February 22nd is World Thinking Day for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world. Today I have a ceremony that will help girls learn a little more about Thinking Day.
Thinking Day Ceremony
Leaders and girls form a horseshoe as they sing “Girl Scouts Together”, “Our Chalet Song” or some other appropriate song. Everyone is holding an unlit candle.
LEADER: “The horseshoe formation symbolizes the open Friendship Circle. In the open end of our horseshoe stand our sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world. If they were actually here, our horseshoe would be a completed circle, extending around the world, having no beginning or end.” Leader lights her candle. “My lighted candle helps us focus on the meaning of Thinking Day: a day on which Girl Scouts and Girl Guides think about world friendship and understanding.”
GIRL SCOUT #1: “I light my candle in memory of Juliette Low, the founder of Girl Scouting, and in memory of Lord and Lady Baden-Powell, founders of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides.” Lights her candles from the leader’s.
GIRL SCOUT #2: “I light my candle to remind us of our own Juliette Low, who was inspired by Lord and Lady Baden-Powell and brought Girl Scouting from England to all girls in the United States.” Lights her candle from Girl Scout #1.
GIRL SCOUT #3: “Girl Scouts all over the United States contribute each year to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund, so international friendship may grow. May my candle remind each Girl Scout of the importance of her contribution to the fund.” Lights her candle from Girl Scout #2.
GIRL SCOUT #4: “Every Girl Scout and Girl Guide has a home high in the mountains of Switzerland – Our Chalet. I light my candle in the hope that friendships and goodwill abound at Our Chalet.” Lights her candle from Girl Scout #3.
GIRL SCOUT #5: “Our Western hemisphere center in Mexico is Our Cabaña will appreciate the richness of their different heritages.” Lights her candle from Girl Scout #4.
GIRL SCOUT #6: “Pax Lodge is our world center in London, England. I light my candle to remind us not to forget the Girl Scouting ideals which started in this world capital.” Lights her candle from Girl Scout #5.
GIRL SCOUT #7: “Our world center in India is called Sangam. It is a Sanskrit word meaning “coming together.” I light my candle so that girls and adults coming together at Sangam may spread world peace.” Lights her candle from Girl Scout #6.
GIRL SCOUT #8: “My candle represents the Promise said by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world. The languages may be different, but the ideas are the same.” Lights her candle from Girl Scout #7.
REMAINING GIRL SCOUTS: Each names a country in the World Association as she lights her candle – for example, “My candle represents our sister Girl Guides in Trinidad.”
After all candles are lit, everyone says the Girl Scout Promise.
GIRL SCOUT #1: “We Girl Scouts of these United States of America with loving hearts and hands now place our wishes of goodwill with the hope of peace in every land.”
ALL SING: A song of your choice.
Happy World Thinking Day!