Thinking Day and Friendship Ceremony: A Printable Guide
Thinking Day and Friendship Ceremony is an important event for Girl Scouts all over the world. This event encourages young girls to focus on the importance of friendship and global impact, as well as recognize the founders of the Girl Scout organization. To make sure your Thinking Day and Friendship Ceremony is a success, here is a printable guide to ensure a smooth event.
Part One: Planning the Ceremony
The first step to organizing a successful Thinking Day and Friendship Ceremony is planning. Here are some key elements to consider when planning your ceremony:
- Choose a theme for the ceremony that reflects the Girl Scout mission.
- Invite the girls to dress in traditional attire from the country you are representing.
- Organize a flag ceremony to honor the country you are celebrating.
- Designate roles for Girl Scouts to present and lead activities.
- Choose a special activity for the occasion, such as a game or craft.
- Organize a ceremony in which Girl Scouts can recognize each other’s accomplishments.
- Ensure all necessary materials and supplies are available for the event.
Part Two: Preparing for the Ceremony
Once you have made all the necessary preparations for the Thinking Day and Friendship Ceremony, it is important to make sure everyone is ready for the event. Here are some tips for preparing for the ceremony:
- Send out invitations or RSVPs early to ensure all guests can attend.
- Send out reminders a few days before the event to ensure everyone is prepared.
- Print out a copy of the program for each Girl Scout to use during the ceremony.
- Designate an area for the ceremony, such as a gym, auditorium, or outdoor space.
- Set up the area for the ceremony, such as decor, seating, and any necessary props.
- Make sure all Leaders and volunteers have a copy of the program and know their roles.
Part Three: The Ceremony
Once you have prepared for the Thinking Day and Friendship Ceremony, you are ready to begin the event. Here are some ideas for the ceremony:
- Invite a speaker to talk about the importance of friendship, global impact, and the Girl Scout mission.
- Lead the girls in a flag ceremony to honor the country you are representing.
- Present a special activity for the occasion, such as a game or craft.
- Recognize each other’s accomplishments with a special ceremony or award.
- Encourage conversation among the girls about international cultures and friendship.
- End the ceremony with an inspirational quote or song.
Part Four: After the Ceremony
The work is not done after the Thinking Day and Friendship Ceremony has concluded. Here are some ways to keep the conversation about international cultures and friendship going:
- Encourage each girl to write a letter to a friend from a different culture.
- Organize a field trip to a cultural museum or center in your community.
- Research and explore international cultures together.
- Host a potluck to celebrate different cultures.
- Share stories and experiences from different countries.
- Organize a fundraiser to support a charity in another country.
Download the Printable Guide
Planning and preparing for the Thinking Day and Friendship Ceremony can be a lot of work. To make it easier, download our free printable guide that includes all the information you need to plan a successful event. Click the link below for the printable guide.