Ceremony Glossary

Bridging ceremonies mark a girl's move from one age-level of Girl Scouting to another.

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

Court of Awards is a time to recognize girls who have accomplished something during the Girl Scout year.

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

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.

Founder's Day or Juliette Low's Birthday, October 31, is a time to remember the important role Juliette Low played in the development of the Girl Scout Movement in the United States.

Girl Scout Birthday ceremonies can be held on or near March 12, the date Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouting in the United States of America.

Girl Scout Bronze Award Ceremony honors Junior Girl Scouts who have earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award and is usually held at the troop/group level or combined with council recognition.

Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony honors Girl Scouts who have earned the highest award in Girl Scouting and often takes place at council level.

Girl Scout Silver Award Ceremony honors Girl Scouts who earn the Girl Scout Silver Award and is often combined with the Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony at the council level.

Girl Scouts' Own is a girl-planned program that allows girls to explore their feelings around a topic, such as friendship or The Girl Scout Promise and Law using the spoken word, favorite songs, poetry, or other methods of expression. It is never a religious ceremony.

Investiture welcomes new members, girls or adults, into the Girl Scout family for the first time. Girls receive their Girl Scout, Brownie Girl Scout, or Daisy Girl Scout pin at this time.

Opening ceremonies start the troop meeting.

Pinning Ceremonies help celebrate when girls receive age-level Girl Scout pins.

Rededication Ceremonies are an opportunity for girls and adults to renew their commitment to the Girl Scout Promise and Law.