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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. 

Statewide Bridging 2019_Flier

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.

Royal Gorge Girl Scout Bridging

Join Girl Scouts across Colorado for our annual Girl Scout Bridging at the Royal Gorge Bridge on Saturday, May 19, 2018! GSCO is organizing an official bridging walk at the bridge in Canon City at 11 a.m. and will host a short reception afterwards. Cost is $5/Girl Scout and $3/friends and family, plus $17 per person for discounted entry to the park, which is good all day.

Registration will be done in two parts. To participate in GSCO’s Bridging Ceremony and reception, please register at https://goo.gl/35nkcT . Registration deadline for the reception is May 15. Each Girl Scout registration includes a special Centennial event patch.

Admission tickets for the bridge can also be purchased the day of the event at the bridge’s admission center. Tickets can also be purchased by contacting the Royal Gorge Bridge directly at (719) 275-7507. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family will need to purchase an admission ticket to enter the Royal Gorge for the bridging ceremony.

Not bridging, but still want to enjoy the Royal Gorge Bridge? Not a problem! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are welcome to enjoy the discounted admission for the day. Just arrive before 11 a.m. to purchase tickets.

Interested in camping near the Royal Gorge for this event? Check out these campsites:

•Royal Gorge Park – https://goo.gl/wXcUIX
•Other campsites on the hill close to the Royal Gorge – http://www.canoncitycolorado.com/camping

For more information about the bridge, go to http://royalgorgebridge.com/Questions? Please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

Royal Gorge Centennial Girl Scout bridging ceremony

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Join Girl Scouts across the state on the Royal Gorge Bridge for a very special centennial bridging event on Saturday, May 20, 2017! GSCO is organizing an official bridging walk at the bridge in Canyon City at 11 a.m. and will host a short reception afterwards. Cost is $5/Girl Scout and $3/friends and family, plus $16 per person for discounted entry to the park, which is good all day.

To Register: 

**Registration will be done in two parts. 

To participate in GSCO’s bridging ceremony and reception, please register at https://goo.gl/exHstj. The registration deadline for the reception is May 15, 2017. Each Girl Scout registration includes a special centennial event patch.

To purchase admission tickets, please contact the Royal Gorge Bridge directly at (719) 275-7507. Tickets can also be purchased at the bridge the day of the event. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family will need to purchase an admission ticket to enter the Royal Gorge for the bridging ceremony.

Girl Scout troops and families are also welcome to visit the Royal Gorge Bridge and enjoy discounted tickets, even if their troop or Girl Scout is not bridging.

Interested in camping near the Royal Gorge for this event? Check out these campsites:
• Royal Gorge Park – https://goo.gl/wXcUIX
• Other campsites on the hill close to the Royal Gorge – http://www.canoncitycolorado.com/camping

Questions? Contact Brook Sklenar at brook.sklenar@gscolorado.org or Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

 

Troop 2510 bridges to Seniors

Submitted by Rachelle Trujillo

Metro Denver

Arvada

Four beautiful freshman from Troop 62510 bridged to Senior Girl Scouts last week. They bridged at Ralston Creek in Arvada, returning to the site where they bridged as Juniors.

While our troop has tightened up from the 20 girls we started with in kindergarten, my Seniors are dedicated and passionate about making the world a better place and going for their Gold.

My girls have grown to be a diverse group with different interests, yet I see them valuing the role each girl has played in their lives, the lessons learned, and the sisterhood that will always unite them through Girl Scouts.

I’m so proud to be an advisor to these young ladies and excited to see where their passion takes them!

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

Five Daisies become Brownies

Submitted by Laurie Nieb

Denver

Denver Metro

Troop 63388 planned their bridging celebration with the help of GS books and GS website. The Daisies planned the menu, made invitations and practiced the ceremony four times! We learned new songs to welcome our Brownies. We cheered as our Daisies walked over the bridge to their moms, who placed the new Brownies sash over their shoulder. Our Friendship/Closing Circle was our best with all our Moms and Dads joining us!

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