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But obviously she's going to grow in the next couple of years! Since the official Scout Shop has no stock, and Amazon prices are inflated You should be able to try it on there too. Have you asked your leader about buying uniform? I used to hold a stock of T-shirts and jumpers when I ran a Beaver colony, beckets also held by the scout group usually as they are all individual. Worth asking about pre-loved uniform, most groups will collect outgrown uniform or you may find it on eBay. Also bear in mind you do not want to have to be sewing badges on another shirt!
We went for the biggest size we thought she'd get to - so DD is in a size 8 blouse which should last her until she is 14 no problem but doesn't look completely ridiculous she's 12 though and wears an age 12 JL school blouse. Ironically I'm one of the Cub leaders. Local Scout shop never reopened physically after Covid. DH a Scout Leader is even slightly flummoxed about what size to get her!
Her skinniness definitely doesn't come from her mother! I was also going to say the Scout Store was out of stock when I was first looking and they emailed me when were back in stock with no issues and it didn't take that long - all the local stockists were out of stock for the smaller sizes anyway.
The blouses look to be women's sizes. Just to add, ignore the garment chest measurements for the boy's shirts, I remember trying to work it out when DS started Scouts. They are just a roomier fit than school shirts but the collar measurement and sleeve length for an XS are the same as an school shirt.
I got it off eBay. To update The sleeves are over her hands, and the shirt is very baggy around the body. We think she'll grow out of it lengthwise before anything!
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Hope that helps! My troop has earned a council fun patch they had to complete many steps to earn it It's called Home Means Nevada. They are receiving it at the bridging ceremony, Can they put the patch on the back of their new Cadette vest? I hate to have worked so hard for it, purchased it and then have it never be seen.
There's no hard and fast rule regarding fun patches. However, fun patches can be worn on any vest, if desired, as long as they are on the back. Just stumbled across your wonderfully informative posting. I was a Girl Scout back in the s, served as a leader in late 70s and again in early 90s to early s as my daughter's leader for a number of years, and now work with my granddaughters.
This is the first time I have seen all of this information, clearly stated and most importantly - all in one place! It does not discolor even after laundering and or ironing. It does make the edges a bit stiffer, but not so much that it can be easily noticeable. Hands down, the vests are preferable over sashes for all of the reasons given above.
My first troops predated vests and Brownies at that time did not earn awards other than membership stars. At that time there were very few, if any 'fun patches' available. Even so it was not uncommon for a girl to fill the front and back of a sash with only official badges and awards. When the vests were first made an option, I was so excited to have them for the girls, I sewed vests for the entire troop!
Yep at one time you could buy the official fabric and make your own. Thanks again for sharing all of this information. Much easier to read it all, than spend decades figuring it out on your own. I love hearing of former GS members who become leaders. And how wonderful that you were able to do it for your daughter and granddaughters, all!
Thanks for the info on Fray Check, too! My daughter just bridged from daisy to brownie I thought the bridge to brownie patch did not move up, but at the ceremony today I saw one of the older girls had it under her brownie wings Also, my daughter was only a daisy for a few months. She would get her membership star 1 year after her being in scouts, right? So if you start your first year as a daisy but end that year as a brownie, which disk do you put on the star?
I would think it would be daisy because that is how she started the year, but putting the brownie disk would also make since because that is how she is ending it Daisy vests should never have a bridging rainbow on them. The bridging rainbow badge is given to girls in Brownies and above for completing the bridging requirements prior to moving up. So a first grader in Daisies would need to complete the steps to earn the bridging badge in order to wear that rainbow badge on her new Brownie vest.
All girls who are Brownies should receive their wings when they "fly up" to Juniors. So your daughter can earn the bridging badge for her new Brownie vest, and when she "flies up" to Juniors, she will automatically get her wings. She will have to earn the bridge badge for Juniors and up though. The bridging badge is for completing steps as a last year Brownie, prior to Junior, and has different requirements than the one they earned when bridging from Daisies to Brownies.
And so on. The rainbow you saw is different slightly than the one your daughter can earn, if it was being worn on a green Junior vest. A Brownie vest should not have wings on it, but can have a rainbow bridge on it. Does that make sense?
Post if not. Re: membership stars and discs, technically a girl can receive a membership star simply for registering. She doesn't have to do anything special to earn it. If she registered as a Daisy, she gets one star and a blue disc behind it, to show she was a GS Daisy. Discs and stars move up. Pins typically do with the exception of level-specific membership pins, so a Brownie wouldn't wear the gold-colored Daisy pin.
