In Girl Scouting, “Bridging” is the term used to describe the process of advancing from one level to another. It is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of a Girl Scout; she has earned Journey awards, completed badges and participated in community service and Troop outings. The Bridging Ceremony should be an exciting time for a Girl Scout, so make the celebration fun and memorable. And, include the girls in the planning process.
Things Girl Scout Leaders Might Want to Include in a Bridging Ceremony:
- An opening Flag Ceremony is a good way to honor our country.
- Say the Girl Scout Promise
- Incorporate the Girl Scout Law in the ceremony in some way. When I was a girl, our leader had each girl in the Troop say a line of the Girl Scout Law and tell the audience what that line meant to us.
- Don’t just invite family and friends; invite older Girl Scouts to welcome the younger girls into the next level of Girl Scouting.
- Present girls with their membership star, bridging certificate and bridging patch, as well as the other recognition they may have earned this year.
- Does your Girl Scout Troop have a favorite song or poem? Include it if it has meaning to your Troop.
- End with a friendship circle; it is a good reminder that friendship is continuous, especially in Girl Scouting.
If you still need a guide to help you plan your bridging ceremony, try using the “Ceremony Planner” created by GSUSA. And remember, as long as the girls have a fun and memorable time, the ceremony is a success.