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.
Invite your friends and family to your upcoming bridging ceremony! Download the National Bridging Week flyer and fill in the fields on your computer before printing it out.
SYLVIA ACEVEDO'S KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Here's a keynote address video from GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo that you can play during your troop's bridging ceremony: