POTTSTOWN PA – Forty-two Girl Scouts gave each other a helping hand up Thursday night (May 15, 2014) in the Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School cafeteria on Buchert Road. They crossed the bridge, in Scouting terms, from one age-level group to another and celebrated their progress with games and activities.
All were members of the Manatawny Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA, according to Lori Keefer, unit co-manager and leader of Troop 07455, and many were students in first through ninth grades in the Pottsgrove School District.
The Bridging Activities Night, as the event is called, ensures that Scouts in higher age levels help prepare their younger peers move up into new activities and responsibilities. It’s “all done through games, songs, and badge work,” Keefer said (see photos at bottom), and to the participants it was important work disguised as fun.
They learned new songs about what Girl Scouts do. They completed activities towards their Detective and Special Agent badges, as they learned how to analyze a crime scene, how to read fingerprints and blood splatter patterns, and how to use evidence to draw possible conclusions.
The event “is a great way for the girls to be leaders” as they teach the younger counterparts what they have learned throughout the year,” Keefer added.