Junior Ceremonies

 

Girl Scout Treasure Ceremony

Supplies: cord, colored beads (colors listed below)

Instructions:
Give each girl a piece of cord, string or floss to make a necklace. Give each girl a colored bead to represent each part of the law describe below. As each part of the Law is read, have each girl string that color to form a beautiful gems necklace.

Leader: True treasure in life, is not silver or gold. More precious than jewels are the values we hold.

I will do my best to be:
Girl #1: Honest and fair as true-blue as the sapphire.

Girl #2:
Friendly and helpful as full of loving light as the glowing opal.

Girl #3:
Considerate and caring as the heart - red ruby.

Girl #4:
Courageous and strong ready to solve problems hard and dark as onyx.

Girl #5:
Respect myself and others valuing myself and others like precious diamonds.

Girl #6:
Responsible for what I say and do speaking only pearls of wisdom.

Girl #7:
Authority reminded of duty by the royal purple amethyst.

Girl #8:
Use resources wisely protecting the future as amber preserves the past.

Girl #9:
Make the world a better place like sky and water as pure and blue as aquamarine.

Girl #10:
And be a sister to every Girl Scout my sisters in emerald green worldwide!

Golden Link Thinking Day Ceremony

This version of a golden link ceremony works well because each girl has a part and the finished product (the chain) serves as a great visual for the concept of how each of us as individuals is important in making the whole chain strong. Each girl stands in a circle with a strip of yellow construction paper with a small piece of tape on the end. On each strip is written the name of a country where there are Girl Scouts or Girl Guides, and possibly what one of the different age levels is called in that country or a portion of the Promise or Law from that country.

Leader: As Girl Scouts we are not only members of our own troop, and Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., but we have 'Sister' Girl Scouts or Girl Guides in countries around the world. Each of our Sister Scouts has accepted a Promise and Law much like our own. In the Netherlands, a Girl Guide is called a Padvindster. As Padvindster's close their meetings with a friendship circle, each girl says in turn. "I am a link in the golden chain of world friendship, and I will keep my link strong and bright." As each of us adds a link to build our Golden Chain of Friendship, let's think about our Sister Scouts in other countries. About how things may be different for them but also about how much we are the same and about how each of us is an important link in the Golden Chain of Friendship. (This section can be separated into 3 parts for girls to read.)

All Together: Say Promise or Promise and Law.

Each girl in turn reads her country and information and adds her strip to the growing chain. The last link added should close the chain. Optionally, each girl could add a link with her own name on it.

Leader: Repeat after me the saying from Padvinsters in the Netherlands.

All Together: 'I am a Link in the Golden Chain of World Friendship, and I will keep my link strong and bright.'

Information for the links:
  1. In the Bahamas, Girl Scout Brownies promise to have courage and be cheerful in difficult situations.
  2. In Ghana, an Ananse Guide promises to make good use of her time.
  3. In Guatemala, Little Riding Hoods promise to smile and sing under all difficulties.
  4. In Italy, a Ladybird promises to love and respect nature.
  5. In Madagascar, a Little Wing promises to do all she can to create peace around her.
  6. In Nigeria, a Ranger Guide promises to be useful and help others.
  7. In Papua New Guinea, a Sunbird promises to take care of her own possessions and those of others.
  8. In Spain, a Pioneer promises to get to know the place she is living and be involved in its improvement.
  9. In Turkey, a Venture Guide promises to be a friend to animals and plants.
  10. In Greece, a Star promises to be conscientious in her work and reliable.
  11. In Korea, a Cadet promises to be thrifty.
  12. In Liechtenstein, a Little Bee promises to seek and convey joy.
  13. In Malta, a Dolphin promises to be self-controlled in all she thinks, says and does.
  14. In Jordan, a Ranger promises to be frank and make it a point of honor to deserve trust.
  15. In Grenada, a Guide promises to be obedient.
  16. In Germany, a Caravelle promises to share and be grateful.
  17. In Austria, a Brownie promises to pay attention to all human beings and seek to understand them.
  18. In Australia, a Gumnut Guide promises to be friendly and a sister to all Girl Guides.
  19. In Switzerland, a Ranger promises to rejoice in all that is beautiful.
  20. In Sudan, a Bluebird promises to be a sister to every other guide, no matter to what country, class or creed, the other may belong.
  21. In Israel, an Ofer (or Brownie) promises to live life correctly and do her duty.
  22. In England, a Rainbow promises to love her God and be kind and helpful.
  23. In Canada, a Pathfinder promises to be true to herself.
  24. In Argentina, Little Wings promise to obey the law of the pack.
  25. In Bangladesh, a Yellowbird promises to help other people every day, especially those at home.
Ceremony from Margo Mead, Portland, Oregon

