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Girl Scout Service Bar Pins

The silent sentinels of hours and hours of service give to the community, these service bars were first introduced in 1953 for Senior Girl Scouts only. Poorly made, many pins were lost when the back catch broke off. The equally poor paint job meant that they quickly chipped and looked out of place on a uniform. Oddly, these pins that represent one of the greatest programs in Girl Scouting - volunteer service, did not and continues to not carry any identification of Girl Scouting.

Just eight different service areas were offered at first, but that quickly grew in 1962 when eager Senior Girl Scouts clamored to broaden the programs offered. Minor changes happened throughout the years as interest in certain areas grew or fell, but overall remained stable until the Worlds to Explore program began in 1980 and the number of bars was dropped to six, one for each of the five "worlds" and one for Girl Scouting in general. This also brought in an enameling paint job, with a much better finish and durability. In 1992 the clutch back style of pin was phased in. In 1995 the program dropped to just three areas, but allowed Cadette Girl Scouts to participate. Around 2011 the program changed again, changing the pin look, adding the Ambassador program and raising the number of bars to six.




Brown - Ranger Aide

Orange - Museum Aide





Maroon-yellow - Teacher Aide

Yellow - Educational


Red- Science Technology






Medium Grey - Volunteerism

Chartreuse - Merchandising


Gold/Green - Create Your Own

With a clutch backing, this green is likely Girl Scouting - Green


World of the Out-of-Doors






World of the Arts




The only difference is the name of the color of the Senior Service Bar
changing from WINE to BURGUNDY


Cadette Girl Scout Service Bar - Light Blue


Senior Service Bar - Wine/Burgundy


Community Service Bar - Green

 

 

 

Current Service Bars