Does your troop do opening and closing ceremonies for troop meetings?
Daisy leader question: I want to change things up next year for starting and ending meetings. We think the girls would like to add opening and closing ceremonies for troop meetings next year. So I’m interested in what ideas you can share.
Our Facebook leaders gave their advice:
- Dana responded: We began as Daisies and are now in our fourth year. For the opening we do the Pledge, Promise, Law song and Troop song. For our closing we do a Friendship Circle, Reflections, thank you’s, Announcements and Taps song.
- Lana shared: Our girls write in a journal (what they have seen that shows the promise and law since the last meeting they attended). When everyone has arrived, we do the Promise, Law and Pledge. I rotate who holds the flag by who attends the meeting so if you aren’t there when your names comes up, I’m sorry. We close with the Friendship Circle.
- Doria’s advice: Make it simple. Start with the pledge and promise. Then eventually teach them the law. You can teach them by giving them each a line and recite it out loud together. We always closed with the friendship circle.
- Melissa shared what her troop does: To open we do the pledge of allegiance, Scout promise and the law song with movements. Our closing is the make new friends song and friendship circle squeeze.
- Laura suggested: In our Service Unit, events often begin with a flag ceremony and the promise and end with a friendship circle. Therefore, learning these traditions at their troop meetings helps our girls feel more comfortable when they are at events with other girls.
The Flag Ceremony fun patch is a great way to show the girls know how to properly perform a flag ceremony.