Girl Scout bridging ceremonies are an important occasion that marks a scouting milestone. Here are ideas for leaders to use from Daisies to Cadettes.
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Why is a Bridging Ceremony Important to Girl Scouts?
Girl Scout leaders have a lot of ground to cover in the spring. Not only are their field trips to take and badges to complete, if your troop is completing the second year of their level, there is a Girl Scout bridging ceremony to plan.Ceremonies have always been an important part of the Girl Scout tradition. Just as parents take note of important educational milestones, scouting wants girls to stop, reflect, and take a look at what they have accomplished. Girl Scouts bridge every two years from Daisies to Brownies and from Brownies to Juniors. When they bridge from Juniors to Cadettes, they spend grades six through eight in that level.
Once a Cadette becomes a Senior, she is at that level for grades nine and ten. The final Girl Scout level, Ambassadors, are for grade eleven and twelve.Each change of levels is a Girl Scout milestone to be honored and noted. These celebrations are called “Bridging Ceremonies”, and they recognize the girls past accomplishments and help push her towards future goals.
There are many resources for Girl Scout ceremonies for leaders to use as they plan their troop’s bridging ceremony. You don’t have to plan it on your own!
Read the Girl Scout Bridging Requirements!
Before you bridge, be sure to check out the official Girl Scouts of the USA website and make sure you are fulfilling the requirements for your level of scouts.
Helpful Bridging Resources
This is how my troop bridged a few years ago. It is hard to believe that they are Cadettes!
This is a detailed plan on how my troop bridged from Brownies to Juniors.
(This blog post is how my co-leader and I made the bridge)
Answers from the Barycenter’s Girl Scout Mom forum
Ideas for older girls who can really do so much of the planning themselves.
This page from the GSA is done by levels.
I have dozens of ideas pinned from other leaders and crafty mamas. Everything from bridges, favors for the girls, food to serve and other useful resources are pinned there to guide you make your ceremony memorable.
Planning the Bridging Party
This will look amazing on your table!
Save the Date!
As soon as you have the bridging date, email the parents and tell them to mark their calendars. Parents who are working full-time or want to get child care for younger siblings need advance notice. In your email, ask them to reply “Yes, I marked it down!” so you know it was read.
Daisy to Brownie Bridging Ceremony
The Daisy to Brownie bridging ceremony is the first of hopefully many bridging ceremonies in the lives of the girls in your troop. How should you go about it? Because the girls are first graders, short and sweet is the best. When my girls bridged, the entire ceremony took about ten minutes, and then we got to eat! It is a good idea to spend part of the last two meetings talking about bridging and practicing what you want the girls to do. That way they will not get stage fright or feel nervous about what is expected of them.
If you have a mixed age Daisy troop, and some of the girls are not bridging to Brownies yet, they can still be a part of the ceremony by having you and your co-leader give them their membership pin and a special first year Daisy certificate. Then you can proceed with the bridging of the rest of the troop.
Fun YouTube Bridging Videos
Watch these to get some ideas to borrow and incorporate. There are many more…just search for “Daisy to Brownie Bridging Ceremonies”.
Here is the My Troop’s Bridge from Brownies to Juniors
Brownie to Junior Bridging Ceremony
Girls who are bridging to Juniors are at the end of third grade. They are way more independent that when they were bridging to Brownies just two years earlier. Because of this, the girls should be must more involved in the planning aspects of their ceremony. They can choose songs to sing, activities to do, even help make the bridge if they want.
Junior to Cadette Bridging Ceremony
I wrote this blog post just for this special occasion. If your girls are continuing, you have reason to be proud!
Party Planning Checklist
Sent email to parents with the date
Asked each parent to bring something for the party
Had girls make invitations
Asked parent to buy vest or sash
Planned the ceremony with co-leader
Practiced with the girls
Bought or made decorations and favors
Made the bridge
Remember to breathe!
Food to Serve at Your Celebration
Once the ceremony is over, everyone is going to want to eat! Your co-leader and you should have some themed refreshments that you make as your daughter’s contribution. Your girls are old enough to either make it themselves or have you help them a little bit.
Here are some ideas for easy rainbow themed food for your festivities.
Bridging Favors for Your Girls
Your co-leader and you do not have to spend a fortune on bridging gifts. Here are some party favors to make and give at little cost to you both.
Party Items to Tie in the Rainbow Theme
You can use your troop funds to buy some of the basic items that you need so parents do not have to go searching for the perfect paper plates.
Rainbow Wishes Dinner Plates from Amazon
They also have matching napkins and cups as well!
Rainbow Wishes Dessert Plates from Amazon is perfect for Daisy Scouts!