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Troop 61053’s Virtual Bridging

Submitted by Helmi Sandifer

Metro Denver

Littleton

Bridging in 2020 was the last year all nine girls in Troop 61053 would be bridging together. Seven of the nine girls are moving on to their final two years of Girl Scouts, going from Seniors to Ambassadors. The other two are bridging from Cadettes to Seniors. With everyone separated at this time, they still wanted to connect with each other and create something interesting. After seeing different inspiring videos online, two girls arranged the project with the direction of the catches, throws, and finding cool different bridges. Then, everyone filmed their video with help from family and sent it in. After collecting all the videos, they were edited together and information about each one was added by two Girl Scouts. Seeing the final product, was so magical because it showed everyone that though we can’t be together, we can still connect. You can watch it here.

The majority of Troop 61053 has been together since kindergarten, but they have grown and changed every year. As the years go on, they have continued to be creative and curious. Through Girl Scouts, they have learned women’s history, science, society, but most of all entrepreneurship, workmanship, compassion, and friendship. Every year they create cards for the military , and go caroling at a local nursing home around Christmas. They are always ready for the next adventure and what even happens in the future.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

GSCO’s First-Ever VIRTUAL Statewide Bridging Ceremony

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado on Facebook for our first-ever VIRTUAL Statewide Bridging Ceremony! GSCO staff will guide Girl Scouts of all levels through a bridging ceremony from the comfort of your own home on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 starting at 4:30 p.m. Watch LIVE on the GSCO Facebook page and participate with Girl Scouts from across Colorado. Prepare ahead of time to bridge at home by making your own bridge out of pillows, stuffed animals, or anything else you can safely walk across!

A bridging ceremony is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life. It’s a defining moment when a girl celebrates her achievements and prepares for new adventures and responsibilities. Once a girl bridges to a higher level of Girl Scouting, her leadership skills and the experiences she will have continue to grow. Girl Scouts is not simply an after-school activity, it’s the Girl Scout Leadership Experience that builds as girls progress through the program that gives girls the skills they need to empower themselves to take their place as future leaders.

You can also celebrate bridging this year by contributing to our Statewide Bridging video! Fill out this online form by May 10 to share your at-home bridging photo and reflections to be included in the Statewide Bridging video that will launch during National Bridging week (May 2-9). https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/2020_virtual_bridging_video

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

Annual statewide bridging ceremony at Royal Gorge Bridge

As of March 16, 2020, this event has been canceled. We are working on an alternative date and will share it with you as soon as we have it.

A bridging ceremony is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life. It’s a defining moment when a girl celebrates her achievements and prepares for new adventures and responsibilities. Once a girl bridges to a higher level of Girl Scouts, her leadership skills and the experiences she will have continue to grow. Girl Scouts is not simply an after-school activity, it’s the Girl Scout Leadership Experience that builds as girls progress through the program that gives girls the skills they need to empower themselves to take their place as future leaders.

Join Girl Scouts from across Colorado at our annual statewide bridging ceremony on the Royal Gorge Bridge – the highest suspension bridge in the United States! We will have an official crossing of the bridge on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 11 a.m. and will host a reception after. Register here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/annual_statewide_bri.html

After crossing the bridge, you’ll check in at the Girl Scout table outside the reception area. The reception includes cupcakes, lemonade, and activities led by GSCO staff. Girl Scouts of Colorado reception:

  • $5 per Girl Scout (includes patch)
  • $3 per friends, family, tagalongs

All attendees must also pay $19 per person for discounted admission into the Park, which is good all day. Your discounted admission covers access to the park, bridge, theater, children’s play land, unlimited Gondola rides, and any other seasonally available attractions and entertainment. It is not necessary to pre-purchase your tickets to the Park, no matter how many you purchase. All tickets to enter the park will be sold at the Visitor Center the morning of the event.

Anyone is welcome to enter the park and participate in the bridging ceremony at 11 a.m. without attending the Girl Scout reception after.

To register for the GSCO reception: Register for the GSCO reception through the link on the GSCO Events Calendar. Patches are included with the $5 Girl Scout option. You will also need to purchase your special discounted admission tickets to the Park at $19 per person at the Park day-of event.

Registration for the GSCO reception will close on Thursday, April 23. We will NOT accept late registrations for the reception.

If you need to submit multiple registration forms, click the “back” button on your browser and make necessary edits and submit the form again for additional attendees.

There are no refunds for this event.

Interested in camping near the Royal Gorge for this event? Check out camping information on the Cañon City website.

Leaders, to prepare your troop, see Volunteer Essentials.

This is not a drop-off event. All Girl Scouts must attend with a parent, troop, leader, or guardian. Adult to girl ratios for events must be met.

