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Ceremonies play an important part in Girl Scouting. They are used to help celebrate special occasions, such as the welcoming of new members to your troop/group, the presentation of awards, or the Girl Scout Birthday. They can be used to open or close a meeting. They can be short or long, formal or informal. They may include girls in your troop/group, other girls in Girl Scouting, Girl Scout leaders or other adults, and special guests like parents/guardians, relatives, and friends. They can be held by large groups or small groups, outdoors or indoors, and can include anything you choose.

Below are some ceremonies that are common in Girl Scouting:

  • An Investiture Ceremony is to welcome someone into Girl Scouting for the first time. The new girl receives her pin, makes her Promise, and becomes a member of the troop/group and of the Girl Scout movement.
  • A Rededication Ceremony is for special times when Girl Scouts want to renew their Girl Scout Promise and review what the Girl Scout Law means to them. Troops/groups usually hold one at the beginning of each troop/group year. A Girl Scout member can take part in many rededication ceremonies. Girls who have been Girl Scouts at any time in the past will "rededicate" themselves.
  • A Court of Awards Ceremony is one at which girls receive recognitions they have earned.
  • A Bridging Ceremony is one at which Girl Scouts "cross the bridge" to the next level in Girl Scouting. (A Bridging Ceremony where Brownie Girl Scouts receive their Brownie Wings and become Junior Girl Scouts is called a "Fly-up Ceremony.")
  • A Flag Ceremony honors the American flag as the symbol of our country.
  • See also the Ceremonies Support Packet !

Source: Council Program Girl Scout Meetings: Hints, Help! and How To's


Resources for Ceremonies

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