PREPARING FOR & CELEBRATING TRANSITIONS

Activities for Daisy Girl Scouts
      Bridging to Brownie Girl Scouts
  
      Daisy Girl Scouts may "bridge" to Brownie Girl Scouts by learning about the next level through a series of activities and participating in the planning of a ceremony.  At the ceremony, girls receive the following insignia and awards: 
          Brownie Girl Scout Pin
          World Trefoil Pin (if they have not received it on their first Thinking Day)
          Bridging to Brownie Girl Scouts Award
          A membership star with a blue disc
     
      Bridging Step 1:  Girls learn about Brownie Girl Scouting by doing one of the following:
          Invite some Brownie Girl Scouts to talk about Brownie Girl Scouting.
          Visit a Brownie Girl Scout group during a planning meeting.
          Have girls look through the Brownie Girl Scout Handbook and the Try-Its for Brownie Girl Scouts book.
  
      Bridging Step 2:  Girls complete a Brownie Girl Scout activity by doing one of the following:
          Find out about three things that Brownie Girl Scouts do (and do one)
          Complete an activity in the Brownie Girl Scout Handbook
          Ask a Brownie Girl Scout to tell about some of the things she does and do an activity with her.

      Bridging Step 3:  Girls do one of the following with a Brownie Girl Scout:
          Plan and carry out a service project with Brownie Girl Scouts.
          Go on a field trip with Brownie Girl Scouts.
          Visit Brownie Girl Scouts at one of their meetings and complete an activity with them.

      Bridging Step 4:  Girls help plan their bridging ceremony.  They can:
          Work with a Brownie Girl Scout sister troop to plan the bridging ceremony.
          Make up a song for the ceremony.
          Prepare decorations for the ceremony.

      Adapted from the Guide for Daisy Girl Scout Leaders (2000), September 2004.
      Resources
      Brownie Girl Scout Handbook
      Try-Its for Brownie Girl Scouts

      Links on Girl Scout Central:
      Ceremonies
      Ceremony Planner
      How to Song Lead
      Brownie Girl Scout Insignia Online
      Where to Place Insignia on the Brownie Girl Scout Uniform
     
Activities for Brownie Girl Scouts
      Bridging to Junior Girl Scouts
      Every Brownie Girl Scout receives her "wings" at the end of her Brownie Girl Scout years.  Some girls also choose to earn their Bridge to Junior Girl Scouts rainbow patch.  At the Bridging Ceremonies, each Brownie Girl Scout receives:
          Brownie Wings
          Bridge to Juniors patch
          A membership star with a green disc
      Note:  The Girl Scout pin is usually awarded at a special "Investiture Ceremony" during the next troop/group year.
    
      You will need to pick at least one activity from each of the six steps to Junior Girl Scouting to learn what is at the end of your bridging rainbow.
      1.  Find out about Junior Girl Scouting.
          Ask a Junior Girl Scout or an adult who works with Junior Girl Scouts to tell you about Junior Girl Scouting.
          Find out about the awards (badges and signs) for Junior Girl Scouts by looking at a Junior Girl Scout sash, vest, catalog picture, or the Awards, Badges and Other Insignia section on Girl Scout central at www.girlscouts.org.  Look through the Junior Girl Scout Handbook and Girl Scout Badges and Signs.  Find out about the badges, the signs, and the leadership pin.  Look for differences between Brownie and Junior Girl Scout activities.
          Take part in a special event put on by your community service unit, council, or a Junior Girl Scout troop for Brownie Girl Scouts bridging to the Junior Girl Scout level.

      2.  Do a Junior Girl Scout Activity
          Do an activity from the Junior Girl Scout Handbook or Junior Girl Scout Badgebook.
          Do an activity from a Junior Girl Scout Issues for Girl Scouts booklet, such as Connections, Read to Lead, Girls Are Great, or Media Know-How.
          Do a Junior Girl Scout online science or technology activity from the "Awards, Badges and Other Insignia" section on Girl Scout central at www.girlscouts.org

      3.  Do something with a Junior Girl Scout or a Junior Girl Scout troop or group. 
          Attend a meeting or event as the guest of a Junior Girl Scout troop or group.
          Do a service project with Junior Girl Scouts.
          Write to a Junior Girl Scout pen-pal (mail) or key pal (e-mail) who lives in your area or another state.
      
      4.  Share what you learn about Junior Girl Scouting with Brownie or Daisy Girl Scouts.
          Make a poster or collage, or create a poster or flier on the computer, to show others what Junior Girl Scouts is all about.
          Put on a skit or special program about a service project or activity that you did with a Junior Girl Scout.
          Teach a song or game that you learned from a Junior Girl Scout.

