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Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout's life—it's a celebration of moving from one Girl Scout grade level to the next, allowing girls to become aware of their achievements and get ready for new adventures and responsibilities. Celebrating this change should be fun, personalized, and memorable for everyone involved. And most of all, it should be designed by the girls in true partnership with adults!

Bridging ceremonies usually take place at the beginning or end of the Girl Scout year and can have three parts:

  • Opening: Guests are welcomed and the tone is set.
  • Main section: The ceremony is explained and the girls celebrate moving from one level to the next.
  • Closing: Girls participate in friendship circles and thank their guests.

Each of the ceremony's parts offers plenty of room for the girls' creativity and individuality. The ceremony should always focus on paying tribute to Girl Scouts as they move forward.

Download the Girl Scout Bridging Guide

Girl Scout Bridging Overview

Learn what bridging is, the steps you need to complete bridging for your grade level and how to celebrate with a ceremony. 

Bridging Award Guides

Prepare for your exciting new adventures with these Bridging Award Guides:

Daisy | Brownies | Junior | Cadette | Senior | Ambassador

GSWO Bridging Spirit Week

Bridge to the next level in Girl Scouting—in person or virtually! Let us help you earn the steps of the Bridging Award through two virtual options. We can connect you with an older and younger troop to earn the award on your own, or you can join us for our Virtual Bridging Award event. Find out more information about Bridging Awards, Ceremonies, and Spirit Week below.

Virtual Bridging Award Event

Pass It On, Look Ahead

May 18 | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. | All Ages | Virtual

Meet with other troops virtually to complete the steps to earn your Bridging Award! You will Pass It On by teaching younger troops and Look Ahead as you learn from an older troop. Once you have attended the Zoom meeting and earned your Bridging Award, you can start planning a bridging ceremony for your troop!

Bridging Award Troop Match-Up
Join us to celebrate Bridging Girl Scouts!
  • Monday: Girl Scout Green Out! Wear your Girl Scout t-shirt or uniform today. Post a photo on social media—we'd love to see you! Use the hashtag #GSWOadventures!
  • Tuesday: Sing a Girl Scout song. Brush up on your lyrics!
  • Wednesday: Share your favorite Girl Scout Traditions with your family.
  • Thursday: Throwback Thursday! Share your favorite Girl Scout memory on social media or with your family.
  • Friday:  Girl Scout Proud. Celebrate your accomplishment and hang a Bridging Trefoil (available in green for color printers or black for black and white printers!) in your front window.