Key to the Silver Bridging Ceremony

In the ceremony, present each girl a silver key on ribbon symbolizing the key to the Silver Award and Cadette Girl Scouts. Mis-cut silver keys are often available free at hardware stores.

Leader: Tonight we gather to honor those girls that have completed their journey in Junior Girl Scouts. These girls are ready to accept the challenges offered to them in the next level. The challenges are great, but the rewards are even greater. As they shed their green and don the khaki and white of the Girl Scout Cadette program they enter a world of new friends, new travels, new discoveries and new dreams. This is not the end of their Girl Scout journey, but rather the beginning of a whole new journey, and tonight we offer them the keys to unlock doors to the world of Girl Scouts Cadette.

Have 11 silver candles (or white candles tied with silver bows) arranged in a straight line on a table. 11 keys are cut from silver poster board (or white covered with foil). On these are written: PERSONAL GROWTH, UNDERSTANDING, FRIENDSHIP, VALUES, INTEGRITY, RESPECT, CHOICE, LEADERSHIP, SERVICE, THE WORLD, SILVER AWARD. As each candle is lit, the key (taped to the table) is flipped over the side of the table, so the audience can see it and what it says. Or, 12 Cadette girls may hold up the keys. Or, if you have a lot of girls, one may light the candle, while one reads the part taped to the back of the key she is holding up.

Girls:
#1: I light this candle to represent the key to PERSONAL GROWTH. As I discover and develop all my talents and abilities may I always try to help others to discover theirs.

#2: I light this candle to represent the key to UNDERSTANDING As I learn to accept who I am, may I always be accepting of who others are, no matter how different they may be.

#3: I light this candle to represent the key to FRIENDSHIP. As I make new friends, may I never forget the old, for one is silver and the other gold.

#4: I light this candle to represent the key to VALUES. As I discover what I value most, may I always protect my own values while respecting the values of others, no matter how different from my own.

#5: I light this candle to represent the key to INTEGRITY. As I learn to always "do the right thing", may I remember to be honest and fair in all my dealings.

#6: I light this candle to represent the key to RESPECT. As I learn to give respect to those around me, and respect the rules I am given, may I gain the respect of others.

#7: I light this candle to represent the key to CHOICE. As I make more choices in my life, may I always be guided by the Girl Scout Promise and Law and my own values.

#8: I light this candle to represent the key to LEADERSHIP. As I learn to lead others, may I always lead them down the right path and remember that one day they shall also become leaders.

#9: I light this candle to represent the key to SERVICE. As I learn that I can do no greater good in this world than to give of myself to others, may I never forget those less fortunate than myself.

#10: I light this candle to represent the key to THE WORLD. As I learn to protect it and its resources may I better understand it and improve it through my words and actions.

#11: I light this candle to represent the key to the SILVER AWARD. As I work hard to achieve the highest award available to a Cadette Girl Scout may I never forget those who helped me along the way.

Leader: As your name is called please cross over the bridge and receive your Cadette vest and your silver key.

All girls cross the "bridge" and receive a silver key from the leader or older Girl Scout Cadettes, and have their green vest replaced by a khaki one.

