Girl Scout Councils of New Jersey 100th Anniversary Historic Bridging Event Opens to Girl Scouts Nationwide

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Increased Interest from Neighboring States Results in Nationwide Registration for Girl Scout Councils of New Jersey Bridging Event

The Girl Scout Councils of New Jersey will hold a ceremonial “bridging” event on November 13, 2011, at 9 a.m., with thousands of Girl Scouts walking across the George Washington Bridge. One hundred years in the making, the Girl Scouts anticipate as many as 5,000 members, volunteers and alumnae to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience of “bridging” into the next century of Girl Scouting. Due to increased interest from neighboring states, the Girl Scout Councils of New Jersey have opened up registration nationwide providing this unique opportunity to all members.

The traditional Girl Scout ceremony, where girls walk across a bridge to signify passage from one level of Girl Scouting to another, is being done on a very large scale to mark the start of the 100th Anniversary celebration of Girl Scouting. Girl Scouts and their accompanying leaders or parents are encouraged to sign up quickly, since only a limited number of people can be accommodated at the bridge. This event is a great opportunity to join Girl Scouts and experience the fun, friendship and power of girls together!

“Bridging is such a significant part of Girl Scouting which is why this historic bridging event is the perfect way to kick off our 100th anniversary celebration,” said Susan Brooks, CEO of Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Council. “Bridging represents an important transition in a Girl Scout's life. It's a defining moment when a girl becomes aware of her achievements and is ready for new adventures and responsibilities. All four New Jersey councils will join together to celebrate this milestone as Girl Scouting bridges into the next century of nurturing and empowering girls of courage, confidence and character. We are excited to invite councils from other states to join us in this historic event.”

Registration is now open to all Girl Scouts, but space is limited. To register, all participants including adults must be registered with the Girl Scouts. Interested participants can register for the event and/or become a Girl Scout online at http://www.girlscouts100nj.org.

"The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey built the George Washington Bridge, and since it opened to traffic 80 years ago, it has become an American icon," said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni. "We are proud to come together with an organization as steeped in history and tradition as the Girl Scouts to host the 100th Anniversary Bridging Ceremony. This will be a monumental event and will be remembered by generations to come."

In addition to the amazing experience of walking across the landmark and iconic George Washington Bridge with thousands of sister Girl Scouts, participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a full day of fun, crafts and activities. The $50 per participant ticket price covers the cost of the bridging and all on-site activities including the A.C. Moore Craft Zone, Zumbatonic, bounce houses, rockwall climbing, sports clinics by Sports Authority, souvenir lunch bags from FLOMO, entertainment and much more. Free parking, a commemorative scarf and patch, and a boxed lunch are also included in the price per participant fee.

There are more than 125,000 active Girl Scout members in New Jersey, and alumnae of the program total in the hundreds of thousands. The 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting, which will feature a number of high-profile events and activities throughout the year, provides an opportunity to celebrate with current members, reconnect with former members and meet new members.

Girl Scout Councils of New Jersey
The four Girl Scout councils in New Jersey have come together to celebrate Girl Scouting’s 100th Anniversary, forming The Girl Scout Councils of New Jersey. Together the councils build girls of courage, confidence and character and empower them to become leaders within our communities. To learn more about the council, the 100thAnniversary, and upcoming events visit http://www.girlscouts100nj.org

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