Girl Scouting operates on the principal that girls grow, learn and have fun by making decisions, doing and discovering for herself. That is why it is important that the girls do as much of the planning for ceremonies as possible. Ceremonies are opportunities for the girls, not the adults, to express themselves. Girls should have a part in making their own memories. Planning should include the girls’ ideas and input. As the girls get older, their responsibility for planning should expand. Keep in mind that different levels and/or groups will have different abilities. Be flexible, let the girls make mistakes and learn from them. It is your function to guide the group and provide an environment for creativity.
Here are some questions to ask the girls and also some ways girls at each age level can be involved in ceremony planning:
Here are some ways girls at each level can be involved in ceremony planning:
Choose a favorite song to sing
Choose a favorite song to sing
Decide on a theme
Plan and put on an area ceremony
Decide who they want to invite
Decide who they want to invite and make invitations
Decide who they want to invite and make invitations
Find songs and readings
Select site and make arrangements
Set up before ceremony
Find songs and poems
Work with Junior sister troop to plan bridging
Make and serve refreshments
Make own props
Choose what to put in ceremony
Help clean up
What are Ceremonies / The
Ceremonies have been around for the longest time, and while it is most likely that everyone knows that ceremonies are celebrations. What may not common knowledge is how they are adopted in Girl Scouting. Within these text I hope you will find your answers. In Girl Scouts, celebrations are held to mark special events. This can be a major progression (bridging) to smaller strides (recognition's) or even to those of self-expression (Thinking Day). This does not mean any one celebration is more important then another, but that each shall have an unique way of planning and meaning behind it. To put together a good ceremony, it is essential that each one be planned with a meaning behind it. That is, no matter the ceremony, it should be treated as a very important bench mark in a Girl Scouts life.
Most ceremonies have three defined parts; the opening, the core, and the closing. The 'opening' should be to welcome guests and give an insight to what the ceremony is about. The 'core' focuses on what the ceremony is about. You can have poems, readings, candle lights, singings or awards. The 'closing' is to either recap the ceremony, or give thanks to those involved. Within these planning you should also consider what type of gathering shall take place. Is it for just the troop and parents, or is it for the entire Service Unit? Your planning should accommodate this need of how much time and detail should be put into it. Finally, you should remember to take the time to set up a rehearsal. This will not only let you see what you have planned and make changes. It will also ensure that each girl / adult knows where they are to be and what their job is before, during, and after the ceremony.
As you look at the samples that leaders have tried in the past, please remember this. There is no 'one way' of holding a ceremony. Each should have its own importance, theme, and goals. Adapting to these needs are what makes them important. You can feel free to use these ideas, or modify them to you liking. When you are done, take the time to thank all those involved in the planned and celebration. And if you come up with something unique, please take the time to share your ideas with others.
General Information on Bridging
Bridging takes place as a girl moves from one level of Girl Scouting to the next. Bridging ceremonies typically take place toward the end of the school year and they are easily combined with a Court of Awards ceremony.
Here are a few reminders:
Advancing from Brownie Girl Scouts to Junior Girl Scouts is usually called “Flying Up”. For all other age levels (Daisy, Junior, Cadette and Senior) it is called “bridging”
These insignia are traditionally presented to girls as they fly-up/bridge:
Must Be Earned:
Daisy Girl Scouts
Star with blue disc
Bridge to Brownie Girl Scouts
Brownie Girl Scouts
Star with green disc
Bridge to Junior Girl Scouts
Junior Girl Scouts
Membership Star with yellow disc
Bridge to Cadette Girl Scouts
Cadette Girl Scouts
Membership Star with white disc
Bridge to Senior Scouts
Senior Girl Scouts
Membership Star with red disc
Bridge to Adult Girl Scouts
A bridge can be constructed out of just about anything, the point is for it to be a symbolic crossing
from one level to the next.... The following are some ideas for you to use or adapt:
A rustic bridge out-of-doors
An arch of colored paper
Stepping stones cut out of cardboard and labeled with the Five Worlds of Interest
Turn a card table upside down and string crepe paper between the legs
Typical Bridging Formation:
General Information on Courts of Awards
a Court of Awards?
At a Court of Awards, Girl Scouts receive recognition for their accomplishments in the form of patches, badges, pins and certificates. Court of Awards ceremonies are held several times during the year and even more frequently for very young girls. A Court of Awards may be used as a closing ceremony for a project the whole troop has worked on, with each girl receiving the patch or badge that symbolizes her effort. Or, recognitions individual girls have earned over a period of time may be distributed at the Court of Awards.
in a Court of Awards?
Presentation of awards is the main activity of a Court of Awards ceremony. There are many creative ways to present girls with recognitions. Demonstrations or displays of what was done to earn the awards can add interest to the ceremony. Girls may wish to include a candlelighting in the ceremony. Many of the Promise and Law candlelightings used for investitures are also appropriate for Court of Awards ceremonies. A Court of Awards can be a formal kind of ceremony with invited guests; parents, troop support committee, program consultants and sponsors. Or, it can be a simple ceremony with the troop leader presenting the girls with recognitions at the end of a regular troop meeting. Whatever form the Court of Awards takes, it should be an opportunity for girls to feel proud of their accomplishments.
to Think About
Prepare recognition items ahead of time; packaging each girl’s awards together.
Empahsize the effort each girl made to earn whatever awards she is receiving, rather than the number earned.
Hold award ceremonies frequently, especially for younger girls. Brownies and young Juniors Girl Scouts should receive recognitions as soon as they have earned them to help them understand that the award is a symbol of their work. These can be very simple ceremonies with just the troop present.
Recognize each girl individually by name. If possible, comment on what was done to earn the recognition. To save time, pin the awards to ribbons and then pin ribbons on the girls.
We did our Year End Court of Awards/Bridging/Investiture Ceremony last Friday night. We had it at my house and grilled burgers and hotdogs and everyone else brought side dishes and I made ice cream for dessert. The girls decided what order they wanted to do things, the poems, the songs and the bridging girls decided what "bridge" they wanted to use. Everyone had a good time.
The Investiture was 1st. We had an older girl register as a Cadette for our last camping trip. Her younger sister is in the Brownie troop and she wants to work with the girls next year. THANK YOU TROOP 5002 for your ceremony disc that came in the mail Thursday. I found the perfect ceremony for her about the GS pin and what it represents. This girl is new to scouting and I wanted her to feel a part of this troop.
The Court of Awards was next. I took *another* idea from the list and made "vests" from large brown envelopes and tacked the pins and stapled the badges and participation patches where they needed to go. I drew in the council strips and troop numbers so the parents would have a frame of reference. Then I wrote out on an index card the names of all the badges and patches for each girl.
The girls sang:There's Something in my Pocket & He's Got the Whole World in His Hand...
Then the bridging. The girls had 1 adult read this poem and then they took turns reading the 2nd poem. After that we had them walk through the "bridge" that we borrowed from another troop. The girls had on their Brownie vests when they went through the bridge and then had a parent at the other end take that off and put on their Junior vests. The vests had their bridging patch, fly up wings and 1st Junior badge they earned during bridging activities and the Contemporary GS pin. We introduced the new Juniors to the audience to close. Then we ate!
You shall not wear velvet, Nor silken 'broidery, But brown
things and straight things, That leave your body free. You shall not have
playthings That men have wrought for gold, But shells and stones and seaweeds,
And nuts by squirrels sold. Your friends shall be the tall wind, The river, and
the tree, The sun that laughs and marches, The swallows and the sea. Your prayers
shall be the whisper Of grasses in the rain, The song of the wild wood
thrushes That made God glad again. And you shall run and wander, And you shall
dream and sing Of brave things and bright things Beyond the swallows wing. And
you shall envy no man, Nor hurt your heart with sighs, For I will keep you
simple That God may make you wise!
-- by Fanny Sterns Davis, from the March 1962 Girl Scout Leader magazine.
Take my hand in friendship I give to you this day. Remember all the good times we had along the way. Take my hand in helping other people that we know. The more we give to others, the more that we will grow. Take my hands in learning to camp on nature's ground. Enjoying trails and campfires with new friends that we have found. Take my hand in giving our knowledge of true scouts to girls we meet and talk to who have so many doubts. Take my hand in thanking our leader and our guide. With sincere appreciation for standing by our side. Take my hand in eagerness to be an older scout. We're proud to be bridging is what we're going to shout. So take my hand to follow new scouting paths in sight. We're joining hands with each and in friendship we'll unite. We give our hands in promise to hold our country dear, and abide the Girl Scout Law each day throughout the year.