She would wear the golden Brownie pin. Also, to clarify about the stars because it is confusing! Some wait until the end of the year. A membership star can be given to a girl as soon as she registers. She doesn't have to be an active member of the troop for any length of time. She only has to be registered. Most troops run their membership year from fall to fall so it begins with the school year, roughly. So your daughter can join Daisies in spring, receive her membership star with blue disc, and "bridge" move up to Brownies in fall.
She will receive a second star with green background to show she was a registered Brownie, at any time during her second grade year. But in order to wear the rainbow badge on her new Brownie vest, she should've completed the requirements for it. I hope that helps. Let me know if not. Hi there, my brand new troop is discovering that our 5 digit troop number is so long it bumps into the daisy petals. What's you opinion for dealing with that? Bump the entire daisy flower over a little?
I would move the petals down and either stitch the leaves out a bit, so there's room for the bottom petal, or stitch that petal slightly over the leaves, like a real flower. This is a question I can't find the answer to anywhere. I'm a leader. I earned my silver award, but never my gold. I still think its a great accomplishment. Can I wear it where I'd wear the gold award? You absolutely can wear it, if you earned it!
The Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award can be worn on the right side of the adult uniform in line with membership pins or on regular clothing. The miniature pin can be worn on regular clothing. I will double check to make sure this is accurate. Wear it with pride!
Good for you for earning it! Our daisy troop number is six digits so that it doesn't fit all in one row on the vest at the top left corner it ends up under my daughter's armpit. Can I stack it in two rows of three numbers? Other suggestions? Are the first set of numbers specific to your council or service unit? If so, I'd leave off those numbers and use only the ones identifying your troop. Or I would overlap the six patches slightly, to make all six fit. The edges can be easily overlapped if you stitch them on, instead of ironing.
Use glue dots in the middle of each to hold it in place while you sew them on. Thanks for answering my other question So if my daughter earns the promise faith pins for year1 and year2 as a brownie-do those carry over? What about the brownie safety pin and brownie cookie pin? I was just wondering since I saw you mention pins. Since she was a Daisy for a few months I decided why not. I was only wondering since she joined in the summer and only attended one event they went dark over the summer and when I paid for her Daisy year they had a deal where you got the next year free so I was not sure if that meant she really was not a paid member for the first year.
I did make sure she earned her Daisy to Brownie bridge though so I thought, "hey she attended one event and earned her bridge so I am buying the star". No one said anything to me after putting it on her vest so I think we are all good. The real reason I am popping back on here is to discuss earning a badge twice. Can you? My daughter has been in dance class for four years now. When she became a brownie I looked at the dance badge requirements and realized that with the proper documentation we could totally earn that in a week on our own.
So we did and I turned in all my documentation etc. They then presented it to her at the troop meeting on Tuesday so proud-her first badge. Now I just found out that the troop has voted to earn the dance badge as a group in December. So can I buy an extra one and have two on her vest? Or are the badge police going to arrest me? My daughter does not care that they are earning it as a group but I thought it was unfair that now she is not going to get one when the troop gets one.
I thought I could just sew an extra one on there and be done with it. I thought-hey she earned it twice so she should get two. Am I wrong to think she can have two? Besides it seems that they may have only voted on it because my daughter earned it and it was "cool". I don't want a pattern where each badge we earn together as a family then turns into one she earns as a troop. That is why I decided to work on the promise faith pin and safety pin next since the troop will probably not earn that one.
Then I was thinking of maybe working on the create a badge next so she will truly have one of her own that they don't have! What do you think? Am I being overly annoyed that they voted to earn the badge she just finished so she does not get one. Is there a rule that says you can't earn the same one twice?
I am not a leader, but I was a Girl Scout who earned a number of badges through other extracurricular activities and sports and those badges were later earned by my troop. It really wasn't a big deal and I didn't find it unfair that I didn't get a second one. If your daughter doesn't care, why do you?
Yes, the pins carry over, the only pins that do not are membership pins that are level-specific I'm talking about the gold-toned Daisy and Brownie pins that she wore on her insignia tab. Save them, of course, for nostalgia purposes, but these do not go on the insignia tab for later levels. Regarding earning an official badge twice: the official answer is no.
And I would not purchase and sew on a duplicate official badge on my daughter's vest, personally. However, I would absolutely get a fun patch for Dance or whatever for the back of the vest, if she worked on something twice. In the future, ask your leader to let you know ahead of time if there are badges that your daughter might wait on earning independently.
I always tell my parents to contact me before completing independent work on official badges, if we may be working on them as a troop. The Brownie Try-Its are another option for you. Check online resources to see if there's one that could fit the current Dance badge.
That way your daughter can have two official badges Try-Its are retired but still considered official for similar things, without having two duplicate badges. So I can sew any fun patch I want? I might look into getting her something that is just for Dance then so she has "something" to look forward to when the troop does it.
Actually, I did ask the leader and was told they were going to work on the World of Girls Journey this year and the badges that go with that. So I thought I was ok with doing Dance on my own. I was told that they might do badges outside their journey this year if the girls all voted on doing it. But I like your idea of a Dance fun patch or Try-Its. So even though they are retired, they can still earn the Try-Its? As long as I can find the patch then I can go ahead and earn it? That is something we might want to look into.
Is there a resource I can buy that has all the Try-Its listed? Search for Try-Its book on eBay. There are always some for sale there, usually cheap. I love the Try-Its! You can also find the badges on eBay as well, oftentimes. I'd touch base with your leader and let her know what you're planning to do. It sounds more than fair to me. Hope that halps! I don't attempt Try-It's on a troop level because I have too many girls and it's hard to find bulk badges at a reasonable price, but I encourage Try-Its as independent work for my Brownies,.
I thought Try-Its were retired and not able to be earned anymore. Do I need to get permission from my counsel or troop to do them since they are retired? I think that is the way to go so I know my daughter won't get in the habit of earning ones on her own that later she earns as a troop.
So I put them on the same side of the badges or just anywhere that fits or what? Ok, so I see that they are put with the badges, sweet! I guess I can reach out to the counsel if I have to. You do not need special permission to earn a retired badge. As long as it is a badge that was designed for the level your Scout is currently, and she completes all the steps, and you can find an actual badge for her vest, it's fine. Thanks for your help.
I called the counsel yesterday and was happy. They said buying a dance fun patch was a great idea so my daughter has something when the other girls earn the dance badge. They also said that you don't need permission to earn a retired badge, just do the requirements and submit them and that is it. They were really nice and supportive and happy I was a mom who wanted to work with my daughter and they said they could help me get any patch I needed.
Then I told the leader in charge of our brownies and she is not happy. She said it is not fair for my daughter to have patches that others don't. She said that other moms don't work with their daughters on badges and she does not want jealously or others to be upset that my daughter has patches that the other girls don't.
How that is my fault I don't know. Just because other moms use the meetings as a reason to have a free babysitter for a couple of hours and don't want to do anything additional to earn badges should not hold my daughter back.
Somehow I think that is not fair but whatever. I guess I don't want my daughter kicked out of the group so I guess we probably won't earn anything on our own unless I just say screw it and do it anyway. We will see, I don't know if this is a fight I need to take on-my daughter likes the girls in her troop.
Thanks for your help though. Oh no! Oh dear. Your leader needs to be encouraging independent work, and know it's not a competition. And independent work is a key step in this, in my experience. Your daughter can NOT be "kicked out" of the group.
She is a paid member through the end of September I am, frankly, a bit appalled with her attitude. I could understand being a little displeased if your daughter showed up with the back of her vest covered in nothing but souvenir patches. But this is entirely different. She really needs to be encouraging the girls to earn any badge they wish independently, especially if it's something they aren't working on as a troop.
Here are your options: contact your council again and tell them the leader says your Brownie is not to be earning badges or fun patches independently -- look for a new troop for her again, with council's assistance -- or start your own troop. It sounds to me as if you have what it takes to be a leader; the only question is would you have the time? The last option which might be the best one, unless you have her in that troop because her friends are in it, etc.
Then you are her Adult Advisor, and she is able to work on anything she likes independently. If you choose this route, check with your council first to ensure it goes along with their guidelines there are national guidelines, but every council is a little different , before you pull her from her current troop. She can still do everything any other GS can do sell cookies, earn awards in later levels, etc.
But you aren't restricted by one leader's bad attitude. This leader's attitude is frankly, horrible, and completely counter to what she needs to be focusing on for Brownies and above. Please let me know what you decide, and if I can help in any way.
I am sorry if I sounded a bit upset. It was in the heat of the moment right after the counsel told me great things and I texted the brownie leader that made me feel bad. I decided to keep her in her troop. I know if sounds strange to make that decision but that is where her friends are and in the end it is all about my daughter and her experience.
If she is happy and I just don't like the leader-who cares as long as she is happy. I did decide to buy a dance fun patch. I know the leader won't "present" it to my daughter but when I see the other girls earn their dance badge then I can later give the fun patch to my daughter.
I don't care what the leader thinks about that because the counsel already told me I could buy whatever ones I wanted and encouraged me to buy the dance one. I also decided to go ahead and slowly work on the retired badges that I KNOW the troop won't work on.
