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Girl Scout Promise and Law Interpretation
(Each girl can light a candle as she says one part)  
The Promise:
On my honor, I will try

It is a big promise to live up to, and the first words mean  will do my very best..

To serve God and my country

I will honor God and will be faithful to my own religion.  I will be a good citizen of my country.

To help people at all times

I will be ready and willing to help people anytime that I am needed.

And to live by the Girl Scout Law

I will try everyday to make the ten parts of the Girl Scout Law a part of my life.
 
  The Law:
I will do my best to be honest and fair

This means that people can trust us and that we treat others as we would like to be treated

To be friendly and helpful

We make ourselves useful, not just at home and among our friends, but whenever we see the chance to help

To be considerate and caring

We are thoughtful of the rights and feelings of others, and we care about them

To be courageous and strong

Having courage and strength doesn't mean that we face things without fear, only that we try to do them whether or not we are afraid.

To be responsible for what I say and do

We cannot blame others for our own thoughts, words or actions

To respect myself and others

We have to like ourselves before we can like others, and we must respect other people for who and what they are

To respect authority

Rules are made to protect people and their rights.  We follow rules without argument

To use resources wisely

Our natural resources won't last forever.  We will work to conserve them

To make the world a better place

We try to make our world a better place through our words and actions

To be a sister to every Girl Scout

Girl Scouts have friends all over the world and we share the same principals in our Promise and Law
You may also wish to add these parts:
Be Prepared
- This is the Girl Scout motto.  Girl Scouts learn to do things so they are ready for bigger and  better adventures, so they are ready to help, so they are ready for anything.
 
Do a Good Turn Daily - This is the Girl Scout slogan.  Good turns are kind things you do without being asked.   You do not receive a reward, but you feel good inside.  
The Girl Scout Pin - The pin has the shape of a trefoil.  Trefoil means three leaves.  The leaves of the pin stand  for the three parts of the Girl Scout Promise.  
The Girl Scout Uniform - The uniform shows everyone we belong to the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.  We take  pride in  wearing it and we are expected to live up to the standards of Girl Scouting when we have it on.  
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts - This association brings together Girl Scouts and Girl  Guides from many countries, and we each gain a little by learning how other people live and honor their Girl  Scout and Girl Guide heritage.  
Ending
As each candle adds more brightness to our ceremony, each good deed, each promise fulfilled, each  daily giving brightens the life of each Girl Scout and makes her a person we are all proud to know.
 
 

The Spelling of Girl Scouting
 

G is for the Gracious way we all proclaim our birth
 I points up the Ideas shared and those wed like unearthed
R is for Respect we have for every race and creed
L is for our Loyalty to promises we heed
   
S is for Sincerity of deed and word and mind
C is for the Countless ways in which these are combined
O is Obligation that we owe to fellow man
U means that its You who must be first to lend a hand
T is for the Teamwork which has evidenced our growth
 I is for Integrity which backs the Girl Scout oath
N is for the Noble way we remember days of old
G 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!

 

  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.

 

 

 

 

Candlelight Investiture/Rededication Ceremony  
 
Props: 14 candles (3 for Promise, 10 for Law, and 1 to light all other candles from) The troop stands in horseshoe formation around a table with ceremonial candles.  Open end of the horseshoe  should be towards the audience.  
 
One candle is lit for each part of the Girl Scout Promise and the ten parts of the Girl Scout Law.  
The number of participants will determine how many candles each girl lights  
If you need more parts, consider having one girl speak and one girl light the candle  
 
Part 1 : The Girl Scout Promise:  On my honor, I will try
  (this is the candle used to light all others)
Part 2 :   To serve God and my country
Part 3 :   To help people at all times
Part 4 :   And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
Part 5 :   The Girl Scout Law:   I will do my best to (no candle lit)
Part 6 :   be honest and fair,
Part 7 : be friendly and helpful,
Part 8 :   be considerate and caring,
Part 9 : be courageous and strong, and
Part 10 :  be responsible for what I say and do.  And to
Part 11 : respect myself and others
Part 12 :   respect authority
Part 13 :   use resources wisely
Part 14 :   make the world a better place
Part 15 :   be a sister to every Girl Scout
 
 
Leader:  At this time the girls of Troop # ________ will rededicate  themselves to the service of Girl Scouting.  
 
All returning members are called forward.  They repeat the Girl Scout Promise and are welcomed  back to the troop by an adult member with the Girl Scout handshake.  They then return to the  horseshoe.  
 
Leader: Now our new members will be invested into Girl Scouting.  
 
Leader, calls each new girl and adult forward Each new member then repeats the Girl Scout Promise, individually, or as a group The new members are welcomed into Girl Scouting they receive the appropriate Girl Scout pin, give the Girl Scout handshake, and return to the horseshoe formation

 

Lighted Candles

Scene: A table, with 13-candles

1st Speaker: Tonight we are here in to invest those who have joined Girl Scouts for the first time this year. We are also here to rededicate each member, new and old, to the Girl Scout Promise and Law. You should all understand that these are the ideals by which Girls Scouts try to live, and through which we, as leaders, help girls to gain worthy citizenship."

[a large candle is lighted, house lights are dimmed].

