Girl Scouts One Hundred-Fun Hundred Celebration!

Yesterday, Girls Scouts of Northern California celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts USA organization. More than 20, 000 people convened at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, in Pleasanton to take part in whole day of  amazing activities and celebrations.

The Girl Scout Heritage Museum

Celebrating Girl Scouting also means remembering its heritage. Yesterday, the  Girl Scout Heritage Museum  allowed the visitors a unique look at the evolution of Girl Scouting through the past 100 years.  Members of the Girl Scouts of Northern California Heritage Committee put together an amazing exhibit! Visitors had the opportunity to look closely at vintage GS uniforms and artifacts and to stroll through a fantastic outdoor exhibit showcasing the evolution of GS camping through the years.

Photo Op Boards of Historic GS Uniforms.

The Photo Op Boards of Historic GS Uniforms were a huge success! Similar to carnival cut-outs, those boards featured two vintage GS uniforms from different eras on each of them. Leslie Burchyns, Marion Mandell and I were very proud of our project! Volunteers from the Palo Alto Service Unit One in Palo Alto helped us through out the day to make sure that everything ran smoothly while girls and adults got their pictures taken. So, many thanks to Evelyn Aguon, Winnie Doty, Joanne Westerndorf, Diane Reklis, Marcie Brown, Laurie Winslow, Karen and Kelsey Smestad.

Marina Park and Joyce Richards in vintage GS uniforms!

Marina Park, CEO of GSNorCal and Joyce Richards, ex CEO of GS San Francisco Bay Area were the first visitors to have their picture taken in the boards. Joyce is in a uniform from the 1919-1928 period (notice the bloomers!) while Marina features one used between 1928-1935.

Marina Park and Joyce Richards in vintage Girl Scout uniforms!
Marina Park and Joyce Richards in vintage Girl Scout uniforms!

Now Leslie Burchyns and Marion Mandell in vintage GS uniforms!

The second board featured uniforms from the 1940s. One of them is the first uniform of the Girl Scout Mariner (1934-1940). The Mariner program started in 1934 for older girls interested in outdoor and water based activities. The second uniform is a summer camp uniform from 1940. To be able to move freely girls wore this special uniform which features a shirt, a scarf and wide shorts. The camping uniform on the board belonged to Marion Mandell but the head belongs to Leslie Burchyns!

Girl Scout Mariner and Girl Scout Summer Camp uniforms. 1940's.
Girl Scout Mariner and Girl Scout Summer Camp uniforms. 1940’s.

Uniforms from the 1960’s were displayed on the third board. The Junior Girl Scout uniform worn between 1963-1968, consisted of a green dress, a green elastic belt, a sash, socks, a beret and…a bright yellow bow tie!  The Brownie uniform of the same years (1961-1968) featured a brown dress, an elastic belt, brown socks, the famous beanie hat and…a bright tangerine tie! Those were the colors of the 1960s! The Brownie Girl Scout is holding a Brownie doll, wearing the original Brownie pixie-style hat. I think the models are quite cute!

Girl Scouts Junior and Brownie uniforms. The 1960's!
Girl Scouts Junior and Brownie uniforms. The 1960’s!

 

100 Hundred, Fun Hundred event: Carnival Cut-outs with Vintage Girl Scouts Uniforms. The 1960s!

Junior and Brownie Girl Scouts of the 1960s!

This is the last of the  Photo Op Boards of Historic GS Uniforms for the 100 Hundred, Fun Hundred event.

This third board will feature uniforms from the 1960s. The Junior Girl Scout uniform worn between 1963-1968, consisted of a green dress, a green elastic belt, a sash, socks, a beret and…a bright yellow bow tie!  The Brownie uniform of the same years (1961-1968) featured a brown dress, an elastic belt, brown socks, the famous beanie hat and…a bright tangerine tie! Those were the colors of the 1960s! The Brownie Girl Scout is holding a Brownie doll, wearing the original Brownie pixie-style hat.

