Skits and Ceremonies

At Great Escape, we have opening and closing ceremonies, and we perform some skits.  All of these are adapted from traditional skits and ceremonies posted on the Internet by members of the Scouting community for use by other Scouts and Guides.  Some have been adapted to suit an adult community.

Great Escape 2014 Opening Ceremony

Weaving Webs of Friendship

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Flag Ceremony

Speaker 1 : Welcome. We are happy to see so many of you here this year, new friends and old. This ceremony grows out of a get-acquainted activity from one of our Girl Scout Journeys. But because our theme this year is “Weaving Webs of Friendship” we are going to change it a bit.

Speaker 2 The spider who weaves the web of life is an important creature in the mythologies of many cultures, including African cultures, where spider is known as Anansi, the trickster, Classical Greece, where the weaver Arachne is changed into a spider because she boasts that her weaving is better than that of a Goddess’, and in this quote from a Native American legend Spider says”

This is the truth of the web of life, said Spider.

Colorful. Vibrant. Creative. Loving. Connected. Magical. Alive.

How are you weaving the web of your life?”

Speaker 3: I have a large ball of yarn here. I’m going to start it off with the person on my right. Please wrap the end around your left hand (if you are right handed) and unroll some of the yarn. Now, I’d like you to look around the circle, and try to find someone you don’t know. If you can, please throw the ball to her, saying your name, and a word that you think expresses a quality of a good friendship. Then we’ll continue around the circle until we’ve woven a friendship web, the web of Great Escape this weekend.

Weave the web. When it’s woven say:

Speaker 4 Chief Seattle said “Teach your children what we have taught our children – that the Earth is our Mother. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons and daughters of the Earth. If we spit upon the ground, we spit upon ourselves. This we know. The Earth does not belong to us, we belong to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood that unites one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons and daughters of the Earth. We did not weave the web of life; We are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the Web, We do to ourselves.”

So that we remember that we are the spiders who weave the webs of life and of friendship, this year we invite you to do two things. First, find one or two or many friends and take a picture with this photo board. Secondly, cut out one of these spiders and put your name on it. Then attach it to this board using the yarn from the web we’ve woven today and one of these push pins!

Please join us in singing a song that expresses our interconnectedness as GS :”Girl Scouts Together.”

Inspiration: Spider Web

During this activity, each person will tell her name and share something special about themselves. Give the girls a moment to think about what they wish to say. The leader, holding a ball of yarn, begins by stating her name and something special about herself, “My name is Sue and I like to sing.” While holding onto the end of the yarn, she rolls the ball to another person in the circle. After that person gives their name and something special about themselves, they hold the yarn while rolling the ball to another. Continue until everyone has been introduced and a spider web is created. To unravel the web, the last girl tosses the ball of yarn to the connecting person while saying that person’s name and special quality. Continue until the web is unwound.

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Great Escape Opening Ceremony October 2013

A Scouts’ Own – October

Caller/MC commands:

Girl Scouts Attention

Color Guard Attention

Color Guard Advance

Color Guard Post the Colors (Put the US flag in the middle stand.)

Girl Scouts, Salute the Flag of your country.

Please join us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Pledge of Allegiance

Color Guard, Dismissed.

1st Speaker:  Girl Scouts, please raise your hand in the Girl Scout sign and join me in reciting the Girl Scout Promise: On my honor, I will try, to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law.

2nd Speaker:  Please join me in reciting the Girl Scout Law. I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

If you are asked, “When is Girl Scout Week?” Of course you will say “In March, when Juliette made that telephone call, over a hundred years ago now.”

But what if you are asked “When is the Girl Scouts’ month?”  Will you answer with me, “October, of course!”

From October 1st, when we begin the Girl Scout year, to October 31st, when we celebrate our Founder’s natal day, October is full of excitement for Girl Scouts.

Let us say with Anne of Green Gables,

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

 October is a month of beginnings and endings.  Beginnings like the excitement of a new Daisy Girl Scout, about to learn the Promise and Law, to earn petals to decorate her blue tunic.  Beginnings like the new leaders, who can’t believe in their ability to manage a troop of more than 5 or 6.

Endings like Halloween, where the fall dies in a rustle of leaves and candy wrappings.

Beginnings like a crisp blue and orange day that calls us to go swinging along the open road.

