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Founder’s Day


Juliette “Daisy” Low Ceremony

Juliette “Daisy” Low Ceremony

Juliette “Daisy” Low Ceremony

Juliette “Daisy” Low Ceremony

Juliette “Daisy” Low Ceremony

This ceremony can be done at any time, however, it is very appropriate on October 31, Juliette Low’s Birthday. It will help teach the girls about our founder and also inform parents. This ceremony is designed for 10 girls, however, some of the parts can be divided if more speaking parts are needed. For variation let the girls look up information on Juliette Low in their handbooks and write their own lines.

Equipment: White petals, cut out of poster board or drawing paper, Any size is fine. The lines can be written on the back of the petals Yellow Trefoil cut out of yellow paper • Tape

Each girl will read her part and put her petal on the wall with tape. The trefoil is the center of the flower and goes on last. You might need to mark where the petals and center go.

• Juliette Low was the founder of Girl Scouts in the Untied States. She was fondly known as Daisy to her friends.

• Daisy started the first troop in Savannah, Georgia, which was her home. You can visit her birthplace if you go to Savannah.

• The Birthday of Girl Scouting in America is March 12, 1912. Every year Girl Scouts celebrate that day with parties, special ceremonies or service projects.

• Juliette Low learned about Scouting form Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouts in England. Inspired and enthusiastic with this youth program, she led 3 Girl Guides troops in England and Scotland.

• The she returned to America with “Something for the girls” and a dream of World peace and friendship through a program that would unite the young people of all lands.

• The first group of girls decided to change the name of Girl Guides to Girl Scouts. The very first camp was held the same year, 1912.

• Daisy Low worked endlessly and even sold her jewelry to spread the exciting idea of Scouting, Even her deafness in later years did not hinder her.

• Millions of girls have made the Promise since then. It still means the same to us today as it meant to Daisy in 1912

• Juliette Low wished Girl Scouts knew Girl Guides in other countries. The Juliette Low World Friendship Fund was established in her memory to help her wish come true. Each year Girl Scouts contribute to this fund. It helps young girls of other lands meet and know each other at the World Centers and International gatherings.

• To complete our “Daisy”, I place the symbol of the Promise made by Scouts everywhere. We will now say our Gir Scout Promise.


Thinking Day


Flame Ceremony—to be used to

Flame Ceremony—to be used to

Flame Ceremony—to be used to

Flame Ceremony—to be used to

Flame Ceremony—to be used to

celebrate international friendships

celebrate international friendships

celebrate international friendships

celebrate international friendships

celebrate international friendships

Materials: 5 candles (brown, green, red, white, and yellow) Arrange the candles with the green color inthe middle with the brown and red candles on either side. The white and yellow candles are in the outside positions.

Girl Scout in charge: Girl Scouts come from many lands all with smiles and helping hands. Though they speak a different way the law and promise they obey.

Girl #1: I light the brown candle in friendship for all the brown-skinned Girl Scouts and Guides in the world. Watch the flame closely please.

Girl #2: I light the red candle in friendship for all the red-skinned Girl Scouts and Guides in the world. Watch the flame closely please.

Girl #3: I light the white candle in friendship for all the white-skinned Girl Scouts and Guides in the world. Watch the flame closely please.

Girl #4: I light the yellow candle in friendship for all the yellow-skinned Girl Scouts and Guides in the world. Watch the flame closely please.

Girl Scout in charge: Have you noticed the light from one candle is the same as the other, even though the outside covering is different on each one? The culture of the nations around the world vary from one another, but we all have the same basic needs. We all wish to be shown respect for who we are and to enjoy the friendship and love of others.

Light the green candle and then extinguish the flame from the brown, red, yellow and white candles.

Scout in charge: The green candle represents the idea of international friendship and understanding. Let us strive each day to keep the flame alive in our own lives.

At the conclusion of the ceremony sing an appropriate song, such as “Rise up old Flame,” or “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” This ceremony can be broken down into more parts as necessary.







As the story is read do the actions as follows:

On the word World, spin around once.

On the word Juliette Low, join hands with persons on right and left. On the words Girls Scouts, Girl Scouting or Girl Guides, give a smile and clap.

