Thursday, March 5, 2009

WAGGGS Pin Ceremony

I looked through My Girl Scout bin after the discussion at Tuesday's leader meeting and I found this handout on WAGGGS Pin Ceremonies that I received during training.
It is posted below so Troop leaders can do with their girls...
(If any other leaders have Ceremonies to share with Framingham Leaders, please e-mail me and I'll post here at

This ceremony, which can be used on Thinking Day or during national Girl Scout Week, is a nice way to explain the meaning of the WAGGGS pin to new Girl Scouts.
To do this ceremony,
you'll need:
felt cutout of the WAGGGS pin, which one can make from blue and yellow felt.
a large yellow circle
a slightly smaller blue circle (so that when you put the blue circle on top of the yellow circle, there's the yellow border outside of it)
yellow felt cutouts of the trefoil and the fire symbol at the base of the trefoil, the two stars and the compass needle.
To start: All participants stand in a horseshoe.
Somewhere, have a table or felt board available for the construction of the pin as the ceremony proceeds.
Leader: The horseshoe formation symbolizes the open friendship circle. In the open end of the horseshoe stand our sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world. If they were actually here, our horseshoe would become a completed circle, having no beginning or end.

Series of Q&As
As the questions are asked, have a Scout come forward and place the part of the pin they asked about on the felt board.
What is the world pin?
It is the pin of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. We are going to construct such a pin. As we do, let us consider very carefully the reason for its color and design. Then we will know how deep a feeling of international friendship it can inspire in it.
What does the gold circle around the edge stand for?
The gold band surrounding our pin symbolizes the sun that shines on children all over the world.
Why is the world pin blue?
The blue background symbolizes the sky above us, all over the world.
Why do we have a trefoil in the World pin?
The gold trefoil is the sign of Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding around the world. The 3 parts of the trefoil stand for the 3 parts of the Promise.
There are 2 stars on the World pin. What does the left star stand for?
The star on the left, the same side as our heart, stands for the pledge that all Girl Scouts and Girl Guides try, on their honor, to keep: the Promise.
What does the other star stand for?
The right star, on the side of a helping hand, stands for the Girl Guide and Girl Scout code of conduct--the GG/GS Law.
What does the pointer in the middle stand for?
We place a compass needle in the center, to serve as a guide pointing towards the right way in life.
What does the base of the trefoil mean?
At the base of the trefoil we place the flame. Its burning represents love for humanity and international friendship.

Next: Present World (WAGGGS) pins to the Scouts who have not received it yet.
Perhaps, have older Troop members place the pins on the younger Scouts.

Finally: As a Troop, read the Promise.

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