our Guestbook, under "Can you suggest anything to add to
our site?" : " Ceremony ideas - the 'make
your promise anywhere' idea is great for the imagnitive child
(my most unusual was on a night hike in a graveyard) but others
find it difficult to come up with ideas."
more the members of the GuidingUK email group have turned up trumps
of our best have been on the train ride going around Disneyland
Paris, Under the Eiffel Tower (Same weekend and Asst Guider did
that too), various other theme parks/visitor attractions including
Cadbury World, and outside No 10 Downing Street - that was this
year (2004) after Trooping the Colour so even with current security
checks, it's still possible!
once have a request to have an underwater ceremony at the local
swimming pool. I wasn't sure how I'd hear the girls say the Promise,
then one announced she couldn't swim. I therefore felt obliged to
rule it out on safety grounds!
best one was in the (now defunct) Millennium Dome !!
way down an abseiling tower (so was I)
Standing up in a canoe while on the water (I didn't stand
Upside down on a Pirate Ship ride (we did this one as a whole
On a roller coaster (ditto above)
Down a cave (along with a badge presentation ceremony)
On a half melted snowman (no, I don't know why either!)
On top of a playground slide in the pouring rain
Dressed in PJs with knickers on our heads (yes, me too) during
Comic Relief 2001.
- In 1985
we had a "mountain top moment" promise ceremony for my Ranger
unit at the top of the Jungfrau – I nearly got frostbite pinning
on the badges and it was August.
- Earlier in the same year
we had a promise ceremony on a bouncy castle at the Crystal Place
Rally – difficult to pin on a badge without stabbing Nicola!
had guides make their promise in fancy dress at a Hallowe'en party,
in pyjamas at a sleepover, on a trampoline, in the middle of an
ice rink and in sailing boats.
enrolled all of my new Ranger unit at the top of a climbing wall
- the indoor climbing centre in Bristol. I climbed up with them,
badges in pocket, and they made their promises in groups of 3. Pinning
badges on was somewhat trickier! The others on the ground couldn't
hear them, but they all spun round to salute the others when they's
made the promise. Being brave enough to let go of the wall and trust
the harness for long enough to salute was a big challenge for some.
fiance used to be a Scouter and he invested some boys in a cave.
They had a full ceremony, complete with flag pole and marching,
at camp (very atmospheric.)There is a simple candelit promise
ceremony outline here.
the very top of the London Eye, witnessed by hordes of Japanese
tourists (who took lots of photos and, I suspect, hadn't a clue
what we were actually *doing!* At least, that's what I assured the
very embarrased Ranger concerned!)
of my Rangers recently renewd her Promise (having previously made
her Promise as a Brownie and again as a Guide) at the Taj Mahal
whilst on a NEE International trip to Sangam and India. Truly one
camps in Yorkshire
Thinking Day events in Yorkshire when I got presented with a thanks
badge when I left Yorkshire to Berkshire!
meetings in Berkshire! (GIC wasn't keen to go out - boring!)
in Gloucester - Guides were unable to hear what was going on at
Ropes in (Deer Park) Gloucester - in the rain and next time in the
the campfire in Gloucester (Deer Park) along with marshmallows!
in Lincolnshire - cold and windy afternoon!
the Birds of Prey in Lincolnshire (owls/eagles and other preys were
in Brussels - we formed a ring at the side of the rinkto do this
as there was no way we could go round and round to do this!
found our Brownies like to make them during our normal meeting time,
as family/carers can be there. We often have an evening in the middle
of term where it fits in nicely and the girls get to choose how
we do it, within reason. We had one lovely one in the vicar's garden
and this term we are doing circus skills badge and are holding a
promise celebration after the girls do their performances.
- In a carwash - I wanted
to make my Ranger promise AND the guider's car needed a wash.......
Professor Bubbleworks ride at Chessington
Ride Chessington At a campfire
unit just do them in the meeting as its easier!
London Eye (7 of them)
(with a mean scouter who wouldn't let me off the wall until badges
were pinned on!)
Twister - fixed a little so I could reach!
a small World ride in Disney
waiting for new ones to come up with plans for me!! I am willing
to do most things!
