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.