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While the vast majority of American students recite the Pledge of Allegiance every morning in school, that is as far as their understanding and appreciation for the American Flag goes. Preparing for a flag ceremony educates children and the actual ceremony itself connects what they have learned to their own life. When planning a ceremony, don’t feel you have to stick to just your Troop and their families. Invite veterans as well as current military members to join you. Ask your local city Council if they would like you to hold one at a meeting. If their school has an assembly, offer the services of the girls who attend. Once the girls become familiar with the process it can be a take action project to collect and properly dispose of worn out flags.










Girls love to put songs into just about any ceremony.

COLORING PAGES are a good introduction of the subject for younger girls.

The VFW has an educational website.

The Betsy Ross house is interesting.

For even more details visit this site dedicated to the US Flag.

The ceremony outlines above are just a place to get started. After you have the basic idea down, ask the girls what they would like to do and go for it.

MAKERS OF THE FLAG by Franklin Klane

I am what you make me, nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself. My stars and my stripes are your dreams and your labors. they are bright with cheer, brilliant with courage, firm with faith, because you have made them so out of your hearts. For you are the makers of the flag and its well that you glory in the making.




Few things affect us so much, it is a 5 letter word and people hate to discuss it. The subject is very personal and for some who were never taught about it, quite embarrassing. It is money. Many kids today have no concept of where it comes from, much less how to manage it. This badge can start them on the process of learning so that when they have money of their own, they use it wisely and invest in their own future. You only need to do 5 activities to earn the badge, not every single suggestion.


All girls know what it means to trade. What child has not gone trick-or-treating and said “I’ll trade you my 2 Tootsie Pops for your Butterfinger”?

Hands on activity:

1.Chooses a craft or snack, it really does not matter what as long as it requires a lot of items or skill sets. Explain to the girls what they are going to make and be sure to show all the items or skills they need. Then sit them down in front of “their” supplies. Each girl will have something they need, but missing something else. Tell them they must trade with each other until they have what they each need and everyone is happy. Someone may have all the glue, while another girl may be the only one who knows how to write yet. Once everyone has what they need, they have learned the ancient system of bartering.

2.The story of Jack and the Beanstalk deals with bartering, money, wants versus needs, as well as stealing and might be fun to read with your girls. Older girls could even act out the story for younger ones.

Currency has its roots in Chinese history as far back as 1,000 BC. The first real coin did not come until about 600 BC in modern-day Turkey. Leather money came about 100 BC and it was not until 800 AD that money first appeared.

Hands on activity:

3. The girls might enjoy looking at library books showing ancient coins that have been discovered.

4.The Wampanoag Indian word for beads mad from whelk or clam shells was wampumpeag, from which the word wampum derived from. These rare shells were ground into cylinder shaped beads and then drilled with a hole to allow them to be strung as a necklace or woven into clothing. In 1637 the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared it was legal tender. Purple beads were worth twice as much as the white ones. This is an opportunity to have the girls make their own necklaces. Younger girls might use simple pony beads. Older girls can use thin wire to thread stones or wrap stones or shells and use as a pendant.

Juniors and up might like using magazine paper to create their own beads.


While the colonies were still under English rule, colonists would use English, French and Spanish money. When the American Revolution began the new nation needed to create its own currency and [ass the Coinage Act of 1793 which established the US Mint. About half of those denominations that were first designed are still used today. For many years banks were allowed to print their own currency as well until President Jackson decided we needed a single currency so as to establish a better economy.

Hands on activity:

1.Supplies Needed: Pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, Susan B Anthony, gold dollar, $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, magnifying glass, blindfold.
Spread the money on the table and discuss how they are similar and what makes them each different. For the coins you can show the name of various aspects.

Field – the blank background
Portrait – the face on the coin
Date – when the coin was produced
Mint Mark – under the date, identifies where the coin was produced.
Edge – the flat circumference of the coin. When coins were still made from precious metals, smooth-edged coins were less valuable as they allowed people to shave off metal. The ridges were designed to prevent that as it would become obvious when someone has attempted to do that. Today, different coins have smooth or ridged edges to assist the visually impaired to easily identify one coin from another.
Rim – the place where the field and edge meet.

Use the magnifying glass to closely examine the money. Hold bills up to the light and find which one has a bar in the paper and discuss why it is there. This is important for the girls to learn so that they accept only authentic currency. The blindfold is to see how many girls can recognize one coin or bill from another.

2. If you live in the right area you could get a tour of a mint. The rest of us can view a cartoon that shows the process.


