Treasure Chest Ceremony
The treasure chest ceremony was designed for a Frontier Girls investiture or advancement ceremony, but could be adapted for award ceremonies as well and may also be adapted to suit a Quest Club if desired. The speaker roles can be assigned to multiple members so that they have the opportunity to become comfortable with public speaking.
- 9 Large gemstones, each in a different color. Large clear plastic gems can be found at most craft stores and you can paint the bottoms with colored nail polishes to get the color stone you wish. Different colored beaded necklaces or other treasures work as well.
- A treasure chest
- An American flag and flag stand – if you do not have a full size parade flag, you may use a hand-held flag and a vase or jar as the stand.
- Place the treasure chest on a table in a prominent area.
- Give each of the speakers of the nine parts of the creed a different colored jewel. As they recite their lines, have them place their jewel in the treasure chest.
SPEAKER: Welcome to Troop #_____’s annual Investiture Ceremony. Please rise for the flag of our country.
- Color Guards Attention
- Color Guards Advance
- Color Guards Halt
- Color Guards Honor Your Colors
- Color Guards Present the Colors
- Will you please join me in the Pledge of Allegiance.
- Color Guard Post the Colors
- Color Guards Dismissed
SPEAKER: Read Heart Gifts, by Helen Steiner Rice
It’s not the things that can be bought
that are life’s riches treasure,
It’s just the little heart gifts
that money cannot measure
A cheerful smile, a friendly word,
A sympathetic nod
Are priceless little treasures
From the storehouse of our God
They are the things that can’t be bought
with silver or with gold,
For thoughtfulness and kindness
and love are never sold
They are the priceless things in life
for which no one can pay,
And the giver finds rich recompense
In giving them away.
SPEAKER: Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.
SPEAKER: With that in mind, would the Frontier Girls please stand and join me in the Frontier Girls promise.
- I promise to love God
- Be loyal to my Country
- and Love my neighbor as myself
SPEAKER: The Treasures of life are not set in silver or gold…
SPEAKER: More precious than jewels are the values we hold.
ALL FRONTIER GIRLS: As a Frontier Girl
SPEAKER 1: I will be Loving, treating others as I would like to be treated. – red
SPEAKER 2: I will be Joyful, finding the blessings in every situation. – yellow
SPEAKER 3: I will be Peaceful, respecting others opinions and beliefs. – light blue
SPEAKER 4: I will be Patient, persevering toward my goals despite obstacles. – light green
SPEAKER 5: I will be Kind, respectful to all and willing to help others at all times. – purple
SPEAKER 6: I will be Good, pure in all I do, think, and say. – orange
SPEAKER 7: I will be Faithful to my God and loyal to family, friends, and country. – Dark Blue
SPEAKER 8: I will be Gentle, taking special care of those weaker or less fortunate than I. – Pink
SPEAKER 9: I will have Self Control, using my time, materials and talents wisely, and being accountable for my own actions. – dark green
LEADER: As we enter another year of Frontier Girls, I ask that each girl store the values of our creed in their heart just as we store these jewels in our treasure chest.
LEADER: Our troop is divided into four levels: Otters, Dolphins, Butterflies, and Eagles. At this time we would like to welcome those girls who are advancing to their new levels, and to invest those who are new to our troop.
PENGUIN – (read aloud the girls’ names and have them come forward)
LEADER: Penguins are among the most social of all birds, but are naturally clumsy on land, much like our littlest members. Penguins work together, sharing food and breeding sites. Alone in the wild, they wouldn’t survive long, but working together they can protect themselves and their young. We hope that our youngest members learn to be part of a team, to share, and to rely on each other.
OTTER – (read aloud the girls’ names and have them come forward. Have any Penguins who are advancing move over to join the Otters)
LEADER: Otters are known for their playful behavior. They are smart, creative, and curious. Their play helps them gain knowledge, speed, and dexterity that helps them survive. We hope that our members will never lose the ability to play and look at the lighter side of life.
DOLPHIN – (read aloud the girls’ names and have them come forward. Have any Otters who are advancing move over to join the Dolphins)
LEADER: Social behavior comprises a major portion of a high energy dolphins’ daily activities, but it doesn’t stop with teamwork and play. When a pod member is sick or injured, other dolphins will come to its rescue and help it to the surface to breathe until it is well. As the girls get older it is important that they learn compassion for those around them.