If I earn a occasional one here or there then we should be ok. It was only the head of the brownies that has a problem. I am part of a HUGE troop that has a main leader and then sub-leaders and the main leader did not have a problem at all when we earned the dance badge. So I will see how things go from here No need to apologize. We've all been there! I'm relieved you found a good compromise for the situation. I understand about wanting to keep her with her friends, absolutely.
Good luck to you and your Brownie! So I got on e-bay today and bought about a dozen retired badges so I am so sure the leader is going to be pissed at me. I am not even sure if I am going to complete them all with my daughter but I picked the ones that were "fun" and had cool things to do or projects we could do together. So I guess I am ready for battle. I got charged up again when I saw that HER daughter earned a patch on her own and that two other girls earned a patch on their own and all their girls' pictures were on the troop facebook page.
I took a picture of my daughter when she was presented the badge at the meeting and this leader "liked" my photo but it was not shared onto the troop page like the other ones even though my daughter was the first. I am wondering if there is something else going on but whatever. Are these official badges that the other girls are earning, or fun patches? On the one hand, from your description, it sounds as if the leader is being a bit unreasonable.
On the other, as a leader, I always want a heads-up if any of the girls in my troop are earning official badges independently, and what they did to earn them. Not because I have a say in whether or not they CAN earn them independently, but because I want to ensure they are completing the steps required which can vary, and I'm all for varying things to fit my troops' needs.
I would touch base with your daughter's leader and inform her that your child has chosen a list of retired Try-Its to earn, and you have the book listing the requirements. Ask your leader if she would like your child to present the steps she took to earn them, in a troop meeting. I'd reach out to the leader in the spirit of "So we can avoid any issues like we had with the Dance badge" and hopefully move forward without any tension.
Good luck! And hope your daughter enjoys earning her badges! I love the Try-Its. They are fun. I will just do one at a time and see how it goes I won't do so many to the point where it creates a negative experience for my daughter. Thanks for the advice. My daughter earned her first Try-It over November-January. The patch was given to my daughter today in the meeting. She is happy that my daughter is working on things and is very encouraging about earning on your own.
So also loves how I put my documentation all together and everything. So I told her today about the next two Try-Its that we are going to be working on and she is very encouraging about them. Thank you for all your help. I am a goal setter and I am trying to teach my daughter how important goals are. I like working on badges on our own because it allows us to set a goal and then do all the requirements for that goal. Congratulations to your Brownie for all her hard work, and way to go, Mama, for all your support!
I'm glad your efforts were so well received. Check in to council's own badges. Many councils have badges they have developed and girls from other locations can earn them. This is a great post, very helpful! Our older daughter is a new Daisy. I was a Daisy in the mids when it was brand new, the tunic was the only option, and Daisies didn't earn badges or patches. As a Brownie and onward I always had a vest rather than a sash because my mother our troop leader found vests much more practical for girls to wear and they definitely offer more space for badges and patches.
Most of the girls in our daughter's Daisy troop wear the vest rather than the tunic - I think only one girl has a tunic. We got her the vest and the person at the shop told us to wash the vest before trying to attach any of the insignia and recommended ironing on to position everything, then machine or hand-sewing to actually secure it all. If a junior earned badges and then bridged to cadette the next meeting, can she place those badges on her cadette vest?
Official Junior badges go on the front of the Junior vest. However, if they were fun patches the ones that go on the back of vests , it's fine to put on the Cadette vest. But keep in mind the Cadette vest is worn for several years, and will likely fill up. I'd put them on the Junior vest regardless, personally.
But official level-specific badges always go on the front of the vest for the level they belong to. Let me know if that makes sense. My daughter is part of a troop, but I have a friend whose daughter is a Juliette so I am asking for her. Can a Juliette pick her own crest and wear it or does she have to be a member of a troop to have a crest? Oh, the main reason she wants to know is because she wants to leave a space for the crest just in case they decided to join a troop later and thought it would look weird without "something" in that space.
Hi, Karen. The troop crest is supposed to represent the troop as a whole. It isn't just a filler badge. If she joined a troop, she would take on the crest of that troop. I don't see anything wrong with her having one if she plans to remain an independent, but it sounds like she doesn't. This badge is to be chosen with intention and understanding that it is not only a representation of the troop or in this case, the individual , but it's also a constant goal.
It is supposed to move up with the troop, and like troop numbers, be with the troop all the way through the upper levels. Some troops that change in terms of membership, etc. That is not the way it's "supposed" to be, but it's absolutely understandable, IMO.
Bottom line: a troop crest should not be chosen simply to fill a gap on a uniform. We went by meanings alone. If there is a chance she will be joining a troop later, she should absolutely leave the space blank. Thanks for the insight! I'm new to the GS world! My daughter received 6 patches for fall sales, where do those go??
