It’s a new year and one of our very first events is always an Investiture/Rededication ceremony. Our local council office has a beautiful backyard area that we always book, way in advance, so we have this event on our troop calendar early on. This year was no exception.
As we are a huge multi-level troop we need to have quite a few leaders to adhere to safety ratios. We are fortunate to have 10 trained leaders. Because of this we also assign one annual event to each leader/team of leaders to plan and execute. Investiture is always co-leader D’s baby!
The general ceremony always remains the same. It focuses on the Girl Scout Promise and Law and usually has a “take away” the troop can use to visually see their commitment. We have used candles and made rainbow colored paper chains but this year’s idea was especially (in this writer’s opinion) beautiful! D had a long piece of rope that was held by the girls as they stood in a circle. When their time came, each girl added a piece of colored ribbon to the rope. It’s really pretty. Even better, we will continue to add pieces of ribbon year after year, as our girls grow and as new girls join our troop. It’s a really nice visual reminder that the girls are equal parts of a whole and equal parts of a shared history!
We also use this event, since we always require they be in full uniform for this ceremony, to take our troop photos for the year. These eventually get printed into our thank you cards given to everyone who helps our troop in some way during the year!
And our sister scouts from CADETTE Troop 10065