Here’s the  mock-up of this last board. As I indicated before, the final board will feature the real vintage uniforms. Only the hair, hat, legs and arms will be painted.

To find out more about the various Girl Scouts uniforms over the century, you can go this Girl Scouts online exhibit.

Junior and Brownie Girl Scout uniforms. The 1960s)

100 Hundred, Fun Hundred event: Carnival Cut-outs with Vintage Girl Scouts Uniforms. The 1940s

Mock-up for the Photo Op Boards of Historic Girl Scout Uniforms at the Centennial Celebration. The GS Mariner and the Summer Camp Uniforms in 1940. Danièle Archambault

Girl Scouts Mariner and Summer Camp Uniforms

We got more work done on the  Photo Op Boards of Historic GS Uniforms for the 100 Hundred, Fun Hundred event.

The second board will feature uniforms from the 1940s. One of them is the first uniform of the Girl Scout Mariner (1934-1940). The Mariner program started in 1934 for older girls interested in outdoor and water based activities. The second uniform is a Summer camp uniform from 1940. The Girl Scouts who went camping had to wear this special uniform which features a shirt, a scarf and wide shorts.. The vintage uniform that will be displayed on the board belonged to Marion Mandell, one of the people involved in this project and still and active adult Girl Scouts.

Here’s the  mock-up of the second board. As I indicated before, the final board will feature the real vintage uniforms. Only the hair, hat, legs and arms will be painted. That’s my job: design and painting.  One more mock-up to come.

 

 

My Project for the Girl Scout Centennial Celebration Festival: Carnival Cut-outs with Vintage GS Uniforms

100 Hundred, Fun Hundred

This year, Girl Scouts of USA are celebrating their100th anniversary! All over the USA, celebrations are planned. In Northern California, the GS Centennial Celebration will be held in Pleasanton, on May 5th, 2012. On that day, 20, 000 Girl Scouts are expected to participate in the 100 Hundred, Fun Hundred event.

I will be volunteering all day at the Heritage Museum building. Many wonderful items describing the history of Girl Scouting in the USA will be on display.  For this event, I am working on a special and fun project with two other adult Girl Scouts, Leslie and Marion: Photo Op Boards of Historic GS Uniforms. Similar to Carnival Cut-outs, these three boards will be displayed in the Heritage Museum building. Each of them will feature two vintage GS uniforms from different eras. Girls (and adults) will be able to put their head through the holes in the boards and have their picture taken. Modern Girl Scouts in historic uniforms!

The first board will feature a Girl uniform from the 1919-1928 period. This uniform include long bloomers worn under the dress so girls could move freely, be very active and still be modest. The second uniform on that board was the one used between 1928-1935. The color is different and and the bloomers are gone.

Here’s my mock-up of this first board. Of course, the final board will feature the real uniforms. Only the hair, hat, legs and arms will be painted. That’s my job: design and painting. I’ll post the other mock-ups later…

Mock-ups for the Photo Op Boards of 1919-1928 GS Uniforms. Danièle Archambault

 

 

Girl Scout Workshop. Some amazing pages! Atelier pour les guides. Des pages extraodinaires!

A few weeks ago, I was invited to give a one-hour comic book workshop to a group of about 20 Junior Girl Scouts in Palo Alto. I helped the girls create a one-page comic book describing the service project they chose and the steps they needed to take to realize it. All about leadership and working as a group! You can click here to find out more about the workshop and to see some of the work in progress from the girls.  Now, you get to see the final page of three of these Girl Scouts. Thank you to the leader who brought over their work. Congratulations to the girls for producing such amazing comic-pages!

Il y a quelques semaines, j’étais invitée à donner un atelier d’une heure à un groupe d’une vingtaine de Guides (Girl Scouts aux USA), niveau Junior, à Palo Alto. J’ai aidé les jeunes à produire une page de BD décrivant leur projet de service communautaire et les étapes nécessaires à la réalisation de ce projet. Leadership et travail d’équipe! Vous pouvez cliquer ici pour en savoir plus sur l’atelier et pour avoir un aperçu des premières étapes de leur travail.  Mais aujourd’hui, vous pouvez voir le travail final de trois de ces jeunes filles. Merci à leur cheftaine d’avoir apporté leurs dessins. Félicitations aux jeunes filles pour ces merveilleuses pages de BD!

Comic-page by I...A Junior Girl Scout in Palo Alto.

Comic-Page by M...A Junior Girl Scout in Palo Alto.

Comic-page by A...Junior Girl Scout in Palo Alto.

 


A comic book workshop for Girl Scouts–Atelier de BD pour Girl Scouts.

A comic workshop for Girl Scouts.
Last week, I was invited to give a one-hour comic book workshop to a group of about 20 Junior Girl Scouts in Palo Alto. It was part of a whole day of activities organized by their leaders and parent volunteers. The activities focused on leadership: the leadership qualities of some great women and those of the girls.  I got to watch how a group of 20 young girls chose a service project…by consensus. Quite a process! The service project they chose had to do with finding money to help an animal shelter. Once they decided on their project, the girls had to design a one-page comic book explaining the steps they were going to take in order to achieve this service project. I was invited to guide them in the process. Each of the girls first produced a thumbnail of the comic-page they wanted  to do. Each panel represented one of the steps of the service project. They designed the drawings and wrote their script. Then they did their final comic page on an 8.5 by 11 smooth Bristol paper. They first did the pencilling and then they inked their page. Those girls were amazing! They managed to achieve this in one hour! They worked seriously but with a lot of laughs. I wish I could show you the pictures of these girls working on their pages. Unfortunately, for reasons of privacy, I cannot put up pictures of Girl Scouts on a website. However, I can show you some of their work in progress. I also told the girls that once they are done with their pages (they can color them at home), they can lend them to me. I’ll scan them and feature each of them on this website.

Meanwhile, here are two of my sketches of the girls and some of the comic pages they did.

Un atelier de BD pour les Guides (Girl Scouts).

La semaine dernière, j’ai été invitée à donner un atelier d’une heure à un groupe d’une vingtaine de Guides, niveau Junior (4ème, 5ème et 6ème année du primaire), à Palo Alto. L’atelier faisait partie de toute une journée d’activités sur le leadership: les qualités de leadership de femmes connues et celles des Guides elles-mêmes. J’ai pu observer comment un groupe de 20 petites filles arrivent à décider d’un projet de service communautaire…par consensus. Toute une affaire! Elles ont choisi un projet dans lequel elle devaient ramasser de l’argent pour aider un refuge pour animaux. Une fois le projet décidé, les Guides devaient faire une BD d’une page, dans laquelle elles expliquaient les étapes nécessaires à la réalisation de leur projet. Mon rôle était de les guider dans l’élaboration de leur BD. Chacune des filles a d’abord produit les vignettes (thumbnails). Chaque case devait décrire une étape. Elles ont planifié les dessins et les textes. Ensuite, elles ont dessiné leur travail final sur une feuille de papier Bristol 8.5 X 11. Elles ont fait le dessin à la mine puis elles ont encré leur page. C’était extraordinaire de le voir travailler! Elles travaillaient sérieusement mais gaiement. J’aimerais pourvoir vous montrer des photos des filles en plein travail mais en raison des règlements sur la confidentialité, je ne peux pas. Je peux vous montrer cependant des photos de leur travail . J’ai aussi proposer aux Guides de scanner leurs pages, une fois les couleurs terminées à la maison, et de mettre le travail de chacune d’elles sur mon blog.

En attendant, voici deux de mes croquis de cet atelier et des photos du travail des Guides.

A Junior Girl Scout

 

Junior Girl Scouts