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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.

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 Guides

Prepare for your exciting new adventures with these Bridging Guides!

 Bridging Certificates 

Recognize bridging girls during the ceremony with these printable bridging certificates!

Virtual Bridging Award

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 be virtually connected with a younger troop to complete the Pass It On Step and an older troop to complete the Look Ahead Step!


GSWO Bridging Spirit Week

Bridging Girl Scouts are encouraged to celebrate their accomplishment the week of June 7-11!

There's a theme for each day of the week, Monday through Friday! Use the hashtag #GSWOadventures when posting on social media!

Tap the image to download your own copy to share on social media!

  • 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. Also, listen to a message of congratulations from our GSWO CEO Roni Luckenbill.


Celebrate Her Continued Girl Scout Journey with GSUSA

Sign up for national events where girls will earn their bridging awards and celebrate each other’s strengths. Although not required, completing the steps to earn Girl Scout Bridging Awards gives Girl Scouts a taste of what their experience will be like at the next level.

  • Earn the Bridging to
    Brownie Award
    June 8, 6:30 p.m. (ET)

  • Earn the Bridging to
    Junior Award  

    June 10, 6:30 p.m. (ET)

  • Earn the Bridging to
    Cadette Award  

    June 10, 7:30 p.m. (ET)

  • Earn the Bridging to
    Senior Award
    June 7, 7:30 p.m. (ET)

  • Earn the Bridging to
    Ambassador Award
    June 10, 8:30 p.m. (ET)

  • Earn the Bridging to
    Adult  Award  

    June 8, 7:30 p.m. (ET)

National Bridging Ceremony

All bridging Girl Scouts can take part in the National Bridging Ceremony, which usually takes place at the beginning or end of the Girl Scout year. This momentous occasion integrates our Girl Scout traditions, while offering a sneak-peek at what girls will do as they advance to the next Girl Scout level. A pre-recorded Spanish-language version of the bridging ceremony is also available for your use.

If you can’t safely organize an in-person event this spring or summer, consider holding your own virtual bridging celebration.

National Bridging Ceremony
Bridging to Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador, and Adult 
June 12, 2 p.m. (ET) 

La Ceremonia Nacional
“Bridging” a Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors y Adultas/Exalumnas
En Español, Todos los niveles de grado de Girl Scouts
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Girls can participate in the events even if they’ve already bridged and/or earned their bridging