Ceremonies help Girl Scouts mark special events throughout the year, such as bridging to another level, earning a National Leadership Journey award, or getting a Girl Scout pin. Ceremonies can commemorate accomplishments or add something special to the beginning or end of a group's meeting. Girls can plan a ceremony around a theme, such as friendship or nature, and express themselves in words or song. Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout's life.
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This post may contain affiliate links and this site is not connected with, affiliated with, approved by, endorsed by The Girl Scouts of the USA or the Frontier Girls. Ideas are my own and I share to help you run your troops with ease. I have been a leader for so many years, I became tired of the same old Bridging ceremonies. So I decided to create a completely new Bridging Ceremony. I have a large multi-level troop so this is bridging for every level.
Ceremonies play an important part in Girl Scouts and are used not only to celebrate accomplishments, experience time-honored traditions, and reinforce the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law, but also to encourage girls to take a short pause in their busy lives and connect with their fellow Girl Scouts in fun and meaningful ways. Many examples of ceremonies—for awards, meeting openings and closings, and so on—are sewn right into the Journeys, including ideas for new ceremonies girls can create. Girls use ceremonies for all sorts of reasons. Rededication ceremonies are opportunities for girls and volunteers to renew their commitment to the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
As the end of the school year approaches, our troops start to wind down as we look forward to the end of the Girl Scout year as well. Though some Girl Scouts will just be finishing up the first year in their Girl Scout level, many girls are ready to take the next step in their Girl Scout careers—bridging to the next level! As soon as one school year ends and another begins, she is considered having moved to the next grade level—but when you choose to host your official ceremony is really up to the troop. You might decide to follow the school year calendar and host your bridging ceremony in late May or early June to complement the last day of school. You might also choose to bridge during the summer, once all girls have had some free time to finish up the last of the badges or journeys they started.