Categories: Music Lessons

Hey girls,

beginning guitarFirst off I want to say thank you for all of the positive feedback we’ve gotten about the new guitar program we’re going to start in 2016!

This is going to be an exciting time and we’re really excited to be able to encourage the study of music within our Kenosha troops!

In that vein, I thought I’d share a few more resources with you that can help you to get started learning guitar. I know several of the girls have already started to learn on their own, which will put them in a great position for January’s first workshop!

Here are a few tips:

Learn a few Basic Chords First

When you’re just starting out with guitar, it can feel overwhelming. There’s so much to learn, where do you begin?

In my view, you should try to learn a few basic chords first, and be sure to pick common chords that you can apply to a bunch of different songs, like we mentioned in the last post.

When you learn chords, also learn transitions between the chords, and practice switching between different chords quickly and effortlessly!

Don’t Forget Your Scales

Once you know your first couple of chords, it’s also really important to make sure you practice your scales! Scales are an essential part of playing any instrument, and while they’re not the most fun choice for many beginners, if you do them the right way you’ll soon learn that they are the key to playing everything else!

Most musicians spend time everyday practicing their scales, and yet somehow many beginning guitarists overlook this crucial part of their practice routine.

There’s a great tutorial on how to practice guitar scales from Beginners Guitar Studio, which I recommend you read in order to learn how to get started. They also have a number of scale tutorials for you to learn how to play in any key.

Apply Everything To A Song!

Finally, you should be sure to apply everything you learn to a song!

This step is what makes learning guitar so much fun, since you can pick a song, learn the chords for the song and practice everything together. You can even choose the scales you’re going to practice based on the key of the song you want to learn, and try working bits of the scale into the song, or playing around with the song’s melody, which is likely to use many elements of the scale!

I hope these tips help you get started, and I’ll see everyone after the holidays! See below for an example practice routine using these concepts!


Categories: Music Lessons

Thank you all so much for coming out and celebrating a “Frozen” weekend with us this past weekend.

It was a great event, and we want to thank all of our scouts and parents for making the weekend a success!

I got the impression that many of the girls loved the theme and structure of the weekend, and many really seemed to enjoy the sing-a-long aspect and song performances! I even has a number of requests for us to have more events where we can learn music in the future, and a few of the girls even asked about learning guitar.

Because of that interest, I thought I’d take a few minutes to share a few resources and tips for any of our scouts who are interested in learning the guitar.

Maybe it’s something Santa can bring (hint hint) and we’ll try to plan a guitar workshop in early 2016!

For now, here’s a few thoughts.

Easy Beginner Guitar Songs

The first thing to keep in mind when you’re trying to learn a new instrument is that the most important thing is to have fun! If you have fun playing, you’ll want to practice more, and eventually you’ll have more interest in some of the “technicalk” aspects like scales and chords that will make you a truly great musician!

To get started with the guitar, there are a number of popular songs that you can learn using only a few chords, and I recommend checking out one of the free online guitar lesson programs, like those provided by and Jamplay, to name a few. These programs will really show you the basics and walk you through what you need to know to succeed with guitar!

In the meantime, you’ll want to choose a few songs to work on, and I think this video has a great overview of 10 popular songs you can learn with just two chords!

Check it out:

Wild World Chords

Another song you might consider is the John Denver classic Wild World. While not the most modern classic, this song is a great choice for any beginner, since it uses some of the easiest guitar chords out there.

You can find more information on how to play Wild World chords on guitar from!

Sweet Home Alabama Chords

Another song you might consider learning is Sweet Home Alabama. While this song isn’t the easiest song in the world, it is a good beginner-intermediate song, and something that is fun to play and sing along with at our next Scout meeting!
See this page to learn how to play Sweet Home Alabama chords on guitar.

Categories: Events

disney frozen sing a longHello girls!
Super excited to announce our November 2015 event, which is going to be a Frozen sing-a-long!

We thought that with the coming of winter, this would be the perfect time to enjoy one of the best Disney movies of the last decade, while learning about music and the arts.

So, we have a super fun weekend planned for November 20th-November 22nd, just before Thanksgiving, at our Woodhaven camp!

Here’s a quick breakdown and summary of the weekend’s events!

Friday November 20th

Arrival and Check-in start at 6:00pm Friday. Troop 437 is going to be arriving at 5:00 to begin preparing dinner for the group.

Friday night is going to be fun and relaxing, we’ll eat dinner around 7:00, and then have a full length screening of, you guessed it: Frozen!

Saturday November 21st.

Saturday is when we’re going to get into the details of the music education part of the event.

From 9:00-12:00, we’ll be diving up into teams, and each team will be tasked with preparing a performance of one of the popular songs from Frozen.

We’ll have a break at 12:00, with lunch at 1:00 prepared by Troop 721. After lunch, we’ll gather back into our teams for the afternoons showcase and competition face-off!

Each team will perform their song, and winners will be voted on by the other teams. NO voting for your own team’s performance!

