|Girl Scout Terms|
Annual Meeting -
official annual meeting of the Girl Scout
corporation held to conduct the business of the
corporation: elect officers and board members, and
members of the nominating committee; amend the
articles of incorporation and bylaws when necessary;
and take other actions as necessary.
Ants on a Log
- Celery sticks stuffed with cream cheese or peanut
butter with raisins lined up on top.
Awards earned by Junior Girl Scouts indicating
increasing knowledge and skill in a particular
Blue Book of Basic Documents
The publication that contains the official basic
documents of Girl Scouts of the
- Activities designed to emphasize the continuity of
the Girl Scout program; an introduction for girls to
what lies ahead in the next program level. It is
also the name of the ceremony in which girls are
figuratively welcomed into the next age level. The
girls are not official members of the next level
until October 1.
Brownie Girl Scout
- A Girl Scout who is six, seven, or eight years
old, or in the first, second, or third grade.
- A form of troop government used by Brownie Girl
Scouts; a circle in which all members of the troop,
and their leaders, share in planning, problem
solving, and decision-making.
- Awards at the Brownie Girl Scout program level.
- Gold embroidered wings on green felt given to
Brownie Girl Scouts when they bridge to Junior Girl
- A safety practice in which girls are paired to
help and keep watch over each other.
The chief executive officer of a Girl Scout council.
Challenges (Four B)
- Two awards: the Girl Scout Silver Four B Challenge
and the Girl Scout Gold Four B Challenge B
Challenges (Three C)
– Challenges for Brownie, Junior and GS 11-17 based
on Courage, Character and Confidence
- Any standard activity that signals the end of a
- A series of three age-appropriate magazine-type
books used as part of the STUDIO 2B resources.
- A corporation, chartered by the Girl Scouts of the
U.S.A., organized for the purpose of developing,
managing, and maintaining Girl Scouting within a
Council Annual Meeting
- A meeting to elect council officers, board
members, nominating committee members and delegates
and persons to fill delegate vacancies to the
National Council Session. Council meetings will
also determine the general direction for Girl
Scouting locally by giving guidance to the Board of
Directors, and will amend the Articles of
Incorporation and Bylaws.
- A Girl Scout who is taking a course (called
Counselor-in-Training) to learn camp counselor
Court of Honor
- A group within a Girl Scout troop using the patrol
system that makes and coordinates the troop's plans
based on reports from each patrol. It is composed of
patrol leaders, the troop scribe (secretary), troop
treasurer, and troop leader(s).
Daisy Girl Scout -
A Girl Scout who is five or six years old, or
in kindergarten or first grade.
- The Daisy Girl Scout's introduction to troop
government. It is a circle in which all members of
the troop, and their leaders, share in planning and
Daisy Learning Petals
- Awards given to Daisy Girl Scouts signifying an
understanding of each part of the Girl Scout Law.
- Day camp is a summer program experience held at
Lake Rickabear. Girls register as individuals and
are assigned to camp units based on age or
- Registered adults and Girl Scouts 14 years and
older elected by their service units. The delegates
represent their service units at the annual meeting.
They discuss and vote on governance issues of the
Registered adults and Girl Scouts 14 years and older
elected by the council delegates to represent the
council at the National Council Session. They
discuss and vote on governance issues of the
National organization. The term is for three years.
(Formerly Wider Opportunities) Travel opportunities
for girls 11-17.
- An activity designed to explore the community,
area, campsite, etc., to seek out program
possibilities and/or become familiar with the
- The state of being different or diverse. When used
to describe people and population groups, diversity
encompasses multidimensional factors, including but
not limited to age, gender, race, ethnicity,
ability, religion, education, parental status,
professional background, marital status, etc.
Diversity validates the presence of variety but is
not synonymous with pluralism, which is a process or
a system of actions.
- A netted bag used to hang washed dishes to dry in
GSUSA, council, troop, membership and identification
- The Promise and Law; the foundation of Girl
Scouting. Its guiding principles are: the motivating
force is a spiritual one, service, responsible
citizenship, high ideals of character and conduct,
appreciation of the worth of people.
- A representative form of troop government in which
an elected group makes decisions.
Family Camping -
The only overnight camping approved for Daisy Girl
Scouts. This kind of camping is a good introduction
to extended outdoor experiences, building on the
strong social and emotional links to the young
child's primary caretaker(s). Occasional exceptions
to parental participation are permitted for the
individual child within the group whose parents are
unable to participate.
- The ceremony at which a Brownie Girl Scout
receives Brownie Wings from her Brownie leader,
makes the Girl Scout Promise, and receives the Girl
Scout Pin from her Junior GS "sister" or the Junior
Focus Book Activities
- Some of the STUDIO 2B resources that girls 11-17
can choose to complete to receive charms.
- Our founder’s, Juliette Gordon Low, birthday,
- A symbolic gesture in which girls form a circle by
clasping each others' hands, traditionally right
over left, often used as a closing ceremony.
