Court of Awards & Fly-Up/Bridging 2002

Opening: Quiet Sign Girls stand behind lit candle board.

Brownie 1 enters carrying Brownie Flag.

Brownie 2 says: I am the Brownie Girl Scout Flag. I watch over the Girl Scouts in Brown. I guided their enthusiasm for three years and then they fly from my arms.

Junior 1 enters carrying Girl Scout Flag.

Junior 2 says: I am the Girl Scout Flag. I have watch over the Girl Scouts in green. For three years I watch them grow and then they step upward to Cadette Girl Scouting.

Brownie 3 enters carrying the World Association Flag.

Brownie 4 says: I am the World Association Flag. I watch over Girl Scouts and Girl Guiding all over the world. I make sure that all Girl Scouts and Guides around the world promote peace and sisterhood, that they learn to appreciate diversity and respect others. I watch all Girl Scouts grow to be strong leaders and take active roles in their community.

Junior 3. says:

Will you all rise:

Brownie 7, Brownie 5, Brownie 8 and Brownie 6 enter carrying United States Flag.

Junior 3. says: I am the United States Flag. I watch over all the Girl Scouts of the United States. I can hold my head high when I am with them. I am proud of my daughters. Girl Scouts & guests, the flag of our country. Please join me in saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

Junior 3. continues while Brownie 5 and Brownie 8 fold the flag:

Have you ever noticed on TV or at military funerals that the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American flag 13 times?

I've known how the 21 gun salute was determined (adding the individual digits of 1776), but only recently, learned why the flag was folded 13 times.

Here it is:

The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur,

"Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but she is still our country, right or wrong."

The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.

The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.

When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust."

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.

(Brownie 5 presents folded flag to Junior 3)

Junior 3 continues:

Color Guard Post the Colors

Color Guard Dismissed

Setting: The room is dark, except for 13 lit candles.

Brownie 3 Girl Scouts, please join me in saying the Girl Scout promise:

On my honor

I will try

to serve God and my country

to help other people at all times

and to live by the Girl Scout Laws.

All sing: On My Honor I will Try

On my honor I will try,

there's a duty to be done and I say AYE!

There's a reason here,

and a reason above,

my honor is to try,

and my duty is to love.

People don't need to know my name,

If I've done any harm,

Then I'm to blame.

If I've helped anyone, then I've helped me,

And I've opened up my eyes to see.

On my honor I will try,

there's a duty to be done and I say AYE!

There's a reason here,

and a reason above,

my honor is to try,

and my duty is to love.

I've tucked away a song or two,

When your feeling low,

There's one for you.

If you need a friend,

Then I will come,

And there's plenty more where I come from.

On my honor I will try,

there's a duty to be done and I say AYE!

There's a reason here,

and a reason above,

my honor is to try,

and my duty is to love.

I've made a promise that I will keep,

And I pray daily

For humanity's peace.

We'll only be together a little while,

But when I leave I'll live this song.

On my honor I will try,

there's a duty to be done and I say AYE!

There's a reason here,

and a reason above,

my honor is to try,

and my duty is to love.

Leader 1 says, "We know our Promise and our Law. We have recited it many times over the years.

We may have questioned its importance in our life or have forgotten its value."

Leader 2 : "But what would the world be like if we each stopped serving God and our country?" Leader 2 blows out one candle.

Leader 3 : "What would the world be like if we each stopped helping people in need?" Leader 3 blows out more one candle.

Leader 2 : "What would the world be like if we each stopped living by the Girl Scout Law?" Leader 2 blows out one more candle.

Leader 3 : "What would the world be like if we choose to be dishonest and self-serving" Leader 3 blows out one more candle.

Leader 2 : "What would the world be like if we weren't friendly and helpful?" Leader 2 blows out one more candle.

Leader 3 : "What would the world be like if we chose to be inconsiderate and unkind?" Leader 3 blows out more one candle.

Leader 2 : "What would the world be like if we were cowardly and weak?" Leader 2 blows out one more candle.

Leader 3 : "What would the world be like if we blamed others for everything we did?" Leader 3 blows out more one candle.

Leader 2 : "What would the world be like if we abused ourselves and bullied others?" Leader 2 blows out one more candle.

Leader 3 : "What would the world be like if we chose to break rules and laws?" Leader 3 blows out more one candle.

Leader 2 : "What would the world be like if we wasted every natural resource?" Leader 2 blows out one more candle.

