Rainbow Themed Bridging Gifts for Girl Scouts

Is your troop bridging? Here are some cute and inexpensive ideas to give your girls.

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It is getting close to bridging time for some of you, and many leaders are wondering what to give their girls. If you do not have the time or desire to make something personal, then there are some cute rainbow themed items that are easy on your wallet.

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You can add a gift tag from Zazzle (coupon codes and sales are always available to lower the cost).

Girl Scout Bridging Gift Tags

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Rainbow Stretch Bracelets

Rainbow Socks

Rainbow Candy

Girls will love a cello bag filled with rainbow candy. Tie with a ribbon and add a gift tag and you are done! A consumable gift that won’t break the bank!

Rainbow Pillow Case

These sequin pillows are all the rage.

Meaningful Bridging Gifts for Older Girl Scouts

Pretty Keepsakes for Older Girls to Remember Their Scouting Years

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Teens who remain in Girl Scouts while in high school are a small but dedicated group. Some stay in for the sistership and comradery-it is their “safe space” in the challenging world of growing up. Others stay for the travel experiences they worked so hard for selling cookies booth after booth after booth. Camping and learning new skills is a third reason girls remain.

Pretty Girl Scout Bridging Gifts for Older Scouts
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Whether it is one or all of the above mentioned reasons, when it is time for girls to bridge to Seniors, Ambassadors, or to Adult Scouts, a meaningful gift from their leaders should be one that they can use and/or wear. Your co-leader and you should discuss a budget for these items, as the cost is coming from your pocket and not from troop funds. Once the magic number has been agreed upon, then the time to shop begins.

Pearl Necklace

The story of how Juliette Gordon Low sold her beautiful pearl necklace to get more money for Girl Scouts is what legends are made of. She took something that was of great material value and transformed it into something more meaningful that, over the years, has touched the lives of over a million girls. While a Barbara Bush style strand of pearls is not something most teenage girls would wear, there are some beautiful styles that they would proudly wear to school or on special occasions.

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This freshwater pearl choker necklace is made of 18K gold and is 16 inches in length with a 2 inch extension.

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This triple pearl bar necklace comes on a stainless steel 16 inch chain with two inch extension.

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Not a typical pearl necklace, but this one has the spirit of Juliette while having a modern look. It is 14K gold fill and is 18-20 inches in length.

Other Girl Scout Inspired Jewelry

If you do not think that your girls will be into pearls, then here are a few other gift ideas for your older Girl Scouts.

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This 14K lariat yellow gold Y necklace has green stones that represent the most recognized Girl Scout color. It is 1 inches in length with a 2 inch extender.

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Inspirational bracelets are very popular. These are available as single bracelets or can be purchased in a three pack. There are several other quotes besides the one pictured above. You can give girls the same quote or different ones, depending on the personality of each teen.

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This bracelet is available in seven different colors with five different kinds of cords/straps. Each girl can get the same quote with her own variation.

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This cuff bracelet is PERSONALIZABLE! You can give one to each girl with her name, your troop number, or any inside joke or quote that is unique to her and your troop. There are nine different cuff styles available.

Are you giving your older girls a bridging gift? What is it?

Girl Scout Bridging Resources for Leaders

Are Your Girls Bridging This Year? Here Are Resources for Leaders of All Levels

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The weather is warming up, cookie sales are in the books, and for many leaders, it is time to think about bridging your girls to the next scouting level. If you have a Service Unit that does a big group bridging…go for it. That means there will be a whole lot less planning for you to do on your part, and if you have read my blog for any amount of time, you know that I am a big fan of simplicity. Juliette Gordon Low did not start the GSUSA so leaders could spend hours planning parties and cute presentations…she wanted girls from all backgrounds to have the same opportunity to learn life skills, both indoors and outdoors. Your time is your resource…use it wisely.

There are many resources for Girl Scouts of all levels to use for bridging. I am putting them all here in one mega post so you only need to look in one place!

Daisy to Brownie Bridging Resource

On my Daisy leader blog, I have an updated, 2019 post with all kinds of resources for leaders to use. You can read it here.

Everything you need to plan your Daisy to Brownie Bridging Ceremony, all in one blog post!

Brownie to Junior Bridging Ceremony

Exchanging brown vests for green ones is a big deal! Here are places to help you plan your Brownie to Junior bridging ceremony.

How We Made Our Bridge An easy craft that was not only the bridge, but the girl’s bridging gift as well.

My Troop’s Brownie to Junior Bridging Ceremony The title says it all. I kept it simple and the girls and families really enjoyed themselves.

We Bridged from Brownies to Juniors A short post with photos about our ceremony.

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast have a a PDF bridging guide for Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes

Girl Scouts of Western New York have a short and sweet ceremony PDF.

Girl Scout Brownie to Junior Bridging Ceremony

Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana also have a short and sweet summary on how to have a bridging ceremony.

