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Three Reasons to Celebrate National Bridging Week: August 1 – 8, 2020

Throughout the year, Girl Scouts accomplish amazing things for themselves and the community around them. Let’s celebrate them during National Bridging Week (August 1 – 8, 2020) as they bridge to the next level in Girl Scouts and start their next adventure!

Bridging—that is, when a girl celebrates “crossing the bridge” from one Girl Scout level to the next—is one of the most important moments in a Girl Scout’s life. And although the COVID-19 pandemic may have us continuing to pause our in-person meetings and ceremonies, you can still find ways to honor all the good things your girl has done this year and get excited for everything you’ll experience next year!

Girl Scout Day at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Cañon City on Saturday, August 8, 2020 is a wonderful opportunity for your girl to bridge across the highest suspension bridge in the United States! Learn more here.

If you can’t organize an in-person ceremony, consider holding a virtual bridging celebration or taking part in one of GSUSA’s National Virtual Bridging Ceremonies, which will be held August 1 and 8.

Here are three reasons your troop will want to get in on the bridging fun:

  1. Keep the groove going. Everyone’s daily routine has been upended in recent months, and marking this incredible point in your troop’s Girl Scout experience is so important in helping everyone feel some forward momentum. Putting a virtual or in-person bridging ceremony on your calendar and counting down the days is going to feel so good!
  2. ALL 👏 YOUR 👏 SISTERS👏 Being a Girl Scout means having sisters across the country and around the world ready to cheer you on! Taking part in one of the bridging events is a powerful reminder that everyone in the troop is part of a big sisterhood made up of resilient girls and adults who are staying strong and doing good in their communities. Whatever comes our way, we’re never alone!
  3. Celebrate your achievements. The last few months have been challenging no matter where you live, but that’s all the more reason to lift up everything the troop has achieved this year! You earned badges and Journey awards, made our communities better, and continued to shine your brightest. Most importantly, we all stayed Girl Scout strong in the face of hardship—and that’s worth celebrating here and now.

The best part? You can bridge virtually and amp up the experience with an in-person event when it’s safe. Like everything in Girl Scouting, it’s all about what the girls want! And you can make the occasion even more special with an official bridging kit from the Girl Scout Shop.

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.

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/