      5.  Plan and do a summer Girl Scout activity
      (If your Brownie Girl Scout troop or group has its bridging ceremony before summer, you can receive your Bridge to Junior Girl Scouts award before doing this activity.  However, you should do the activity before your first Junior Girl Scout meeting in the fall.)
          Go to a Girl Scout day or resident (sleep away) camp.
          Plan and do an outdoor activity with other Girl Scouts and their families.
          Have a cookout, swim or skate party, campfire, or stargazing activity with other Girl Scouts.
          Participate in a GirlSports activity with other Girl Scouts.       
          Plan a get-acquainted activity for fall for your new Junior Girl Scout troop buddies.
          Write a summer newsletter for your group.
          Do a summer project with other Girl Scouts.

      6.  Help Plan your fly-up Ceremony
          Learn a new opening or closing that you can use in your flying-up ceremony.
          Write a poem, song, or skit about going from Brownie to Junior Girl Scouts that you can use in your ceremony.
          Design and make invitations for the ceremony.
          Make decorations that you can use at the ceremony.
      
      Adapted and revised from the Brownie Girl Scout Handbook (2000), September 2004
      Resources
      Junior Girl Scout Handbook
      Junior Girl Scout Badge Book
      Issues for Girl Scouts series

      Links on Girl Scout Central:
      Ceremonies
      Ceremony Planner
      How to Song Lead
      Junior Girl Scout Insignia Online
      Where to Place Insignia on the Junior Girl Scout Uniform

  
Bridging and Celebrations for Girls 11 and Up
      Making It Meaningful
      Up to now, bridging has been laid out in a formula for transition at each age level, with activities clearly spelled out.  The ceremony itself is not the point, it's making a  journey from the familiar to something new and different that inspires girls.  The journey develops more twists and turns as girls move into the tweens and teens, and offers more opportunities for creativity and girl planning. 

      We have been marking the transitions of girls from Junior Girl Scouts to Cadette Girl Scouts, and from Cadette into Senior Girl Scouts.  These two passages are still an option and the available insignia are:

        a.. Bridging to Cadettes
        b.. Bridging to Seniors
        c.. Bridging to Adults
        d.. 10 Year Pin
        e.. Membership discs and stars
      
      Remember however, that the current bridging practices really don't synchronize with girl development patterns. We know from girls that their physical, emotional, and social development changes as they progress through three stages of adolescence: 11-13; 13-15 and 15-17. By marking these stages with celebrations and rites of passage, we can better meet the needs of girls. 

      GSUSA is encouraging Girl Scouts 11-17 and adults to think more broadly and creatively about  marking the passage of girls throughout adolescence and the transition into adulthood. Some examples about building new transitional celebrations for girls are listed below.

      Ages and Stages: Cause for Celebration
          Girls 11 and 12:  'Tweens
          Girls 13-15: Teens at Last! 
          Girls 16-17: Focus on the Future
          Girls 18 and above: Becoming an Adult.

      Moving to "By Girls, For Girls" in Bridging Ceremonies for Girls 11-17
      GSUSA is encouraging girls 11-17 in partnership with their advisors to create their own criteria for earning the current bridging insignia (listed below). Girls and advisors may:
          Follow the specific bridging activities that are outlined in the current handbooks
          Create new bridging activities to focus on concerns and transitions encountered as girls transition from 11-13, to 13-15 and 15-17..
          Mix and match existing bridging activities with new activities and celebrations.

       GSUSA is even exploring the possibility of creating new insignia, as well as honoring outstanding examples of creativity and meaningful program activities related to transitional activities for girls 11-13, 13-15 and 15-17.  You are invited to send your ideas and successful bridging activities to Jennifer Goddard at Girl Scouts of the USA at jgoddard@girlscouts.org.

         Suggestions for Ages and Stages, 11-18
Transitioning into Ages 11 and 12:  'Tweens
      The end of Junior Girl Scouts and the first stage of  adolescence  can be marked by transitioning to the  STUDIO 2B approach--which makes Girl Scouts "bigger" for girls! Options may be overwhelming at first.  Girls may be staying with the same group of girls, or going into different groups as they move to different schools.  They need to build a firm network for transition and support.   Bridging activities at this point should still be focusing on preparation for the transition.  We suggest components that include:
          Reviewing resources available to girls 11-12, including:
      o       STUDIO 2B Collection 11-13
      o       Cadette Girl Scout Handbook
      o       STUDIO 2B Basics
      o       STUDIO 2B Focus books
      o       Interest Projects for Girl Scouts 11-17
      o       Girl Scout Silver Award insert
      o       studio2B.org online
      o       The Girl Scout Bronze Award (must earn by grade 7 or age 12)
      o       Bridge to Cadette Girl Scout patch