Leader 3 : "What would the world be like if we chose only power and greed?" Leader 3 blows out more one candle.

Leader 2 : "What would the world be like if we did not treat others like we wish to be treated?" Leader 2 blows out one more candle.

Follow this pattern through the Law, until all candles are blown out and the room is dark. Pause

"If we choose this path, our world becomes very dark." Pause

Brownie 5 lights candle and says: Scouting is a candle that will light you on your way. It's trying on your honor and helping every day.

Brownie 3 lights candle and says: Exploring worlds around you and looking wider still.

Brownie 1 says: Pitching tents out in the woods or hiking up a hill.

Brownie 8 lights candle and says: Guitars and voices blended under God's majestic sky.

Brownie 9 lights candle and says: Loving those around you Friendships that never die.

Brownie 7 lights candle and says: The meaning in a moment, In a smile or in a tear. Make you a little taller with each Girl Scouting year.

Brownie 4 says lights candle and says: A promise to your God and to your country, too. Makes you a part of your world and your world a part of you.

Brownie 10 says lights candle and says: It's something you may carry wherever you may go.

Brownie 6 says lights candle and says: You can't hide happiness you can't hide the glow.

Brownie 11 lights candle and says: A secret deep inside you that only scouts can know. That's the kind of secret you want the world to know.

Brownie 2 lights candle and says: A candle glows forever it shines eternally.

Junior 3. lights candle and says: Make it shine on everyone that's the way the world should be.

Junior 2 lights candle and says: Make it shine on everyone, that's the way the world should be.

Junior 1 says: May our lights shine and may we brighten our world,

Remaining girls in troop (if not there then Leader 4) says: As each candle adds more brightness to our ceremony, each good deed, each promise fulfilled, each daily giving brightens the life of each Girl Scout and makes her a person we are all proud to know.

All sing: In A Circle, Light A Candle

May our circle be unbroken

And our purpose ever strong

As we build our dreams together

We will work to carry on

There is joy in just the doing

There is love in every day

As we learn to live the Girl Scout and Girl Guide Way

In a circle, light a candle

In a circle light a candle with me

In a circle light a candle,

In a circle, light a candle with me

May the flame of this one candle

Be a light that will shine thru

On the path that I have chosen

With my sisters brave and true.

We will lift our torch together

With the pledge that we hold high,

The guiding light of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides

In a circle, light a candle

In a circle light a candle with me

In a circle light a candle,

In a circle, light a candle with me

May the circle be unbroken

And our light, eternal flame.

That around the world will travel

To our sisters in all lands

In our circle is a circle, may our candles ever glow,

To light the world in harmony and love.

In a circle, light a candle

In a circle light a candle with me

In a circle light a candle,

In a circle, light a candle with me

Leader 1: All the girls have worked hard and had fun earning many Girl Scout recognitions this year. To save time we pinned most of the awards to their current vest or pre sewed them on the new vest if they are flying up. Do ooh and ah their vests as we call them up to get their membership stars.

Pin star on each girl (appropriate color backing). Girl Scout hand shake and leader says "Keep this star shining by night and day with good Girl Scout deeds along the way."

(Leader 1, Leader 3, Leader 2 and Leader 4 all pin)

Leader 1 says:

The girls have a presentation of their own now for this court of Awards:

Brownie 5 holds up B and says: B Stands for Badges to be given today. What is a badge? An outward sign of an inner accomplishment. The scrap of colored material is not nearly so important as the job that was done to earn it.

Junior 2 holds up A and says: A Awards given at the Court of Awards. Here we are not rewarded for the badge itself but for what the badge represents. It means new knowledge, new skills learned, and new opportunities to be of service to others.

Brownie 8 holds up D and says: D stands for Deeds. Good deeds to be done now and in the future for family, friends, and the community. Good deeds done with the knowledge and skills acquired through the badges.

Brownie 11 holds up G and says: G Is the Girl in Girl Scouts and the growth we achieve through living the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

Junior 3 holds up E and says: E is for Eagerness and Energy necessary to earn badges. Badges do not come easily and they should not, or their value would be small. Badges present challenges and satisfaction in accomplishment.

