all communication opportunities effectively -Communication is going to be key in getting your ex girlfriend back. When you get a chance to communicate with her – don’t mess it up. If you get angry or upset during a conversation with your ex you’re not going to show yourself in a very positive light. Plus, you can’t get your views across in a constructive way if you plunge into negative forms of communication. You need to show that you have some insight into what went wrong in the relationship and that you are motivated to work on all the problems.If your ex is not showing much interest in getting back with you at this stage – don’t push her.