Cadette, Senior & Ambassador Ceremonies

 

Carry the Sun Inside You Ceremony

LEADER says to the girls as she gives each girl a yellow gemstone, (you can make it a necklace, pin, or bracelet if you choose).“Within you lies a creative, resourceful person. You have qualities that get better every day. You have the courage and strength to see things through. You have a light that shines inside you. You have known the truth of yesterday, and you have an inner map that will lead the way to a beautiful tomorrow. You have gifts that have never even been opened and personal journeys waiting to be explored. You have SO much going for you. You are a special person, and you have a future that is in the best of hands. And you need to remember: If you have plans you want to act on and dreams you've always wanted to come true, You have what it takes, because YOU HAVE YOU!”

The Common Flame Ceremony

Supplies: matches, candle holders, 1 large green candle, 6 smaller candles (different colors-no green)

GS #1:
I light the flame of sisterhood that burns in the heart of every Girl Scout (light green candle).

GS #2:
Girl Scouts come from many lands. all with smiles and helping hands, though they speak another way, the Law and the promise, they obey.

GS #3: I light this candle in friendship for all the Girl Scouts and Guides that live in Africa. Watch the flame closely please (light candle).

GS #4: I light this candle for all the Girl Scouts and Guides that live in South America. Watch the flame closely please (light candle).

GS #5: I light this candle for all the Girl Scouts and Guides that live in North America. Watch the flame closely please (light candle).

GS #6: I light this candle for all the Girl Scouts and Guides that live in Asia. Watch the flame closely please (light candle).

GS #7: I light this candle for all the Girl Scouts and Guides that live in Europe. Watch the flame closely please (light candle).

GS #8: I light this candle for all the Girl Scouts and Guides that live in Australia. Watch the flame closely please (light candle).

GS #9: Have you noticed the light from one candle is the same as the others even though the outside covering is different on each one?

GS #10: The cultures of the nations vary from one to the other but we all have basic needs. We wish to be recognized, to be called by name and to be loved.

Eleven Colors (based on a Native American Legend)

Supplies for each person involved with the ceremony: 1 Strip of leather about 7 inches long, 1 pony bead of each color: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet,
Color streamers can either be attached to walls or placed on the floor where the colors are to stand-for.

Narrative: Once upon a time the colors of the world started a quarrel: all claimed that they were the best, the most important, the most useful, the favorite.

RED shouted out: "I am the ruler of all of you - I am blood - life's blood! I am the color of danger and of bravery. I am willing to fight for a cause. I bring fire into the blood. Without me, the earth would be as empty as the moon. I am the color of passion and of love, the red rose, the poinsettia and the poppy."

ORANGE started next to blow her trumpet: "I am the color of health and strength. I may be scarce, but I am precious for I serve the needs of human life. I carry the most important vitamins. Think of carrots, pumpkins, oranges, mangos, and pawpaws. I don't hang around all the time, but when I fill the sky at sunrise or sunset, my beauty is so striking that no one gives another thought to any of you."

YELLOW chuckled: "You are all so serious. I bring laughter, gaiety, and warmth into the world. The sun is yellow, the moon is yellow, the stars are yellow. Every time you look at a sunflower, the whole world starts to smile. Without me there would be no fun."

GREEN said: "Clearly, I am the most important. I am the sign of life and hope. I was chosen for grass, trees, leaves-without me, all animals would die. Look over the countryside and you will see that I am in the majority."

BLUE interrupted: "You only think about the earth, but consider the sky and the sea. It is the water that is the basis of life and drawn up by the clouds from the deep sea. The sky gives space and peace and serenity. Without my peace, all of you would be nothing."

INDIGO spoke, much more quietly than all the others, but with just as much determination: "Think of me. I am the color of silence. You hardly notice me, but without me, all of you become superficial. I represent thought and reflection, twilight and deep water. You need me for balance and contrast, for prayer and inner peace."

VIOLET rose to her full height. She was very tall and spoke with great pomp: "I am the color of loyalty and power. Kings, chiefs, and bishops have one another for comfort.

In the midst of the clamor, rain began to speak: "You foolish colors, fighting amongst yourselves, each trying to dominate the rest. Don't you know that you were each made for a special purpose, unique and different? Join hands with one another and come to me."

Doing as they were told, the colors united and joined hands. The rain continued: "From now on, when it rains, each of you will stretch across the sky in a great bow of color as a reminder that you can all live in peace. The rainbow is a sign of friendship and hope for tomorrow.

And so, whenever the rain washes the world, look up... and as the rainbow appears in the sky, let us all remember our friendships new and old... and that tomorrow is always a new day."

