Three things for Thursday

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

candleceremonyGirl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways offers many resources to volunteers to help them in their role and in working with girls. One of these resources is our short and snappy trainings, which are mini-trainings, that can be self-guided, offered on a variety of topics.

As many troops are planning end of year events and activities, here are three short and snappy trainings leaders may find helpful:

Bridging –  A Bridging ceremony marks the end of one level and the beginning of another in Girl Scouting. The “bridge,” or crossing over into a new program level, can be symbolized in different ways. Use your Imagination! This training will provide you with the steps necessary when bridging from one level in Girl Scouts to the next and also some ideas on ceremonies and supplies needed.

Parades – Parades are a great way for the residents of your town, village or city to see that there are Girl Scouts in their community. Chambers of Commerce might request that Girl Scouts participate in local parades, or a council staff person may get notifications or requests for participants from various organizations and agencies especially around major holidays. This training will explain all you need to know as you prepare to participate in your local community parade.

Court of Awards – A Court of Awards ceremony may include one or more troops/groups or several in an area. It is a time to pause and give recognition to the girls or adults who have accomplished something. The ceremony may include the distribution of badges, Journey awards, participation patches, or anything else that girls are eligible to receive as a result of their initiative and their troop/group program activities. This training offers a sample ceremony to help with planning.

For more information on these, and the many other short and snappy trainings available, visit the council website at






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