Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout's life. It's a defining moment when a girl becomes aware of her achievements and is 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 can 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.
Prepare for your exciting new adventures with these Bridging Guides!
Recognize bridging girls during the ceremony with these printable bridging certificates!
Virtual Bridging Events
The world is facing unique challenges right now, and Girl Scouts are rising up to meet them. While many bridging events have been canceled for safety, troops are flexing their creative muscles to bridge virtually.
To complete a Bridging Award, it is essential for your troop to connect to both a younger and an older troop to share your experiences. These steps will help you pass down something you learned to younger Girl Scouts and look forward to what's waiting for you at the next level.
Sign up to participate in a national Bridging Ceremony on August 1 or August 8!
GSWO Bridging Spirit Week
Bridging Girl Scouts are encouraged to celebrate their accomplishment the week of August 1-8!
Spirit week begins and ends with national Bridging Ceremonies on August 1 and 8, and there's a theme for each day of the week, Monday through Friday!
- 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!
- 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. Also, listen to a message of congratulations from our GSWO CEO Roni Luckenbill.