They would go on the back of her vest. The only product sales that go on the front are the official finance badges, which vary by level. When did you get your fall product patches? We have not gotten ours yet. My daughter is currently a Brownie. She was a Daisy for two years. Would she wear two membership stars and blue disks or just one? Thanks for all the information. It's been very useful. Technically she can wear three stars two with blue, one with green , as the stars signify membership only.
However, many leaders like to give the stars at the end of the year, so I would put two with blue discs, and wait to see if the leader gives her a star with green disc at the end of this year. If not, then go buy one and add it to the others. Each star is for the year she was a member. My daughter earned her first Try-It! She already has a badge on her vest so this would be the second patch on that side. Can I cut the white border off of the Try-It so it better matches the other badge and also so it is the same size and does not stand out as much.
Or would the brown border fray etc if I cut off the border. Or should I just start another row of badges so the Try-Its are by themselves and the difference in sizes does not matter. I would leave it as is. If I recall, we put the Try-Its separate from the current badges on her vest. Probably on the side where the Journey badges would've gone, as we didn't work on a Journey in Brownies they earned the accompanying badges, just not the actual Journeys.
I would not trim down the patch, as that edge may fray, but helps give it stability. I was not looking forward to cutting them. Ok, so I am allowed to put them on the same side as the Journeys? And if I do the uniform police won't come and attack me? I thought to do both actually. My plan was to put the Try-Its as a new roll on the left side of her brownie uniform.
I started her first badge on the bottom right corner and I was going to leave space for two rolls of badges starting at the bottom right corner and working my way up and then start a roll of Try-Its from there. Then, if my daughter earned more than two rolls of badges and needed the space that the Try-Its are in for a third roll then I would remove all the Try-Its that I put there onto the right side.
That way I put all badges together in the beginning and leave room for Journeys too. By the time she needs that third roll of space she should be a second year and I should know by then if she will finish the Journeys Ok, so I think you are going to say go ahead move the Try-Its to the right side later Great-even though it is more work that way, thank God I love to sew!
You know, leave room for the four Journey patches but around them where there is extra room just put the Try-Its there where there is space. I was just worried about putting anything on the right side because GS can get so weird about placement. I can't tell you the last time I actually ironed a patch onto a vest. My youngest's vest is already full and it's only January. Thank goodness for the handy seam ripper. You're fine to put them on either side, but I would definitely stick with as low as possible, and as close to the inner seam opening part of vest initially, and going out to the sides in a row.
I would not put them up the sides, personally, but I'm pretty OCD. Use this space for additional badges. Or put some on the back we have the opposite problem: my girls prefer the activities related to fun patches more often than not, so the back of the vest is where it gets tricky for me , or get a sash to go over the vest, and put them on there. Except if you do that then technically the sash should have the official ID badges on it.
I would stick with starting at the bottom, as close to seams as possible, and sticking with rows, with all triangle-shaped badges being stacked as closely as possible some Try-Its are not quite the same size as current badges, which is why I put them on the opposite side. You can put an official, earned badge on the back a Try-It would go on the back before a current, officially, if that makes sense , but you should NEVER put an unofficial patch on the front.
It's just more appropriate. So, it is okay to put an official badge on the back, if the front is full, and better to do that than to go crazy with trying to cram badges around things on the front. So I'm being proactive. My troop does a lot of stacking the patches on the back like your earlier picture of the fish scales.
And after the first year it appears that my GS will have a ton on the back so I think I will stick to putting the Try-Its on the right. Thanks again for all your help and friendship. Oh this oh this is wonderfully helpful as I sit here trying to arrange my daughter's badges on her daisy vest. I was a Girl Scout in the early 80s but back then I was in the juniors and I think daisies were just getting started. The website's instructions for the badges are so terrible.
There's no way that the flag, council and number will fit in the space they marked for it,since 5 year olds aren't nearly tall enough, so I'm just going to push our 6 digit troop number down a bit so it fits. Sewing on patches I started the left side bottom right corner with a badge where the badge faces down. Now it is time to start a new row. Most vests I see when then have the second row with a triangle facing up, but I the way it is cut it would actually look better if I put a triangle facing down for the next row.
Does it really matter? I would think make the last one face down so it all looks right. There is no hard and fast rule about this, and I think it's fine to place them however you think they will fit the best, and look clean. However, I would not put the Brownie Community badge upside down, because it's based upon the flag. Personally, I wouldn't put a badge that has writing on it upside down, because to me that wouldn't look clean.
The front of the vest is a girl's official representation of her membership and ability to give service as shown in the badges displayed on her vest. Because this is the first thing people see, it's best to keep the front as clean and official as possible. I've had to pull off badges and rearrange to make them fit. So while I think the back can be cluttered if necessary, I always try to keep the front as clean as possible.