 There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir:

We must rise and follow her,

When from every hill of flame she calls,

and calls each vagabond by name.”

― William Bliss

 Endings like the bare trees of November, the leaves of flame all on the ground.

We vagabond old Girl Scouts with our old vagabond stoves – October calls our names and brings us back to the Great Escape.  Those bright leaves of October have our names written on them!  When you look down on the ground and see the delicate veins on a yellow maple leaf, or look at the red sumac plumes as you walk down the path, your name is written on them in the invisible ink of October.

 Autumn flings her fiery cloak over the sumac, beech and oak.”

― Susan Lendroth, Ocean Wide, Ocean Deep

 As we release the Hundredth Anniversary Flag, look for the leaf with your name on it.  (Open flag, release leaves.  All find their leaf).

As you walk around today, look on the ground for two or three more leaves that are calling your name!  Bring them all to the dining hall at lunch time, and we’ll put the leaves with our names on them together to help us remember October and the Great Escape.

 October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!”

― Rainbow Rowell, Attachments

 This is your chance to be baptized with the leaves of October!  Kick up a pile of leaves and remember what it was to be five or six, like those new Girl Scouts, and jump into an ocean of leaves.  Jump into our weekend and grab a fistful of new friends as if they were a fistful of leaves – and never let go!  Swing along with a swagger in your step as if you were an eight year old Brownie with a beanie on your head!

Sing: Swinging along….

Thank you all for coming.  This concludes the Opening Ceremony.

 THE CAMPFIRE ASHES CEREMONY

Ashes of Friendship

HISTORY: Taking ashes from one campfire to another is a ceremony conducted by Girl Scouts, Girl Guides and Boy Scouts all around the world. The purpose of the tradition is to emphasize to all Scouts and Guides the international aspect of the world scouting movement. Ashes from a campfire are sprinkled into the flames of the next campfire. The next morning, when the ashes are cold, they are stirred and each Scout/Guide present at the ceremony takes some to mix with the next campfire. Each Scout/Guide keeps a list of all of the campfires in which they have sprinkled their ashes. If more than one Scout/Guide brings ashes to the campfire, the lists are combined; the dates and places of all campfires are recorded and passed on. As Girl Scouts, Girl Guides and Boy Scouts travel, the ashes circle the globe. It is tradition that only those actually present at the campfire can receive ashes to carry to another campfire.

CEREMONY:

“We carry friendship with us in these ashes from other campfires with other comrades in other lands.  May the joining of the past fires with the leaping flames of this fire, symbolize once more the unbroken chain that binds Scouts and Guides around the world.

With greetings from our brothers and sisters around the world, I add these ashes and the fellowship contained therein, to our campfire.

Will anyone else with ashes please come forward and join me. (Wait for others)

The ashes I spread into this campfire carry memories of past campfires dating back to (1956.) (Insert your date here.)

I will now add these ashes to the campfire. (Sprinkle ashes)

So that you may pass these ashes on and share them with others at your next campfire, you will be given a history of where these ashes have been.” (Recite a few examples of the history of ashes added to fire.  OR say “These ashes contain elements from campfires in Europe, Asia, and North and South America, from Boy Scout and Girl Scout/Guide camps and World Centers and training facilities.)

These ashes have been carried by Guides and Scouts around the world and have come from campfires in:


