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What Is the Correct Placement for Girl Scout Badges?

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KA Hanna led a Girl Scout troop for 10 years, served as Activity Consultant for her Service Unit and believes in the power of the Thin Mint.

Learn where to place different Girl Scout awards and emblems on a sash or vest, including the troop numbers, Girl Scout membership pin, and skill-building badges.

Learn where to place different Girl Scout awards and emblems on a sash or vest, including the troop numbers, Girl Scout membership pin, and skill-building badges.

Girl Scout Insignia, Badges, Patches and Awards: The Basics

A Girl Scout may wear a vest or sash as part of her uniform. Her vest or sash may display the following items.

TypeExamplesPlacement

Earned Awards

Skill-builder badges, Journey badge sets, pins

Front of the vest or sash

Recognition Items

Fun patches, unofficial emblems or pins

Back of the vest of sash

Insignia and Emblems

Troop, council, and national insignia and emblems

Left side of the vest (over the heart); pinned to the shirt if the Scout wears a sash

More Details on Placement

In general, earned awards are displayed prominently on the front of the sash or vest, and fun patches and non-official emblems go on the back.

Insignia, which consist of the World Association pin and Girl Scout pin placed on a felt tab, go over the girl's heart, on the left side of her vest—or pinned to her shirt if she has a sash.

What Kinds of Badges and Awards Might a Girl Scout Have?

First, consider what kinds of insignia, badges, pins, and patches your daughter may receive during the program age level years.

Junior Girl Scout Example

Using the Junior Girl Scout age level as an example, we know that they are girls who are in school grades 4–5. They wear either a green vest or sash as their uniform piece. The official insignia, emblems, badges, and awards they may receive or earn during these two years may include the following.

Insignia

  • World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) pin
  • Girl Scout membership pin

Emblems

  • American flag
  • Council patch
  • Troop crest
  • Troop numbers
  • Membership stars with color discs (yellow for Junior years)

Journey Badges

  • It's Your World, Change It! (badge set)
  • It's Your Planet, Love It! (badge set)
  • It's Your Story, Tell It! (badge set)

Legacy Skill-Builder Badges

  • Artist
  • Athlete
  • Citizen
  • Cook
  • Cookie Business
  • Financial Literary
  • First Aid
  • The Girl Scout Way
  • Naturalist
  • Signs (sun, rainbow, world, star)

Awards

  • Bronze (pin)
  • Brownie "fly-up" wings
  • Bridge to Juniors
  • Safety (pin)
  • Junior Aide
  • Junior Leadership (pin)
  • My Faith (pin)
Diagram for Junior Girl Scout badge placement on a vest.

Diagram for Junior Girl Scout badge placement on a vest.

Where to Place Badges on a Junior Girl Scout's Vest or Sash

Vest Placement

You can refer to the vest diagram above for a helpful visual example of these placements.

Insignia, placed on a felt tab, will go over the girl's heart on the girl's left vest side.

  • Next to the insignia and to its left goes the highest award for the program age level. For Juniors, this would be the Bronze Award pin.
  • Underneath the insignia, the Sign badges are placed, grouped together in a rectangle.
  • Cookie sales activity pins can go to the left or just underneath the Signs.
  • Journey patch sets go under the Signs.
  • Skill-builder badges are placed along the hemline on both sides of the vest.

Emblems are placed on the girl's right side of the vest.

  • At the top, the American flag patch is placed.
  • Below it goes the council's emblem.
  • If the troop has a crest, it is placed below the council's emblem and above the troop numbers.
  • Below the troop numbers, membership stars are placed in a row. Each star should have a color disc that goes between the star and the uniform piece.

Award pins, badges, and patches go below the membership stars.

  • The Safety award, if earned, goes immediately below the membership stars.
  • The Bridge award to the program age level goes below the membership stars.
  • The Junior Aide award, if earned, goes below the program age level bridging award.
  • Brownie fly-up wings follow below.
  • Awards such as the My Faith pin and the Leadership pin go below the Brownie wings, if earned.

