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Values of Life Ceremony

Candle Ceremony

Juliette Low's Candle Ceremony

Candle Ceremony with Origami Cranes

Maypole Ceremony (GS Law)


Values of Life Ceremony

(May be combined with a recitation of the GS Promise and Law)

Props: Large trefoil, 7 candles

Leader (pointing to the trefoil): The emblem you see before you represents the Girl Scout program. The seven candles represent seven rays the of sun. We will now tell you what each of the seven rays stand for.

1. WISDOM - Wisdom does not necessarily mean superior knowledge. It means putting to the right use the knowledge one possesses.

2. COURAGE - Courage is not the quality that enables people to meet danger without fear, it is being able to meet danger in spite of one's fear.

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

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

5. FAITH - Faith is the conviction that something unproved by physical evidence is true. A good example is when an 8-year-old said, "Faith is when you turn on the light switch you know the light will go on."

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

7. LOVE - there are many kinds of love - love of family, love of home, love of fellow man, love of God, and love of country. All these loves are necessary for a full life.

Mid-Continent Council's Super Ceremonies


Candle Ceremony

Okay - I can't stay away - I'm back. I know there was some talk about changing from the five worlds and I don't know if they have yet or not. If they have you could maybe adapt it somewhat. Here's a candle ceremony my girls loved to do. We did it a lot because they really like it and also we had a large troop, so that way everyone got turns at doing this ceremony. We used it as part of the ceremony when giving out badges too. I got this ceremony from the ceremonies book, but I shortened some things to make it easier for the girls when they were younger. We had one girl light the candle and the other say the words (that way more girls could participate actively in the ceremony)

Candles Needed:

One white taper and candle holder,
One each short candle (I used votive) of the following colors: red, orange, yellow, blue, purple, green

We placed the candles in a glass quiche/tart dish with the ruffled sides and then I had a woodsy kind of potpourri that we put in the bottom on the dish. The candles were arranged in a circle around the white taper in the middle. This was a nice effect - made it seem a little fancier than just putting the candles on a table. The candles don't burn that long so we never had a fire hazard and it was all contained inside a glass dish in case anything were to catch we could put it out quick.


Have everyone form a horseshoe with candles in the middle on a table -

White candle is in a candle holder in the center and lit by the leader as the horseshoe forms.

Girls will use white candle to light the other candles

#1 Leader or girl: The daisy is a symbol of the Girl Scout Movement, which was started by our founder Juliette Gordon Low and began in our country on 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 and tomorrow's world.

#2 Red Candle: The red candle is for the World of Well-Being. Which helps girls to understand themselves, while also being aware of what it takes to be physically fit.

#3 Orange Candle: The orange candle is for the World of Today and Tomorrow, which lets girls look into the how and why of things and to solve problems

#4 Yellow Candle: The yellow candle is for the World of Out-of-Doors. Girls can learn to appreciate nature and take actions to protect and preserve our world.

#5 Blue Candle: The blue candle is for the World of People. This world helps girls appreciate their heritage and the differences and common themes of all cultures.

#6 Purple Candle: The purple candle is from the World of the Arts. This world can help develop a personal appreciation for the many art forms and things of beauty around us.

#7 Green Candle: From the light of the five worlds, may your Girl Scout world ever grow.

#8 Leader or girl: From the Girl Scout Worlds of Interest take your light into the world and let it shine forth with love and knowledge.

Sing a song here (It's a Small World is a good one - if you need the words let me know)

Close the horseshoe into a circle and do the friendship squeeze.


Of course all the girls wanted to blow the candles out afterwards, so we took turns doing that too. We have done this ceremony since the girls were 1st grade Brownies. Of course back then we had to help them read the sayings, but it was still always a special thing.

Cheryl Thienes
St. Croix Valley Council,MN


Juliette Low's Candle Ceremony

Thought I would share :)

This can be used at most ceremonies, but it is preferred to be performed at Troop camping, bridging, court of awards, encampments, or Investiture/Rededication.

Equipment needed:

candle for each girl
water bucket (with water in it)

Long ago a special ceremony was formed. Juliette Low wanted her original girls to carry a special spark with them as their Scout group broke up. Some from the troop were moving away, working to help their families or wanted to help a group of girls a little younger than themselves. But whatever their reasons, Juliette knew no other group would ever quite be the same. As the girls stood in a circle holding candles (they had made), Juliette knew what spark it was that she wanted to pass on.

She lit her candle and spoke.

"With this candle I give you each something very special to pass on. As I light the candle on my right I ask each of you to light the candle to your right and pass it on. I want you to carry this thought with you wherever you go. This is the ETERNAL FLAME for Girl Scouts. Each of you after having a lit candle before you will repeat the Girl Scout Promise with me, then pause and recall a few of the things we have done together as a group. I will hold my candle up and as I do so you will all raise yours and we will blow them out together. Before we separate from out circle, I want to ask you to keep this candle as a very special candle. It is not to be used for any purpose but passing on the ETERNAL FLAME. You may use it in other Girl Scout ceremonies such as camps, encampments, campfires, bridging or court of awards ceremonies. I'm glad we were able to start a special tradition based on our ETERNAL FLAME."

