Council Trainer, Junior Troop Leader
Carolina Low Country Girl Scout Council
Charleston, South Carolina
As to your pinning ceremony at the Birthplace... I offer this:
When we took a wider op to Savannah, we had 40 girls plus 8 adults to pin. The Birthplace gives you a slip of paper with the pins. It says:
(copied from Birthplace info)
When a Girl Scout tours the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, she earns the Birthplace Pin. It is the Official recognition that may be worn only by individuals who have visited Daisy's childhood home. It may be worn forever.
(more here about another special pin..)
Juliette Low said, "Ours is a circle of friendship united by ideals." When you wear the official Birthplace pin, you will tell all our circle that you are a "daughter of the house".
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..... my suggestion would be to summarize the decision, plans, fund raising and trip to the Birthplace. Something like:
'When we voted to visit the Birthplace of our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, we had many steps to take before we arrived at our destination. We planned, held _____ to raise the funds for our journey. We have spent ___ hours on the road over ___ days. Look around.... we are here.
Juliette Low once said, "Ours is a circle of friendship united by ideals." (pause) The Merriam-Webster Dictionary includes this as a definition of "ideal": an ultimate object or aim of endeavor : a GOAL. As you receive your pin, you will have a symbol of our unity in achieving our goal, and when you wear the official Birthplace pin, you will tell all in our circle that you are a "daughter of the house."
(Pinning of leaders, by patrol leaders or one another. Pinning of patrol leaders by leader/assistant leader... - - depending upon # of girls in each patrol - - patrol leaders assisted by leader and assistant leader can pin girls within a patrol. Last to be pinned... registered adults who toured the Birthplace with the troop. It is important with large numbers to not pin attendees one-by-one. The ceremony moves smoother in the time allotted.)
Ending... the troop's favorite Girl Scout song or recite the Girl Scout Promise. : )