Brownie Investiture Ceremony
Brownie "Pond" (can be constructed from a piece of cardboard covered with foil and border with greenery, or use a mirror bordered with greenery - or even use a real one!) Brownie Pins for each new member - place on the floor by the pond.
Place pond in the middle of the ceremony area. If desired, new members can be sent outside with the co-leader. If new girls stay in the room, they should be on one side of the pond and the other girls should be on the other. All stand or sit around the "pond" and then the leader says the magic words:
Cross your little fingers, stand upon your toes
That's a bit of magic
every Brownie knows
Now we all are standing
in a forest glade
Listen very carefully,
see the magic made.
If the new Brownies have been sent outside, the girls knock on the door.
The leader with the troop asks: "Who comes to the Brownie woods?"
Brownies-to-be: "We do"
Leader: "What do you want?"
Brownies-to-be: "We want to be Brownie Girl Scouts."
The leader may ask why, and the girls may give their own reasons (help them prepare before the ceremony if you plan on asking). Then they enter and gather around the pond. At this point you may have a simple dramatization of the Brownie Story by the older Brownies or the leader may tell or read the story to the girls.
Leader: Who comes first (or next) to the Magic Pond?
Co-Leader: (reads girls names, one by one, alphabetically)
Leader: Turns girls, one by one, while saying:
"Twist me and turn me and show me the elf I looked in the water and saw ________"
Leader pins on Brownie Pin, gives the girl the Girl Scout handshake and welcomes her to Girl Scouting. After each girl receives her pin, the Leader says:
Uncross your little fingers,
down from off your toes
Then the magic goes away,