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Girl Scout Identification Strips

According to the Girl Scout Collector's Guide location identification on Girl Scout uniforms was first approved by GSUSA in 1921. It was to be black with buff embroidery and worn on the upper right sleeve. It would list the troop's city, number and affiliation. It was up to the troop to have the strip made. This is another example of how closely the Girl Scout program in America followed the Girl Guide program in the United Kingdom. Girl Guiding has long used ribbons with similar information on their uniforms.


Identification Strip at the top of the sleeve


GSUSA offered pre-made city or area identification strips starting in 1933 on grey-green fabric, embroidered with green silk thread, then on silver green and then bright medium green. Council names were introduced in 1957. "Girl Scouts USA" strips started on uniforms in 1958. They continue today.


2001 - current

For Girls not in a troop

Although this patch replaces the troop numerals, it seemed to make sense to place it here.

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