The bridge is made with:
12 - small 3 pound coffee cans
4 - 36 inch (92 cm) dowels
4 - 30 inch (76.5 cm) dowels
4 - 24 inch (661.5 cm) dowels
12 metal eye hooks (shaped like a circle on one end and with a screw in the other end)
plaster of paris, paint, ribbon, 12 - small candle garlands (or some other decoration)
Mix up the plaster of paris and pour into each can. Place one dowel in each can, making sure to center it. Screw one eye hook into top of each dowel. Can paint the dowels and cans any color. Find either small candle garlands or other decorations to place over the top of the can so the plaster of paris doesn't show. Run the ribbon through the eye hooks after placing the cans in 2 parallel lines.
Each line looked like this: shortest dowel, middle length, longest, longest, middle length, shortest dowel.
It reminded me of the barrier ropes at the movie theaters. I liked it for several reasons: 1) it is easy to transport 2) doesn't take up much room to store 3) can be used inside or outside 4) didn't cost much to make and most importantly 5) the girls could make this for the troop or for the council.
Theresa Rose, Rio Grande GSC, Las Cruces, NM
From: Debbie Krueger Strdst1@AOL.COM
Subject: End of Year Ceremonies
With the end of the year upon us I thought I would share the two ceremonies that our Brownie Troop did to end the year. I had 6 Bridgers that my two "leader moms" worked with (co-leaders that never bothered to do training and who had a conflict with our last meeting). We split the Bridging Ceremony and end of the year Court of Awards up into two parts. The second last meeting was the Bridging Ceremony and Court of Awards for the third graders. The last meeting was the Court of Awards and Rededication Ceremony for the first and second graders. I actually had two of my most enthusiastic Bridgers come to the last meeting to "help me". Each set of parents were invited to their girl's ceremony and brought desserts to share. The ceremonies are based on info from the "official" Ceremonies in GS book that GSUSA puts out. Usually I do three ceremonies for awards a year. We start school the second week of August and I start meeting the week after. After 4 meetings where we work on GS Ways, Music, Play and one other Try It that the older girls don't have and organizational issues (Brownie Ring, attendance, dues, etc) we have an Investiture and Rededication and Court of Awards. The next Court of Awards in at the Christmas/winter break meeting in December and the last in the Spring.
and Court of Awards
Welcome to our Court of Awards and Bridging Ceremony for the third graders in Brownie Troop 180. This has been a wonderful year in Scouting. We have worked on service projects together, camped, sold cookies, learned new songs and worked on some 20 Try Its as a troop. In addition, some girls completed Try Its individually. Today we are gathered to award our third graders the Try Its they have earned since December and to watch them Fly Up and Bridge into Junior Girl Scouts.
Ceremony (third graders did this)
Here we included the Pledge, Girl Scout Promise, "When E're You Make a Promise" and the Girl Scout Law
Today each girl who is called forward will receive a service star with green background that stands for this year spent as a Brownie Scout. She will also receive a 1999 Cookie Award pin to symbolize additional requirements met past the Cookies Count Try It. Pins pinned on with GS handshake by leaders. Court of Awards: each girl called forward to receive try its. We made a green trefoil out of construction paper and stapled to velvet ribbons to it to which we stapled the Try Its. Each one had the girls' names on them.
We had to have the ceremony indoors as the heavens opened. Our bridge was going to be a set of stairs outside the church in a wooded area. But inside, we set up our Brownie pool - mirror with plants and silk flowers and woodland stuffed animals around it. I used foil to make a "stream" and white paper to create a "bridge" on the floor. The Bridgers then shared the following:
· Our Brownie age level came into being from the Brownies
of England who were first organized in 1914.
· They were younger sisters of Girl Guides and tagged along.
· They were named after a clever fairy in English Folklore called the Brownie.
· The Brownie entered human homes and did a good turn by helping humans clean house.
· The Brownie story tells of the change a little girl undergoes to become a helpful Brownie. (Brittany McGowan)
· She is told by a wise owl to turn around three times and say: (together)Twist me and turn me and show me the elf, I looked in the mirror and saw…….
And when she looked into the pond she saw her own reflection so she became the helpful Brownie Girl Scout.
Sing: Brownie Smile Song
The Brownie wings that the girls receive today are from the English as well. They symbolize that the girl has completed the Brownie level and is ready to "fly up" to Junior Girl Scouts. Girls form two circles with the Bridging Brownies in the middle and the other girls holding hands around them.
Sing: Girl Scouts Together
The seating was divided into two groups with the 6 bridgers on one side of the stream and the other 14 girls on the other side. Two balloons were tied onto the chairs of the younger girls symbolizing the 5 worlds of interest and green balloons for scouting in general. I said the following and each younger girl took her balloons and framed the sides of the bridge so we had a rainbow of balloons (they all together cost $5.99 at the local party store plus they gave me extra when they heard what it was for) which looked great. Since you first stood at the Brownie pool you have been exploring the world of Brownie Girl Scouting by participating in Try It activities from the 5 different worlds:
The World of Well- Being (comes forward with red balloon)
The World of People (comes forward with blue balloon)
The World of Today and Tomorrow (comes forward with orange balloon)
The World of the Arts (comes forward with purple balloon)
And the World of Out of Doors (comes forward with yellow balloon)
And green symbolizes Girl Scouting
Sing: She Wears a "G"
The Bridgers cross the Bridge and meet the new Junior leader who gives a handshake and forms a horseshoe as she receives the bridge and Dabbler badge..
Sing: Make New Friends
These girls have also completed additional activities in which they have earned the Bridge to Junior Scouts and the Junior Badge, the Dabbler. The girls are presented with the balloons as well. As our gift to our new Junior Girl Scouts, Brownie Troop 180 would like to
Sing a song called "Linger".
We invite all our guests to join us in our closing circle in which we will sing Taps and then share refreshments together. We would like to invite you to our Court of Awards Ceremony next week as well for the first and second grade Brownies.
++++The last meeting our Court of Awards for the first and second graders was also planned for outside - but this time with great weather. We had the usual flag ceremony and we used roses from my garden instead of candles. We said the Promise together in three parts and Rededicated me, my new co-leader, who had been a Scout and our mother helper who is also a scout. The each girl said a portion of the law and placed her rose in a vase on the Try It Award table. We each had a different color rose and different vase. I had 4 other girls without flowers so we added a Friendship vase and the statements were:
We also place a flower for: Friends we have known, Friends we know now, And friends we have yet to meet. Our last rose is in honor of our parents who support us in Scouting. We then had our Court of Awards, awarded cookie patches, pins, membership stars, Dad/Daughter patches for our service project (church ground clean up and planting). At the last we had a "songfest" with some of the songs we learned during the year: Brownie Smile Song, She Wears a G (the right and okay I let them do the "wrong" way too - the parents hooted over that!), Linsted Market, Flea, Girl Scouts Together, Barges and Linger.
Debbie Krueger, Leader
First Class 1970, Lifetime Member
(also R.N., BSN, CNRN in former life)
From: Betty Verstegen <bettyv@DNAI.COM>
Subject: Year Awards Ceremony
Just wanted to tell
you all thank you for the great ideas over the year. Last night was our
terrifically successful year-end awards ceremony. Our fourth-grade girls did
*not* want a serious ceremony, so this is what we did:
- Invited all the families to come one-half hour after the normal start of our meeting. (That gave us 30 minutes to do a quick rehearsal.)
- Started with a "crazy fashion show. (Idea came from this list.) Every girl came in costume with a narration to go with. For example, my daughter was the sports freak dressed in swim cap and goggles, baseball visor and shirt, soccer shorts, socks, and cleats, was kicking a soccer ball, dribbling a basketball, and swishing some cheerleader pom poms. You get the idea. Each girl waltzed around, then came to the microphone to read the next girl's narration. All sashayed and all were announcers. It was fabulous!
-Sang "Yes, She Can" complete with props. (Words came from this list.) That's the song to the tune of "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain" only the words go "Can a woman fly an airplane?". The song was a big hit.
- Sang our favorite song of the
year--"Gooey Duck." (Words came from the list.)
- Presented awards to the girls.
- Presented awards to our faithful volunteers. (Ideas came from this list.) We gave the "You Light Up Our Lives" (flashlight) award, the "You'll Tackle Any Job" (football) award, etc.
- Served ice cream sundaes to all the families.
Betty Verstegen, Junior Troop 159, Sunnyvale CA
A NEW BATCH OF BROWNIES
Get a large appliance box, and decorate it to look like a stove/oven. Cut out an open/closeable door. You'll also need mixing bowls, spoons, measuring cups, flour sifter, timer with bell. Substitute your girls names inplace of mine.
could use some new Brownies to fill the empty spaces in our Brownie Ring.
BARI: Yes, what can we do about it?