Leaders Tend to do within unit environment as it shows the girls
we all have to say and keep the same promise
a campfire with unit
Leaders :At Jamboree with unit
top of the Tower at Guildford Cathedral underneath the scary angel
in the snow!
had Guides make their promise at the highest point in the area -
on top of the Tower at Liverpool Cathedral ( it was a challenge
in Adventure out)
costume whilst celebrating Chinese New Year.
camp - loads of choices, at Pettypool this year one chose the arial
slide thingy and another the centre of the wobbly bridge ( so the
guider would have to cross it!)
also used the ice rink but now we have to get permission to take
the past we have used candles in the Promise ceremony. We have a
candle for each law and one Guide reads a law and lights the candle,
however we had a bunch of 'messers' in so we stopped doing that.
you are making promises in a unit meeting its usually worth getting
the flags out and doing a really formal horseshoe.
had about six girls making their promise in Pizza Hut. Total pandemonium,
but they loved it (and hopefully will remember it forever).
also had a couple of girls make their promise in a swimming pool,when
consider making my promise at the closing ceremony at the Essex
Jamboree, but decided against. (And seeing how long the ceremony
went on - I think I made the right decision).
- Outside Windsor Castle
(on the way to the Big Gig)
- At Our Chalet
- On top of the Jungfraujoch
the Malvern Hills in the dark by candlelight in the middle of winter
(each girl has her own tin with holes in - with a larger one with
trefoils on for the centre - so the candles shine through. This
particular evening was really cold and frosty, the grass was sparkling
and so were all the stars. It really was memorable, and the parents
were most impressed.)
candlelight in the Scout Hut
– Under a parachute
- at McDonalds
- on the school field where
we meet by torchlight
- by a windmill.
– On a lifeboat
- in a canoe
- in the middle of the Atlantic
on a jumbo jet
- at Grimsby Town Football
ground before a match and on the radio
- at Wembley stadium
- on skis in Switzerland
- on the Humber Bridge.
: If we have an outing, camp or special event I try to offer a formal
enrolment ceremony as an option but we never seem to have the right
people there! For ages our new Guides just 'didn't get round to
it' then I had all but one of them (about 20) decide to have a mass
Promise Ceremony at our Guide meeting with colours, candles & laws!
Guide did make her Promise at the Science Museum after we'd been
there for the sleepover but after it had opened to the public -
complete with a very curious audience.
Brownies are even more traditional and absolutely
refuse to consider getting rid of our 'pond' or arch. They really
like the feeling of tradition and doing the same as everyone else.
a group of 3 Rangers some years ago we went on
a night hike on Boxhill in Surrey (but actually spent most of the
night locked in my car as they were terrified!) then got up and
made their Promise at the top of the hill at sunrise then cooked
breakfast. We then drove home in time for Church Parade - doing
the coffee, colours, reading, prayers etc and really struggled to
made mine in a few different places : both my Brownie and Guide
promises were made in the unit meeting but my Scout Promise was
made at an international camp to the chief scout. My Venture Scout
promise was made with the whole unit in a jacuzi, and I renewed
my Guide promise as a Young Leader on the wing of a Tornado (I was
with RAF Brownies.) I cannot remeber where I renewed my promise
as a leader but have had girls do theirs in a canoe, whilst abseiling
and in swimming pools to name a few (not to mention the number of
times I renewed mine whilst working at Pax Lodge.)
the deck of the ferry
the bridge of the ferry (prob not allowed to do that anymore in
case I hijack it and head to Bermuda!)
the monkey puzzle tree which is opposite where we meet
campfire on beach
Lochgoilhead Scout Centre at the campfire
front of an open fire in pyjamas on pack holiday
Scout Hall with candles
Iona (All with Brownies.)
far we have done : Candlelit
midnight after a wide game at camp
the Flagpole at camp.
most memorable has to be while travelling at 30knots under the Humber
Bridge on the Humber Rescue Fast Response Rescue Boat.
us (Girl Scouts USA) the three-finger Girl Scout
sign stands of the three parts of the Promise: "On my honor, I will
try: 1. To serve God and my country 2. To help people at all times,
and 3. To live by the Girl Scout Law .
ninety-five percent of our Investiture ceremonies (where you first
make the Promise and are invested with the symbols of being a Girl
Scout) are candle-lighting ceremonies made at special troop meeting
where families are present. Usually the girls light three candles
for the three parts of the Promise and ten candles for the ten parts
of the Law.
are only invested once, but we generally have a Rededication ceremony
each fall, so that you can reaffirm your Promise as you grow in
understanding what it means.
the Promise is a regular part of troop meeting openings and closings
and special ceremonies, especially for our younger girls (5 to 10
is a beautiful example of a GSUSA Rededication Ceremony on this
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