Promise Ceremony ideas.

From 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."

So once more the members of the GuidingUK email group have turned up trumps :

  • Some 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!
  • I did 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!
  • My best one was in the (now defunct) Millennium Dome !!
  • Half way down an abseiling tower (so was I)
  • Standing up in a canoe while on the water (I didn't stand in mine)
  • Upside down on a Pirate Ship ride (we did this one as a whole Unit)
  • 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!
  • Three of our Guides made their promise on the path that separates the marina lake from the beach at West Kirkby beach after we had gone to fly out *dustbin heavy duty bags* for One World One Sky - American peace - with Wirral county.The sun was just setting ..... the photos had a magical quality about them.
  • We've 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.
  • I 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.
  • My 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, all underground.
  • Candle-lit at camp (very atmospheric.)There is a simple candelit promise ceremony outline here.
  • At 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!)
  • One 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 to remember!
  • Under the Channel, at the midpoint of the Chunnel on the way back from Eurodisney.
  • At the Big Gig
  • On camps in Yorkshire
  • During Thinking Day events in Yorkshire when I got presented with a thanks badge when I left Yorkshire to Berkshire!
  • Normal meetings in Berkshire! (GIC wasn't keen to go out - boring!)
  • Abseiling in Gloucester - Guides were unable to hear what was going on at the top!
  • Low Ropes in (Deer Park) Gloucester - in the rain and next time in the dark!
  • Round the campfire in Gloucester (Deer Park) along with marshmallows!
  • Tobboganing in Lincolnshire - cold and windy afternoon!
  • Visiting the Birds of Prey in Lincolnshire (owls/eagles and other preys were so noisy!)
  • Ice-Skating 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!
  • I've 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.......
  • Guides: Professor Bubbleworks ride at Chessington
  • Vampire Ride Chessington At a campfire
  • Current unit just do them in the meeting as its easier!
  • In a canoe
  • Rangers: London Eye (7 of them)
  • Abseiling (with a mean scouter who wouldn't let me off the wall until badges were pinned on!)
  • Playing Twister - fixed a little so I could reach!
  • It's a small World ride in Disney
  • Am waiting for new ones to come up with plans for me!! I am willing to do most things!
  • Young Leaders Tend to do within unit environment as it shows the girls we all have to say and keep the same promise
  • At a campfire with unit
  • Adult Leaders :At Jamboree with unit
  • At top of the Tower at Guildford Cathedral underneath the scary angel in the snow!
  • We 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)
  • In costume whilst celebrating Chinese New Year.
  • At 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!)
  • We've also used the ice rink but now we have to get permission to take photos.
  • In 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.
  • If you are making promises in a unit meeting its usually worth getting the flags out and doing a really formal horseshoe.
  • We had about six girls making their promise in Pizza Hut. Total pandemonium, but they loved it (and hopefully will remember it forever).
  • We also had a couple of girls make their promise in a swimming pool,when on camp.
  • I did 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
  • On 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.)
  • By candlelight in the Scout Hut
  • In a glider
  • On the top diving board at the open air swimming pool (we all jumped in afterwards)
  • Brownies Under a parachute
  • at McDonalds
  • on the school field where we meet by torchlight
  • by a windmill.
  • Rangers 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.
  • Guides : 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!
  • One 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.
  • The 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.
  • With 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 keep awake!
  • I have 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.)
  • On the deck of the ferry
  • On the bridge of the ferry (prob not allowed to do that anymore in case I hijack it and head to Bermuda!)
  • Round the monkey puzzle tree which is opposite where we meet
  • Round campfire on beach
  • At Lochgoilhead Scout Centre at the campfire
  • In front of an open fire in pyjamas on pack holiday
  • In Scout Hall with candles
  • On Iona (All with Brownies.)
  • So far we have done : Candlelit
  • At midnight after a wide game at camp
  • Round the Flagpole at camp.
  • The most memorable has to be while travelling at 30knots under the Humber Bridge on the Humber Rescue Fast Response Rescue Boat.
  • For 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 .
  • Probably 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.
  • You 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.
  • Reciting the Promise is a regular part of troop meeting openings and closings and special ceremonies, especially for our younger girls (5 to 10 year olds.)

There is a beautiful example of a GSUSA Rededication Ceremony on this page.


Can YOU come up with any more ideas? Then please send them in!!

 

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