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Golden Gate Bridging May 3, 2014 
 
 
Registration Information • What to Expect • Participant Guidelines and Ratios • Volunteer Information • Vendor and Booth Information • Contact Us • Frequently Asked Questions

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Congratulations, bridging Juniors! Bridge in style across the Golden Gate Bridge from younger girl to older girl! This party is for you, your leader and your sister Girl Scouts from across the country. Bring a lunch and explore over 60 arts, crafts, and games booths introducing you to exciting older girl opportunities! Please Note: Due to popularity, groups are restricted to a maximum ratio of one adult per three girls.                                                               

Who: Bridging Juniors in 5 grade and their troop leaders.
When: Saturday, May 3, 2014; 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Where: Golden Gate Bridge & the Presidio (San Francisco)
Cost per person: $35 in-council / $45 out-of-council

Volunteers Needed! Click here for more information.
All participants and volunteers receive an event patch and commemorative pin.

 

Registration Information

Registration: Click here to register NOW!

Register with: Registration is only available online. 
Payment: Full cost is due at time of registration and paid by credit card online.
Information Needed: You may register your whole troop in one registration.

  1. Troop number, council name and service unit number.
  2. Names of those attending,
  3. Whether the registrant is an adult or girl,
  4. Whether you have an adult attending who is a Level 1 First Aider,
  5. Any special accommodations or health restrictions,
  6. If your group is renting a charter bus,
  7. Photo and Survey permissions.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests are made in writing by February 28, 2014 to receive 50% of registration fees per individual. There are no refunds if the refund request is made after February 28, 2014, except for medical reasons. Refunds for medical reasons will only be processed if notification is made before the event, and is followed within one week by a written refund request accompanied by a doctor's note. No refunds are issued for no-shows. 

What to Expect

Travel and Hotels: Golden Gate Bridging is a great opportunity for girl led activities. Girls are able and should help with planning the trip including travel to and from the bay area, where to stay, and what to do. We have reserved blocks of rooms at hotels in popular tourist areas of San Francisco to take the guess work about where to stay. Following registration we provide information with ideas, suggestions, and resources to get you started.

Check-in: Check-in happens the day of the event as well as several days prior to the event. All groups have the option to check in ahead of time at their own convenience. This helps to save time the day of the event. All groups are assigned a check-in time for the day of the event in case they do not complete early check-in. Check-in information and time assignments are sent by e-mail in March or early April. 

Arrival and Parking: Due to very limited parking we highly encourage groups to carpool to the event. Better yet, take public transportation or be dropped off. While we reserve as much parking as possible, we cannot guarantee a spot. Groups may arrive to the event in several different ways including by car, taxi, limo, public transportation, or charter bus. Groups may only arrive at the event starting point. If checking in the day of the event, groups must check in at their assigned time.

Shuttles to Marin Vista Point: Shuttles depart every 15-25 minutes from the starting point to transport participants to the Marin Vista Point on the north end of the bridge. Shuttles are free to all registered participants. Shuttles also depart from one of our reserved hotels for participants staying in any of our reserved hotel blocks.

The Walk: Upon arrival at the Marin Vista Point, participants walk south across the Golden Gate Bridge. Girls are greeted and complete the bridging ceremony with pinning and the Girl Scout hand shake. Participants continue down the hill towards the party at Crissy Field. After the party participants walk back to the starting point for departure. Total walking distance is approximately 7 miles including the 1.7 miles bridge.

The Party: There is a variety of ways to celebrate on Crissy Field. Bring a lunch to enjoy in the grassy picnic area, do a craft project, dance along with great music, and explore dozens of activity booths, all designed to introduce girls to older girl opportunities. We end with a giant friendship circle before saying goodbye to new friends. You are welcome to leave whenever you’d like.

Departure: All participants must walk to the starting point for departure. Groups being picked up may arrange to be picked up or meet people in the grassy area in front of the Disney Museum which is adjacent to the starting point. Groups may not be picked up from Crissy Field. 

Special Note: A large scale construction project to replace Doyle Dr. / Hwy 101 with the improved Presidio Parkway is currently underway. This project can significantly impact the logistics of Golden Gate Bridging. We are making every possible effort to plan a seamless and enjoyable experience; however this may mean that changes could happen last minute. If any changes need to be made we will e-mail all registered participants and volunteers with as much advance notice as possible. For the most up to date information on the project check out the website at www.presidioparkway.org

Participant Guidelines and Ratios

  • The maximum ratio is 3 girls to one adult. For 4 or more girls the minimum ratio is based on the GS travel ratios of 2 adults for up to 16 girls and 1 adult for every additional 8 girls. This is to ensure that we can accommodate as many girls as possible. Please see the table below for specific guidelines on ratios.