Contributed by Theresa Rose, volunteer, Rio Grande Girl Scout Council. Theresa Rose, learned this ceremony at Chaparral Girl Scout Council leader training. She adds, "We stood in a circle and were handed the thin strips of leather. As different people read the different colors, we were given the same color pony bead and put it on our leather strip in order. When the last person was reading from 'And so the colors went on boasting ...' we took our finished strip and tied it around the wrist of the person to our right. The beads were put on in the same order as the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. It was a very touching ceremony and I remember it to this day and keep my bracelet in my purse."

Friendship Circle with Wish Passing

Girls cross their arms right over left, holding each other's hands. Designate a person to start the wish. Have that person make a wish and then squeeze the hand of the person on her left. As each girl does this, she also slides her right foot forward to signify that she had made her wish. This continues around the circle until everybody has had a turn. At that time everyone says, "Good night, Girl Scouts," turns under her right arm, drops hands, and leaves.

Note: When expecting a new girl in your troop you can leave the circle open, stating there is always room for one more Girl Scout. Also, by leaving the circle open you are thinking about Girl Scouts and Girl Guides who can't be with you. First form your circle. Then say, "Our circle symbolizes the unbroken chain of friendship with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world. Now we will open our circle, making a space for a Girl Scout who could not be with us tonight, We always have room for a sister Girl Scout."

Flame Ceremony

Supplies: six assorted shaped colored candles, the more mismatched the better, one tall multicolored (if possible) candle in the center, a green taper candle for every participant.

Instructions: Girl Scout in charge lights the tall candle in the middle and says, "Stars that shine together form a galaxy. Flowers that grow together create a garden. Buildings that stand together begin a city. People who work together make a difference. This is what valuing differences is all about."

1st Girl Scout (lights the first small candle): "I light this candle in friendship for all of the people who are older or younger, taller or smaller, richer or poorer than I."

2nd Girl Scout (lights the second small candle): "I light this candle in friendship or all people who worship differently than I."

3rd Girl Scout (lights the third small candle): "I light this candle in friendship for all people of a different nationality or ethnicity than I."

4th Girl Scout (lights the fourth small candle): "I light this candle in friendship for all people who are of a different color than I."

5th Girl Scout (lights the fifth small candle): "I light this candle in friendship for all people who come from other countries than I."

6th Girl Scout (lights the sixth small candle): "I light this candle in friendship for all people who don't run, walk, see, hear, or learn the same as I."

Girl Scout in charge lights her green taper from the tall middle candle and says "I light this candle for me, for I am unique and special." She then walks to the beginning of the horseshoe and the first girl lights her candle from the Girl Scout in charge and recites the line. The second girl lights her candle and recites, and so forth around the horseshoe.

Girl Scout in charge: "Watch the flames closely please. Notice the light from each candle is the same as the others even though the outside of each is different. So, too, are all of us in the world. We wear different clothes, speak different languages, follow different religions or beliefs, like different foods, sing different songs. And yet, we all belong to the same human race. Inside we are all the same. We all wish to be recognized, we all wish to be called by name, we all wish to be loved, we all wish for friends, we all wish for peace. In the spirit of international understanding, we pledge ourselves to world friendship. (Pause for reflection)

In the spirit of international understanding, we pledge ourselves to peacemaking. (Pause for reflection)

In the spirit of international understanding, we pledge ourselves to accept the challenge to look wider still." (Pause for reflection)

End with friendship circle after blowing out individual candles.
"Look wide! And when you think you are looking wide, look wider still." -Lord Baden-Powell

Golden Sun Closing

The Golden Sun sets in the west;
Great Spirit calls Girl Scouts to rest.
We've had our work; we've had our play,
And we have lived the true Scout way.
Each day we've done some new good turn;
Someone to help, not praise to earn.
We've been prepared for all in view,
And now we pledge our Scoutship true.


All girls should be standing and say the Girl Scout Promise.

I'm Glad that I'm Girl Scout

I'm glad that I'm a Girl Scout.
It means more than uniforms, service, symbols, and cloth badges.
It's loving the out-of-doors - appreciating nature all the more because you understand her.
It's camping, camping, and all the thrills that only camping can give.
It's living together - not being the only pebble on the beach. It's having a swell time partly because you were there.
It's getting together with people who admire the same things you do.
It's having millions of sisters - the world over - with different features but the same ideals.
It's respecting other people - thus gaining other people's respect.
It's meeting victory with a smile and failure with a grin.
It's giving service with satisfaction behind it.
It's fellowship with friendship as an underlying aim.
It's learning how to be the best possible kind of girl - so you can be the best possible kind of woman.
It's making friends - for childhood to girlhood, from girlhood to womanhood with no awkward stages.
It's life - the kind of life every girl wants.
I'm glad that I'm a Girl Scout.

