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Flag Ceremony Guidelines

A flag ceremony honors the American flag as the symbol of our country and all the hopes, dreams, and people it consists of.

If your group includes girls from other countries, girls can honor their flags, too, and conduct an international flag ceremony.

Flag ceremonies may be used for:

·        Opening or closing meetings

·        Opening or closing special events

·        Beginning or closing a day

·        Honoring a special occasion or special person

·        Retiring a worn flag

Flag ceremonies may take place in meeting rooms, outdoor settings, large auditoriums, on stage, even on horseback.

All flag ceremonies share one thing—respect for the flag.

 

Flag Ceremony Guidelines

Keep it simple. Emphasis needs to be on respect for the flag rather than on the commands or techniques. Adults can ask girls these questions when planning:

1.     Who will carry the flag?

2.     Who will be the color guards?

3.     Who will give the directions for the ceremony?

4.     What song will be sung? Who will sound the pitch and start the song?

5.     Will a poem or quotation be included? Who will say or read it?

6.     After the Pledge of Allegiance, will the Girl Scout Promise and the Law be said?

7.     In what order will the parts of the ceremony take place?

8.     When will the group practice?

9.     Where will the flags be placed at the end of the ceremony?

 

Terms Used in a Flag Ceremony

The color bearer (or flag bearer) is the person who carries the flag. There is one color bearer for each flag used in the ceremony.

The color guard is a team that guards the flags. Any even number of guards may be used, but usually four or six girls are sufficient.

The Girl Scout in charge (or caller) is a designated Girl Scout who announces or calls each part of the ceremony.

Possible Commands for a Flag Ceremony

“Girl Scouts, attention.” Used to announce that the flag ceremony is to begin.

“Color guard, advance.” This signals the color guard to advance with the flags, or advance to pick up the flags.

“Color guard, post the colors.” This directs the color guard to place the flag in flag standards, or to attach the grommets to a flag pole rope.

“Color guard, honor your flag.” The color guard salutes the American flag.

“Please join us in saying the Pledge of Allegiance.” (Followed by an appropriate song, quotation or poem, if so desired.)

OR

“Color guard, honor your flag.” The color guard salutes the American flag.

“Color guard, retire the colors.” This asks the color guard to remove the flag from standards, or to lower the flag, detach from the rope, and fold prior to being dismissed.

“Color guard, dismissed.” The color guard leaves in formation, with or without the flag.

“Girl Scouts, dismissed.” Girls may leave in formation or be at ease where they have been standing.

 

Handling the American Flag

Display of the American flag is governed by law to ensure that it will be treated with the respect due the flag of a great nation. This is known as the United States Flag Code. Some of the rules most useful for Girl Scouts are:

·        The American flag must be placed in the center, and higher, when displayed with a group of state, local, or organizational flags flown from staffs. It may also be positioned to the right of other flags. (If girls were to hold the flag while facing their audience, their right side would be the flag’s own right.)

·        When displayed from a staff in a house of worship or public auditorium, the flag of the United States must hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergy’s or speaker’s right as he or she faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergy or speaker or to the right of the audience.

·        The flag is to be hoisted briskly and lowered slowly with dignity.

·        The flag should never be allowed to touch anything beneath it, nor should it ever be carried flat or horizontally—always aloft and free.

·        Never use the flag as a cover or place anything on top of it.

·        No disrespect of any kind should be shown to the flag of the United States. It should be kept clean.

·        The flag, when carried in a procession with other flags, should be either on the marching right or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.

·        When you display the flag on a wall or in a window where people see it from the street, it should be displayed flat with the blue part at the top and on the flag’s own right (which is the observer’s left).

·        When displayed after dark, the flag should be illuminated.

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Take Action in Glacier — For Older Girls

GSMW is once again offering Take Action in Glacier events this summer.  Four weeks are being offered for troops to visit Glacier and not only enjoy the beautiful park but also to help the park doing a Take Action project that the park plans for the girls.  All of the leaders that brought girls last year said it was an amazing experience for both the girls and adults and that the girls are still talking about it.  Please spread the word to our members about this fun travel opportunity for their troops and watch gsmw.org for more details.

