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                          Daisy to Brownie Bridging

When girls are ready to move from Daisy Girl Scouts
they may participate in bridging activities. The best
way to bridge your Daisy Girl Scouts to Brownie Girl
Scouts is to introduce them to the Brownie Girl
Scout world.

A simple way of doing this is by working with a
sister troop.

The Daisy Girl Scouts and
Brownie Girl Scouts may
participate in a few activities
together and then plan the
bridging ceremony together. The
girls should help as much as
possible in the planning of the

     The bridging to Brownie Girl Scouts
   ceremony is a milestone in the Daisy Girl
                 Scout’s life.

The ceremony should involve planning with both the Brownie and
 Daisy Girl Scouts and involve the family of the Daisy Girl Scouts.
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 Our troop has a tradition of passing out a scrapbook at the end of the
  year. The pictures throughout the years show happy faces of girls
  playing, singing, skating, making crafts, going on field trips, serving the
  community, and our troop's favorite event, camping! The pictures are a
  visible reminder of how much a Girl Scout can experience - but will
  never capture the life experiences gained by each girl participating in
  each event.
  —Troops 1357 and 1964, Tejas Council, Service Unit 112

 Our troop had a unique bridging ceremony this year. The church where
  we meet has a small 1/2 wall in front of the choir loft that we used for
  our bridge. We put garlands across the wall then had a large mirror on
  the floor with a garland around it for the pond. Each Daisy Girl Scout
  was brought to the left side of the bridge where she was given her star
  with a disk, then escorted over the bridge by a Brownie Girl Scout. On
  the other side of the bridge she was given her Brownie Girl Scout Pin.
  Then the girls were brought to the pond for the investiture part of the
  ceremony. We used our troop banner as a backdrop for the bridge. We
  did our ceremony this way so that our Brownie Girl Scouts who were
  not bridging would be able to participate in the ceremony and not just
  simply have to sit and watch. We wanted all our girls to have an active
  part in the ceremony. All the Brownie Girl Scouts felt very important
  and grown up by having the responsibility of leading a Daisy Girl Scout
  to the next level of Girl Scouting.
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 Troop 1964 (Daisies) and Troop 1357 (Brownies) participated in a joint
  bridging ceremony as the Daisy Girl Scouts became Brownie Girl Scouts and
  the Brownie Girl Scouts got their wings and flew up to Junior Girl Scouts. The
  Brownie Girl Scouts each met a Daisy Girl Scout halfway across a beautiful
  bridge over a neighborhood canal. The Daisy Girl Scouts each carried a basket
  they had decorated with silk daisies. They traded swaps (Daisy Girl Scouts
  made pins with rainbow colors and the Brownie Girl Scouts made clothespin
  girls); The Daisy Girl Scouts had a few songs to sing when they crossed the
  bridge and then sat and watched the Brownie Girl Scouts bridge. Each
  Brownie Girl Scout held a colored carnation and as she crossed the bridge the
  leaders alternated speaking about them - how long each girl had been a
  member, and something about her interests and changes over the years. Then
  each girl tossed her flower into the canal after making a silent wish, and
  leaders spoke about the color.

Each color symbolizes for us something different:
    Purple represents the development of personal taste for various forms
       of art; expressing thoughts, feelings, and ideals through various art forms
       and appreciating the artistic talents and contributions of others.
    Yellow means becoming aware of the natural environment and
       developing skills and knowledge for living comfortably in that
       environment. It represents a respect for the balance of nature and
       protecting and preserving the environment.
    White represents honesty in thought, word, and deed. It represents
       honesty toward ourselves and others.
    Red means understanding one's self - one's values, needs, emotions, and
       strengths. It represents the development of proper health, safety, and
       nutritional guidelines. It stands for building satisfying relationships with
       others, making and keeping friends, and sharing with family and the
    Blue means discovering one's heritage and family customs; finding out
       more about one's community and how one can contribute to it. Blue
       represents a growth in an awareness of global issues and the basic needs
       of all people.
    Red also represents fire. Fire is one of humanity's greatest blessings, but
       can also destroy. We can use fire for good or evil; be kind and considerate
       or hurt each other if our fires are uncontrollable.
    Green represents the Girl Scout Promise and the Law. It means sharing
       in Girl Scouting's special ways and days, wearing a uniform and the Girl
       Scout pin, meeting and working with the troop, developing self-potential,
       contributing to society, developing values, relating to others, and
       belonging to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
    Orange means discovering how things operate; experimenting and
       developing creative abilities, inventing ways to cope with problems and
       deal with change; looking ahead to the future; seeing the traditional and
       nontraditional roles of men and women.
    Yellow also stands for sunshine-the sun that warms us all and as the
       sun warms us may we in turn spread warmth and friendship to those we
       meet. This color reminds us to make Girl Scouts fun for the girls, but at
       the same time, not to lose sight of the Promise and the Law.
    Blue also stands for faith, loyalty, our faith in each other and our loyalty
       to our beliefs, and our love of God, home, and country.
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 In preparing for our Bridging Ceremony, our Daisy Girl Scout troop
  made rainbow necklaces to match our rainbow patch. We used clear
  bottles about the size of a film canister. We punched a hole in the top
  and slipped a cord through and knotted it. (You could use small baby
  food jars too.) Then we took Pixie Sticks to make sand art rainbows.
  (Be sure to fill jars to the top.) It was a fun treat to take home. -
  — Daisy Troop 4, Dyer, IN, 5/7/00