Note, if the girl did not earn the Junior Aide award, or was never a Brownie and thus does not have Brownie wings or a Bridge to Juniors badge, then the My Faith and Leadership pins can be grouped closer to the membership stars if desired, but always above any skill-builder badges.

Sash Placement

Placing Girl Scout badges and such on a sash is a little more straightforward. There is a sort of hierarchy.

  • Emblems go at the top of the sash and in order of importance: American flag, Council patch, troop crest, troop numbers, membership stars, Bridge award, Junior Aide award, Brownie wings.
  • Following the wings are awards, also in order of importance: My Faith pin, Leadership pin, Safety pin, Cookie sales pin, and Journey badges. Skill-builder badges go at the bottom. The highest program level award—the Bronze award for Juniors—goes at the same level as troop numbers.

Remember that when a girl is wearing a sash, insignia pins go on a felt tab that is pinned to the girl's shirt, over her heart on the left side, and not onto the sash itself.

Some awards carry over when girls bridge to the next age level. Here, a troop participates in a bridging ceremony.

Some awards carry over when girls bridge to the next age level. Here, a troop participates in a bridging ceremony.

Which Pins or Badges Carry Over When Girls Bridge?

When a Girl Scout bridges to the next program age level, some of her pins and awards move onto the new vest or sash, including:

  • Insignia: The felt tab is left on the old vest or sash, and the insignia pins themselves move to a new tab and onto the new vest or sash.
  • Bronze and Silver award pins: The former program age level award is always placed under the current age level award. (Example: The Bronze award pin goes below the Silver award pin.)
  • Membership stars and color backs: Create a new row as necessary to accommodate all stars.
  • Brownie wings: The wings are always placed underneath the current program age level bridging award patch.
You can see the American flag, council emblem, troop numbers, and membership star on the right side of this Junior's vest. The Brownie beside her has these patches placed the same way, plus the felt tab on the left side of her vest.

You can see the American flag, council emblem, troop numbers, and membership star on the right side of this Junior's vest. The Brownie beside her has these patches placed the same way, plus the felt tab on the left side of her vest.

Tips for Placing Badges on Vests or Sashes

1. Follow the Same Placement Between Program Age Levels

The placement of insignia and emblems on the Girl Scout vest is the same for all program age levels. Skill-builder badges are always placed on the front of the vest along the hemline. Journey badge sets always go above skill-builder badges (and below insignia) on the girl's left side. Other earned badges and awards go in the middle of the vest, and they usually cause the most confusion.

2. Plan Ahead

  • If you know for certain that your daughter will earn two Journey badge sets (this is more typical for Cadettes, who have an extra year to earn them), then leave some room so that the sets can be placed side by side. Otherwise, center the earned Journey set on the vest. If, by chance, she does earn another set, place it below the first one.
  • Start by placing skill-builder badges or patches along the bottom edge of the vest or sash, especially for fun patches. That will give you more room to add above, and you will be less likely to run out of space.
  • If you iron on badges or patches, take the time to sew just a few stitches on each badge or patch. Sometimes the iron-on glue loosens, so the extra stitch or two can help prevent a badge or patch from falling off completely.

3. Don't Stress Over Placement

  • It's perfectly okay to put earned badges and pins on the back of a vest or sash if the front side is out of room.
  • It's okay if you don't place things perfectly; it's more important that you've said "yes" to Girl Scouts in the first place! Remember, you can always move things around later, particularly if you or your daughter sew things in place instead of ironing badges on.

4. Be Proud of Your Girl Scout!

Always ask your Girl Scout what each badge was for. It helps to reinforce the program goals of building character and confidence in girls.

Perfect badge placement is not nearly as important as the other things that girls gain from the program, such as friendships, adventure, confidence, character, and new skills.

Perfect badge placement is not nearly as important as the other things that girls gain from the program, such as friendships, adventure, confidence, character, and new skills.

