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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.

Girl Scouts celebrate advancing to the next level of Girl Scouts

45 Girl Scouts from troops across the Western Colorado region gathered on May 1, 2019 at the GSCO regional office in Grand Junction to celebrate advancing from their current Girl Scout level to the next as part of a special event called a Bridging Ceremony.

Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life. It’s a defining moment when a Girl Scout celebrates her achievements and looks forward to new adventures and responsibilities. The girls who walked across the bridge at this ceremony, just like the many who have before them, are modeling the progression that the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is known for. They have worked hard to not only earn and achieve, but to learn and to grow alongside their Girl Scout sisters.

Girl Scouts of Colorado invited members of the Junior Service League (JSL) to this special ceremony to thank them for their continued support of Girl Scouts throughout the Western Colorado region. The bridge, which is a symbolic piece of this ceremony, was graciously donated by JSL, and was officially rededicated to Girl Scouts.

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.

 

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.

Save the date: Royal Gorge Bridging

 

 

 

 

 

Save the date for GSCO’s statewide Girl Scout Bridging at the Royal Gorge Bridge on May 19, 2018! The bridge, located outside of Canyon City, is one of the most majestic backdrops for a Girl Scout Bridging with it’s breathtaking scenery. Last year, we had more than 300 Girl Scouts, friends, and family cross the bridge during the ceremony and enjoy a cupcake reception afterwards.

Admission to the park for the bridging ceremony is good for the day, so many Girl Scouts and troops plan extra time to enjoy the bridge and the different attractions onsite. The bridge has a lot of picnic tables and different hiking trails available for use as well as food onsite. There’s also several campsites close by.

Information about this year’s ceremony and reception is coming soon. To be notified when bridging registration opens, please contact GSCO Community Partnerships Manager Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org. For more information about the Royal Gorge Bridge, please go to http://royalgorgebridge.com.

Royal Gorge Centennial bridging

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:

Jody Clair

Dana and Elise Vandegrift

Kathy and Genevieve Nameika

Debbie Swanson

Jay Sklenar

Thank you for helping make it a great day!

Multi-Level bridging requirements event

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Submitted by Katy Herstein

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

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!

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

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.

Steamboat Springs Bridging stirs feelings

Submitted by Chris Kucera

Steamboat Springs

Mountain Communities

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.

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

Denver troop bridges to Brownies

Submitted by Michelle Horne

Denver

Metro Denver

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.

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