Girl Scouts of all ages had a great time at the Royal Gorge Centennial bridging outside of Canyon City! More than 100 girls bridged with over 200 friends and family celebrating with them. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed a beautiful day!
Our group gathered at the entry of the bridge for the start of the bridging ceremony. The Royal Gorge staff closed the bridge for just our group for our time on the bridge. GSCO Volunteer Jody Clair led our ceremony. Each troop level was honored in a special section recognizing program levels.
Girls came from all over the state to participate. It was fun to have such a large Girl Scout group bridging and walking across the bridge at the same time! After crossing the bridge, Girl Scouts, friends, and family enjoyed a reception with cupcakes and lemonade. Many troops stayed and enjoyed hiking around the gorge and activities at the bridge’s park afterwards.
A big THANK YOU goes to Brook Sklenar for organizing such a great event! We also really appreciate Dona Basham and her team at the Royal Gorge Bridge for being top notch hosts. They were great to work with! Our amazing volunteers ensured we had a successful event. A big thank you goes out to:
It can be difficult for leaders to have their troop complete the two requirements for the Bridging Arc badge. A solution: organize a multi-level bridging requirements event where all levels can talk to the Girl Scout level below theirs and listen to the Girl Scout level above. There were two rounds of discussions in order to make this happen. Girl Scout Daisies made cards to pass along to incoming Girl Scouts! It was organized chaos, but over 100 Girl Scouts completed their bridging requirements within an hour!
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 weekend, we had our Service Unit-wide Bridging event. We bridged girls into every level from Daisies to Ambassadors. As detailed in a previous blog post, we awarded the Bronze Cross. Both the girls bridging into Seniors gave heartfelt speeches in front of about 80 people. While Samantha Kucera meant her words for me and her other leaders, I wanted to share her inspired words with all leaders as I believe they have meaning for us all:
To all my leaders you are special and wonderful and this is just for you.
You do not have any more spare time or energy than we do, you all work full time, juggle your families, your schedule and try to keep it all together as best you can. The only difference between you and other people is that you believe in what Girl Scouting has to offer. So much so, that you contribute your time, your miles, and your talents to help girls grow in Scouting.
You complete authorization forms, budgets, and registrations, and fill your house with boxes of paperwork that we will never see. You are required to take many hours of training as well as attend various meetings so that you can provide a variety of programs which meet the needs and interests of every individual girl. You try to involve parents who want you to understand that they do not have the time to drive on outings or help at meetings. You rejoice at the generosity of others. Sometimes you find yourselves going in too many directions, and you run out of steam. Time slips by, but that doesn’t mean you do not care. So many evenings you spend on the phone, seeking advice and support from other leaders when problems occur. “How do I run a journey in a day?” “How many badges do I need to order?” “Can I run a multiage group?”
Your dining tables are covered with bits of rope, menus, trip permits, craft supplies, paper work and badges for each and every girl in the troop. Sometimes you feel unappreciated. Yet, these girls can fill you with pride at their determination and accomplishments. Their smiles light up a room; and when they say “Thank You”, it makes it all worth it.
You help us build relationships. Some struggle more than others. Considerate, loyal, helpful, friendly… is encouraged by the Girl Scout Promise and Law. And sometimes you too must learn these lessons over and over again with us. But you are willing to keep learning. Please be patient if we appear distracted or frustrated or overwhelmed at times. You provide us with encouragement and offer your help. You keep us in your thoughts.
You are, after all, mentors…role models…leaders. Volunteers who have taken an oath to give these girls, your girls, the most precious gift you have to offer- the gift of time.
There is only one thing left to say: thank you. I owe my success to all of you.
Troop 60593 bridged from Daisies to Brownies last Saturday with a sand ceremony. There are 10 girls, so each girl wore a petal color shirt and poured that color sand. We made a Daisy flower on the grass too! It was an amazing day! I have so many fun pictures, it’s hard to choose just three.
Join us for our annual Girl Scout Night, Bridging Celebration and Overnight with the Colorado Sky Sox, Friday June 3-4 in Colorado Springs! Girl Scouts can participate in a Bridging Ceremony before the game and enjoy an optional overnight at the game. Friends and family are invited. The game starts at 7:05 pm with bridging at 6:35 pm. The Overnight starts after the game, with breakfast at 7 am. Each participating Girl Scout will get a patch.
In our rural community of Fruita, Colorado, a 45-girl multi-level Girl Scout troop, ranging from Daisies to Juniors, spends many weeks working toward the ultimate goal of bridging to the next level, so that they can be one step closer to the gold. On May 16th, over one hundred people, including family and Girl Scouts, gathered in the sprinkling rain for a luau themed bridging ceremony.
The DJ was setting the ambiance, decorations splashed across the fences and beams, beach nets lying aimlessly over the bridge, and easy ups strategically placed for easy hiding from the wetness. Rain or shine, Troop 4274 was going to celebrate new girls joining the troop through Investiture, old girls re-dedicating their commitment, and blossoming girls bridging to the next level.
Though the microphones were not wireless as expected, there were not has many chairs as planned, and the chilly weather was a little daunting, the event was a success. Pulled pork and pineapple barbecue chicken, gorgeous bridging cakes done in grandma’s kitchen, limbo contest, raffle prizes, and music, made the event just that much more memorable. The stress, the planning, the details, were all worth it. The 45 girls of Troop 4274 are worth it.
Arvada Troop 3301 bridged from Cadette to Senior Scouts across eight ziplines on Saturday, August 22.
Our Zipline Bridging Ceremony was an excellent example of what is means to be a Girl Scout. We had to be daring! We wanted to live life to the fullest as Girl Scouts and on Saturday we did all that and more. We lept into mid-air with nothing between us but six stories of time and space and flew screaming over white water rivers. And we had the time of our lives!
We are now Senior Girl Scouts – come join us on the adventure of a life time. Say “yes” to scouting!
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!