Girl Scouts of Northern California’s Golden Gate Bridging is known for being a once in a lifetime experience and a super fun way to celebrate bridging to older Girl Scout status. You only get to bridge from Juniors to Cadettes once, so why not do it in style as you cross one of the most famous bridges in the world with thousands of other Girl Scouts! After all, your girls are worth the special trip.
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On April 28, 2018, we’ll be celebrating the 37th year of Golden Gate Bridging. To help commemorate the decades of fun, friendship, and festivities, we’ve put together a list of 37 reasons why you and your girls should come:
- Your girls will bridge to the next level of Girl Scouts on the iconic and historic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
- You’ll get a chance to meet Girl Scouts from all over the country. In 2017, we had people come from 14 states and even had an uncle from Scotland cross the bridge with his niece.
- Golden Gate Bridging is almost too much fun! When else are you going to be around thousands of Girl Scouts who love scouting just as much as you do!
- Join a choir of girls as you sing your favorite songs across the bridge.
- You can take amazing photos of, with, and on the world’s most beautiful bridge.
- You and your girls will be able to get some steps in with a 4.5 mile walk from the start of the bridge all the way down to the party on Crissy Field.
- After you bridge, you get to enjoy a picnic on the field with great food from Panera! Don’t forget to pre-order your Panera lunch when you register for Golden Gate Bridging.
- After you cross the Golden Gate Bridge, you can join the dance party on the field.
- Need a break from the dance party? Visit our on-site Girl Scout store and stock up on some exclusive GGB swag.
- You get to do fun and unique crafts on Crissy Field like seed bombs.
- Learn some techie robotics terminology from the talented Space Cookies themselves.
- You can discover the magic behind the legendary Mickey Mouse at the Walt Disney Family Museum vendor booth on Crissy Field.
- Enjoy the sunshine and green grass with fun outdoor activities like kite flying or archery.
- Interact with older Girl Scouts at the Older Girl Reception Zone for some quality advice on the opportunities that await you as a Cadette Girl Scout.
- Both girls and adults can volunteer for Golden Gate Bridging, even if you live out of the area! Check the GSNorCal website later this Fall for the volunteer registration link.
- You may be featured on one of Girl Scouts of Northern California social media channels. Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
- During your weekend visit, you can drive down San Francisco’s famed Lombard Street aka “the Crookedest Street in the World”.
- You could also take a trip to the former prison and Civil War Fort, Alcatraz. Just make sure to come back!
- You can trade SWAPS with park rangers — it’s kind of a thing at Golden Gate Bridging.
- You can get inside the cockpit of a Hornet, one of the planes used by the Blue Angels.
- Come dressed for fun! Show off your troop spirit with DIY shirts or themed costumes.
- You can make friends with leopard sharks at the Marine Science Institute vendor booth.
- You can build your outdoor skills while actually being outside.
- You can document your dreams with the Dream Jar craft.
- You can cross San Francisco off your travel bucket list. Grab your coat and a handful of glitter and enter the land of fog and fabulousness. San Francisco is a very unique place to visit — complete with beaches, some of the best restaurants in the world, scenic sites (both natural and man-made), as well as beautiful artwork at museums like the SFMOMA.
- You can explore the history of the most urban National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
- You can dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean. Careful, it is cold!
- Humpback whales are known to hangout in the Bay. Keep your eyes open and see if you can spot one!
- Have a bowl of the world’s best Clam Chowder or Cioppino in a world famous San Francisco Sourdough Bread Bowl.
- You can enter the land of Pixar and Lucas Film where you can explore Muir Woods, the place they filmed the Ewoks from Star Wars!
- Explore Chinatown, the largest Chinatown outside Asia. Try some dim sum at one of the authentic local restaurants, see beautiful Chinese architecture, stop by the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, or visit Waverly Place to see the “Street of Painted Balconies.”
- Nosh on some of the best chocolate around at Ghirardelli Square.
- After a long day walking across the Golden Gate Bridge, you can relax at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.
- You can explore the Exploratorium. Learn about the science of baseball or step inside a tornado — there are tons of interactive exhibits to investigate.
- You can hitch a ride on a historic cable car as you venture up and down the huge hills of San Francisco!
- Be a part of the largest friendship circle this side of the Pyramids.
- You can do all this with 7,000 of your closest friends. That’s a lot of GIRL POWER in one place!
And that’s it—37 reasons why you and your girls should attend Golden Gate Bridging (of course, there are tons of other reasons). One of the best comments I overheard at last year’s Golden Gate Bridging was, “I didn’t know there were this many girls like me!” We hope you join us at 2018’s Golden Gate Bridging on April 28th, because we’d love to celebrate this special milestone with you!
What to do next:
- Think about what you want your SWAPS to be. Do some research on Pinterest, check out the Trailhead post SWAPS Inspiration: GGB 2017 Edition, or look through photos from 2017’s Golden Gate Bridging for some inspiration.
- Looking for even more fun things to do with your troop in San Francisco? Check out this Trailhead blog post!
Elizabeth Schrey—A native Bay Area resident, Elizabeth Schrey is the Special Events Manager with the Girl Scouts of Northern California where she tackles logistics for large-scale events like Golden Gate Bridging as well as small–scale unique events like Exec Connect. Elizabeth is a graduate of Southern Oregon University (B.S. Theatre Arts; ’04) in Ashland, OR and volunteers her time for several film festivals as a film reviewer, loves baking and is an amateur photographer. As a Girl Scout who had many doors unlocked through her involvement in scouting, Elizabeth’s favorite thing about Girl Scouts is the diversity in programming that allow girls limitless amounts of fun, learning, engagement and confidence building. There really is something in it for everyone.