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How To Make a Bridge for Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony

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A Girl Scouts Bridging Ceremony is held when Girl Scouts move from one level of scouting up to the next (such as Brownie to Junior, or Junior to Cadet).

There are many ways to make a bridge for a bridging ceremony. It can be elaborate or simple, or you can even use a real bridge outdoors for your ceremony.  If your ceremony is indoors, you'll need some sort of prop.

We needed something simple, not too heavy, easily transportable, and something that the girls could help build themselves. 

Here's how our Girl Scout Troop made ours:

We used three wooden pallets like this that were donated by Wal-Mart. Just go to the loading area around the back of the store and ask if they have any that they can give you. (They cannot give away the painted ones, but they usually have others that they will be happy to donate if you tell them it's for your scout group.)

The pallets are kept separate for the entire process which makes them easy to transport in a car and set up at the ceremony site. It was not necessary to attach them to each other at all.  The basic structure is built by simply laying two of them on the ground and the third one across them, like this: 

To make them easier to walk on and to look nicer, we covered them with cardboard using a staple gun.  The girls painted the cardboard brown. 

This probably would have been enough, but we wanted to have hand rails as well to make it pretty.  We were given eight cedar fencing slats from a neighbor who was removing part of his garden fence.  We used smaller scraps of wood, to make four simple slot areas on the sides of each of the two bottom pallets. This made it easy to slip the vertical slats in at our meeting place without having to nail them on permanently.  They could probably be attached using a couple of screws during the set up if that is easier.  Then we strung a flower garland across them. A daisy flower garland would have been ideal, in honor of Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Lowe, the founder of Girl Scouts.

Then the girls used two more big pieces of cardboard and painted them using some small paint brushes, to look like stones for the sides of the bridge. We tied them on using some wire once the bridge was set up.

Behind the bridge, we made a rainbow of helium balloons strung on fishing string. It was a great backdrop for taking pictures after the ceremony.  There are lots of other ideas to use for your bridging ceremony at Scouting Web.

Have fun at your Girl Scout bridging ceremony! 
 


Easy Bridge!

Here's another bridging ceremony bridge that we made a different year. It's much easier to transport, and very small for storage. There was no building or construction needed at all. 

2 yards of rainbow fabric, cut into strips as shown
2 daisy garlands (6' long each), cut into 8 pieces each
8 wooden dowels
8 plastic tumblers
6 lbs of plaster of paris
8 pipe cleaners

Total cost for all materials was just under $40. We will use this bridge from year to year. 

First, we took four  of the dowels and cut a few inches off them to make them a little shorter for the ends.  We mixed the plaster of paris and  filled the tumblers about 2/3 full, then inserted the dowels when it started to set. Then we used the pipe cleaners to tie the strips of rainbow fabric to the tops of the dowels.  Next,  we tied a bunch of daisies to the dowels using the same pipe cleaners, and put more daisies in the tumblers as shown.  This was easy to set up since it was all tied together when we arrived for the cermony. We just carted it around in a smaller box. 

The girls just walked through the colorful "handrails" to the other side.  Here's a photo of our bridge in action. The cadettes made an arch of colorful helium balloons for the bridging girls to walk through as they pass over our bridge.   Have fun at your Girl Scout bridging ceremony!





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