If you have any questions about this event or have trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

Cannot make it to this exciting event? Host your own event for your service unit or troop using the Girl Scout Guide to Bridging! https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/girl_scout_bridging_guide.pdf

 

Start your next Girl Scout journey with a Bridging Ceremony

It’s been another exciting Girl Scout year for girls and volunteer across Colorado! If you’re getting ready to bridge to the next Girl Scout level, CONGRATULATIONS! This a time to celebrate with your Girl Scout sisters and think about what you would like your next step to be.

National Bridging Week is May 4-11, 2019. Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life and most girls and troops celebrate with a Bridging Ceremony. This is a defining moment when a Girl Scout becomes aware of her achievements and is ready for new adventures and responsibilities.  Here are some tips to have a successful Bridging Ceremony:

  • The planning process should be girl-led.Let girls have fun planning a ceremony they feel celebrates their accomplishments. This is also a great way to make sure the activities are engaging and memorable for everyone involved!
  • Don’t worry about finding an actual bridge. Bridging ceremonies often utilize a bridge as girls take literal steps toward the future. For Girl Scouts, the act of crossing the bridge is both a physical and symbolic step. However, a “make believe” bridge will work and can be as simple as laying down masking tape.
  • Rainbow themes are fun and have meaning.You can use the colors of the Membership Star grade-level discs to make a Girl Scouts rainbow.
      • Blue for Daisy
      • Green for Brownie
      • Yellow for Junior
      • White for Cadette
      • Red for Senior
      • Navy Blue for Ambassador

Be sure to share your story and photos of your Bridging Ceremony with us! Just use the Share Your Stories form: www.gscoblog.org/share. The best stories and photos will be shared on the GSCO Blog and social media networks and perhaps, with media outlets in your region.

Many Girl Scouts choose to earn the Bridging Award for their level. Earning the award offers girls chance to look back on what they’ve accomplished while looking to the future. Each level of Girl Scouting has its own unique bridging award patch.

Check out these great resources to help guide your girls to earn their Bridging Award:

Daisy Guide ( https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/about-girl-scouts/Ceremonies/Daisy%20Bridging%20Awards.pdf )

Brownie Guide (https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/about-girl-scouts/Ceremonies/Brownie%20Bridging%20Awards.pdf )

Junior Guide ( https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/about-girl-scouts/Ceremonies/Junior%20Bridging%20Awards.pdf )

Cadette Guide ( https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/about-girl-scouts/Ceremonies/Cadette%20Bridging%20Awards.pdf )

Senior Guide ( https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/about-girl-scouts/Ceremonies/Senior%20Bridging%20Awards.pdf )

Ambassador Guide (https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/about-girl-scouts/Ceremonies/Ambassador%20Bridging%20Awards.pdf )

Want more information? Check out this detailed Girl Scout Bridging Guide! (https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/girl_scout_bridging_guide.pdf)

Questions? Email GirlExperience@gscolorado.org.

GSCO hosts special Bridging Ceremony at Royal Gorge Bridge

 

More than 100 Girl Scouts from across Colorado gathered on the Royal Gorge Bridge, the highest suspension bridge in the United States, on Saturday, May 4, 2019. They celebrated advancing from their current Girl Scout level to the next as part of a special event called a Bridging Ceremony. A reception afterwards featured cupcakes, lemonade, and activities led by GSCO staff.

A bridging ceremony is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life. It’s a defining moment when a girl celebrates her achievements and prepares for new adventures and responsibilities. Once a girl bridges to a higher level of Girl Scouting, her leadership skills and the experiences she will have continue to grow. Girl Scouts is not simply an after-school activity, it’s the Girl Scout Leadership Experience that builds as girls progress through the program that gives girls the skills they need to empower themselves to take their place as future leaders.

May 4-11 is National Bridging Week! Hosting a Bridging Ceremony with your troop or service unit?  Check out this blog post for tips and information on Bridging Awards: http://gscoblog.org/2019/04/start-your-next-adventure-with-a-girl-scout-bridging-ceremony/

 

Start your next adventure in Girl Scouts with a Bridging Ceremony

As we come to the end of another Girl Scout year, many Girl Scouts are bridging to the next program level. This is a great time for girls to take a moment to reflect on their achievements and prepare themselves for new adventures and responsibilities. A fun way to do this is through a bridging ceremony and/or by earning a bridging award.