I often hear “I need a coffee this morning” or “I need a new pair of shoes” As Christmas draws near it becomes “I want that!” SO what is the difference between a need and a want? We all NEED clothes, but do we need 3 winter coats? Do we NEED the $80 pair of jeans or would a $40 pair work just as well?

Hands on activity:
1.Have a place on the wall girls can come tape pictures. Give them magazines and newspaper ads to cut out pictures. Let them tape the picture to the side labeled NEED or WANT according to what they think it is. Discuss how they did. Now discuss what does the Troop NEED to do this year, versus what does it WANT to do this year.

2. Now that the girls have their wants listed, start looking at what it costs. For example, a Starbucks coffee will cost at least $3.50. some people have one every day, how much does that add up to in a year? $1,277.50!! What could the girls buy with that money? How could they use it to invest in their future instead?


I had just told my son I did not have the money for something and his first response was “well, write a check!” Now his younger sisters would say “Use your debit card” but the problem is the same. They did not understand that money does not just magically appear to be handed over to the cashier.

Because every Troop is different, this will be a unique discussion for your group. Are you just starting out and have nothing in the bank account, or do you have a lot of money left over from cookie sales last spring. Do you charge dues, or does your Troop have a sponsor? Once the girls earn the money, where does it go?

Hands on activity:
1.Visit a local bank. The girls especially love the vault. You could ask which girls have a savings account and try to go to the bank most use. Another option is to see if parents would all be willing to allow their child to open a savings account on your visit.

2.Older girls can learn how to use a register, and even write a check.

3.Older girls should speak with the loan officer about credit cards, business loans, personal loans and home mortgages. At this age it is hard for them to truly grasp that a frivolous attitude with money can hurt them for years to come and the people who deal with that on a daily basis just seem to make it sink in better. They can also talk about being careful online to protect their money and credit.

4.Have a jar labeled BANK and one labeled WALLET, put skittles in each one. . Have them tell you things they want to buy and figure out how much it will cost. As they “shop” allow them to eat the candy, and they choose which jar to take the money from. For some girls it may help to swipe your debit card on the BANK jar before removing the candy. Eventually the girls will want to buy something and won’t have enough “money” left to do so.

5.Have the girls choose 3 items they can buy locally from a weekly ad. Then ask them to do some research and determine if it is better to buy locally or shop online.

If the girls are considering a fund RAISERS, this can help them decide what they want to do.

Hands on activity:

6.A producer make an a good or service for the consumer. For example, Girl Scouts make cookies for friends and family to buy. Use the attached sheet to see if they can draw a line from the producer, to the good or service they provide and finally, link that to the consumer who needs it.


7. If the girls are the producer, what good or service can they provide that people would be willing to pay for?


Now comes the fun part, spending the money you just learned about. As a Troop the girls need to learn early that everything they do costs money. While they may not grasp the entire concept, they can understand having enough or not.

Hands on activity:

1. Bring in various items the girls can “purchase” Depending on your girls, this can be real or pretend. Tag everything with a price and give each girl the same amount of money. Allow them to peruse the store and decide what they can afford to buy. A real store might have fun pencils purchased at the Dollar Store, or even candy. A fake store could have a can of spinach, stuffed animals or even clothing. Girls can decide to pool their money for a big-ticket item they can share, such as a pizza, or cake. The point is to get them thinking about what they have to spend and the cost of items

2. Older girls can have a budget and be asked to look through a grocery ad and shop for a week’s worth of food. Again, they might decide to pool their money and split a package with someone else, or to be “room mates” and cook all their meals together.

3. A trip to a local thrift store gives practical experience in spending money. Each girl has $5 to spend and must put together an entire outfit for herself.

4. Pull these concepts together, and decide what the Troop can afford to do this year. If you have already done a money earning activity, discuss what you have for funds and what the girls want to do. If you have not yet earned your money for the year, discuss how important it is to set personal goals as well as a Troop goal. You can also decide if you need/want to do another fund-raiser to make up the difference.

5. Take the Troop to the store to shop for their next activity such as a craft or even a weekend camping trip.

6. Senior and Ambassador girls can make up their dream list. Put down the things they want to do or own someday. This could include college, trade school, trip to Paris, owning a fancy car or simply be a home owner. Then have them meet with a financial adviser to discuss what they can do to get there.