BUTTERFLY – (read aloud the girls’ names and have them come forward. Have any Dolphins who are advancing move over to join the Butterflies )
LEADER: Every year, Monarch butterflies make an incredible 2,500 mile journey from the eastern United States all the way to Mexico. They persevere through all obstacles, whether wind or rain, and keep their eye on their goal, not the difficulty of getting there. As girls begin the journey toward womanhood, this can be the most difficult age. We hope that like the Monarch, they will persevere through any difficulties.
EAGLE – (read aloud the girls’ names and have them come forward. Have any Butterflies who are advancing move over to join the Eagles)
LEADER: Bald eagles are a symbol of majestic beauty and great strength. They soar though the sky, high above the earth, taking in all the details below them. Keen vision gives the eagles the ability to see far off challenges, soaring through each pursuit with great success. As the girls prepare themselves for life on their own, it is important to keep an eye on the future and be ready to meet every challenge.
SPEAKER: Would all members please repeat after me?
As a member of Troop #____
I promise to do my best
To live the Frontier Girl Promise and Creed
Both at our meetings
And in my everyday life.
I promise to love God,
Be Loyal to my country
and love my neighbor as myself
SPEAKER: The following girls are serving as patrol leaders this year (read aloud the girls’ names and have them come forward) The Patrol Leaders lead a patrol of between 4 to 8 girls and are in charge of making sure their patrol is ready for the meeting, completes their chores in a timely manner and that any younger girls in the group have a buddy to help them if necessary during crafts or games. Patrol leaders are also responsible for calling the girls in their patrol to pass on important updates or information.
Patrol Leaders’ Oath: (have all patrol leaders repeat each line after the speaker)
As a patrol leader, I promise
To lead my patrol to the best of my ability
To keep order in my group at all times
To speak for my patrol and not just for myself
And to do my best
To live up to the troop’s trust.
SPEAKER: (Announce the names of the girls serving in each leadership position and ask them to come forward. Read the position description as they come forward.)
Leader in Training: The Leader in Training is responsible for making sure meetings start on time. They should have a watch at every meeting and give quiet reminders to the Leader when it is time to start, have snack, etc. She is also responsible for keeping the girls occupied with songs or games if there is a lull in the meeting and the Leader is busy. Your leader in training should be trained in both the scribe and treasurer positions so that she can fill in if necessary. Finally, the Leader in Training is responsible for calling all patrol leaders with any important updates or information between meetings.
Treasurer: The Treasurer is responsible for reporting the current finances of the troop at each Leadership meeting. She should help prepare budgets for all events and activities. The Treasurer is also responsible for logging in all payments to the troop, these may include dues, troop registration, uniform fees, or payments for badges and awards. An adult should always oversee this position to make sure it is done correctly.
Scribe: The Scribe is responsible for taking notes at all meetings when business is discussed. She is also responsible for logging in all badges and service stars earned. An adult should always oversee this position to make sure it is done correctly.
Care Coordinator: The Care Coordinator is responsible for praying for the troop at least once a week. She should have cards ready to sign for all special needs (illness, birthday, thanks, etc.) and make sure they reach the intended recipient. Finally, if your troop is participating in our Support A Service Member program, the Care Coordinator is responsible for packing and shipping all care packages.
Reporter: The reporter is responsible for writing a troop newsletter as well as sending photos and write ups to the local media. Reporters are also frequently in charge of the troop scrapbook or website.
Snack Coordinator: The Snack Coordinator is responsible for creating a snack rotation list and calling to remind girls when it is their turn to bring snack. If for some reason a girl cannot bring snack, it is the snack coordinatorâ€™s job to find a substitute.
SPEAKER: Would all leadership position holders please repeat after me?
As a leader I promise
To do my job to the best of my ability
To take my responsibilities seriously
And to do my best
to live up to the troop’s trust.
Leader Recognition – at this time, recognize any leaders, volunteers, or parents who have made an impact on the troop.
Announcements – make any necessary announcements before dismissal.
Closing – Sing a song to end the ceremony such as Make New Friends.