Here are some tips to have a fun, successful bridging ceremony:

  • Have girls as part of the planning process. This is a great way to make sure the activities are fun and engaging!
  • Don’t worry about finding an actual bridge. A “make believe” bridge can be something as simple as laying down masking tape.
  • There is no right or wrong way to do a ceremony. Let your girls have fun planning a ceremony they feel celebrates their accomplishments.
  • Rainbow themes are fun and have meaning. You can use the colors of the Membership Star grade-level discs to make a Girl Scouts rainbow.
    • Blue for Daisy
    • Green for Brownie
    • Yellow for Junior
    • White for Cadette
    • Red for Senior
    • Navy Blue for Ambassador

Check out these great resources to help guide your girls to earn their Bridging Award:

Daisy Guide ( https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/about-girl-scouts/Ceremonies/Daisy%20Bridging%20Awards.pdf )

Brownie Guide (https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/about-girl-scouts/Ceremonies/Brownie%20Bridging%20Awards.pdf )

Junior Guide ( https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/about-girl-scouts/Ceremonies/Junior%20Bridging%20Awards.pdf )

Cadette Guide ( https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/about-girl-scouts/Ceremonies/Cadette%20Bridging%20Awards.pdf )

Senior Guide ( https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/about-girl-scouts/Ceremonies/Senior%20Bridging%20Awards.pdf )

Ambassador Guide (https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/about-girl-scouts/Ceremonies/Ambassador%20Bridging%20Awards.pdf )

Want more information? Check out this detailed Girl Scout Bridging Guide! (https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/girl_scout_bridging_guide.pdf)

Questions? Email GirlExperience@gscolorado.org.

 

Annual Statewide Bridging ceremony at Royal Gorge Bridge

A bridging ceremony is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life. It’s a defining moment when a girl celebrates her achievements and prepares for new adventures and responsibilities. Once a girl bridges to a higher level of Girl Scouting, her leadership skills and the experiences she will have continue to grow. Girl Scouts is not simply an after-school activity, it’s the Girl Scout Leadership Experience that builds as girls progress through the program that gives girls the skills they need to empower themselves to take their place as future leaders.

Join Girl Scouts from across Colorado at our special statewide bridging ceremony on the Royal Gorge Bridge – the highest suspension bridge in the United States! We are organizing an official crossing of the bridge at 11 a.m. and will host a reception after. When you check in at the Girl Scout table inside the park, you’ll receive a wristband that will allow you into the reception area. Reception includes cupcakes, lemonade, and activities led by GSCO staff.

When:

Saturday, May 4, 2019

11 a.m.

Where:

Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

Cañon City

Register online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2019/annual_statewide_bri.html

Cost:

  • $5 per Girl Scout (includes patch)
  • $3 per friends, family, tagalongs

All attendees must also pay $18 per person for discounted admission into the Park, which is good all day. Your discounted admission covers access to the park, bridge, theater, unlimited Gondola rides and any other seasonally available attractions  and entertainment.

You may purchase tickets day of or in advance by calling (719) 276 – 8320. We recommend advance sales for groups of 15 or larger to expedite entry. If you purchase admission tickets in advance, you will pick them up at Will Call the day of the event.

Registration for the GSCO reception will close on Thursday, April 25.

Interested in camping near the Royal Gorge for this event? Check out camping information on the Cañon City website or Royal Gorge.

This is not a drop-off event. All Girl Scouts must attend with a parent, troop, leader, or guardian. Adult to girl ratios for events must be met.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org. 

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GSCO Photo Challenge: Bridging to Seniors and Silver Award ceremony

Submitted by Michelle Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

These girls have been together through many years now. They’ve stuck it out and are now finally Girl Scout Seniors. They all earned their Silver Awards and have set their sights on their Gold Award. I love seeing all of them together, doing life. They support each other and encourage each other to be the best they can be.

These girls have earned enough money through the cookie program to take a trip to Savannah, Georgia this summer. They are eager to learn more about the founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low, and the town she grew up in. What a great experience that will be!

Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a photo challenge! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form (www.gscoblog.org/share). Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.

How our girls shine

Submitted by Nicole DeCrette

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

On Sunday, September 9, 2018, the Girl Scouts of the Mountain Communities region in Routt County (Steamboat Springs) celebrated together and held their bridging ceremony at a lovely local park on a gorgeous fall day. In addition to the expected traditions of the event, we added a personal touch we’d like to share inspired by the new Girl Scout anthem “Watch Me Shine.” Our girls ranged in age from six through adult and we wanted to find a way to both come together and feel unified as Girl Scouts, yet acknowledge and honor the contributions of each girl publicly. Just before the ceremony, we asked each troop leader to take a strip of paper and in green marker write down words that describe the personality and contributions of each girl. When the girls were called up to bridge, the leader would share what she wrote with everyone present– from moms and dads to grandparents and community members. As they walked across the bridge to move up in rank, they added their link to create a chain. Wow! We saw a lot of smiles from our girls – shining with pride! It gave families a way to see their girls’ unique and beautiful attributes take center stage. While simple to do, and required little extra time or money, this symbolic gesture was the thing that everyone spoke of after the ceremony was over. We will hold onto that chain and perhaps start a new tradition adding onto it as the amazing young women of Girl Scouts in Colorado continue to shine and make a difference in our communities.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.