Resources

Some good resources that include pictures of how to place insignia, badges, patches, and pins are found at this location:

  • Girl Scouts USA: National website with parent resources about each program age level.

Questions & Answers

Question: Where does the 2018 Girls Scout "Booth Sales" cookies patch go on the junior vest?

Answer: Since the Booth Sales patch is intended to acknowledge that Scout (or troop) participated in a cookie booth sale, it is not an “earned” badge in the traditional sense. So the Booth Sales patch will go on the back of the vest or sash, much like a fun patch. You may wish to place the booth sales patch at the top of the back of the vest or sash, to note that it is different than the other “fun” patches.

Question: Where does the Early Bird Badge go on the Girl Scout Junior vest?

Answer: Early Bird is a patch given for early registration. Since it is a “fun patch,” it goes anywhere on the back of the vest or sash.

Question: Where does the Bronze Award patch go on the Girl Scout vest?

Answer: The Bronze Award itself is typically a pin that goes on the front of the vest, to the girl’s left, outside of the insignia tab. When the girl bridges to Cadettes, the Bronze Award pin moves to the Cadette vest. You can then place the Bronze Award patch onto the Junior vest in its place (or above Journey Summit awards. You may need to move things around to fit.) Alternatively, you may place the Bronze Award patch on the back of the Junior vest as soon as it is earned, and wear both pin and patch.

Question: Can the earned Girl Scout badges be doubled up on the front of a Cadette's vest if they don’t all fit in one row?

Answer: Yes, absolutely! I’ve seen Cadettes who have earned many badges place them in multiple rows on their vests. You can even place some on the back if you run out of room on the front.

Question: Where do the elephant "Stand Up Stand Out," the elephant "Goal Getter," and the "100+" and the "200+" patches go on a Girl Scout vest or sash?

Answer: These patches are associated with the cookie program, and are considered fun patches, so they go anywhere on the back of the vest or sash.

Question: Where does the Playing in the Past badge go on Girl Scout vest?

Answer: The Playing in the Past badge is a Junior skill-builder badge, so it goes on the front of the vest or sash. You can place it anywhere below the insignia; most girls start placing badges along the hemline on the( girl's) right side and work up. If you run out of room, you can place them on the left side of the vest, below the Journey insignia. If you run out of room completely on the front of the vest, it's okay to place some badges on the back of the vest!

Question: Where does the 2018-2019 Go For Bold cookie pin go on a Daisy tunic?

Answer: The 2019 cookie pin is fuchsia in color, about an inch or so in size, in a rhombus shape. It goes on the front the tunic, on the (girl’s) right side, below membership stars. If the girl does not have membership stars, you can place the pin below the troop numerals. In general, the cookie pin goes above My Faith pins, but many girls prefer to have their My Faith pins placed above the cookie pin, and that’s fine.

Question: My daughter just got a pin when she bridged to Junior, along with a patch. I know the patch goes on the back, but where does this pin go?

Answer: This is a really interesting question! Starting with the pin, is it a six-point star? Possibly with a color plastic disc behind? If so, this is a membership star, which goes on the front of the vest or sash, just below the troop number. If it is not a membership star, please check with the troop leader to verify what kind of pin it is. Some troops earn the bronze award pin, which would go on the left side of the vest, next to the insignia tab. Now, regarding the patch, is it a fun patch, perhaps with words like “bridging” on it? If so, you are correct in placing it on the back of the vest. However, if it is slender and arch-shaped, it is likely the Bridge to Junior award, which goes on the front of the vest or sash, below membership stars. Do check with your troop leader to confirm what the pin and patch are!

Question: Where does the 300+ badge go (representing the number of cookies sold) on a Girl Scouts' vest or sash?

Answer: The 300+ patch goes anywhere on the back of the vest or sash.

Question: Where does the 2019 fall sale "Makes a Difference" personalized patch go on a Daisy vest?

Answer: This is a fun patch and so goes anywhere on the back of the Daisy vest. Thanks for your question!