(Practice motions first so everybody understands what to do) Once upon a time there was a lady whose name was Juliette Low. She became interested in Girl Scouting through her friends Lord

and Lady Baden-Powell when she visited them in England. They started Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting there. Juliette Low thought Girl Scouting was a wonderful idea. When she returned to the United States, she decided to start a Girl Scout troop. So, on March 12, 1912, in her hometown, Savannah, Georgia, Juliette Low started the first Girl Scout troop in this part of the World. After that she traveled all over the country, helping to start more Girl Scouts troops.

Juliette Low believed Girl Scouting was such a fine thing that she wanted to see Girl Scouts troops all over the World. She knew that Girl Scouting would help girls become friends and would help toward World peace and goodwill. After Juliette Low died in 1927, her friends decided that the greatest tribute that could be paid to such a charming lady would be to con-tinue working toward the realization of her dream of World friendship. A memorial fund was started. It is called the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund.

Each year, all Girl Scouts in the United States are given the opportunity to bring money for this fund, which helps Girl Scouting all over the World. When you Girl Scouts drop your money into your Juliette Low World Friendship Fund box, you can imagine the far places of the World to which this money will travel and the ways it will help Girl Scouts. Maybe your money will help buy a Girl Scout uniform for a girl in Belgium who can’t afford one. Maybe your money will help send some older Girl Scouts from our country to Our Chalet, an international camp in Switzer-land, where Girl Scouts from all over the World get together to learn more about each other. Or maybe you will be helping, with your money, to start new Girl Scout troops in other coun-tries. No one knows to what parts of the World this money may travel. No one knows the way in which it will one day come back to us in new friends. But we all know

that as we give our money to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund, we are helping to spread Girl Scouting around the World.


Hands A

Hands A

Hands A

Hands A

Hands Across the Circle

cross the Circle

cross the Circle

cross the Circle

cross the Circle

(Action story ceremony to give out the World Trefoil Pin.)

(Action story ceremony to give out the World Trefoil Pin.)

(Action story ceremony to give out the World Trefoil Pin.)

(Action story ceremony to give out the World Trefoil Pin.)

(Action story ceremony to give out the World Trefoil Pin.)

Hands across the circle

Hands across the sea

Let us extend the hand of friendship

wherever we may be.

Love in our hearts for country.

Help in our hearts for all.

Ever alert and ready,

to answer friendship’s call.

In our two hands is the future

As our life unfurls.

If we can be better Girl Scouts

Then we will be better girls.

(All form a circle)

(Criss-cross hands)

(Extend left hand)

(Raise right hand to heart)

(Extend both hands)

(Raise hands to mouth, as if calling someone)

(Hold both hands up, palms out)

(Spread hands apart)

(Make Girl Scout sign)

(Both hands on chest)

This activity can be a good way to promote sharing

and cooperation among your girls. Girls should ideally

be seated directly across the table from each other.

Leaders tie each girl’s hands to the hands of the girl

sitting opposite her with yarn. The yarn pieces should

be just short enough that only one girl can eat at a


Throughout the meal the girls have to figure out how

to coordinate their movements with their partner so

that both get to eat and drink — hopefully without

spilling anything!


Girl Scout WEek



It is fun to have a real birthday party with cake and candles on the anniversary date of the troop’s beginning.

Have the girls make invitations and send to troop committee mem-bers, sponsor(s) and/or the principal or clergy of troop meeting place.

Procedure: Place a large trefoil shape on the floor (tape, chalk, paper, etc.) Place birthday cake on a table in the trefoil. The leader stands at point of trefoil.

#1 Girl Scout: “Today we are celebrating the _____ birthday of Troop #____. In renewing our membership, we are again in good standing in our national organization that serves not only our troop/group but also the thousands of troops and millions of girls all over the United States.”

#2 Girl Scout: “Through our national organization we are also members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts that takes the same ideals to girls of many other countries. We have been able to extend the fun and work, service and friendship of Girl Scouting to #_____ new members of our troop.”

#3 Girl Scout: “We are glad to have present our troop committee members and sponsor(s) to say thank you for your help.”

The troop/group leader then calls each person (adults then girls). As each one steps forward, the person is presented with an unlit candle by the assistant leader. She/he (adult or girl) then puts the candle on the cake and steps back in place.

