What happens when a Guider sees a photo on Facebook of a Hollywood birthday party theme? She turns it into a Guiding advancement ceremony, of course!
Since we all know that every girl in Guiding is a star, we decided to celebrate this fact at our multi-unit advancement ceremony. We created our own Girl Guide “Hollywood Boulevard” with each of our girls’ names and hand prints at the end of our red carpet. On top of our regular Girl Guide uniforms we also donned feather boas in colours to match our units and some pretty funky movie star sunglasses.
We celebrated our musical stars by opening with a song and ending with one as well. We opened with the Girl Guide favourite “One Voice” and ended with an adaption of “Do you wanna build a snowman” (Frozen) called “Do you wanna build a campfire” which was written by our very own Guides.
Each Girl Guide leader was handed an envelope that contained the advancing girls’ names. Who wouldn’t enjoy saying “And the girls advancing to Pathfinders are…” Even if you know the names already it’s still an exciting moment! After being called up each girl then changed her boa to match her new unit.
After all the awards were handed out, parents headed to the refreshment tables and the girls headed to our photo area. The paparazzi were ready to take photos and our Girl Guide stars even posed for them. As you can imagine the girls needed some refreshments themselves after all this excitement and were treated with Shirley Temples and a “Walk of Fame through Guiding” cake.
It was a great celebration of our “Star” Girl Guides. The leaders had just about as much fun planning it as the girls had doing it!
By guest blogger Debbie Cohoe, a Guider with the 1st Lancaster Park Brownies, which meets at the Edmonton Garrison base. Debbie is a baker at heart and created the cake for the advancement ceremony.
To meet more Guiding stars, check out our 2014 Girl Greatness Award recipients!