Bridging Guides to Pathfinders

Wendy Baker
Sparks Guider, Pathfinder Guider, Craft Trainer, Potential Trainer, Chair of Division Composite Camp, District Commissioner
Central Area, Ganaraska Division, Sugarbush District


Bridge:

With blue and yellow streamers at Guide end and Green and yellow at the Pathfinder end. You can also have pennants hanging over the side of the bridge saying "Law" "Promise" Be Prepared" ,World", "Outdoors" "Home", "Camping", and "Community"

The Guide Guider has a supply of green candles, each with a girls name on it.

Guide Guiders say:

The Guide program has taught you new skills and experiences that will help you mature to become responsible, resourceful and happy member of society. We have watched with pride as (name girls) have progressed through the Guide programme. You are now ready to go on to Pathfinders to meet new challenges and make new friends.

We are proud of (name girls) they are fine examples of Girl Guides. We wish them all the best as they continue in Pathfinders. We would like to present each of you with the Pathfinder Program book to help you with these new challenges.

"What promise did you make as a Guide?"

The Guides

then says their promise together. They are then asked if they are ready to cross the Bridge and they are then presented with a green candle and wished "The best of luck and good guiding." They then proceeds to cross the bridge.

They are met at the end of the Bridge by a Pathfinder who says: "Welcome to my Pathfinder World come and light your candle and joint our group.

The Pathfinder Guider

then welcomes the girls, lights their candles from hers and says: "Take your light into the world and let it shine forth with love and knowledge."

The other Pathfinders then read the following and light candles: Use circles of cardboard with the following written on them and ask the girls to speak up nice and loud so everyone can hear.

First Pathfinder:

Our promise and Law help us to develop personal values and teach us to respect ourselves and help others.

Second Pathfinder:

The pathway of camping and outdoors lead to new experiences and outdoor adventure.

Third Pathfinder:

The community pathway leads to new friends and fun. As we take this pathway, we learn that by helping others, we make ourselves happier too.

Fourth Pathfinder:

The home and world pathways give us new skills so that we will "Be Prepared" to give service and help whenever we can.

Sing one verse of On my honour then hum another verse and blow out the candles one by one at the end.



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