Girl Scout Terms
The act ofmoving up fromoneGirl Scout level to thenext.
Girls usually cross abridge at this ceremony to symbolize
A safety practice that allows two girls of equal ability to
move about and keep track of each other.
Court of Awards
A ceremony that can be held at any time during the year
at which badges, recognitions, and awards are presented.
A group stands and clasps hands, right armcrossed
over left. Symbolizes equality and an unbroken chain of
friendship for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides worldwide.
A hand squeeze that is sent around a Friendship Circle.
Girls often put one foot forward after receiving the
squeeze and passing it on so everyone can see it travel.
Girl Scout Handshake
A way to greet other Girl Scouts or Girl Guides. Shake
with the left hand, because it is closer to the heart, and
give the Girl Scout Sign with the right.
Girl Scout Promise & Law
The Girl Scout Promise is a pledgemade by each
member, both girls and adults, to live up to the ideals of
Girl Scouting. Members live the 10 parts of the Girl Scout
Law to fulfill the Girl Scout Promise.
Girl Scout Sign
Made by holding up the threemiddle fingers - each
standing for one part of the Girl Scout Promise - of the
right hand. Used whenmaking the Girl Scout Promise.
Ceremony at which a girl first becomes a Girl Scout
by making the Girl Scout Promise and receiving a
Juliette Gordon Low (aka “Daisy”)
Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA.
A grid system, wheel, or table showing the tasks
assigned to each girl or group of girls; useful for
meetings, campouts and other times when the troop is
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The Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
To let girls know it is time to be quiet, a leader raises
her hand and keeps it up as each person sees it, stops
talking and raises her own hand until everyone is quiet.
A formal ceremony at which a girl or adult, who has been
previously invested, renews her Girl Scout Promise.
A cushion oftenmade by Girl Scouts to use when the
ground is damp, or to keep their clothes clean.
“Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned
Somewhere” or “ShareWith a Pal”s oftenmade and
traded betweenGirl Scouts at events. Generally follow
the event theme or representing themaker’s interests.
A non-registered child attending a Girl Scout