GIRL SCOUT LINGO
Age Level: There are 5 age levels in Girl Scouting: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior
Baden-Powell: Lord Baden-Powell was the founder of the Boy Scout movement, Agnes Baden-Powell, B-P's sister, was the founder of the Girl Guide movement.
Badge: Round embroidered recognition for Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts to indicate increased knowledge and skill in a particular subject.
Bridging: The process of moving from one age level of Girl Scouting to another (e.g., from Daisy to Brownie, Brownie to Juniors, etc.)
Bronze Award: The highest award that a Junior can earn.
Buddy System: A safety system where two girls stay together and watch out for each other.
Core Camping: Troop camping with some council provided staff (e.g., cook, waterfront, program director) at a given campsite.
Counselor-in-Training (CIT): A Senior Girl Scout who is taking a course to learn outdoor group leadership skills as a camp counselor.
Court of Awards: A ceremony that can be held any time during the year at which badges, recognitions, and awards are presented at any level
Court of Honor: Committee made up of the leader, patrol leaders, troop secretary and treasurer for decision making purposes.
Day Camp: Camping by the day for a minimum of four consecutive days
Fly-up: The ceremony in which a Brownie Girl Scout "graduates" to Junior Girl Scouts.
Founder's Day: October 31, the birthday of Juliette Low
Friendship Circle: 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.
Girl Guides: The original name for Girl Scouts, still used in many countries.
Girl Scout Birthday: March
12 is the Girl Scout birthday because it marks the first meeting of Girl Scouts
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 Leader's Day: April 22, a special day to honor Girl Scout leaders
Girl Scout Motto: Be Prepared
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. This sign is given when saying the Promise. Law, or when doing the Girl Scout Handshake
Girl Scout Slogan: Do a good turn daily.
Girl Scout's Own: A quiet inspirational ceremony that has a theme and is planned by Girl Scouts and their leaders.
Girl Scout Week: An annual celebration during the week of March 12th, the Girl Scouts birthday.
Gold Award: The highest award a Girl Scout may earn (this is done as a Senior)
GSCI: Girl Scouts of
GSUSA: Girl Scouts
Fly-Up: The ceremony in which a Brownie becomes a Junior Girl Scout.
Interest Project: Rectangular embroidered recognition for Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts.
Investiture: A special ceremony to welcome new Girl Scouts. The new Girl Scout makes/states her GS Promise and receives her GS pin for the first time.
JLWFF: Juliette Low world Friendship Fund, a voluntary fund that benefits guiding throughout the world.
Juliette "Daisy" Low: Founder of
Girl Scouting in the
Kaper Chart: A chart showing all jobs available and who is responsible for each job generally on a rotating basis. This is used at meetings or on camping trips.
Leader-In-Training (LIT): A Senior Girl Scout who is taking a course to learn leadership skills as a troop leader.
Low, Juliette Gordon (nicknamed Daisy): Founder
of Girl Scouting in the
Patrol: A widely used form of troop government where the troop divides into small groups. This is usually used with Juniors, Cadettes or Seniors.
Program Aide: Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts who have been trained to assist younger Girl Scout groups with songs games, crafts, ceremonies or skills.
Program Trail: A diagram for planning program activities in which one idea sparks another.
Quiet Sign: 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 with 3 fingers up to initiate 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.
Rededication: A formal ceremony when Girl Scouts who have been through the investiture ceremony renews their belief in the Promise and Law.
Resident Camp: A sustained camping experience for a minimum of six days, with overnight sleeping at a council owned, leased, rented or borrowed facility.
Safety-Wise: The book put out by GSUSA detailing the program’s safety standards and guidelines
Service Team: A group of adult volunteers responsible for organizing and delivering service to Girl Scouts directed by service unit manager.
Service Unit (CGSU) ; The chairman of the service unit conducts an informative meeting of leaders, co-leaders, or representatives from each troop in the local unit – Center Grove Service Unit. The meeting covers key information, event news, council news, etc. needed to run your troop. These meetings are once a month (1st Thurs of each month with exceptions for school calendars in which we meet the 2nd Thurs). You can turn in forms, events fees, etc. as well as share ideas and meet new friends. There are opportunities for free supplies and mini workshops.
Silver Award: The highest award that a Cadette Girl Scout may earn.
Sit Upon ; A "cushion" often made by Girl Scouts to use when the ground is damp or to keep their clothes clean. Thinking Day: February 22; the birthday of Lord and Lady Baden-Powell, designed as a day to think about scouts and guides worldwide.
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 Center Grove Service Unit ; CGSU has an event for this day. Each troop that participates learns about a country then shares it with other Girl Scouts by telling them facts, showing pictures, tasting food, making a craft (optional), creating whatever you want to share. There are patches that correspond with learning about a country (try-it, badge, etc.).
Trefoil: The international symbol of Girl Scouting. The three leaves of the trefoil represent the three parts of the promise. Our pins are in the shape of a trefoil.
Troop Committee: Adults who assist the troop in some way either at the meetings or by taking on jobs such as Telephone Chair, etc.
Try-it ; Triangular embroidered recognition for Brownie Girl Scouts.
WAGGGS : World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, the worldwide organization to which Girl Scouts belong.
Wide Game ; A game played by following a trail with stops at several stations
World Centers : Four program activity centers owned by WAGGGS. The centers are located
World Trefoil Pin: A pin worn by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides indicating they are members of WAGGGS. It is nice to present this after completing an international learning try-it or badge and/or participating in Thinking Day.