Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Troop Program Ideas: Girl Scout's Own Ceremonies

What better way to start the new year than by beginning with a ceremony!

Need a few quick activities for your next troop meeting? The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council's Troop Program Ideas, published in the months between the Golden Link, gives Daisy, Brownie and Junior troop leaders fun ideas for games, songs, crafts, snacks and ceremonies to use throughout the year.

How to perform a Girl Scout’s Own Ceremonies 

SCOUTS’ OWN is a quiet type of ceremony with a theme. It is called a SCOUTS’ OWN because girls and their leader plan it themselves. It is not a religious service or ceremony and does not take the place of going to church, temple or synagogue. It is an occasion in which girls express their deepest feelings about subjects, which are meaningful to them. Like making New Year Resolutions, for example.

What is a Girl Scout’s Own ceremony, and when to perform it: A SCOUTS’ OWN can be held at any time, indoors or out, at a troop meeting, inter-troop gathering, or in camp. It is difficult for Girl Scout Brownies to plan a SCOUTS’ OWN. However, in being present at one, Brownies may begin to sense the deeper values of Scouting as they hear girls express their feelings, convictions, aspirations or ideals.

How to: First choose a THEME. Examples: friendship, sisterhood, the beauty of nature, the life of the Juliette Low, the first day of Spring, flags, senior citizens, the spirit of a special day like Thanksgiving, citizenship, service, the world of tomorrow. If you are going to hold the SCOUTS’ OWN outdoors, choose a special place, one with a view, or under a special tree. If indoors, you might choose a symbol, such as, a flag or a special picture or scene. Choose just one major theme, then make a list of different ways you can tell or show your theme.

Examples: songs, poems, a choral rendition, a story, a legend, a show play, music played on an instrument, pantomime ... or thoughts about what the theme means to her, spoken by each Girl Scout. From your list choose one idea to open the SCOUTS’ OWN. Select one or two or half a dozen other ideas you want to include. Decide how to end your ceremony. Decide who will perform or lead each part and who will lead the girls to the place for the ceremony and back again. It is a Girl Scout custom to walk quietly to the place where this ceremony is held and leave quietly after it is over.

The plans for every SCOUTS’ OWN should provide for definite, thoughtful leadership — leadership which will quietly maintain the essential qualities of reverence and aspiration. Keep the ceremony short - 10 to 15 minutes - but in the atmosphere of quiet expression and free exchange of earnest feeling, allow the girls their full share, both in the planning and in carrying out the ceremony

For more Troop Program Ideas, visit www. gssjc.org and visit the Publication page clicking the Our Council Tab.