OMGosh, I was supposed to be in bed hours ago but I got immersed your page. My daughter is a second year GS, first year Brownie. My question is, are these put on the vest as a set like the journey badges under the insignia or can they be intermingled with the other badges under the troop number side?
I'm not sure if my troop leader is planning on the girls learning First Aid or having them earn the other badges. I have a little bit of OCD and I like badges to be in their groups if there is a group meant to be together. My daughter has earned the badge with the octopus on in and the critter with the walking stick, are those part of the same grouping as the badges mentioned above?
I'm keeping this page in my favorites since I've found your previous answers to other people's questions so helpful to myself. I'm so glad you found my blog helpful! Technically the triangle shaped badges can go on either side of the front start at the inside bottom of the vest, above the hem, next to the inside flap seam, and work your way out towards the sides, and up.
The three badges she earned in the troop are most commonly placed on the same side as troop numbers. The others absolutely can be intermingled with those on the same side, but many people put Journey-related badges on the side with the insignia tab again, starting at the bottom, as Journey set badges go above that area on the insignia tab side.
Don't stress about how they're organized. Stitch them on with thread instead of ironing, so you can move them later if need be. My daughter is a first year Daisy and I had a question about fun patches. Can I buy her them if she earns them with me? For example a hiking patch. She's just so excited to earn patches that I want to give her more opportunities then what the troop leader is giving the girls.
This is a great question for your troop leader. Personally, I encourage girls to work on patches independently. I do ask that they come up with goals and take steps to meet those goals, and if possible share with the troop what they did. That way it isn't about filling up the back of the vest with souvenir patches; it's about putting forth effort.
Talk to your leader about it, so you can make sure you aren't doing something independently that the troop will be doing together. I think it's great that you're wanting to work on this with your daughter! I have a vest question I am one of those moms that want every vest to stay complete. I don't want to. I would rather just buy enough so I can leave the vests complete and not remove anything as she bridges.
Make sense? So my question is So that is a lot of bridging if she stays in for life. As they move from cadette to senior to ambassador do they get a new blank vest or do they keep the same vest during all that time? I was thinking it was a new one, but I wanted to ask to be sure. That's quite ambitious! And there is no way to know, at this point sorry.
Some keep the same vest. Some outgrow the vest. There is really no way to know. However, if you are planning to make a quilt, blanket, or pillows or other memento of her vests , the pins will have to come off, or they will get lost over time if the memento is used at all. If you plan to keep all the pins, you should invest in locking pinbacks eBay and Amazon both carry these -- get the kind without the tool.
I'm organizing a troop for my daughter, she will be in third grade next year. Thank you for posting all this helpful information in an easy simple manner! Very much appreciated! My goal is fun! Fun for the girls and fun for the Moms!
Wish me luck. You are so welcome! Thank you for your willingness to step up and help out! Feel free to post any questions you may have along the way. I'm glad you found my blog helpful. Thank you for all your great tips! When do you give your girls their membership pins? Do you know if you're supposed to give them out in the beginning of the year -- during an investiture or rededication ceremony -- or at the end?
If you're referring to the stars, It is entirely up to you. As soon as a girl is registered, she is eligible to receive her membership star for that year. I personally wait to give out stars with plastic discs until the end of the year, but that's my personal preference.
I look at it as they completed a year. Some leaders give them at the beginning, and that's absolutely fine. If you have a ceremony at the beginning, that is an ideal time to give out membership pins. My service unit does not have a beginning ceremony typically, so the membership pins are simply included in the list of uniform items. Where does one place the "Overseas Pin"? I've heard various, but have never found anything official.
My daughter just had her bridging ceremony today, from Daisy to Brownie. At what point do we start putting fun patches on her Brownie vest instead of Daisy vest? If it's fun patches back of vest , it really doesn't matter. I sewed a patch on the back of my daughter's Daisy vest today, because she will wear it tomorrow at the Memorial Day event it's a full vest and I've not had time to get her Brownie one started yet.
While my service unit does bridging in spring, I have a more formal bridging as a troop event, in fall. So my daughter will likely wear her Daisy vest for this and potentially other summer events. I my tell parents it's up to them regarding which fun patches go on the Daisy vest, and which go on the Brownie.
Is the Daisy vest full? Save it for Brownies. Does the Daisy vest have lots of room still? Put it there. I will put the Memorial Day patch on the back of my daughter's new Brownie vest, along with any other service unit activity participation patches for this summer, because she is re-registered as an Early Bird, and technically now a Brownie.
