Does My Girl Scout Need a Uniform?


With school starting and many girls going back-to-troop, you may be asking yourself if your Girl Scout needs a uniform. The answer is yes! Girl Scouts have been present and proudly identified by their uniforms and good deeds for over 100 years. While it’s true uniform styles have changed considerably over the years, the feeling of dignity and self-respect girls have while in uniform never fades. In fact, chances are if you ask an alumna about her most treasured Girl Scout memories, she’ll mention her badges, her handbooks, and her uniform. You can bet if she kept her vest or sash, she’ll want to show them to you! Girl Scouts of all ages have a special, time-honored attachment to the tradition of wearing a Girl Scout uniform.


So, why is a Girl Scout uniform so important? Girls who wear a uniform are easily identified as Girl Scouts while in the community. Whether serving at shelters, helping at the food pantry, or performing a flag ceremony for veterans, people in the community will be able to see the good things Girl Scouts do in their own neighborhoods. Uniforms also show girls they are part of something larger than themselves. When all the girls in a troop are in uniform, they feel inclusive, equal, and accepting of one another as sisters. Of course, the added benefit is a place where they can readily show their earned badges and award recognitions on the front and awesome fun patches and SWAPS on the back!


Many people don’t know that the only place approved for the display of official pins and awards is the appropriate age level tunic, sash or vest. This uniform element is also required when girls participate in ceremonies or officially represent the Girl Scout Movement.


For girls in grades Kindergarten through 12th, the unifying look includes wearing a choice of a tunic, vest, sash for displaying official pins and awards, combined with their own solid white shirts and khaki pants or skirts. Girl Scouts in high school can also wear a scarf that unites their look with the sisterhood of Girl Scouts around the world. For adult members, the unifying look of the uniform is a Girl Scout official scarf, or tie for men, worn with the official membership pins, combined with their own navy blue business attire. Girl Scouts at the Daisy and Brownie levels also have a full uniform ensemble available.


While uniforms are not required for Girl Scout membership, GSNI strives to make sure all our girls have access to a tunic, sash or vest. There is financial assistance available to any girl who cannot afford this important uniform piece. If you’d like to apply for financial assistance for a uniform piece, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Since it is back-to-school season, all GSNI Council Stores have starter kits available. These fun-filled kits are available for all levels and contain a Journey book, Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, plus a vest, (sash or tunic) flag patch, troop numbers, ID set, and insignia tab—all in a trendy cinch-sack bag! This limited-edition bag is only available while supplies last. Kits range from $45.35–$65.10 and are available at all GSNI Council Stores. For more information, visit To learn more about where to place insignia on a uniform, visit


Help your girl create something special she’ll treasure for the rest of her life—buy a Girl Scout uniform!

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