Bridging has long been an important part of Girl Scouts. It marks the girls’ transition from one level to the next, honors their achievements alongside their Girl Scout sisters, and celebrates their commitment to the Girl Scout Movement. Here are some tips for helping your girls make their troop’s bridging a fun and memorable occasion for everyone involved!
1. Use Your Resources Wisely
Each level of Girl Scouting has special bridging awards and activities (outlined in the appropriate age-level The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting) that can help girls decide how to mark this special day. One of the more popular methods is to hold a special bridging ceremony, but your girls may want to recognize this important transition another way--and that's fine too! No matter how they decide to celebrate, the Girl Scout Shop offers Bridging Kits for every level of Girl Scouting, which include must-have uniform items and certificates for girls bridging to the next level.
2. Add Props
3. Go Outside
As they are generally held in late spring, outdoor ceremonies can be a wonderful way to include nature in this important day. Many of our council properties would make a lovely location for the ceremony or an overnight leading up to the ceremony. The Tucson Girl Scout Resource Center even has a bridge located on the property! Just be sure to take our desert weather into account, and ensure that girls and their families bring sun protection and water.
4. Include Others
5. Personalize It
Let the girls add songs, poems, stories or activities that they love! Showcase the troop's accomplishments over the last year or two at their current level, or give your girls space to brainstorm and dream for the future. Check out Pinterest’s Girl Scout Ceremony pins for creative ideas for your ceremony that other troops have used. There is no right or wrong way to bridge, as long you are marking and honoring the girls’ progression and growth as Girl Scouts.
Super proud of how your bridging ceremony turned out? Don't forget to send photos and stories to Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org and share them with Girl Scouts and volunteers across our council.
*This post has been adapted from Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.