As the end of the school year approaches, many members are preparing to graduate to the next Girl Scout level, known as bridging. Bridging is an important transition in the Girl Scout journey. 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 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 participate in friendship circles and thank their guests.
Each part of the ceremony offers plenty of room for girls' creativity and individuality. The ceremony should always focus on paying tribute to Girl Scouts as they move forward.
Here are the guides for how Girl Scouts earn their Bridging Awards (PDF):
And consider making it a group affair! Some Service Units offer group bridging ceremonies - check with your Service Unit to see what’s available. GSACPC hosted our first Council-wide Bridging Extravaganza April 14-15. Look for information from us on future events like this!