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End-of-Year Ceremonies and Celebration Planning

It’s hard to believe, but June is right around the corner! This is when many troops hold their bridging and flying up ceremonies, as well as their courts of awards to recognize accomplishments. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Court of Awards- a ceremony to recognize the achievements of the Girl Scouts. It is on this occasion that girls receive the badges that they have earned. This ceremony can be held any time during the Girl Scout year; some troops have two or more of these during their troop year.

Fly-Up – a ceremony held at the end of the Girl Scouting year for Brownie Girl Scouts bridging into Junior Girl Scouts. It is at this time the girls receive their Brownie Girl Scout wings.

Bridging- a ceremony held for any Girl Scout moving up to a new level in the program. Daisy Girl Scouts to Brownie Girl Scouts, Brownie Girl Scouts to Junior Girl Scouts, etc.

A ceremony may be informal, taking only a few minutes to prepare or, it may be a more formal nature, requiring advance preparation. If you girls are preparing to bridge or fly up here are some elements that might be included in a ceremony:

Girl Scout Promise and Law, reading of poems or original words written by girls for the occasion, songs, candle lighting, flag ceremony, etc. The ceremony should be simple and dignified. A celebration is a time for sharing such things as sisterhood, fun, food, dances, songs, over a longer period of time than that given to a ceremony. A ceremony can be part of a celebration.

For these ceremonies our GSSN Shop is fully prepared and stocked to help with all of your needs. Call or stop by and our shop staff will be happy to assist you with all of your needs.