New Year Resolution Ceremony

Gather a collection of scrap fabrics from shirts, jeans, dresses, etc. and have each girl make a list of things they want to improve, accomplish, change, etc. in their lives for the year. Have the girls write them down on a piece of fabric, then collect them and keep the resolutions in a safe place (a unique container or time capsule of some sort). At the end of each meeting or once a month have the girls pull out their resolution to see if each girl is accomplishing her goals for the year. Girls can talk out loud about their progress or keep it to themselves. They can share ways to help one another accomplish her goal. Ex:. If two girls want to lose 10 lbs by summer maybe they can exercise together or develop a healthy eating routine.

The Smallest Light Investiture/Rededication

Supplies: a candle for each member, three tall candles, membership pins, 10 small candles

Leader: All around us is darkness. I light this candle to represent the flame of sisterhood that burns in the heart of every Girl Scout and it is no longer dark. Although this is a tiny flame and it lights only a small area, all of us can see it. Each one of us knows it is here and could find the way to it. Though tiny, it is a beacon to every one of us. This tiny light can grow, be multiplied, and spread if someone would come to join it. (Two girls light their candles from the leader's candle)

Girl #1: Now the flame is brighter, lights a bigger area and we can see more than before. But this is only a beginning, for once there is light and people who are willing to share it, it will grow. As it is shared, it will become bigger and bigger until all who want it can have the light. (Girls light candles from each other until all are lighted)

Girl #2: See how fast the light can spread. Notice how well you can see now. This light makes it possible for us to see our friends, see their smiles and their actions. Other people can see our light.

Girl #3: As this light brightens our group, so does our light as true Girl Scouts brighten our own lives and the lives of others. The smallest light held by the least of us is important to the whole world.

Girl #4: Now I will light the three candles for the three parts of our Promise with the same tiny light from which so much light has grown. Watch the candles take up the flame to shine on all of us as we rededicate ourselves by saying the Girl Scout Promise. (All members repeat Girl Scout Promise. Girls come forward, one at a time, to recite one of the ten parts of the Girl Scout Law and to light a candle which represents the part).

LEADER: This pin tells everyone you are a Girl Scout, (attach pin to girl's clothing). Wear it proudly (give the Girl Scout handshake to the new member). Welcome to Girl Scouting (everyone blows out candles).

Spirit Campfire

On the way to the campfire, ask each person to choose five leaves and bring to the fire circle. This is a great ceremony to have each girl research their roots to find out what mix of culture they are! One person is stationed near the prepared fire (at least 5' to 6' from fire). She will remain in the background and will shine the flashlight on each person as she speaks. Four speakers are stationed around the fire: one facing in each direction (north,south,east, west).

Speaker #1: May the spirit of the West Wind bring us peace. (Throw glitter in the air)

Speaker #2:
May the spirit of the East Wind bring us health. (Throw glitter in the air)

Speaker #3:
May the spirit of the South Wind bring us happiness. (Throw glitter in the air)

Speaker #4:
May the spirit of the North Wind bring us friendship. (Throw glitter in the air)

Speaker #1: steps forward, faces the audience and says: May the mingling of these spirits light our way through Girl Scouting. And now, to include you in the spirit of this campfire, we invite you to symbolically share your heritage. Use the leaves you have gathered to represent the multi-ethnic backgrounds of each of us; and as we call your country of origin - and you may have more than one - please come forward and place your leaf in the fire, (i.e. French, German, Italian, Spanish, African etc.)

Taps - Canadian Style

Come we all, say goodnight,
As the shadows still cling to the edge of night.
With each burning, dying ember,
There are friendships to remember,
As we sing one last good night, good night, good night.


Taps - Full Version

Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest; God is nigh.
Then good night, peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn shineth bright;
God is near, do not fear
Friend, good night.


Taps - Native American Style

Day is done (hands outstretched, palms down)
Gone the sun (raise outstretched hands)
From the lake (raise hands)
From the hill (raise hands)
From the sky (raise hands toward sky)
All is well (right hand to left shoulder, elbow bent)
Safely rest (left hand to right shoulder)
God is nigh (bow head on arms folded at shoulder)

Values of Life Ceremony

Props: large Trefoil, seven candles

Leader (pointing to Trefoil): 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.

Have the girls say the following while lighting the candle:
1: WISDOM – Wisdom does not necessarily mean superior knowledge. It means putting to the right use the knowledge one possesses.

2: 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.

3: CHARITY – Charity is not limited to donations to the less fortunate. It is acceptance of others even when you do not understand them.

4: JUSTICE – Justice is the practice of dealing fairly with others without prejudice or regard to race, color, or creed.

5: FAITH – Faith is the conviction that something unproved by physical evidence is true. Faith is permitting ourselves to be seized by that which we cannot see.

6: HOPE – Hope means to expect with confidence. Always hope for better things to come. A person without hope is of little good to herself or her community.

7: 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.