- An unofficial pin that may be given to Girl Scouts
and non-Girl Scouts as a token of friendship.
- A hand squeeze passed around a Friendship Circle.
It is meant to represent the passing along of a good
thought to the people in the circle.
– Refers to any of various methods of soliciting
funds – for example, an annual campaign, Family
Partnership, planned giving, benefits and project
funding. Fund-raising is the responsibility of
adults. Girls do not fund raise.
- The original name for Girl Scouts, it is still
used in many countries.
Girl Scout Birthday
- March 12. It marks the anniversary of the first
troop meeting of Girl Scouts in the U.S.A. in
Savannah, Georgia, 1912.
Girl Scout Law
- Principles of conduct to which Girl Scouts
Girl Scout Merchandise
The national staff department that sells equipment,
uniforms, insignia, printed materials, etc., used in
the Girl Scout program. Local GSM agencies are
located in some Girl Scout council offices and
Girl Scouts of the
Girl Scout Sign
- The official Girl Scout greeting. It is always
used when the Promise is made or repeated. The right
hand is raised shoulder high, palm forward, with the
three middle fingers extended and the thumb holding
down the little finger.
Girl Scout Troop
- A group of girls with adult leader(s) who
voluntarily join the Girl Scout movement, meet
membership requirements, and use the Girl Scout
Girl Scout Week
- Celebrated each year during the week in which
March 12, the Girl Scout birthday, occurs.
Girl Scouts' Own
- A special girl planned inspirational ceremony held
by troops/groups. This is an opportunity for girls
to express their deepest feelings about a theme.
This is not a religious service and it should not be
done before an audience.
- Promotion of health, sports, fitness, and healthy
lifestyle choices. Special emphasis on basketball,
volleyball, soccer, golf, tennis, swimming,
baseball, and winter sports.
Governance in Girl
Process by which a board of directors exercises its
ultimate authority and fulfills its responsibility
for furthering the Girl Scout mission; for the care,
custody, and oversight of Girl Scouting within its
jurisdiction; and for providing strategic direction
and leadership for the council.
- Brownie Girl Scout Handbook, Junior Girl Scout
Handbook, Cadette Girl Scout Handbook, and A
Resource Book for Senior Girl Scouts.
- Every Girl Scout item worn on the uniform (badges,
awards, patches, stars, strips, etc.)
- Awards earned by Girl Scouts 11-17
- A special ceremony in which a new member makes her
Girl Scout Promise, receives her /his (adult male)
membership pin, and becomes a member of Girl Scouts.
Juliette Gordon Low
- October 31, 1860 - January 17, 1927. Founder of
the Girl Scout movement in the
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
- The childhood home of Juliette Gordon Low in
Juliette Low World Friendship Fund
- A fund to which Girl Scouts throughout the
Individual members not affiliated with a troop. All
rights and principals are extended to Juliettes.
- A temporary job or responsibility.
- A chart showing each girl's or each group's job on
any given project. It provides for rotation of jobs
and sharing of responsibility.
- The wife of the founder of Scouting and Guiding.
She was the World Chief Guide from 1930 until her
- An adult member of the organization who meets with
a troop/group of girls to help it achieve the
purpose of Girl Scouting and has completed the
required leadership training.
- Celebrated every year on April 22nd
- A qualified Girl Scout (grades 10-12) who is
taking a Leader-in-Training course to learn troop
The three contemporary heads (never separated from
our name) or the traditional eagle.
- Founder of the Scout and Guide movements for boys
and girls. He was the World Chief Scout from 1920
until his death in 1941. (He rhymed "
Shortened name for
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence,
and character, who make the world a better place.
- A country in which there is a national Girl Guide
or Girl Scout association belonging to the World
Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
– Refers to activities following a planned budget
and carried out by girls and adults, in partnership,
to earn money for the group treasury.
- "Be Prepared." A motto adopted as a guiding
principle for members.
- Two centers, owned and operated by Girl Scouts of
- The membership body of the Girl Scouts of the
U.S.A. Membership consists of elected delegates from
councils, the National Board of Directors, National
Nominating Committee, and other elected persons.
National Council Meetings are held every three
- The $10 membership fee, paid to Girl Scouts of the
U.S.A., to register a girl or an adult with the
national organization and pay for activity/accident
- A lunch carried in a paper sack or bandanna.
Online Safety Pledge
- Girls and adult sign a form after discussing how
to conduct themselves while using the Internet. The
"My Online Safety Pledge" can be found in Girl Scout
Handbooks and Safety-Wise.
- Any standard activity that signals the formal
beginning of a meeting, (i.e., reciting the Girl
Scout Promise, flag ceremony, song, game, etc.).
Activities required to carry out the operating
objectives of a council and performed by operational
volunteers and/or employed staff, who are ultimately
accountable to the CEO.
