Thursday, May 12, 2016

Girl Scout Troop 630 Holds Investiture Ceremony

For Girl Scouts, uniforms are an iconic part of their identity. Although the design of the Girl Scout uniform has changed since the organization was founded more than 100 years ago, the significance remains the same. Girl Scout uniforms symbolize the high ideal for which Girl Scouting stands and unite members as representatives of Girl Scouts.

Two newly invested members of Troop 630-
Trinity and Kendra
On April 7, the members of Girl Scout Troop 630 at Ruffner Academy in Norfolk used their regular meeting time to recognize just how special Girl Scout uniforms are by hosting an investiture ceremony. During the ceremony, each girl received an official Girl Scout membership pin and sash, adorned with the first badge they had earned earlier in the year—Girl Scout Way. Led by troop leader Betty Boone, at the ceremony, the girls used battery-operated candles to signify how Girl Scouts brighten their own lives and the lives of others. The girls also recited the Girl Scout Promise and Law, which they had learned as part of the requirements to earn the Girl Scout Way badge.

“At our third troop meeting, I introduced the Girl Scout Law to the girls in a song,” Boone said. “They surprised me by practicing the words on their own. That made my heart proud to be there with them.”

Thanks to funding from the United Way of South Hampton Roads Women’s Leadership Council, the members of Troop 630 have a lot more to look forward to as Girl Scouts. They have numerous field trips planned, including a golf outing, college tours and an outdoor skills day at A Place for Girls, the regional Girl Scout program center in Chesapeake. They’ll also be taking a day trip to Washington D.C. in June, which all of the troop members are looking forward to.

“It can be hard to get middle school girls interested in something,” Boone said. “I started this troop hoping to show them that Girl Scouts is fun, and I have.”

Girl Scout Troop 630
The girls also have plans to earn more badges to fill out their new uniforms. At a recent meeting, they worked on the requirements to earn the Field Day badge. They organized teams and events for an exciting, do-it-yourself field day, complete with historical and science-themed games. Members of the troop also recently attended Girl Scouts Fly, where they learned about aviation and nontraditional careers for women, at the Chesapeake Regional Airport.