          Understanding the concept of "by girls, for girls" and the 4B's
          Meeting with girls who have already made the transition
          Doing activities from materials at the next age level
          Doing activities with girls who are older than they are
          Planning a bridging ceremony that recognizes the transition into a new level
          Reflecting on their accomplishments as  Junior Girl Scouts

Junior to Girl Scouts 11 -17 Girl Scouts Bridging Ceremony
      The Key to the Future

      Supplies:       a key for each Girl Scout - could be cut from paper OR buy uncut keys from a store - attach to a daisy flower's stem and/or ribbon.
      Ceremony:    *   advisor speaking
      #  girls' response
    
      *       Have you come here tonight (today) with a desire to be bridge to for Girl Scout 11 -17?
      #      Yes, we have.
      *       Do you understand that by entering Girl Scouts 11 -17 you are joining a sisterhood in which you will be expected to live your life by the values in the Girl Scout Promise and Law and follow the 4 B's of Become, Belong, Believe and Build?
      #      We do.
      *       You now will take on more responsibility for your program design.  You will work in partnership with your advisor to plan your own path through the program.  Are you prepared to be an active participant in this partnership?
      #      We are.
      *       The program now is, "By Girls, for Girls." Are you ready to take the lead to make new choices for your life?  Are you ready to take on new challenges and look wide at life and then look wider still?
      #      We are.
      *       Understanding these things then, I ask you to see your responsibilities and endeavors in Girl Scouting, not from a girl's point of view, but that of young leaders. Will you do this?
      #      We will.
      *       I trust you, on your honor, to do your best to keep these promises. Do your best to keep your honor bright and the spirit of Girl Scouting in your heart. (pause) Accept these keys as symbols of your advancement into Girl Scouting 11 -17. Use them to unlock all the adventures and opportunities available to you through the STUDIO 2B resources. Girl Scouts (present keys)



Transitioning into Ages 13-15:  Teens at Last!
     Becoming an "official" teen is both an exciting and confusing time for most girls.  This is often the most angst driven and "me" focused period of being a teen-girls are entering or well into puberty, and change and relationships govern actions.  Girl Scouting offers a haven to "be a girl" and explore issues encountered in the teen years with advisors and sister Girl Scouts, as well as find a voice in the teen community.  Consider celebrating and acknowledge changes- in bodies, relationships, self-esteem..
           Resources available to girls 13-15, include  all of the resources listed above and:
      o       STUDIO 2B Collection 13-15
      o       Girl Scout Gold Award Go for It! insert
      o       Bridge to Senior Girl Scout award
      o       The Girl Scout Silver Award  (Must earn by grade 9 or age 14)
      o       The Girl Scout Gold Award (Must be 14 to start; 15 and above to do project)
 
Transitioning into Ages 16-17: Focus on the Future
      The last two years of high school find a girl focusing on success in school, becoming her own person, and looking at careers and college.  Often serious relationships develop, yet girl friends are needed as a support system.  Adult mentors and networks are important.  Life seems more focused and serious.  Girls are given more responsibility and have more to stress out about.  Time management is essential for busy calendars.  Consider celebrating this stage by affirming friendships, networks and mentors, and accomplishments.
          Resources available to girls 16-17, include  all of the resources listed above and:
      o       STUDIO 2B Collection 15-17
      o       Bridge to Senior Girl Scout award
      o       The Girl Scout Gold Award  (Must complete by age 18 or end of  last girl membership year)
      Links on Girl Scout Central:
      Ceremonies
      Ceremony Planner
      For Adults
      Campus Girl Scouts

Bridging to Adult Girl Scouting

      If girls choose to bridge to adult Girl Scouting, they may want to volunteer their time at their council, or directly to girls, as a leader of a troop/group.  Completing the activities below will enable girls to earn the Bridge to Adult Girl Scout pin-or, exploring what it means to be an adult Girl Scout in your own way. 

        1.. Find out how Girl Scouting is organized in your community.
        2.. Find out about the volunteer positions that are open to adults.
        3.. Interview professional Girl Scout staff and find out what kinds of education and experience are needed for key positions.
        4.. Find out about training available for adults and, if possible, participate in an adult training event.
        5.. Take on a leadership role in Girl Scouting working with adults.  This might be as a Program aide, a Leader-in-Training, a Troop Assistant, an Apprentice Trainer, or a member of an event task group or board committee.
        6.. Find out about campus Girl Scouting.
        7.. Plan or help plan a bridging ceremony, in which you receive your Bridge to Adult Girl Scouts pin. 
      Once bridged, a girl may register as an adult and wear the adult uniform.

      Resources
      Leader magazine
      Bridge to adult pin

      Links on Line:
      Ceremonies
      Ceremony Planner
      For Adults
      Campus Girl Scouts
 

 
 

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