GIRL SCOUT GLOSSARY
Girl Scouts share more than fun, high personal goals, strong values, and a rich history. They also share a lot of special signs and terms. Here is a partial list of the words and phrases that will help you better understand the Girl Scout experience. There are a lot more - and every council probably has some of their own! (If there is a Girl Scout Term you would like added, please click here and let us know!)
Adult Girl Scout: Any person over the age of 18, male or female, who agrees to follow the Girl Scout Promise and Laws and who pays the required membership fees. Adult Girl Scouts support the mission of Girl Scouting in many different roles. For more information about becoming an Adult Girl Scout, click on this link.
Ambassador Girl Scout: Ambassadors are the oldest age group of Girl Scouts. Girls are in grades 11-12.
Awards: Bronze, Silver and Gold - The highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn for her age-level. Bronze = Junior, Silver = Cadette, and Gold = Senior/Ambassador. Each award carries special requirements and the completion of a community service project and is designed to help a girl develop and use her leadership skills.
Bandana: A square of cloth measuring 22" by 22". A very important piece of camping gear.Click here to see the many ways a bandana can be used by scouts. (Can you think of any uses we can add to the list? Click here and submit your ideas!)
Bridging: Bridging is a special Girl Scout tradition practiced by Girl Scouts moving from one age group to another. While girls are placed in a Girl Scout group based on age, and will automatically move from Daisy to Brownie to Junior, etc. based on her chronological age, each girl must complete specific steps in order to qualify for the Bridging patch available for her level of achievement (Ex: Daisy to Brownie.) Bridging often involves a special ceremony to mark the Girl Scout's "graduation" to the next level.
Brownie Girl Scout: Brownies are girls in second and third grade. A girl can begin Girl Scouting as a Brownie or may Bridge from Daisy to Brownie or she can begin Girl Scouts as a Brownie. Activities and badges are designed to build on the natural skills and interests of a girl in this age range.
Buddy System: The Buddy System pairs two or three girls together, allowing them increased safety, accountability, and companionship for any event. Girl Scouts always practice the Buddy System when on any activity away from their normal meeting.
Cadette Girl Scout: Cadettes are girls in sixth and seventh grades. At this age, Girl Scouting takes on a new meaning, providing the girls with a natural support group as they move into the world of teens and self-definition. Activities and badges for this age group are designed to meet the girls where they are in terms of skills, interests, and leadership development. A girl can become a Cadette by bridging from Juniors or she can begin her Girl Scout Journey here.
Certified: Some leadership positions require specific skill certification. This means the Girl Scout holds a current card, certificate, or other documentation from an established, reputable group, verifying completion of training in a particular field (e.g., first–aid certified). If you are unsure whether or not the certifying entity meets the Girl Scouts' standards as an established, reputable group - check with your local council.
Counselor-in-Training (CIT): Girls attending Girl Scout Camp will often have the pleasure of being mentored by a CIT. This title is reserved for Girl Scouts Ambassadors who are completing a formal course of specific requirements while interning at a Girl Scout Summer Resident Camp, CITs are building skills toward becoming a camp counselor.
Community Service: While Girl Scouts work through the age-related badges and activities, they are encouraged to identify problems and issues in their own communities. Paying careful attention to the skills and resources available for the current age-group, the girls are coached by their leadership team as they design and deliver girl-led service projects that benefit the wider community.
Court of Awards: A formal ceremony used to present badges and earned recognitions at any grade level. Guests may be invited, and often includes a flag ceremony and other traditions.
Court of Honor: A troop/group decision-making and planning body that represents all the members and is made up of Girl Scout patrol leaders and troop/group officers and leaders.
Daisy Girl Scout
Destinations (Wider Opportunity) - Any official activity that takes a Girl Scout outside of the boundaries of her own council.
Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout Handshake
Girl Scout Law
Girl Scout's Own (Scout's Own)
Girl Scout Processes
Girl Scout Promise
Girl Scout Sign
Juliette Low Friendship Fund
Juliette Low Birthday
Junior Girl Scout
Lord and Lady Baden Powell
Scout's Own (Girl Scout's Own)
Senior Girl Scout
Songs and Graces
Trail Mix (GORP)
Wider Opportunity (Destinations) - An official activity that takes a Girl Scout outside of her own council.
World Centers - Each centre offers a unique Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting experience, influenced by the culture of the country and the international composition of the staff members. Currently four world Scouting Centers exist: Our Cabana in Morelos, Mexico; Olave Centre (Pax Lodge) in London, England; Sangam in Pune, India; and Our Chalet in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland.