Guide's Own Ceremonies

A Guide's Own is a very special type of ceremony. It can be used at a camp or other event as a time for personal reflection, as well as a time to give thanks for all our blessings. A Guide's Own is NOT a replacement for a church service or other religious ceremony. Guide's Owns can be used with girls of any age.

Here is the very first contribution for this page! Thanks very much to Karen Hobson, who posted this ceremony to the Guiding Mailing List.

It's What's Inside that Counts

Thanks very much to Wendy Baker, who posted this ceremony to the Guiding Mailing List!

Materials needed (per person): small square of fabric, elastic band, small rock, shell and feather.

Hand out square of material (about the size of your palm).

The world we live in is a material world.  But it is not the things we buy, or wear or what we look like that counts.  It's what is on the inside that matters most.

Hand out the rocks.

The rock represents the earth.  In our busy lives, whether at school or work, with our friends, or in our families, we need a solid base to build on.  As Guiders and girls, we help to give each other this solid base.

Hand out the shells.

The shell represents the water.  All living things need water; all things on land; all things in the air; all things in the water. Through Guiding and in other parts of our lives, we explore the flowing currents of our faith.

Hand out the feathers.

The feathers represent the air.  What we do and say can build up or hurt others.   Our words are like the wind -- you do not see them, but you see their effects.

Now wrap these things inside the material and tie it up with an elastic.



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