Hallowe'en Enrollment - Pathfinders

Shelagh Walsh
Brownie/Pathfinder Guider/Arts Trainer
North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Towards the end of our Hallowe'en party, the girls' parents arrive. This is our signal to usher the Pathfinder out into the hall. Parents are sat opposite the door she will be re-entering, so they can see everything.

We make two lines of orange and black crepe paper on the floor for her to walk between (like a runway). There are two paper bag luminaries at the start of the runway, with trefoils cut in them. At the end of the runway is a table with a lit Jack-o-lantern, a lit candle and four paper bags labeled:

Dragon's teeth
Goblin brains
dried worms
Ogre skins
(The table has a Hallowe'en tablecloth and cobwebs already from the party.)

We line up outside the crepe paper lines, facing inwards (there are 6 of us, 3 on each side). With the lights out and appropriate music playing (quietly), the first person opens the door for her to enter.

As she walks in each of us reads a line of a poem, and hands her the card it is written on. As each person has read their line, they toss a tissue ghost at her. After the last person (me) has read her card, the 2nd to last person (my co-Guider) has another turn, because there are 7 cards and only 6 of us.

The two lines are now a Pathfinder "V" as each girl has taken a step forward or turned accordingly as the enrollee walked by.

Now she is holding 7 cards, and is at the table. On the back of each card is a Guiding Law with one word "missing." It is actually written in lemon juice (invisible ink). She holds each card over the flame to decipher the last word. Here is the poem, a line of which is on each card:

7 black cats
7 black bats
7 fine witches in 7 black hats
7 Guiding Laws
For you to learn
Hold over the flame
Don't let them burn!

The reverse says:

I will be ... (honest, in invisible ink)
I will use my resources ... (wisely)

You get the idea.

After she has read each Law, I say, "in one of these bags is a treasure rare, find it now, if you dare".

She has to feel in the bags to find her enrollment pin. Once she has found it, my co-Guider pins it on her, and I ask her if she is ready to repeat her Promise, which we then do. "Welcome to the 4th Seymour Pathfinders..." etc. I would like to sing something at this point, maybe "Make New Friends".

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