On Tuesday, December 17, Salt River Daisy Troop 2516 of the Girl Scouts of America held its investiture ceremony to welcome 12 new girls into the troop. For many of the girls, this is their first year participating in Girl Scouts.
As the ceremony started, the colors were posted by members of Daisy Troop and everyone recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Recreation Coordinator I, Jamie Escorcia, leader of the Girl Scouts, conducted the ceremony.
“An investiture ceremony in Girl Scouts is a ceremony to welcome new girls into the Girl Scout program,” said Escorcia. “Girl Scouts have ceremonies to mark important events and significant days. Tonight we are here to affirm our belief in the Girl Scout Promise and Law.”
The Girl Scout Promise is an oath that Girl Scouts across the country take to better understand their place in their communities. They join thousands of other girls who share a common belief and commitment.
The girls stood, raised their right hands and recited the Girl Scout Promise:
On my honor, I will try
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
Each new member of Daisy Troop then stood and recited the Girl Scout Law (see sidebar). Each verse was printed on a flower petal, and each petal was pasted on a flower stem to make a complete daisy.
After the girls made their recitations, a candle was lit and the troop leaders pledged their dedication, commitment and friendship to their troop.
“The candle stands for sunshine,” said Escorcia. “Just as the sun warms us, may we in turn spread warmth and friendship to those whom we meet. We want to make Girl Scouting fun for all, but at the same time not lose sight of the Promise and Law that they have pledged to uphold.”
The girls then sang the Daisy Smile Song before being presented with a certificate, two pins and an insignia tab. After the ceremony, the girls and their guests were treated to pizza and dessert.
The Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
Honest and fair,
Friendly and helpful,
Considerate and caring,
Courageous and strong, and
Responsible for what I say and do.
Respect myself and others,
Use resources wisely,
Make the world a better place, and
Be a sister to every Girl Scout.