Girl Scouts cross the bridge to new age level

By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Norwich - posted Mon., Jun. 13, 2011
Brownie Girl Scouts light candles as part of their bridging ceremony June 11 at Mohegan Park. The ceremony marked the transition from Daisy Scouts to Brownies. Photo by Janice Steinhagen.
Brownie Girl Scouts light candles as part of their bridging ceremony June 11 at Mohegan Park. The ceremony marked the transition from Daisy Scouts to Brownies. Photo by Janice Steinhagen.

Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts from the Norwich area took a giant step – literally – June 11 as they crossed the bridge between Scouting levels at a ceremony in Mohegan Park.

The cooperative “bridging” ceremony, also called investiture or rededication, allowed nine Brownies to move up to Junior level; 12 Daisy Scouts to bridge into Brownie level; a Junior Scout to move to Cadette level; and one Cadette to move to Senior level. One Senior Scout was also designated an Ambassador.

Family and friends attended the picnic-style outdoor ceremony, which included the lighting of candles to represent the parts of the Girl Scout promise and laws. As the girls’ names were called, each of them stepped over a wooden bridge, representing the transition to the next age level of Girl Scouting.

Among those attending was state Rep. Christopher Coutu (R-Norwich), who shook hands with each newly-bridged Scout as she walked over the bridge.

The ceremony also featured displays of “year projects” created by members of Robin Sieczkowski’s Brownie troop in preparation for bridging. Each girl chose a year in history and researched the events of that year on the national, world and local scene, including that year’s typical Girl Scout activities.


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