Junior Uniform

 #17Junior Uniform




Showing You're a Junior

The Girl Scout uniform sends a strong message to the world:  When people see girls wearing the uniform, they know a little bit about what kind of person she is.  The official Girl Scout uniform is a white shirt, khaki pants, and the vest or sash.  Many Girl Scouts wear their uniform at special events, like flag ceremonies or parades.

Here are some things you can put on the vest and sash that show that a girl belongs to Girl Scouts.

Girl Scout Membership Pin.  As Girl Scout Juniors, girls wear the Girl Scout Pin.  Its shape is called “trefoil”, and it represents the three parts of the Girl Scout Promise.  There are two versions of the membership pin.  This is the traditional pin.  The traditional pin is based on the heritage trefoil design patented by Juliette Gordon Low in 1913. 

GSUSA ID Strip.  This ID strip show that a girl is a member of Girl Scouts of the USA

Council ID Strip.  This ID strip shows the name of your Girl Scout council.


Membership Stars.  Each star represents one year as a Girl Scout and is pinned on a disc.  The color of the disc indicates your Girl Scout level.  Girl Scout Juniors get a yellos. disc.  The number of stars shows how many years you’ve been a member of each level.  Purchased at the end of each Girl Scout year.

World Trefoil Pin.  This pin show that you part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (also known as WAGGGS).  Every part of the design has a meaning.  The golden trefoil on a bright blue background represents the sun shining over all the children of the world; the three leaves represent the threefold Promise; the base of the stalk represents the flame of the love of humanity; the vein pointing upwards through the center represents a compass needle; and the two stars represent the Promise and Law.

American Flag Patch.  This patch is worn on the uniform to show that you’re an American Girl Scout.



Bridge to Girl Scout Cadette Award.  This award show that you bridged from Girl Scout Junior to Girl Scout Cadette.


 Troop Numbers:  Girl Scout troops are given a number(s) to identify their troop.



Troop Crest:  In the early days of Girl Scouting, troop crests were used to identify a troop.  The rapid growth of the movement soon made numbering necessary, but crests were kept as a symbol of a troop’s goal or main interest.  Today, troops should think carefully about the crest they choose.  It should ahvve special meaning to them; one they can pass along to new members each year.  The symbol can be used on a troop flag or to mark troop equipment.  Every member should know what their crest is and what it means.  Crests are used by Girl Scout Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador troops.   A new crest is not chosen every year.  Once chosen, a crest is used for the life of the troop.  If an entire troop bridges to the nex level and forms a new troop they may either keep the crest from the previous level or select a new one.  If part of a troop bridges and forms a new troop, they too have the same option.  The girls remaining behind should keep the old crest unless the focus of the troop has drastically changed from the time the original crest was selected. 

Listed below are the meanings of the 16 troop crest designs:


Stands for action and moving forward, so this symbol shows you hope to do a lot to change the world.


Bees symbolize hard work and industry.  This symbol could show that you want to work and inspire others.


Bluebirds stand for happiness and good fortune.  Choosing a bluebird crest says you want to spread good cheer wherever you go.


This carnation was one of the first two troop crest.  It stands for health and energy –sounds like the right symbol for friends who have tons of energy to make the world a better place!



The crane stands for strength and gracefulness in China and for loyalty in Japan.  Choosing a crane show you want to live with strength and grace, always remaining true to values.


The eagle’s excellent sight helps it see important details.  With this crest, show that you want to bring focus and hard work to whatever you do.


The Hawaiian lei is a symbol of friendship, love and peace.  Choose it to share your wish to spread peace and goodwill in the world.



A bolt of lightning stands for inspiration and creative power.  This symbol might be chosen by a group who seeks inspiration in their own lives and hopes to inspire others.

Nautilus Shell

The nautilus grows into larger chambers throughout its life.  And there’s a secret inside the shell –it’s lined with mother-of-pearl.  This symbol could show that you want to keep growing and changing – on the inside and the outside


Pansies stand for loving thoughts and special friendships.  This symbol could show the bonds you have with all your Girl Scout sisters.

Shooting Star

Shooting stars are rare, unexpected and beautiful!  Choosing this symbol shows that you are like a shooting star –a team that lights up the world.


The sun represents warmth and life, and it helps plants and trees grow strong.  Choose this crest to show that you want to spread good cheer and help yourselves and others grow.


When a trumpet sounds, it announces that you’re ready to march into action.  You might choose this symbol to remind yourselves of your courage to take action to make the world better.


Unicorns are mythical creatures that are beautiful and courageous.  With this symbol, show you have the courage to spread beauty with words and actions.


A waterfall is always in motion – but it always looks the same!  Choosing the waterfall shows you want to stay true to what you believe even though the world is always changing.

Earned Level Awards: Earned by completing requirements or demonstrating understanding of a concept, as outlined in Girl Scout program books, including bridging awards, journey award, and Daisy through Ambassador grade level awards.

Grade level awards are earned by completing requirements or demonstrating understanding of a concept as outlined in the Girl Scout grade-level program books.  Juliette Gordon Low said that badges “show that you have done something so often and so well that you can teach it to someone else”.

 Some girls may be less interested than others in earning awards, feeling that it is “too much like school”.  This is all right.  Remember, the program and activities should be the main focus; not earning the award.  It’s important for all girls to be rewarded based on their best efforts, not on completion of tasks only. 

Earned awards can be found in the Brownie Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting Handbook and the three available Brownie Journey Books.

All earned awards are worn on the front of the vest or sash.

Participation Patches and Pins: Supplementary patches are  developed at the national or council level with a focus on participation. All fun patches or patches received for attending events should go on the back of the sash or vest.