By: Kylie Pierce, Troop Leader in Rome
As new leaders last year, my co-leader Jamie and I didn’t know much about investiture and dedication ceremonies. Because we were starting with Daisies, who were brand new, we thought that simply signing up for Girl Scouts was a fitting beginning to a (hopefully) long and wonderful Girl Scouting career.
As Jamie was looking through materials to plan out our next few meetings, she came across some great resources from veteran Girl Scout leaders, which mapped out some example meetings and listed ideas for activities. One of the ceremonies was investiture, which is customarily done in the beginning of the Girl Scout year, around September or October. We got a little bit of a late start, so ours will be a little later.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, investiture is a ceremony used to welcome new girls and adults into Girl Scouting. It is often combined with Rededication for those that have made Girl Scouting a force to be reckoned with for over 100 years. It is a time to remember our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, while looking into the future at experiences yet to come.
We have many returning girls this year, and also some new faces. We decided to have the girls lead the planning for their combined investiture and rededication. A great way to do this with Daisies is to ask them questions that generate discussion, such as:
- Where should we have our ceremony?
- Who should we invite?
- Should there be invitations?
- Should there be snacks?
- When should we have our ceremony?
- How will we divide the tasks, such as color guard, color bearer, speaker, etc.?
- Which items will we need to have to make these things happen?
Our girls had lots of ideas. It’s fun to see girls who are often shy upon arrival come out of their shells when they are in a supportive girl-led environment. We are so proud to watch girls grow that we have known since our start last year, as well as girls who are joining us for the first time. Returning or new, these are the girls who will go on to be leaders throughout their lives, whether it be in standing up against bullying or standing up for a raise at the office, running a household or running a major corporation.
If you are a leader interested in an investiture ceremony, there are plenty of resources that can be found with a simple internet search. It can be overwhelming, but there are plenty of gems out there to get you started!
As a returning leader, I can’t wait to rededicate myself to Girl Scouting, its promise and its principles. I can’t wait to commit to another year of helping girls realize how capable and strong they can be.