Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Girl Scout Uniform Through the Decades



For over a century, Girl Scouts have proudly worn distinctive uniforms that symbolize the high ideals for which the organization stands—and yet Girl Scout style has evolved in the past 100 years, bringing new materials, designs, and other features that align with modern girls’ interests and passions.

Reflecting on our history, we opened our archives and found some rare photos you’re unlikely to see anywhere else. We hope you enjoy! And don’t forget to show us your take on #GirlScoutStyle by tagging @girlscouts on social media.

FUN FACT: In 1914, Girl Scout uniforms began to be manufactured. Juliette Gordon Low ordered a stock of blue uniforms, with khaki to be sent only by special request. But the girls preferred khaki—they were developing an interest in outdoor activities and considered it more practical for hiking, picnicking, and camping. And so khaki it was, which was used until 1928.

1924: Planting a commemorative tree in style! We’re loving this action shot of Juliette Gordon Low and the elegant hats featuring the iconic Girl Scout Trefoil.



1925: Juliette Gordon Low and two Girl Scouts. Notice the patches on the girls’ sleeves. And can you spot the difference between the two girl uniforms? One is a shirt dress and the other one is a two-piece (skirt and blouse).



1928: Girl Scouts having the best time camping and modeling those NEW “Girl Scout green” uniforms.



Girl Scout Jeanne (pictured below) at the International Festival in Chicago, Illinois, in 1930.



1935: Girl Scout Mariners climbing aboard! We’re in for smooth sailing!



1938: May the forest be with you! This cool basket backpack is the ultimate Girl Scout accessory!



During the Great Depression, Girl Scouts aided in relief efforts by collecting food and clothing, making quilts, carving wooden toys, and assisting in hospitals. Uniform silhouettes were updated, and troops began wearing berets, a trendy accessory in the early 1930s.

1940s: These Girl Scouts are serious about practicing their knot-tying skills!



In 1944, Girl Scouts sold calendars instead of cookies due to ingredient rations during World War II. Over the next few years, the look of Girl Scout uniforms went largely unchanged due to the low availability of materials in wartime. Girl Scout Intermediates and Seniors continued to wear green dresses paired with yellow neckerchiefs, and Brownies wore brown shirt dresses with short sleeves. Wartime restrictions on the use of metals led to the zippers in uniforms being replaced with button-fronts.

FUN FACT: Designer Mainbocher, a popular haute couture American label at the time, created a Girl Scout uniform for Seniors that included a short-sleeved dress with a dark-green cowhide belt and a hat.

1948: Two New York Girl Scouts model a new version of the uniform (left) and an older version (right). The new uniform features a longer skirt and button-down front and is designed by Mainbocher.



1948: The most adorable Girl Scout troop portrait. Was the cat an honorary Girl Scout? We think so!



1957: The best memories are made at Girl Scout camp!



1960s: Two Girl Scout Cadettes looking busy making the world a better place.



The 1960s brought about major social change, from the Vietnam War to the struggle for racial equality to the birth of the counterculture. The national office of Girl Scouts solicited uniform preferences from girls across the country. What they wanted: pants, a uniform with no waistline, big pockets, and a neat, sporty “un-uniform” made of easy-to-care-for fabrics. More change was on the horizon!

1970: Girl Scout Brownie with her furry friend—too cute!



1978: Girl Scout Cadettes—sisterhood forever.



Monumental political and social change continued into the 1970s, and the Girl Scout uniform adapted alongside. In 1973, Girl Scout Juniors could choose from five separates to create twelve different uniform looks. Among the options was a green A-line jumper with step-in styling, four-button placket, inverted front pleat, and large patch pockets.

1978: Picture-perfect smiles. Let the good times roll!



1981: Girl Scout Senior: On my honor!



FUN FACT: In 1984, Girl Scouts launched the Girl Scout Daisy program for five-year-old girls or girls in kindergarten.

1984: Girl Scout Daisies



1992: Girl Scout Seniors proudly showcasing their decorated sashes.



1993: Throw on your shades! It’s party time 1990s’ style!



In 1995, the official Girl Scout Cadette and Senior uniforms included a royal blue skirt or walking shorts; white long-sleeved blouse with royal blue, yellow, and green stripes; a bandana; and an insignia vest or sash.

1995: Cadettes and Seniors line up for a group shot! How about those striped shirts?



FUN FACT: In 2001, the Girl Scout Cadette and Senior uniforms were changed from royal blue to khaki, with a light-blue blouse for Cadettes and a navy-blue blouse for Seniors.

