Bridging in a Big Way: From Juniors to Cadettes Across the Brooklyn Bridge

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A bridging ceremony takes place when girls move up to the next level of Girl Scouting, and Troop 20277 wanted to celebrate the occasion in a special way

Originally looking to bridge at the end of the school year, various activities and end-of-year festivities prevented the girls from being able to get together on a specific date.

The girls decided to have a planning meeting in August to talk about the upcoming year and make a decision about the bridging ceremony. When they bridged from Brownies to Juniors they crossed Jonathan’s Bridge in Meadowland Park, South Orange. They discussed other bridges in the area when one of the Girl Scouts, Alexa, suggested crossing the Brooklyn Bridge. The other girls at the meeting thought that was a great idea and it was decided that it would be a memorable trip.

The girls used this trip as an opportunity to use some of those independence skills. They were responsible for purchasing their ferry and train tickets and keeping track of their return tickets. It was interesting to see how the girls were a little nervous to buy their ticket from a person at a window, but had no problem figuring out the the ticket kiosk in the World Trade Center to buy their PATH tickets home.

Once in Manhattan, everyone found a shady spot in City Hall Park where the girls put on their Cadette vests for a very short ceremony followed by ice cream. After ice cream they walked to the WTC PATH station. The girls were amazed by the WTC Oculus and explored the area a bit before getting on the train to begin the journey home.

When asked about the experience, the girls responded positively:

Lilah said,”traveling by ferry was great because you were able to see NYC and get a nice breeze.”

Phoebe said walking across the bridge was “super cool.” Chloe said it was “tiring, but worth the views.”

Adriana was excited to see the Statue of Liberty.

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