1956:     Germany – Order of the Arrow Council Fire, Camp Freedom

1956:     Scotland – International Jamboree

1957:     Germany – Order of the Arrow Council Fire, Camp Freedom

1957:     England – World Jamboree, Sutton Colfield

1958:     Switzerland – International Scout Chalet, Kandersteg

1958:     Germany – Order of the Arrow Council Fire, Camp Freedom

1959:     Germany – Order of the Arrow Council Fire, Camp Freedom

1959:     USA – National Junior Roundup

1960:     USA – Wood Badge #134, Schiff Reservation, NJ

1961:     USA – Roundup

1962:     Switzerland – Our Chalet, Adelboden

1962:     USA – Roundup

1963:     USA – All States Campout

1964:     USA – All States Arizona Project

1965:     USA – Senior Campout

1965:     USA – Roundup

1965:     USA – Shadow Ridge Campout

1965:     USA – Cadette Campout

1965:     USA – All States Campout

1965:     USA – All States Arizona Project

1965:     USA – Camp Mary White

1966:     USA – Cadette Campout

1967:     Canada – with Lady Baden-Powell

1967:     Brazil – Second Pan American Jamboree, Rio de Janeiro

1968:     Taiwan – Jungle Survival

1968:     Taiwan – Camp McCauley

1969:     USA – Camp Chimney Park, Longs Peak Council, Wyoming

1970:     USA – Wood Badge R1-11, Adams Pond Camp, Boston Council, MA

1970:     Germany – Training Camp, Schwetzingen Forest

1970:     Germany – Diamond Jubilee Camp – Petershof, Odenwald

1970:     England – Diamond Jubilee Camp, Lancashire

1971:     USA – Wood Badge R1-11, Adams Pond Camp, Boston Council, MA

1971:     Belgium – Training Camp LaFresnaye

1971:     Holland – Whitsun Camp, Dwingeloo

19 71:    USA – Camp Covered Bridge, Louisville, KY

1972:     Germany – Camp Juliette Low, Rhein-Hein

1972:     Germany – Junior Campout

1972:     Germany – Camp Lachenwald

1972:     Belgium – Chievres Training Camp

1972:     Germany – NAGA Training Conference, Garmisch, March

1972:     Germany – Siegenburg, May

1972:     Germany – Munich, October

1972:     USA – Little Roundup, Peoria, IL

1972:     USA – Camp Covered Bridge, Louisville, KY

1973:     Mexico – Our Cabana, Cuernevaca

1973:     USA – Arizona

1973:     USA – Wood Badge NE – I-7, Training Center, Old Colony Council, MA

1973:     Germany – Training Camp, Friendship Acres

1973:     Belgium – Training Camp, Abbaye de Maredsous

1973:     Germany – Training Camp Idenheim

1973:     Germany – Resident Training Camp, Idenheim

1973:     Germany – Siakein

1973:     Germany – Secahaupt, Junior Troop 632, June

1973:     Germany – Secahaupt, Leader Training, August

1973:     Germany – Munich Troop Campout, October

1973:     Belgium – Abbaye de Nared Training Camp

1973:     Germany – Greirdship acres Training Camp

1973:     Germany – Idemear Training Camp

1973:     Germany – Camp Zerus

1973:     Germany – Camp Lachenwald

1973:     Belgium – LaFrasnaye Resident Leader Training

1973:     Germany – Berlin French American Cadette Campout

1973:     Germany – Heidelberg Day Camp, Schwetsingen Forest

1973:     USA – Wood Badge Training, Region 4, Buckskin Res. WVa

1973:     USA – Camp Rough River, Old Kentucky Home Council, KY

1973:     USA – Philmont Training Center, NM

1973:     USA – National Jamboree West, Farragut State Park, ID

1973:     Lichtenstein – Guide and Junior Campout

1974:     Germany – Camp Lachenwald

1974:     Germany – Heidelberg, Trainers Training

1974:     USA – Pennsylvania

1974:     Switzerland – Our Chalet, Adelboden

1974:     Germany – Camp Lelback, Senior Campout

1974:     France – German/French/American Campout, Vogesen

1974:     Germany – District Hilltop Day Camp, Stuttgart

1974:     Germany- Cadette Encampment, Stuttgart

1974:     Switzerland – Camp Training, Our Chalet, Adelboden

1974:     USA Wood Badge NE-I-8, Training Center, Old Colony Council, MA

1974:     Germany – Munich

1974:     Germany – Camp Dahn

1974:     England – Keys to Partnership Conference, Oxford

1974:     Germany – Outdoor Training, Camp Dahn

1974:     Germany – District Conference, Camp Taho, Kaiserslautern

1974:     Germany – Training Conference, Zwingenberg Youth Hostel

1974:     England – Our Ark, London

1974:     Columbia – Third Pan American Jamboree, Bogota

1974:     Germany – Wood Badge Training, NE-III-9, Camp Freedom

1974:     Luxembourg, Camp training, Vianden

1975:     England – UK Conference, Green Magic, Baden-Powell House

1975:     Germany – Hostel Bash, Mandersheed

1975:     Germany – Leader Campout, Schwetzingen Forest

1975:     Germany – All Junior Campout, Schwetzingen Forest

1975:     Germany – Heidelberg Day Camp, Schwetzingen Forest

1975:     USA Badge NE-I-31, Sayre Reservation, Boston Council, MA

1975:     Belgium – Intercamp ’75 (Six Nations)

