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Standard Flag Ceremony
For our troop meetings we do a simple opening flag ceremony each time. The Flag Bearer carries the flag (we purchased a small flag) and the color guard walk beside the flag bearer (they would carry troop flag etc if we had one). The caller is the one who calls Girl Scouts to attention and commands the flag bearer and color guard...
This is the simple ceremony we use...girls stand in horseshoe formation (except for ones presenting the colors)
The staging area is dark. Narrator is off stage or holds a light to read by and be seen by the audience.
NARRATOR: From the Four Corners of the earth they came, (either four girls with lighted candles or flashlights). They carried a torch in Freedom's name.
[Freedoms act as the Honor Guard and do not speak].
Opening: Quiet Sign
[Daisy Girl Scout Flag enters, carried by a Daisy Girl Scout]
Narrator #1: "I am the Daisy Girl Scout Flag. I have watched over the Girl Scouts in blue. I have watched them become Girl Scouts and now they seek the wise old owl."
[Brownie Girl Scout Flag enter, carried by a Brownie Girl Scout.]
Narrator #2: "I am the Brownie Girl Scout Flag. I have watched over the Girl Scouts in brown. I have guided their enthusiasm for three years and now they fly from my arms."
[Girl Scout Flag enters, carried by a Junior Girl Scout.]
Narrator #3: "I am the Girl Scout Flag. I have watched over the Girl Scouts in green. For three years I have watched them grow and now they step upward to Cadette Girl Scouting."
[World Association Flag enters carried by a Cadette Girl Scout.]
Narrator #4: "I am the World Association Flag. I watch over my Girl Scouts to appreciate Girl Scouting/Girl Guiding all over the world. They have the same international spirit that made me great. I watch Cadette Girl Scouts grow to become Senior Girl Scouts. Please stand."
[United States Flag enters carried by a Senior Girl Scout.]
Narrator #5: "I am the United States Flag. I watch over Senior Girl Scouts and all Girl Scouts. I can hold my head high when I am with them. I am proud of my daughters. Girl Scouts and guests, the Flag of your country, pledge Allegiance. Color guard, post your colors. Color guard, dismissed."
Recipe For An American Flag
Hey! I can answer this one!!! Here goes:
Colors can be construction paper cut up, poker chips, or whatever. I use chips, easier to clean up. Put the colors and stars/glitter in individual cups. Fold the flag so that the two upper corners are easy to get hold of. Place the flag in the pot. Do this before the ceremony. When you are ready to start, have the cups of "colors", pot, spoon, and stars/glitter on a table.
Recite the following poem while "cooking" the recipe.
(girls 5&6-one stirs, puts spoon down, then both grasp flag corners and lift from pot)
Follow with the Pledge of Allegiance
Make a Flag Ceremony
I have used this ceremony in the past and I am going to use it again this year. It is a really neat ceremony.
Make a Flag Ceremony
Center of Stage is Large Basket with folded flag inside hidden
Narrator- "Will you please rise for the presentation of the colors."
Staging notes- Girls come single file. First comes the girls carrying components of the flag, holding them high and reverently. Followed by the Girl Scout Flag. Girls come on stage and stand across the stage behind the basket.
Narrator- "Red for Valor - For the courage of all women who, with a dream in their hearts, crossed the oceans to begin life anew in a free land. For the bravery of women who, with hope and faith, crossed the prairie and mountains of our vast land. For the steadfastness of those women who, through all adversities, shouldered the Country's burdens to emerge as stronger individuals."
Staging Notes- Red streamers are placed in the basket
Narrator- "White for Purity - For the integrity of all women whose fortitude wove the strands of diverse cultures into an integral national heritage. For the piety of all women whose faith formed the foundation upon which our country was built and continues to grow."
Staging notes- White streamers are placed in basket
Narrator- "Blue for Justice - For the foresight of all those women who created an atmosphere in which each of their children could develop to their fullest potential. For the perseverance of all those women who contributed their talents to further the development of our Country."
Staging notes- Large Blue paper or Blue piece of cloth is placed in the basket
Narrator- "Stars for Dreams - For the dreams of the future. That the generations of tomorrow may fulfill the promise of the past 200 years, so that the visions of our forebears will be revitalized and the future will hold forth hope and promise for all generations to come."
Staging Note- Stars are placed in basket -- pick up flag pole and stir
Narrator- "Stirring the stories of my stars and stripes, I symbolize the soul of America, typifying her ideas and aspirations, her institutions and traditions."
Staging note- Remove the folded flag
Narrator- "This flag, which we honor and under which we serve is the symbol of our unity, our power, and purpose as a nation."
Staging Note- 2 or more girls unfold the flag and mount on the flag pole -- then stand at attention
Narrator- "Please join us in saying the Pledge of Allegiance"
"I pledge Allegiance..."
All Girl Scouts will make the Girl Scout Sign and say the Girl Scout Promise.
"ON my honor, I will try..."
Narrator: "Color Guard, Post your colors"
(Wait for the flags to be posted)
Narrator: Color Guard,. Retreat
Older Girl Flag Recipe Ceremony
cut pieces of red, white and blue construction paper
Hum During Entrance: America The Beautiful
Red For Valor- For the courage of all women who with a dream in their hearts crossed the oceans to begin life in a free land. For the bravery of women who with hope and faith crossed the prairie and mountains of our vast land. For the steadfastness of those women who through all adversities shouldered the Country's burdens to emerge as strong individuals.
White For Purity- For the integrity of all women whose fortitude wove the strands of diverse cultures into an integral national heritage. For the piety of all women whose faith formed the foundation upon which our Country was built and continues to grow.
Blue for Justice- For the foresight of all those women who created an atmosphere in which each of their children could develop to their fullest potential. For the perseverance of all those women who contributed their talents to further the development of our Country.
Stars for Dreams- For the dreams of the future that: The generations of tomorrow may fulfill the promise of the past 200 years, so that the visions of our Fore-Mothers will be revitalized and the future will hold hope and promise for all generations to come.
(Stir the pot)
Stirring are the stories of my Stars and Stripes. I symbolize the soul of America, typifying her ideals and aspirations, her institutions and traditions.
(Remove the flag)
This flag, which we honor and under which we serve is the emblem of our unity, our power, and thought and purpose as a Nation.
Song (all) "She's a Grand Old Flag"
(As flag is marched around the room, hold straight by the four comers with blue field at shoulder height)
Flag Retirement Ceremony
Last year we had a flag burning ceremony at camp. It was very, solemn and respectful. We retired our very tattered camp flag. At the evening bon fire after several quiet and sentimental songs to set the mood we made a big circle around the fire. 8 girls actually performed the ceremony. 6 girls held the flag, 3 on a side, one girl used scissors to cut each stripe away, 1 girl reminded us of the 13 original colony names, as each stripe was cut and placed in the fire. The last step was to put the field of stars into the flames and remember all fifty states. We ended with taps and the evening was over. I was quite impressed that 200 Cadettes and Seniors could be so quiet.
Flag Etiquette Diagrams