Ceremonies help Girl Scouts mark special events throughout the year,
such as bridging to another level, earning a National Leadership
Journey award, or getting a Girl Scout pin.
Ceremonies can commemorate accomplishments or add something special to the beginning or end of a group’s meeting. Girls can plan a ceremony around a theme, such as friendship or nature, and express themselves in words or song. Whatever its purpose, every Girl Scout ceremony helps girls share in Girl Scout history and traditions—and create their own special memories.
With lots of troops taking a break before the summer, now is the perfect time to host a Bridging ceremony or a Court of Awards, and we’re here to help!
A Bridging ceremony marks a girl’s move from one level of Girl Scouting to another. 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.
See how Girl Scouts earn their Bridging Awards (PDF):
Daisy | Brownie | Junior | Cadette | Senior | Ambassador
COURT OF AWARDS
Court of Awards is a special ceremony recognizing girls’ accomplishments. Girls are presented with their badges, year pins, and other recognitions earned during the year. Volunteers may also be recognized during the ceremony. The Court of Awards can be held anytime during the year, at any location, and as often as the troop wants.
A Court of Awards is a great way to bring girls and their families together before you break for the summer to acknowledge the accomplishments of the past year and recommit to a new year of Girl Scouting.
With a little planning, you can host a successful and special ceremony to celebrate your girls.
We’ve developed a Court of Awards Guide to walk you through everything you need to know from sample scripts, to a time line checklist – we have you covered in your planning.
Looking for more ideas? Check out our Bridging and Court of Awards Pinterest board.