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Official Girl Level Pins

This page covers many of the official pins that were worn only by girls;
Brownie Girl Scouts,
 Intermediate Girl Scouts, who later were divided into the Junior and Cadette Girl Scout programs, and the Senior Girl Scout program.
Some pins are now being reproduced for wear on adult uniforms signifying that they were earned in their youth.

Service Bureau Pin

Service Bureau Pin
1941 - 1945

Girl Scout Service Bureaus sprang up in the early 1940's in a respond to Girl Scout pleas as to how they could help their country during the war effort. Using lists created by local councils, girls selected projects and when completed, they could wear this 1/2" red enamel trefoil pin on their uniform. This pin could be earned by Brownies, Intermediates and Senior. Original cost - 5 cents.


Juliette Low World Friendship Fund Pin
older version

Exchange Pin
1946 - ?
Special Pin designed ONLY for girls from USA
or other countries who were selected for
 and participated as exchanges in an
 international project sponsored by GSUSA
and paid for by the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund.
(source: Historical Record of Girl Scouting in Pierce County)


Juliette Low World Friendship Pin
Traded with Julie Terranera

Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scout Gold Award pin
The highest award for girls, exemplifying the best of Girl Scouting.
Image donated by Heather Woden
of Tonawanda, NY
part of the Buffalo-Erie GSC

Girl Scout Silver Award
Silver Award
1980 - current

The Silver Award
is the highest acheivement
that can be earned by a Cadette Girl Scout
(Senior Girl Scouts may also earn this award).
Image donated by
Christina Moyes

Girl Scout Bronze Award
2001 - current

Junior Girl Scout level
The rays behind the trefoil represent
 the reaching out to the community
 and the interdependence
of community and Girl Scouting.

Leadership Pins

Girl Scout
The torch
the way
for others
to follow.

Gold,Senior  1980 - current
Silver, Cadette or Senior 1980 - current
Red, Junior 1994 - current

Senior Aide Bars
introduced in 1953

Yellow - Program Aide
Lt. Blue - Child Care Aide
Orange - Museum Aide
Dk. Blue - Office Aide
Maroon - Library Aide
Purple - Occupational Therapy Aide
Brown - Ranger Aide
Red - Hospital Aide
Scroll Down
for a
complete list
of changes

example of Cadette Challenge Pins

The first 4 Challenge Pins were introduced in 1963. They were designed to give Cadettes real-life experience and to test their ability, knowledge and skill.  8 Challenge Pins were added in 1972, to continue to challenge Cadettes. This phase brought a change to the way a Cadette could earn her First Class Badge - now it could be earned just by completing the challenges alone - although the 2 other ways were still good - earning badges, and earning badges and challenges together.

1963; Social Dependability, Emergency Preparedness, Active Citizenship, Girl Scout Promise.

1972; Arts, Community Action, Environment, International Understanding, Knowing Myself, My Heritage, Out-of-Doors, Today's World.


Intermediate GS Curved Bar Award
Curved Bar Award

The Curved Bar Award started in 1940 to give First Class Girl Scouts something more challenging to do. At first a gold curved patch was worn on the uniform.
The pin was introduced in 1947 and was worn on the Intermediate uniform.
Check out the Girl Scout Ranks page
for an image of the
Curved Bar Rank Award.

10 Year Award Pin

At first, council approval
was required to receive this pin,
but that is no longer the case.
It recognizes 10 years of membership
in Girl Scouting as a girl.

Senior Membership Pin
Senior Membership Pin

This little 1/2" goldtone 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.

Dreams to Reality Pin

This pin was earned when a girl
(either a Cadette or Senior)
 completed 25 hours in
the "Pilots" portion of
the "Dreams to Reality:
Adventures in Careers" program
that began in 1978.

Career Explorations Pin
1987 - current

Image Donated by
Christina Moyes



This challenge was generally
 earned by Senior Girl Scouts.
The focus of the challenge revolved
 around turning values into action
 by goal setting
 and follow-through with commiments.
It was replaced by the Senior Challenge in 1987.


Image Donated By
Christina Moyes

This pin was generally earned by Cadettes
(but could be earned by Seniors)
on their way to earning their Silver Award.
The 4 loops represent;
 Knowing about Girl Scouting,
 Knowing Myself Better,
 Relating to Others Better
and Developing Values for Living.
It was replaced by the
Cadette Challenge in 1987.

First Class Girl Scout Pins
First Class Pin

Variation: smaller wording on pin

The First Class Pin was never worn on the Intermediate or Junior/Cadette uniforms - they worn the patch. However, once a girl reached Senior Girl Scouting, the First Class pin was a part of uniformed wear.

This pin is now being officially reproduced for wear on adult uniforms.

Safety Awards
2000 - current

example of current Aide Bars
1995 - current

Cadette Program Aide Pin (shown)
Senior pins are yellow with lettering
PA - Program Aide
CIT - Counselor in Training
CIT II - Counselor in Training level 2
SGSTA - Senior Girl Scout Training Aide
LIT - Leader in Training

example of current Service Bars
1995 - current

Cadette - Light Blue (shown)
Senior - Wine
Community - Green

Image donated by Christina Moyes

Mariner Girl Scout Pin
Mariner Pin
one version

Now being reproduced for wear on Adult Uniform wear
Go to the Mariner Pin Page
for variations and detailed information
on Mariner Pins
Click on the Mariner patch
to jump to the
Mariner Girl Scout Information

Click here to learn more about Mariner Girl Scouting

Senior 5 Point Pin
5 Point Pin

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.

Senior Girl Scout Wings

The Wing Pin was silver plated
and cost 40 cents for several years.
 It was worn on the Senior uniform
next to the membership pin.
By 1978 it was no longer official wear
and cost 75 cents.
Click on the Wing Patch
to jump to the
Wing Girl Scout Information

Click here to learn more about Wing Scouts!

Senior Aide Bars:
1962 additions
White- Aquatic
Blue/Gold - International
Red/Grey - Laboratory
Chartreuse - Merchandising
Red/White - Animal Care
Dk Blue/Grey - Public Relations
Maroon/Yellow - Teacher
name change:
Purple - Aide to Handicapped
1978 catalog:
White - Aquatic/Safety
Blue/Gold - International
Chartreuse - Merchandising
Dk. Blue/Grey - Public Relations
Yellow - Educational
Orange - Museum/Arts
Dk. Blue - Office
Purple - Aide to the Handicapped
Red - Science Technology
Turquoise - Guild Trades
Pink - Library
Tan - Ranger
Medium Gray - Volunteer
Green/Gold - Create Your Own
Name changed to Volunteer Service Bars in 1980, several pins discontinued, only 6 offered:
Orange - World of Today and Tomorrow
Yellow - World of the Out-of-Doors
Purple - World of Arts
Red - World of Well-Being
Blue - World of People
Green - Girl Scouting
Name changed to Service Bars in 1995, only 3 offererd:
Wine - Seniors
Blue - Cadette
Green - Community

See also: Bridge to Adult pin on the Adult Pins Page

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