2006: Smiles for miles! Comfortable and casual in their Girl Scout vests.



2019: YES to vest trains embellished with badges and patches that spark joy! Who has one of these?



2020: The Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador uniform and official apparel collection were designed with a Girl Scout’s individuality in mind—because we know that when they can express themselves authentically, Girl Scouts change the world! The new sash and vest incorporate modern details, including pockets, button-up closure, and a cinched waist for an easy fit—design elements that are a must-have for today’s change-markers. So who was behind this major redesign undertaken for the first time in 20 years? Nidhi Bhasin (a Girl Scout alum), Jenny Feng, and Melissa Posner, three creative young designers from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City! See what inspired them and shop Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador styles today!



2021: Ready, set, dress for a sustainable adventure ahead! Inspired by vintage Girl Scout apparel and fashion trends of the ‘90s, the Daisy, Brownie, Junior official apparel and accessories got a major update with nostalgic styles and eco-conscious materials. The new Daisy, Brownie, and Junior tunic, sash, and vest are made of fabric composed of 40% recycled materials.



Our journey to becoming more sustainable also includes a cool new upcycling program! Through the program, existing sash/vest inventory and unused products will be transformed into aprons, pillows, totes, and crossbody bags available for purchase through the Girl Scout Shop and select Girl Scout council stores. The voices of Girl Scouts and parents inspired the sustainable design elements in this year’s update. Shop the new looks before they’re gone!




References:

The Cut of the Cloth, A Brief History of the Girl Scout Uniform, GSUSA, 1999
GSUSA Archives
A Century of Girl Scout Uniforms,” GSCCCblog, 2019, Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast
Thursday, August 26, 2021

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend Is Back!



Last year, thousands of Girl Scouts connected with nature in meaningful ways during the 2020 Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend. And even though our adventures looked different, some in-person and some virtual, your participation and excitement made it clear: Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend had to come back in 2021!



Here are four things you need to know to participate and unlock your special patch for the 2021 Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend:


Choose Your Own State Park Adventure!

After checking with your council to make sure they’re participating and hosting in-person events, celebrate Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend September 11–12 by signing up for local events. You can also choose to opt-out of any in-person offerings and explore state parks online from the comfort of your couch. To help you discover the magic from home, we’ve created a special interactive map.

The Patch and the Passport

Whether you choose to participate in an in-person event or explore state parks virtually, you can earn your limited-edition 2021 Girl Scouts Love State Parks patch. Head to the Girl Scout Shop or a participating council store to claim yours. And don't forget, you can also print and work on your Girl Scouts Love State Parks passport.

Enjoy the Outdoors Responsibly

Of course, as Girl Scouts, we want to be safe and prepared. Here are a few tips to consider before heading outdoors:
  1. Check with your council for guidance on event pre-registration and requirements. These may vary from council to council.
  2. Pack snacks, water, and any other essentials, such as hand sanitizer and sunscreen.
  3. If advised by your council or state government, bring a face mask.
  4. Leave no trace! Respect your state parks and be sure to take your garbage back with you. Better yet, show how much you love state parks (safely) by picking up trash when you see it. Make a pledge to pick up trash at www.pickupamerica.com/girlscouts.
  5. Check with the state park you’re visiting about which of their usual amenities might be closed. Call in advance to find out, for example, if their restrooms are open for use—and if not, make sure you go before you go!
Share! We Want to Hear from You

Take to social media with your state park adventures. Tag your posts with @girlscouts and @thorindustries and use #gsoutdoors, #GSLoveStateParks, and #PickUpAmerica.

Girl Scouts is about having life-changing experiences, building friendships, and making the world a better place by caring for our beautiful planet and those around us. And the outdoors is the perfect place to do it all! So don’t wait! Get started on your Girl Scouts Love State Parks adventure.

Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend is made possible by THOR Industries and The VF Foundation.


Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Everything You Need to Know about the 28 New Girl Scout Badges in 2021

Say hello to 28 new Girl Scout badges focused on entrepreneurship, math in nature, and digital leadership! The activities included in the new badges will spark your girl’s imagination while inspiring them to navigate a changing world.

Ready to begin your new Girl Scout adventure?! Check out the Girl Scout Shop for the new badges and badge requirements. Not a Girl Scout? No problem. Join here.


Here’s what you need to know to get started:

Math in Nature (grades K–5): Despite increased remote learning, not all learning happens indoors. This badge gets girls outdoors to explore and conserve the natural world as they learn math concepts. Activities include discovering shapes and patterns in natural objects, learning about symmetry and tessellation, and mastering time and measurement theories. Girl Scouts then use this knowledge to design nectar feeders, trail maps, and other outdoor tools and essentials. Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.