2nd Speaker: Before you, you see a golden flame The flame symbolizes a Girl Scout's honor, which must never be dimmed. When a Girl Scout makes a promise, she is placing her honor, the brightest thing in her life, before her fellow Girl Scouts, her leaders, her parents, and her friends. Girls should understand that giving the Girl Scout Promise on one's honor is a serious thing. "

3rd Speaker:From this golden flame we light the flame of duty to God and country. "[light small candle and say:]

ON MY HONOR I WILL TRY: to serve God and my country

4th Speaker:We light the flame of duty to people." [light second small candle and say:]

ON MY HONOR I WILL TRY: to help people at all times

5th Speaker:We light the flame of duty to self." [light third small candle and say;]

ON MY HONOR I WILL TRY: to live by the Girl Scout Law

6th Speaker: We now bring to light the flames of the Girl Scout Law, which make bright and clear the trail that leads from girlhood to womanhood. Let us all stand and repeat together the Girl Scout Law.

[Pause until all stand; then 10 more candles are lighted as the ten parts of the law are said.

7th Speaker:These burning candles represent the points of the law and promise and how they brighten the life of the Girl Scout who observes them. When through practice they become a part of our daily lives, they also brighten the lives of all whom we come in contact."

8th Speaker: We can too easily forget that the Girl Scout Promise is a serious pledge. We must guard against repeating the Promise and the Law in a parrot-like manner, as though the words were meaningless.

[Ceremony continues with house lights turned on. Each member present (who wishes to) is invited to say a few words about what being a Girl Scouting has meant to her.]

Sing: "On My Honor"

9th Speaker: Sisters, we are fortunate to be members of the greatest organization of women and girls: the World Association of Girls Scouts and Girl Guides. It is a privilege to wear the emblems of Girl Scouting. The whole world admires and respects us.

[Participants stand while leader puts pins on each one]

Closing: With our ceremony ended, we now put out these candles. But we do so with the certain knowledge that we carry the flame of Girl Scouting eternally with us, in our hearts.

 

 

 

Badge Court of Awards

B

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.

A

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.

D

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.

G

Is the Girl in Girl Scouts and the growth we achieve through living the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

E

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.

S

stands for so many things. Service to others, Self-Development, and most important, Self-Respect -- the way you feel about yourself as a person.

 

 

  Junior Bridging Ceremony  
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:  
Leader:
May I present Junior Girl Scout ___________________________, who is eager to accept the  challenge of Cadette Girl Scouting.
 
Cadette Girl Scout:
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?
 
Bridging Junior:
I will accept this challenge.
(upon accepting the challenge, the Cadette will light the bridging Juniors 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

Bridge to Cadettes Ceremony
(for Bridging Juniors)

All are standing in horseshoe formations. All repeat the Girl Scout promise.

Leader: (a poem)

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 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's and tomorrow'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 following scripts:

While 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.

While 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.

While lighting the orange candle: The orange candle stands for the World of Today and Tomorrow, which lets a young woman look into the how's and whys of things, to solve problems and to recognize the ways their present interests can build toward future ones.

While 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.

While 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.

While 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.

After 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

Then, each girl takes her white candle and lights it from the green one as the leader says:

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"
 

  Junior Bridging Ceremony  
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:  
Leader:
May I present Junior Girl Scout ___________________________, who is eager to accept the  challenge of Cadette Girl Scouting.
 
Cadette Girl Scout:
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?
 
Bridging Junior:
I will accept this challenge.
(upon accepting the challenge, the Cadette will light the bridging Juniors 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

 

 

 

Candle  Ceremony  
 
The girls come in from the left, are announced, and cross the bridge.  Member of the receiving troop are on the other side and hand each girl  an unlit candle. The girls are then escorted into a horseshoe around  the sides and back of the stage.   
 
After all girls had crossed the bridge candles are lit from the ends of  the horseshoe and passed from girl to girl while singing "Whenever you  make a Promise". Have the receiving troop teach this song to all the  leaders and the girls so everyone knows the song. It can be sung in  3-part rounds while the flame was being passed  
Start the flame by lighting the end candle on each row. Girls will pass  the flame from one to another.   
Speaker: Each year the bridging ceremony marks a milestone in the lives of a  Girl Scout. It is symbolic of the change of rank from one level to  another. Parts of the ceremony center around the stories we have all  learned as girl scouts.   
This Candle flame represents the sisterhood bond that we all share.  From the experienced Senior Scout to the smallest Daisy, we pass the  flame of sisterhood---from one to another.   
 
Leader:You have now moved from one level of girl scouting to another. One  thing remains constant ---the Girl Scout Promise. The promise is a  solem oath you make to your leaders, parents and community to support  one another. This is your promise to try to live up to the teachings of  your own religious faith while, at the same time, respect the beliefs  of others; to be a good citizen of your community and to help other  people in small, everyday ways as well as in large ones.   
Leader: Let's make the girl Scout sign and renew our Girl Scout promise.

 

Ceremony Links

 

Leaders Landing

Neil Savage Compilation

Flag Ceremonies

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On my honor, I will try
To serve God and my Country.
To help other people at all times.
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.