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A quick reference page of many Girl Scout pins.
 
Scroll to the bottom of the page for some detailed dating information for the earliest Membership pins, researched by Cal Holden and shown here with his permission.

Captain's Pin
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1916-1923

iImage donated by Terry Beye

Leiutenant's Pin
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1917-1922

Image donated by the Altvaters

Since Girl Scout leaders (Captains) earned badges and wore the same uniform (with badges and ranks sewn on just like the girls) something had to be done to identify the leaders. Special hat and shoulder cords were worn, and around 1916 the Capitan's Pin was introduced. The gold 3-leaf clover sits atop a red, white and blue shield. In 1917 a Lieutenant's Pin was introduced, to be worn until the adult passed the First Class Rank - when it was switched to the Capitan's Pin. The Lieutenant's Pin was discontinued in 1922.

Location

example of EARLY Service Pins
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Image donated by the Altvaters

There are 3 versions of the early Service Pins;
WAR SERVICE - shown
COMMUNITY SERVICE - light green and dark green
 
Check out the War Service and Special Awards page for more detailed information on these pins.

The Traditional Logo Girl Scout pin was once called the Tenderfoot Pin. The symbolic design of the pin, according to The Girl Scout Collector's Guide, is as follows:"the eagle is a symbol of strength and victory and the shield on the eagle's breast signifies self-reliance. In his talons, he clutches on his right an oliver branch, the symbol of peace and on his left a shaft of arrows, the symbol of might. The eagle faces right, which is the position of honor, looking toward the symbol of peace. The eagle and shield within the trefoil signify that Girl Scouts stand ready to serve their country." The shape of the pin, a trefoil, indicates the threefold promise.

3 Stars on Shield - No "GS"
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pre-1918

3 Star 3 Stripes on Shield
3 Star Pin
1918-1920

Location

3 Star 4 Stripes On Shield
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1920-1923

Image donated by Cheryl McGruff
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1926 "W" Tenderfoot Pin

Close up of Cheryl's Pin
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Close-up of 1926 "W" Tenderfoot Pin

According to the Girl Scout Collector's Guide, during the International Conference held at Macy's, this "W" pin was given out to participants. The "W" is for world.
The close-up shows that the "W" wasn't simply stamped on the shield, but that the shield isn't even there.

7 Star Membership
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1923-1934

The 7 Star pin in the standard size is rare, due to the short time it was offered. However, the miniature version was offered for a long time and is not rare.

Citizen/Senior Girl Scout Pin 1921-1929
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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.

Senior Girl Scout Pin 1929-1938
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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.

World War II Era - "thin pin" issue
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Image donated by Becky McCray

World War II Era "thin pin" Front
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Image donated by Becky McCray

World War II called for conservation of almost all materials  - paper, metal, sugar. etc. Girl Scouting rose to the need in many ways. One such way was to have the membership pin produced on thinner metal - leaving the backside with the reverse impression of the pin. This is not to be confused with later productions of the pin. My understanding from Girl Scout folklorists and collectors is that if a magnet attaches to the pin - it's a WWII issue, if not it's a later production. Girl Scouting also had the Mariner pin changed to a flat rayon badge style briefly. No known examples have been found - yet!

WAGGGS 1949-1990
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WAGGGS and Thinking Day pins

WAGGGS Friendship 1956-1976
WAGGGS pin
Brownie Girl Scouts

1990- current
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Committee/Associate Pin
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1920-1957

Service Bureau Pin

Service Bureau Pin
1941 - 1945
 
More info on the
War Service Pins page

Senior Membership Pin
Senior Membership Pin
1938-1963

More info on the
Official Girl Level Pins page

Mariner Pin

Now being reproduced for wear on Adult Uniform wear
 
See the Mariner Pins page
for detailed information
on pin variations
 
And
 
Click on the patch
to jump to the
Mariner Girl Scout information page.
 

Click here to learn more about Mariner Girl Scouting

Click on the Wing Patch
to jump to the
Wing Girl Scout Information
page.

Click here to learn more about Wing Scouts!

Senior Girl Scout Wings
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1947-1979

Senior 5 Point Pin
5 Point Pin
1955-1963

More info on the

Official Girl Level page

First Class Girl Scout Pins
First Class Pin

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Variation: smaller wording on pin

This pin is now being officially reproduced for wear on adult uniforms.
 
Check out the
Official Girl Level page
for more information.