The chair of the troop committee presents candles to leader and assistant leader who in turn places candles on cake.

The Girl Scout oldest in membership now lights candles. (Adults should supervise candle lighting by younger girls.)

#4 Girl Scout: “Now let us join hands and each silently make a wish for the troop.” (pause)

#5 Girl Scout: (“Read a poem suitable for a birthday wish or have the troop make up their own.)

#6 Girl Scout: “The honor of blowing out the candles is given to:

_____________ and _____________ (2 girls next oldest in length of membership)

#7 Girl Scout: “After we sing our birthday song, please be seated while the cake is cut.” (Sing “Happy Birthday Troop #_____”).


Girl Scout Sunday Responsive Reading (from G.S. of Rolling Hills website)

Leader: When Girl Scouts across the country make their promise,

they agree also to live by the Girl Scout Law. The basic principles of this law are not new but have existed for centuries.

Leader: I will do my best to be honest and fair

People: Speak truth to your neighbors, for we are members of one another. (Ephesians 4:25). Justice, and only justice you shall pursue. (Deuteronomy 16:30).

Leader: …friendly and helpful

People: Love one another with mutual affection. (Romans 12:10). How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a person in need and yet refuses to help? Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. (1 John 3:17-18).

Leader: …considerate and caring

People: Thus says the Lord of hosts: show kindness and mercy to one another. (Zechariah 7:9).

Leader: …courageous and strong

People: Be strong and courageous, do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9).

Leader: …and responsible for what I say and do

People: Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17).

Leader: …and to respect myself and others

People: God’s temple is holy and you are that temple. (1 Corinthians 3:17). Pay to all what is due them – respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due. (Romans 13:7). Leader: …respect authority

People: Whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed. (Romans 13:2). Leader: …use resources wisely

People: The person who uses well what she is given shall be given more, and she shall have abundance.


Leader: …make the world a better place

People: Let us not grow weary in doing what is right. Whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all. (Galatians 6:9-10).

Leader: …and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

People: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Mark 12:31). Encourage one another and build up each other. (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

Leader: These are the laws which we, as Girl Scouts, promise to keep. They are laws of the past and the present which can help us build a better future.

Passing the Light Candle Ceremony

Materials needed:

1. candle for each girl 2. matches/lighter

3. water bucket (with water in it)

Long ago a special ceremony was formed. Juliette Low wanted her original girls to carry a special spark with them as their Girl Scout group broke up. Some from the troop were moving away, some were working to help their families, others wanted to help lead a group of girls a little younger than themselves. Whatever their reasons for separating, Juliette knew no other group would ever be quite the same. As the girls stood in a circle holding the candles they had made, Juliette knew what spark it was that she wanted to pass on.

She lit her candle and spoke:

”With this candle I give you each something very special to pass on. As I light the candle on my right I ask each of you to light the candle to your right and pass it on. I want you to carry this thought with you wherever you go. This is the ETERNAL FLAME for Girl Scouts. After having a lit candle before you, each of you will repeat the Girl Scout Promise with me, then pause and recall a few of the things we have done together as a group. I will hold my candle up and as I do, you will all raise yours and we will blow them out together.

Before we separate from our circle, I want to ask you to keep this candle as a very special candle. It is not to be used for any purpose but passing on the ETERNAL FLAME. You may use it in other Girl Scout ceremonies such as camps, encampments, campfires, bridging or court of awards ceremonies. I’m glad we were able to start a special tradition based on our ETERNAL FLAME.”


The Wish That Came True

The Wish That Came True

The Wish That Came True

The Wish That Came True

The Wish That Came True

(A choral reading by Marie Witzel and Dorothy Shelly (revised by GSRBC)

SOLO: Once, Juliette Low said to her father that she wished she could leave a work of art for which she could be remembered forever.

UNISON: Your wish, Juliette Low, has come true. GROUP 1: Just as you dreamed it would.

GROUP 2: “You learned of Boy Scouts from Lord Robert Baden-Powell.

SOLO: With him, you wished that girls could share the joys of SOLO: Friendship!

SOLO: Understanding! SOLO: Adventure! SOLO: Games!

SOLO: Resourcefulness!

SOLO: Love of the out-of-doors!

