During the first night of Summer Institute the youth have a bridging ceremony. This is an event for incoming Seventh graders or youth who are new to Summer Institute to formally join the youth community. It is a joyous celebration as well as a physical symbol of initiation into the youth community.
What to expect from bridging:
Bridging is an important event in the youth community. Most, if not all, youth and parents attend. There will be multiple announcements about where and when bridging will be held on Sunday night during the mandatory youth and youth sponsor meeting so do not be concerned about not being able to find it. Once you meet at the bridging site, bridging youth will be directed as to where to go. During the bridging they will have a specific youth assigned to bridge them and welcome them into the community, so do not worry that you will not have a youth to bridge you.