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The Enrichment Project
Girl Scout Traditions:
Girl Scout Senior
As Girl Scouts reach and pass their first centennial, looking back to where we have been
gives us an idea of the accomplishments that have been made by one person’s vision —
Juliette Gordon Low. The Girl Scout Traditions badge set allows you to explore not only
each level available as of 2012, but also general traditions that have been developed by
Girl Scouts worldwide for generations.
NOTE: Read through the steps below. Note any resources that you might need to com-
plete this badge program. Check SUPP_GirlScouts_Glance.pdf for a listing of all Girl Scout
supplements, including the Traditions set. If you need resources beyond what is provided,
check your Service Unit and Council archives. You can also check with other leaders for
assistance with acquiring materials.
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Steps
Exploring the past
1. Starting of Girl Scout Seniors.
Girl Scout Seniors have been mentioned from the beginning. In the 1915 Leader’s Manual,
Seniors are “older women” who only do “first aid, signaling and the Scout program.” By
the 1917 How Girls Can Help Their Country, they were expanding on the program of the
younger girls and teaching them. In 1937, they were recognized as their own level for girls
14-17 and of cial uniforms were available. Over the years, Mariner and Wing Scouts were
developed and then brought back into Seniors level. Review how Seniors became their
own level over the years.
2. Decade sampler.
Do at least one activity per decade (1912 to present) to experience what Girl Scouts did
in the past as Girl Scout Seniors. Find information from one or more of these:
• Handbooks (badge requirements, things to do, activities)
• Leader’s Guides (things to do, activities)
• GSUSA supplemental materials
• Local “council own” badges / programs
• Historical Girl Scout YouTube videos
• Girl Scout Alumnae
• Supplements for the Girl Scout badges (Enrichment Project)
If you cannot find Girl Scout specific activities, try some of the activities listed in Step 4.
For additional ideas, see the badge program “Girl Scout Traditions” for non-level activities
and materials.
Girl Scout
Traditions:
Girl Scout
Senior
Girl Scout Seniors
are girls in grades 6
through 8. Explore
their past and future
with this badge
program.
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3. Adapting to the times.
Some of the activities may not correspond to beliefs or resources we have today. Find
an activity, or more than one, and look for an equivalent you might do today. Adapt your
activity if there is no updated equivalent so girls today can try it. Share your final activity
with others.
4. History sampler.
Experience the world as the girls did in the past. You can do one or more of the following:
• Watch a period movie
• Watch newsreel reports that used to run before movies
• Listen to old radio station broadcasts
• Historical reenactments
• Educational activities
• Local events
• Conduct research at your local library
• Trends at that time including music, fashion, popular activities, etc.
Feel free to do other activities that give you a sense of the history of Girl Scout Seniors.
5. Earn insignia.
Completely earn one petal from your level doing the requirements from at least ten years
ago. If there is no petal, try some of the activities they did to see if any can be used with
your girls today. Look for a badge to wear or create a charm or other item that illustrates
the requirements / activities you did to show your proficiency. If you find activities that
you enjoy more than the badge(s) at your own level, share them with others.
6. Earn patches.
Girl Scouts partners with many organizations to provide current materials for girls. They
also create a lot on their own. Review patch programs that were available in the past and
earn one that would have been done by Girl Scout Seniors. Again, try to find a patch to
wear or create a charm or other item to show your proficiency.
7. Additional awards.
Explore any additional awards girls at your level may have earned. This might include
higher awards, bridging awards and participatory awards. How have these changed over
the years?
8. My own experience.
Girl Scout Alumnae are adults that were previously with GSUSA but may not now be
active. Review your own experiences with Girl Scouts. Collect stories / items you might
want to share with new Girl Scout Seniors.
9. Troop event.
Prepare a troop event to share what you learned with your girls while exploring the past.
10. Larger event.
Work with a group of adults to create and ofer an event outside your own troop / group.
Use the materials you have found while exploring the past or start a new tradition.
Moving to the future
11. Explore badges.
Review the Girl’s Guide for Girl Scouting for your level. Review and do one badge for your
level. How does it compare with insignia that could previously be earned?

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12. Explore Journeys.
Review at least one of the Journeys. How might you customize it to make it more palatable
to girls at your level? Can you find previous programming that can be adapted to help earn
a Journey? Brainstorm ideas and put them inside your Journey so you have them when
you review the Journeys with your girls.
13. Create your own badge.
Share the excitement of changing the world. Challenge yourself to create a badge program
that you feel girls at your level might enjoy. Ask your girls to review your badge and make
suggestions for improvement. Ofer it to others outside your normal troop / group.
Supplements
SUPP_GS_Glance.pdf
Listing of all supplements available with the Girl Scout Traditions and general Girl Scouts
badge sets — as of August 2014
Sites to Explore
www.girlscouts.org
www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/history
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girl_Scouts_of_the_USA
www.scoutingweb.com/scoutingweb/traditionsgirl.aspx
www.scoutingweb.com/scoutingweb/default.aspx
www.wagggsworld.org/en/about/guiding/guidinghistory
www.juliettegordonlowbirthplace.org
www.scouter.com/compass/Scouting_History
www.youtube.com/user/girlscoutvideos
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