Ceremonies for Adults
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Leader #1: Tonight we are gathered to share in the dedication of our new and old leaders to the ideas of Girl Scouting.
Leader #2: At this time, the members of Service Unit will share with each other the "Lesson Of The Pearls", found in our discovered treasure chest of Girl Scouting.
Pearl #1: The first pearl stands for WISDOM. You have shown your joy in exploring wisdom through Girl Scouting. (Place pearl in treasure chest)
Pearl #2: The second pearl shall symbolize BEAUTY. You are beautiful to your sister Girl Scouts for you give of yourself. (Place pearl in treasure chest)
Pearl #3: The third pearl is STRENGTH. You are the strength of the future of Girl Scouting. (Place pearl in treasure chest)
Pearl #4: The fourth pearl will be the symbol of TRUTH. You are the example of the truth of the ideas of Girl Scouting. Place pearl in treasure chest)
Pearl #5: The fifth pearl will be FIDELITY. You have kept your promise and have affirmed it for life.(Place pearl in treasure chest)
Pearl #6: The sixth pearl is our symbol for FELLOWSHIP. You have extended the hand of friendship and you have gained the rewards.(Place pearl in treasure chest)
Pearl #7: The seventh pearl is COOPERATION. You are an example of total cooperation and your many accomplishments reflect your willingness to work in harmony with others. (Place pearl in treasure chest)
Pearl #8: The eighth pearl will be a symbol for LOYALTY. You are committed to the law of Girl Scouting and strive to live by it.(Place pearl in treasure chest)
Pearl #9: The ninth pearl will be for VISION. You can see the future of Girl Scouts and will do your part to ensure its continued success.(Place pearl in treasure chest)
Pearl #10: The tenth pearl shall stand for SERVICE. You continue to give of yourself to others in need.(Place pearl in treasure chest)
Leader #3: You stand here, a golden link in our chain of green and gold. A chain of friendship that encircles the globe. Our chain is made strong by your caring, your sharing and a desire to be the best that you can be.
Leader #4: Our wish is for you to explore the many treasures to be found in our chest of pearls. Remember to always be a golden link in our chain of friendship and let nothing break this chain of green and gold. Please join me in reciting the
Girl Scout Promise.
Everyone: Recite the Girl Scout Promise.
Submitted by Jacqui Brindlinger
Materials: 9 candles, 3 for promise, plus six for value statements
Leader: Today (or tonight) we came in silence as we rededicate ourselves to Scouting. We light three candles signifying the three parts of our Promise as together we renew it.
All: On my honor, I will try:
Leader: Our opportunity comes to us through value - the right to grow through our experience in the Promise and Law. This candle becomes a bright as we realize our golden opportunities. (light candle)
Adult: On my honor I will TRY. I cannot succeed if I do not try. So I will try, I may not always succeed but I will grow with every new experience as I put into practice the Promise and Law.
Leader: Our goal is to help girls be good citizens today and active citizens tomorrow. (light candle)
Adult: I am proud of God and my country. And on my honor I will try to serve God, my country, and help people at all times to the best of my ability.
Leader: The Scout loves her country and has knowledge of it's relationship to the world. (light candle)
Adult: All women are sisters. We learn that there are many likenesses in all people, but where there are differences we gain exciting opportunities of understanding.
Leader: The pathway of Girl Scouting grows broader and other people become involved. (light candle)
Adult: Others need me. It is good to know that I have skills and knowledge, which can make someone else happier.
Leader: Opportunities to develop into a more capable person are given to the Girl Scout as she assumes her role in the troop and in her patrol. (light candle)
Adult: I am a link in the golden chain of Girl Scouting. It can be no stronger than each link.
Leader: Each Scout is an individual and by keeping herself forever fit, she is better ready to serve others and to enjoy everyday living. (light candle)
Adult: It is my privilege to keep myself physically fit, to live with kind thoughts and unselfish deeds and to keep myself morally strong.
Leader: And so the light grows brighter as it now fills this room and these hearts with the flame of accomplishment.
Pin new leaders, having them each repeat the Promise, if desired.