Participation Patches & Pins
- Supplementary insignia. Focus is on participation
– no set requirements. Developed at national or
- The council newsletter mailed to Girl Scout adults
in the council.
- A representative form of troop government composed
of groups of no more than eight girls with a girl
leader who is a member of the Court of Honor.
- Used to inform parents/guardians of a troop
meeting away from the regular meeting day, place, or
time or if addressing a sensitive issue.
- A system that holds within it individuals or
groups differing in basic background experiences and
cultures. It allows for the development of a common
tradition while preserving the right of each group
to maintain its cultural heritage. It implies mutual
- An established course of action. Council policies
are approved by the Board of Directors.
- A Girl Scout 12-17 who is trained to give service
to younger Girl Scouts and shares with them her
talents, skills, and enjoyment of Girl Scouting.
- Our goals for girls: Developing Self-Potential,
Relating to Others, Developing Values, Contributing
- Basic levels of health and safety that must be
provided to girls. There are 35 Program Standards
listed in Safety-Wise that must be followed.
- A traditional technique for obtaining silence at
all Girl Scout meetings, made by raising the right
hand with an open palm. Group members raise their
hands and become quiet until complete silence is
- A ceremony held at special times when a Girl Scout
who has been previously invested, renews her/his
(adult male) Girl Scout Promise and commitment to
A book of program standards, safety guidelines, and
activity checkpoints for common Girl Scout
- The troop secretary.
- Service is inherent in the Girl Scout Promise and
Law and given without expectation of payment or
reward; providing service to others helps the
service provider as well as the service recipient.
Service Mark -
The Girl Scout service mark is composed of two
parts: the symbol (the trefoil with three profiles)
and the logotype (the words Girl Scouts, in the
Frutiger typeface, along with the registration mark
Both components of the service mark must be used
- The unit manager, troop organizer (s), and troop
consultant(s) who help to organize troops and
provide program support in a service unit. Other
service team members could include product sales
managers, public relations, treasurer/secretary,
service unit events manager and other support
- A unit designed to facilitate delivery of services
to Girl Scout troops in a designated geographic
Service Unit Manager
- An adult volunteer who is responsible to see that
troops are established and maintained within a
service unit’s geographic area. (may have a
different names in other councils)
- Invitations to action for Junior Girl Scouts.
There are four signs - Sign of the Rainbow, Sign of
the Sun, Sign of the Satellite, and Sign of the
World - earned by completion of badges and other
- Something to sit on.
- "Do a good turn daily."
- A sandwich made with graham crackers, chocolate,
and a roasted marshmallow.
- Program resources developed with girl input for
girls ages 11-17.
- Tokens of friendship exchanged by members at Girl
Girl Scouts. Where Girls Grow Strong
Talking Stick -
A tool used in Brownie GS to encourage girls to take
turns addressing the group. A stick is passed
around as each person talks. The person holding the
stick is the only person permitted to speak.
- A system of troop government in which the total
group makes decisions.
- The official emblem of the Girl Scout movement in
the United States of America, registered in the
United States Patent Office by Girl Scouts of the
- A camping experience of 24 or more consecutive
hours, planned and carried out by a group of Girl
Scouts and leaders, using council-approved sites.
- A group of men and women who are registered with a
Girl Scout troop and who help girls and leaders
carry out their plans.
- Money paid by the girls to finance troop
activities. Amount of dues and method of collection
are determined by girls and leader(s). Daisy Girl
Scouts do not pay troop dues.
- The meeting of Girl Scouts and their adult
leaders. Time and duration of meetings may vary.
Recommended duration is one to two hours. Troops may
meet once a week, twice monthly, etc. (See
Safety-Wise and The Guide for Daisy Girl Scout
- The adult volunteer in a service unit who places
all girls in troops. The organizer helps to find
meeting places, set up back accounts, and performs
other duties to establish troops in the service
- Awards earned by Brownie Girl Scouts.
- A small group or groups formed at a day or
resident camp for the purpose of separating campers
by age or interest or a portion of a campsite
designated as a living area for a group of campers.
– Girl Scouting: For Every Girl, Everywhere
- A salad that is easy to carry and eat on a hike.
- A way to move a large group through a series of
activities that are tied together with a common
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)
- The international organization of Girl Guides and
Girl Scout associations. Organized in 1928.
World Thinking Day
February 22, the birthday of both Lord and Lady
Baden-Powell, celebrated as the day in which Girl
Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world think of
each other and exchange greetings.
World Trefoil Pin
- A pin with a gold trefoil on a blue background,
worn by all members of the World Association of Girl
Guides and Girl Scouts.
- Centers for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts owned and
operated by the World Association of Girl Guides and
Girl Scouts. They include: Pax Lodge in London,
England; Our Cabaña, near Cuernavaca, Mexico; Our
Chalet, near Adelboden, Switzerland; and Sangam, in