Return of the Salmon Ceremony: Girl Guides of Canada

posted Sep 11, 2017, 9:28 PM by Julie Purdy /RBSU

The Haida People of the NW had a way of ensuring that the salmon would return year after year. There is a very special bond between mankind and the salmon world, involving many ritual obligations and taboos.  Since the salmon was one of the main sources of food for Haida, it was treated with deep respect and the Salmon Ceremony was an important celebration every year.    The baby salmon are born in the rivers and streams of British Columbia, and shortly after birth, they swim many, many miles until they reach the Pacific Ocean where they spend their whole life.  You have joined the Rancho Bernardo Service Unit and by learning and understanding the Promise and Law and participating in our programs, you are now ready to dedicate yourself if you are new members or rededicate yourselves if returning leaders as members of the Sisterhood of Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding.   The grown salmon have many adventures while they swim to the ocean but they always come back to the exact place where they were born - swimming up rivers and streams, overcoming many obstacles such as waterfalls in order to return to the place of their birth. We hope that you will continue to grow and learn new skills throughout your Girl Scout years and each year you can pass on what you have learned to your younger sisters who are just beginning their journey as new leaders.  Before anyone can participate in a Haida Salmon Ceremony, they must purify their body and soul. This is done by burning sage.  When everyone is pure they go down to the river and wait for the salmon to come.  While we are waiting, please take a minute to think about all that this past year has brought you and for the sacrifice of the salmon but for the kindness and sacrifices that people in your life have made that have allowed you to be Girl Scouts.   Once the special salmon are caught they are carried to the village and cooked over fires. The whole village gathers around the fire.    Can you please all join me around our fire?   All the villagers are given a small piece of fish, leaving the head, bones and tail in one piece.  I will now give you each a fish.  There is then singing and dancing but instead of that, let us repeat the Girl Scout Law.

I will do my best to be 
honest and fair, 
friendly and helpful, 
considerate and caring, 
courageous and strong, and 
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others, 
respect authority, 
use resources wisely, 
make the world a better place, and 
be a sister to every Girl Scout.

The Shaman then cares the fish skeleton back to the stream where the salmon was caught.  While offering a prayer, he throws the bones back into the river, giving thanks for the salmon which will sustain the Haida for the rest of the year.  Let us repeat the GS Promise.  I welcome you all back to the RB Service Unit and to the world-wide Sisterhood of Girl Scouting and Girl Guides.   I hope that our service unit will sustain you in your leading of girls for the coming year.  

Trail Mix Investiture Ceremony

posted Sep 11, 2017, 9:27 PM by Julie Purdy /RBSU

1.Girl Scouts come in all colors, from all races around the world. Every Girl Scout is a sister no matter where she is from, no matter the language she speaks, no matter the color of her skin.  Girl Scouts are the colors of the rainbow. (M & M CANDIES)
2. We have a promise and a law. On our honor, we try to do our best to be fair and square. (CHEX CEREAL)
3. Some of us are tall, and some of us are small. When we get together, size doesn't matter at all. (MINI MARSHMALLOWS)

4. We work out our problems and never get tied up.  (MINI PRETZELS)
5. Sometimes we are nutty. We love to joke and play. We'd love to put a Girl Scout smile into everyone's day. (NUTS) *ask about allergies first
6. When we get together, we seem to make circles. We may sit in circles, play circle games, make a Friendship Circle. You could say that we are well-rounded. (CHEERIOS)
7. When we are busy planning a project, or doing a craft, we pop around until we're done. (POPCORN)
8. Girl Scouts respect all living things. The earth is our home and we want to keep it safe for everyone. (ANIMAL CRACKERS)
9. Girl Scouts are "chips off the old block". Girl Scouting began in 1912. Since then we all have been part of an old tradition, and are proud to be part of the future. (BANANA CHIPS or Chocolate CHIPS)
10. We get a kick out of wearing our uniforms, learning new things, helping others, and being together with our friends. (KIX CEREAL)
11. Young Girl Scouts may be hard to resist because they are fresh, sweet and new. But the older scout maybe more fun, because she has more
experience. (RAISINS)

Welcome to Troop ___ I hope we will have a wonderful year.

GS Week Activity Ideas from 2016

posted Mar 21, 2016, 9:31 PM by Julie Purdy /RBSU

Sunday: Girl Scout Sunday

·       Communicate with your pastor/minister/priest to do something special during the service

o   Flag Ceremony

o   A special prayer for the scouts

o   Discuss Scouts and their faith

o   Have a special reading (see

·       Use Scouts to greet, usher, or read the liturgy (of course, wearing their uniforms)

·       Host a Milk & Cookie Reception to Celebrate Girl Scouts! (Good way to unload the last of your cookies)

Monday: Service to Family

Tuesday: Service to Community

Wednesday: Health and Safety Day

Thursday: International Friendship Day

Friday: Arts and Culture Day

·       Have your girls wear their uniform to school

Saturday: Service to the Planet


Councils that had a Girl Scout Week badge that could be earned in 2015

Dakota Horizons:

Western Washington:

 Another good source of ideas for the week:

Need even more ideas? Try:

Girl Scout Week Activity Ideas

posted Feb 21, 2016, 9:00 AM by Julie Purdy /RBSU

More Girl Scout Week Ideas?  


