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Nickname Ceremony

Troop Crest Ceremony

Troop Crest Ceremony 2

Troop Officer Installation

 

 

Nickname Ceremony

All of us have probably had what I call "Midnight inspirations" at one time or another. You know...you lay awake in your bed thinking of all those wonderful things you'd like to try with your troop/ wish your troop could do/hope your troop would do...etc. Then the more you think about it, the harder it is for you to get back to sleep...and viola! A ceremony is born!! You all have my permission to use this poem and ceremony as you see fit. Neither the poem or the ceremony itself came from a book or any other published material, as I made them up myself (a midnight inspiration, of course!) I'd love to hear about how you used this ceremony.

Materials needed:

glitter cut in large pieces (in other words, not the stuff you glue down on paper)...or any other material for "sprinkling" ontheir heads
poem (see below)
a name tag with the nickname on it
anything else you'd like to use to make this enjoyable.

With girls/adults all quietly assembled in a horseshoe, state that it is now time to begin the "Nickname" ceremony, and read the following poem:

I knew a little mystery girl,
she was a friend of mine.
We knew each other from grade school,
it's been a long, long time.
She had lots of pins and badges,
You see, she'd been everywhere;
They were on her sash and uniform,
But one thing wasn't there.
This thing is like a special gift
That is given by someone special you know.
You can't see it, touch it, taste or feel it,
But you'll have it forever more!
I asked her if she had one.
She replied, "Can I buy it? What is that?"
I told her if she had one
She'd say YES right off the bat!
So my friend doesn't have this special thing
That you will get today.
When she found out she couldn't buy one,
She just hung her head and walked away.
When you receive your special gift today,
Please hold it near and dear to your heart,
And remember how you got it,
No matter if we're near or far apart.
Each one was chosen carefully
To fit you especially in and out!
Because you are one great bunch of girls to have,
That would make any leader shout!
Now I have you wondering,
Just what is she talking about?
Well, here goes, let's give the first one,
To a super duper Girl Scout!

(at this time, go stand in front of the first girl who is receiving a "nickname", and hold your right or left hand over her head and slowly let the glitter fall to her shoulders/head and say the following:)

**By the power invested in me as leader of Troop _____, I hearby bestow the following name to (say girl's name). On this day, (say the date), and forever more,you will now be known as "(say the nickname)".** (now pin the name tag on the girl's shirt).

Go to the next girl/adult receiving a nickname and report this portion** all over again.

You may end the ceremony as you like. We sang "Make New Friends".

The Burnes Family

 

Troop Crest Ceremony

We gather today as Girl Scouts, sisters to all Girl Scouts around the world. Our Troop is only one of many around the world, but we share the same goals, as stated in the Girl Scout Promise.

(Recite the Girl Scout Promise here)

Like many troops before us, we are unique as each of our girls are individuals. Each girl is important to the Troop and is a vital part of our Troop spirit. This spirit is what ties us together - to each other and to Girl Scouts around the world. We share the same values, as spoken in the Girl Scout Law.

(Recite the Girl Scout Law here)

We, Troop #______, have chosen the ____________(insert Troop Crest selected).

We have chosen this because: (insert your own wording focused around the meaning of that particular crest and the "spirit" of your girls/troop.)

My own wording is here: We, Troop #711, have chosen the Wild Rose. We have chosen this because our scouts have a "wild" or curious nature to explore all possibilities as they learn about the world. They have a perseverance to obtain their goals. As they learn from their mistakes and try again, they are learning adaptability in the face of adversity. They are developing their own inner strength - their own inner beauty as an individual.

I now will present each girl with a troop crest to be proudly worn on her uniform. This will remind her of our Troop spirit.

Well, I hope this quick, corny "flash" can help someone out there!

YIS
Brenda "mamoose" Holser :-)
Troop #711, Grand Blanc, MI

 

Troop Crest Ceremony

Brenda "mamoose" Holser posted a wonderful Troop Crest ceremony a day or so ago. I took her words, added them to what I found on Sharon Gilbert's Junior web page (http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Lofts/4342/juniors.html) and here's what I came up with for our new troop crest. Once again, I take credit only for borrowing and rearranging what others have given on this great list... We'll use this ceremony during our Court of Awards (so we'll have already done a flag ceremony, promise, law, etc.)

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In the early days of Girl Scouting, troop crests were used to identify a troop. The rapid growth of the movement soon made numbering necessary, but crests were kept as a symbol of a troop's goal or main interest.

