It’s a special time when a Girl Scout graduates from one program
level to another. This transition to the next level in Girl
Scouting—called ‘bridging’—is an opportunity to progress as well
as experience more adventures with your troop, learn new skills, and
seek new challenges!
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.
As a volunteer, you can even make it special for your troop by
hosting a bridging ceremony where girls cross over a bridge—real or
symbolic—to mark each girl’s advancement in Girl Scouts. Sometimes
these are combined with a Court of Awards ceremony to start or end the
Get Ready for Your New Program Level
Look ahead to all the new adventures your girls can have as they
bridge and check out the Badge Explorer to learn more about all of the
new badges and Journeys your girls can earn. In every program level,
girls can earn Journey awards, skill-building badges, and legacy
badges that are designed to spark their curiosity, challenge their
limits, and build competency as they progress through Girl Scouts.
We recommend purchasing a My Girl Scout Kit to make the transition
smooth. Each Kit comes with the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, an
Insignia Tab, the American Flag Patch, the World Trefoil Pin and the
Membership Pin. Select your Official Uniform Item, Journey Book, Troop
Numerals, Council Identification Set, and your choice of a free purple
or black bag. Visit your local GSNorCal Shop to customize your kit!
Bridging Guides and Resources
Each of the bridging 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. Check out these
guides to help your troop earn the bridging award and hold a bridging ceremony.
Our individually packaged and pre-assembled Bridging
Kits are an easy way to prepare for your troop's Bridging
Ceremony! Each Kit comes with a Bridging Certificate, Membership Star,
Disc for the Membership Star, as well as a special pencil and fun
patch. Kits for Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts also include Brownie
Wings. Plus, all kits include a $5 coupon to the GSNorCal Shop!
Additional Tips and Resources
Traditions give Girl Scouts a sense of history—and inspire them to
be the best they can be. Remember to pull your Girl Scouts in to the
conversation. Planning a bridging ceremony is a great opportunity for
a girl-led activity. Here are some additional tips and resources to
help make the most of your girls' bridging experience:
Planning your first Girl Scout bridging ceremony? From
bridging basics to tips from volunteer experts, check out these tips! Learn more about
bridging ceremonies and Court of Awards in the Ceremonies and Celebrations section of our
blog, The Trailhead.
Need help keeping your Daisy to Brownie bridging ceremony
girl-led? Brainstorm a few options then have the girls vote! Ask
questions like "What can we do that is socially distanced and
FUN?" and wait for all the ideas: dance party in a backyard,
make bridging theme snacks together over Zoom, build bridges at home
with balloons, blankets, and other easy supplies to cross on Zoom,
host a troop meeting at a public park with a bridge, the sky is the
Are your Girl Scouts bridging from Juniors to Cadettes? Check
out Golden Gate Bridging, GSNorCal's annual event
where Junior Girl Scouts from across the country cross the iconic
Golden Gate Bridge to commemorate their transition to
Looking to have your older
Girl Scouts take the lead?
The older your troop
gets, the more hands-off your role as a troop leader should be in
their bridging ceremony. You’ll want to let the girls lead more as
they progress into higher program levels. For more detailed guides
to age-based, progressive girl leadership, check out our
blog posts on letting girls take the lead
Do you have graduating Ambassador Girl Scouts? Even as
adults, Girl Scouts make a difference. Visit our Alums page for ways your graduating girls can
stay connected to Girl Scouts after high school.
No matter what, GSNorCal is here for you. To help you take
advantage of all that Girl Scouts has to offer, we have some new and
exciting incentives! Maximize your rewards and renew today!