Tizer Garden Girls – Jefferson City (Grades K-12)

 

Registration deadline: May 31

Saturday, Jun 15, 2013   2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Cost:   $6/Girl; $6/Adult

Location: Tizer Gardens, Jefferson City, MT

Individual girls or troops welcome.

You’re invited to one of the most beautiful gardens in the GSMW council!

Tizer Gardens, just 13 miles from Boulder and 19 miles from Helena, invites Girl Scouts to traipse through the flowers, quest for elusive gnomes and fairies, and do a little gardening while you’re at it.

At Tizer Gardens, you will see roses, butterflies, hummingbirds, and don’t forget the fairies, gnomes, and the ‘Secret Garden.’ Our garden hosts will give girls a tour of the rose garden, the fairy garden, the nursery, and then they’ll teach participants how to plant their own shoe box garden. Girls are also invited to bring their own contribution to the fairy garden. Get together with your troop or work on your own and build and/or paint a birdhouse to donate to the fairies of the gardens. You’ll get to come back to the gardens and see your birdhouse for years to come.

In addition, you’ll help do a little gardening. Play in the dirt and grasses, and help clean out the veggie patch and container gardens. You’ll enjoy the beauty you add to the gardens, and other visitors will appreciate your good work.

On top of it all, you will be interested to know that girls can take steps toward their Brownies ‘Bugs’ badge, Juniors ‘Locavore’ badge, and Daisies can move closer to their ‘Sunny’ and ‘Clover’ petals. This event ties nicely to all of the Daisy Journeys as well as to all of the ‘It’s Your Planet – Love It!’ Journeys for all other age groups. Girls will also have a great opportunity to talk to the gardeners about possible Take Action projects.

This event is open to girls in grades K-12 and supervising adults. K-3 girls should plan to attend with an adult, such as a parent, guardian or troop leader.

 

Program Aide & Outdoor Skills Training — Missoula (Grades 6-8)

 Registration deadline: May 3

Friday – Saturday, May 17 – 18, 2013 This is an overnighter.

6:00 pm  Fri – 5:00 pm  Sat

Cost:   $25/Girl; $5/Adult

This program is not posted on gsmw.org yet, but be watching for it!

Individual girls or troops welcome.

Calling all Cadettes!  Become a Program Aide and work with younger Girl Scouts. Learn to use your leadership skills to share your interests and experiences with younger girls in a troop, group or camp setting.

Program Aides are Girl Scouts Cadettes (6-8 grade) who want to share their skills with others, and help promote the Girl Scout program. Once Program Aides are trained, they will be able to work with other troops by sharing their special talents and help with any service unit event or council program, including day camp.

 What is the Program Aide (PA) Award?  The Program Aide (PA) award is for Cadette girls in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade. To earn the Cadette Program Aide award girls must follow these steps:

1.    Earn one LiA award. This is a prerequisite before a girl can register for a PA training.

2.    Complete a council sponsored Program Aide leadership training course.

3.    Work directly with younger girls over six activity sessions. This might be assisting girls on journey activities (in addition to what she did for her LiA), badge activities, or other sessions. She might work with a group at their meetings, day camp, council events or service unit events or activities. The council membership and program staff can assist Cadettes in finding a group of Brownies and an adult volunteer to partner with.

4.    Once girls have completed these requirements they must have the adult volunteer mentor sign their time log and turn this in when they purchase their PA pin from a GSMW council store. (Girls must complete the requirements in order to receive their pins.)

Requirements:

A Program Aide must be a registered Girl Scout.
A Program Aide must be a Cadette Girl Scout.
A Program Aide must complete a LiA before attending the council PA training.

Registration deadline: May 3

Friday – Saturday, May 17 – 18, 2013 – This is an overnighter.

6:00 pm  Fri – 5:00 pm  Sat

 

Cost:   $25/Girl; $5/Adult

LiA Award – Cadettes

LiA Award – Cadettes

 Individual girls or troops welcome.

 Here’s your chance to show your leadership skills as you assist your younger “sisters” along their Girl Scout Journey!

LiA stands for Leader in Action.  This award is for Cadette girls who are in sixth, seventh or eighth grade.  There is one LiA award for each of the three Journey Series.  A girl may earn one LiA award or all three. The LiA is a prerequisite for girls who want to earn their Program Aide award.  (See the “PA” event information in another post.)

Cadettes will work with a group of Brownies assisting them as they work towards a Journey award.  If the Brownie troop has already completed the Journey book, a Cadette may still plan extra activities to enrich the recent Journey experience. To earn this award the Cadette will need to meet with the troop or group of Brownies a minimum of four times. Cadettes will work with the Brownie adult volunteer to plan, coordinate and assist in leading activities with the Brownies.

More Details to follow!

NEW! – Discovering Geology – Butte (Grades K-8)

 

Registration deadline: April 22
Saturday, May 4, 2013   10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Cost:   $11/Girl; $9/Adult

Location:        World Museum of Mining, Butte, MT

Individual girls or troops welcome.

Butte, Montana, was once known as ‘The Richest Hill on Earth.’ Explore rocks and minerals and Butte’s colorful history as Girl Scouts are given a behind the scenes look at geology and mining at the World Museum of Mining. Through this event, participants can earn the ‘Discovering Geology’ patch by engaging in an investigation of rocks, minerals, and geology.

The museum has arranged a special program just for Girl Scouts. Participants will enjoy free range to the museum’s exhibits. Plus, the museum has graciously set up exhibits that are not normally on display for the public. Girls will get to pan for garnets, talk to a rock specialist, and earn their ‘Discovering Geology’ patch. Adults get to enjoy panning, all-access, and the specialty talk, as well. In addition to studying minerals and gems, girls will learn what a geologist does, what geoscience means, and what ore-related careers they can explore. Girls will need to fulfill three requirements to earn their patch.

Participants can wander the museum grounds and imagine what it was like to be a gold, copper, or silver miner in the early 20th century. You’ll also get pan for garnets as though you were an old prospector in the rich hills of Silverbow County. And don’t forget to take in the sights and sounds of the city that used to be considered one of the richest and most famous towns in the country.

Make a day out of it! While you’re in the area, you might want to plan a visit to the Berkley Pit, visit Montana Tech’s mineral museum, or take a walking tour of historical downtown Butte. Also, the World Museum of Mining will take reservations for an underground mine tour for the girls. This perk will cost extra and will require you to call ahead to arrange a tour time.

Bring your friends! Have your buddies register as Girl Scouts for $12, and then help them get registered for this special event. Call 1.800.736.5243 for help registering friends.

All girls in grades K-8 must plan on attending with a supervising adult and bring your own lunch or snacks. Girls must check-in at 10am and can leave early or stay after 2pm, but you should plan on being on the grounds for at least 2 hours in order to fulfill the requirements for the patch.

 

 

Wacky Science – Butte (Grades K-5) — EVENT DEADLINE MONDAY, 3/25/13

Registration deadline: March 25
Monday, Apr 8, 2013   5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Cost:   $6/Girl; $2/Adult

Location:        Gold Hill Lutheran Church, Butte, MT

Individual girls or troops welcome.

Girls, put on your lab coat and goggles and dig into some wacky and wild science. Globs and blobs, smoke and ice, geysers, planes, and more – work together to explore how these fun things work. A Wacky Science evening will provide girls with the opportunity to get messy and be creative while learning by doing.

In an afternoon, girls will transform into a mad scientist as they make instant snow, play tricks with dry ice, make paper airplanes, create their own geysers, study crystalline structure, investigate Newton’s first law, and learn how lungs work.

At this program, Girl Scouts will be introduced to a wide variety of science disciplines. Girls will rotate through several experiment stations, and girls can take home some of their experiments.

Girls will receive lab coat, goggles, and a fun patch. We will provide a light, healthy snack.

 

 

 

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