Question: Where does the Cookie CEO patch go on a Girl Scouts' vest?

Answer: Cookie CEO is an earned badge, so it would go on the front of the vest. Many scouts start badge placement along the hem of the right side of her vest. This allows room to add badges up towards insignia, and allows room on the left side of the vest for Journey badges. If you run out of room on the front of the vest, you can always place badges on the back of the vest or sash.

Question: Where does the 2018 Believe in the Power of GIRL patch go on a Girl Scout vest?

Answer: This patch goes anywhere on the back of the vest or sash.

Question: Where does the investiture badge go on a Girl Scout vest?

Answer: Investiture patches are considered “fun” patches, so they go anywhere on the back of the vest or sash. The only exception that I know of is if your Council has a special “earned” badge for investiture. In that case, the earned badge goes on the front of the vest or sash, along with other earned badges, below Journey badges.

Question: Where does the World Thinking Day Girl Scouts patch go?

Answer: There is an earned World Thinking Day award that is round in shape like other Girl Scouts badges. Since this is earned, it goes on the front of the vest or sash. You can place them in a row just above any other earned badges, or just above other earned badges. The Global Action Award can also be placed next to the World Thinking Day award. The World Thinking Day award should not be confused with general World Thinking Day fun patches, which are different in size and shape than Girl Scouts badges, and should go on the back of the vest or sash.

Question: Where do cookie selling patches go on a Girl Scout vest?

Answer: Cookie badges and patches are always a source of some confusion. There are actual earned badges for cookie sales, like the Junior level Cookie CEO badge, but probably you are referring to a patch given to a Girl Scout for doing a site sale, or participating in a similar cookie event? If the patch is not shaped like other skill-builder badges, (for example: triangular for Brownie badges, or circular for Juniors,) then it is likely a fun patch. All fun patches go on the back of the vest or sash. If it is a skill-builder badge, it will go on the front of the vest, on the girl's right side, with placement starting at the hemline and working up. If there is no more room, it is perfectly fine to place the badge on the back. One other possibility: if the girl is a Daisy, and the patch looks like a green leaf and says "Count it Up" or "Talk it Up", then it goes on the front of the vest, below the petals, so that it forms the (girl's) left-side leaves of the daisy's stem.

Question: Are Girlscout cookie badges considered earned?

Answer: Skill-builder cookie badges are considered earned, There are also “fun” cookie patches that are not earned. Skill-builder badges related to cookie sales include Count It Up, Talk It Up (Daisies); Meet My Customers, Give Back (Brownies); Cookie CEO, Customer Insights (Juniors); Think Big, Business Plan, Marketing ( Cadettes); My Portfolio, Customer Loyalty (Seniors); and Profit and Loss, Research and Development ( Ambassadors.) The Cooie Activity pin also is an earned award and goes on the front of the vest or sash.

Question: Where does the rededication patch go on the Girl Scout Junior sash?

Answer: The rededication or Investiture patch goes anywhere on the back of the sash or vest. Most Scouts will place patches starting at the top edge of the sash or vest and work downward.

Question: Where does the Rededication Badge go on the Daisy Tunic?

Answer: I am only aware of fun patches to mark rededication, so unless your council has an earned badge for rededication, I would say that it goes anywhere on the back of the Daisy tunic. If you discover that what you have is an earned Council badge, please write back and let us know!

Question: Where does the "Making Friends" patch go?

Answer: I am going to assume that this is the Brownie level Making Friends try-it badge, which is triangular in shape with a brown edge and has a cat and mouse design in the center. If so, then this is an earned badge, so it goes on the front of the vest, on the (girl's) right side. Badges are generally started on the hemline, lined up in a row. Move up, row by row, as you add additional badges. If you run out of room on the right side, you can place some on the left side, again starting at the hemline and moving up. For sashes, place the badge on the front, starting at the bottom and working up, row by row. If your Making Friends patch does not match the description of the Brownie badge, then perhaps it is a fun patch? Most Making Friends fun patches have the words "Making Friends" on it. If that is the case, then as a fun patch, it would be placed anywhere on the back of the vest or sash.