Then, we’ll have a guided walk around the grounds, and talk about the historical traditions different cultures used to prepare for winter!

When we get back, we’ll be warmed up with some hot cocoa, and Troop 596 will be preparing dinner, which will be served at 7:00.

After dinner, we’ll have a full group campfire sing a long.

Sunday November 22nd

Sunday morning we’ll have the awards ceremony for the winning teams the day before, and parent pickup is at 11:00am!

Before You Come

Please note that, like all events at Woodhaven Center, everyone will be expected to bring their own sleeping bag and pillow. We will be sleeping in the main room of the center, so no camping equipment is needed.

Please bring warm clothes in case the weather gets chilly, as we do have two outdoor events planned for the weekend.

Also note that for the competition, you can download free music from, so you can click here to download Frozen sheet music before the event.

You might also visit the official Frozen website from, or watch the video below for the full Frozen soundtrack!

Categories: Uncategorized

Here’s a great video we just stumbled across with some of the best and funniest Girl Scout camp songs I’ve ever heard!

Some of these are oldies but goodies, and others are new to me!

Categories: Events

Devils Lake Camp Out

DATE/TIME: Friday, October 3 – Sunday, October 5

FEE: $35.00 per person

AGE LEVEL: Cadette and Senior Girls Scouts, 14 and older (No tag-a-longs, please)

DESCRIPTION: Teen Girls Scouts are invited to this weekend of hiking and camping. There will be a dance Saturday night with the Boy Scouts. Participants must attend a mandatory information meeting, September 14, 2003 at 3:00 pm at Woodhaven.


WALK IN REGISTRATION DATES: August 11 – September 19

# OF PARTICIPANTS: 10 min./25 max.

Biking Buddies

DATE/TIME: Sunday, October 5, 2003, 1-3 pm

FEE: $3.00 per person

AGE LEVEL: All Age Levels

DESCRIPTION: Girl Scouts and their families are invited to bike the Northside Bike Trail. Fees include a craft, snack and drink. All riders must wear a bike helmet as required by GSUSA Safety Wise.


WALK IN REGISTRATION DATES: August 11 – September 19

# OF PARTICIPANTS: 10 min./60 max.

FPS Family and Friends Kick-Off Dance

DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 9, 2003, 6-8 pm

FEE: $2.00 per person and a non-perishable food item.

(Fees and registrations must be paid at the Girl Scout Office by October 3rd. Food donations should be brought to the dance.)

AGE LEVEL: All Age Level Girl Scouts, troops and their family members

(Girl Scouts attending as an individual must attend the event with an adult)

DESCRIPTION: Come dance the night away as we kick-off our fall product sales program. Get product sales questions answered, view the girl awards, and get your order card to begin order taking in the morning.

REGISTRATION POSTMARK DATES: August 11, 12, 13, 2003

WALK IN REGISTRATION DATES: August 18 – October 3, 2003

# OF PARTICIPANTS: 100 min./700 max.

DA/BR Day at the Kenosha Public Museum

DATE/TIME: Saturday, October 11, 2003, DA 9:30–11:00 am / BR 1:30–3:30 pm

FEE: $5.00 per girl

AGE LEVEL: Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts (No tag-a-longs, please)

DESCRIPTION: Create bubbles, and invisible ink, see crystals under a microscope and discover how magnets work. Daisy Girl Scouts will receive a special patch for the day and the Brownie Girl Scouts will receive their Science Wonders Try-It.


WALK IN REGISTRATION DATES: August 18 – September 26

# OF PARTICIPANTS: 30 min./60 max. per session

Teen SU Meeting

DATE/TIME: Sunday, October 12, 2003, 3-5 pm

FEE: Free to registered members $10.00 to non-members

AGE LEVEL: Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts (No Tag-a-longs, please)

DESCRIPTION: Open to girls who are individually registered members or are in Girl Scout troops. This month’s theme is Silver Award/Gold Award/Wider Ops Training. A must attend for anyone who is interested in applying for a 2004 Wider Op or wanting to earn their Silver/Gold Awards. Also if time prevails we will work on our knot skills in an Olympic format.

CA/SR Program Aide (PA) Training

DATE/TIME: Tuesday October 14 and 21, 2003, 6-9 pm

FEE: $7.00 per girl

AGE LEVEL: Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts

DESCRIPTION: If you are interested in working directly with a troop, group or camp unit of younger Girl Scouts you may volunteer to become a Cadette or Senior Girl Scout Program Aide. You must have completed 6th grade to participate in this training.

REGISTRATION POSTMARK DATES: August 18, 19 and 20, 2003

WALK IN REGISTRATION DATES: August 25 – October 3, 2003

# OF PARTICIPANTS: 10 min./30 max.

Studio 2B – Women’s Health Issues Interest Group

DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 16, 6-7:30 pm

Thursday, October 23, 7:30-9 pm

Thursday, October 30, 6-8 pm