Brownie 2 holds S and says: S stands for so many things. Service to others, Self-Development, and most important, Self-Respect -- the way

Brownie 9 holds up G and says: G is for the Gracious way we all proclaim our birth

Brownie 7 holds up I and says: I points up the Ideas shared and those we'd like unearthed

Brownie 4 holds up R and says: R is for Respect we have for every race and creed

Brownie 1 holds up L and says: L is for our Loyalty to promises we heed

Brownie 10 holds up S and says: S is for Sincerity of deed and word and mind

Brownie 6 holds up C and says: C is for the Countless ways in which these are combined

Brownie 3 holds up O and says: O is Obligation that we owe to fellow man

Junior 1 holds up U and says: U means that it's You who must be first to lend a hand

Brownie 12 holds up T and says: T is for the Teamwork which has evidenced our growth


Each of these is Girl Scouting

What work! What fun! What pride!

To recall with admiration

And seek with greater stride.

Receiving all these badges

For all that we have done

Shows the pride we carry

What pride! What work! What fun!

All sing: She wears a G for Generosity

She wears a G for generosity

She wears and I for interest too

She wears and R for real live sportsmanship

She wearls an L for loyalty for loyalty

She wears an S for her sincerity

She wears a C for courtesy, for courtesy

She wears an O_U_T for outdoor life!

That’s the kind of Girl Scout I’m glad to be.

Girl Scout!

Leader 1 reads:

"When I hear of a young girlWho hasn't been a Girl ScoutI think of all the wondersThat she has never seen.We've watched you girls grow

And marveled at the sight,

Your caring, talents and abilitiesAnd using them just right."


Leader 1 :

No Court of Awards is complete without thank yous to all the great adults who helped make this a great troop year.

Girls sing Thank you song:

The Thank You Song

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Thank you quite a lot!

Your help was really nifty,

It really hit the spot!

Thank you for your talent,

Thank you for your time!

And now we bid you good luck

And end our thank you rhyme!

Leader 1: In Scouting there is never a "weakest link" each of us is the strongest link, please keep that in mind when your name is called and step forward to receive your token of appreciation. Please read you tag out loud to everyone, and then start forming a chain of hands with the next recipient.

(As each name is called, girls call out "You are the Strongest link!")

Leader 1: Please join me in applauding this strong chain of Scouting adults that helps to make our troop great!


Leader 1: Please be seated.

After all are seated, a Brownie runs up to Leaders "Oh no! Wise Owl, Spotted Owl and Snowy Owl, you forgot to mention some very special men in our troop!"

Leader 2: Oh dear, what ever shall we do?

Juniors: No problem dear owls, we the mighty Juniors have got it covered!

Leader 3: Thank goodness for Green Angels!

Junior 2: Will Leader 4 (fondly known as Ancient Owl), father 1, father 2 and father 3 please step forward.

Junior 1: For you noble efforts on behalf of our troop we wish to Knight you. Please listen as your accolades are read.

Junior 3:

The Order of the Green Knight

His suits aren't made of armored steel

They're cotton, silk or tweed.

He makes his charge with a credit card

Not on a snow white steed.

His Leader 4 is just a ball point pen,

No heralds cry his might,

And yet this Girl Scout spouse is

A modern day great knight.

He aids young damsels in distress,

A helping hand he lends

He's asked to do a hundred things

For wife & her friends

He loads his car, unloads his car,

Drives all around the town

Plays errand boy and baby nurse,

Builds things and tears them down.

At busy times, he does not dine

Just eats TV dinners

The tied up phone is not his own---

In patience he is a winner

This husband, father, grandfather gives his time,

And though he might complain

That he is being pushed around,

He loves it just the same.

So, Girl Scouts raise the symbolic sword,

With touch both deft & light,

Tap all these faithful shoulders and

Dub these men " Green Knight".

Each daughter (granddaughter) steps forward and takes sword (asking parent/grandfather to kneel) taps one shoulder and then the other with the blade, saying "I dub thee a Green Knight." Junior 1 gives each their patch.


Please be seated.

I also have a special award for the other leaders which I'm sure they will all chuckle at. Ancient, Spotted and Snowy Owl, please step forward.

Give award, read aloud, all chuckle/applaud.

This concludes our Court of Awards, please excuse us a moment as we make a set change for the Fly-Up portion of our ceremony.

(move props and girls in place, while Leader 3 reads the following):

The Path of Girl Scouting

At five, and all ready for fun,

A Daisy Girl Scout, just waiting to run.

As a Daisy, she is starting to grow.

She's doing things and always on the go.

At six, a little girl is all ready to be

A Brownie Girl Scout, a bright penny to see.

As a Brownie, her life is just chock-full of fun.

She's busy and eager - forever on the run.

How to plan - what to do about most anything,

Comes from ideas shared in the Brownie Ring.

