bridging & summer meetings?

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bridging & summer meetings?
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Mon, 04-12-2010 - 6:13pm

if a girl bridges NOW in May...does she start meeting with the next level over the summer? or does she stay at the same level until fall/new registration.


just asking because we are about to lose our JR leader(leveling up)

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Mon, 04-12-2010 - 8:15pm

You need to work that out amongst the leaders and Service Unit directors, etc.


Here, once you bridge, you are that older level for the purpose of things like camp.
So, if you are completing 3rd grade headed to fourth, you would participate as a Junior at camp and would begin earning badges, etc.


We also would make plans for these girls now.

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Registered: 05-09-2006
Mon, 04-12-2010 - 9:03pm

yes, the JR leader is moving up with her girls who will be 1st yr Cadettes.


we could not have done all one level of girls as we only had 13 sign up. 4 who were 3rd graders and the rest 2nd graders. since fall two 3rd graders have dropped out. now since cookies have passed we are lucky to get 6 who attend meetings. I WISH i could have only one grade level but we arent allowed to turn girls away because they are not in the same grade. last school yr we did not even have a Brownie troop because lack of adult volunteers.


myself and my coleader had to bridge our own daughters

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Tue, 04-13-2010 - 10:41am

Yes, it is really difficult with the levels changing every two years. It's so much more difficult to deal with multi level troops now... every year, somebody is moving up. I liked having that year of break in there when everyone was just staying where they were.

This year, I've got 1- 3rd grader,6- 4th graders, 9- 5th graders and 1- 7th grader. So, I'm bridging one to Juniors just as my own is becoming a cadette. The 3rd and 7th graders are sisters of girls in either 4th or 5th and there are no other leaders at the school except for a Daisy troop that I got started. The ladies who were to be the Brownie leaders- 1 moved and the other didn't want the responsibility, so no brownies this year except for the 5 meetings a few of my juniors have planned for their Bronze award. I didn't do any Try-It's this year or IPP's for the older one. Whenever we did things that met requirements for a different level badge, I told the others (if I knew about it) and then they would have been responsible to do whatever else on their own.

So, to answer your question, at the end of the school year, a girl is considered to be the next level for programming and camps. But you can really work it out as needed locally for bridging and who will lead. I'm not actually doing the bridging ceremony until July (probably) for the current 5th graders so that the rest of them have time to finish their Bronze (immediately after school, they are leading the Brownies at camp and doing their bridging requirements with them and planning their ceremony with them.)

Good Luck!
-Jen

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Registered: 03-07-2002
Tue, 04-13-2010 - 1:15pm

We are having a Service Unit bridging ceremony in June so all the girls will bridge/move up then.

That said, they can continue meeting with their old troop if that's the only option open. Hopefully you can convince someone to step into the role of leader for those girls now rather than having to wait until fall. They can get their badge book and handbook and begin working on badges on their own though!

I know that our SU has been asking leaders their plans for next year so that the SU can see where we need to find leaders.

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Tue, 04-13-2010 - 11:14pm
We in a somewhat unusual position where our middle school has over 50 girl scouts in it right now.