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. And whether the ceremony includes an actual bridge or a symbolic one, or if it includes props such as candles, flowers or flags, it should always focus on paying tribute to the girls as they move forward.

Honoring Change
During bridging ceremonies, girls are honored for their progression and growth. Girls can work with volunteers to create bridging ceremonies that mark milestones as they move into the next level. 

Click here to learn more about the requirements and insignia for each grade level .

Click the links below for printable guidelines to use at your service unit or troop meeting.​​​​

 Bridging Guides