Thinking Day Ceremony for Guiders
Thanks very much to Wendy Baker, who posted this ceremony to the Guiding Mailing List!
Each member of the audience needs a birthday candle on a trefoil holder made from bristol board or foamy.
1st Reader: What would Lord and Lady Baden Powell be thinking about Guiding 90 years after the rally at the Crystal Palace and on what would have been their 142rd and 105th birthdays?
2nd Reader: They would be proud that we still have the same high ideals, and that our Promise and Law has stood the test of time.
3rd Reader: They would be proud of our newest group our little girls in Pink, named after Lady Baden-Powell’s Canadian nickname Sparkles.
4th Reader: They would be proud to see that their motto “Be-Prepared” is still being carried out and that we still do service to others.
5th Reader: They would be proud to see that camping and outdoor activities are still an important part of our program.
6th Reader: They would be proud that leaders like us are still willing to give our time and passion to Guiding.
7th Reader: They would be proud to see that the patrol system is still used and that the girls work together to achieve their Guiding goals.
8th Reader: They would be proud to see that our uniforms and badges are still worn proudly by our girls to show that they are Guides.
9th Reader: They would be proud to see that we still cerebrate Thinking Day, a day designated to think of our Guiding friends around the world.
10th Reader: They would be amazed at what has been purchased with the World Friendship Funds since the pennies bought them a Rolls-Royce car as a wedding present.
11th Reader: They would be pleased at the smiles on the faces of the girls as they sit round a campfire and sing together.
12th Reader: They would be pleased to see that the links in the golden chain of friendships have not broken and are as shiny today as they were when first forged by them so long ago.
1st Reader (again): That’s how it is with Guiding, once you've experienced it. You spread its light to everyone, you want to pass it on. Lord and Lady BP would be proud of us.
(The entire group sings the Guide Marching Song and blows out the candles one at a time as you go around the circle.)