Start with your FREE new badge activity samplers.



Cookie Business (grades K–12):
With businesses shifting their models and relying even more on technology, girls learn to think beyond the cookie booth. The new Cookie Business badges help girls think like entrepreneurs as they run their own cookie businesses and incorporate online sales and the Digital Cookie® platform throughout their work. The badges progress from goal setting, working as a team, and effective sales-pitching in person and online to using market research and creating and implementing business plans and digital marketing campaigns.

Start with your FREE new badge activity samplers.



Digital Leadership (grades K–12):
The world is digital! With these new badges, Girl Scouts explore what a digital leader is and how to become one in their everyday lives. They learn how to be online in a responsible, safe, and positive way, and dive into topics like managing well-being, how to balance time, and how to navigate online misinformation, clickbait, and biases in advertising. Girl Scouts discover how people use technology to connect, build community, and lead, then use those skills to create impact and become digital leaders themselves. These forward-thinking badges are designed to prepare, support, and motivate girls as they explore the digital world. Sponsored by Instagram.

Start with your FREE new badge activity samplers.


The excitement is real, so head to Instagram or Twitter and let us know which badge you’re planning to earn first! Don’t forget to tag us @girlscouts and invite your
non-Girl Scout besties to join in the fun. To learn more about the new badges, visit Girl Scouts at Home.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Celebrating Juneteenth

Juneteenth combines “June” and “nineteenth.” It’s also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Emancipation Day.   

Even though President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation officially ending slavery in 1863, in practice it remained in some parts of the country. On June 19, 1865word that the Civil War was over and slavery was abolished finally made it to enslaved people in Galveston, Texas—and celebrations throughout the newly free Black community followed, which in time became an annual tradition across the U.S. 

 

We asked our Girl Scout community how they intend to commemorate the day this year. We heard about plans to gather and celebrate with family and friends, as well as plans to educate others, learn moreand reflect on the history of the occasion.










We hope you’ll share on social media how you or your troop are observing Juneteenth, tagging us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also send us a private message. 

 

For more on the history of Juneteenth, check out KidsKonnect’s Juneteenth facts and worksheets and the National Museum of African American History & Culture's Historical Legacy of Juneteenth. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Everything You Need to Know to Unlock the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Patch


Embarking on outdoor adventures has always been a part of Girl Scouts’ DNA. Many of the badges the first Girl Scouts earned were tied to learning and refining outdoor skills and becoming environmental stewards (Foot Traveler badge, Animal Kingdom badge), and that hasn't changed in our more than 100-year history.

As Girl Scouts we’ve found new ways to connect with the great outdoors and one another. We’ve spent time in our backyards, earned outdoor art badges, and even taken virtual national park tours!

Now, with warmer weather and longer days, we’re ready to take our love of the outdoors to the next level. So pack some snacks, lace up your shoes, and head outside to unlock the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors patch! You’ll enjoy nature, channel your creativity, and learn fun new things.

Here’s how to get started:

1. Download the worksheet. Visit Girl Scouts at Home and download the official Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge worksheet. Review the list of activities and mark the ones you’re interested in.

2. Don’t rush. The Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge kicks off May 21 and ends with Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend, September 11–12, 2021. This means you have plenty of time to select the activities you’re most interested in and complete them at your own pace.

3. Share! Use #gsoutdoors to share your story and to see how other girls are completing this fun outdoor challenge. Don’t forget to tag @girlscouts for a chance to be featured on GSUSA’s social media channels.

4. Nominate someone. This challenge is a great way to connect with your fellow Girl Scout sisters and invite your non-Girl Scout besties to join in the fun! Nominate someone to take the challenge with you.

5. Be prepared. As Girl Scouts, we know the importance of being prepared! If you’re venturing to a local park or hiking trail, first make sure they’re open. Pack sunscreen, bug repellant, GORP, protective gear (sunglasses, hat), and water!

6. Get your patch. Remember, you don’t have to do all 50 suggested activities to earn your snazzy new patch! Complete the required number of activities based on your grade level.

Getting outdoors isn’t just fun—it’s good for your overall well-being. Did you know that girls who participate in outdoor activities on a monthly basis are stronger challenge-seekers and problem-solvers than those who don’t? So don’t wait: get out and unlock your Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors patch. Tag @girlscouts on Twitter and Instagram and include #gsOutdoors to share your adventures with us.

Hydro Flask is generously supporting the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge with the goal of getting more girls outside this summer and helping build future outdoor leaders.
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