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So you just had two amazing years with your girls as a Brownie leader. Now what? Are you ready for the next level, Juniors? Today I just want to help you understand a little more about bridging from Brownies to Juniors.
As you know bridging is a special ceremony for the girls who are already Scouts, where they will officially move from one level to another. And of course you can have your bridging ceremony whenever you want, but many troops prefer to bridge toward the end of the scouting year. This could be on a special day set aside, or included in the final meeting of the year.
One question I have been asked is why do we say Brownies fly up to Juniors and all other levels just call it bridging. This was from the early days of Scouting. Only Brownies fly up because, in the early days, Brownie leaders were called a “Brown Owl,” after the Wise Owl in The Brownie Story. When it came time for girls to leave Brownies, Brown Owl would give them one of her feathers so they could “fly” into the next level. Brownie Wings were first used as a symbol of bridging in 1927 and continue to the present day. Checkout the whole story here
A great way to start down the path of being a Junior leader is to allow your girls be the leader. When planning your ceremony a great idea is to let it be a girl-led event. You can guide them, maybe prompt the girls with an overall outline of what a typical bridging ceremony will look like.
These can include:
Don’t be afraid as you transition from being a Brownie Scout Leader to a Junior Scout Leader. As your girls interest and skills change and grow you will build your program around what the girls want. When possible let your girls run the meeting and take on leadership roles. Have fun your adventures are just beginning!
Making that move from the Brownie badges to Junior badges can be just as scary as changing from brown to green uniforms. I have you covered! Check out some of these planned activity booklets to get you started down 2 amazing years as a Junior Scout leader
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Enjoy every minute being a leader and continue to inspire your girls!
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