Eight Oakton Girl Scouts sang in a group of about 40 other Scouts on Saturday for tourists who traveled into D.C. to get a look at the National Christmas Tree.
Wearing their standard Girl Scout uniforms adorned with matching red scarves, cadets and juniors from Service Unit 56 of Oakton joined the Scouts chorus to perform 12 songs, ranging from "Frosty the Snowman" to "Sleigh Ride" to "Hannukah, O Hannukah."
The fifth-graders arrived early to be tourists themselves, touring the National Christmas Tree and the state trees. They also visited Santa's Workshop and talked with Santa Claus, who left his shop for a moment to pose for a photo with the girls.
Caroline Erickson, 10, said she enjoyed singing with the other Girl Scouts. She said though she was nervous to perform for the tourists, she liked it once she started.
"There was one thing that made me really smile was when I saw all of these people coming and watching and staying," Caroline said. "A lot of people just walked away, but the people that I saw that stayed and really enjoyed it, that's what made me smile the most."
Parents joined the girls for their day in D.C., and had the privilege of watching the 30-minute performance.
"It was really thrilling as a parent to watch your daughter up there. All the girls did really, really well. They all really enjoyed it. They looked up and they smiled and they had all the songs down pat," said Caroline's mother, Miriam, a troop leader. "It was a real pro operation, I have to say."
The Service Unit 56 members who participated were Michelle Bader, Anna Buxmann, Emily Driscoll, Caroline Erickson, Saachi Khurana, Meredith Kilmartin, Simone Miller and Katie Nelson.