Girl Scout Ceremonies

Opening Ceremonies

Start the troop meeting.


Flag Ceremonies can be part of any activity that honors the American flag.   

Flag Ceremony from GSUSA   

How to Fold a Flag

US Flag Etiquette    

Closing Ceremonies finalize the meeting with expectations for the next. This may be as simple as a song or a hand squeeze around the circle.


Friendship Circle is formed by Girl Scouts standing and clasping hands (before they reach for each other's hands, girls cross their right hand over their left). The circle represents the unbroken chain of friendship among Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world.


Friendship Squeeze is a hand squeeze that travels around a friendship circle from one person to another after someone starts it.

Investiture Ceremonies welcome new members, girls or adults, into the Girl Scout family for the first time. New members receive their WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) membership pin sometimes called the World Trefoil pin.  Investiture ceremonies are usually held in September or October.


Rededication Ceremonies reaffirm a Girl Scout member’s belief in and commitment to the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Rededication ceremonies are usually held in September or October.


Girl Scout Birthday is celebrated on March 12. Try this Right/Left Game with your troop.

Bridging Ceremonies mark a Girl Scout’s move from one program age-level to another (Daisy to Brownie, Brownie to Junior, etc.).  Bridging ceremonies are usually held in the spring or early summer.    Bridging from GSUSA 


Fly-Up is a bridging ceremony for Brownie Girl Scouts who are bridging to Junior Girl Scouts. Girls receive the Girl Scout pin along with their Brownie Girl Scout wings. 

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Ceremonies, Traditions and Celebrations

Traditions give Girl Scouts a sense of history—and inspire them to be the best they can be. Sharing traditions with millions of Girl Scouts—and the huge network of Girl Scout alumnae who came before them—helps remind girls they belong to a big, powerful sisterhood. Check out these resources to learn more.

· River Valleys Resources

· Scouting Web Ceremony Resources


Eagan Service Unit Library Resources

The Eagan Service Unit library has many resources available to help with ceremony planning including US and GS flags and accessories, 2 full-size wooden bridges and accessories, candles and accessories, songbooks, CDs and tapes, activity plans, craft supplies and more.  Please contact Deana Witt at with your request for items and we’ll loan out what we have available for use.



World Thinking Day .

Each year on February 22, girls participate in activities, games and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries.  Read about the history of World Thinking Day and check out these Thinking Day Ideas to prepare to celebrate World Thinking Day with your Troop.



Court of Awards ceremonies are held to recognize girls for their achievements. Girls receive patches, pins, and certificates they have earned during a period of time. These ceremonies may be held several times during the year.

Bridges available to borrow for your ceremony!

      Contact Doreen Gloede, 651-688-6450.

Note: the rainbow and ribbons are optional.