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1776-1976 Girl Scouts Celebrate the Bicentennial


The Bicentennial celebration across America


National Girl Scout Programs for the Bicentennial


  Finally found an image of the official GSUSA Bicentennial candle,
sold only through NES branches at $2.00 each.
They were to be lit in a special "Flames of Freedom"
celebrations held at local councils on March 12, 1976.

Red, White and Blue candle, 9" long, 1 1/2" wide,
burned for up to 10 hours.



This patch was the winner of the GS Bicentennial Task Group's contest.

Each troop across America could submit 1 vote

 from the designs shown on the cover

of the Girl Scout Leader magazine March 1975.

The design was officially introduced at the

 Girl Scout National Convention in 1975.

Older version of Overseas pin

 Triennium Pin 1975-1978

Triennium Patch



                    Girl Scout Leader Nov/Dec 1975 with Bicentennial Quilt Making

Girl Scout Leader magazine May-June 1976,

promoting the American Camping Association's 

Big Camp on July 4, 1976


Probably the best remembered council patch program was the "If I were a Girl Scout in 1776." It was a wonderful program developed by the Connecticut Trails Girl Scout Council in honor of America's Bicentennial in 1976. This was before there were Try-its and Interest Project patches - so there were only badges offered. They covered a wide range of interest, focusing on how life would be for a girl in Colonial America. The handbook even included instructions on sewing your own uniform for the time!

At a time before council's own badge and patch program, the "If I were a Girl Scout in 1776" caught fire and spread through many councils. It was a program whose time had come.

The State House Bell

George Washington

My Flag

My Family


My House and Yard

My Heritage


Toys and Games


My Country

My Colony or My Town or City, presumably you would have had this embroidered


Girl Scout Bicentennial Badges of unknown heritage






Local Council Bicentennial Patches



Bicentennial Festival, Conestoga Council - brochure and patch

"Wake Up America" Raintree Girl Scouts




Great Blue Heron Council


Girl Scout Council of the Pacific Bicentennial Patch

Hoosier Capital Girl Scouts Bicentennial Patch





Patch on sash, GSC of St. Croix Valley


Scottsdale Girl Scouts


Becky Thatcher GSC



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