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Ceremonies & Traditions

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Amanda Kaemmerer

on 22 May 2017

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Ceremonies & Traditions
Ceremonies play an important part in Girl Scouts and are used to celebrate accomplishments, experience time-honored traditions and reinforce the values of the Promise and Law. Girls use ceremonies to open/close meetings, awards presentations, welcome new membership, and renew membership.
Girl Scout Sign
~ Raise three middle fingers of the right hand, palm forward and shoulder high - three extended fingers represent the three parts of the Girl Scout Promise.

Girl Scout Handsak
~ Shake left hands and give Girl Scout Sign with the right hand. More formal way of greeting other Girl Scouts, and also an appropriate way of receiving an award.

Quiet Sign
~ Raise your right hand high with open palm. As girls in the group see the sign, they stop talking and also raise their hands. Once everyone is silent, begin or resume meeting.

Friendship Circle
~ Both girls and adults stand in a circle holding hands, which stands for an unbroken chain of friendship with Girl Scouts and Guirl Guides all around the world. This can include a
friendship squeeze
that passes from hand to hand around the circle.

Kaper Chart
~ a chart showing all jobs (kapers) available and who is responsible for each job; kapers generally rotate through a series of meetings or weekend camp until ALL girls have completed each kaper.

~ "Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere" Traditionally these are crafty items made by Girl Scouts and traded at camp or events with girls of other troops or councils.

Talking Stick
~ Can be as simple as a painted wooden dowel, or designed like a Cherokee Talking Stick with feathers, stone, etc. Girl are taught not to speak in a meeting unless they hold the 'talking stick'. This is most often used in circle time.

Special Dates in Girl Scouting
October 31
Founder's Day
(Juliette Gordon Low's Birthday.)

February 22
World Thinking Day
(the birthday of both Lord Baden-Powell and Lady Olave Baden-Powell, the originators of Boy Scouts and the Scouting Movement worldwide.)

March 12
The birthday of Girl Scouting in the USA.
The first troop meeting was held in Savannah, Georgia on this date in 1912. Note that Girl Scout Week begins the Sunday before March 12 (
Girl Scout Sunday
) and extends through the Saturday following March 12 (
Girl Scout Sabbath

Third week in April
Volunteer Appreciation Week
centers on the longs-standing National
Girl Scout Leaders' Day
April 22
), but expands the definition of volunteers beyond troop leaders to include all volunteers who work on behalf of Girl Scouting.
Links to more info!


ceremonies mark a girl's move from one grade level of Girl Scouting to another, such as from Junior to Cadette. (Note that Fly-Up is a special bridging ceremony for Girl Scout Brownies bridging to Juniors.


ceremonies finalize the meeting, with expectations for the next. A closing ceremony may be as simple as a hand squeeze while standing in a circle.

Court of Awards
is a time to recognize girls who have accomplished something spectacular during the Girl Scout year.

ceremonies can be part of any activity that honors the American flag.

Girl Scout's Own
is a girl-led program that allows girls to explore their feeling and beliefs around a topic using the spoken word, favorite songs, poetry, or other methods of expression. It is never a religious ceremony.

welcomes new members, girls or adults, into the Girl Scout family for the first time. Members receive their Girl Scout pin at this time.

ceremonies start troop meetings and can also begin other group meetings.

ceremonies are opportunities for girls and adults to renew their commitment to the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
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