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It’s Time to Celebrate: Bridging Basics

April 20, 2015

Bridging Girl Scouts

By Christin Murphy, Adult Learning Director Year 1 and 2

Spring is in the air – we can smell, see it, and feel it. It also means that the end of the Girl Scout year is near. As leaders and volunteers, you’ve watched your troop continue to transform into girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. They’ve earned badges and patches, visited places both near and far, and made friendships and memories that they’ll hold in their heart forever.

And now – it’s time to celebrate! Celebrate their accomplishments, their new-found confidence, and their ability to make a difference in the world. One of our most long-held Girl Scout traditions (and most popular celebrations) is the Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony.

Wait, what’s a Bridging Ceremony?

The Bridging Ceremony is a traditional Girl Scout ceremony symbolizing progression, new adventures, and the continuity of the Girl Scout program. As girls move to the next level in Girl Scouting – for example Daisies to Brownies or Juniors to Cadettes and everything in between! – this ceremony is a defining moment in the Girl Scout experience.

Which is why we are here to help you plan a fun, personalized, and memorable ceremony in a cinch! To get started, follow our three easy steps Bridging Ceremony Planning Steps.

Step 1 Earning the Awards:

Your girls can complete the Pass it On and Look Ahead bridging requirements in the back of the Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting by partnering with younger and older Girl Scouts in their area. If you don’t already have a troop in mind, try posting a request on your local or Council Facebook page, talking with your Service Unit Manager or contacting your Membership Director for a list of troops in your area. Working together with older and younger girls allows girls to not only have a Girl Scout role model, but to be one!

Step 2 Finding a Bridge:

Here we take the bridging, literally! Don’t have a bridge? Get creative! Hold the ceremony at a local park that has a bridge. Create a bridge by stacking three wooden pallets, putting two on the ground a few feet apart and stacking the third on top to connect all three. Or create the illusion of a bridge with two rows of buckets filled with sand and stakes. Connect the stakes with ribbon and ta-da!, you have a bridge. You can find even more bridging ideas on our council’s Pinterest Board.

Step 3 Planning the Ceremony:

There are endless possibilities when it comes to planning the ceremony. From Girl Scout themed baked-goods and singing Girl Scout songs, to printing out certificates or troop photos that your girls can keep forever – there’s so many wonderful ways to celebrate! Use our Pinterest page to gather ideas (such as these awesome free printable bridging certificates), connect on the New Leaders Facebook group to swap stories, or contact your Service Unit for inspiration. You can also visit our Shop retail locations or go online and order bridging kits and supplies!

Regardless of the type of ceremony, it is important to make sure the girls are involved in the planning. It is important for girls to share their favorite Girl Scout moments and recognize the significance of this award by celebrating with their Girl Scout friends and family.

For more information and exciting bridging ceremony ideas, join us on our next New Leader Webinar on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Noon and 7 p.m. Click on the links below to register!

Click here to register for the noon New Leader Webinar
Click here to register for the evening New Leader Webinar

 

 

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Top 3 Reasons to be an Early Bird Girl Scout VIP!

April 7, 2015

Girl Scout Early Bird VIP

 

**Please note Early Bird Registration will now open April 16, 2015. Thank you!!

By Laura Douglass, Membership Director

Early Bird Registration starts April 16th and here’s the top three reasons why you don’t want to miss the opportunity to be a Girl Scout VIP!

1. Free stuff! What girl doesn’t love the chance to add a little more ‘flare’ to her Girl Scout uniform? By renewing before June 30th, you will receive the brand new 2016 Early Bird patch. Be a total fashionista and set the latest trend by being the first girl in your troop to wear this fun patch!

Plus each troop can earn a little fun swag as well. By renewing now, you will not only hold your spot in your troop and help your co-leaders better plan for next year’s fun, but each troop that renews 5 girls and 2 adults will also earn a $15 Council Gift Card. What a fabulous way to kick-off your next troop year.

And there’s more! Each and every week during the Early Bird registration period, we will be surprising one lucky troop with an additional $10 Gift Card. All troops with 5 girls and 2 adults that have renewed for 2016 are eligible for the weekly drawing – each week you’ll have the chance to like or comment on a Facebook post to lock-in your chance to win!

2. Unicorn Riding Lessons! Okay, so technically we don’t really offer unicorn riding lessons but Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines does present a whole year of amazing opportunities from summer resident camps, to scavenger hunts and museum trips, to visits with top scientists at research laboratories.

Do you want to go rock climbing? Do you want to see a professional sports team and ‘meet and greet’ the players? Do you want to learn about folk arts or how about spending an entire day creating your own crafts? We’re putting the finishing touches on these events and so much more for our 2016 program year calendar. By renewing your membership before June 30th, you can be an Early Bird VIP and help ensure we have the resources needed to continue planning these remarkable opportunities.

3. Beat the Rush! Face it, we’re all busy these days and warmer afternoons will soon beckon us to lazy afternoons by the pool and long weekends with friends and family around the picnic table. By renewing before June 30th, you will secure your spot in your troop and help minimize the paperwork hassle later so your leaders can hit the ground running as soon as the new school year begins. Why wait in line if you don’t have too? Relax, Early Bird! Renew by June 30th and you get to check off one more thing on your back-to-school-to-do list.

So let’s recap, shall we? As a Girl Scout Early Bird VIP you’ll earn flare for your uniform, do your part to earn a little swag for your troop, help your troop be eligible to win even more swag in our weekly drawings, all summer long you’ll feel more connected to your troop and your council by providing resources for optimal planning to make 2016 the best year ever, and you get to jump to the head of the line before fall registration. Now isn’t that a pretty sweet package deal of awesomeness for our Early Birds?

To renew, visit the My GS community and login. There are options to renew individual girl and adult memberships, troop renewal, and new family renewal (where you can renew everyone in your family with just a few clicks!). You can visit our Early Bird Renewal page for more details!

 

Want to learn more? Click here to access our new membership renewal portal….

You can also send us a note or give us a call at 1-800-284-4475. We’d love to hear from you!

 

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