Brownie Ceremonies

 

A World of Color

Have the girls come up with a color scheme for the ceremony (i.e., red, orange, yellow, green, blue, etc.). Have the girls as a group come up with what each color means to them. For example red might mean love yourself and others. Have washable finger paints in shallow pans of each color. Assign each girl a color to present. One at a time have the girls come forward and say: “The color ______ of the world means _____________________ to me!”

Then have them walk over to the color of paint that they said, dip their hand in the paint and place their hand print on a poster, sheet or any other creative idea you may come up with. Once all of the girls have given a color and left their hand print, have a candle to represent each color on a table. Leaders will then sum up each meaning of each color that the girls came up with in one word for every candle they light.

Leader: “The color _______ of the world means__________ to us” (repeat until all the candles are lit).
Form a friendship circle and say the Girl Scout Promise.

Brownies

B   Brownies together we all want to be,
R   Ready for learning in grades, two, and three.
O   Our time spent together is time that we share,
W   While helping our friends and showing we care.
N   New things to do and new friends to greet,
I   Interest to share and people to meet.
E   Each new discovery can open a door,
S   So watch us keep going and growing some more

The Brownie Story (with actions)

Have the girls count off 1 – 6. This will divide your group into six smaller ones. Give each group their "cue word" and let them practice their sound and motion, so they know what to do when their "cue word" is read.

Word - Sound & Motion:
Girl(s) – giggle & hands in front of mouth
Granny - oh, my! & both hand slap knees
Brownies - Be Prepared! & stand and make the Girl Scout Sign
House - come in! & motion with right hand to come in
Owl - whoo-whoo & bend arms and flap hands
Forest - moan & sway with arms up and fingers moving

Story: Once upon a time, there were two little girls who lived in England with their granny and their father. The girls played all day while the granny and father had to work very hard. One day granny told the girls about the Brownies, who used to do lots of things to help around the house. They are gone now, she said, but we were always so much happier when they helped. The girls wanted to know where the Brownies had gone and how to get them to come back. Granny said, "Only the wise old owl knows!"

That night, when everyone else was asleep, one of the girls ran out of the house into the magic forest. There she found the wise old owl. "Please", said the girl, "where can I find the Brownies to come and live with us? The owl said, "I know where two live – right in your house!" She was very surprised! Tell me how to find them, she begged. He told her to go to the pond in the magic forest, turn around three times and say, "Twist me and turn me and show me the elf. I looked in the water and saw…….!" The wise old owl said, "When you finish the rhyme, you will see the Brownie in the magic pond."

The girl went to the pond in the magic forest and did as she had been told. She went back to the forest and found the wise old owl and said, "Something must be wrong, I did all you told me to do and I only saw myself! And I am not a Brownie!" “Are you sure?" said the owl. To be a Brownie, you must be ready to help those around you, make friends wherever you can, and every day try to discover something new. "I'd like to be a Brownie", said the girl. Then go home and try, the wise old owl said kindly. He touched her hand with his feathers, and suddenly she was back in her house, in her own bed.

Quietly, she woke up her sister, told her all that had happened. Together the girls tip-toed into the kitchen and began to clean the house. In the morning, when granny and father saw the house, they wanted to know what had happened. "Who did this?" said granny and father! The girls danced around and shouted, "It’s the Brownies!" And from that day on, theirs was a very happy house near the forest, all because of the Brownies!

 

Friendship Circle with Wish Passing

Girls stand in a circle with arms crossed right over left and holding hands. One girl starts by making a wish and then squeezes the hand of the girl next to her, while sliding her right foot forward slightly. Continue until all girls have wished, then everyone says "Good Night Girl Scouts!"

Investiture Ceremony

Narrator should read the parts in bold, with girls acting out the other parts.

In Girl Scouting we have one Law with ten parts.
I will do my best to be honest and fair
- Three girls enter with each holding a glass and one holding a bottle of opened pop. She pours a little into each glass making sure they are equal and says “Now let’s be as fair as we can about this.”

I will do my best to be friendly and helpful - A Brownie enters with a lop-sided cake and proudly announces that she helped her mother make this lovely cake. Next, the mother enters with flour all over her and her hair a mess and a general disheveled appearance.

I will do my best to be considerate and caring - Two girls appear in archway and take turns saying “You go first - No you go first” Repeat about four times then both crowd through archway together.

I will do my best to be courageous and strong
- Two girls enter, one wielding a whip and a chair, like she is taming a lion, the other lifting a “heavy” object over her head (balloons on each end of a gift wrap roll work well to look like a barbell).

I will do my best to be responsible for what I say and do - One or two girls enter carrying stuffed “pets”, pretending that they are real. They are feeding, watering, brushing and walking them. They also talk to them lovingly.

I will do my best to respect myself and others - Three girls enter, each holding a small hand mirror. Looking into the mirror, they say to themselves “I respect you, I respect you, I respect you”. They then turn to each other and repeat the same thing.

I will do my best to respect authority
- Three girls and an older Girl Scout. The girls form a straight line. The older girl gives orders such as “About face” “Left face” “Right face”. Each girl turns in opposite direction for general confusion.

I will do my best to use resources wisely - One girl enters holding a recycling sign or trash bin.

