Ceremonies are a tradition in Girl scouts, and the girls love to put them together. The problem is making it unique each time. Investiture is when we welcome new members into Girl Scouts and it is important to make it different each year. Below are some ideas you could incorporate this year. To stay organized and make sure we don’t forget anything, we use a ceremonies worksheet when planning all our ceremonies.
A Juliette Low candle is one with a long history. In the early days of the organization Juliette passed on a flame to girls who were moving on from their Troop. The tradition has continued and one candle has lit other so that they all pass on that original flame. Once you are given such a candle, you can use of the ceremonies below to pass it onto the girls in your Troop. My girls were in awe that they have a piece of history.
I keep a container ready that has everything we need to hold a candle ceremony.
Next to the bin is where I keep the flags and our green tablecloth. Since I use those items for a variety of things I don’t keep the table-cloth in the bin. All my copies of ceremonies I keep in a 1 inch binder that I can take to meetings so the girls can choose which they want to do.
We will have ours next month. I like to do it in October as it gives the Troop a chance to get all the new girls time to learn the basics. Let me know if you have any questions and i would love to see pictures of your investitures this year!