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!
I love this, how creative. Could you share your words to I want to build a snowman. I included Let it Go in one of our songbooks this year, and a two camps, and two bus trips, the girls broke out in song to Let it Go, it is amazing how popular Frozen is.
What a fantastic idea!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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I just wanted to say a big “THANK YOU!” for posting this Advancement idea. We used it with our 3rd Edmonton Sparks, Brownies and Guide units this year for a joint advancement ceremony at our church. It was super fun and very well received by Girls, Guiders, and parents alike!
This is awesome! Does anyone have a script they used for this?
Does anyone have a script for this they used in past?
Where did you purchase the boas? They seem to be quite expensive & hard to find