Thursday, May 23, 2013

Court of Awards - Junior Troop 70258 style

The girls planned their own ceremony this year. It was very similar to what we have done in the past, but really... I sat with pen and paper and said "What do you want to do? What do you think we should do? What comes first? Next? Next?"

I did add in a few things, because I wanted them to have a few surprises. But, this is what they came up with:

  • Troop Leader will welcome parents
  • Opening Flag Ceremony * caller information below
    • Pledge of Allegiance
    • GS Promise
    • GS Law
  • Girls all walk back out of the room and then enter as introduced (This is sort of our thing. They love hearing their name and coming in waving and smiling with parents and friends cheering them on.)
  • Sing "She's got a G for generosity" * lyrics below
  • Girls are seated
  • Special Presentations
  • Badge presentations to girls
  • Gifts to Parents (we made a SWAP in our last meeting that was a little foam hand in the "love" sign from in sign language with "Mom" or "Dad" on it.)
  • Gifts to Assistant Leaders
  • Gift to Leader (A complete surprise to me... they had many secrets to keep per one girl in my troop. HA!)
  • Closing song - Linger * lyrics below
  • Recession of Flag* caller information below
  • Dismissal

Refreshments!! Pink Lemonade and Key Lime cupcakes with Junior punch.

Junior Punch
(aka Princess Punch, Power Punch, Groovy Punch, Peace Out Punch, etc.)
1 can Hawaiian Punch (Fruity Red flavor)
1 large 1/2 gallon can pineapple juice
2 liter of 7up

Mix and serve over ice.

Photo op with a backdrop in the refreshment room.

Flag Ceremony (Speaking parts in red)
Opening Flag Ceremony

Please stand.” Instructs audience to stand in preparation for entry of flag.
"Girl Scouts, attention." Used to announce that the flag ceremony is to begin.
"Color guard, advance." This signals the color guard to advance with the flags.
"Color guard, post the colors." This directs the color guard to place the flag in flag standards.
"Color guard, honor your flag." The color guard salutes the American flag.

"Please join us in saying the Pledge of Allegiance." 
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Please join us in reciting the Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

Please join us in reciting the Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.

Color guard, dismissed.

Girl Scouts, dismissed.

We will now begin our ceremony.

Recession of flag

“Please stand”
“Color guard, advance”
“Color guard, honor your flag”
"Color guard, retire the colors." This asks the color guard to remove the flag from standards.
"Color guard, dismissed." The color guard leaves in formation, with the flag.
"Girl Scouts, dismissed." Girls may leave in formation or be at ease where they have been standing.

This concludes our ceremony. Guests dismissed

She Wears a "G"
submitted by Karen Glassman
Lyrics found here: the tune: 

She wears a G for generosity.
She wears an I for interest, too.
She wears an R for real sportsmanship.
She wears and L for loyalty, for loyalty!
She wears an S for her sincereity.
She wears a C for courtesy.
She wears and O-U-T for outdoor life, outdoor life.
And that Girl Scout is Me!

Mm, mm, I’d like to linger
Mm, mm, a little longer
Mm, mm, a little longer here with you

Mm, mm, it’s such a perfect night
Mm, mm, it doesn’t seem quite right
Mm, mm, that it should be my last with you
Mm, mm, I will remember
Mm, mm, and come September
Mm, mm, our campfire bright and friendships true
Mm, mm, and as the years go by
Mm, mm, I’ll think you and sigh
Mm, mm, this is goodnight and not goodbye

Oh, goodness...

I thought this morning... I need to blog more... then I came here to check it out... March 13??? That's two months of no blogging. I have an excuse... I've been busy doing and not telling. So, I will get back on the wagon and put together some posts.

What do you want to know? What do you want to see?

I have a Junior troop that just planned their Court of Awards. I was super impressed and delighted to see them take the reins. I'll share that first... stay tuned.