Juniors to Cadettes - Bridging
The information you need can be found in the Junior Girl Scout Handbook page 201: Bridging to Cadette Girl Scouts.
At the ceremony a GIRL EARNS:
1 World Trefoil Pin (if not already earned)
2. Girl Scout Membership Pin (if not already earned)
3. One-year membership star (Earned for current year in Girl Scouts. Girls should have one membership star for each year they are a Girl Scout. Juniors earn a Yellow Disc to wear behind their stars. Once they are Cadettes they will earn a White Disc.)
4. Girls may also choose to earn their Bridge to Cadette Girl Scout Award.
5. New Uniform including Identification Strips, Troop Numerals and Insignia Tab.
You can move to the next level without earning the Bridging to Cadette Girl Scout Award however they would not technically "bridge". The goal of earning the Bridging to Cadette Girl Scouts Award is to introduce the girls to Cadettes, get them excited and retain them!
Bridge to Cadette Girl Scout Award
You can begin to bridge to Cadette Girl Scouts in your last year as a Junior Girl Scout. As a Cadette Girl Scout, you will enjoy many of the same types of activities you did in Junior Girl Scouting, but as a Cadette Girl Scout you have more freedom, greater opportunities, and more responsibilities. Juniors will need to complete six activities in order to receive their Bridge to Cadette Girl Scouts. To find complete descriptions of the requirements see page 201 in your Junior Handbook.
1. Find out about Cadette Girl Scouts.
2. Find out about GirlSports or other council sponsored opportunities for Cadette Girl Scouts.
Participate in one where Cadette Girl Scouts are also taking part.
3. Complete an activity out of the Cadette Girl Scout Handbook or the Interest Projects for Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts.
4. Participate in a service project or a camping/hiking trip with Cadette Girl Scouts.
5. Do something with a Cadette Girl Scout or Cadette Girl Scout troop.
6. Help plan your bridging ceremony.
Transitioning into Ages 11 and 12: Tweens
The end of Junior Girl Scouts and the first stage of adolescence can be marked by transitioning to Cadettes --which makes Girl Scouts "bigger" for girls! Options may be overwhelming at first. Girls may be staying with the same group of girls, or going into different groups as they move to different schools. They need to build a firm network for transition and support. Bridging activities at this point should still be focusing on preparation for the transition. We suggest components that include:
Reviewing resources available to girls 11-12, including:
Cadette Girl Scout Handbook STUDIO 2B Collection 11-13
Interest Projects for Girl Scouts 11-17
STUDIO 2B Basics
STUDIO 2B Focus books
Girl Scout Silver Award insert
The Girl Scout Bronze Award (must earn by grade 7 or age 12)
Bridge to Cadette Girl Scout patch
Understanding the concept of "by girls, for girls" and the 4B's Meeting with girls who have already made the transition
Doing activities from materials at the next age level
Doing activities with girls who are older than they are
Planning a bridging ceremony that recognizes the transition into a new level
Reflecting on their accomplishments as Junior Girl Scouts