She learns how to grow with the Brownie Try-Its.

As she explores the world, bit by bit.

Toward growing in heart, the foundation was laid

On the day by the pool where her promise was made

'Til the day she was ready without any doubt

To take the next step - to become a Junior Girl Scout.

By the Promise and law she now strives to live.

A little more of herself she's learning to give.

The patrol system, and so much more to learn,

A new world of proficiency badges to earn.

During the years of Juniors, you grow and grow

In so many ways and soon you will know

That you now are ready to take the next step -

To cross a new bridge and become a Cadette.

As a Cadette, she starts journey,

Exploring the world, its wonders to see.

Careers to choose, decision to make,

Choices of opportunities she can take.

She goes about her merry way,

Her Silver received, she awaits the day,

When across the bridge she once again goes,

As upward to Seniors she continues to grow.

A Senior Scout, as leader she trains,

To share with others what she has gained

She strives to decide which path she will take,

Will it be scouting, college, or a job she will take?

And then across the bridge she will go,

With a wealth of information,

That she'll need to know

As off to the world of Adult Scouting she goes.

As an adult, she'll have the chance,

To give back what she took without a second gLeader 4,

She'll return to the younger Scouts that she will meet,

The love, understanding, trust, and respect,

That as a child she deemed a treat.

Juniors stand in horseshoe at far side of Bridge with Leader 2. Brownies form ring (Brownie 3, Brownie 7, Brownie 4, Brownie 1, Brownie 6, Brownie 2) other Brownies say the words below and enter the center of the ring as they grab another girls hand.

Brownie 5: Take my hand in friendship I give to you this day.

Remember all the good times We had along the way.

Brownie 8: Take my hand in helping Other people that we know.

The more we give to others, The more that we will grow.

Brownie 12: Take my hands in learning To camp on nature's ground.

Enjoying trails and campfires With new friends that we have found.

Brownie 11: Take my hand in giving Our knowledge of true scouts

To girls we meet and talk to Who have so many doubts.

Brownie 10: Take my hand in eagerness To be an older scout.

We're proud to be bridging Is what we're going to shout.

Brownie 9: So take my hand to follow New scouting paths in sight.

We're joining hands with each And in friendship we'll unite.

In Unison:

We give our hands in promise To hold our country dear,

And abide the Girl Scout Law Each day throughout the year.

Leader 1: · Our Brownie age level came into being from the Brownies of England who were first organized in 1914.

· They were younger sisters of Girl Guides and tagged along.

· They were named after a clever fairy in English Folklore called the Brownie.

· The Brownie entered human homes and did a good turn by helping humans clean house.

Leader 3: · The Brownie story tells of the change a little girl undergoes to become a helpful Brownie.

. She is told by a wise owl to turn around three times and say: (together)Twist me and turn me and show me the elf, I looked in the mirror and saw…

. And when she looked into the pond she saw her own reflection so she became the helpful Brownie Girl Scout.

All Brownies sing- I have something in My Pocket

I have something in my pocket,

It belongs across my face.

And I keep it very close at hand

In a most convenient place.

I'm sure you couldn't guess it

If you guessed a long, long while,

So I'll take it out and put it on…

It's a great big Brownie smile!

Leader 1: Brownie, you're just about to become a Junior Scout. But when you have left the ring turn sometimes and just look back; remember that all of Fairyland really lies so close at hand. And if you're happy, brave and true, you'll find the world all magic, too. In this new group you soon will find Girl Scouts are loyal, true, and kind. And if you bring your Brownie grin and some Brownie Magic in - the group, the town, the world and all will like you, even though you're small.

Leader 3: The Brownie wings that the girls receive today are from the English as well. They symbolize that the girl has completed the Brownie level and is ready to "fly up" to Junior Girl Scouts. So now we will give you Brownie Wings so that you may fly to bigger things.

Girl's name is called (Brownie 5, Brownie 9, Brownie 11, Brownie 10, Brownie 8, Brownie 12,)

Leaders and non fly up Brownies chant as girl steps out of circle:

Now it’s time to say goodbye, break the ring and out you fly.....

As girl steps out of ring Leader 3 places wings on girl, then they salute each other with the Girl Scout sign. Girl then walks to bridge (but does not yet cross).

When all girls are gathered at the bridge:

Junior 3 at other end of bridge says - "Who goes there?"

The Brownies give their names.

Junior 3: By what right do you come?

Brownies: By the right of my wings.

