This page covers many of the official pins that were worn
only by girls;
Brownie Girl Scouts,
Intermediate Girl Scouts, who later were divided into the
Junior and Cadette Girl Scout programs, and the Senior Girl
Some pins are now being reproduced for wear on adult
uniforms signifying that they were earned in their youth.
Wing Pin was silver plated
cost 40 cents for several years.
was worn on the Senior uniform
next to the membership pin.
1978 it was no longer official wear
cost 75 cents.
At first, the Attendance
Proficiency Badge was awarded to girls, but that changed in
to the sewn-on version of
the Membership Star. By 1920, two versions were offered;
gold for perfect attendance and silver for 90% attendance.
By 1929, pins had a
screw-type backing. In 1930 the bronze star was introduced
for Brownies who attended all meetings. Only one absence was
allowed. The bronze pin could be transferred to the Girl
The bronze pin was dropped
in 1939 when the Membership petals were introduced.
In 1940, the silver star
was dropped when the perfect attendance requirement for the
gold was dropped. The Membership star went through some
fastener changes with the metal shortages of the World War
Plastic color-coded discs as backings to
the stars were introduced in 1963 (1984 for Daisys) and
The special millennium membership backing
for the year 2000 - shown with the Brownie disc.
Michelle Lee of Spar and Spindle shared the
meaning of these tiny stars next to the membership stars on this
khaki fabric. ... a Lieutenant who was a member of Troop 1
Chelmsford, MA 1925 - 26. Eleanor Parkhurst was also a member
of a Girl scout Bugle corp. The tiny stars above her
membership stars are for the years she was a member of the bugle
Actually, according to the newest edition
of the Girl Scout Collector's Guide, the Juliette Low World
Friendship Pin could be worn by girls and adults who
attended a JLWF event.
Girl Scout Gold Award pin
The highest award for girls, exemplifying the best of Girl
of Tonawanda, NY
part of the Buffalo-Erie GSC
The Silver Award
is the highest achievement
that can be earned by a Cadette Girl Scout
(Senior Girl Scouts may also earn this award).
The rays behind the
the reaching out to the
and the interdependence
of community and Girl Scouting.
1953 Yellow - Program Aide
Lt. Blue - Child Care Aide
Orange - Museum Aide
Dk. Blue - Office Aide
Maroon - Library Aide
Purple - Occupational Therapy Aide
Brown - Ranger Aide
Red - Hospital Aide
Blue/Gold - International
Red/Grey - Laboratory
Chartreuse - Merchandising
Red/White - Animal Care
Dk Blue/Grey - Public Relations
Maroon/Yellow - Teacher
Purple - Aide to Handicapped
White - Aquatic/Safety
Blue/Gold - International
Chartreuse - Merchandising
Dk. Blue/Grey - Public Relations
Yellow - Educational
Orange - Museum/Arts
Dk. Blue - Office
Purple - Aide to the Handicapped
Red - Science Technology
Turquoise - Guild Trades
Pink - Library
Tan - Ranger
Medium Gray - Volunteer
Green/Gold - Create Your Own
Name changed to Volunteer Service Bars
in 1980, several pins discontinued, only 6
Orange - World of Today and Tomorrow
Yellow - World of the Out-of-Doors
Purple - World of Arts
Red - World of Well-Being
Blue - World of People
Green - Girl Scouting
Name changed to Service Bars in 1995,
only 3 offered:
Wine - Seniors
Blue - Cadette
Green - Community
Example of Cadette Challenge Pin
The first 4 Challenge Pins were
introduced in 1963. They were designed to give Cadettes
real-life experience and to test their ability, knowledge
and skill. 8 Challenge
Pins were added in 1972, to continue to challenge Cadettes.
This phase brought a change to the way a Cadette could earn
her First Class Badge - now it could be earned just by
completing the challenges alone - although the 2 other ways
were still good - earning badges, and earning badges and
1963; Social Dependability, Emergency Preparedness,
Active Citizenship, Girl Scout Promise.
1972; Arts, Community Action, Environment, International
Understanding, Knowing Myself, My Heritage, Out-of-Doors,
This pin was earned when a girl
(either a Cadette or Senior)
completed 25 hours in
the "Pilots" portion of
the "Dreams to Reality:
Adventures in Careers" program
that began in 1978.
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This challenge was generally
earned by Senior Girl Scouts.
The focus of the challenge revolved
around turning values into action
by goal setting
and follow-through with commitments.
It was replaced by the Senior Challenge in 1987.
This pin was generally earned by Cadettes
(but could be earned by Seniors)
on their way to earning their Silver Award.
The 4 loops represent;
Knowing about Girl Scouting,
Knowing Myself Better,
Relating to Others Better
and Developing Values for Living.
It was replaced by the
Cadette Challenge in 1987.
Large Word Version
Small Wording Version
The First Class Pin was never worn on the Intermediate
or Junior/Cadette uniforms - they worn the patch.
However, once a girl reached Senior Girl Scouting, the
First Class pin was a part of uniformed wear.
This pin is now being officially reproduced for wear on
The Curved Bar Award started in 1940
to give First Class Girl Scouts something more
challenging to do. At first a gold curved patch was
worn on the uniform.
The pin was introduced in 1947 and was worn on the
Intermediate uniform. Discontinued
Check out the Girl Scout Ranks &
for an image of the cloth
Curved Bar Rank Award.
At first, council approval
was required to receive this pin,
but that is no longer the case.
It recognizes 10 years of membership
in Girl Scouting as a girl.
This little 1/2" gold tone pin was GSUSA's
answer to the sorority pin craze of the late 30's and 40's.
Senior Girl Scouting had become separate group (along with
Intermediate Girl Scouts and Brownies) in 1938. This style
of pin was developed to reflect the mood of the time, while
remaining a true Girl Scout pin. The traditional logo has 7
stars. The sunburst has 12 beams to show the many directions
of Girl Scouting. (Side note: the 5-point star pin was
earned and replaced this design on the uniform once the
requirements were met). This pin was the membership pin of
Senior Girl Scouts until 1963, when they returned to wearing
the traditional logo pin.
example of current Service Bars
1995 - current
Cadette - Light Blue (shown)
Senior - Wine
Community - Green
Image donated by Christina Moyes
example of current Aide Bars
1995 - current
Cadette Program Aide Pin (shown)
Senior pins are yellow with lettering
PA - Program Aide
CIT - Counselor in Training
CIT II - Counselor in Training level 2
SGSTA - Senior Girl Scout Training Aide
LIT - Leader in Training
Now being reproduced for
wear on Adult Uniform wear
5 Point Program began in 1951, however the pin was not
introduced until 1955. This program was generally completed
in 1 year and the pin was worn in place of the Senior
Membership Pin on the uniform.
Gold, Senior 1980 - current
Silver, Cadette or Senior
1980 - current
Red, Junior 1994 - current