Submitted by Jacqui Brindlinger
Part 1: "Girl Scouting is not a world apart, but a part of the world." As we dedicate ourselves today, let us keep in mind ways in which we can make Girl Scouting an even stronger part of our world.
Here are some thoughts:
Part 2: Juliette Low frequently reminded the National Board, when much organizational planning had to be done, "We mustn't lose sight of the girls. The girls must always come first."
Part 3: Thomas Edison said, "Genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration."
Part 4: "Thank you for loaning me your daughter, For letting her make me smile, Thank you for letting her be a Girl Scout. It's an organization worthwhile" - Author Unknown
Part 5: "We cannot learn from one another - until we stop shouting at one another; until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices." - Richard Nixon
Part 6: Girls are the only reason for Girl Scouting. Everything in Girl Scouting is designed for their particular needs and interests
Part 7: "You don't have to think about doing the right thing. If you are for the right thing then you will do it without even thinking." Maya Angelo (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings)
Part 8: Girl Scouting is multi-cultural. We not only welcome, but seek, members form all racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic groups.
Part 9: Look up and not down - Look forward and not back - Look out and not in - Lend a hand
Part 10: According to Peter Drucker, often called the founding father of the discipline of management, "The best run organization in the United States is the Girl Scouts. Tough, hardworking women can do anything."
Part 11: When in charge - ponder. When in trouble - delegate. When in doubt - mumble
Part 12: "Ideas are clean. They soar in the supreme heavens. I can take them out and look at them, they fit in books, they lead me down that narrow way. And in the morning they are there. Ideas are straight - but the world is round, and a messy mortal is my friend - come walk with me in the mud..." - Hugh Prather
Part 13: Girl Scouting is people, people like you who give their time, their energy, and their love to help prepare today's girl for tomorrow's world.
Part 14: Let's all join in saying the Girl Scout Promise
(All say the Promise together)
Submitted by Jacqui Brindlinger
Based on a Native American Legend
Materials needed for each person involved with the ceremony:
Once upon a time the colors of the world started a quarrel, all claimed that they were the best, the most important, the most useful, the favorite.
RED shouted out: "I am the ruler of all of you -- I am blood -- life's blood! I am the color of danger and of bravery. I am willing to fight for a cause. I bring fire into the blood. Without me, the earth would be as empty as the moon. I am the color of passion and of love, the red rose, the poinsettia and the poppy."
ORANGE started next to blow her trumpet: "I am the color of health and strength. I may be scarce, but I am precious for I serve the needs of human life. I carry the most important vitamins. Think of carrots, pumpkins, oranges, mangos, and pawpaws. I don't hang around all the time, but when I fill the sky at sunrise or sunset, my beauty is so striking that no one gives another thought to any of you."
YELLOW chuckled: "You are all so serious. I bring laughter, gaiety, and warmth into the world. The sun is yellow, the moon is yellow, the stars are yellow. Every time you look at a sunflower, the whole world starts to smile. Without me there would be no fun."
GREEN said: "Clearly, I am the most important. I am the sign of life and hope. I was chosen for grass, trees, leaves - without me, all animals would die. Look over the countryside and you will see that I am in the majority."
BLUE interrupted: "You only think about the earth, but consider the sky and the sea. It is the water that is the basis of life and drawn up by the clouds from the deep sea. The sky gives space and peace and serenity. Without my peace, all of you would be nothing."
INDIGO spoke, much more quietly than all the others, but with just as much determination: "Think of me. I am the color of silence. You hardly notice me, but without me, all of you become superficial. I represent thought and reflection, twilight and deep water. You need me for balance and contrast, for prayer and inner peace."
VIOLET rose to her full height. She was very tall and spoke with great pomp: "I am the color of loyalty and power. Kings, chiefs, and bishops have always chosen me for I am the sign of authority and wisdom. People do not question me - they listen and obey."
And so the colors went on boasting, each convinced of his or her own superiority. Their quarreling became louder and louder. Suddenly, there was a startling flash of bright lightning...thunder rolled and boomed. Rain started to pour down relentlessly. The colors crouched down in fear, drawing closer to one another for comfort.
