Re: Scout Investiture
Lynne Fitzsimmons (lynnef@MDHOST.CSE.TEK.COM)
Tue, 18 Jul 1995 11:13:19 PDT
I'll reply on the Investiture Ceremony from the Girl Scout (GSUSA)
TRADITIONALLY, and also probably still a majority today, girls joined
GSUSA as Brownie Girl Scouts. As any of you with daughters who are
or were Brownies, you are probably familiar with The Brownie Story,
the Wise Old Owl, the Magic Pond, and the "Twist Me and Turn Me"
rhyme. It is almost a set ceremony (in all the troops I have been
associated with since 1963, when *I* was invested as a Brownie) that
the girl is asked if she wants to become a member, recites the Girl
Scout Promise, and is then "twisted and turned" and looks in the
Magic Pond to see herself ("Twist me and turn me and show me the elf;
I looked in the waster and saw myself") as the helpful Brownie. Usually
Brownie Pins are scattered on the surface of the Magic Pond (mirror with
leafy branches surrounding it). The pin is pinned on upside down, until
the girl performs a good turn.
Girls that join at other levels of the program are invested in a joint
Investiture/Rededication Ceremony. There is no set format to any of
them - we have often lit candles - 3 for the 3 parts of the Girl Scout
Promise, and 10 for the 10 parts of the Girl Scout Law. The one
constant (in troops I have been affiliated with) is that the girl will
do a solo recitation of the Girl Scout Promise to the troop and audience.
That said, I kind of like the Enrolment Ceremony found in the Girl Guide
Handbook (United Kingdom). It is a set ceremony, but has very good words
about what it means to become a member of the Girl Guides and WAGGGS.
Hope this helps.
Lynne Fitzsimmons firstname.lastname@example.org
"Second star on the right and straight on till morning" - Barrie, Pan, Kirk
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