Thursday, April 9, 2015

Daisy to Brownie Bridging Ceremony

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Are you a second year Daisy leader who will soon be leading a group of Brownie Girl Scouts? Are you a multi-level Daisy troop with some of your girls getting their Brownie wings?

Then it is time to start planning your Daisy to Brownie bridging ceremony!

While bridging is a very important Girl Scout milestone, you do not have to make yourself crazy creating one that will be enjoyed by both the girls and their parents.

Daisy to Brownie Bridging Resources and Ideas

In  this blog post, I share what I did for my Daisy to Brownie bridging ceremony. It was simple to plan and the girls and parents enjoyed themselves.

On my main Girl Scout blog, I have resources for leaders to use when planning their ceremonies, including Daisy Scouts.  You can read it here.

It really does not have to be more than 10 to 15 minutes at the most. By the time you get parents settled and the girls ready, you will probably use a good 10 minutes there. Then have refreshments at the end and then you are done!

Here are some other resources I have found for Daisy to Brownie bridging ceremonies. You can take what you like from each one and create your own!

Girl Scouts of Nassau County

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast

Scouting Web-How to Create a Meaningful Ceremony (has great checklists and ideas!)

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey

Girl Scouts of Black Diamond (Daisy poem)

Bridging Ceremony (complete)

Once you have figured out the ceremony you wish to have, you will need to buy supplies. Personally, I believe that troop funds should not be used to purchase vests or sashes for the girls for the bridging ceremony. Schedules change as well as young minds, and your troop is out the money if you purchase a uniform for a girl who decides not to return to your troop. 

I did have a girl bridge with us to Brownies, and her parents bought the vest for the ceremony. She wound up not returning in the fall because she took up a sport.

My parents are also responsible for buying everything that is needed for the front of the vest-tab, troop numbers, Council ID, and the flag.

What my troop money does purchase for bridging is all membership badges and pins.

You will need to buy this for each girl.

Bridge from Daisy to Brownie Ceremony Ideas. Iron on bridging badge.

Bridge to Brownie Iron On Arc from Boscov's. This can be ordered online and save you a trip! 

There are many cute gift ideas that you can give to your girls, if you choose. I gave each girl a box of Brownie mix and they thought it was cute! 

As the leader, you should purchase the new Brownie binder and look it over during the summer. Then you should check out my How to Earn Brownie Badges website for all of your lesson plan needs!

Girl Scout Leader Brownie Binder

What are you doing for your Daisy to Brownie Bridging ceremony?

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