Leaders attend Bridging Ceremonies

By | April 22, 2019

[April 22, 2019] Last week I was invited to attend a special ceremony when young members advanced from Cub Scout to older Boy Scouts. The Pack advanced seven boys with many family members in attendance. To show respect (and to gain it in return) requires leaders to be present at these bridging ceremonies.

We all shook the hand of each boy and spoke with them and their families. It reminded me when I moved up from Cub to Boy Scout and the emotions involved. My new Scoutmaster gave me a new scout book, scarf and neckerchief tie, and epaulets for my uniform. This provided us with the motivation to stay in and learn more about scouting.

When leaders show respect, they are also providing the seeds of motivation. It is this internal motivation that drives us to accomplish great things, to be more resilient, and have great focus. Motivation means the difference in graduating from school and not. It determines if we get married, get a job, or enjoy life.

Bridging ceremonies mean something special. If we graduate from college, for example, we are moving from an academic life of study to a world of work. To fail to recognize this transition is wasteful and shows a lack of the basic knowledge of human psychology of motivation.

Many organizations have a “bridging” ceremony; although it may be called something else. The Girl Scouts have one also. So do several religious groups. The name may be called something else but the respect we should bestow on those transitioning to another phase of their life is essential. To ignore or to dismiss this as purely ceremonial is missing the point.

These bridging ceremonies are often a rite of passage that welcomes people into the rewards and responsibilities of a new life. It is about a time of tremendous change and stress. It is a time when many leave a life of our youth for one with new experiences. For a leader to be physically present shows the recognition of this transition and the respect it deserves.1

Leaders are inspirational. Attending the bridging ceremony is one way how they show it.


  1. https://www.theleadermaker.com/how-to-show-respect-to-subordinates/
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22 thoughts on “Leaders attend Bridging Ceremonies

  1. Mr. T.J. Asper

    I teach High School. My students are taught from the first day that attendance at certain events, while not required as a student, is required if they ever expect to succeed in life. So the best thing to do is to get into the habit of attending these now – not later. And, of course, I hope they come to our football games too. 🙂

  2. Big Al

    If there is better advice, I’m not aware of it. But to attend a funeral is the height of going to special events. What we do here in life does, indeed, echo throughout time. When you are present for people in their darkest times, they will remember you.

    1. Gil Johnson

      It’s all about knowing what motivates people. And, of course, what demotivates them.

  3. Eddie Ray Anderson, Jr.

    Thanks for another well written article on an often overlooked subject. This advice to leaders should not be taken lightly.

  4. Yusaf from Texas

    Least we forget. In the four years of fighting, remembered for brutal trench warfare and the first use of gas, France, the British empire, Russia and the United States had the main armies opposing a German-led coalition that also included the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires. Almost 10 million soldiers died, sometimes tens of thousands on a single day.

    1. JT Patterson

      Well said, Yusaf. I like the way you think.

    2. Lynn Pitts

      A reminder of the great sacrifice of many persons who helped point the way toward freedom.

  5. Eric Coda

    Being there counts. Others see your actions as a leader. It tells others what you see as important. President Trump plans to visit the American cemetery at Suresnes on the outskirts of Paris on Sunday afternoon and make remarks before heading home.

    1. Wilson Cox

      Yes, Gen. Satterfield has noted this on several occasions but sometimes it is simply not possible to be there. When that occurs the next best thing is to send your most senior representative.

  6. Doug Smith

    As the world marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I on Sunday, global leaders gathered in Paris to commemorate the solemn moment as France’s president implored countries to forge alliances to preserve peace. Notice how the most important leaders of nations attend these ceremonies.

    1. AutisticTechie

      So very important as well as the ceremonies marking the end of WWI.

    2. Drew Dill

      For those who have served, we can never overrate the importance of events like this.

  7. Army Captain

    You hit the nail on the head with this article.

    1. Albert Ayer

      Yes, and thanks for being on so we can see your comments. We appreciate your service to the nation.

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