Leader: You have each received a silver key. Protect it and cherish it for it is your key to a whole new world. The key represents your challenge to look wider still in all you do while always remembering to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, responsible for what you say and do, respectful of yourself and others, respectful of authority, wise in your use of resources, and always trying to make the world a better place while being a sister to every Girl Scout. If you are willing to accept this challenge please raise your right hand in the Girl Scout sign and repeat the Girl Scout promise with me. (All girls and leader say the promise together.

Make New Friends Investiture

And now as we share our Junior Friendship Circle, we will pass the squeeze around the circle. As we do, we will think about all of our special Girl Scout sisters right here and around the world and all of the fun and excitement that awaits us! Pass the Friendship squeeze. Turn out of circle. Girls stand in a line in front of leaders and leaders pin each new girl.

Nobody Told Me

You can use your imagination on how to set up for this ceremony, just be sure to assign each girl some type of part.

Girl #1: Nobody told me I would really feel part of something so big, so wonderful, that when we said the Promise together that I would mean every word. Will I ever know all the words? You'll learn them, I was told.

Girl #2: Nobody told me that while I worried and fretted about "doing the right thing at the right time", I would now be looked upon as "knowing all the answers" by the younger Girl Scouts. What if they won't listen to me? They'll learn from you, I was told.

Girl #3: Nobody told me I would really have to cook on an open fire. "I don't know how to scramble eggs or put up a tent." You'll learn, I was told. Nobody told me that I would really want to go camping again. You'll learn, I was told.

Girl #4: Nobody ever told me that I would become queasy or that my voice would crack when I led the Flag Ceremony. "But, I've never done a flag ceremony, I said. What if I forget the words? You'll learn, I was told.

Girl #5: Nobody told me that the Girl Scout Law was made to help us become better people. How will I learn to get along with so many girls, we're all so different. You'll learn, I was told.

Leader: Nobody told me that getting to know these girls would be so much fun. Nobody told me, I learned.

In Unison: We are Girl Scouts. Four words, but, behind them, hundreds of feelings and thoughts. We are Girl Scouts because we love the out-of-doors, singing, reading, learning how to make things, and because we enjoy sharing with our friends in Girl Scouting. Nobody told us that we would make so many friends! Nobody told us. We learned.

Original Candle Ceremony

Girl #1: As I light the right “candle”, and see the small sparks ignite to a bright flame, it reminds me of the Girl Scout movement and small girls growing in knowledge and self-respect as they, too, grow from the small spark of Daisies and Brownies to glow as Juniors, flame as Cadettes and blaze as Seniors and Ambassadors.

Girl #2: As I light the left “candle”, I am reminded of the Promise and Law followed by all Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. It too starts as a small spark, but ignites to a warm feeling of friendship and understanding as girls bridge from level to level and gain greater understanding of the meaning that it gives us.

Girl #3: The central “candle” that I light reminds me that Girl Scouting burns bright in the hearts and minds of all who are dedicated to girls and to the Girl Scout Program. The flame that spreads from these candles far outshines the light that it sends forth. Its glow reaches around the world and forms a bonfire of friendship that only exists when girls and leaders share the common bonds that Girl Scouting makes possible.

Girl #4: The three “candles” sparking to bright flames encircle the earth in peace and friendship. Your light will help keep the Girl Scout movement alive and glowing. This light will glow in hearts and minds forever. Please join in reciting the Girl Scout Promise.

After Girl # 4 leads the promise, she then says: “We will now blow out our candles, (or extinguish our flashlights) but their meaning will glow and burn their image on the hearts and minds of our girls for all eternity.”

Paper Doll Ceremony

As each girl says her verse; she stretches her hand out to the next girl to speak until all the girls are standing across linked together like paper dolls.

Girl 1: Take my hand in friendship I give to you this day. Remember all the good times we had along the way.

Girl 2: Take my hand in helping other people that we know. The more we give to others, the more that we will grow.

Girl 3: Take my hand in learning to camp on nature's ground. Enjoying trails and campfires with new friends we have found.

Girl 4: Take my hand in thanking our leaders and our guides with sincere appreciation for standing by our sides.

Girl 5: Take my hand in eagerness to be an older Girl Scout. We're proud to be Juniors is what we're going to shout.

Girl 6: So take my hand to follow new scouting paths in sight. We'll join hands to each other, in friendship we'll unite.

All the Girls: We give our hands in promise to hold our country dear. And abide the Girl Scout Law each day throughout the year.

Ribbons and Candles

Use 10 white candles, each tied with specified color ribbon. Each girl reads her line, then lights the candle.

All the girls say together: I will do my best to be:

Honest and fair: The purple ribbon on this candle represents a Girl Scout's sense of honesty and fairness. A Girl Scout works honestly and keeps her promise. She is fair in all she does and those she meets.

Friendly and helpful: The blue ribbon on this candle represents a Girl Scout's sense of friendship and thoughtfulness. A Girl Scout is amiable and loyal to her friends. She helps others where ever and whenever she can.

Considerate and caring: The orange ribbon on this candle represents a Girl Scout's sense of kindness and warmth. A Girl Scout works well with others and looks out for the well-being of others.

Responsible for what I say and do: The gold ribbon on this candle represents a Girl Scout's sense of ownership and pride in her work. She readily admits her strengths and weakness and is aware of the consequences of her actions. A Girl Scout is upfront with her intentions.

All the girls say together:  And to:

Respect myself and others: The white ribbon on this candle represents a Girl Scout's sense of integrity. A Girl Scout directs her thoughts and deeds to encompass her own beliefs and to be sensitive to, and respectful of, the beliefs of those around her.

Respect authority: The yellow ribbon on this candle represents a Girl Scout's sense of regard for another's position. A Girl Scout understands the importance of having a leader of a group to make final decisions. She works with that leader to make the best decisions for the good of the group.

Use resources wisely: The green ribbon on this candle represents a Girl Scout's sense of being careful with resources. She uses her materials, money, time, and energy wisely. A Girl Scout does not waste the Earth's resources.

Make the world a better place: The brown ribbon on this candle represents a Girl Scout's sense of improvement. A Girl Scout strives to clean, conserve, and enrich the world around her. She believes it is important to leave it a better place than when she found it.

Be a sister every Girl Scout: The silver ribbon on this candle represents a Girl Scout's loyalty to sisters all over the world. A Girl Scout is always ready to accept more friends into her ever-widening circle. She treats all of her sisters with kindness, acceptance, and warmth.

Spirit Candle Opening

Have a special candle to keep burning throughout your meeting.

Leader: This candle represents the spirit of Girl Scouting. It burns throughout our meeting to represent the friendship and fun we enjoy together. Look to the flame and see its challenge to you:

Girl #1: to do more than belong - Participate.
Girl #2: do more than care - Help.
Girl #3: do more than believe - Practice.
Girl #4: do more than be fair - Be kind.
Girl #5: do more than forgive - Forget.
Girl #6: do more than dream - Work.
Girl #7: do more than teach - Inspire.
Girl #8: do more than live - Grow.
Girl #9: do more than be friendly - Be a friend.
Girl #10: do more than give - Serve.

Leader: Bless you for being just who you are - Girls are great!

At the end of the meeting, circle around the candle say the Promise and Law together and blow candle out. This ceremony can be done for every meeting or just certain ones.

What is World Thinking Day

Narrator: In 1908 Lord Robert Baden-Powell lit a torch that was destined to carry a message of peace and friendship to millions of boys and girls around the world. The flame began with first group of Boy Scouts at a rally held in London, England. What the boys could do, girls could do, too, so they formed their own adventurous group the Girl Guides. Thus was lighted the fire of friendship, service, learning and fun for children in many lands. Shoulder to shoulder, the youth of the world have since marched on the trail that their beloved founder laid so long ago. Today we celebrate World Thinking Day, the joint birthday of the founder, Lord Baden-Powell, and our former World Chief Guide, Lady Baden-Powell. February 22 will always be a day to think about the international bond established for us all by these two inspired individuals. On this special day we remember:

Girl #1: that in the sisterhood of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, we have friends in 140 countries of the world.

Girl #2: that we and our sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides can be a strong force for the peace of the world.

Girl #3: that we are great in number so we must be great in our loyalty to our Guide.

Girl #4: that we owe a debt of love and gratitude to the Founder and World Chief Guide.

Girl #5: that our greatest debt is to our God who inspired our leaders with such a great vision to unite mankind.

Narrator: And so it is with these thoughts in mind and the sense of undying friendship among ourselves that we unite with those around us to think of those member countries of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts which are so far from us, yet so close in our hearts.

Wish Boat Ceremony

Have the girls make a wish boat of their choice by using natural materials from the out-of-doors. This could be as simple as a piece of bark. Please do not remove any living thing to construct this. Put a birthday candle on the "boat" and float it. The next morning, please remember to retrieve the "boats" so as not to litter.

Setting: It is dark, except for 11 lit candles and the wish boats.

Girl 1: We know our Promise and our Law. We have recited it many times over the years. We may have questioned its importance in our life or have forgotten its value.

Girl 2: But what would the world be like if we stopped serving God and our country? (Blow out one more candle.)

Girl 3: What would the world be like if we each stopped helping people in need? (Blow out one more candle.)

Girl 4: What would the world be like if we each stopped living by the Girl Scout Law? (Blow out one more candle.)

Girl 5: What would the world be like if we chose to be dishonest and self-serving? (Blow out one more candle.)

Girl 6: What would the world be like if we were unfriendly and unhelpful? (Blow out one more candle.)

Girl 7: What would the world be like if we chose to be inconsiderate and uncaring? (Blow out one more candle.)

Girl 8: What would the world be like if we were fearful and weak? (Blow out one more candle.)

Girl 9: What would the world be like if we were not responsible for what we said or did? (Blow out one more candle.)

Girl 10: What would the world be like if we didn’t respect ourselves, others, or authority? (Blow out one more candle.)

Girl 11: What would the world be like if we didn’t use our resources wisely? (Blow out one more candle.)

Girl 12: What would the world be like if I we didn’t make the world a better place? (Blow out one more candle.)

Girl 1: If we choose this path, our world becomes very dark. (PAUSE)

Girl 2: But I, (girl says their name), make a commitment today to serve God and my
country. (Re-light candle.)

Girl 3: But I, (Girl 3), make a commitment today to help people at all times, (Re-light candle.)

Girl 4: But I, (Girl 4), make a commitment today to live by the Girl Scout Law. (Re-light candle.)

Girl 5: But I, (Girl 5), make a commitment today to be honest and fair. (Re-light candle.)

Girl 6: But I, (Girl 6), make a commitment today to be friendly and helpful. (Re-light candle.)

Girl 7: But I, (Girl 7), make a commitment today to be considerate and caring. (Re-light candle.)

Girl 8: But I, (Girl 8), make a commitment today to be courageous and strong. (Re-light candle.)

Girl 9: But I, (Girl 9), make a commitment today to be responsible for what I say and do. (Re-light candle.)

Girl 10: But I, (Girl 10), make a commitment today to respect myself, others, and authority. (Re-light candle.)

Girl 11: But I, (Girl 11), make a commitment today to use my resources wisely. (Re-light candle.)

Girl 12: But I, (Girl 12), make a commitment today to make the world a better place. (Re-light candle.)

All Sing: When’er You Make a Promise

All: Set wish boats afloat.

World Friendship Circle

The girls stand in the friendship circle (arms crossed right over left and holding hands) and say in unison, "I am the link in the golden chain of World Friendship and I must keep my link strong and bright".