1975:     Germany – Wood Badge Training, NE-III-9, Camp Freedom

1975:     Germany – Klondike Derby, Heidelberg

1975:     Norway – 14th World Jamboree, Lillehammer

1975:     Germany – 6th grade Junior Campout, Schwetzingen Forest

1975:     Germany – Leadership Development Training, Schwetzingen Forest

1976:     Germany – District Spring Camporee, Lamperthein Woods

1976:     Germany – Wood Badge Training, NE-III-32, Camp Freedom

1976:     Germany – Wood Badge Training, NE-III-33, Camp Freedom

1976:     Germany – Order of the Arrow Conference, Camp Freedom

1976:     England – Wood Badge Training, NE-III-34, Gilwell Park

1976:     USA Wood Badge, NE-I-38, Sayre Reservation, Milton, MA

1977:     USA Portage Spring Camporee, Fort Dearhorn, Chicago, IL

1977:     USA Campfire, Pompeii Community Camp, Park Forest, IL

1977:     USA National Jamboree, Moraine State Park, PA

1977:     USA Campfire, Troop 56, Two Rivers Council at National Jamboree

1977:     USA Wood Badge, NE-I-48, Sayre Reservation, Milton, MA

1978:     USA Campfire, Pompeii Community Camp, Park Forest, IL

1979:     USA Wood Badge, NE-I-68, Sayre Reservation, Milton, MA

1979:     USA Girl Scout Day Camp, Hopkinsville KY, July

1979:     USA Leader Weekend, March

1979:     USA Leader Weekend, Camp Piedmont, Murfreesboro, TN, November

1980:     USA Camp Piedmont, Sister Troop Weekend Troop 281, 267

1980:     USA Camp Chanyata, Sarasota, FL (Flag Burning)

1980:     USA Eastern Camporee, West Point, NY

1980:     USA, Wood Badge, NE-I-83, Sayre Reservation, Milton, MA

1980:     USA Greater Boston Council Camporee, Massasoit, Plymouth, MA

1981:     USA Leadership Development Training, Sayre Reservation, Milton, MA

1981:     USA A.I.S. Pow-wow, Glens Falls, NY

1981:     USA Wild Goose Camp, Storer Reservation, Greater Boston Council

1981:     USA Indaba Training TLTC, Adams Pond, Storer Reservation

1981:     USA Cedar Hill Girl Scout Camp, Waltham, MA

1981:     USA LBL Campcrafter ACA Adult Instructor Workshop

1981:     USA LBL Campcrafter Workshop

1982:     USA Hauchens Day Camp, Bowling Green, KY

1984:     USA Session I Bear Creek Aquatic Camp Kentuckiana GSC

1984:     USA Patriots Trail World Conference Demo Patrol, Cedar Hill, Waltham, MA 5/19

1984:     USA Prairie Trail MS

1984:     USA Scranton, PA GS

1984:     USA Edith Macy – World Conference Demo Patrol Encampment 7/21/84

1986:     USA Cedar Hill, Waltham, MA Reopening Ceremony 6/22/86

1986:     USA Leaders’ Great Escape, Camp Favorite, Brewster, MA

1989:     USA Basic Troop Camping Training, Cedar Hill, Waltham, MA 5/6/89

1990:     USA Basic Troop Camping Training, Cedar Hill, Waltham, MA 4/28/90

1991:     USA Camp Virginia, Bolton, MA 10/12/91

1992:     USA Camp Favorite, Brewster, MA 10/92

1993:     USA Camp Wabasso, Bradford, NH 5/22/93

1994:     USA Camp Menotomy, Meredith, NH 4/14/94

1995:     USA Camp Favorite, Brewster, MA 5/20/95

1996:     USA Camp Favorite, Brewster, MA 5/10/96

1997:     USA Camp Menotomy, Meredith, NH 5/17/97

1998:     USA Camp Virginia, Bolton, MA 5/17/98

1999:     USA Camp Wabasso, Bradford, NH 6/5/99

2010:     USA Camp Maude Eaton, Andover, MA 6/12/2010

2011:     USA Camp Maude Eaton, Andover, MA 5/1/2011

2012:     USA Canoe Cookout, Concord, MA 9/16/2012

2013:     USA Tents Up, Wind in the Pines, Plymouth, MA  4/13/13

2013:     USA Camp Training, Camp Favorite, Brewster, MA 5/11/13

2013       USA The Great Escape, Camp Wabasso, Sutton, NH 10/5/13

SKIT:  A TRAGEDY OF THE FAR EAST

CAST: KING OH MY, QUEEN GOODNESS, PRINCE WHAT AH, PRINCESS BLOOMING, GARDENER PONG, NARRATOR

SPEECH: ON HEARING ONE’S NAME REPEAT IT – SAY, ME OH MY, ME PONG AND SO ON.

