USAGSO-WP Glossary

USAGSO-WP Glossary of Terms:

Here you will find a list of terms you might here in Girl Scouts and would like to know "what did she mean by that?"




Ants on a Log - Celery sticks stuffed with cream cheese or peanut butter with raisins lined up on top.

Areas - Groups of service units used for Coordinating Council fund raising activities, such as the cookie sale, and for Coordinating the election of delegates to the Council.

Award - An acknowledgment of accomplishment in the Girl Scout program in the form of a pin, badge, patch, certificate, letter, plaque, or gift.


Badges (proficiency) - Awards earned by Junior Girl Scouts indicating increasing knowledge and skill in a particular subject.

Bridging - Activities designed to emphasize the continuity of the Girl Scout program, to introduce girls within each age level to what lies ahead, and to give older girls a sense of personal responsibility for younger girls.

Brownie Aide Award - Award for Brownie Girl Scouts who help Daisy Girl Scouts bridge to Brownies.

Brownie Girl Scout - A Girl Scout who is six, seven, or eight years old, or in the first, second, or third grade.

Brownie Ring - A form of troop government used by Brownie Girl Scouts; a circle in which all members of the troop, and their leaders, share in planning, problem solving, and decision-making.

Brownie Try-Its - Fifty-seven noncompetitive awards at the Brownie Girl Scout program level. Girls try different activities to earn the Try-Its.

Brownie Wings - Gold embroidered wings on green felt worn by Junior, Cadette, and Senior Girl Scouts to signify "flying up" from Brownie Girl Scouts.

Buddy System - A safety practice in which girls are paired to help and keep watch over each other.

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Cadette Aide Award - Award for Cadette Girl Scouts who help Junior Girl Scouts bridge to Cadettes.

Cadette Girl Scout - A Girl Scout who is 11 through 14 years old, or in the sixth, seventh, eighth, or ninth grade.

Challenges - Two awards, one each for Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts. The Cadette Girl Scout Challenge and the Senior Girl Scout Challenge help girls to understand more about themselves, their community, and how Girl Scouting relates to their present and future lives.

Challenge Preps - Activities designed to prepare a girl to meet a challenge.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - The president of a Girl Scout council.

Closing - Any standard activity that signals the end of a meeting, (i.e., Friendship Circle, song, etc.).

Council - A corporation, chartered by the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., organized for the purpose of developing, managing, and maintaining Girl Scouting within a defined jurisdiction.

Council Meeting - A meeting to elect council officers, board members, nominating committee members and delegates and alternates to the national council meeting.  Council meetings will also determine the general direction for Girl Scouting locally by giving guidance to the Board of Directors, and will amend the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.

Counselor-in-Training (CIT) - A Senior Girl Scout who is taking a course (called Counselor-in-Training) to learn camp counselor skills.

Court of Honor - A group within a Girl Scout troop using the patrol system that makes and coordinates the troop's plans based on reports from each patrol. It is composed of patrol leaders, the troop scribe (secretary), troop treasurer, and troop leader(s).

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Daisy - A Girl Scout who is five or six years old, or in kindergarten or first grade.

Daisy Circle - The Daisy Girl Scout's introduction to troop government. It is a circle in which all members of the troop, and their leaders, share in planning and decision-making.

Daisy Learning Petals - Awards given to Daisy Girl Scouts signifying an understanding of each part of the Girl Scout Law.

Daisy Promise Center - An award given to Daisy Girl Scouts for learning the Girl Scout Promise.

Day Camp - Day camps are daytime experiences held in various settings throughout the council, such as city parks, the mountains, or in the country. The sites are throughout the council area so that girls are close to home. Schedules and program details are in the Summer Camp brochure which is mailed to all registered girls and leaders in mid-February.

Destinations - (Formely Wider Opportunities) Travel opportunities for girls age 14 and older.

Discovery Hike - An activity designed to explore the community, area, campsite, etc., to seek out program possibilities and/or become familiar with the surroundings.

Dunk Bag - A netted bag used to hang washed dishes to dry in the outdoors.

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Eco-Action - Learning about the environment and taking care of it.