JACLYN: I know! Let's make some new Brownies!
MELISSA: We can look in our handbook for the recipe.
Here it is! To make Brownies we must mix 4 basic ingredients: Promise, Law, and 5 Worlds of Interest .
BRITTANY: In a large bowl, cream together 1 cup of a promise to serve God, my country, and mankind.
SINDHU: To this mixture, add two cups of honesty and 4 tablespoons of cheerfulness. Mix together until well blended.
CRISTIN: Stir in one cup thoughtfulness. Beat together 1/2 cup fairness and 1/2 cup helpfulness and add to the mixture.
CHRISTINA: Sprinkle over the mixture 2 tablespoons of sisterhood of Girl Scouting and mix well.
LISA: Add one cup of respect for authority and one cup of respect for myself and others. Stir until well blended.
MAGGIE: Sift together 1/2 cup of a wise use of resources and 6 tablespoons of a promise to protect and improve the world. Stir into mixture.
COURTNEY: Blend together 1/2 cup of each of the following worlds:
Well-Being, People, Out-of-Doors, Arts, Today & Tomorrow.
NORA: In a prepared pan, spread the batter evenly. (Quickly put pan in oven) Bake at a moderate temperature until done.
MRS.JOY: They're done! (open door---girls start to crawl out of oven) Look! A NEW BATCH OF BROWNIES!
"Batch of Brownies" A great ceremony I found on the net. My 3rd year Brownies "baked" some Daisy's into Brownies (helped us earn the Bridge to Juniors - helped them Bridge to Brownies.) Bridging to Juniors (poem found on the Net - adapted to a ceremony) We then took 'birds' and had them 'fly' from a Brownie tree to a Junior tree.
these help- I'll keep looking.
BRIDGING TO JUNIORS CEREMONY
As each scout says their lines they step forward and hold the hands of the other brownies
Nora: Take my hand in friendship I give to you this day.
Courtney Remember all the good times We had along the way.
Maggie: Take my hand in helping Other people that we know
Lisa: The more we give to others, The more that we will grow.
Christina: Take my hands in learning To camp on nature's ground.
Cristin: Enjoying trails and campfires With new friends that we have found.
Sindhu: Take my hand in giving Our knowledge of true scouts
Brittany: To girls we meet and talk to Who have so many doubts.
Melissa: Take my hand in eagerness To be an older scout.
Jaclyn: We're proud to be bridging Is what we're going to shout.
Bari: So take my hand to follow New scouting paths in sight.
Lauren: We're joining hands with each And in friendship we'll unite.
We give our hands in promise
To hold our country dear,
And abide the Girl Scout Law
Each day throughout the year.
All Brownies should be holding hands and then:
Mrs Joy: Brownies you are just about to become Junior Girl Scouts In the troop you will soon find that Junior Scouts are true and kind
Mrs. Berger: So now we give you Brownie Wings so that you may fly to bigger things.
Leader: (Nora)...Now it’s time to say goodbye, break the ring and out you fly.....
Each scout will be called individually
Nora, Courtney, Maggie, Lisa, Christina, Cristin, Sindhu, Brittany, Melissa, Jaclyn, Bari, Lauren
Each scout will step forward and say their scout history, then take their bird from the "Brownie tree" and cross to the "Junior tree" where they will receive their wings and Try-its
Leaders will continue to call each scout, one by one.
Bridging to Juniors (poem found on the Net - adapted to a ceremony) We then took 'birds' and had them 'fly' from a Brownie tree to a Junior tree.
these help- I'll keep looking.
Subject: Another Multi-level Bridging Ceremony for a very large group
(Girls should be in a circle holding hands)
Stepping stones are for you Daisies Cross them while you sing. Your Daisy days are almost over now come join the Brownie ring.
(Please send girls to join Brownie Ring)
(Girls are in circle holding hands with 3rd grade Brownies in the middle) (Once the Daisies have joined the ring)
When you were a very young girl you wore the Daisy Blue you learned the joy of singing with Daisy friends so true. But now that you are older you will be trying something new. You will bring a happy smile to Brownies we are welcoming you. (Please announce each girl’s name)
(Addressing the 3rd graders----)
Now is the time to say goodbye, break the ring and out you fly! Brownie's join the Junior horseshoe.
When you were a young girl you learned through trying things now you are ready for new adventrues as Juniors, your ideas take wing.
(addressing the 6th grade Juniors)
To the new juniors, we say welcome to you. But we have to say a goodbye too. The time has come you some to cross the Cadettes’ gain is our loss. Bridging Juniors join the Cadette horseshoe.
When you were a young girl, you learned many things by singing, badge work and helping others you learned what happiness you can bring. Now you come to Cadettes to take a greater part and Cadettes is just the start.
(addressing Bridging Cadettes)
Today we celebrate your advancement to Senior Girl Scouting. We know that you have prepared yourselves well and will use the experiences gained in your troops to the greatest advantage.
(Bridging Cadettes move to Senior Horseshoe)
In Senior Girl Scouting you can explore career opportunities through being trained and giving service as a volunteer. You will expand your horizons and circle of friends. Much that you have learned during your days as Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts will help you as a Senior Girl Scout.
(addressing Bridging Seniors)
Today marks a milestone in you lives as Girl Scouts and is a mark of progress for both you and your leaders. We Girl Scouts are moving forward, inspired by our founder, Juliette Low, a woman of vision and courage.
(Bridging Seniors Join Adult Girl Scouts)
It is a joyful quest we are following together and we find that the great joy of the quest is the comradeship of working together, playing together and seeking together. All that we share with others, some other Girl Scout is sharing with us. As soon as we understand this joy of comradeship we long to have others share it too.
Pearls of Wisdom
Leaders, please choose one Bridging Girl Scout in your
group to come forward.
As we recognize the girls who are Bridging today, we offer them Pearls of Wisdom to help them on their way.
Each girl reads a Pearl of Wisdom.
Leaders, please pin Pearls of Wisdom on the Bridging Girl Scouts. Please sing the first verse of "On my Honor"
Please sing Taps. Color guard, retire the colors.
Wear a great big Brownie smile!
I prefer to be remembered for what I have done for others, not what others have done for me.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle.
What lies ahead of you and what lies behind you, is nothing compare to what lies within you.
Leaders don’t force people to follow, they invite them on a journey.
of a bridging Ceremony u could do this: tips
Using a base of the Promise and for each part of the Law, light a candle. A candle waslit for each part of the Law, then it was reversed. The girl said, "what if I was not honest and fair?" and a candle ws snuffed out. This continued until all candles were out and the room was dark. (semi}. Then the girls begin to recite the poem adn as each line was spoken, a candle was relit. Then the girls sing the song...We Change the World.
The final part of the ceremony is the exchange of vests. Girls wear their previous level vests, and one girl at a time moves to the front where the leader helps remove the "old" vest and her parents presents the girl with her
I think this would be nice if each girl
read 2 or 4 lines (depending on sized of troop) and as their lines were read
take the hand of the girl next to her and then say the last verse as a group:
Recipe for a Girl Scout Troop
(Put us all together, and we'll take it to the top!)
Daisy Bridging Ceremony (to Brownie Girl Scouts)
Daisy Girl Scouts, their leaders, parents, and perhaps a Brownie Girl Scout “sister” troop with which you have done some bridging activities.
Ceremony to make the transition from Daisy level of Girl Scouts to Brownie level of Girl Scouts.
At your meeting place, at school, at a church, at a community room.
After you have completed most of your year as a Daisy Girl Scout and after you have talked to a Brownie Girl Scout troop about Brownie Girl Scouts.
Bridging is an important milestone in moving to the next level of Girl Scouts to receive “Ending Certificates”, to receive a Brownie Girl Scout membership pin, to receive a Membership Star and blue disc (which signifies the girl has been a member of Girl Scouts for one year), and to receive the “Bridge to Brownie Girl Scouts Patch” which the girls have earned as a Daisy Scout
This ceremony should include the girls, leaders, parents, and perhaps the Brownie troop you have done bridging activities with. Be sure to include all the details about date, time, place, wear uniform, refreshments served, etc.
Form a circle and call each girl’s name
Explain why you are having this ceremony
Flag ceremony OR Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
Say the Girl Scout Promise together
Leader could read the Girl Scout Law
Have each girl tell what was her favorite part of Daisy Girl Scouts and what she looks forward to as a Brownie Girl Scout
Have each girl walk across the bridge
Give each girl an Ending Certificate, a Membership Star and blue disc, and a Brownie Girl Scout pin
(you may want to wait until the beginning of next year to give the girl her Brownie Pin)
Greet each girl with a Girl Scout handshake
Sing the “Brownie Smile Song”
Form a circle
Sing “Make New Friends”
Make new friends, but keep the old
One is silver, and the other’s gold
A circle is round, it has no end
That’s how long I want to be your friend
Do a friendship squeeze around the circle
Are optional but add a nice touch
Another Daisy Bridging Ceremony (to Brownie Girl Scouts)
Each Daisy Girl Scout who is Bridging receives a Daisy.