DRESS: JAPANESE STYLE : KIMONO, FAN, PARASOL, GARDENING GLOVES, TROWEL, STRAW HAT, CROWNS.

PROPS: BOTTLE OF WEED KILLER, KNIFE, SWORD, POTTING SHED LABEL, ROSE BED LABEL.

ACTION: ONLY IN LAST PARAGRAPH AS EACH CHARACTER FALLS ON EACH OTHER.

Long ago, in a rich Eastern Kingdom, there lived KING OH MY and his beloved wife QUEEN BLOOMING. The apple of their eye was their only child, the beautiful PRINCESS BLOOMING.

KING OH MY and his wife, QUEEN GOODNESS were very ambitious for PRINCESS BLOOMING and had arranged her betrothal at the tender age of six, to PRINCE AH, the heir of a neighboring kingdom – and now, ten years later, PRINCE WHAT AH was on his way to claim his bride. This did not please PRINCESS BLOOMING one little bit, for she was in love with the palace gardener, PONG and what is more, GARDENER PONG was also in love with PRINCESS BLOOMING.

GARDENER PONG was very sad because he knew that very soon his beloved PRINCESS BLOOMING would be leaving the land of her birth and going with PRINCE WHAT AH. GARDENER PONG knew he could not live without PRINCESS BLOOMING and decided to put an end to his life. He crept into the potting shed and stole some of the quick acting weedkiller which had just been ordered by KING OH MY, drank some, and died instantly. His body lay in the rose bed among the favorite flowers of PRINCESS BLOOMING. Meanwhile PRINCESS BLOOMING, sitting in her room in the palace, could no longer stand the sight of all the preparations being made for the arrival of PRINCE WHAT AH so she went for a walk in the garden, hoping to see GARDENER PONG once more to tell him of her undying love and to say goodbye. Of course she saw the body of PONG and knew at once why he had done this terrible thing. She said, “If my beloved PONG cannot live without me, then I cannot live without him.” Then she too crept to the potting shed , stole some of the weedkiller ordered by KING OH MY, then lying down so that her body covered that of PONG, she too took her life.

PRINCE WHAT AH had by now arrived, and , eager with longing to see his beautiful bride, PRINCESS BLOOMING, he strolled into the garden and came across the bodies of GARDENER PONG and PRINCESS BLOOMING lying in the rose bed. Now PRINCE WHAT AH could not return to his kingdom without PRINCESS BLOOMING. Just fancy, PRINCESS BLOOMING had preferred GARDENER PONG to himself!! So, he drew forth his knife, which he always carried in his belt for such occasions, and killed himself – throwing his body on top of PRINCESS BLOOMING, who was on top of GARDENER PONG.

KING OH MY and QUEEN GOODNESS were beginning to get impatient for the return of PRINCE WHAT AH and PRINCESS BLOOMING, so off they went to look for them. What a sight met their eyes!! The rose bed was ruined!! Now he could not show his prize blooms in the Rose Exhibition. This was unbearable. KING OH MY quickly drew his sword, smote QUEEN GOODNESS, who fell on top of PRINCE WHAT AH who was on top of PRINCESS BLOOMING – on top of GARDENER PONG. Then he killed himself and fell on top of QUEEN GOODNESS, on top of PRINCE WHAT AH, on top of PRINCESS BLOOMING, on top of GARDENER PONG.

Thank you for your applause. Our players will now introduce themselves to you once more.

OH MY GOODNESS WHAT A BLOOMING PONG!!! Each person says their name along the line.