I will do my best to make the world a better place - Some girls enter with pet rocks and potted plants. One shows others the new house she just made for her pet rock. Others talk to their plants, etc.

I will do my best to be sisters to every Girl Scout - Two girls enter wearing outfits with the sleeves and skirts sewn together. The girls say in unison, "Some people say sisters argue, I’m sure this you’ve heard. But the thing that describes us best, you’ll find, inseparable is the word".

Everyone repeats the Girl Scout Promise and sings "Girl Scouts Together"

Planting Seeds

Supplies: Mini planting pots, Planting soil, Flower or tree seeds, Watering can
Instructions: Give each girl a mini planting pot. Have the girls form a single file line with the soil bag in front of them.

Leader says: We gather together to celebrate the earth and the growth that Girl Scouting offers.

Soil: The soil is the foundation that feeds the seed to grow like the girls and adult volunteers are the foundation for the Girl Scouting Program to exist. (have each girl one at a time scoop some soil into their pot.)

Seeds: The seeds are planted in the soil that will eventually grow into a beautiful flower. Girls are the seeds in Girl Scouting that will eventually grow into a successful adult, (give each girl a seed to plant in their soil).

Water: The water is the food that allows the seed to flourish and stay alive. Girls flourish and grow through programs offered in Girl Scouting, (pour water onto each girl's seed).

Recipe for a Girl Scout Troop

Have bowls full of the items below and one large bowl in the center. Each girl reads one of the lines below then scoops that item into the large bowl. At the end you will have a fun snack that the girls can eat!
  1. Girl Scouts come in all colors, from around the world. Every Girl Scout is a Sister, no matter where she is from, no matter the language she speaks, no matter the color of her skin. Girl Scouts are the colors of the rainbow. (M&M Candies)
  2. We have a promise and a Law. On our honor, we will try to do our best to be fair and square. (Chex Cereal)
  3. Some of us are tall some of us are small. When we get together, size doesn’t matter at all. (Pretzel thins and mini marshmallows)
  4. Sometimes we are nutty and we love to joke and play. We’d love to put a Girl Scout smile into everybody’s day. (nuts) [delete if there are nut allergies]
  5. When we get together, we seem to make circles. We may sit in circles, play circle games, and make a friendship circle. You could say that we are well-rounded. (Cheerios)
  6. When we are busy planning a project, or doing a craft, we pop around until we’re done. (Popcorn)
  7. Girl Scouts respect all living things. The earth is our home, and we want to keep it safe for everyone. (Animal crackers)
  8. Girl Scouts are “chips off the old block.” Girl Scouting began in 1912. Since then we all have been part of a tradition, and are proud to be part of the future. (Potato chips or chocolate chips)
  9. We get a kick out of wearing our uniforms, learning new things, helping others, and being together with our friends. (Kix Cereal)
  10. Young Girl Scouts may be hard to resist because they are fresh, sweet and new. But the older Girl Scout may be more fun because she has more experience than you! (Raisins)

Values of Life

Props: Large trefoil, seven candles

Leader: The emblem you see before you represents the Girl Scout program. The seven candles represent the seven rays of the sun. We will now tell you what each of the seven rays stands for.
  • WISDOM - Wisdom does not necessarily mean superior knowledge. It means putting to the right use the knowledge one possesses.
  • COURAGE - Courage is not the quality that enables people to meet danger without fear; it is being able to meet danger in spite of your fear.
  • CHARITY - Charity is not limited to donations to the less fortunate. It is acceptance of others even when you do not understand them.
  • JUSTICE - Justice is the practice of dealing fairly with others without prejudice or regard to race, color, or creed.
  • FAITH - Faith is the conviction that something unproved by physical evidence is true. A good example is when an eight year-old said, "Faith is when you turn on the light switch and you know the light will come on."
  • HOPE - Hope means to expect with confidence. Always hope for better things to come. A person without hope is of little good to herself of her community.
  • LOVE - There are many kinds of love - love of family, love of home, love of fellow man, love of God, and love of country. All these loves are necessary for a full life.

World Thinking Day Friends - February 22

Supplies: flashlight, paper dolls of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from other countries, collection container with symbol of World Association on it, girls should have their donations for the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund ready. If a girl cannot afford to make a donation, give her a few coins from the troop treasury to donate so she feels included.

Instructions: Each girl chooses her own paper doll. Girls stand in semi-circle. Lights are dimmed.

Leader: “Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., stretch out your hands and bring in your sisters from faraway lands.” One by one, each Girl Scout steps to the center of the semi-circle. Using the flashlight to illuminate the doll, the girl says, "This is my Girl Scout/Girl Guide friend from _____________ ." (She may add an interesting fact learned about the country, uniform, insignia etc.) The girl then stands her doll by the container and drops in her donation to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund. Continue process for each girl.

Leader: “We light our lights to show we are thinking of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides everywhere. Your coins will help more girls become members of the organization and send our sisterhood around the world. Let us say our Girl Scout Promise together and think of all the other girls in many nations saying their Promise and thinking of us this day.” Everyone makes the Girl Scout sign and repeats the Girl Scout Promise. Conclude with an appropriate song such as "It's a Small World."