Troop 20961 Bridging Ceremony

Bridging to a new Girl Scout level is an important part of Girl Scouting. We hope you get some ideas and inspiration from Girl Scout Troop 20961’s ceremony.

Content submitted by Nancy Reddy, Troop Secretary

Historic Burdett Manor in Lenoir City was the setting on August 11 where the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians CEO Booth Kammann, her daughter, and families of Girl Scout Troop 20961 gathered to celebrate a year of great accomplishments.

Troop Leader Victoria McDonald began the event by speaking about how proud she was of the eight scouts who had served as leaders throughout the year, first learning about a particular badge that interested them and then teaching it to the entire troop.

Four girls were then recognized for earning the Cadette Summit Pin by completing all three Cadette Journey programs. The Cadette Summit pin is the second highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can earn. Recipients were Isabel Richter, Sydney Gabrielson, McKenzie Ayers, and MaryAnn Reddy.

Nine girls were recognized for completing the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout may earn. They are Isabel Richter, Sydney Gabrielson, Savannah McDonald, Taylor Boyer, Juliana Pulsinelli, Natalie Wood, McKenzie Ayers, Allison Campbell, and Haley Smith. The girls divided into three teams to complete three different projects that all came together to become “Serenity Pointe,” an outdoor place for respite and rejuvenation for families and staff at Ronald McDonald House.

Troop 20961 has 20 members, and 10 scouts are Silver Award recipients. Most of the remaining troop members are currently working on their Silver Award. The troop’s leaders passionately promote achievement of the high awards in Girl Scouting, citing the plethora of life and leadership skills these awards they teach and instill in young women.

Following the awards recognition was the bridging ceremony, the time to celebrate scouts moving on to a new level in the scouting program. Troop 20961 has two members who have started high school and have now officially begun their journey as Senior Girl Scouts. They are Isabel Richter and Sydney Gabrielson. Following the awards presentation and Bridging ceremonies families enjoyed a picnic supper coordinated by Jeanette Smith and Tammie Newton. Fathers grilled hamburgers and hot dogs while the event ended with ice cream. It was a very special and momentous evening enjoyed by all.

Photo by Elsie Gabrielson This photo shows the two Senior Girl Scouts of Troop 20961 on the symbolic bridge Pictured (left to right) are Isabel Richter and Sydney Gabrielson

Photo by Elsie Gabrielson This photo shows Troop Leaders with the two Senior Girl Scouts of Troop 20961 Pictured (left to right) are Assistant Troop Leader Christi Wood, Isabel Richter, Sydney Gabrielson and Troop Leader Victoria McDonald

Photo by Julie and Greg Mowris This photo shows the scouts of Troop 20961 with Booth Kammann, CEO of Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians. Pictured (left to right) are Kim Newton, Terra Holly, Savannah McDonald, Haley Smith, Juliana Pulsinelli, Lauren Dieterich, Allison Campbell, Taylor Boyer, Katelin Stooksberry, CEO Booth Kammann, McKenzie Ayers, Cassie Stooksberry, Savana Mowris, Natalie Wood, Taylor Aytes, Stephanie Newton, Erin Victorson, Isabel Richter, MaryAnn Reddy and Sydney Gabrielson. Not pictured: Brittney Phillips

Photo by Elsie Gabrielson This photo shows the new Silver Award recipients of Troop 20961 Pictured (left to right) are Haley Smith, Isabel Richter, Savannah McDonald, Juliana Pulsinelli, McKenzie Ayers, Allison Campbell, Natalie Wood, Taylor Boyer and Sydney Gabrielson


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