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Senior Girl Scout Interest Patches 1955-1979

Eight Indispensables Patch 1963-1979
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Introduced in 1955, Interest Patches continued until 1979 and covered a wide range of programs for the older girl. 

The first five were Trail Blazer, Mountaineer, Mounted, Wing and Explorer. Each was 3" in diameter, had dark green borders and had the yellow sunburst behind the design. Senior troops that did not have an specific interest wore the Multi-interest patch - the traditional logo on the patch, introduced in 1958. 

1960 brought changes; patches were now 2 1/4" and had colorful borders, some designs were dropped and new ones added for a total of seven patches; Mounted (light green), Mariner (gold), Wings (orange), International Friendship (green), General Interest (green), Explorer (green), Trail Blazer/Mountaineer (red). 

The sweeping changes in the Girl Scouting program of 1963 also effected the Interest patches; the border colors changed as patch designs were dropped and new ones added. The total now reached 9; International Friendship (gold), Community Action (green), Homemaker (turquoise), Mariner (white), Wing (orange), Arts (lavender), Trail Blazer (red), Mounted (red) and Panorama (yellow). 

Brand new designs were offered in 1974 on solid embroidered 2 3/4" patches; Multicultural World, Natural World and the World of the Arts. A Create Your Own Patch was introduced in 1977. These patches were also encouraged for unofficial wear. All patches were discontinued by 1979.

1955
3"
Dark Green
Border

 

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Trailblazer

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Mountaineer

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Explorer

 

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Wing

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Mounted

 
1958
3"

 

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General Interest

Added to 1955 program

       
1960
2 1/4"
color borders added

 

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Explorer

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International Friendship

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Wing

Mountaineer/Trailblazer

Trailblazer/Mountaineer

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Mariner

 

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Mounted

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General Interest

     
 
1963
2 1/4"

 

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Arts

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Community Action

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Homemaker

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International Friendship

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Mariner

 

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Mounted

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Panorama

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Trailblazer

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Wings

 
 
1974
2 3/4"
 

 

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World of the Art

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Multi-cultural World

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Natural World

Blank - Create Your Own

 

Eight Indispensables of Senior Girl Scouting
1. Promise and Laws
2. Troop Management
3. Active Citizenship
4. Voluntary Service
5. Health and Safety
6. Knowledge and Skills
7. International Friendship
8. Vocational Exploration