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Girl Scouts make ceremonial bridges for Bronze Award project

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Bridging to the next level in Girl Scouts – from Daisy to Brownie, Brownie to Junior, Junior to Cadette, and all the way from Ambassador to Adult – is a special transition! Girl Scout bridging ceremonies are designed by the girls in true partnership with adults.

To help their sister Girl Scouts mark these special occasions, members of Troop 40002 in Wichita decided to build portable, wooden bridges for their Bronze Award project. The girls first made birdhouses to practice woodworking, and they got measurement tips from a Boy Scout troop, as well. The girls, who each spent about 20 hours on the project, even wrote letters to managers of local home improvement stores like Star Lumber and Home Depot to get discounts on wood. They used their own proceeds from the Fall Opportunity Sale to complete the project.

"The girls wanted other Scouts to be able to have a nice, easy-to-transport, collapsible bridge to use for bridging to the next Girl Scout level," said Troop leader Rhonda Moravec.

The girls decided to keep one bridge for their troop and donate the rest to the council for other troops to use. Those who are interested in checking out the bridges for use can contact Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland at 888-686-6468 or

"Hopefully, they will last for generations to come!" Troop member Gracie Hartman said of the bridges she helped make. Other troop members include Heather Boyce, Grace Brabander and Emily Medbury.