Girl Scout Membership Pins
Through the years there have been many different pins to denote membership in Girl Scouting...
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.
First design of the Brownie Membership Pin, 1921-1937
Look alike alert - some Girl Guides still use a similar design for their Brownie pins
The round Brownie Membership pin only lasted from 1937-1939
This redesigned Daisy 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.
1993 - current
This little 1/2" gold tone pin was GSUSA's answer to the sorority pin craze of the late 30's and 40's. Senior Girl Scouting had become separate group (along with Intermediate Girl Scouts and Brownies) in 1938. This style of pin was developed to reflect the mood of the time, while remaining a true Girl Scout pin. The traditional logo has 7 stars. The sunburst has 12 beams to show the many directions of Girl Scouting. (Side note: the 5-point star pin was earned and replaced this design on the uniform once the requirements were met). This pin was the membership pin of Senior Girl Scouts until 1963, when they returned to wearing the traditional logo pin.
Part of the Girl Scouts
answer to the metal
shortage of World War II
was to change the
production of the
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.
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.
Non-Official way to wear the petals
The 5 Point Program began in 1951, however the pin was not introduced until 1955. This program was generally completed in 1 year and the pin was worn in place of the Senior Membership Pin on the uniform.
This pin was an earned change in the membership pin
Official way to wear the petals
The design of the Brownie Membership Pin has remained basically unchanged since it reappeared in 1946, except for changes in the clasp, small design changes in the elf, and production/manufacturing changes
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.
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.
The Mariner Girl Scout membership pin was first issued in 1935 and went through a few production changes before it was discontinued in 1979.
The Mariner Girl Scout Pin page covers the differences in detail.
The trademark on the original design of the "tenderfoot" pin was issued on February 14, 1914, since then a few changes have occurred, whether intentional or by manufacturing variances.
The Evolution of the Girl Scout Membership webpage covers this subject.
Non-official way to wear the petals
2011 - 2021