In the midst of the clamor, rain began to speak: "You foolish colors, fighting amongst yourselves, each trying to dominate the rest. Don't you know that you were each made for a special purpose, unique and different? Join hands with one another and come to me."
Doing as they were told, the colors united and joined hands. The rain continued: "From now on, when it rains, each of you will stretch across the sky in a great bow of color as a reminder that you can all live in peace. The rainbow is a sign of friendship and hope for tomorrow."
And so, whenever the rain washes the world, look up... and as the rainbow appears in the sky, let us all remember our friendships new and old... and that tomorrow is always a new day."
I learned this ceremony at Chaparral Girl Scout Council leader training. We stood in a circle and were handed the thin strips of leather. As different people read the different colors, we were given the same color pony bead and put it on our leather strip in order. When the last person was reading from "And so the colors went on boasting..." we took our finished strip and tied it around the wrist of the person to our right. The beads were put on in the same order as the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. It was a very touching ceremony and I remember it to this day and keep my bracelet in my purse.
When Juliette Gordon Low established Girl Scouting in 1912, the tradition of candlelight ceremonies was an important part of the various activities. Through the early years, she passed the light and spirit of Girl Scouting on to others through investitures and campfires. They, in turn, continued to pass the light and the spirit. Over the years, the light and spirit of Girl Scouting has taken many different paths. The following is a brief history of one such path.
One of the first leaders-in-training was Ethel Cooper, and she like so many others, received the light from Juliette Low. Ethel went on to establish a troop in 1917 in Plymouth, Pennsylvania. Through her years of Girl Scout involvement, she too, passed the light on to her girls with the hope that they would continue to pass the light and keep the spirit of Girl Scouting alive.
The light from Ethel's candle was later passed to Ginny Denn, and from her to Melanie Weiss. While at National Center West in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, in 1986, Melanie passed the candlelight to Paula Eppinger of New York and to Catherine Leibrand of Michigan.
In June of 1987, Paula and Catherine came together as participants in "Promenade Through Our Past", a wider opportunity in Savannah, Georgia. As part of the closing banquet, Paula and Catherine shared their spirit of Girl Scouting by passing the light to the participants, staff and friends of Girl Scouts. Among those receiving the light was Donna Rohwedder, a staff member from Illinois.
In August of 1987, Donna participated as a staff member of the wider opportunity in Iowa called "Head of the Hills". During a campfire, Donna passed the light to Lori Drake, a participant of the wider op.
In November of 1989, Lori passed on the light during closing ceremonies of an overnight campout involving Cadette and Senior Girl Scout Troop #1230 of Tierro del Oro Girl Scout Council.
While attending a service unit meeting at Beale Air Force Base, California, in October of 1990, Vickie passed the candlelight to Nancy Imus, a Tierro del Oro Council staff member, at an investiture and rededication ceremony.
On October 17, 1990, Nancy passed the light to Maggi Moromisata at a staff investiture and rededication ceremony.
On June 20, 1992, Maggi passed the light to Jane Allen at the close of training at Edith Macy Conference Center in New York. Jane passed the light to Judy Jones during a staff meeting of the Girl Scout Council of the Apalachee Bend, on August 18, 1992. Judy passed the light on to Pat Shivers.
On November 2, 1995, Pat Shivers passed the light to Donna Tuttle during an Association meeting of the Girl Scout Council of the Apalachee Bend.
On October 8, 1998, Donna Tuttle passed the light on to the members of the WAGGGS-L list.
On February 11, 1999, Amanda Robert-Curry, member of WAGGS-L and volunteer from Whispering Oaks Girl Scout Council passed the light on to the readers of the Scouting File Cabinet Ceremony Compilation.
(To pass light on, insert your name here, with name of the group you are passing the light to. If you aren't in cyberspace, use a real candle!)
May we always remember the spirit in which Juliette began this organization to spread to all girls the confidence, determination, courage, and knowledge that they can do anything. May we develop that same spirit within ourselves and the girls we lead.
Let your lights shine!