SILVER KEY CEREMONIES
For Bridging Juniors
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In each of the ceremonies present each
girl a silver key on ribbon symbolizing the the key to the Silver Award
and Cadette Girl Scouts. Miscut silver keys are often available free at
KEY TO THE
Tonight we gather to honor those girls that have completed their
journey in Junior Girl Scouts. These girls are ready to accept the
challenges offered to them in the Older Girl Scout program. The
challenges are great, but the rewards are even greater. As they shed
their green and don the khaki and light blue of the Cadette Girl Scout
program they enter a world of new friends, new travels, new discoveries
and new dreams. This is not the end of their Girl Scout journey, but
rather the beginning of a whole new journey, and tonight we offer them
the keys to unlock doors to the world of Cadette Girl Scouts.
Have 11 silver candles (or white candles tied with silver bows)
arranged in a straight line on a table. 11 keys are cut from silver
poster board (or white covered with foil). On these are written:
PERSONAL GROWTH, UNDERSTANDING, FRIENDSHIP, VALUES, INTEGRITY, RESPECT,
CHOICE, LEADERSHIP, SERVICE, THE WORLD, SILVER AWARD . As each candle is
lit, the key (taped to the table) is flipped over the side of the table,
so the audience can see it and what it says. Or, 12 Cadette girls may
hold up the keys. Or, if you have a lot of girls, one may light the
candle, while one reads the part taped to the back of the key she is
#1 - I light this candle to represent the key to PERSONAL GROWTH. As I
discover and develop all my talents and abilities may I always try to
help others to discover theirs.
#2 - I light this candle to represent the
key to UNDERSTANDING As I learn to accept who I am, may I always
be accepting of who others are, no matter how different they may be.
#3 - I light this candle to represent the
key to FRIENDSHIP. As I make new friends, may I never forget the old,
for one is silver and the other gold.
#4 - I light this candle to represent the
key to VALUES. As I discover what I value most, may I always protect my
own values while respecting the values of others, no matter how
different from my own.
#5 - I light this candle to represent the
key to INTEGRITY. As I learn to always "do the right thing", may I
remember to be honest and fair in all my dealings.
#6 - I light this candle to represent the
key to RESPECT. As I learn to give respect to those around me, and
respect the rules I am given, may I gain the respect of others.
#7 - I light this candle to represent the
key to CHOICE. As I make more choices in my life, may I always be guided
by the Girl Scout Promise and Law and my own values.
#8 - I light this candle to represent the
key to LEADERSHIP. As I learn to lead others, may I always lead them
down the right path and remember that one day they shall also become
#9 - I light this candle to represent the
key to SERVICE. As I learn that I can do no greater good in this world
than to give of myself to others, may I never forget those less
fortunate than myself.
#10 - I light this candle to represent
the key to THE WORLD. As I learn to protect it and its resources may I
better understand it and improve it through my words and actions.
#11 - I light this candle to represent
the key to the SILVER AWARD. As I work hard to achieve the highest award
available to a Cadette Girl Scout may I never forget those who helped me
along the way.
As your name is called please cross over the bridge and receive your
cadette vest and your silver key.
(all girls cross the "bridge" and receive a silver key from the
leader or older Cadette scouts, and have their green vest replaced by a
You have each received a silver key. Protect it and cherish it for it is
your key to a whole new world. The key represents your challenge to look
wider still in all you do while always remembering to be honest and
fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and
strong, responsible for what you say and do, respectful of
yourself and others, respectful of authority, wise in your use of
resources, and always trying to make the world a better place while
being a sister to every Girl Scout. If you are willing to accept this
challenge please raise your right hand in the Girl Scout sign and repeat
the Girl Scout promise with me. (all girls and leader say the promise
WELCOME TO CADETTE GIRL SCOUTS, YOU HOLD
THE KEY TO YOUR FUTURE!
By Kathy Little
NEW JUNIOR TO
Each part read by the girls
#1 As we enter this new level of Girl Scouting - this higher level,
we'll find ourselves stepping out of our childhood and entering a world of
new experiences. In this new world, we will gain more of an understanding
of our own self worth and individuality. As we accept more responsibility,
we will experience growth. Growth in knowledge, growth in abilities,
growth in judgement, and growth in maturity.
#2 We'll join the ranks of the "older girls" in Girl Scouting. We'll be
given more opportunities to try more things. We'll be given more
responsibility and we'll be given more freedom to accomplish the things we
want to accomplish on our own.
