End of the Year: Bridging and Ceremonies

Can you feel it? Summer is in the air. The school year is winding down and it won’t be long before our days and nights will include BBQs, swimming and sunshine. But before that, we have end of the year celebrations–graduations, bridging and awards ceremonies. I am super happy to be kept busy with custom orders. You all have the greatest ideas and I’m lucky enough to help you execute your vision. It keeps me inspired.

A New Freebie!

Back when I was a leader scouring the internet for resources, there were certain items that came up when you searched “Girl Scouts.” Nine years later, these resources still pop up on Google. Some of them are OLD. Some so old, they look like they were photocopied from a ditto made in the early 80s (remember dittos?!). While there is nothing wrong with that, I always love the idea of making things new and pretty. So please accept this freebie, on behalf of my itchy design finger getting bored.

Download the trefoil here as a pdf or jpg.

Time Capsules

If you are between bridging years, or your girls are at an age where they are looking for an end of the year activity to spice things up, why not try a time capsule? One leader had this very idea. She got small cardboard mailing tubes and had each of the girls decorate the outside. Then they filled out a questionnaire. Into the tube it goes and voila! a time capsule. Three to five years down the line, the girls will open their tubes and read about their aspirations and interests from half a decade ago.

Ideas for the container:

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My 6th grade teacher had us do a similar exercise. We wrote a letter to ourselves and included drawings of our dreams, hopes and aspirations, as well as likes and hobbies. Around the time I graduated high school, mine showed up in the mail. I still have it and cherish it. I later found that teacher on Facebook and let her know how much that meant to me. We talk often and she’s is such an amazing woman, I was so fortunate to have her as a teacher. Here is a sneak peak at the iamstrawjenberry time capsule kit:Laminate and use as the outer tag for the capsule.

Check out the time capsule kit in the iamstrawjenberry etsy store.

Camp Shirt Design

I’ve made a new t-shirt design for 2018. Complete with free customizing of troop number and city or council name. You can choose single color or 3-color for screen printing. Custom designs are available too. Simply email me your ideas and I will make a one-of-a-kind design for your camp.

Check out the listing here.

Looking back on the troop year

A glorious troop leader reached out to me asking for a bridging questionnaire for the girls to fill out in preparation of their bridging story. This led to the following design:

This is an instant download that can be printed endlessly, each year of bridging. You can have the girls fill it out to use as talking points for the bridging ceremonies, or to put into a troop time capsule component. You can even frame it and give it out as a bridging gift. Go to the listing on etsy.
Last but not least, I am in the process of developing Daisy badge completion certificates. These will be supplemental to the Daisy petal and leaf certs. Stay tuned!


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