Investiture/Ceremony Ideas

posted Sep 24, 2015, 11:09 PM by Julie Purdy /RBSU

At our September meeting, the following poem was shared as part of an investiture idea.  A long strand of yarn was wrapped around the hand of each girl until they were all bound together. At the end, the yarn was cut and girls could glue it around pre-traced trefoils.  You can then have them sign or write compliments for each girl or draw a picture, etc to commemorate the event.  

Do you need ideas for a closing ceremony?  Investiture?  Check out this website for lots of great ideas!

Junior Bridging Poem
      (J. Brennan)

Take my hand in friendship

I give to you this day.
Remember all the good times
We had along the way.

Take my hand in helping
Other people that we know.
The more we give to others,
The more that we will grow.

Take my hands in learning
To camp on nature's ground.
Enjoying trails and campfires
With new friends that we have found.

Take my hand in giving
Our knowledge of true scouts
To girls we meet and talk to
Who have so many doubts.

Take my hand in thanking
Our leader and our guide.
With sincere appreciation
For standing by our side.

Take my hand in eagerness
To be an older scout.
We're proud to be bridging
Is what we're going to shout.

So take my hand to follow
New scouting paths in sight.
We're joining hands with each
And in friendship we'll unite.

(In Unison):
We give our hands in promise
To hold our country dea,
And abide the Girl Scout Law
Each day throughout the year.

Sharpie Tile Project

posted Apr 18, 2015, 6:13 PM by Julie Purdy /RBSU   [ updated Apr 18, 2015, 6:14 PM ]

All that is needed for this project are tiles, sharpies and alcohol.  Want to see the step-by-step?  Go to:

Lavender Mint Bath Salts Recipe

posted Apr 14, 2015, 6:13 PM by Julie Purdy /RBSU   [ updated Apr 14, 2015, 6:13 PM ]


Lavender Mint Bath Salts Recipe 297x300 Lavender Mint Bath Salts RecipeHomemade bath salts with epsom salt, baking soda, sea salt, and essential oils for a soothing and relaxing bath experience.
  • 2 cups epsom salts
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup sea salt (optional)
  • ¼ cup dried lavender
  • 30 drops of lavender essential oils
  • 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium size bowl.
  2. Store in an air-tight jar and use ¼ cup per bath.

Girl Scout Songs

posted Mar 21, 2015, 8:50 PM by Julie Purdy /RBSU   [ updated Mar 21, 2015, 9:00 PM ]

Penguin Song
Have you seen
A penguin power team?
When you look at me
A penguin you will see!
In between each chorus, add one of the following by calling out the following commands with actions. Each time you call out a new command, you add it to the existing motions.
Right Flipper (Flap right arm)
Left Flipper (Flap left arm)
Right Foot (Kick right foot)
Left Foot (Kick left foot)
Bob your head (bob your head...)
Turn in a circle (turn in a circle)
Stick out your tongue (stick out your tongue and sing song)

A Ram Sam Sam
A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam
Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam
A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam
Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam
A rafiq, a rafiq
Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam
A rafiq, a rafiq
Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam

A ram sam sam - pound fists, right over left, then left over right.
Guli guli - pull hands apart gesturing as if something were gooey
A rafiq - spin index fingers on either side of the head (like someone is crazy), ending with the fingers pointed up.

Little Red Wagon
You can’t ride in my little red wagon
Front seats broken
And the axle's dragging


Repeat as many as times as you would like... 

Valentines for Veterans

posted Jan 15, 2015, 10:18 PM by Julie Purdy /RBSU

The week of February 14 each year is your opportunity to say thank you to a special group of men and women, more than 98,000 Veterans of the U.S. armed services who are cared for every day in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers, outpatient clinics, domiciliaries, and nursing homes.

During the National Salute, VA invites individuals, Veterans groups, military personnel, civic organizations, businesses, schools, local media, celebrities and sports stars to participate in a variety of activities at the VA medical centers. The activities and events include special ward visits and valentine distributions; photo opportunities; school essay contests; special recreation activities and Veteran recognition programs.  Mail or drop at:  VA San Diego Healthcare System; 3350 La Jolla Village Dr.; San Diego, CA 92161; 858-552-8585 | 800-331-8387


New Places to Bridge

posted Mar 18, 2013, 5:27 PM by Julie Purdy /RBSU

1.  Spruce Street Suspension Bridge

Of all the footbridges found in Banker's Hill, the Spruce Street bridge is by far the most unique and the best. Why? Because it's a suspension bridge - the kind of bridge that sways with the weight of those crossing it. Built in 1912 and designed by Edwin Capps, this special bridge which spans Kate Sessions Canyon is one of those secrets that you just have to share after discovering it.

The only bridge of its type in San Diego County, this 375 foot steel suspension bridge is almost inconspicuous as you walk west along Spruce Street just west of First Avenue. As you start crossing, you realize the bridge actually bounces, then sways as you continue walking. It's a little scary, and way cool. A real treasure.

 2.  4S Ranch bridge behind Panera at the duck pond

10430 Craftsman Way, San Diego, CA

 3.  Lake Hodges Bike Pedestrian Bridge

4.  Karla Peterson: Pedestrian bridge

(The new bridge connecting the San Diego Convention Center area with Petco Park)

 5.  Old Poway Park

14134 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064

 6.  Del Mar Fair grounds

The 2013 San Diego County Fair will open Saturday June 8 and run through Thursday, July 4. The Fair will be closed (on the first three Mondays), June 10, 17 and 24.

 7. La Jolla Children's Pool and La Jolla Seals


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