Wishboat Ceremony

Have the girls make a wishboat of their choice by using natural materials from the out-of-doors. This could be as simple as a piece of bark. Please do not remove any living thing to construct this. Put a birthday candle on the "boat" and float it. The next morning, please remember to retrieve the "boats" so as not to litter.

Setting: It is dark, except for 11 lit candles and the wish boats.

(Child 1): We know our Promise and our Law. We have recited it many times over the years. We may have questioned its importance in our life or have forgotten its value.

(Child 2): But what would the world be like if we stopped serving God and our country? (Blow out one more candle.)

(Child 3): What would the world be like if we each stopped helping people in need? (Blow out one more candle.)

(Child 4): What would the world be like if we each stopped living by the Girl Scout Law? (Blow out one more candle.)

(Child 5): What would the world be like if we chose to be dishonest and self-serving? (Blow out one more candle.)

(Child 6): What would the world be like if we were unfriendly and unhelpful? (Blow out one more candle.)

(Child 7): What would the world be like if we chose to be inconsiderate and uncaring? (Blow out one more candle.)

(Child 8): What would the world be like if we were fearful and weak? (Blow out one more candle.)

(Child 9): What would the world be like if we not responsible for what we said or did? (Blow out one more candle.)

(Child 10): What would the world be like if we didnít respect myself, others, or authority? (Blow out one more candle.)

(Child 11): What would the world be like if we didnít use our resources wisely? (Blow out one more candle.)

(Child 12): What would the world be like if I we didnít make the world a better place? (Blow out one more candle.)

If we choose this path, our world becomes very dark. (PAUSE)

(Child 2): But I, Amy, make a commitment today to serve God and my country. (Re-light candle.)

(Child 3): But I, (Child 3), make a commitment today to help people at all times, (Re-light candle.)

(Child 4): But I, (Child 4), make a commitment today to live by the Girl Scout Law. (Re-light candle.)

(Child 5): But I, (Child 5), make a commitment today to be honest and fair. (Re-light candle.)

(Child 6): But I, (Child 6), make a commitment today to friendly and helpful. (Re-light candle.)

(Child 7): But I, (Child 7), make a commitment today to be considerate and caring. (Re-light candle.)

(Child 8): But I, (Child 8);, make a commitment today to be courageous and strong. (Re-light candle.)

(Child 9): But I, Amy, make a commitment today to be responsible for what I say and do. (Re-light candle.)

(Child 10): But I, (Child 10), make a commitment today to respect myself, others, and authority. (Re-light candle.)

(Child 11): But I, (Child 11), make a commitment today to use my resources wisely. (Re-light candle.)

(Child 12): But I, (Child 12), make a commitment today to make the world a better place. (Re-light candle.)

All: Wheníer You Make a Promise

All: Set wish boats afloat.