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Enrolment: a special ceremony when first year members of a Guiding branch say their promise and become full members of that branch.
While it is always great to be able to let your girls plan the enrolment ceremonies, sometimes that just isn't feasible. Our Guide group meets on a Monday and this year we ended up missing a couple of meetings in the fall thanks to holidays (Thanksgiving) and the Federal Election (our meeting space was a polling station). Without meetings to allow planning time we decided to plan the enrolment for the girls - but don't worry - next year they'll be planning their own!
To add a little sparkle to what can be a dull ceremony, we took to google to come up with some ideas and settled on the Campfire Themed Enrolment. I found the basic enrolment here but have altered a bit, updating some of the terminology and adapting the speaking roles for a smaller Unit - we only have 5 returning girls to assist with enrolling 9 first years.
CAMPFIRE THEMED ENROLMENT
Call the girls to order, march into Horseshoe. Horseshoe opening faces where parents are sitting. Introduce leaders and any special guests.
Lights are dimmed and the campfire opening song "Fire's Burning" is sung.
Leader: We would like to welcome everyone here tonight.
Returning Guide: All of us here play a part in the Guiding days of each new Guide, who will make her Promise tonight.
Returning Guide We have chosen to use the fire building skills that we learn in Guides to represent the many aspects of the Program and the people that keep the flame of Guiding glowing around the world.
Returning Guide: A fire must always be built on safe ground and kept secure. The Guide Law gives us a secure base upon which to build our Guiding days and all the days of our life.
Returning girls (or Ranger) place seven rocks in a circle to form a campfire ring. The Guide Laws are repeated as each rock is placed.
Leader: Our new girls bring the tinder to our fire, eager to catch the spark that will light their way in Guides. Some come ready to build on experiences and knowledge gained in Brownie days. Some come to discover and share the fun and activities of friends and classmates already in Guides.
A pine cone is placed in the centre of the rock circle by each new girl, along with a strip of paper with one of the following words printed in large letters on it. These words are symbolic of the girls' time as Brownies, and why they have joined Guiding. As each new girl places their paper in among the pinecones, she says the appropriate line:
Leader: It is our responsibility to see that each spark is kindled. What can help keep this fire going?
Retruning Guides place a number of sturdy twigs onto the campfire. Each twig has a paper taped to it with an appropriate word or phrase:
After sticks are placed the fire gets placed on top of the sticks.
Leader or Ranger : Now our fire is flaming, full of enthusiasm and desire. How can we make it last and last? We need the fuel that will keep it burning steady and long. We as Guides need the adult support that our leaders and parents can provide.
The leaders place a number of "logs" onto the fire. The logs are paper towel rolls wrapped in brown paper. On each log is written ways in which leaders, parents and other resource people can help the Unit:
Returning Guide: Together we can all tend and nurture our Guiding fire, a good basis for the Fire of Life.
Returning Guide: (said while a leader or Ranger lights three candles to represent the Promise) We light these candles to remind us of the Promise. When we try to keep our Guide Promise we are helping make this world a better place for ourselves and everyone else.
One Patrol at a time, each Patrol Leader will come forward with her Tenderfoots and face the Guiders for the enrolment.
Patrol Leader: I present (name all the girls to be enrolled from the Patrol), who wishes to be enrolled as Guide. (Patrol leader steps back one step but remains where she is.)
Leader: Do you know the Guide Law and have you considered what it means?
New Guide: Yes
Leader: Are you ready to make the Guide Promise?
New Guide : Yes.
Colleen: Will you promise to do your best: to be true to yourself, your God or faith, and Canada, to help others, and accept the Guide Law?
New Guide ( : I promise to do my best to be true to myself, my God/faith, and Canada, I will help others, and accept the Guiding Law.
Leader: Welcome to the Sisterhood of Guiding!
New Guide receives Enrolment pins and certificates, shake hands with all the Guiders, and walk back to their places in the horseshoe.
When all Guides are enrolled, sing "On My Honour". Campfire led by older girls follows, at the end of the evening, gather to sing Softly Falls and Taps, and to thank everyone for coming.
All the parts of our "campfire" (we used crumbled paper bags for rocks - way lighter to carry!)
The key to this ceremony is the fire. You meeting space is likely similar to ours and a real fire is just not a possibility. If you are lucky your Unit might have a "fake" fire constructed by a kind parent sometime in the past. If you aren't lucky enough to have something like this, here are two quick homemade fires to help with this ceremony.
CD-LED Candle Fire
All the supplies - tissue paper, LED candle, and glue
Glue the candle to the CD to form the base, then glue the base to the paper to help keep it in place. Make sure when you glue the candle to the CD that you line up the on/off switch with the CD hole. Poke a small hole through the tissue paper to allow you to access the on/off switch for the ceremony.
Wrap the tissue paper up around the CD and arrange to make it look like a fire. Tie with a ribbon and you are done!
Want something simpler? Try this:
FLASHLIGHT and TISSUE PAPER FIRE
This one is quite simple. Position the tissue paper around the light part of the flashlight and secure with the elastic band. Place flashlight on the floor, dim the overhead lights and turn on the flashlight. Viola! Campfire.
You can also make smaller handheld fires using a similar technique with the Girl's flashlights as well.
Combine a few of these items in a fun pack, or pair of socks (another great geocaching gift) and you are all set to make your favourite geocachers holiday!
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