OLDER GIRL SCOUT: These flowers represent the spirit of Girl Scouting. This spirit is often represented with the Daisy, which was our founder, Juliette Low’s, nickname.
OLDER GIRL SCOUT: The first three flowers represent the three parts of the Girl Scout Promise.
DAISY GIRL SCOUT: On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country
DAISY GIRL SCOUT: To help people at all times
DAISY GIRL SCOUT: And to live by the Girl Scout Law
GIRL SCOUT: I will do my best: To be honest and fair
OLDER GIRL SCOUT: This means that you will always tell the truth and that you will share things and take turns with others.
GIRL SCOUT: To be friendly and helpful
OLDER GIRL SCOUT: This means that you will ask a new girl to play with you and when you see a job that needs to be done, and you can do it, you will be willing to help do it.
GIRL SCOUT: To be considerate and caring
OLDER GIRL SCOUT: This means that you will respect the feelings of others and care about how they feel and what they think.
GIRL SCOUT: To be courageous and strong
OLDER GIRL SCOUT: This means you are willing to try new things, even though you may be a little scared and that you will stand for what is right.
GIRL SCOUT: To be responsible for what I say and do.
OLDER GIRL SCOUT: This means that you will be careful about what you say and do so that you don’t hurt other people or things.
GIRL SCOUT: To respect myself and others
OLDER GIRL SCOUT: This means you will try to be the best person you can be, and will be courteous to others.
GIRL SCOUT: To respect authority
OLDER GIRL SCOUT: This means you will respect adults, obey the law and will cooperate with others.
GIRL SCOUT: To use resources wisely
OLDER GIRL SCOUT: This means you will try not to waste paper, will turn off the lights, and turn off water faucets after you use them.
GIRL SCOUT: To make the world a better place
OLDER GIRL SCOUT: This means you will help with a neighborhood clean up, put litter in trash cans, and treat all animals kindly.
GIRL SCOUT: To be a sister to every Girl Scout
OLDER GIRL SCOUT: This means you will be a kind friend to everyone, not just to a few people.
Brownie Girl Scout Fly-Up (to Junior Girl Scouts)
A Brownie Girl Scout “flies up” to Junior Girl Scouting in the spring, and receives her Brownie Wings. If possible, have your fly-up ceremony with a Junior troop in your Service Unit. Often all age groups of Girl Scouts are involved, including the parents.
Order your Brownie Wings ahead of time, also your Girl Scout pins and Membership Stars and green disc if you plan to present them now.
Brown construction paper, cut to represent stones, or paper bags cut the same way. Write a Girl Scout Law on each one.
The Brownie Girl Scouts sit on one side of the room in a Brownie Ring, and the Junior Girl Scouts sit in a horseshoe (always make the open end toward the audience) on the other side of the room. Place your Stepping Stones between the two groups and tape them down to the floor.
sings “Girl Scouts Together”, found in the Girl Scout Pocket Songbook (or
Girl Scouts together, that is our song
Winding the old trail, rocky and long
Learning our motto, living our creed
Girl Scouts together in every good deed
You’ve been a Brownie and you’ve earned your wings of sunlight gold
Now you’re ready for Junior Girl Scouts, new adventures you’ve been told
(The girls all stand)
I would like to present my Brownie Girl Scouts their wings; they are ready to fly-up to the next level of Girl Scouting. As I call your name, would you please come forward?
(as they come forward, pin on their wings).
Each step of Junior Girl Scouting can be filled with fun and adventure. As a troop, we would like to welcome you.
The Brownies walk on the stepping stones and enter the horseshoe. With the Brownies facing the Juniors, the Girl Scout Sign is made and the girls recite the Girl Scout Promise.
Have the Brownies and Juniors face one another, and walk forward to the stepping stone with the first Girl Scout Law printed on it and have the two girls say the Law. Now the next pair of girls come and stand on Law #2; continue until all the Laws are said. If there are not enough girls in the two troops, they may have to do this as single girls instead of in pairs.
With the help of (Brownie Leader’s Name) we would like to present our new Juniors with the Girl Scout membership pin. (pin on Girl Scout Pins). At this time you may also wish to give the girls their Membership Stars and green disc.
We will now all sing “Make New Friends”
Make new friends, but keep the old
One is silver and the other’s gold
A circle is round, it has no end
That’s how long I want to be your friend
Junior Girl Scouts you’ll be for a few short years
Make the most of each day that goes by
Be cheerful and helpful and do a good turn
And greet each Girl Scout with a Hi!
Junior Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony (Bridge to Cadettes)
Junior Girl Scouts form a horseshoe at one end of the bridge, while Cadette Girl Scouts form a horseshoe on the other. Each Junior Girl Scout is presented with a candle while she is still on the “Junior” side of the bridge. One by one, each bridging Junior walks to the center of the bridge, escorted by her leader. When they reach the center of the bridge, they are met by an experienced Cadette Girl Scout. The ceremony then proceeds in the following manner:
May I present Junior Girl Scout ___________________________, who is eager to accept the challenge of Cadette Girl Scouting.
I, ____________________________, challenge you, _______________________, to serve your younger sister Girl Scouts, your community, and your country; as we have served you. If you accept this challenge, I will light your candle in respect, that you will live your challenge to the fullest. Do you accept this challenge?
I will accept this challenge.
(upon accepting the challenge, the Cadette will light the bridging Junior’s candle)
Leader: _______(name of new Cadette Girl Scout)________, would you please recite the Girl Scout Promise
New Cadette: Recites the Promise
Cadette leader and girls congratulate the new Cadette Girl Scout and welcome her to Cadette Girl Scouting The same procedure is repeated until all girls are bridged.
Do closing song or other closing activity
(could also be adapted for use with Brownie levels by substituting the word “fly-up” for “bridging”)
This could be used as an invitation to this bridging ceremony:
an invitation, or expanded to a large table centerpiece, this idea clearly
conveys the meaning of bridging from one level of Girl Scouting to the next.
-Cut a piece of construction paper into a rectangle 5” x 9” Fold paper in thirds (ends folded toward center). Trace pattern on front of paper, and cut as indicated, leaving doll attached at arms, skirt and shoes. Open up dolls. Write message on center doll.
-Different colors of construction paper can be used for the different levels:
Brown for Brownies, Green for Juniors, Blue for Cadettes
-For centerpiece, enlarge pattern on posterboard, cutting 4 paper dolls to form a square when opened to stand.
-As each Girl Scout says her verse she stretches out her hand to the next Girl Scout to speak, until all the girls are linked like paper dolls across the front of the room. Verses may be split if you have more than seven girls bridging. Girls who do not have speaking parts could also stand up with hands linked like paper dolls
hand in friendship
hand in thanking
hand in helping
hand in eagerness
hand in learning
my hand to follow
hand in giving
Bridge to Cadettes Ceremony (for Bridging Juniors)
All are standing in horseshoe formations. All repeat the Girl Scout promise
The trail of Scouting winds wide and long
From Brownies and Beanies and sit-upons
To campouts and Juniors and Badges to earn
So much to do, so much to learn
Then over the bridge and on the Cadettes
With memories and pleasures we’ll never forget
Now (girl’s names), Scouts tried and true
Cross over the bridge, we give them to you
A gift of a girl is a precious thing
Take care and great joy they will bring
Junior leader presents each girl with Bridge to Cadettes patch and a candle with a silk daisy attached. Cadettes cross over the bridge. After all girl are in the horseshoe:
Leader: The daisy symbolizes your dedication to the Girl Scout Movement, which was started by our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, and began in our country an March 12, 1912. Juliette Low’s nickname was Daisy. You are following in her footsteps as you become a unique and caring influence in today’s and tommorow’s world.
Have on table - 1 candle for each world color (red, orange, yellow, blue, and purple) and a green candle representing Girl Scouting. Also, need one more white candle with a daisy.