Ethical Code - The Promise and Law; the foundation of Girl Scouting. Its guiding principles are: the motivating force is a spiritual one, Service, Responsible Citizenship, High Ideals of Character and Conduct, Appreciation of the Worth of People.

Executive Board - A representative form of troop government in which an elected group makes decisions.

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Family Camping  - The only overnight camping approved for Daisy Girl Scouts. This kind of camping is a good introduction to extended outdoor experiences, building on the strong social and emotional links to the young child's primary caretaker(s). Occasional exceptions to parental participation are permitted for the individual child within the group whose parents are unable to participate. (See Council Guide: Local Policies and Standards.)

Fly-up Ceremony - The ceremony at which a Brownie Girl Scout receives Brownie Wings from her Brownie leader, makes the Girl Scout Promise, and receives the Girl Scout Pin from her Junior "sister" or the Junior leader.

Friends of Girl Scouts - Voluntary financial contribution program for parents of Girl Scouts.

Friendship Circle - A symbolic gesture in which girls form a circle by clasping each others' hands; often used as a closing ceremony.

Friendship Pin - An unofficial pin that may be given to Girl Scouts and non-Scouts as a token of friendship.

Friendship Squeeze - A hand squeeze passed around a Friendship Circle.

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Girl Guide - The original name for Girl Scouts, still used in many countries.

Girl Scout Birthday - March 12; marks the anniversary of the first troop meeting of Girl Scouts in the U.S.A. in Savannah, Georgia, in 1912.

Girl Scout Law - Principles of conduct to which Girl Scouts subscribe.

Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. (GSUSA) - The corporation that promotes the Girl Scout movement in the U.S.A., which includes the United States, its territories, and possessions.

Girl Scout Program Center (GSPC) - 400 South Broadway, P.O. Box 9407, Denver, CO 80209-0407. The Girl Scout Program Center has multipurpose rooms, the Resource Center, and houses the Council's offices and Council Retail Shop.

Girl Scout Sign - The official Girl Scout greeting. It is always used when the Promise is made or repeated. The right hand is raised shoulder high, palm forward, with the three middle fingers extended and the thumb holding down the little finger.

Girl Scout Troop - A group of girls with adult leader(s) who voluntarily join the Girl Scout movement, meet membership requirements, and use the Girl Scout program.

Girl Scout Week - Celebrated each year during the week in which March 12, the Girl Scout birthday, occurs.

Girl Scouts' Own - A special girl planned inspirational ceremony held by troops/groups.  This ia an opportunity for girls to express their deepest feelings about a theme. This is not a religious service, nor a substitute for a religious service in camp.

GirlSports - Promotion of health, sports, fitness, and healthy lifestyle choices. Special emphasis on basketball, volleyball, soccer, golf, tennis, swimming, baseball, and winter sports.

Grants for Girls - A fund that provides financial assistance for individual girls and troops attending Girl Scout program events such as camping, conferences, and wider opportunities.

Green Circle - Troops learn about the importance of accepting and including many people in our world. Program includes pre and post activity booklets along with a board presentation that includes a script.

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Handbook - Brownie Girl Scout Handbook, Junior Girl Scout Handbook, Cadette Girl Scout Handbook, and A Resource Book for Senior Girl Scouts.


Insignia - Official Girl Scout emblems, buttons, badges, pins, and other official forms of recognition that may be worn on the uniform by registered members of the Girl Scout movement.

Interest Projects - Awards earned by Cadettes and Seniors.

Investiture Ceremony - A special ceremony in which a new member makes her Girl Scout Promise, receives her membership pin, and becomes a member of Girl Scouts.

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Juliette Gordon Low - October 31, 1860 - January 17, 1927. Founder of the Girl Scout movement in the United States of America.

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace - The childhood home of Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia. Now a national program center, owned and operated by Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. Visited by many Girl Scout troops, and by Girl Scouts and their families. Open to the public.

Juliette Low World Friendship Fund - A fund to which Girl Scouts throughout the United States of America make voluntary contributions each year. Used to help build friendship and better understanding around the world through Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting by sponsoring international exchange projects and other activities.

Juliettes - Individual members not affiliated with a troop. All rights and principals are extended to Juliettes.

