If I was Queen of Girl Scouts Part I: Program Levels

The other day on one of my Girl Scout e-lists, someone asked, “If you were one of the Powers that Be, how would you design the Girl Scout Program?” (most people that have been involved with Girl Scouts for more than just the last 10-ish years HATE the new programming). So, I’ve added Girl Scouts Programing to my plans of becoming Queen of the World™. Unfortunately, this is going to take more than one post.

If I was given a clean slate and complete freedom, this is what Girl Scouts would look like:

Program Levels (last edited: 11/15/10; originally created: 1/13/10)

GS Daisy: Kindergarten. Allowed to sell cookies to family and friends, no booth sales, no other money-earning activities. No overnights. Uniform consists of a white polo with navy pants/shorts/skirt with a royal blue smock (Daisy & WAGGGS badges are now embroidered directly onto the smock).

GS Brownie: Grades 1-2. No restrictions on cookie sales, but no other money-earning. Overnights are done inside of buildings–cabins, lodges or Girl Scout overnights at museums or activity centers; cannot leave the Council jurisdiction. Uniform consists of a white polo shirt, navy pants/shorts/skirt, with a brown vest (Brownie & WAGGGS badges are now embroidered directly onto the vest)

GS Junior: Grades 3-5. No restrictions on cookie sales or money-earning. No overnight restrictions, but must remain within the state, and camping activities must be done on GS properties. Uniform consists of white polo shirt with a GS green scarf, navy pants/shorts/skirt, with a green vest (contemporary GS & WAGGGS badges are now embroidered directly onto the vest)

GS Cadette: Grades 6-8. No restrictions on cookie sales or money-earning. No overnight restrictions, but must remain within the U.S. Uniform consists of white polo shirt with a white & GS green scarf, navy pants/shorts/skirt, with a khaki vest (contemporary GS & WAGGGS badges are now embroidered directly onto the vest).

GS Senior: Grades 9-12. No restrictions on cookie sales or money-earning. No overnight restrictions, including international travel. Uniform consists of white polo shirt with a white & navy blue scarf, navy pants/shorts/skirt, continuing to use the khaki vest (contemporary GS & WAGGGS badges are now embroidered directly onto the vest). The USA flag patch is required for international travel only.

GS Ambassador: 18 (high school graduation)-21 (or college graduation). Males are welcome. Can independently lead Daisy or Brownie troops, assist with Junior and Cadette troops, or other Council programs. Cannot become a Trainer. Does not need to have been a girl member to join as an Ambassador, but new Ambassadors must take an in-depth training. Uniform consists of green polo or oxford shirt with GS green & navy scarf, navy pants/shorts/skirt and GS green insignia tab with Traditional Girl Scout, WAGGGS and position pins.

GS Adult: 21+ (or college graduation). Males are welcome. Can independently lead any age level and become a Trainer. Does not need to have been a girl member or Ambassador, but new Adults must take an in-depth training and must have an experienced Adult (2 years) or experienced Ambassador assistant (former Girl member that has been in at least 5 years). Uniform consists green polo or oxford shirt with GS green & navy scarf, navy pants/shorts/skirt and GS green insignia tab with Traditional Girl Scout (or Lifetime Member), WAGGGS and position pins. Have the option to wear a Friendship Knot lanyard to display earned awards (GS Bronze/Silver/Gold; Bridge to Adult GS; Leadership Development; etc).

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3 responses to “If I was Queen of Girl Scouts Part I: Program Levels

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  2. Terry

    I would miss the Junior program- I was a GS in the 70’s and that was my favorite level. But I do like the idea of more time as a Cadette. And if you had so long as a Brownie- Try its would have to change- some of way too easy for a 3rd grader- so as a 4th is would be even worse. So we would be changing the program again(arrgggg). Like the uniforms- simple pullovers- easy to find colors.

    • eternalhearts

      I felt bad taking away the Junior program to be honest, but I think it’s really important for Cadettes to be the 3 years of Middle School b/c that is such a vulnerable time. Maybe the Brownie and Daisy programs could go back the way they used to be to allow the Junior program to be 3–I didn’t feel right letting it only be 2–we ARE supposed to be promoting progression and all.

      And ALL the badges would be updated to be age-appropriate; some easier and some harder for all levels of advancement within each program level, but none so easy girls earn them all by the time they Bridge, and none so hard they need a ton of adult help.

      Man…we can dream, can’t we?