But mostly? It's because her Daisy vest is now full. If your troop doesn't meet in summer, but the troop or SU has activities or events, then I'd put those patches on the Brownie vest. But if it's independently-earned patches, then put them wherever there's room. Stumbled upon this blog as I was searching for ways to remove iron-on badges. If I can't move her badges to the new vest, will the Council give us new badges?
Unfortunately your council will not give you new badges, but you are welcome to purchase them. However, badges aren't cheap, and if you really want them moved onto the new one, either attempt removal with an iron, or take the vest to a dry cleaner and see if they can remove them. Worst case scenario, you could cut the old vest and sew those patches with fabric on to the new one. Personally, I would leave them where they are and put new ones on the new vest and keep the old one for sentiment.
Thank you so much for the prompt reply. You did answer my question, though, about the new badges. What I meant to ask was, as "just a mom," if I could even get replacement badges having to buy them is understandable , or if the leader would have to that as they are "official.
I assume this would apply to Journey badges as well? BTW - your blog is awesome! I wish it would have been around or I had found it when I was starting out with my daughter as well. I understand. Yes, you are welcome to purchase a duplicate badge for your child. As long as she fulfilled the requirements to earn the badge in the first place, it's fine to just go into your council shop and purchase the duplicates so her new vest looks as complete as her old one.
The Journey badge sets are the same -- as long as she fulfilled the requirements per her leader, then she can have a duplicate set for her new vest. Thought you might like a follow-up. I was able to get her badges off, no problem. Just heated them with an iron for a few seconds and they peeled right off. Yes, it does leave the old vest marred, but doesn't matter anymore, as I plan to use only the council patch area for her scrapbook. As you had said, our local Council would have permitted me to replace her badges if necessary.
Oh, and maybe you can pass this along for sewing badges on - it is an old trick I have used for years beginning with my son's Boy Scout badges: you can temporarily fix the badges with a stapler. It is really easy, and leaves no mark! I'm glad you were able to get them off easily! If you change your mind and want the adhesive residue removed, your local dry cleaners should be able to get it off just make sure there are no pins left on the vest when you take it in. But in a pinch, or for printed on patches?
That's a great temporary fix. Thanks for the update! I will remember the dry cleaner option, thank you. I have never had one snag, and I remove the staple carefully with the blunt point of a 5-in-1 tool or letter opener. But I only use the staple to secure the badge temporarily, to hold it in place while I am actively sewing it on, otherwise it would snag on other clothes :.
Thanks so much! One thing I didn't see mentioned is the Brownie pin. I love my Brownie pin, and I'm sad that there's no place to put it once you bridge to juniors. It would be easy to just shift things around on the tab a little bit so the Brownie pin could squeeze in between the world trefoil pin and the GSUSA pin. I'm starting my third year as a troop co-leader. Our girls are now Cadettes. I love my leader's vest. I would be very happy to send a photo if you would like to see it.
Plus a number of badges on the back that reflect my time as a leader. My daughter is 5. But I don't want to have to buy her a larger one NEXT year and pull all her patches off the old one or buy new ones and reaffix them to the bigger vest.
I always go a size larger, because it's not uncommon for the girls to wear their vests over coats for cookie booths and other winter activities. Are you absolutely required to buy a vest when you join girl scouts? My daughter will only be a daisy thus year and we are getting a late start so it's hard for me to think it's really worth investing in it.
Thanks for all the info! If you don't wish to purchase the vest, check eBay or contact your leader to see if she knows of anyone who might have a pre-owned to sell. You can either remove patches and re-stitch as earned, or you can use blue painter's tape over petals, etc. Or if the cost is prohibitive regardless, your troop, service unit, or council may offer financial assistance.
Check with your leader. To me, the uniform is an important part of being a GS, especially at younger levels, as the uniform is a part of showing pride in being a Girl Scout. I would not want your daughter to feel left out if she is the only girl in her troop without a vest.
It was presented as 'this is what you HAVE to buy'it was not an option at all. I even asked if it was mandatory and was told yes. I personally feel like the experiences are more important because that is what I remember from my years in Girl Scouts , but I also don't remember anyone in my troop ever wearing their vest or sash.
I agree with the part about feeling left out if everyone else has one. Thanks for the tip of buying a used one as I never would have thought that! Any tips for the 3-part journey awards? Do you sew the three awards to the larger rectangle patch? I was hoping to give my Daisies the rectangle when we start the journey and then give out the smaller awards as we earn them, but I'm not sure of the best way to attach them all together.
I've found it's easier to stitch smaller patches onto larger ones before affixing the larger to the vest. Otherwise you're sewing through two patches and a vest -- which is harsh for hand stitching and iffy on a machine unless you've got a pretty heavy duty one my old Singer would make a snarly mess.