We did this at our closing Service Unit mtg. and now will be able to pass this along to each of our troops. It is very effective if most of the lights are turned off (with just enough background mood light for reading the passage) Hope you enjoy!

Lori "LadyBug" Roach
Totem Council


Candle Ceremony with Origami Cranes

Each girl had a card with a part of the promise or law on it and one of the matching colored origami cranes. The MC had a crane on her card and the "mother" candle. The MC read a passage about the importance of the Promise and Law to all Scouts and then was able to call each part by color. The appropriate girl, recognising her "color" would stand and read her part and then light the candle with the *matching* origami crane from the mother candle.

This made the ceremony very easy for the girls to self direct. The leaders (with the exception of the "fire tender") all got to stand in the back of the room and just watch the girls at work. Each girl had to make two cranes and eventually got to keep the one on her card as a momento from the ceremony. We adapted the "ribbon" ceremony from and just changed the "ribbons" for "cranes".

With all of the symbolism behind the canndles and the cranes, this was one of our most beautiful ceremonies yet! brought tears to my eyes at least.

Hope this is useful..

Alice Few
Brownie Troop 1865
Totem Council GS


Maypole Ceremony (GS Law)

I teach a Maypole Ceremony and troops use it often during Bridging Ceremonies, Scouts' Own, etc. It is especially nice to do it out-of-doors and can replace a candlelighting both inside and out. It uses the 10 parts of the Law. I have put it on the list because I thought several people might be interested in it. I have included all the supplies, directions on how to weave, the words, and a suggestion for a song to sing while weaving. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to email me privately so as not to tie up the list.




1 pole about 1" to 1" diameter and 5 long(broom handle does nicely)
10 ribbons-" wide and 7 long, 1 each of the following 10 colors:

purple, yellow, red, white, gold, blue, silver, orange, green, brown
12" of string or cording

DIRECTIONS: Attach the ribbons to the top of the pole, using tape, nails or glue. Wrap the string or cording around the pole and glue in place. Allow to dry before using pole.

(Optional: if you want to "dress up" the pole, drill hole into the top and screw on a trophy topper.) You will need 11 girls to perform this ceremony. One girl stands in the center and holds the pole. The other 10 girls form a circle around the pole. Each one of the ribbons stands for one part of the law. Each of the girls in turn reaches for her ribbon and recites the part of the law which that color stands for (or while someone else does the reciting) You always start with the Purple Ribbon. Have the girls count off 1 through 10. Number 1 will represent the purple ribbon 2=orange; 3=blue; 4=gold; 5=yellow; 6=white; 7=red; 8=silver; 9=brown; 10=green

Each girl will reach for her ribbon when it is her turn and recite her part(or as someone else recites)

Actual weaving is done while singing a Girl Scout Song- Girl Scouts Together is the one I would recommend as it has a nice even temp for girls to weave by and by singing all 3 verses it is the right length to weave to the end of the ribbon, making a nice presentation. The song can either be sung by an individual or the entire group (audience). The girls weaving usually do not sing as they need to concentrate on the weaving.

TO WEAVE: Have the girls face each other-1 & 2; 3 & 4; 5 & 6; 7 & 8; 9 & 10

Girl will be holding the ribbon in the "inside" hand. While keeping the ribbons straight (do not let them droop) at all time & starting with the odd numbered girls, they will lift their inside hands holding the ribbon, the even numbered girls will duck under . Then the even numbered girls will raise their inside hands and the odd numbered girls will duck under. Continue this odd/even/odd/even pattern (similar to a grand right and left used in square dancing) until near the bottom of the pole or at the end of the song. Note: continually remind the girls to keep their ribbons straight, do not let them droop. You will get a much better weave and less likely to cause confusing. I have often done this at a leader retreat as I have requests to teach workshops on how to do the Maypole


PURPLE RIBBON-I will do my best to be Honest and Fair
ORANGE RIBBON-I will do my best to be Friendly and Helpful
BLUE RIBBON-I will do my best to be Considerate and Caring
GOLD RIBBON-I will do my best to be Courageous and Strong
YELLOW RIBBON-I will do my best to be Responsible for What I Say & Do
WHITE RIBBON-I will do my best to Respect Myself and Others
RED RIBBON-I will do my best to Respect Authority
SILVER RIBBON-I will do my best to Use Resources Wisely
BROWN RIBBON-I will do my best to Make the World a Better Place
GREEN RIBBON-I will do my best to Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout

This takes some practice. Hope you like it.

Kathy Stephan
Northwest Georgia GS Council.