Have Cadettes light appropriate candles and read the followin scripts:
lighting white candle w/daisy (this candle is used to light all other colors):
The light of Cadettes I share with you as you explore the Girl Scout World through Interest Projects, Service, Career Exploration, and leadership opportunities.
lighting the red candle:
The red candle stands for the World of Well-Being, which helps young women understand themselves, their values, needs, emotions, and strengths, while also being aware of what it takes to be physically fit.
lighting the orange candle:
The orange candle stands for the World of Today and Tommorow, which lets a young woman look into the hows and whys of things, to solve problems and to recognize the ways ther present interests can build toward future ones.
lighting the yellow candle:
The yellow candle stands for the World of the Out-of-Doors. Explorations in this world can help a young woman to enjoy and appreciate her natural environment and to take action to protect and preserve her world and environment.
lighting the blue candle:
The blue candle stands for the World of People. This world can help a young woman to build pride in her own heritage, while appreciating the uniqueness of each culture and the common theme of all peoples.
lighting the purple candle:
The purple candle stands for the World of the Arts. To develop a personal taste and appreciation for the many art forms and things of beauty in the world around them.
each Color of the Worlds candle is lit, light the green candle saying:
From the light of the Five Worlds, may your Girl Scout world ever grow
each girl takes her white candle and lights it from the green one as the leader
From the Girl Scout Worlds, take your light into the world and let it shine forth with love and knowledge.
All girls return to horseshoe. Sing an appropriate song, such as “Girl Scouts Together” or “Whene’er You Make A Promise”
Other Ideas for Cadette Bridging
After Juniors have crossed the bridge: We present to you a Silver Key, which will symbolize that you are seeking to unlock the door to Cadette Scouts as you begin your work on the Silver Leadership and Silver Awards. Wear it as a symbol that you are in pursuit of the gold at the end of the Rainbow of the Girl Scout Worlds.
After the Juniors have crossed the bridge:
(This ceremony can also be adapted for Cadettes bridging to Seniors)
You are about to enter another phase of Girl Scouting. You will find yourself leaving behind your childish enthusiasm and entering a world of new experiences where you will gain an understanding of your own self worth and individuality. As you accept more responsibility you will experience a growth in your knowledge, abilities and judgements. In these tools place your new enthusiasm for the future - use them wisely. _____________________________, are you willing to accept the challenges and responsibilities of a Cadette (Senior) in Girl Scouts?
Cadette (Senior) response: I am
Leader: As you say the challenges, light the candles before you as a symbol of this acceptance. (You could use different colored candles to correspond to the different worlds: Red for #1, blue for #2, orange for #3, purple for #4, yellow for #5, white for #6, green for #7, and silver or gold for #8)
The Challenge of Cadette Scouting:
Bridge to Senior Girl Scouts Ceremony (for
Cadettes should be in a horseshoe on one side of the bridge, and a Senior or Seniors on the other side of the bridge. After the cadettes cross the bridge and are met and given the Girl Scout handshake by the Senior Scout(s), they should then form a horseshoe with the Senior(s).
Leader: “When you are a Senior Scout, your life is filled with action. In addition to group activities, Seniors have many individual opportunities coming their way. You can take part in special events and sctivities planned by Seniors for Seniors. You can be a delegate or a member of the Council board and help plan council activities. You may be selected for one of the many Wider Opportunities open to Girl Scouts each year. And you can now begin work on the Gold Leadership Award and the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts. We invite you to get involved!”
Need eight white candles in holders. New Seniors may alternate lighting candles and saying the parts of the following pledge: I pledge as a Senior Scout to:
Return to horseshoe
Leader: As you begin your Senior journey to the Gold Award - we give you a gold key to help you unlock the doors to the Five Worlds of Girl Scouting. Keys have quite a history. They were first used back in Biblical times. They were quite large and made of wood; they were carried as a sign of prestige. We hope that you will carry your key as proudly as the first keys were carried - and that this key will open many doors and worlds in your Senior years of Scouting. Welcome to Senior Scouts.
Bridge to Seniors Ceremony (for Cadettes bridging to Seniors)
The speaking parts can be split up into a few more parts if you have more girls available. This ceremony can be adapted to bridge girls into Adult Scouting with a few wording changes
Tonight we Seniors celebrate with these Cadetted who are ready to bridge into Senior Girl Scouting. It is our aim during this evening to see that you have a glimpse into the different options of the Senior Girl Scouting program and that we can get to know each other. We know that you have prepared yourselves well and will want to use your experiences to extend your knowledge and to explore new interests. We know too, that you will adhere to the belief in the Girl Scout Promise and Law which underlies the activities in the Senior Program. May we all repeat the Girl Scout Promise and Law together.
There are so many worlds to explore! There is the World of Yourself, partly known, but still full of mysteries and suprises. There is the World of People, like you and unlike you, girls and boys, men and wome, little children and senior citizens. There is the World of the Out-of-Doors, and there are the worlds of laughter and beauty and career and growing up to be a woman.
It now gives us much pleasure to present you with a gift to represent your bridging from Cadettes to Seniors. As your name is called, will you please come forward to receive your gift.
Speaker: (after all girls have received gifts)
Let us be friends in everything of duty and of play
And in whatever other deeds we do from day to day
Let us be kind and generous to those who cross our path
And not allow ourselves to live in jealousy or wrath
Let us consider what we have and how much we can spare
To spread the sunshine with us to others everywhere
For, after all, our happiness to some degree depends
On how we go about the task of comforting our friends
So let us follow friendliness with every step we take
And do some worthy deed wech day for someone else’s sake
Close with an appropriate song
Personalized I.D Pin
Part of the Senior Uniform
Service Unit or Multi-Troop Fly-Up And
For an idea on how to set up the bridge, circles and horseshoes, please see graphic below.
-Perform opening flag ceremony and sing “America, the Beautiful”
- Welcome to Brownie Girl Scouts (for Daisies bridging to Brownies)
-Brownie Leader says to Daisy Girl Scouts: “Come on girls and join our ring; here we plan most everything.”
-First and second grade Brownies go get
Daisies and take them into circle. Daisies can be presented with their Bridge
Brownie Girl Scouts Patch, their Ending Certificate, and their membership pin, if desired.
-Third grade Brownies Fly-up Brownie Leader says to third graders:
“Now it’s time to say good-bye; break the ring and out you fly.”
Ring breaks to let girls and Leader out. She takes them to the bridge, repeats the following poem and gives them their Brownie Wings:
Brownies you are just about
To become a Junior Scout
In the troop you soon will find
Junior scouts are true and kind
So now I give you Brownie Wings
That you may fly to bigger things
Brownies cross the bridge, fourth and fifth grade Juniors meet them at the other end and each one takes a Brownie to the Junior horseshoe. When all are in place, they repeat the Girl Scout Promise together and the Brownies are presented with the Girl Scout pin.
Sixth grade Juniors cross bridge to Cadette
Scouts. Junior leader says:
“As we say ‘Welcome to you’; we have to say a good-bye too
The time has come for some to cross; the Cadette’s gain is our loss”
Junior leader stands at end of the bridge and says a good-bye to sixth grade Juniors as they start across the bridge. Seventh and eighth grade Cadettes meet them at the other end of bridge and take them to their horseshoe.
Ninth grade Cadettes cross bridge to Senior
Scouts. Cadette leader says:
“Welcome to Cadette Scouting. As you join us to help make a well rounded troop ready to meet the challenges of Cadette Scouting, we too must say good-bye to some of our members as they progress on to Senior Scouting.”
Cadette leader stands at end of bridge and
gives the ninth grade Cadettes the Girl Scout handshake as they start across
the bridge. The Senior Scouts will meet them at the other end. Close ceremony
by singing “Girl Scouts Together”
The Red, White and Blue
does our flag mean to you?
Does it mean just colors - red, white and blue?
Just a piece of cloth that proudly waves
From buildings tall and soldier’s graves?
it mean people like you and me
Who love this land of liberty?
People whose skins may be brown or white
But bravely work for freedom and right?
see in it’s folds mountains and hills
Wide flowing rivers and picturesque hills?
Fields that are golden with ripening grain
And cowboys roaming across the plain?
with skyscrapers stately and tall
And towns and villages large and small?
Farms that supply our tables with food
And orchards and forests that yield fruit and wood?
are the things in our flag that I see
Symbol of a nation that loves liberty
So to our flag let us pledge to be true
God bless you and keep you, dear Red, White and Blue
A Careful Soul
A careful soul I have to be,
A little Girl Scout follows me.
To a narrow path I must stay,
For if I don't, she too, will stray.
I must choose my deeds with care.
For all I do, she too, will dare.
My words I guard and softly speak
And I must love the strong and the weak.
Oh, I must be fair, from the start.
And boldly lead with a steady heart.
In all I say and all I do.
I promise to strive to be true.
Because you know......
Where're I go........
A careful soul I have to be.
A little Girl Scout follows me!
Brownie Try-It Ceremony
Decorate the ceremony site with samples of the activities girls did to complete Try-Its; or have girls draw pictures of Try-It activities they did.
