I gave away the last of my Girl Scout supplies this week, including our "bridge" from last year's bridging ceremony. And I was reminded at the time that I hadn't blogged about it at all! Just goes to show how crazy busy life gets at the end of the school year. So, while I may not be an active Girl Scout leader right now, for those of you that are and may still be looking for Bridging ideas - this is for you!
We started out as we do with all of our activities - one girl led the pledge of allegiance then another led the GS law and promise. Then we did the presentation of all the patches and certificates for the last part of the year, plus final cookie patch/incentives presentations.
The flowers on the left were printed onto cardstock then any of the petals the daisies had earned were attached to that. All of the other badges for the year were attached to cookie sheets (as a lot had to do with cookie season) to make for a fun display/presentation. (I used double stick tape to attached them)
Then it was time for the bridging. What do you think of our bridge? I wanted something inexpensive and easy to store so we could use it year after year. The bases are 2x4s that I painted white and drilled holes into to hold dowels. At the top of the dowels I attached ribbon (I used a staple gun but thumb tacks would work well too) then used the ribbon to attach the rainbow colored deco mesh that I strung between the dowels. (One roll of deco mesh was the perfect length to cover both sides) Total cost of the bridge (even if I hadn't had most of it on hand) was probably less than $15.
Our original plan had been to end everything with an outdoor hot dog/marshmallow roast but the weather had been really rainy so at the last minute (well, the day before) we made the call to move the ceremony inside. As you can see, it wasn't raining during the ceremony but the ground was pretty muddy so it was a good call.
Oh - and it's not pictured but the tables we used for eating were covered in red tablecloths and had a couple of those canning jars (with a flower inside and tied with a rainbow ribbon) as centerpieces. Simple, inexpensive, and not likely to blow away if the party had been held outside.