7. Make a piggy bank.


Now the girls have the chance to provide service to others. Depending on what they want to do, it may or may not cost money. The important thing is to connect their skill and knowledge to someone who needs help. This can be a simple act of service or a larger Take Action Project. If they have done a Journey this is a good time to connect what funds the girls have to the service project they want to do. Make sure they remember to save money for that project when they plan their fun activities.




Why have a party or ceremony? Well a birthday party is a celebration, and a wedding not only celebrates but shows the commitment of 2 individuals to hold to their promise to each other. Girl Scouts have ceremonies for the same reasons. They can be short and sweet or take a whole evening. There is no right or wrong, it simply depends on what the girls want to do. If they are happy it was a successful ceremony.

The tradition began with Brownies, as leaders tried to prepare them for the older Girl Scout program. In 1963 when a total of 4 levels were introduced, Troops became to use bridges as the symbol for moving girls up to the next level.

When planning a ceremony there are 5 main points to consider.
1.What is the purpose of the ceremony?
2.What kind of mood or atmosphere are you going for? A serious tone with formality, or fun and lighthearted with funny skits.
3.Participation by each girls should be encouraged. All girls should be given a job to do that they feel comfortable with. All girls should have a voice in how it is planned. Be careful, some girls tend to speak the loudest and end up doing most of the planning.
4.The time and place will affect the ceremony you choose. If you are having a dinner party at the local pizza parlor, you wont’ have as much room as if you are in the park.
5.What will the theme be and how will it focus on the purpose of the ceremony. Invitations and food add to this.

The first time out I suggest going with a script. You don’t have to follow it exactly, but at least it will give you a general idea of how to run things. The more ceremonies you do, the more the girls will create their own. If you create something really fun and unique, be sure to share it with other leaders. New leaders always need the help and experienced leaders are constantly looking for ways to freshen things up.


BRIDGING – This is when girls move up to the next program level. Girls may use a real bridge somewhere, have a small on indoors or just make a symbolic version. It takes place a the end of the school year for many Troops who do not meet over the summer. Others do it in September as the year officially ends September 30th.

CANDLE LIGHTING – Gives girls a chance to reflect on the Promise and Law. Each candle represents a value. It is often tied with another ceremony. A Juliette Candle is when 1 candle was lit from a flame passed down from the original 18 members.

This is a file bin but is the perfect size and has a handle.

All the candles I keep wrapped in tissue paper. Spool of ribbon, matches, small lighter and a long lighter. Not pictured is a snuffer, I don’t like the girls blowing on the flames. Also I have taper candles I need to replace, I gave them all away as Juliette candles.

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.

This year our theme was Happy Un-Birthday so the girls all wore crazy hats.

COURT OF AWARDS – Girls who have earned awards, finished a TAP are recognized. It is done any time.

FLAG – These are done just about anywhere and honors the American flag. A Color Guard is used.

They can be done while camping.

Or for other groups such as your school’s Veteran Day Assembly

FLY-UP – When Brownies are bridging up to Juniors. Dates back to when Brownies were a different program and “flew up” to the older Girl Scout program. The wings are worn on all vests and are not earned except by moving from a Brownie to a Junior.

GIRL SCOUT BRONZE, SILVER OR GOLD AWARDS – Girls are recognized for earning these awards. It should be done according to the wishes of the girl.

GIRL SCOUT’S OWN – All Girl Scouts can create a ceremony to express their feelings on a variety of subjects and is done whenever they want.

INTERNATIONAL WORLD THINKING DAY – February 22nd offers girls the chance to learn of Girl Guides around the world.

Many Service Units put on an event together.

Each Troop chooses a country to represent such as Mexico.

INVESTITURE/PINNING – A way to introduce new girls to Girl Scouting. Generally done early in the year but Troops can do it as needed or desired.

OUTDOOR AND CAMPFIRE – As an opening or closing ceremony at a campfire. Girls remove the ashes and save them in a container. Old ashes are added to the next fire.

REDEDICATION – Typically done the same time as Investiture. Former Girl Scouts can rededicate, but current Scouts may also.

RELIGIOUS AWARD – Girl Scouts recently came out with their own religious awards. However, for years it was an outside organization that girls had to work with. Those awards required much more effort to earn. Both awards may be worn on the uniform and have a ceremony to celebrate.

FOUNDERS DAY – October 31st was Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday and we take that day to honor her memory and all she did for this organization.

– This recognizes the day that Juliette Low started meetings in the USA with her niece Daisy as the first member.

– Welcomes new members in a more casual ceremony.


Archway – entering a different atmosphere or phase.