Intermediate GS Curved Bar Award
Curved Bar Award
1947-1963

This pin is now officially
being reproduced
 for adult uniformed wear.
 
Check out the
Official Girl Level page
for more information.

First Design of the Brownie Membership Pin
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1921-1937

Image donated by the Altvaters

Brownie 1937-1939
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Image donated by Talli

World War II metal saving Brownie pin
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Image donated by Talli

WW II Brownie Pin

Part of the Girl Scouts answer to the metal shortage of World War II was to change the production of the Brownie membership 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.

Older Brownie Pin with membership petals
Older Brownie Pin

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 swtiched to the five petal flower pendant in 1939. They switched to the star pin in 1956.

Current Brownie Pin
Brownie Pin

Daisy Membership Pin 1984-1993
Original Daisy Pin

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 kintergarden, it is now expanded to include 6 years old girls. Enameled design on goldtone metal.

Daisy Membership Pin 1993-current
Current Daisy Girl Scout Membership Pin

This redesigned 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.

Older Traditional Membership Pin
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Newer Traditional Membership Pin
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There have no official changes in the traditional membership pin since 1934 with 4 stars on the shield. However small changes have been noticed.
Older pin: 11 outer feathers, large group of arrows
Newer pin: 9 outer feathers, smaller group of arrows
 

Pin 1: smooth, faces somewhat defined

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Pin 2: raised edges, faces clearly defined

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Pin 3: Lettering style different, faces not defined

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Membership Star
with special 2000 disc
Membership stars are given to Girl Scouts to denote one year of membership. Plastic colored discs are different for each age level. The 2000 disc is plastic as well. A special Adult 2000 pin was produced as well - shown on the Flags and Friendship Pins page.

TYPE 1 AND TYPE 2 TREFOIL PINS

Researched done by noted G.S. Historian Cal Holden

(a large image of these pins follows the descriptions)

Type 1 = Trefoil shape with an eagle but no GS. About 1913-1916

Type 2 = Trefoil shape with an eagle and the letters GS, but no ribbon in the eagle's mouth. About 1917-1922.

Type 1A is characterized by: 1. eagle's beak is not hooked

2. eagle's wings have a single layer of feathers

3. 5 arrows (one almost hidden at the left)

4. tail feathers look like a fan (too many to count)

Type 1B is characterized by: 1. eagle's beak is hooked

2. wings have 2 layers of feathers

3. 4 arrows

4. from 3 to 5 tail feathers. They show a definite feather texture.

Type 2A. When the decision was made to update the design by adding the letters GS, the order was probably given to the same company which made Type 1 pins. Accordingly, Type 2A has all the characteristics of type 1B plus the letters "GS".

Type 2B. Wartime shortages during WW I would have cut off the supply of brass and it may be supposed that the first company might have run out of brass. Furthermore, suppose that another badge company had a stock of brass available, so they were given a contract to make the pins. But they had to make their own dies. This would explain the changes in design such as 4 bars in the shield and no cord connecting the tail to the arrows. No doubt this would have been a rush order to fill in for the first company. So it is not a surprise that the pins in group 2B are rather crude. The wing feathers are crude, the tail feathers are crude, and the eagle's head is crude.

Type 2C. In order to conserve the dwindling supply of brass the second company is likely to have revised the back die to indent the back in a reverse pattern so as to make the pin thinner and save metal. Also the neck of the eagle and the arrangement of the arrows were improved to make type 2C. The overall design was still crude.

Some of the above is supposition, but it is clear that the Type 2C pins with 4 bars and no cord to the arrows is the only type with the wartime feature on the back. So, Types 2B and 2C must have been made in 1917-1918. This means they are some of the earliest Type 2 TF pins.

Type 2D. Again, suppose that the first company had an unfinished contract and also made a better product, so they resumed production when brass was again available. Type 2D goes back to 3 stars, 3 bars and a cord from the eagle's tail to the arrows. The difference between the 2A which is from before the brass shortage and 2D from after the war is that 2A has a heavily textured background like Types 1A and IB. Type 2D, however, has a matte textured background that is hardly noticeable. The pin shown as an example of2D has an engraved date on the back of 6/8/21 so its heritage is clearly shown.

Conclusion: it is suggested that the WW I wartime brass shortage forced a change of supplier for the TF pins. That explains why some Type 2 TF pins have 4 bars in the shield and no cord to the arrows. And that means these pins are older and less common than most of the Type 2 pins with 3 bars in the shield.

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