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Girl Scout Piper Project

The Girl Scout Piper Project was launched with great fanfare on October 25, 1966 at the National Council Meeting (now called National Conventions) in Detroit, Michigan. The 3-year Piper Project was devoted to retaining membership in Girl Scouting
and increasing membership among girls who had never experienced Girl Scouting.
 
 Bringing forth it's most notable celebrity troop leader - Mrs. Harry Karl, aka Debbie Reynolds - was introduced as the Honorary National Piper. The Piper Project team consisted of Miss Dephane Tabor (national staff), Mrs.J. Lucian Smith (volunteer) and Ms. Reynolds.

 
All troop leaders were considered part of the Piper Project. The project was heavily promoted in the Leader magazine during the following months.  The 7" record
and sheet music were sold in the GS catalogs from 1967 to 1972.

Piper Project related patches

Piper Project related button-style pins

Official Piper pins were handed out at the National Council Meeting to all adults and Senior Girl Scouts.
It is believed that the upper left pin (oval) was the official version and has been seen in red and white versions.



Debbie Reynolds with Seniors singing theme song on the cover of the Girl Scout Leader magazine January 1967