What is a bridging ceremony?
For a girl who is already a Girl Scout, bridging is the special ceremony in which she officially goes from one level to the next. This can be from Daisies to Brownies all the way through Ambassadors to Adults. In a multi-age troop only some girls will be ready to bridge, or an entire troop can bridge at the same time. Neighboring troops may also choose to come together to put on a larger event. Most troops choose to bridge at the end of the Girl Scout year. This way, the ceremony is the culminating event for not only that year, but that level, and girls can proudly share what they have learned with family and friends. It can be on a special day set aside, or incorporated into the final troop meeting of the year.
Moving on to New Adventures
Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout's life. It's a defining moment when a girl becomes aware of her achievements and is ready for new adventures and responsibilities. Celebrating this change should be fun, personalized, and memorable for everyone involved. And most of all, it should be designed by the girls in true partnership with adults.
Bridging ceremonies usually take place at the beginning or end of the Girl Scout year and can have three parts:
Opening: Guests are welcomed and the tone is set.
Main section: The ceremony is explained and the girls celebrate moving from one level to the next.
Closing: Girls can participate in friendship circles and thank their guests.
Each of the ceremony's parts offers plenty of room for the girls' creativity and individuality. The ceremony should always focus on paying tribute to Girl Scouts as they move forward.
In preparation for bridging, girls and leaders should review their Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. In it, there is a designated section explaining the specific things girls must do to get ready for their adventure to the next level. These activities often include talking to older girls about their experiences, earning a badge from the next level and other ways to explore the exciting opportunities that will be open to them as they go one level higher. While leaders can work with their girls to start planning their bridging ceremony while they are still participating in regular activities, girls must complete all requirements prior to bridging.
See how Girl Scouts earn their Bridging Awards (PDF):
Is your troop ready to bridge to another level this year?
All bridging troops and girls/troops who have earned Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards are invited to join us for a celebration of these achievements.
Attendance is FREE for Girl Scouts and their family. All refreshments and craft supplies are supplied by SU8. Bridging badges/badge kits/uniforms are the troop's responsibility.
Is this year a non-bridging year for your girls/troops? Pay-it-forward by volunteering to help out at this year's event - decorating crew, greeters, refreshment servers, craft station workers, flag ceremony, and clean-up crew. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers, please arrive at 5:15
Participant check-in starts at 6pm
Daisies are encouraged to complete the craft before the ceremony so they can leave early
Ceremony starts promptly at 6:30pm
Refreshments and crafts available after ceremony until 8pm
Troop leaders must submit a list of names of the bridging girls for the program no later than May 20th to email@example.com.