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Ceremonies. in Girl Scouting. Course Objectives. Understand some of the reasons for ceremonies in Girl Scouting, as well as some common occasions for ceremonies. Learn some tips on how to plan a meaningful ceremony. Learn details of Bridging and Flag ceremonies

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in Girl Scouting

Course objectives
Course Objectives

  • Understand some of the reasons for ceremonies in Girl Scouting, as well as some common occasions for ceremonies.

  • Learn some tips on how to plan a meaningful ceremony.

  • Learn details of Bridging and Flag ceremonies

  • Take a step-by-step look at the Ceremony Planner.


Time to Celebrate!

Time to celebrate
Time to Celebrate!

Major Transitions


Special Days and Traditions

World Thinking Day

Founder’s Day

Girl Scout Birthday

Other ceremonies
Other Ceremonies

  • Bridging

  • Candle lighting

  • Court of Awards

  • Flag Ceremonies

  • Fly-Up

  • Girl Scouts’ Own

  • Investiture

  • Rededication

Planning a meaningful ceremony
Planning a Meaningful Ceremony

  • Opening

  • Celebration

  • Closing

Additional elements
Additional Elements

  • The girl participants

  • The purpose

  • The theme

  • Mood and atmosphere

  • The setting

Hints for ceremonies
Hints for Ceremonies

  • Devote sufficient time to planning the ceremony.

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Hints for Ceremonies

2. Use the Ceremony Planner to help plan your ceremony.


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Hints for Ceremonies

3. Take safety precautions

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Hints for Ceremonies

4. Add personal elements to traditional ceremonies.

Hints for ceremonies 5 consider the role of colors
Hints for Ceremonies5. Consider the role of colors

Hints for ceremonies4
Hints for Ceremonies

Wishing Well

Signing Your Name

Flowers and Herbs

Friendship Circle

Planting a Tree

Quiet Sign







Dove and Olive Branch






Hints for ceremonies5
Hints for Ceremonies

6. Observe flag etiquette


  • Opening

  • Main Section

  • Closing

Bridging awards
Bridging Awards

Daisy to Brownie

Senior to Ambassador

Ambassador to Adult

Brownie to Junior

Cadette to Senior

Junior to Cadette

Steps to bridging
Steps to Bridging

  • Bridging Step One: Pass It On!

  • Bridging Step Two: Look Ahead!

  • Plan a Ceremony

  • Visit Bridging Ceremonies at www.girlscouts.org under GS Central

Flag ceremonies
Flag Ceremonies

  • Opening or closing meetings

  • Opening or closing special events

  • Beginning or closing a day

  • Honoring a special occasion

    or special person

  • Retiring a worn flag

Flag ceremony guidelines
Flag Ceremony Guidelines

  • Who will carry the flag?

  • Who will be the color guards?

  • Who will give the directions for the ceremony?

  • What song will be sung? Who will sound the pitch and start the song?

  • Will a poem or quotation be included? Who will say or read it?

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Flag Ceremony Guidelines

  • After the Pledge of Allegiance,

    will the Promise and the Law be


  • In what order will the parts of the ceremony take place?

  • When will the group practice?

  • Where will the flags be placed at the end of the ceremony?


  • Color Bearer

  • Color Guard

  • Girl Scout In-Charge (Caller)

Possible commands
Possible Commands

  • “Girl Scouts, attention.”

  • “Color Guard, advance.”

  • “Color Guard, post the colors.”

  • “Color guard, honor your flag.”

  • “Please join us in saying the Pledge of Allegiance” or “Color guard, honor your flag.”

  • “Color guard, retire the colors.”

  • “Color guard, dismissed.”

  • “Girl Scouts ,dismissed.”

Handling the american flag
Handling the American Flag

  • The American Flag should be placed in the center, and higher, when displayed

    with a group of state, local, or

    organizational flags flown from

    staffs. It may also be positioned

    to the right of other flags (if you

    were to hold the flag while facing

    your audience, your right side would

    be the flag's own right).

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Handling the American Flag

  • "When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium, the flag of the United States of America should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergyman's or speaker's right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker or to the right of the audience." *

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Handling the American Flag

  • The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered slowly with dignity

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Handling the American Flag

  • The flag should never be allowed to touch anything beneath it, nor should it ever be carried flat or horizontally—always aloft and free

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Handling the American Flag

  • Never use the flag as a cover or place anything on top of it.

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Handling the American Flag

  • No disrespect of any kind should be shown to the flag of the United States. It should be kept clean.

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Handling the American Flag

  • The flag, when carried in a procession with other flags, should be either on the marching right or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.

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Handling the American Flag

  • When you display the flag on a wall or in a window where people see it from the street, it should be displayed flat with the blue part at the top and on the flag's own right (which is the observer's left).

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Handling the American Flag

  • When displayed after dark, the flag should be illuminated.

Gs ceremonies
GS Ceremonies

Time to Celebrate!