Enrolment is the time of year when we welcome all our new Guides into the unit with a formal ceremony. We were down one leader, but luckily another stepped in. Don’t you love how everyone helps everyone out in Guiding?
We invited the parents and siblings to the ceremony, but we thought it might not be a bad idea to have them come only to the second half in order to have a bit of time to prepare the girls. We split them up so that the 2nd and 3rd years could plan a campfire for everyone (with Pam) while the 1st years reviewed their promise (with Patricia and me) since they would have to recite it.
As a unit, we also practiced the horseshoe and Oh Canada! We discovered that we know the English version much better than the Hockey (bilingual) one.
When the parents arrived, we ran through our horseshoe again, sang the anthem and began our ceremony. There was a day or so when we weren’t sure we would be able to get our enrolment pins in time, so I made certificates just in case. Thanks to another leader in our district (there you are again), we were able to give out both.
We paired the girls up so that an older girl could come and present a first year. It went something like this:
Older girl: This is ______. she would like to be a Girl Guide
Leader: Hello ________. Are you ready to recite your promise?
Leader: Welcome to Girl Guides!
I was very impressed by how well they were all able to remember their promise, even in front of everyone!
Our older girls lead un in a lovely campfire including “Fire’s Burning,” “Hermy the Worm,” “Corn” and “Black Socks.”