Sparta — In a town-wide ceremony, 38 Sparta Girl Scouts from five troops and their families celebrated the girls’ achievements as they “bridged” to the next level of Girl Scouts. The bridging ceremony, held on Friday, September 29 at the United Methodist Church, drew a crowd of over 100 family members and friends.“This exciting event brings together all the Girl Scouts of Sparta so they can celebrate together and witness the evolution of scouting. The younger girls see the older girls, and it excites them—they see that these are tomorrow’s leaders,” said Sara Mikrut, Sparta Service Unit Leader. “We come here tonight to recognize the girls in Sparta who have completed their level’s badges and projects in a wide range of areas, including STEM, the arts, character-building, life experiences, and service to the community.”The youngest girls honored were second-grade students who bridged from Daisy Scouts to Brownies. Older girls bridged to Juniors, Cadettes, and Seniors. Many girls also celebrated having earned their Bronze Award whose requirements include a minimum of 20 hours toward a community project/activity. Sparta Girl Scouts was also excited to have the President/CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, Betty Garger, as the guest speaker. “It’s so fun being a Junior, I can’t wait until we bridge to Cadettes next year,” said Hailey EricksonThe Sparta Service Unit is made up of 32 troops led by community volunteers. For more information about the Girl Scouts, call (708) 642-6545.