Troop 338 did not have a crest, so we started by looking carefully about the crest we should choose. We looked at the meaning behind each symbol used, and we encouraged the girls to select one that would have a special meaning to them, one they can pass along to new members each year.

The troop crest symbol can be used on a troop flag or to mark troop equipment. Every member from here on out should know what our crest is and what it means. A new crest will not be chosen ever again for Troop 338 - our crest will now be used for the life of a troop. When new girls enter our troop, they will take on the crest of our troop. So, as you can see, tonight is very special, as we all take on our new troop crest.

We gather today as Girl Scouts, sisters to all Girl Scouts around the world. Our Troop is only one of many around the world, but we share the same goals, as stated in the Girl Scout Promise.

Like many troops before us, we are unique as each of our girls are individuals. Each girl is important to the Troop and is a vital part of our Troop spirit. This spirit is what ties us together - to each other and to Girl Scouts around the world. We share the same values, as spoken in the Girl Scout Law.

We, Troop # 338, have chosen the Falling Star as our Troop Crest.

The Falling Star symbolizes good luck and making wishes come true. There were so many crests and symbols to chose from...some represented nature, others friendship and loyalty. The troop chose the Falling Star for several reasons. First, the beauty of the stars, especially that special falling star that you can see on a clear night, when we're all out camping, learning more about the out-of-doors. Good luck and making wishes come true is also important to our girls. The Junior Girl Scout years mark a time of wishing for the future...for seeing what can be achieved. As to "good luck", the National Executive Director of Girl Scouting, retired Admiral Marty Evans recently said, "It seems the harder I worked, the luckier I got along the way". Hard work almost always pays off...but a little good luck is nice, too. Finally, the part of "making wishes come true" - the adults in this troop are committed to making sure any wish that this troop makes will come true.

I now will present each girl with a troop crest to be proudly worn on her uniform. I hope it will remind each scout of our Troop spirit.

Enjoy!
Barb Hunter
Jr Ldr, SUM, Trainer, etc.
GSC of the Nation's Capital

 

Troop Officer Installation

The sample scripts here are written for patrol leader installation, but could be adapted for other forms of troop government; i.e. president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer, or steering committee.

Script #1

Leader: Today we will install our newly elected patrol leaders. The assistant patrol leaders _____ and _____ will present _____ for installation.

Each assistant patrol leader walks with her patrol leader to face the table. Leader gives each patrol leader a lighted candle.

Patrol Leaders (in unison): I light this candle in rededication with my patrol and my troop to our Girl Scout Promise and Law.

Each patrol leader lights a center candle.

Patrol Leaders: I light this candle as a symbol of my promise to do my best to serve my patrol well.

Each patrol leader lights a candle on the left.

Patrol Leaders: I light this candle as a symbol of my promise to do my best to serve my troop well.

Each patrol leader lights a candle on the right.

Leader: A patrol leader wears a cord on her left shoulder as a sign of her office. The cord has two gold circles, which represent two circles of people the patrol leader serves: her own patrol, and the whole troop. Your patrol leaders, ____ and ____, have promised to do their best to live up to your trust. Do you, as members of Patrol _____ and Patrol _____, promise to do your best to be loyal and helpful to your patrol leaders?

Troop: We promise.

Leader: The assistant patrol leaders will now present the cords.

(Assistant patrol leaders pin cords on their patrol leaders, and return to their places.)

Sing "Whene'er We Make a Promise"

Leader: Patrols dismissed to start the meeting.

Mid-Continent Council's Super Ceremonies

 

TROOP OFFICER INSTALLATION (Script #2)

Troop assembles in a horseshoe formation.

Leader: Please present all Patrol Leaders to be installed.

When all in place:

Presenters: May I present ____, the newly elected patrol leader of ____ Patrol. (steps back one step)

Leader: Are you ready to take the Patrol Leader's oath?

Patrol Leaders: We are.

Leader: Repeat after me:

As a Patrol Leader I will try:

To lead the patrol to the best of my ability;

To keep order in my group at all times;

Speak for my patrol in the Court of Honor and not just for myself;

To do my best to live up to the patrol's trust.

Leader: Members of patrols repeat after me:

As a member of Troop #___, I will do my best to be loyal and helpful to my patrol leader.

As Presenters pin on cords, leader says: The cord of the patrol leader has two golden circles. The smaller circle represents the patrol you lead and serve. The larger circle in the cord is a symbol of the entire troop you serve in the Court of Honor.

Leader gives GS handshake to each patrol leader.

Presenters and patrol leaders return to horseshoe, form a friendship circle, and sing Taps.

From Mid-Continent Council's Super Ceremonies


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