Question: Does it matter if Daisy Journey badges are placed on the bottom left or right?

Answer: Most girls will place Journey badges starting on the (girl’s) left side of the vest, along the bottom. When they run out of room on the bottom left, they will fill up the bottom right. If you still run out of room, you can add another row above, again going from left to right. If by chance you earn skill-builder badges, you can place these in a row above the Journey badges on the left, OR in a row on the right. No worries, though, the important thing is that the badges were earned and a girl should rightfully feel proud to wear them!

Question: Where do the Soar Above & Super Seller nuts badges go on a junior Girlscout sash?

Answer: Both of these are considered fun patches, and so will go on the back of the vest or sash.

Question: Where does the triangle "play fair" patch go on a Girl Scout's sash?

Answer: This is the Brownie "Play Fair" badge, I believe. Since it is an earned badge, it goes on the front of the sash, below all the usual insignia, and below Journey badges. If you haven't yet earned any Journey badges, but plan to, leave some space below insignia for the Journey badges, and start placing Try-its below that space. Alternatively, you can start placing Try-its along the bottom hemline of the sash, and work your way up. If you've run out of room on the sash for Try-its, it is okay to place some on the back of the sash!

Question: If we get our 2019 cookie sale and cookie booth patches after we bridge from Brownies to Juniors, can we place them on the junior vest?

Answer: Many girls like to do that, so it is fine!

Question: Where does the G.I.R.L. patch go on a Girl Scout vest?

Answer: Thanks for your excellent question! This is a bit confusing, so bear with me. If this is a fun patch, given to the girl for participating in an event, then it goes on the back of the vest or sash. However, if it is one of the badges earned for Civic Engagement, Inside Government, Finding Common Ground, Behind the Ballot, or Public Policy, then it goes on the front. These G.I.R.L badges include: Good Neighbor (Daisies), Celebrating Community (Brownies), Inside Government (Juniors), Finding Common Ground (Cadettes), Vote Behind the Ballot (Seniors), and Public Policy (Ambassadors). If you are still unsure, check the shape of the badge or patch. If it is shaped similarly to other badges your scout has, then it too is a badge. If it is a general oval shape or an odd shape, then it is likely a fun patch.

Question: Where does Speak Up, and Cookie Rally patches go on a Girlscout sash?

Answer: The Cookie Rally patch is a fun patch that goes on the back of the vest or sash, There is a Speak Up fun patch as well as a Raise Your Hand patch that also goes anywhere on the back of the vest or sash.

Question: Where does Color Gaurd patch go?

Answer: The Color Guard patch is considered to be a fun patch, even though some Councils have a set of recommended activities to go with “earning” it. Since it is a fun patch, it goes anywhere on the back of the sash or vest.

Question: Where does the "Girl Scout Day" patch go on a Girl Scout's vest or sash?

Answer: It goes on the back of the vest or sash.

Question: Where does the First Aid badge go on a Girl Scout vest?

Answer: This is a really good question because the Brownie First Aid badge can be confusing! If you are referring to the Brownie First Aid badge earned as part of the Outdoor Journey, it goes on the (girl's) left side of the vest, along with other Journey badges. Some girls like to arrange Journey badges to indicate that they belong to a set, but it is fine to simply start at the bottom hem of the vest and work your way up in rows. Some troops earn the First Aid badge as a skill-builder, and not as part of the Outdoor Journey, so if that is the case, you can place the badge on the right side of the vest, with other skill-builder badges.

Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador scouts earn skill-builder First Aid badges. This badge goes on the (girl's) right side of the vest, with placement starting at the bottom hem and working upwards in rows.

Question: Where does the Brownie First Aid triangle badge go?

