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Unique Girl Scout Insignia

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1937 Worlds Fair Patch
Large patch - 3". Not known if it was for official wear on the uniform.

 

Baden-Powell Centenary Patch 
honoring the 100th birthday of the founder of the Scouting movement. The U.K. had a pin version also. It is unclear if the pin was available in the U.S.

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Juliette Low Centennial Patch 
honoring the 100th birthday of the founder of Girl Scouting in the USA

 

 
 
Unknown
May have been Farm Aide Patch for use during World War II.

 

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image donated by Robert Rodgers

War Service Emblem 
worn by all adult Girl Scouts on uniform
Spring 1942

 

 
Image donated by Robert Rodgers
 
Senior Scout Service Patch
probably 2 sizes; large for uniform/armband, small for hat
Spring 1942

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image donated by Robert Rodgers

War Service Emblem 
worn by all adult GS Leaders 
Fall 1942-1946

 

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Senior Service Scout 
Fall 1942-Spring 1955 
worn by Senior GS who had taken
the pledge of being a Senior Service Scout,
or later - who had completed the requirements
 for the 5-point program
(before the introduction of the 5-point pin
and the Senior Interest patches).
2 sizes; large for uniform/armband, small for hat.
 

 
 
Hospital Aide Patch
Hospital Aides were Senior Girl Scouts who had completed 45 hours of approved training and volunteered 60 additional hours of work, during the summer. The patch was worn on the apron. Girl Scouts received a special nursing cap from the hospital in a ceremony.

 

 
Both patches were introduced in 1974 for official uniformed wear. The top one could be worn through 1975, the bottom one could be worn through 1976. A pin was also issued for official wear. I am searching for a good image of it.
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Possibly the Official GS Bicentennial Pin

 

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2 versions of the "Red Feather" badge
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Boy Scout/ Girl Scout Red Feather Button 1945
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Vintage notice of the Red Feather Campaign

 

The "Red Feather" Campaign has it's roots in World War II, when several groups came together to unite their efforts in fund raising, forming the United War Chest. The red feather was symbol used on many items of the era (most notably - the Red Cross) to promote donating to this worthy cause. Publications from WWII note it's an American custom to "put a feather in one's cap" and that Americans should wear the red feather with pride. Large window stickers were also available to note that a family had given to the United War Chest. It is believed that Girl Scouting, Boy Scouting and probably other youth groups developed their own "red feather" emblems, in the form of badges, to promote volunteering with the United War Chest Campaign. These  badges most likely had the approval to be worn as official insignia.
 
After the end of World War II, the United War Chest Campaign went through  reorganization and evolved into the United Way. The red feather emblem continues to be associated with the United Way as well as local community chest programs.