- An important transition in a Girl Scout's
life. It's a defining moment when a girl becomes aware of her achievements and
is ready for new adventures and responsibilities
- The friendship circle is often formed at the
end of meetings or campfires as a sort of closing ceremony. Everyone gathers in
a circle where they cross their right arm over their left in front of them and
hold hands with the people on either side. Once everyone is silent, the leader
starts the friendship squeeze, which is passed from hand to hand. Often the
girls will make a wish after their hand has been squeezed before they pass the
squeeze along. Also, in some larger groups, the girls put their right foot out
into the circle when they receive the friendship squeeze, so that everyone can
see it travel along the circle.
- March 12 is the Girl Scout birthday because it
marks the first meeting of Girl Scouts in the U. S. A. in Savannah, Georgia, in
- Girl Scout Handshake
- This is the way many Girl Scouts and Girl
Guides greet each other. They shake their left hands while making the Girl Scout
sign with their right hand. The left-handed handshake represents friendship
because the left hand is closer to the heart than the right.
- Girl Scout Sign
- The official Girl Scout greeting. The right
hand is raised shoulder high with the three middle fingers extended and the
thumb crossing over the palm to hold down the little finger. These three fingers
represent the three parts of the Girl Scout Promise. You give the sign when:
- You say the Promise.
- You are welcomed into Girl Scouting at an
- You receive a patch or badge.
- You greet other Girl Scouts and Girl Guides
- Welcoming new members, girls or adults, into
the Girl Scout family for the first time. Girls receive their Girl Scout, Girl
Scout Brownie, or Girl Scout Daisy pin at this time.
Low (nicknamed Daisy)
- Founder of Girl Scouting in the United States,
she formed the first troop that met in Savannah, Georgia on March 12,1912.
- A grid system, wheel, or table showing the job assigned to each girl or group of girls for any given project. Useful for meetings, camp-outs, and special events. http://www.scoutlander.com/publicsite/unitcustom.aspx?UID=12695&CUSTOMID=40886
- The Girl Scout signal for silence in a group
situation. In order to maintain order at lively Girl Scout functions, the leader
raises her right hand for silence. The girls follow in the motion; as their
hands go up, the conversation stops, until everyone has their hand up and the
room is silent.
- An opportunity for girls and adults to renew
their commitment to the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
- A "cushion" often made by Girl Scouts to use
when the ground is damp or to keep their clothes clean.
- "Do a good turn daily."
- Acronym for Special Whatchamacallits
Affectionately Pinned Somewhere or Share With A Pal. A SWAPS is a little
remembrance that one Girl Scout gives to another. SWAPS are handmade, thus the
girl is giving a part of herself to show friendship. SWAPS are exchanged at
National Conventions, Council events, Wider Ops, service unit or neighborhood
events, troop meetings and most frequently at day camp. They can have a tag
attached with the event name and date or the troop number, council name or
State. In some countries SWAPS are called 'hat crafts'. Swapping promotes
friendship. It encourages girls to talk to other people. SWAPS are great
mementos of a good time as well as a great way to share something about where we
live and what we do. More info:
http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/facts/swaps/ or http://www.scoutlander.com/publicsite/unitcustom.aspx?UID=12695&CUSTOMID=37861
- Thinking Day
- Celebrated by Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
throughout the world, February 22 is the birthday of Lord Baden-Powell and lady
Baden-Powell. This is the day for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to think about
their sisters around the world, through special projects, international program
activities or pen pal projects.