After 2 fun-filled years, it is time for my Junior Girl Scout troop to bridge over to being a Cadette. I looked through the many options for bridging ceremonies and then adapted one to suit my needs. Much of the wording came from a ceremony posted online by the Girl Scout’s of Wisconsin Southeast organization. It was originally a candle ceremony, but with 18 girls in my troop that just feels like playing with way too much fire. We were also planning to hold the ceremony outside which could be frustrating to deal with the wind. You would need to adjust the distribution of speaking parts to the number of girls/leaders in your troop.
We had hoped to set up a better “rainbow bridge” but this was the best we could do with the wind.
Bridging Ceremony for Girl Scout Juniors
Leader #1: The girls are now going to do a sand ceremony. They will pour small amounts of different colors into a small jar that they can take home as a keepsake of the following important tenants of the Girl Scout Law:
Girl#1 I will do my best to be…
Girl #2 Purple represents being honest and fair
Girl #3 A Girl Scout works honestly and keeps her promise. She is fair in all she does and to all those she meets.
Girl #4 Blue represents being friendly and helpful.
Girl #5 A Girl Scout is amiable and loyal to her friends. She helps others wherever and whenever she can.
Girl #6 Green represents considerate and caring.
Girl #7 A Girl Scout works well with others and looks out for the well-being of those around her.
Girl #8 Orange represents courageous and strong.
Girl #9 A Girl Scout attempts new tasks and braves new endeavors. She is confident and self-assured in her actions.
Girl #10 Red represents being responsible for what I say and do.
Girl #11 A Girl Scout readily admits her strengths and weaknesses and is aware of the consequences of her actions.
Girl #12 Yellow represents respect for myself and others.
Girl #13 A Girl Scout acts with integrity. She directs her thoughts and deeds to encompass her own beliefs and to be sensitive to those around her.
Leader #1 Although we are out of colors of the rainbow, Girl Scouts have additional attributes that we would like to share.
Girl #14 A Girl Scout respects authority.
Girl #15 She understands the sense of regard for another’s position.
Girl #16 A Girl Scout uses resources wisely.
Girl #17 She uses her materials, money, time, and energy with care as not to waste the Earth or her own resources.
Girl #18 A Girl Scout makes the world a better place.
Leader #2 She strives to clean, conserve and enrich the world around her.
Leader #1 She believes it is important to leave a place better than she found it.
Leader #2 And last, but certainly not least, a Girl Scout should always…
All Be a sister to every Girl Scout.
- Craft Sand in Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue & Purple
- Small glass jars with lids (These are actually wedding favor jars from Party City)
- Sharpie (to put names on the bottom BEFORE you fill them)
- Plastic Spoons
Test your jars out ahead of time to see how much they hold. You can do this by seeing how many spoon fulls of the same color it takes to fill the jar. Use the same color so that the sand can be dumped back and reused. Depending on the size of your jar, your needs will vary. I was able to advise the girls that they could use 2 level spoons of each color to get the desired amount to fill the bottle. They had a lot of fun making these and had a nice little reminder of the exciting step they were taking in Scouting!
June 30, 2015 at 1:50 pm
Hi there! I love this ceremony. With 18 girls, how did it work filling the jars during the ceremony. Did they read their part and then go over to fill their jar? Was the ceremony read in its entirety and then they fill the jars?
June 30, 2015 at 3:03 pm
Hmmmm… It has been a while since I did this, but my guess is the girls did it right after the ceremony. Best of luck to you!
March 23, 2016 at 8:13 pm
Love this idea! I have 17 girls and I sometimes struggle to find things to accommodate large troops.
April 16, 2016 at 12:58 pm
Great idea! I have a brownie troop that will be bridging to Juniors. I found beautiful sand colors at coloredsand.com. We will use recycled bottles, but they have really cute bottles as well.
September 23, 2017 at 5:31 am
Thank you for sharing this. I think it is a wonderful idea. We are bridging from Juniors to Cadettes today & this was helpful.