Wednesday, May 4, 2016

It's Bridging Season!

Bridging season is officially underway! This past weekend, the iconic Golden Gate Bridging Ceremony took place, bringing together over 6,000 Girl Scouts, alumnae, and other friends from northern California and across the country. Girl Scouts from overseas also walked across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge as they bridged from Juniors to Cadettes.

Our friends from Girl Scouts of Northern California and the National Park Service (NPS) organized this annual ceremony and momentous event. Peggy O’Dell, deputy director of the NPS, was on hand, joining other park rangers in the fun. The NPS crew handed out wooden SWAPS to dozens of Girl Scouts and received a flood of SWAPS in return. GSUSA National Board member Sylvia Acevedo also jumped in with her SWAPS—special Girl Scout bracelets.

Walking across the 1.7-mile-long bridge was something we'll never forget. As Girl Scouts made their way, they told jokes, sang songs, and posed for pictures. And of course, they took in the incredible views the bridge has to offer.

In true Girl Scout fashion, an epic party on Crissy Field followed the bridging. The girls jammed to tunes, fueled up on yummy snacks, and visited fun activity booths—including that of Girl Scouts of Northern California’s Space Cookies Robotics team, featuring their own robotics for other Girl Scouts to experience firsthand. At another booth, the U.S. Coast Guard showed girls around a boat, and military personnel set up an obstacle course for those wanting a fun challenge.

Clearly, the Golden Gate Bridging Ceremony was a blast! Big thanks to the National Park Service and our friends at GSNorCal for giving thousands of girls (and adults) an unforgettable experience—and no doubt unforgettable memories.

Did you happen to attend this special event at Golden Gate Park? Share your best photos on Instagram and Twitter, using #gsoutdoors. Now through June 30, you can be part of the largest Girl Scout photo collage in the world! Once you’ve uploaded, view your photo(s) at on the interactive trefoil map. And make sure to check out how other Girl Scouts across the country are enjoying their trips to national parks.