#3 Proficiency badges give way to Interest Patch Projects, or IPPs. Our
green vests are shed for new khaki uniforms. New doors open. The rules are
different for older girls. We’re going to love this!
#4 Cadette Girl Scouting is the time to begin combining our Girl Scout
life with our personal life. We’ll try some high-adventure things. Plan
trips. Explore careers. Volunteer for something. It's the best of both
#5 Are we ready and willing to accept the challenges and
responsibilities of a Cadette in Girl Scouts?
#6 As we commit to the challenges of Cadette Girl Scouting, we will
light the candles before us in order. We’ll light one candle for each
challenge as a symbol of our acceptance. Please repeat each part of the
challenge. (use any color candles you choose for #7-11)
#7 - I challenge myself to a greater understanding of Nature, Science
and Health (repeat)
#8 - I challenge myself to learn and use new Life Skills (repeat)
#9 - I challenge myself to seek new means of Communications (repeat)
#10 - I challenge myself to have a better insight and appreciation of
the Arts and History (repeat)
#11 - I challenge myself to understand and try new adventures through
Sports and Recreation (repeat)
#12 - I challenge myself to continue to develop my leadership skills,
to give service where and when I can, to continue to accept and live the
Girl Scout Promise and Law. (green candle) (repeat)
#13 - I challenge myself to accept and live the challenge of being a
Girl Scout and I challenge myself to achieve the highest award as a
Cadette, the Silver Award. (silver candle) (repeat)
EVERYBODY RECITE THE PROMISE
Leader: As you cross the bridge from Juniors to Cadettes and officially
become a Cadette Girl Scout, we will present you with a symbol of this
transition, a Silver Key. This Silver Key will symbolize that you are
seeking to unlock the door to Cadette Girl Scouting and experience all
that lies behind it. Wear it as a symbol of pride for Girl Scouting. Wear
it as a symbol of friendship for each other. But most of all, wear it as a
symbol of admiration and support from us to you. Not as your parents, but
as your advisors.
Col-Leader: Wear your key to symbolize all that is yet unknown in the
world of “older girls" and in your individual world. This silver key
should remind you to do your best, try your best and be your best. Your
key is your link to this troop and all of us who are a part of it. Treat
it as if it were a one-of-a-kind treasure. In time, you'll come to realize
that it is.
Repeat after me as I light the last silver candle:
I challenge myself to unlock all that is possible as a Cadette. I
challenge myself to reach for the highest award as a Cadette, the Silver
Each girl should now walk over the bridge and receive their silver key
as they reach the other side.
From Barb Mahan Hunter
JUNIOR TO CADETTE
CHALLENGE USING THE WORLDS
We present to you a silver key, which will symbolize that you are
seeking to unlock the door to Cadette Scouts as you begin your work on
the Silver Leadership and Silver Award. Wear it as a symbol that you are
in pursuit of the gold at the end of the Rainbow of the Girl Scout
You are about to enter another phase of Girl Scouting. You will
find yourself entering a world of new experiences where you will gain an
understanding of your own self worth and individuality. As you accept
more responsibility you will experience a growth in your knowledge,
abilities and judgments. In these tools place your new enthusiasm for
the future -- use them wisely.
To the new Cadette (or group, if you have more than one):
Are you willing to accept the challenges and responsibilities of a
Cadette Girl Scout?
The girls say: I AM
Put the necklace around each girl.
You need a table with candles -- different colors. You
also need one white candle to light first -- you use this to light the
other candles, and if you have more than one girl, she passes this
candle to the next girl. You can divide up the girls to light several,
all or whatever it takes so that all participate. If you have more than
one girl present, change the "I CHALLENGE MYSELF..." to
"WE CHALLENGE OURSELVES..."
As you say the challenges, light the candles before you as a symbol
of this acceptance.
I challenge myself to a greater understanding of the World of Well
Being (red candle)
I challenge myself to better serve the World of People (blue candle)
I challenge myself to accept the changing World of Today and Tomorrow (orange candle)
I challenge myself to have a better insight and appreciation of the
World of the Arts (purple candle)
I challenge myself to understand the preserve the World of Outdoors
I challenge myself to accept and live the challenge of living the
Promise and Law (green candle)
I challenge myself to learn leadership and give service, and to
achieve the Silver Award (silver candle)