Vintage Girl Scout Online Museum

 

1776-1976 Girl Scouts Celebrate the Bicentennial

The Bicentennial celebration across America

 

National Girl Scout Programs for the Bicentennial



1974-1976







  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



Clothing

My House and Yard


My Heritage

Food

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

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Great Blue Heron Council

 

Girl Scout Council of the Pacific Bicentennial Patch

Hoosier Capital Girl Scouts Bicentennial Patch

Patch

 

 

Patch

Patch on sash, GSC of St. Croix Valley

Patch

Scottsdale Girl Scouts

 

Becky Thatcher GSC