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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:
Each of the ceremony's parts offers plenty of room for the girls' creativity and individuality. And whether the ceremony includes an actual bridge or a symbolic one, or if it includes props like candles, flowers, or flags, it should always focus on paying tribute to the girls as they move forward.
During bridging ceremonies, girls are honored for their progression and growth. At each level, Girl Scout resources like Ceremonies in Girl Scouting provide information on bridging activities and ceremonies. Girls can work with volunteers to create bridging ceremonies that mark milestones as they move to the next level. Many councils honor graduating Girl Scouts with a special ceremony for "bridging" to adult Girl Scouts.
Easing the Transition
In addition to the ceremony itself, there are other ways you can help your Girl Scouts move to the next level. Volunteers can help girls work through bridging activities as outlined in bridging awards information.
When bridging, a volunteer can make a decision about moving up with her troop/group to the next level, or whether her bridging girls will move into another group. The service unit or council can help with this decision and make sure that proper training and materials are provided.