As spring moves toward summer, another longtime “change tradition” takes place—Girl Scout bridging ceremonies!
Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life. It’s the moment when a girl celebrates her incredible achievements from the past year and accepts the exciting new challenges that await her.
Bridging ceremonies can take place at the beginning or end of the Girl Scout year—and at the heart of the celebration should be fun, memorable, and, of course, girl-led experiences. And don’t forget about bridging awards!
Earlier this month we asked you to share your bridging traditions with us. We picked some of our faves to inspire fellow Girl Scouts:
- “Troop 3272 is taking a trip to Savannah, Georgia, and will bridge to Cadettes at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace! The girls have been planning and saving cookie money towards this trip for two years.” —Christina P.
- “We make it a family affair and send our girls across to their parents who help them into their new vests! This year is first-year Brownies bridging to Juniors! Can't wait!” —Kim S.
- “We have a beautiful bridging tradition. Everyone in the audience who was or is a Girl Scout is invited to a big Friendship Circle, and we all sing "Make New Friends.” It is really moving for the girls to see those who came before them. [The tradition] has sparked a lot of great conversations at the receptions.” —Wendy M.
- “We saved up cookie money and flew to San Francisco to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge with thousands of other fifth-grade Juniors. Thanks for hosting a wonderful event, Girl Scouts of Northern California!” —Kathy C.
- “My Brownies are bridging to Juniors in a Candy Land–themed ceremony. The girls chose the theme and have been working for months making decorations, choosing colors, learning songs, making a video about their time as Brownies, and more!” —Samantha P.
- “We are going to stay overnight at the USS Lexington. We will have the ceremony on the flight deck.” —Celina M.
- “Our girls chose to have a beach bonfire and hold their ceremony by the water in Huntington Beach, California.” —Yevette G.
Do you have a fantastic bridging story? Share with us!
Don't forget to swing by or shop online at the Girl Scout Store! We are making Bridging easy for you with pre-made Bridging Ceremony kits already with everything you need available in each grade level. Kits include a bridging certificate, bridging award, membership disc, membership star, bridging pencil, wings (level specific) and a bridging fun patch. Plus, you can pick up all the other badges, awards and official insignia your troop has earned this year.