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Great Escape Closing Ceremony – 2009

Theme: Friendship

1. Song: “Girl Scouts Together”

2. Poem: New Friends and Old Friends by Joseph Parry

Make new friends, but keep the old
Those are silver, these are gold
New-made friendships, like new wine
Age will mellow and refine
Friendships that have stood the test
Of time and change – are surely best
Brow may wrinkle, hair grow gray
Friendship never knows decay
For ‘mid old friends, tried and true
Once more we reach and youth renew
But old friends, alas, may die
New friends must their place supply
Cherish friendships in your breast
New is good, but old is best
Make new friends, but keep the old
Those are silver, these are gold

3. Song “Make New Friends” (Pocket Songbook, pg. 10)

4. Poem : Ecclesiasticus 6:14

A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter
He that has found one
Has found a treasure

5 Poem: Albert Camus

Don’t walk in front of me
I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me
I may not lead
Walk beside me
and just be my friend

 6. The Legend of the Sticks

( have prepared beforehand a bunch of sticks (may be spray-painted silver or gold, enough for one for each participant, plus enough sayings about friendship for each one.  Or, if doing it outside, seed the area with enough sticks.)

Once, a group of friends were having an argument. They made so much commotion that Sally, the older sister of one of the girls, came over to see what was the matter. She listened quietly as each one accused the other. “She’s not being fair”, said one. “It’s my turn”, said another. “No, it’s my turn”, said another.

As Sally listened, she began to stoop down and pick up some sticks that were lying on the ground. Finally, the friends grew quiet, watching her. Sally gathered all the sticks together in a bundle and tied it with a string. She handed the bundle to each girl. “Can you break this bundle of sticks?” she asked. Each girl, in turn, tried to break the bundle, but not one of them could

Then Sally untied the bundle and separated the sticks. To each friend, she gave one stick. “Now”, she said, “see if you can each break a single stick.” Of course, the single sticks snapped in two with only the slightest effort.

“We are like these sticks”, Sally said. “Each one of us, standing alone, is weak. Each one of us can be broken as easily as a single stick. Yet, all of us, working together, can be as strong as this whole bunch of sticks – so strong that nothing can break us.”

(Each participant comes forward and picks up one stick. Then, she reads a little saying about friendship and friends – some examples follow)

  • More precious than silver and gold are friends – both new and old
  • Friendship is one mind in two bodies
  • A friend is someone you can trust
  • The only way to have a friend is to be one
  •  “What is a friend? A single soul in two bodies.” – Aristotle
  • “The friendship that can cease has never been real.” – Saint Jerome
  • “I count myself in nothing else so happy
    As in a soul rememb’ring my good friends.” - William Shakespeare
  • “I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man’s milk and restorative cordial.” – Thomas Jefferson
  • “Sir, more than kisses, letters, mingle souls, For, thus friends absent speak.”
    John Donne
  • “Too late we learn, a man must hold his friend Unjudged, accepted, trusted to the end.” - John Boyle O’Reilly
  • “Friends have all things in common.” – Plato
  • “Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.” – Aristotle
  • “My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” – Henry Ford
  • “What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. They are but trifles, to be sure but, scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”
  • “No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.” – George Eliot
  • “It is a sweet thing, friendship, a dear balm,
    A happy and auspicious bird of calm…” – Shelley
  • “The best way to keep your friends is not to give them away.” – Wilson Mizner
  • “The happiest moments my heart knows are those in which it is pouring forth its affections to a few esteemed characters.” – Thomas Jefferson
  • “One can never speak enough of the virtues, the dangers, the power of shared laughter.” - Francoise Sagan
  • “Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.” – Kahlil Gibran
  • “There is magic in the memory of schoolboy friendships; it softens the heart, and even affects the nervous system of those who have no heart.”
    Benjamin Disraeli
  • “I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends.”- Walt Whitman
  • “True friendship is never serene.”- Marquise de Sevigny
  • “When friends stop being frank and useful to each other, the whole world loses some of its radiance.” – Anatole Broyard
  • “Friends are born, not made.” – Henry Adams
  • “This communicating of a man’s self to his friend works two contrary effects; for it redoubleth joy, and cutteth griefs in half.” – Francis Bacon
  • “Do not save your loving speeches
    For your friends till they are dead;
    Do not write them on their tombstones,
    Speak them rather now instead.
    Anna Cummins

(Speakers return to their places with their sticks. The leader then goes around and picks up each stick placing them into a bundle and tying them securely. “Now we are one strong group working together”)

All: Sing “Linger””)

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Great Escape Opening Ceremony 2009

Please join us in reciting the Girl Scout Promise.