Bridge – a crossing over

Dove Olive Branch – peace

Dream catcher – protection

Eagle – courage

Eggs – newness, rebirth

Feather – nature

Flag – the official banner of something

Four Leaf Clover – good luck

Friendship Circle – the unbroken chain of friendship with girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world.

Handshake – hello, welcome

Lighted Candle – symbol of individual light, the essence of a person or a value.

Masks – identity, expression.

Pebble – nature

Planting a tree – conservation, a living dedication to someone or something.

Rainbow – unity, diversity

Shield/Crest – group unity
String – the human line binding all humanity

Treasure chest – treasures of any kind

Trefoil – the three parts of the Promise

Wishing Well – hopes and Dreams



Now that the girls have earned their Promise Center, how do you physically give them to the girls? Every Troop has their own policy on this. Some will wait every couple of months for an award ceremony. Others will hand them out the day they are earned. Some Troops attach them to a certificate, while others come up with a unique way to present them every time. It is always important that the girls understand why they are receiving the award and the ceremony below can help with that, as well as telling the parents why the girls earned them.


Poster board
Cut outs of the Daisy Center and Petals

Leader:Today we celebrate what you did to earn (announce award . As we learn new things we help our Daisy Girl Scout Troop to grow. Every time we learn about one of the Girl Scout Laws, we grow up too, We are Daisy Scouts and we are growing up a bit every day. Let us say our Girl Scout Promise together.

Daisies: say Promise

Leader: I will place the Promise center in the center of the daisy and the girls will place the learning Petals they have earned around it. We will explain what each Petal we have earned stands for. (use the correct one from below)

BLUE: The Promise Center is blue. That is the color of our Daisy Girl Scout uniform. Girls with the help of an adult should be able to recite the Promise.

LIGHT BLUE PETAL: Honest and Fair. Light blue is a peaceful color, like people who tell the truth and treat each other fairly. Daisy Girl Scouts are honest and fair.

YELLOW: Friendly and Helpful. Yellow is a cheerful color, like a friendly smile or the warm sunshine around us.

LIGHT GREEN: Considerate and Caring. Light green stands for growing. We are growing up and learning how to be considerate and care for others.

RED: Courageous and Strong. Red stands for good healthy and healthy things, like apples. Red apples help us grow strong.

ORANGE: Responsible for what I say and do. Orange reminds us to be careful. What we say and do can hurt other people, or make them feel good.

PURPLE: Respect Myself and Others. Purple is a special color. Long ago only kings, queens and princesses could wear it. Purple reminds us to treat everyone with respect and expect everyone to treat us with respect. We are all special.

DARK PINK: Respect Authority: Dark pink is the color of excitement. Even when we want to rush in and do something, we must listen first, to our parents, teachers, leaders and other adults who know what is best for us.

GREEN: Use Resources Wisely. Green is the color of plants and money. We must take care of our plants and our money by saving them and using them wisely.

ROSE PINK: Make the world a better place. Rose is a happy color. The world can be a rosy place if we help protect it.

VIOLET: Be a sister to every Girl Scout. Violets are little flowers that remind us of friendship and sisterhood with the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world.

Adult: And now I give you (name the award) to wear proudly on your Daisy vest.

Daisy Song – tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Start

Daisy Girl Scouts lead the way,
See us work, and see us play.
We can dance and we can sing,
We can do most anything.
We have fun and help each day,
Daisy Girl Scouts are here to stay.



Sometimes we need a little help to get a group excited about awards or ceremony. It can be hard to be creative time after time, and that is how the CHEER BOX came to be.

A list of various applause can be typed up and cut apart to be placed inside a container. You can decorate it as little or as much as you wish. Another option is to use an empty box of Cheer. Once the slips are all in the container, take it to your next meeting and have 1 person draw a slip. For the rest of the time everyone must applaud the way requested on the slip.

Fore example:

ONE HAND – Leader: “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” Everyone claps one hand.

Depending on the age of your group, some cheers on the list may be a bit too much. You also may want to consider using several cheers if you know the meeting is going to be awhile. The majority of the applause that I included I have gathered over the last several years from various sources, but some are the ones my own girls have come up with. If you know a good one that is not included, please let me know.


Have fun!!!

Girl Scout Investiture


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.

Adult Investiture













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.

This is a file bin but is the perfect size and has a handle.

All the candles I keep wrapped in tissue paper. Spool of ribbon, matches, small lighter and a long lighter. Not pictured is a snuffer, I don’t like the girls blowing on the flames. Also I have taper candles I need to replace, I gave them all away as Juliette candles.

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!