Girl Scouts of Nebraska have ceremonies for Daisy, Brownie and Junior bridging.

Girl Scouts of Kansas Missouri have a complete planning guide for leaders.

Girl Scout Junior to Cadette Bridging Ceremony

If your Girl Scout troop is bridging this year, here are resources and ideas for planning this important scouting milestone.

I have revised and included new resources in this blog post about Junior to Cadette bridging ceremonies.

One part of the Climb to Cadette ceremony is the receiving of the Silver Key. You can find various poems about it, and here is a free one on Teachers Pay Teachers.

You can make a silver key gift for your troop inexpensively. I share how in this blog post.

Girl Scout Cadette to Senior Bridging Ceremony

I wrote a comprehensive blog post, complete with resources, on how to have a Girl Scout Cadette to Senior Bridging Ceremony. It has been updated so all of the links are viable and new ones have been added.

Girl Scout Senior to Ambassador Bridging Ceremony

This past March I wrote a comprehensive post on how to have a ceremony for your high school Seniors who are bridging to Ambassador. You can read it here.

Rainbow Party Goods for Your Bridging Ceremony

Girl Scout Junior to Cadette Bridging Ceremony

Shindigz has an huge supply of rainbow themed table covers, paper goods, balloons and decor. Buy a few choice pieces to make your ceremony colorful and memorable.

What are you doing for your Girl Scout bridging ceremony!

Friday Freebie TD Bank Resources for Girl Scouts

TD Bank Has Freebies for Girl Scout Leaders

When it comes to being a Sister to Every Girl Scout leader, the women who are a part of the Girl Scout Facebook groups can be a very helpful bunch.

During a discussion on how much to spend on fun patches, a leader shared a link to TD Bank. For those in the Girl Scout of Central and Western Massachusetts, TD Bank offers one free Financial Literacy Badge per girl or the Cookie Activity Pin of that year. This is all courtesy of the TD Charitable Foundation. If you are in this Council, you can find the information here.

Friday Freebie  TD Bank Resources  for Girl Scouts of all levels
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During a discussion on how much to spend on fun patches, a leader shared a link to TD Bank. For those in the Girl Scout of Central and Western Massachusetts, TD Bank offers one free Financial Literacy Badge per girl or the Cookie Activity Pin of that year. This is all courtesy of the TD Charitable Foundation. If you are in this Council, you can find the information here.

Trained TD Bank Instructors are available to provide classroom instruction or you can access our curriculum online. We are available in the following areas: Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Western North Carolina and Wilmington, Eastern Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia.

Bank tours are also available for free to Girl Scout troops, so you can contact your local branch to set one up for your girls.

TD Bank also offers many free online resources for those who are teaching financial literacy to their troop. You can find the resources here.

Senior to Ambassador Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony Resources for Leaders

Girl Scout Soar to Ambassador Resources for Your Bridging Ceremony

Are you one of the lucky leaders, like me, who is privileged to still lead a troop of amazing young women? When I started my Girl Scout leader journey eleven years ago, I wanted to make it an incredible experience for my younger daughter.  My older daughter had an interesting five years as a scout, and dropped out in fifth grade like many girls do. I did not want that for my younger daughter.

My troop has been as large as twelve and presently stands at three strong. The girls get along very well, despite the arsenic number of three that barely bodes well for girls. Besides my daughter, one other girl has been with me since kindergarten. The other girl joined our troop in fifth grade. Watching them grow up has really been a pleasure for me.

Senior to Ambassador Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony Resources for Leaders

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As we approach spring, my band of Seniors will be bridging to Ambassadors. While Pinterest is full of cutsey ideas for younger girls, there is not a lot out there for older girls. Busy high schoolers deserve to have a ceremony celebrating that milestone, complete with a family celebration afterwards.

Below you will find a list of resources for planning your Girl Scout Senior to Ambassador bridging ceremony. Of course, these high schoolers should be in the thick of planning it with you.

Senior to Ambassador Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony Resources for Leaders

Bridging at this level is called “Soar to Ambasador”.  Have each girl take a resource and help plan out what needs to be done.

Girl Scouts of the USA has requirements for Seniors to complete before they can bridge. The girls should start here.

Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore have an online book of all kinds of ceremonies. Scroll to page 41 to find the one for Seniors.

 

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri also have an online guide for bridging.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut have a layout of what the girls should do before and during the ceremony. Scroll down to page 24 to find it.

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey has a downloadable PDF for girls to use. Scroll to the bottom left box where you will find all levels of bridging resources.

Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana have a guide. There is a paragraph written just for leaders to read to their girls during the ceremony.

Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri have a bridging planner on pages 4-5. On page 13 you will find a guide for planning the Senior to Ambassador bridging ceremony.

What are you planning to do when you bridge your older girls?