GIRL SCOUT TRADITIONS
Traditions are ideas, ways of doing things, stories and activities that reflect the vision, passion, and values of Girl Scouts who came before us. Girl Scout Traditions are carefully preserved and handed down from one generation of Girl Scouts to another. They teach us about our history and help us understand the possibilities of the future!
One of the things that makes Girl Scouts special is the fact that every generation of girls is tied to the very first Girl Scouts through the Girl Scout Traditions.
Some traditions in the Girl Scout Program are the same for all age levels and all groups of Girl Scouts World Wide. Here are a few...
The Girl Scout Sign
Girl Scouts of the USA hold the pinky finger of the right hand with their thumb and raise the three middle fingers to "attention" - holding this hand at shoulder height.
This sign is a WAGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) tradition. The three fingers represent the three parts of the Girl Scout Promise.
The Girl Scout Sign is given when you say the Promise, when welcoming new girls into Girl Scouting, when you receive a patch or a badge, and when you are greeting other Girl Scouts and Girl Guides.
The Girl Scout Motto
Since 1912 when Girl Scouts was launched by Daisy Low, the world has changed in many ways. Some are small - like the invention of the Fortune Cookie, bubble gum, and paintball. Some are interesting - like the jungle gym, sunglasses, and permanent markers. Some of the changes are amazing - like desktop computers, cell phones, and artificial organs.
The Girl Scout Motto reminds us that it is very important to be ready for anything the future may bring. That means learning how to do old things the right way, and to always be open to learning new things.
The Girl Scout Slogan
"Do a Good Turn Daily."
Girl Scouts believe helping others without being asked to do so is very important. This is one of the most effective leadership skills. When you help make someone else's day brighter - you quickly find your own is better, too.
The Girl Scout Circle
Troop 569 - First Meeting, February 2013
Here we are, enjoying our very first Girl Scout Circle when we were all Daisies! The Girl Scout Circle is an important tradition used by Daisies and by Brownies. It reminds us that we are all sisters and that together we can build a better world.
The Girl Scout Circle is used to open a meeting, listen to a story, discuss important
business, give awards, and close the meeting. It can be used for many other
important purposes, as well.
The Quiet Sign
When it is time to listen in a meeting, someone will raise her right hand and stops talking. Everyone else joins in the motion. As hands go up, the conversation stops, until everyone has her hand up and the room is silent.
The Singing Tree
It takes a lot of singing to be a Girl Scout. Click here to find a few songs you can start learning. We will add to this list frequently!! Click here if you have a favorite song you want to share!
The Girl Scout Handshake
Many Girl Scouts and Girl Guides greet each other using the Girl Scout Handshake.
When shaking hands the "normal" way, two people extend and grasp right hands. When giving a Girl Scout Handshake, however, the Girl Scouts 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. This is a special reminder that a Girl Scout is a sister to every other Girl Scout!