To complete a Brownie Try-It, girls choose and do four activities in one of fourty Try-Its. There are fourty Try-Its, eight in each of the five Worlds of Interest. Today we are celebrating the completion of the ________ Try-It(s) in the World(s) of _________________. Let’s tell about what we tried and learned.
Ask each girl to name one thing they tried to do as part of a Try-It activity. Girls may hold up samples of their work, etc. Present each girl with her Try-It patch(es).
Tree of Knowledge
Prepare in advance a tree trunk with five branches. This can be a real tree, or a tree drawn on posterboard and hung on the wall. You will also need construction paper leaves with activities girls have done to earn awards written on them.
Perform flag ceremony and opening remarks or song.
This is the Tree of Knowledge. The tree trunk represents the World of Girl Scouting. Each branch represents one of the Five Worlds of Scouting. The leaves represent the knowledge and skills we acquire as we branch out and explore each of the five worlds.
At this time, girls can come forward and place on the tree leaves representing different activities they did to earn awards. Then each girl can receive her awards. These might be presented on real or construction paper branches.
Junior/Cadette Court of Awards
Write each letter on a 9” x 12” piece of posterboard. On the back of the cardboard write the explanation. Use as flashcards for a Court of Awards. Girls may have their own ideas for what each letter could stand for.
Stands for Badges to be given today. What is a badge? An outward sign of an inner accomplishment. The scrap of colored material is not nearly so important as the job that was done to earn it.
Awards given at the Court of Awards. Here we are not rewarded for the badge itself but for what the badge represents. It means new knowledge, new skills learned, and new opportunities to be of service to others.
stands for Deeds. Good deeds to be done now and in the future for family, friends, and the community. Good deeds done with the knowledge and skills acquired through the badges.
Is the Girl in Girl Scouts and the growth we achieve through living the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
is for Eagerness and Energy necessary to earn badges. Badges do not come easily and they should not, or their value would be small. Badges present challenges and satisfaction in accomplishment.
stands for so many things. Service to others, Self-Development, and most important, Self-Respect -- the way you feel about yourself as a person.
And so we have badges to be given today in this Court of Awards.
Bouquets of Badges
Present badge Daisies at your next Court of Awards. Use or adapt the pattern shown here. Cut “daisies” from colored construction paper (red for Well Being badges, blue for People badges, yellow for Out-of-Doors badges, etc.) Use double sided tape or staple badges to the center of each flower. The girls’ name, troop number, etc. can be written on the daisy petals.
Girls who have earned several badges can be awarded “bouquets.” Add a wire stem and leaves and place in a vase and you have a table decoration for your ceremony.
The Spelling of Girl Scouting
These can be put on pieces of posterboard or just read (or memorized) as the girls choose.
is for the Gracious way we all proclaim our birth
points up the Ideas shared and those we’d like unearthed
is for Respect we have for every race and creed
is for our Loyalty to promises we heed
is for Sincerity of deed and word and mind
is for the Countless ways in which these are combined
is Obligation that we owe to fellow man
means that it’s You who must be first to lend a hand
is for the Teamwork which has evidenced our growth
is for Integrity which backs the Girl Scout oath
is for the Noble way we remember days of old
is for the Grateful thanks for efforts toward our goal
Each of these is Girl Scouting
What work! What fun! What pride!
To recall with admiration
And seek with greater stride
Receiving all these badges
For all that we have done
Shows the pride we carry
What pride! What work! What fun!
More Ideas for Presenting Awards:
Wrap recognitions is festive packages
Put recognitions on pipe cleaner stems in a flower pot
Put recognitions in a plastic egg for a springtime ceremony
Put recognitions from the World of the Out-Of-Doors:
On leafy branches or pine boughs
In a bandana on a stick
On a natural wood plaque
from the World of People:
On a paper doll chain
Attached to international flags
Put recognitions from the World of Well Being:
On cardboard hearts
On tongue depressors
Put recognitions from the World of Today and Tomorrow:
On paper airplanes
Attached to pencils or rulers
from the World of the Arts:
Attached to paintbrushes or sheet music
In crayon boxes
Strung on balloons
With a photograph of something girls did
My two favorite (though probably not very original) ways are to (1) staple them all onto a wide ribbon with a pin at the top so the ribbon can be fastened to the vest/sash, and (2) stapled directly onto the vest/sash so parent knows exactly where to sew it! The latter takes a good stapler (one of those little wimpy ones won't work) but the girls liked it the last time we did it this way. If I think of / remember any other ways we've done it, I'll send them later.
Subj: badge presentation
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joyce aldred)
Here is an idea I have used to present badges to a troop of Junior Girl Scouts. Get one of those straw wreaths (one for each girl) wrap the wreath in fabric, you can have the girls bring in fabric they like. It takes about 1/2 yard. If there is material left over a bow can be added. Use straight pins to attach the badges to the wreath. The size of the wreath depends on how many badges they have earned.
Hope this helps.
-------- Just thought of another one. Brain is working a little slow today. Cut out of poster board a sash the correct color and attach the patches/badges on them
Last year I did two unique presentation. The first one was after we had been
studying Egypt. I made pyramids out of poster board and put all of the girls badges
and patches inside of the pyramid. The second was after we earned our Sign of
the Satellite. I made a shooting star with poster board. On the star I put the
girls badges, sign, and membership star. On the shooting part I put all of
Subj: badge presentation
From: email@example.com (SHELIA SCHNEIDER)
Last year I did several great ideas for handing out patches and badges to my Junior troop. We studied Egypt all year as our country for Thinking Day so I made pyramids with posterboard and had the badges and patches inside of it. At our year end bridging/court of awards we had earned our Sign of the Satellite so I did a shooting star. The star part had everything that went on the front of the vest/sash and the shooting part had all of their patches. Our girls loved neon green and yellow so I did the stars in those colors.
Hope this helps.
Shelia Schneider, firstname.lastname@example.org, Junior Leader, Council Trainer, Lifetime Member, Whiteman AFB, MO
Subj: Re: <TiGGGS> need ideas for "Leaderfest"
From: email@example.com (ann)
Okay here is what I have done....
One of the girls favorite when they were brownies - I got pinwheels and attached streamers to it and on each streamer was a try it or patch. I have made chocolate kiss roses and attached to each leaf a jr. badge. I bought needlework ornament start frames and last year when my girls earned their leadership pin I covered the cardboard with fabric and put the leadership in the center and then from the junior green and cadette blue ribbons I attached badges and patches. When Walgreen’s had their sidewalk sale I picked up 10 for a $1 little crystal plastic boxes - they are all different shapes and I put their badges in that one year.
This year I was thinking of using those big balloons and putting the badges inside of the balloon then blowing them up with a helium tank. Should be a hoot watching those girls try and figure out how to get the badges out!
I know I’ve done other things - if I can remember them I will send them off.
Subj: Re: <TiGGGS> need ideas for "Leaderfest"
There was a nice thread on creative badge presentation on wagggs-l a year or two ago. Searching the archives might get you a bunch of great ideas.
My most creative idea: Pin each badge to a ribbon--one ribbon for each girl, could have a name tag or even a "mum" at the top.
Lela C. Arnes, San Jacinto Girl Scouts, Houston, Texas -- Master Trainer, District 4 representative on Policy-Influencing Committee, past Board Member, Thanks Badge recipient
Subj: Re: <TiGGGS> need ideas for "Leaderfest"
From: Rutledge@intrepid.net (earlene garnitz)
One thing we did last year at our Bridging ceremony was to make paper flowers with a cardboard backing in the shape of the trefoil behind, with streamers in the colors of the world hanging from it. We had little wooden pieces for the girls to hold on to. The badges and pins were then put on the streamers and given to the girls as they crossed the bridge. This went over very well. The year before we had large trefoils in plastic with the badges stapled on and the girls names on them. Of course we are looking for another different idea for this years bridging.
Hope these are some help to you.
Earlene Garnitz, Shawnee Council trainer, leader, sum, etc
Subj: Re: <TiGGGS> need ideas for "Leaderfest"
From: (Nicki Merrell)
I had a leader make a necklace of the Try-Its and patches her Brownies were receiving. Tape on curly ribbon if I remember rightly.
YIGGGS, Nicki Merrell, Santiam, Salem, OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Subj: Re: Handing out badges
From: email@example.com (TurninGrn)
Have you done the paperbag vest yet? We did this for our Bridging to Brownie, Daisies ... who weren't sure if they would continue so didn't make the vest with the rest of the troop.
We cut the vest from a plane brown grocery bag, then attached the one year star, Try-It, and Bridging patch, they had earned during Bridging steps then traced and colored on the Strips and such.
Just thought as typing this, that with TryIts you could make a mini Pizza Pan and mount them with a dab of hot glue on the back, to form a portion or whole Pizza. With Junior Badges perhaps a mounted on a funfoam IceCream dish, like scoops of Ice cream (if that is not too childish). Then for the IPP's you could build a Pyramid, as they are the 'Building Blocks of Life'.
Just a thought... would love to hear what others come up with.
Mary, Daisy GS Troop 487, Brownie GS Troop 314, SU27 Manager, member, Pacific Peaks Council, Tumwater WA
Subj: Re: Handing out badges
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (TGJGJGJG)
This is the idea I came up with for giving out patches and IP's at our end-of-the-year court of awards/parents meeting. It takes more time and a bit more money, but it was well received by all the girls. I hope I can describe this for you:
Take a small terra cotta pot and paint it (we used silver and blue since several of the girls earned their silver award). Put styrofoam into each pot. Take pieces of coated floral wire in varying lengths (4" up to 10") Wrap one end of the wire tightly around the end of a pencil, then slide the wire off the pencil. You should have something that looks like this O--------- Be sure the coil of wire is coiled tightly. Take each piece of wire and stick it into the styrofoam in the pot. These will be standing up looking like flower stems. Take the badge or patch and wedge it into the coil. Now you have a pot full of patches and IP's. Once the girls take the patches out to be sewn on their vests, they can still use the pot and wire to display their favorite pictures. I hope that made a little bit of sense. It sounds much more confusing than it really was.
I'll be watching the other posts to see if anyone has other ideas. My co leader and I try to do something special for the girls at their end of the year court of awards (our COA's are done in Sept, Jan and May). And I'm running out of cleaver ideas!
Jan, Junior #519, Cadette/Senior #2146
Subj: Re: <TiGGGS> need ideas for "Leaderfest"
From: email@example.com (earlene garnitz)
I forgot to tell you that with the bridging last year, we also had silver and gold ribbons tied to the flowers and silver and gold rings (found in the wedding section of our local craft store). They represented the make new friends but keep the old, one is silver the other is gold. We thought this worked because some girls were bridging away from girls they had been with for awhile.
Earlene Garnitz, Shawnee Council
Subj: Re: Handing out badges
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MomScout)
Have the leaders write down something ahead of time to say about each girl, something fun-outstanding memory of the activities, etc. This keeps the ceremonies from being dry no matter what props are used in handing the girls their badges, patches, and other awards.
Tell them to invite parents and relatives, having the girls make invitations each time. The leaders should pencil in prospective dates on their troop planning calendars so they and the parents are not caught off guard. Parents deserve plenty of notice and troop information in a timely manner. This keeps them on your side, no matter what mistakes happen during the year.
Too many leaders view parents as the enemy when they should be treated as allies of the troop. They can easily transfer their girls to other troops or out of Girl Scouting altogether.
Another idea is varying the location of the ceremonies from time to time. Having a lawn party where everyone brings their own blankets or chairs would be a nice change of pace, esp. for younger siblings. Have parents in charge of getting refreshments. Put a notice in the newspaper afterward. Try to include a group picture.
A way to thank troop parent volunteers is to give each one a small plant for their garden. The girls can decorate styrofoam cups or small pots. Baskets can be made of paper. Or the girls can present their parents with a flower- live or homemade.
Have the girls take turn with parts or running the ceremony. The busier they are, the less fidgety they are during the ceremony. Start and end on time! Everyone's time is valuable! Do not wait until the last minute to plan the meeting or buy the supplies. A rushed leader takes a while to settle down and everyone wants the leader's attention as soon as she gets there. Keep a notebook of ceremonies and evaluate them. Keep notes on each one you have used.
Jan Brewington, Fredericksburg, VA
Here's some presentation ideas:
Get 1 helium balloon per girl. Tape or staple try-its/patches to the end of the streamer on the balloon.
Cut a huge trefoil out of green poster board (it's really not that hard!) Put green crepe paper streamers behind the trefoil -- 1 streamer per girl w/ try-its and patches attached.
Get a cheap clay pot (1 per girl). Sponge paint/decorate it. Attach one try-it or badge to a paper cupcake cup, then to a green chenille stem (in other words, make each patch/try-it into a flower..add leaves, etc.) "Plant them" in florist foam in the clay pot.
Do a Hawaiian theme (great in the winter!) Order cheap Hawaiian decorations from Oriental Trading or buy at your local "party and paper" store. Put each try-it/badge on a lei and present the lei to the girl.
Do a "Make new friends but keep the old" theme ceremony. Decorate everything in silver and gold (easy this time of year). Buy cheap silver and gold metallic material and make little drawstring bags big enough to hold patches/try-its. Give the gold to the "old" scouts (3rd graders?) and silver bags to the "new" brownies (1st graders?) or random or whatever.
Barb, GSC of the Nation's Capital, Junior Ldr, SU Manager, SU Encampment Coord, & Council Trainer
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1999 13:10:25 -0400
From: "Jennifer Geisbert" email@example.com >
Subject: Re: Court of Awards Question
Last year I gave the girls their badges in helium filled balloons. For those girls that had bunches of badges, I had to buy extra balloons. Put all the badges in one balloon and use the extra balloons to hold them up. We filled them right in the card shop and caused quite a stir.
Another one? On the meeting before an awards ceremony the girls decorated clay pots with paint pens. Then we stuck styrofoam circles inside (painted green) the rim so it was pretty much flush with the top of the pot. I painted popsicle sticks and cut out leaves from green construction paper and attached the leaves to the stick. I glued their patches on the sticks and handed them to the girls this way. I brought their pots to the ceremony and as the girls came up and received their badges (called out by badge, not girl). They stuck their green sticks into their pot and made a flower arrangement of badges.
I hope these ideas make sense.
Subject: Re: Repost: Try it Awards Party
I had a vision of a Christmas tree decorated with Try-It "ornaments". Perhaps out of green posterboard. You could also add tinsel or draw lights etc. with metallic marker.
Kelly Groff, Brownie Troop #1106, Olney, MD
Ok - gotta have my 2 cents!
When I hand out my awards, I make sure as many of the parents are present as possible. The girl love to know that their parents are there, and I'm sure the parents are proud of their daughters as well. But this is how I have done this for the last year.
I first print out the award and what they have earned. Then I print out a simple letter (below) telling the parents what we did to earn the try-its, along with the try-it picture. I then roll them both up into a scroll and tie a ribbon aound it. I present them in a graduation type manner. Calling up the girls one at a time, and announcing who the proud parents of the daughter are too. (making them feel important in their daughters success!)
taken from my Daycamp Awards this year
About the Patches;
Water, Water Everywhere: For this patch, we learned about the importance of water. We studied how much water is in the world, where, and how much we use everyday. We learned about the importance of not to waste water. There were experiments with different types of water to see what is living in the water and how we must clean it before we can drink it. We also explored the habitat of the stream.
Earth and Sky: This patch was tied in with the ‘Water – try-it’. We studied the soil, what lives around and on the surface of the grass, and the importance water has to it all. We studied erosion and its effects on the land. We did an experiment about roots and learned how they help stop erosion. We finally learned about things that spent their life in the air, and the importance water has to them as well.
Plants: With water being our theme – we added the plants try-it to the list. We planted seeds, went on a leaf hunt and learned the importance water has to plants. We learned that we need the plants just as much as we need the water to survive. We also did a food chain from the animals we studied while on our hikes.
Subj: Re: -TiGGGS- need ideas for "Leaderfest"
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Cynthia Sattizahn)
We made trefoil shapes out of poster board as a troop - tied it into GS traditions. Each girl made one. At a C of A, the patches were attached with double-stick tape. Simple, but eye catching.
Cindy S. Downingtown, PA
Subj: Re: <.TiGGGS> need ideas for "Leaderfest"
From: J ARTSKYD
How about stapling the badges/try-its to a thin ribbon and then tying the ribbon very tightly to a lollipop stick? Take assorted lollipops and stick them in styrofoam and then...let's see, what will we do with them???? Hmm.... Have the styrofoam spray painted brown already and precut to fit small clay flowerpots. Now you have a flowerpot full of flower- lollipops!! You could do one of the flower ceremonies and then hand these out as each girl says her part or at the end of the ceremony!!!
YIS, Kathy Dykstra, Freedom Valley Girl Scout Council, Valley Forge, PA
Subject: Re: Repost: Try it Awards Party
I made wreaths out of green felt glued to posterboard and cut out. Then I glued on a bow made of red yarn and "drizzled" (for lack of a better word) the yarn around the wreath. Then I hot glued the patches and try-its on, finishing it off with snowflake shaped sequins here and there. We are going to hang them from the ceiling at our Christmas party and at then end of the party, take them down and present them. They are super cute.
Kim Williams, Leader, Brownie Troop #3444, Circle T Council
Subj: Re: <TiGGGS> need ideas for "Leaderfest"
Although I'm not currently a leader (I'm a trainer and Service Unit Director), I used to present the badges to the girls (Juniors) during their meeting time a couple of times a year. I found that this was much more tangible to the girls -- they didn't earn something in Sept and not have it to wear until May. Also, helped to make other girls more aware of things they had "almost" completed and encouraged them to get the final requirement done.
At the end of the year during our "awards program," I would present each girl a ribbon with small cards attached saying the name of the badge or patch the girl had received and verbally acknowledge her accomplishments. Some ribbons were quite long!
Elaine Royer, Trainer. Service Unit Director, Lifetime Member, Hemlock Girl Scout Council, Harrisburg, PA
Subj: re: Beyond Baggies
Couple of the things we did, Make Daisies out of construction or poster board. Attaching badges to petals, also attaching to ribbons that can be pinned onto the girl's uniform during ceremony. These are very basic so you may have these already but sent your way anyway-just in case
One of the ideas we used was to make "Brownie" angels - our Court of Awards was in December (I think this idea came from Pack-O-Fun ) - the leaders cut and glued the angel and the girls decorated them -
Brown grocery bags
toilet paper tube
doll hair in various shades
markers or crayons
1/4" or 1/2" wide ribbon
Using brown grocery bags - cut out 2 angel shapes for each angel using "pinking shears" ( they looked like paper dolls with long skirts ) - the leaders cut and glued the angel except for the bottom of the skirt. cut a toilet tube in half and glue into opening of shirt to make it stand up.
Girls added details like doll hair, faces and decorations on dress area with markers.
We took them home and then glued a piece of ribbon between the angels hands and stapled the Try-Its and other awards to it. At our COA they were all lined up on a table looking so festive. The girls later got to put them on their Christmas tree as a decoration.
Our latest COA we cut green trefoils - about 4" size and wrote each girls name on them - we stapled to this a gold wire edged ribbon ( about 2 1/2" wide) and stapled all the Try-its and membership stars to each one - the girls pinned this to their vest using the star pin ( this was great because they didn't lose it before the end of the meeting !)
Hope these help
Liz LeDeoux, Brownie Troop 1546, Daisy Consultant, SU Community Service Organizer, Soon to be Orientation trainer, Suffolk County GSC, NY
Subject: Re: Try it Awards Party
We just had our first Court of Awards for this year at our Christmas Mother/Daughter Tea and used candy canes - double-sided sticky tape (make your own) with one try-it on one side and one on the other - we used small canes because of just 2 try-its, but if more, then could use larger, longer canes and attach down stem - we stuck to curve of cane, both sides. Make sense?
Laura - Troop 446, Olympia, WA, GuthLaura@aol.com
I have one very creative leader in my Service Area who in the past two years has:
Stapled them to the ribbon of a helium filled balloon - party theme
Hot glued them to florist wires and used them as flowers in clay pot - garden theme (I used this at our leaders party and used decorated paper cups as the pot)
Made paper bag angels and glued them to ribbons on her robe - holiday theme
Put them on a paper fan
Posted them in a folder cut into the shape of a Trefoil that opened like a book, with the girls name on the front
Made rosette buttons with wide ribbons ( badges on the ribbons) - everyone's a winner
By the time you've used all of these, I'm sure she will have come up with more.
Jeanne Carnot, (a neighbor from GSCM), Leader Cadette/Senior, STC, Trainer, etc...
Subj: Re: <TiGGGS> need ideas for "Leaderfest"
One of the neatest ideas I've seen is to take those small clay flowerpots and fill with Styrofoam. Hot glue your patches, badges, etc., to pipe cleaners and arrange with silk leaves or flowers as an arrangement. You can paint the girl's name on the pot and hand out as a bouquet of flowers.
Lynn, Deep South Council, Mobile
In regard to badge presentations...we tend to follow in the time of year....
At our annual "Beach Party" night...we put the girls badges in colourful balloons...then blow them up..and put the balloons on sticks. At presentation time...the girls can burst their balloons and receive their badges.
At Easter time...we purchase plastic eggs from the dollar store...and put the girls name on them with permanent marker. Then we do a traditional egg hunt...and the girls find their badges that we have put inside the eggs...
At Christmas time we make "Badge Wreaths".....we take pieces of cardboard...and staple the badges in a circle on the cardboard...then we embellish the wreaths with greenery.
For girls that are advancing to the next Guiding level....we ask them to remove their badges from their sash two weeks prior to the ceremony....We mount their badges...patrol stripes....and emblems onto wooden plaques...if there are girls who have a lot...we attach smaller pieces of wood with chain links to the larger one...and add them on...
14th Oshawa Guides
A Penny And The Girl Scout Story:
>"Lincoln symbolizes the ideal we have towards our country as Girl Scouts.
>inscription, 'In God We Trust'
>reminds us of a Supreme Being. The Lincoln Memorial symbolizes what we are
>working towards as Girl Scouts...
>building strong citizens, thus forming a strong structure. The three steps
>represent the three parts of the Girl Scout promise. The ten columns remind
>us of the Girl Scout Law. The Promise and the Law support Girl Scouting. The
>open door symbolizes our open hearts to all. The Latin 'E. Plurbis Unim'
>reminds us that while there are many of us here, we are all united in Girl
>Scouting. This penny symbolizes the many rewards we receive during our
>lifetime. Rewards not in money or gifts, but in a smile of a friend, a
>handshake of a new friend and the knowledge and pride gained in doing the
>best you can in reaching your life's goal. Keep this penny...every once in a
>while look at it and remember what it means."
Lela C. Arnes
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, Houston, Texas -- Master Trainer,
District 4 Delegate, past Board Member, Thanks Badge recipient
SCOUTING IS A CANDLE
: Scouting is a candle - that will light you on your way
: It's trying on your honor and helping every day.
: Exploring worlds around you and looking wider still
: Pitching tents out in the woods and hiking up a hill.
: Guitars and voices blended - under God's majestic sky
: Loving those around you - friendships that never die.
: The meaning in a moment - in a smile or in a tear
: Makes you a little taller in each new Scouting year.
: A promise to your God and to your country too
: Makes you a part of your world,
: and your world a part of you.
: It's something that you carry wherever you may go
: A secret deep inside you that only Scouts would know.
: But it's the kind of secret that you want the world to know.
: You can't hide all the happiness, you can't hide all the glow.
: A candle glows together - it shines externally.
: Make it shine on everyone -
: That's the way the world should be.
: Montachusett GSC
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.
(Child 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.
(Child 2): But what would the world be like if we stopped serving God and our
country? (Blow out one more candle.)
(Child 3): What would the world be like if we each stopped helping people in
need? (Blow out one more candle.)
(Child 4): What would the world be like if we each stopped living by the Girl
Scout Law? (Blow out one more candle.)
(Child 5): What would the world be like if we chose to be dishonest and
self-serving? (Blow out one more candle.)
(Child 6): What would the world be like if we were unfriendly and
unhelpful?(Blow out one more candle.)
(Child 7): What would the world be like if we chose to be inconsiderate and
uncaring?(Blow out one more candle.)
(Child 8): What would the world be like if we were fearful and weak?(Blow out
one more candle.)
(Child 9): What would the world be like if we not responsible for what we
said or did?(Blow out one more candle.)
(Child 10): What would the world be like if we didn't respect myself, others,
or authority?(Blow out one more candle.)
(Child 11): What would the world be like if we didn't use our resources
wisely?(Blow out one more candle.)
(Child 12): What would the world be like if I we didn't make the world a
better place?(Blow out one more candle.)
If we choose this path, our world becomes very dark. (PAUSE)
(Child 2): But I, Amy, make a commitment today to serve God and my
(Child 3): But I, (Child 3), make a commitment today to help people at all
(Child 4): But I, (Child 4), make a commitment today to live by the Girl
Scout Law.(Re-light candle.)
(Child 5): But I, (Child 5), make a commitment today to be honest and
(Child 6): But I, (Child 6), make a commitment today to friendly and
(Child 7): But I, (Child 7), make a commitment today to be considerate and
(Child 8): But I, (Child 8);, make a commitment today to be courageous and
(Child 9): But I, Amy, make a commitment today to be responsible for what I
say and do.(Re-light candle.)
(Child 10): But I, (Child 10), make a commitment today to respect myself,
others, and authority.(Re-light candle.)
(Child 11): But I, (Child 11), make a commitment today to use my resources
(Child 12): But I, (Child 12), make a commitment today to make the world a
better place.(Re-light candle.)
All: When'er You Make a Promise
All: Set wish boats afloat.