Re: Service Stars GSUSA
Lynne Fitzsimmons (lynnef@MDHOST.CSE.TEK.COM)
Mon, 26 Feb 1996 11:40:09 PST
>The Girl Scouts used stars without numbers also, but I think theirs are all
>numbered now too. Each star represented a year of service, which caused
>the uniform to become cluttered, thus the introduction of numbered stars.
>However, I'm sure they can be found if one looked hard enough.
This Girl Scouts (GSUSA) still use stars without numbers for girl members.
A girl has the option to wear the Roman or Arabic numeral guard once she
has been a member for 5 years (the guards go in 5 year increments - I'm up
for my 20 years this year), and wear the appropriate stars for the years
in excess of 5. The stars are all the same, with different color discs -
Daisy - blue, Brownie - green, Junior - yellow, Cadette - white, Senior -
red. A girl who has completed 10 years of girl membership may also wear the
10 Year Award pin. The uniforms don't look cluttered at all. It works out
to 2 rows of stars on the sash or vest.
Adults wear the numeral guard. They may also choose to wear the Years of
Service pin (again, in 5 year increments) for their adult membership tenure,
but may not wear both the numeral guard and Years of Service pin at the
Interesting history note - the service pins (or year stars, as we call them),
used to be tied to attendance and promptness. For something like perfect
attendance, no tardies (ok, maybe 80% attendance), for a year, a girl received
a GOLD star. SILVER was for slightly less, and BRONZE for less attendance
than silver. If a girl was below the bronze attendance standard, she didn't
get a star AT ALL. (GSUSA handbook, 1920).
Lynne Fitzsimmons firstname.lastname@example.org
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