 Our Daisy Girl Scout troop in Mahopac, New York, bridged to Brownie
  Girl Scouts in an evening ceremony before their families. The girls
  entered in full Daisy Girl Scout uniforms and were presented to the
  guests. They recited the Promise and Pledge of Allegiance. Each girl
  was given a daisy before she walked across the bridge. At the other end
  of the bridge she put her flower in a vase. She did the Girl Scout
  handshake with one of the leaders. She was given a [yummy] brownie
  and a card with each of her Brownie Girl Scout pins attached. After all
  the girls had bridged, they sang four songs they had learned
  throughout the year. The songs included the Brownie Smile Song
  (learned from Brownie Girl Scout visitors) and Make New Friends.
  Each girl was given a scrapbook of pictures recapping the year. Guests
  and girls joined in celebration with cake and drinks.

 This past May was our Daisy Girl Scout troops first bridging ceremony.
  It was a special occasion initially planned as a family outdoor picnic at
  a camp. But because of poor weather and an excellent backup co-leader
  plan, we were able to have our special ceremony inside the lodge. My
  co-leader and her husband constructed a mock-bridge out of car ramps
  and bed sheets, which we decorated with fresh potted daisies and
  balloons! It looked spectacular, and the girls enjoyed every minute of it.
  As they walked across the bridge they receives their patch and
  certificate. Our ceremony ended with the lighting of candles on the log,
  to symbolize their new beginnings. The only thing wet that day were
  plenty of proud onlookers eyes!
  —Robinette V. Troop, Medina, Ohio 6/4/00

 When my daughter bridged from Daisy Girl Scouts to Brownie Girl
  Scouts, they held a very unique ceremony. The Brownie Girl Scout
  troop that helped them with their bridging mixed up a "Batch of
  Brownie Mix". The mix was poured into a pan and put into a large
  cardboard oven. The back of the oven was open and one by one the
  Daisy Girl Scout stepped into the back. The oven door was opened, and
  out came a brand-new, freshly baked Brownie Girl Scout! The older
  troop was so excited that they kept blocking the view for the parents
  wanting to take pictures. Everyone had a wonderful and memorable
  -Susan P., parent, Troop 560, Pequannock, New Jersey
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There is no set way to do a ceremony.
   Just take

          1 joyful event
          Some meaningful songs
          Poetry or writings to express a theme

   Stir together with

          Girl/adult planning
          Enthusiasm
          Friendships

   Add for optional spice: a flag
   ceremony, a campfire, candles,
   parents and guardians, a special
   guest, a sunny day, a starry night, or
   a special memento.

   Choose the setting* carefully and let
   the magic happen.

   * Always have a "Plan B."

   Yield— Special memories for all!
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                                   Daisy to Brownie Bridging

         Daisy Bridging Ceremony
 Who:
  Daisy Girl Scouts, their leaders, parents, and perhaps a Brownie Girl Scout ―sister‖ troop
  with which you have done some bridging activities.

 What:
  Ceremony to make the transition from Daisy level of Girl Scouts to Brownie level of Girl

 Where:
  At your meeting place, at school, at a church, at a community room.

 When:
   After you have completed most of your year as a Daisy Girl Scout and after you have talked
  to a
  Brownie Girl Scout troop about Brownie Girl Scouts.

 Why:
   Bridging is an important milestone in moving to the next level of Girl Scouts to receive
   Certificates‖, to receive a Brownie Girl Scout membership pin, to receive a Membership
   Star and blue disc (which signifies the girl has been a member of Girl Scouts for one year),
   and to receive the ―Bridge to Brownie Girl Scouts Patch‖ which the girls have earned as a
   Daisy Girl Scouts.

 How:
  This ceremony should include the girls, leaders, parents, and perhaps the Brownie Girl
  Scout troop you have done bridging activities with. Be sure to include all the details about
  date, time, place, wear uniform, refreshments served, etc.

