2011-05-13 / Family

Moorpark Girl Scouts ‘bridge over’ at Golden Gate

Moorpark Girl Scout Junior Troop 60005 ceremoniously crossed the Golden Gate Bridge on May 7 to become Girl Scout Cadettes in a day-long event in San Francisco’s Presidio.

Bridging is a traditional Girl Scout celebration of accomplishments where Scouts make the transition from the younger girl to the older girl program. More than 5,400 Girl Scouts from 13 states took part in the 30th annual Golden Gate Bridging.

The troop members had been planning to attend Golden Gate Bridging since they began as Girl Scout Brownies four years ago. Each girl committed to earning the necessary funds by selling 125 boxes of cookies to reach travel goals.

In addition, the girls held three garage sales and a pizza party. The girls wrote their own budget and trip plan.

The girls also made SWAPS— little tokens to swap with other Scouts—to commemorate the trip. The SWAPS say, “I stole a piece of the Golden Gate Bridge” and have sparkly gold beads. Other SWAPS say, “I left my heart in S.F.” and contain heart candies.

The girls have been working on their bridging requirements to advance to Cadettes for almost one year, including community service projects and memorizing Girl Scout history and lore.

The girls also participated in hands-on activities at the many vendor booths in the Presidio.

For details, call troop leader Brenda Cusick at (805) 218-9790.

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