Junior Girl Scout - A Girl Scout who is 8 through 11 years old, or in the third, fourth, fifth, or sixth grade.

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Kaper - A temporary job or responsibility.

Kaper Chart - A chart showing each girl's or each group's job on any given project. It provides for rotation of jobs and sharing of responsibility.


Lady Baden-Powell - The wife of the founder of Scouting and Guiding. She was the World Chief Guide from 1930 until her death.

Leader - An adult member of the organization who meets with a troop/group of girls to help it achieve the purpose of Girl Scouting, and has completed the required leadership training.

Leader-in-Training (LIT) - A Senior Girl Scout who is taking a leader training course to learn troop leadership skills, and who is working with a mentor in a Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette or Senior Girl Scout troop.

Logo - The three contemporary heads (never seperated from our name) or the traditional eagle.

Lord Baden-Powell - Founder of the Scout and Guide movements for boys and girls. He was the World Chief Scout from 1920 until his death in 1941. (He rhymed "Baden" with "maiden" and "Powell" with "knoll.")

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Member Country - A country in which there is a national Girl Guide or Girl Scout association belonging to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Membership Manager - An employed professional who is responsible for setting up Girl Scouting in a given geographic area.

Mission (of the Girl Scout Movement) - As stated in the Preamble ". . .inspiring girls with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism, and service that they may become happy and resourceful citizens."

Motto - "Be Prepared." A motto adopted as a guiding principle for members.

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National Centers - Two centers, owned and operated by Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., Juliette Gordon Low's Birthplace, Savannah, Georgia; and Edith Macy Conference Center, near Pleasantville, N.Y.

National Council - The membership body of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. Membership consists of elected delegates from councils, the National Board of Directors, National Nominating Committee, and other elected persons. National Council Meetings are held every three years.

National Dues - The $10 membership fee, paid to Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., to register a girl or an adult with the national organization and pay for activity/accident insurance coverage.

National Equipment Service (NES) - The national staff department that sells equipment, uniforms, insignia, printed materials, etc., used in the Girl Scout program. Local NES agencies are located in some Girl Scout council offices and licensed stores

Nosebag - A lunch carried in a paper sack or bandanna.

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Online Safety Pledge - Girls and adult sign a form after discussing  how to conduct themselves while using the Internet. The "My Online Safety Pledge" can be found in Girl Scout Handbooks and Safety-Wise.

Opening - Any standard activity that signals the formal beginning of a meeting, (i.e., reciting the Girl Scout Promise, flag ceremony, song, game, etc.).


Paper Bag Dramatics - Girls are given a paper bag containing various objects: a hat, a pencil, a wooden spoon, a sock, etc., to devise a skit based on the objects in the paper bag.

Parent Consent Forms - Forms supplied by the Council. These must be signed by parents/guardians of girls, giving permission for girls to be in Girl Scouting. Each girl must turn in a signed Parent Consent Form (each year) in order to join a troop.

Patrol System - A representative form of troop government, distinctive to Scouting, composed of groups of no more than eight girls with a girl leader who is a member of the Court of Honor.

Permission Slips - Used to inform parents/guardians of a troop meeting away from the regular meeting day, place, or time. Forms are available from the Girl Scout Program Center, your service team, or your membership services executive.

Policy - An established course of action. Council Policies are approved by the Board of Directors.

Program Advisor - An adult volunteer who helps leaders plan, carry out, and evaluate troop program.

Program Aide - A Cadette or Senior Girl Scout who is trained to give service to younger Girl Scouts and shares with them her talents, skills, and enjoyment of Girl Scouting.

Program Goals - Our goals for girls: Developing Self-Potential, Relating to Others, Developing Values, Contributing to Society.

Program Kits - The list is found in the Resource Center at the Girl Scout Program Center and some leader training courses. Each kit provides program opportunities in a special area, and includes directions for specific activities, equipment to carry out those activities, additional resource material. Appropriate activities for Daisy Girl Scouts are included in most kits.

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Quiet Sign - A traditional technique for obtaining silence at all Girl Scout meetings, made by raising the right hand. Group members raise their hands and become quiet until complete silence is established.


Rededication - A ceremony held at special times when a Girl Scout, who was previously invested, renews her Girl Scout Promise and commitment to Girl Scouting.

