Local girl scouts bridge to the next level in group

The New England Girl Scouts hosted their annual Bridging Ceremony, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, on Thursday, May 14.

Girl Scouts get to move up a level in local chapter ceremony. [PHOTO BY RACHEL BOCK]
Girl Scouts get to move up a level in local chapter ceremony. [PHOTO BY RACHEL BOCK]
By RACHEL BOCK | For The Herald

The New England Girl Scouts hosted their annual Bridging Ceremony, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, on Thursday, May 14.

A Bridging Ceremony is when a girl scout is in her second year of her current scout level, and transitions over to the next level. First Grade members bridge over to Brownies, third Grade members bridge over to Juniors, and Fifth Grade members bridge to Cadets. Before the Girl Scouts are able to cross the bridge to their next level, they have to meet all of the bridging requirements before they can receive their patch. The other Girl Scout rankings are: Daisies which consists of Kindergarten and first graders, Brownies include grades second and third, Juniors include grades fourth and fifth, and the last level, Cadets, which consists of grades sixth, seventh, and eighth.

The New England troop also has independents, which are registered as Seniors and Ambassadors comprised of girls in ninth through 12th grade.

The accomplishments of all the Girl Scouts were also celebrated as they all received their year end certificates and membership pins. There was a total of 33 registered girl scouts this year.

During this past year the girl scouts did a great deal of community service projects. For the Girl Scout Christmas party, which was held at the West River ice skating rink in Dickinson, they had to bring a small gift under $5. The gifts were packaged into shoe boxes, and then donated for children staying at the Domestic Violence in Dickinson. Thirteen shoe box gifts were made and donated. The girls also made six tie-blankets that were donated for the angel program in the baby kind wing at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Dickinson.

During the Girl Scout cookie sale, the scouts donated cookies that were left over to active military from North Dakota stationed overseas. This year, North Dakota does not have any active military deployed, so the girls chose to donate the cookies to the New England and Amidon Food Pantry’s, the Amen Food Pantry and Domestic Violence in Dickinson.

A total of 172 boxes of cookies were donated and paid for by the New England Girl Scout troop.

The Girl Scouts are also working with the New England Lions club on a community service project to update the play ground equipment at the Lions Park.

They are hoping to replace the existing equipment with new commercial grade equipment.

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