Bridging happens when a Girl Scout is ready to transition from one leadership level to the next. Bridging consists of two parts: earning the bridging award and participating in a bridging ceremony.
The Bridging Award
The Handbook section of the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting contains information about the bridging award for each level. Each level has two bridging award steps, Pass It On and Look Ahead. In step 1, Pass It On, girls share their talent and skills with younger girls. In step 2, Look Ahead, girls learn about the next level by meeting with older girls and asking them to share their experiences. When Ambassadors complete the Look Ahead step, they get together with Girl Scout adults.
The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting contains three suggested activities for each step that are age-level appropriate. The guide states that only one of these activities, or something similar, needs to be done to complete the step.
The Bridging Ceremony
Once girls have completed their bridging award requirements, have a ceremony to celebrate this special transition to the next level. Bridging ceremonies differ, so you can customize one for your troop however you would like! Some service units even do bridging ceremonies for several troops together as a group. Here are a couple of ideas:
- Some troops have girls cross a footbridge at a local park to symbolize their crossing into the next level. Others use a symbolic bridge made of poster board or other materials.
- You can give bridging favors to the girls. For example, for a Bridging to Junior ceremony, you could give each girl a packet of daisy seeds to remind them of where they’ve been, a brownie to remind them of where they are, and a box of Junior Mints to symbolize what lies ahead.
- In addition to the bridging awards, bridging certificates are available at all GSMH retail shops.