Reader: Those of us who are here tonight are lucky to have come in contact with the organization which believes in making a “friend in need, a friend indeed.” Let us imagine that we are in a great forest. The clearing through which all Girl Scouts must enter is our ethical code. All who enter must make the Girl Scout Promise. But once inside, we find many paths – all leading to a way of life on which we can build a wholesome future. In Girl Scouting, we are able to help all our girls take this trail.

1: Readings from the Book of Trees:

2: I am the Oak Tree – As sturdy and long-lived as I, so is a Girl Scout’s honor.

3: I am the Holly Tree – Constantly green and holding tight to my leaves as a Girl Scout is ever loyal.

4: I am a Birch Tree – With my bark and my wood, I am useful and help others as every Girl Scout does.

5: I am a Linden Tree – My heart shaped leaves are like the hearts of Girl Scouts who are friends to all and sisters to each other.

6: I am the Aspen Tree – My leaves softly whisper “Courtesy is Thoughtfulness” as every Girl Scout knows.

7: I am the Elm Tree – Sheltering the little folk of the woods in my gracious branches and roots, I am a friend to all animals, as is every Girl Scout.

8: I am the Poplar Tree – Tall and straight as a soldier who obeys orders, as does every Girl Scout.

9: I am the Maple Tree – Brightening the spring, my leaves gay in the fall, I am as cheerful as a Girl Scout.

10: I am a Hickory Tree – Tough of wood, I keep my nuts stored in strong, tight cases, just as a Girl Scout is thrifty.

11: I am the Dogwood Tree – In the spring, I stand clean and beautiful just as a Girl Scout, clean in thought, word and deed, stands in beauty.

All: (The Conservation Pledge) I pledge to save and faithfully defend from waste the natural resources of my country – its trees, its soil and minerals, its forests, waters and wildlife.

All: Sing “This Land is Your Land”

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 Great Escape Opening Ceremony 2012  

The Birthday Ceremony

G   is for the Gracious way we demonstrate our mirth

I    indicates Ideas shared and those we¹d like on earth

R    is for Respect we have for every race and creed

L    is for our Loyalty to promises we heed

S    is for Sincerity of deed and word and mind

C    is for the Countless ways in which these are combined

O    is Obligation that we owe our fellow humans

U    means that it¹s You who must be first to lend a hand

T    is for Teamwork which has promoted our growth

I    is for Integrity which backs the Girl Scout oath

N    is for the Noble way we cherish days of old

G    is for the Grateful thanks for efforts toward our goal

It all began with a spark of light,

And Juliette led the way.

Now her ideas are glowing bright,

It¹s Girl Scouts Hundredth Birthday

And Great Escape is Thirty!

Let’s Eat and Talk and Laugh –

Who cares if we get dirty!

For when we are together

We have a lot of fun

We’ll sing and talk and eat

Until the weekend’s done!

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Great Escape Opening Ceremony 2008

Flag Ceremony

Opening: Quiet Sign

 Need: 3 flagbearers – Guard, American Flag, Guard – plus caller

 3 flagbearers come in with American flag.

Caller commands:

Girl Scouts Attention

Color Guard Attention

Color Guard Advance

Color Guard Post the Colors

 Please join me in the Girl Scout Promise and Law. All say Promise and Law.

Color Guard Dismissed

 We come here at the beginning of a new Girl Scout year, and at the beginning of our Great Escape.  Just a few days ago, some of us celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish year.   One custom to prepare for the beginning of that New Year is to write down all your disappointments from the year before, your transgressions, your “could have/would have/should have” moments.  Right now, I am going to give you each a card and a pencil. 

 Have assistant pass out cards/pencils.

 Please write down anything that bothers you from last year in Girl Scouting – something you didn’t do in your Girl Scout life last year, the meetings or field trips you missed or cancelled, Your anger at the girl who tried your patience, the badges you started but didn’t finish, what ever you can think of – and if it’s from years before, that’s fine too.

 Collect the cards.  Put them in the bowl.

 Now we will cast off these unpleasant moments and memories, by reducing them to nothingness.

Burn them.

 Let’s start this new year of Girl Scouting and a New Great Escape by singing “Rise Up O Flame”.

Rise up O Flame
By thy lights glowing
Show to us beauty
Vision and joy.

Let us resolve to be inspired with beauty, vision and joy this weekend, and to take it back with us to inspire us in this new GS year.