Refreshments - Snacks served at a troop meeting. These are optional; provided by the leader or the girls on a rotating basis.

Rendezvous - An opportunity for inter-troop camping with a core staff that provides program ideas, assistance, and health services.

Resident Camp - Girl Scouts of Colorado operates several overnight camps for girls across the state. Schedules and program choices are listed in the Summer Camp brochure, which is mailed to all registered girls and leaders in mid-February.

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Safety-Wise - Program standards and safety guidelines for common Girl Scout activities.

School Coordinator - An adult volunteer who recruits girls and adults and assigns them to troops in a specific school.

Scribe - The troop secretary.

Senior Aide Award - Award for Senior Girl Scouts who help Cadette Girl Scouts bridge to Seniors.

Senior Girl Scout - A Girl Scout who is 14 to 17 years old or in the ninth, tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade.

Service Projects - Service is inherent in the Girl Scout Promise and Law and given without expectation of payment or reward; providing service to others helps the service provider as well as the service recipient.

Service Team - The unit manager, school coordinator(s), and program advisor(s) who help to organize troops and provide program support in a service unit.

Service Team Newsletter - Denver region publication mailed to all Service Team members.

Service Unit - A geographical unit designed to facilitate delivery of services to Girl Scout troops.

Service Unit Manager - An adult volunteer who is responsible to see that troops are established and maintained within a service unit.

Signs - Invitations to action for Junior Girl Scouts. There are four signs - Sign of the Rainbow, Sign of the Sun, Sign of the Satellite, and Sign of the World - earned by completion of badges and other required activities.

Singing Oranges - Oranges in which a small hole is made, a porous peppermint stick is inserted, and the juice is sucked out through the peppermint stick.

Sit-Upons - Something to sit on.

Slogan - "Do a good turn daily." Emphasizes one of the means by which the purpose of Girl Scouting is carried out.

S'mores - A sandwich made with graham crackers, chocolate, and a roasted marshmallow.

Standard - An established example which serves as a guideline for action.

STUDIO 2B - Program for girls developed by girls ages 11-17.

Swaps - Tokens of friendship exchanged by girls at events.

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Town Meeting - A system of troop government in which the total group makes decisions.

Training - Basic leadership courses required of all troop leaders, co-leaders, and assistant leaders within three months of appointment. Outdoor training (also required) and workshops in all program areas are offered throughout the year.

Trefoil - The official emblem of the Girl Scout movement in the United States of America, registered in the United States Patent Office by Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.

Troop Camping - Any overnight event one night or longer, planned and carried out by the girls and leaders of Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior troops, not limited to tent camping.

Troop Committee - A group of men and women who are registered with a Girl Scout troop and who help girls and leaders carry out their plans.

Troop Dues - Money paid by the girls to finance troop activities. Amount of dues and method of collection are determined by girls and leader(s). Daisy Girl Scouts do not pay troop dues.

Troop Meeting - The meeting of Girl Scouts and their adult leaders. Time and duration of meetings may vary. Recommended duration is one to two hours. Troops may meet once a week, twice monthly, etc. (See Safety-Wise and The Guide for Daisy Girl Scout Leaders.)

Try-Its - Awards earned by Brownie Girl Scouts.

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Walking Salad - A salad that is easy to carry and eat on a hike.

Wide Game - A way to move a large group through a series of activities that are tied together with a common theme.

Wider Opportunity - Any Girl Scout activity that takes girls outside their own troops and/or councils.

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) - The international organization of Girl Guide/Girl Scout associations. Organized in 1928.

World Centers - Centers for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts owned and operated by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. They include: Pax Lodge in London, England; Our Cabaña, near Cuernavaca, Mexico; Our Chalet, near Adelboden, Switzerland; and The Sangam, in Poona, India.

World Thinking Day - February 22, the birthday of both Lord and Lady Baden-Powell, celebrated as the day in which Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world think of each other and exchange greetings.

World Trefoil Pin - A pin with a gold trefoil on a blue background, worn by all members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

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    Monday - Thursday

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    Okinawa Service Center

    Monday, Tuesday

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    Wednesday, Friday



    1200 - 1900

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    0900 - 1200

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