Preparing for the Rededication Ceremony
Ceremonies are a special part of Girl Scouting. They are used to honor special occasions, to recognize accomplishments, or simply to begin or end a meeting. Ceremonies should be designed to help girls express feelings. The Rededication Ceremony (usually held early in the Girl Scout Year) is an opportunity for girls and adults to renew their commitment to the Girl Scout Promise and Law. If your troop has a girl new to Girl Scouting, this ceremony will be her Investiture. She should be welcomed to the Troop, presented with the Girl Scout Pin and then participate in the rededication.
Ingredients for a Creative Ceremony:
A. Purpose (stated and understood by participants)
C. Thoughts and Feelings (sung or expressed verbally)
D. Creating an Atmosphere (formal or informal)
Essential Elements for a Rededication:
1. Make the Girl Scout Promise
2. Review the Girl Scout Law and what it means
3. Welcome back to Girl Scouting
(Leaders should be aware of a girl new to Girl Scouting – welcoming her and presenting her with the Girl Scout Pin.)
3 or 4 Weeks Before the Day of the Ceremony:
ALLOW FOR GIRL PLANNING. Let girls decide on guests to be invited, invitations to be made, and refreshments to be served. Use the Ceremony Planning Worksheet in Ceremonies in Girl Scouting and Let's Celebrate or this Ceremony Planner. Choose a ceremony from Ceremonies in Girl Scouting, the GSNC Resource Room Browsing Files, or the girls can create their own. Prepare a Kaper Chart to share the work among members of the troop – either by patrol or by work groups. Flags, candle logs and music are available for loan from the Resource Room. Please make reservations in advance - Online Reservation Form. If you have any questions, contact Diane Seekamp, Program Resources Coordinator at 516.741.2550, ext. 244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEFORE THE CEREMONY BEGINS:
QUIET SIGN – Hand Raised by Caller for the Flag Ceremony.
WAITS for silence.
CALLER: “Girl Scouts take your places.”
WAIT for girls to get in place.
CALLER: “Will everyone please stand.”
Again WAIT FOR SILENCE, then proceed with Flag Ceremony.
After colors have been retired (or posted) CALLER asks guests to be seated and the color guard returns to troop formation.
Patrol Leaders or Troop Officers welcome guests.
Proceed with the Ceremony as planned.
Girl Scout Promise & Law Candle Lighting Ceremony - girls say the Girl Scout Promise and Law, lighting 3 candles for the Promise and 10 candles for the Laws. Close, adult supervision and safety precautions are necessary. Candle logs and candles are available for loan from the Resource Room. Please make reservations in advance - Online Reservation Form. Small, inexpensive flashlights or battery operated candles may be used as an alternative.
Troop sings an appropriate song:
WHENE’ER YOU MAKE A PROMISE or TAPS
Troop Officer thanks guests for coming and invites them to join the troop in enjoying refreshments.
Girl Scout Promise, Girl Scout Law
Optional: Court of Awards and Candlelighting Ceremony
Cadette Girl Scout Leader recognizes and presents each Cadette Girl Scout advancing into Senior Girl Scouts with a small gift or token.
Cadettes you’ve been for three short years
We say goodbye and hold our tears.
Growing and learning Girl Scout ways
Has filled our memories to last for days
As Senior Scouts you’ll learn and grow
Keeping our Promise as you go.
Senior Girl Scouts:
S - means we are SISTERS
To scouts across the land,
And if we should ever meet,
We’ll give a friendship hand.
E – means we are EQUAL
To any task that comes our way
Girl Scouts are courageous & strong
That is what we say.
N – means we will NEVER forget
Our land and country dear.
Honest, fair, friendly and helpful
We live together, here.
I – means that I will try
On my honor to abide
The Girl Scout Law and Promise
To serve as a lifetime guide.
O – must stand for ONWARD,
And onward we will go,
Through all the ranks of scouting
Watch us learn and grow.
R – is for the RESPECT I show
For myself and others, too.
To make the world a better place
Is what we strive to do.
Senior Leader greets each new Girl Scout Senior with Girl Scout handshake and sign.
(Shake hands with the left hand and give the Girl Scout sign with your right hand.)
End ceremony with singing “Taps” or any song appropriate for closing.