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Mariner Girl Scouts

The first mention I found for sea-fairing scouting was in a 1925 Girl Scout Leader magazine, listing the trainings available over the summer at the National Training Schools for Girl Scouts. Two classes were offered at the school in Marion, MA: Sea Scout Experiment and Sea Scout Camp for Girl Scouts (over 16). It's from courses like these, as well as the natural interest in sailing for the "older girls" in Girl Scouting, that the Mariner program grew. 

In 1932 newspaper articles were already telling tales
of Mariner Girl Scouts in many cities. It was described by
"national HQ" that... Mariner Scouting was a post-
graduate course of Girl Scouting. It opens a new field of 
adventure with the romance and the background of the sea
to sustain the interest of the older girls.

Officially launched in 1934, it sprang forth as a program
whose time had come. The Girl Scout Spring 1935 catalog
had:
  • Mariner uniform: middy style shirt, skirt, slacks, shorts
  • 2 hat styles (Gob and Beret) & black Mariner tie
  • 2 manuals
  • Unique membership pin
  • Mariner Swimsuit
  • Mariner Shoes
  • Mariner sweater
  • and 2 styles of Mariner flags
(one for the ship & one for parades)​​

The only image I have found of the Mariner swimsuit. Other GS catalogs note that it came with the Mariner patch, and the swimsuit was for Mariners ONLY

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1935

This catalog image above (used for years) shows one style of Mariner flag, while on another page in the same catalog is the flag shown below.

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Early Mariner uniform (note all the buttons on the skirt). Shown with the Gob style hat. Missing the black Mariner tie.

1935

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1940                            An early Mariner Girl Scout label

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This posed shot of the new Mariner uniforms was done at the Boston Convention, where the Mariner Girl Scout program officially debut. This photo ran in every major newspaper.

Mariner Stationery, unknown year, may not be official

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The smooth wheel design of the first Mariner pin lasted until supplies ran out, around 1946.

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These Mariners went out on a 4-day sail, camping each night in a different area.
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Midshipmite Pin added in 1955

These metal pins (shown above) are the most common. There are other variations known.

The "Gob" style of hat (or the Gilligan style if you're my age) was so popular they stopped selling the beret style.

The tenure of the blue Mariner GSUSA ID strip was brief : 1958-1960

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Sailing Troop Crest 1989-2011

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1944

In 1950 Corpus Christi celebrated women in sailing in a full-page spread, including these Mariners.

1952

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1949

1956

1960

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1952

1938

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Mariner Girl Scout non-uniform wear is hard to find.

1940

1948

1955

"GAM" was a gathering of Mariners
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The Mariner Girl Scout program began drawing to a close in 1960, when the uniform was no longer offered. Senior with an interested in aquatic-scouting were encouraged to wear the standard Senior Girl Scout uniform with the Mariner Interest Patch, which lasted until 1973. The Mariner pin continued to be sold for awhile, as a replacement for lost pins. 
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1952

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Girl Scout Mariner trademark, 1936