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Girl Scout Membership Pins

 


2011

    The Traditional Girl Scout pin was once called the Tenderfoot Pin. The symbolic design of the pin, according to The Girl Scout Collector's Guide, is as follows: "the eagle is a symbol of strength and victory and the shield on the eagle's breast signifies self-reliance. In his talons, he clutches on his right an olive branch, the symbol of peace and on his left a shaft of arrows, the symbol of might. The eagle faces right, which is the position of honor, looking toward the symbol of peace. The eagle and shield within the trefoil signify that Girl Scouts stand ready to serve their country." The shape of the pin, a trefoil, indicates the threefold promise.

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3 Stars on Shield - no "G.S." pre-1918

3 Star Pin

3 Stars, 3 Stripes on Shield 1918-1920

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3 Star, 4 Stripes 1920-1923

 

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7 Star 1923-1934

The 7 Star pin in the standard size is rare, due to the short time it was offered. However, the miniature version was offered for a longer time and is not as rare.
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According to the Girl Scout Collector's Guide, during the International Conference held at Macy's, this "W" pin was given out to participants. The "W" is for world.
The close-up shows that the "W" wasn't simply stamped on the shield, but that the shield isn't even there.
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Both images donated by  Cheryl McGruff

Citizen/Senior Girl Scout Pin 1921-1929
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Image donated by Gail C. Schrader
Citizen Scouts - older Girl Scouts, were committed to community service, fulfilling the 8 hour a month requirement of service. The uniform of the Citizen Scout at first, was a khaki armband, with troop crest and red ribbon. Later various uniform changes were offered. Girls could continue to earn badges, and wear badges earned previously. The blue enameled pin was introduced in 1921 to match with the blue serge of the current uniform. It was replaced by the green enameled pin in 1929.
Senior Girl Scout Pin 1929-1938
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Image donated by Talli
This pin was first offered in 1929 for Senior Girl Scouts, replacing the blue enameled pin. It was enameled green to better match the uniform.

 

Mariner Girl Scout Pin

Mariner Girl Scout Pin

World War II "Thin Pin"

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image: Becky McCray

World War II called for conservation of almost all materials  - paper, metal, sugar. etc. Girl Scouting rose to the need in many ways. One such way was to have the membership pin produced on thinner metal - leaving the backside with the reverse impression of the pin. This is not to be confused with later productions of the pin. My understanding from Girl Scout folklorists and collectors is that if a magnet attaches to the pin - it's a WWII issue, if not it's a later production. Girl Scouting also had the Mariner pin changed to a flat rayon badge style briefly. No known examples have been found - yet!

 

 

Senior Membership Pin 1938-1963

 

First Design of the Brownie Membership Pin
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1921-1937

 

Image: Altvaters

 

Brownie 1937-1939

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image: Talli

World War II metal saving Brownie pin
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Image donated by Talli

WW II Brownie Pin

Part of the Girl Scouts answer to the metal shortage of World War II was to change the production of the Brownie membership pin temporarily. Using a solid piece of metal, the pin could be made thinner, thus saving metal for the war effort. Punching holes in the metal for the petals was not "official" - they were supposed to be sewn on the uniform. Original cost - 10 cents.

 

Older Brownie Pin with membership petals
Older Brownie Pin
 
Membership Petals were used by Brownies, just as the green disc and star pin are used today - to signify membership in the organization. Brownies first had a bronze star, but switched to the five petal flower pendant in 1939. They switched to the star pin in 1956.
Daisy Membership Pin 1984-1993
Original Daisy Pin
 

 

The Daisy Girl Scout program officially began in 1984 after many years of studying pilot programs in several councils. Designed especially for 5 years old girls in kindergarten, it is now expanded to include 6 years old girls. Enameled design on gold tone metal.

 

Daisy Membership Pin 1993-current
Current Daisy Girl Scout Membership Pin
 

 

This redesigned membership pin retains a vague trefoil outline with the stylistic daisy design in the center. Presented in the fall of 1993, it is still in use.

 

Brownie Pin

Current Brownie Pin
 

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There have no official changes in the traditional membership pin since 1934 with 4 stars on the shield. However small changes have been noticed.

 

 

 

Pin 1: smooth, faces somewhat defined

 

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Pin 2: raised edges, faces clearly defined

 

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Pin 3: Lettering style different, faces not defined

 

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