UNISON: Service (pause) Then troops were started in villages, towns and cities. They were called Girl Guides.

GROUP 1: You wished to take the idea across the ocean to America. UNISON: A wonderful program for girls: Girl Scouts!

GROUP 2: Your wish became a gift to the girls of the U.S.A.

UNISON: You wished for thousands. We now say proudly there are millions! Your wish came true! SOLO: The youngest members are called Girl Scout Daisies.

GROUP 1: They take their name from your nickname, our Founder, Juliette Gordon Low.

GROUP 2: Girl Scout Daisies enjoy lots of fun-filled activities: earning the Promise Center & Petals. SOLO: The next level is Girl Scout Brownies.

GROUP 1: They continue to explore the program by completing activities from Try-Its. SOLO: Girl Scout Juniors come next.


SOLO: Sign of the Rainbow, Sign of the Sun, Sign of the Star, Sign of the World.

GROUP 1: STUDIO 2B is the place to be for Girl Scout Cadettes, Girl Scout Seniors, & Girl Scout Ambassadors who want to shape the world around them and create their own adventures. SOLO: Their program goals are the 4 B’s: Become, Belong, Believe, Build.

GROUP 2: They can pick and choose from Focus Books and earn charms, choose exciting activities from the Collections magazine and more ... the world is their menu. GROUP 1: Girls develop their own plan of action. The program becomes an individual path for

each girl.

GROUP 2: Some may choose to earn Interest Project Awards.

GROUP 1: By becoming a Program Aide, girls provide sevice & leadership while working with younger Girl Scouts.

SOLO: Girls in grades 6-9 can choose to complete the challenging requirements of the highest award for girls of this age group: the Girl Scout Silver Award.

SOLO: Girls in grades 9-12 can choose a different path in Girl Scouting.

GROUP 2: Leader-in-Training, Counselor-in-Training, or Girl Scout Troop Assistant will be the path of some who choose to hone their leadership skills while working with younger girls. GROUP 1: The Girl Scout Gold Award: Girl Scouting’s highest award will be earned by a dedicated

few who choose to take on this committment to developing their full self-potential. GROUP 2: Now through the new Girl Scout Leadership Model, girls can complete the first “It’s Your World - -Change It” Journey Series:

SOLO: Girl Scout Daisy: “Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden,” Girl Scout Brownie: “The

Brownie Quest,” Girl Scout Cadette: “aMaze,” Girl Scout Senior: “GIRLtopia,” Girl Scout Ambas-sador: “Your Voice, Your World, The Power of Advocacy.”

GROUP 1: Give us the keys -- “DICOVER, CONNECT, and TAKE ACTION and WE WILL LEAD!!” GROUP 2: Girl Scouts wish came true too! They can visit the World Centers.

SOLO: An international encampment at Our Cabana in Mexico. SOLO: A session at Sangam, in India, or Pax Lodge, in England. SOLO: Or maybe a visit to Our Chalet in Switzerland.

UNISON: Your wish came true! destinations for girls! GROUP 1: From Girl Scouts all over the country come: SOLO: Pennies, nickles, dimes, quarters.


SOLO: Hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. UNISON: Money to promote international friendship.

SOLO: You will be remembered, Juliette Low, for all you gave to us. SOLO: Our Motto

UNISON: “Be Prepared” SOLO: Our Slogan

UNISON: “Do a Good Turn Daily” SOLO: Our Girl Scout Promise

UNISON: (make G.S. sign and repeat the Girl Scout Promise)

SOLO: I will do my best to be honest and fair, GROUP 1: Friendly and helpful,

SOLO: considerate and caring,

GROUP 2: courageous and strong, and SOLO: responsible for what I say and do, GROUP 1: and to respect myself and others, SOLO: respect authority,

GROUP 2: use resources wisely,

SOLO: make the world a better place, and GROUP 1: to be a sister to every Girl Scout.

SOLO: Our pin

UNISON: A symbol of Girl Scouts that encircles the world.

GROUP 2: The three leaves of the trefoil remind us of the three parts of our Girl Scout Promise. UNISON: It is a symbol of

SOLO: Working together SOLO: Playing together SOLO: Seeking together

SOLO: You will be remembered, Juliette Low. UNISON: Your wish did come true!





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