My Brother could handle it likely. I haven't had luck in patches staying put when ironed-on, but double ironed-on patches? Your mileage may vary obviously. I personally would not give them the rectangle beforehand. I'd wait and do all at once. I understand your thinking, and it's the most intuitive way. We didn't do Journeys until we had to, in Juniors for Bronze. Though I've dealt with Early Bird patch sets that required stitching on additional bits and it was a pain.
Thanks for the reponse. I'm going to give them all at once as you suggest. Thanks for these great tips! Have you seen the Adult Pin Lanyard? Sometimes bumping into someone or something, wearing a seat belt, getting a hug, etc can be painful! I saw this lanyard on the official online store but haven't seen any information about it.
Do you think this is a good replacement for the official tab? Also I am male so I might wear this over an official tie on occasion, although usually I just wear a white polo. I had not seen this! Thank you so much for sharing. Your site has been very helpful over our first Daisy year. Into year These are different than the "My Promise My Faith" pins.
They are a program offered from P. The Boy Scouts can wear theirs on the front of their uniforms, but I can't find anything from GS on where to put them. My local council store was no help. Do you know? I am so glad you have found it helpful! Given that these were earned via a program outside of Girl Scouts, the rule of thumb is they are not worn on the front of the vest.
They may be worn on the back though if you choose to do this, make sure they aren't in a spot where they could cause discomfort when leaning back against a chair, nor catch hair , or on the collar of a shirt underneath the vest. Now, all that said, there are no vest police.
My daughter wore a simple cookie pin on the front of her vest all throughout Brownies. So my official recommendation as a leader is not to pin it on the front of the vest. If this was something you did as a troop, and all the girls earned them, then let them be the ones to choose where the pins go. They are Daisies. It also was the first time the adults wore a completely different style of uniform than girls. In a change was made to the neckline, a zipper was added, and the modesty shield was removed.
The first half of the s saw Girl Scouts and their families planting Victory Gardens, collecting fat and scrap metal, operating bicycle courier services, making and collecting clothing, and rationing sugar, coffee, rubber, and gasoline to preserve resources for the war effort. Over the next few years, the look of Girl Scout uniforms went largely unchanged due to the low availability of materials in wartime.
Junior and Senior Scouts continued to wear green dresses paired with yellow neckerchiefs. Brownies instead 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. By the s, the Girl Scout Movement was well-established with 1. The organization continued to strive for inclusiveness, with Martin Luther King Jr.
Brownie uniforms were updated with a six-gored style skirt. The badge sash was first introduced in the s, opposed to the previous method of sewing badges onto the sleeves of uniforms. The s brought about major social change, from the Vietnam War to the struggle for racial equality to the birth of the counterculture. In girls were re-organized into four age levels: Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, and Seniors. By , membership had reached an all-time high of 3. Girl Scout uniforms adapted as well, introducing five separates that could create 12 different outfits.
Among the options were a green A-line jumper, white blouses with trefoil stripes, red ties, and wool berets. The s saw more changes in the social, political, and economic landscape of America. Women became common in the workplace, new developments arose in technology, and the United States welcomed the end of the Cold War. Girl Scouts launched The Contemporary Issues series, which addressed some of the most serious issues teen girls of the day were confronting, including drug use, child abuse, and teen pregnancy.
Other additions included new blazers and dresses with dropped shoulders for Scout officers, as well as green, white, and blue-striped blouses. Uniform rules were relaxed, allowing girls to choose which outfit combinations they liked. The Daisy uniform was updated to two options in the original blue tunic, knee socks, and white shorts, or a short-sleeved white t-shirt with puffed screen print and shorts.
Brownie uniform separates were introduced, and girls could choose between a light blue chambray shirt, yellow knit top, western belt, yellow webbing tie, brown beanie, one-piece floral top culotte jumper, cocoa brown pants, or knit skirt. Brownie Girl Scouts chose either a vest or a sash for their insignia.
In , Junior uniforms featured bold styling, bright colors, and coordinating separates. In the official Cadette and Senior Girl Scout uniforms included a royal blue skirt or walking shorts, a white blouse with royal blue, yellow, and green stripes, sleeves, a bandana, and an insignia vest or sash. Girl Scouts entered the new millennium focused on the healthy development of girls, establishing the Girl Scout Research Institute to conduct studies and report findings.
In , the Girl Scout Junior program was revised, and the Bronze Award was introduced as the highest award for Juniors. Cadette and Senior Girl Scout uniforms were changed from royal blue to khaki, with a light blue blouse for Cadettes and a navy blue blouse for Seniors.
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