Answer: I believe that you are referring to the First Aid badge with the red cross on it, that is a part of the Brownie Outdoor Journey badge set? If so, it goes on the (girl’s) left side of the vest, below the insignia tab, with other Journey badges. Most girls like to group the Journey badges together by set, sometimes in a pattern (circle, big triangle, etc) but it is perfectly fine to simply line them up in a row. You can start at the hemline and work your way up so that you don’t run out of room. I have noticed that girls now are grouping their Journey badges on the (Girl’s) left side of the vest, and placing regular proficiency badges on the right side, but you may, of course, place proficiency badges on both sides if you like, or even on the back if you run out of room.

Question: Where would the Soar Above, Goal Getter, Moose, Top Seller and her avatar from candy sales with her name go on the Brownie sash?

Answer: These appear to be “fun” patches related to product sales, so they go on the back of the sash or vest. They can be placed anywhere on back.

Question: Where does the 2018 Girl Scout early registration patch go on the daisy vest?

Answer: The early registration patch goes anywhere on the back of the Daisy vest. There is no special pattern to follow on the back of the vest, in fact, most girls like a very random “patchwork” back-of-vest look!

Question: Can a Girl Scout earn a badge on her own?

Answer: Yes, absolutely, a Girl Scout may earn a badge independently. A parent or other adult may verify that all requirements were met, and then purchase the earned badge from the Girl Scout Council store.

Question: where does the Lifetime Cookie Achiever with the ladder on it go on a Girl Scout vest?

Answer: The Lifetime Cookie Achiever is a patch for 2018. It goes anywhere on the back of the vest or sash. This patch has loops to attach achiever charms, so it will likely require an extra stitch or two to ensure that the charms don’t fall off.

Question: Where does the 2020 Girl Scouts digital cookie patch go on the Daisy tunic?

Answer: Since this is a fun patch, it can go anywhere on the back of the vest or tunic.

Question: Where do I place the Smiles4Military patch, the Go for Bold theme patch and the 2019 Bar patch from cookie sales? Do they all go on the back of the vest?

Answer: Yes! All of these are considered to be patches, rather than ”skill builder” badges, and so go on the back of the vest or sash.

Question: Where do the “care to share” and “family partnership” badges go on a Girl Scout Junior’s sash?

Answer: These are both considered to be fun patches, and so go anywhere on the back of the vest or sash.

Question: Where do you put the Pax Lodge pin on an Ambassador sash?

Answer: Is this the “friends of Pax lodge” pin? Is so, it is generally treated like a patch and goes on the back of the vest or sash. However, if it is an award pin, or if there were a number of tasks necessary to earn the pin, then it may be worn on the front, along with other earned badges or awards.

Question: Where do patches for cookie sales go on a Girl Scout's sash or vest?

Answer: If it is a fun patch, it will go on the back of the vest or sash. If it is a badge that is associated with cookie sales, it will go on the front. Cookie badges are shaped like other Girl Scout badges - triangular, round, diamond, rectangular, or stylized square depending on grade level. Daisies also have leaves that are associated with cookie sales that go on the front of the vest or tunic. Finally, there is also a “cookie captain” patch for older girls that goes on the back of the vest or sash. It can be confusing with all the badges and fun patches.

Question: Which shoulder should the Girl Scout sash typically draped over?

Answer: The sash typically is worn over the right shoulder down to the left hip, but I have had girls who preferred to wear theirs the other way for various reasons.

Question: Where does the goal getter badge go?

Answer: I believe that “Goal-Getter” is a fun patch, as opposed to an earned skill-builder badge. If your “Goal-Getter” is not round in size and of the same shape as skill builder badges, then it is probably the fun patch, and so goes anywhere on the back of the vest or sash.

Question: Where does the "Bridging '18" Girl Scout patch go? Does it go on the back?

Answer: You are correct! Bridging patches generally go on the back of the vest or sash. The only exception would be if your Council has a special earned badge related to bridging.

Question: Where do extra badges go on a Junior vest for Girl Scouts?

Answer: If you run out of room on the front of the vest, you can place badges anywhere on the back. