Here Are Some Ideas for Your Own Daisy to Brownie Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony
At the end of first grade, Daisy Girl Scouts who choose to continue their scouting experience will become Brownie Girl Scouts in second grade. A bridging ceremony to celebrate this Scouting milestone is typically held during the last meeting. This is an important event in the life of a Girl Scout, and parents are invited to witness their daughter's transition from Daisy to Brownie.
Notify the Parents
Since meeting dates are known in advance, parents should be notified of the bridging ceremony about two to three months beforehand. This is necessary because parents who work full-time will need to be able to arrange their schedules to attend the bridging ceremony. It is also necessary to give ample notice so parents with other children can arrange for childcare for them if they are young and may disrupt the bridging ceremony.
If you are planning on serving refreshments, about a month before the Brownie bridging ceremony, email the parents a sign-up sheet of items you would like to have. Put on enough items so everyone can bring something. I made sure that we had only finger foods so that serving utensils were unnecessary. Our refreshment sign-up sheet included paper napkins, paper plates, brownies, carrots and dip, donut holes, grapes, Hershey kisses, juice boxes and water. We doubled up on brownies and beverages, as these are the most popular.
Make sure the sign up list is copied to everyone and that all parents respond to everyone so there are no duplicates.
Here is One Troop's Ceremony
Just try not to smile!
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What the Parents Need to Buy
For our bridging to Brownies ceremony, I had the parents buy their daughters the Brownie vest and Brownie tab. We bought the membership pins and discs, Brownie pins, patches. We also printed bridging certificates off the internet.
I took two large pieces of oaktag, cut them in half, and taped them together to look like a bridge. Then I made "steps" on green construction paper and wrote one word on each...."Now I am a Brownie Girl Scout." The girls walked along it and crossed over to my co-leader, their parents, and myself.
We had the girls do the Pledge of Allegiance, the Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law. Then I said a few words about what we had done with the girls over the past two years. The girls sang "I've Got Something in My Pocket" and used the word "Daisy" for "Brownie".
Then we called each girl one at a time. Her parent helped her put on the Brownie vest, and I pinned on her pins while my co-leader took a picture. We handed each girl a bridging certificate and a baggie with her bridging patch in it.
After each girl crossed the bridge, we sang "I've Got Something in My Pocket" and said "Brownie smile" extra loud. Then we took hands with the parents, did our friendship squeeze, and sang "Make New Friends".
Then we had our refreshments. Rainbow paper goods, like this one, add to the festivities and really brighten up your table.
This easy Daisy to Brownie bridging ceremony is one your co-leader and you can easily put together. It is a great way to end this chapter of your Girl Scout career!