Junior 3: you may cross

All bridging Brownies:

When I was a young girl I wore a dress of brown

I learned the B's of Brownies And friendship all around.

Now the dress I'll wear will be of Girl Scout green

Old friends join hands with new As a Junior I'll be seen.

Girls cross the bridge one at a time and Junior 3 takes them to Leader 2.

Leader 2:

Now who is this with her dress so brown

Her smile turned up and her cap turned down?

We've heard of her ways all over the town.

Of course, why of course, she is a Brownie.

Oh, we are the Girl Scouts, a trusty band,

And we welcome this elf from Fairyland;

We're ready to help her lend a hand;

So welcome, oh welcome the Brownie.

When you were a young girl

You learned through "trying" many things

Now you are ready for new adventures

As Juniors, your ideas can take wings.

I have some Junior gold within my hands,

that will look on you very grand,

but before I pin on you this gold,

your new Sister Scouts wish to replace your vest of old!

(Juniors help Brownies on with their new vests)

Junior 2:

The Traditional Logo Girl Scout pin was once called the Tenderfoot Pin. The symbolic design of the pin, according to The Girl Scout Collector's Guide, is as follows: "the eagle is a symbol of strength and victory and the shield on the eagle's breast signifies self-reliance. In his talons, he clutches on his right an olive branch, the symbol of peace and on his left a shaft of arrows, the symbol of might. The eagle faces right, which is the position of honor, looking toward the symbol of peace. The eagle and shield within the trefoil signify that Girl Scouts stand ready to serve their country." The shape of the pin, a trefoil, indicates the threefold promise.

Leader 2 then pins the Girl Scout pin tab on the new vest and gives each girl the Girl Scout handshake.

The girls then enter the horseshoe.

All Juniors (new bridging one too) sing: Make New Friends

Make new friends

But keep the old

One is silver and the other's gold.

A circle's round

And never ends

That's how long I want to be your friend.

Leader 2: To the new juniors, we say welcome to you. But we have to say a goodbye too. The time has come for Junior 3 cross the bridge. The Cadettes’ gain is our loss.

Junior 3:

The trail of Scouting winds wide and long

From Brownies and Beanies and sit-upons

To campouts and Juniors and Badges to earn

So much to do, so much to learn

Then over the bridge and on to the Cadettes

With memories and pleasures I'll never forget

All Juniors (but not Junior 3)

Now Junior 3elson is a Scout tried and true

Cross over the bridge, we give her to you.


Junior 3 before crossing the bridge says:

When I was a young girl I wore a dress of green,

I learned through helping others what happiness can mean.

Now I'll follow in proud footsteps. Where other Scouts have been

Exciting Cadette adventures ... Where I'm ready to begin.

Leader 1:

When you were a young girl You learned a lot of things

By singing, badge work, and helping others

You learned what happiness you can bring

Now you come to Cadettes ready to take a greater part

In Girl Scouting and your community,

And Cadettes is just the start.

You are about to enter another phase of Girl Scouting. You will find yourself leaving behind your childish enthusiasm and entering a world of new experiences where you will gain an understanding of your own self worth and individuality. As you accept more responsibility you will experience a growth in your knowledge, abilities and judgments.

Junior 3, are you willing to accept the challenges and responsibilities of a Cadette Girl Scout?

Junior 3 responds: I am

Leader 1 helps Junior 3 on with her new vest and presents her with a silver key and Cadette challenge.

Junior 3 reads her Cadette challenge:

1. I challenge myself to master the skills that will serve me as an adult in the area of Life Skills.

2. I challenge myself to examine life and technology around me in the area Nature, Science, and Health.

3. I challenge myself to discover many ways of conveying thoughts and messages in the area of communications.

4. I challenge myself to have a better insight and appreciation in the area of Arts and History.

5. I challenge myself to find adventure and hobbies for my adult life in the area of Sports and Recreation.

6. I challenge myself to learn leadership and give service to those around me.

7. I challenge myself to strive for the highest award as a Cadette, the Silver Award.

Leader 1: Will all girls please join once again in front of our candle table.

Leader 3 announcements: campfire/sing at her house, clean up, sign up for Celtic Faire, Celeigh date.

Leader 1: cake after, change in memorabilia day and first meeting TBA

All girls sing:

Girl Scouts are so high minded and then withdraw to Linger.


Hhmmm I want to linger…Hmm a little longer…Hmm a little longer here with you…

Keep singing as file out…when all have filed out, sing really slow, then quietly go to refreshment area to serve

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