#Girls

1-3

4-8

9-11

12-14

15-16

17

18-20

21-24

25-27

Min Adults

1

2

2

2

2

3

3

3

4

Max Adults

1

2

3

4

5

5

6

7

8

  • This is a troop/troop leader event. Please note that this is NOT a family event and tagalongs cannot participate.
  • All individuals are considered participants and must pay the event fee.
  • There is NO free “viewing area” for this event or any location or time when additional adults can meet your group during the event. Please do NOT have family members meet your group at the event who are not registered participants.
  • This is a major violation of our permits and puts Golden Gate Bridging 2015 in jeopardy.
  • No animals are allowed (except service dogs for people with disabilities).
  • Participants may not carry signs, banners, or flags on the bridge.
  • Participants must not impede the movement of others while on the bridge or paths.
  • Participants should walk no more than two people side by side while on the bridge and may never link arms.
  • Girls should always have a buddy and an adult with them while at the event.
  • All participants should act with respect and kindness towards, staff, volunteers, and each other.
  • HAVE FUN!
  • If you have concerns or questions about these polices or special requests, please contact us at GoldenGateBridging@GirlScoutsNorCal.org. Each request will be handled individually.

Volunteering Information

Volunteers are a vital part of the Golden Gate Bridging Event. Volunteers serve in many capacities from supporting event logistics (parking and buses) to cheering on girls on their bridging journey. All volunteers also receive a commemorative patch and pin as well as coffee and lunch during the event.

Who: Adults and Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Scouts who are accompanied by adults.
Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Time: Varies based on assignment, generally from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Volunteers are expected to commit to the entire period of their assignment.
Where: Anywhere along event route including the Presidio, Crissy Field, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
What volunteers do: During registration volunteers will have an opportunity to tell us their top three choices for assignments. We do our best to accommodate these requests, but please note that they cannot be guaranteed. All areas are led by a trained GSNorCal staff member or volunteer. Opportunities include:

  • Parking (Adults Only)
  • First Aid (Adults Only)
  • Road Closures/Traffic (Adults Only)
  • Set up (Beginning at 7am)
  • Clean up (Until 4pm)
  • Activity booths (games or arts and crafts)
  • Face Painting
  • Greeters and Trail Assistants
  • Shuttle Buses
  • Marin Vista Point Assistants
  • Golden Gate Bridge Assistants
  • Registration
  • Retail Store
  • Care Team

Volunteer Registration Information

Registration Opens: Click here to register to volunteer!
Register with: Registration is only available online. 
Cost: No cost to volunteer!

Information Needed: You may register your whole troop or group in one registration. All members of a group or troop are assigned the same area and time. Groups with youth volunteers must have enough adults to meet the Girl Scout travel ratio guideline of 2 adults to 16 girls and 1 adult for each additional 8 girls.

  1. Troop number
  2. Top three choices for assignment
  3. Names of those attending
  4. Whether the registrant is an adult or girl
  5. Any special accommodations or health restrictions
  6. Photo and Survey permissions.

Cancellation: If you must cancel, please let us know as soon as possible and no later than April 1, 2014. This will allow us ample opportunity to fill your spot. Email: goldengatebridging@girlscoutsnorcal.org

Following the completion of volunteer registration, volunteers receive a confirmation and some basic info about the event. Assignments and more detailed information about the day is sent in March or early April. If you have any questions contact us at GoldenGateBridging@GirlScoutsNorCal.Org And thank you for your interest in helping us create a memorable experience for our bridging participants!

Vendor and Booth Information

Vendors and booths make up the bulk of the Golden Gate Bridging Party Zone. Vendors offer games, crafts, or activities as well as information on what they offer Girl Scouts. Vendors also receive a commemorative patch and pin as well as coffee and lunch during the event.

Who: Businesses and Organizations who offer opportunities to Girl Scouts in 6-12 grades.
Note: Businesses that are considered a high risk vendor per our insurance and GSUSA must be an approved high risk through the council Risk Department at the time of the event. This includes activities such as horseback riding, ropes course, skateboarding, and any water activity. If you think this policy applies to you or you are uncertain of your high risk vendor status with the council, contact our Risk Department at Travel@GirlScoutsNorCal.org

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Crissy Field, Presidio, San Fransisco
What Vendors do: Offer a game, activity or craft that connects to one of the many Cadette Badges available. We can help vendors find an activity that connects. Supplies for the activity are provided by the vendor and must be able to accommodate up to 3000 girls. For information on connecting to the Cadette program, click here.

Vendor and Booth Registration Information

Space available: All vendors will be assigned a space approximately 10x10ft and be provided with an 8 foot table and 2 chairs. Additional space, tables and chairs can be made available upon request. Contact goldengatebridging@girlscoutsnorcal.org

Register with: Click here to register now
Cost: Booths are free. Vendors are responsible for supplying all supplies and materials for their booth activity.

Information Needed:

  • Number of adults attending
  • Number of parking permits needed (Parking is extremely limited, please carpool)
  • The Badge(s) or Journey(s) the activity connects with
  • A brief (1-2 sentences) of the activity provided
  • Any special accommodations or health restrictions (including dietary restrictions)

Cancellation: If you must cancel, please let us know as soon as possible and no later than April 1, 2013. This will allow us ample opportunity to fill your spot. Email: goldengatebridging@girlscoutsnorcal.org

Following the completion of registration, vendors receive a confirmation and some basic info about the event. Booth location and more detailed information about the day is sent in April. If you have any questions contact us at GoldenGateBridging@GirlScoutsNorCal.Org. Thank you for your interest in helping us create a memorable experience for our bridging participants!

Contact Information

Girl Scouts Northern California - GoldenGateBridging@GirlScoutsNorCal.Org

Frequently Asked Questions

GGB 2014 Frequently Asked Questions

 

Webpage last update December 4, 2013