  Form a circle and call each girl’s name
  Explain why you are having this ceremony

   Flag ceremony OR Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
   Say the Girl Scout Promise together
   Leader could read the Girl Scout Law
   Have each girl tell what was her favorite part of Daisy Girl Scouts and what she looks
  forward to as
   a Brownie Girl Scout
   Have each girl walk across the bridge
   Give each girl an Ending Certificate, a Membership Star and blue disc, and a Brownie Girl
  Scout pin
   (you may want to wait until the beginning of next year to give the girl her Brownie Pin)
   Greet each girl with a Girl Scout handshake
   Sing the ―Brownie Smile Song‖

  Form a circle
  Sing ―Make New Friends‖
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    Sing ―Taps‖
    Do a friendship squeeze around the circle

   Are optional but add a nice touch
                                       Ceremony #1 pg. 1

     Daisy Bridging Ceremony #2
 Each Daisy Girl Scout who is bridging receives a daisy.

  OLDER GIRL SCOUT:      These flowers represent the spirit of Girl Scouting.
                  This spirit is often represented with the Daisy, which was our
                  founder, Juliette Low’s, nickname.

  OLDER GIRL SCOUT:      The first three flowers represent the three parts of the
                  Girl Scout Promise.

 DAISY GIRL SCOUT:               On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country

 DAISY GIRL SCOUT:               To help people at all times

 DAISY GIRL SCOUT:               And to live by the Girl Scout Law

 DAISY GIRL SCOUT:               I will do my best: To be honest and fair

  OLDER GIRL SCOUT:     This means that you will always tell the truth and that
                  you will share things and take turns with others.

 DAISY GIRL SCOUT:               To be friendly and helpful

  OLDER GIRL SCOUT:     This means that you will ask a new girl to play with
                  you and when you see a job that needs to be done, and you
                  can do it, you will be willing to help do it.

 DAISY GIRL SCOUT:               To be considerate and caring

  OLDER GIRL SCOUT:     This means that you will respect the feelings of others
                  and care about how they feel and what they think.

 DAISY GIRL SCOUT:               To be courageous and strong

  OLDER GIRL SCOUT:      This means you are willing to try new things, even
                  though you may be a little scared and that you will stand for
                  what is right.
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 DAISY GIRL SCOUT:          To be responsible for what I say and do.

 OLDER GIRL SCOUT:     This means that you will be careful about what you
                 say and do so that you don’t hurt other people or things.

                                 Ceremony 2 pg. 1
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 DAISY GIRL SCOUT:           To respect myself and others

 OLDER GIRL SCOUT:      This means you will try to be the best person you can
                 be, and will be courteous to others.

 DAISY GIRL SCOUT:           To respect authority

 OLDER GIRL SCOUT:      This means you will respect adults, obey the law and
                 will cooperate with others.

 DAISY GIRL SCOUT:           To use resources wisely

 OLDER GIRL SCOUT:       This means you will try not to waste paper, will turn
                 off the lights, and turn off water faucets after you use them.

 DAISY GIRL SCOUT:           To make the world a better place

 OLDER GIRL SCOUT:      This means you will help with a neighborhood clean
                 up, put litter in trashcans, and treat all animals kindly.

 DAISY GIRL SCOUT:           To be a sister to every Girl Scout.

  OLDER GIRL SCOUT:       This means you will be a kind friend to everyone, not
                  just to a few people.

                                  Ceremony #2 pg. 2
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       Daisy Bridging Ceremony #3
                   Props: 10 Stepping Stones
        (representing the 10 parts of the Girl Scout Law)

DAISY LEADER 1:    Today we are celebrating our year together- locking in our hearts the
                   fun, friendship, laughter, and good times we have shared together.
                   You have learned the meaning of the Girl Scout Promise and are
                   ready to take your steps to Brownie Girl Scouts. Good luck ______
                   (names of girls bridging) ______ !

DAISY LEADER 2:    (As the Daisy Girl Scouts are given their bridge to Brownie Girl
                   Scouts award by Leader 1, Leader 2 helps the girls cross over the
                   stepping stones and syas)

                    Stepping stones are for you Daisies
                     Cross them while you sing
                     Your Daisy days are over
                     You’ll join the Brownie Ring

                      And if you bring your Daisy grin
                      And bring some Daisy Magic in
                      The troop, the town, the world and all,
                      Will like you, even though you’re small

      Daisy Girl Scouts cross over on the stepping-stones, stopping halfway to
                  wave goodbye to their Daisy Girl Scout Leaders.

      Girls now join the Brownie Girl Scout ring assisted by one of the leaders.
      If Brownie Girl Scout sashes or vests are presented, the leader can recite
                                     this poem.

                    When you were a very young girl,
                     You wore Daisy Girl Scout blue,
                     You learned the joy of singing
                     And make Daisy friends of true

                      But now that you are older,
                      You’ll be trying something new.
                      Bring along your happy smile,
                      The Brownies welcome you!!!

      New Brownie Girl Scouts are welcomed into the Brownie Girl Scout ring
        with the Girl Scout handshake from their Brownie Girl Scout leader
                                          Ceremony #3 pg. 1            JS:tre/12660-001.doc

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