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.
Looking for fun things to do with your Troop in Cochise County? Look no further!
1. Benson - Kartchner Caverns State Park.
Experience a “live” cave which is host to a wide variety of unique minerals and formations. Enjoy the Discovery Center which features museum exhibits, regional displays, a theatre and more. The park also includes campgrounds, hiking trails, shaded picnic areas, and a hummingbird garden.
BONUS: There is a Council’s Own patch (from Cactus Pine) that you can earn.
2. Sierra Vista – Nature Conservancy’s Ramsey Canyon Preserve.
The Canyon is home to over 170 varieties of birds and a variety of plant and animal life. The Visitor Center includes a Please Touch Room with bird nests, snake skins and other wildlife bits. Guided tours available.
3. Bisbee – Queen Mine Tour.
Ride the mine train deep into the mine and search for remaining veins of copper, gold, turquoise, silver, lead, and zinc to experience the lives of miners as they toiled in the tunnels.
BONUS: Here's a chance to introduce STEM and the science and engineering behind mines!
4. Tombstone – Gunfighter Ghost Tour.
Visit the 10 most haunted spots in Tombstone’s Historic District on this one hour tour. Make a day of your Tombstone visit and visit the site of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
5. Willcox – Chiricahua National Monument.
Use up to 17 miles of day-use hiking trails to provide opportunities to discover the beauty, natural sounds and inhabitants of the almost 12,000 acre site. Don’t miss out on the Faraway Ranch.
BONUS: Find your inner Go Getter by accomplishing one of these amazing hikes!
Rosi Southee was born and raised in England where she was a member of Girl Guides for 12 years. Her scouting life, took a break for a while, but restarted in Sierra Vista when her daughter joined as a 1st grade Brownie. After one year as a volunteer became a troop leader and after 7 years in that role, Rosi began working for Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona in 2012 and now is the Membership Manager for Cochise, Graham & Greenlee Counties. Rosi is the mother to two college students (UofA and NAU) and loves dogs, chocolate, and Samoas!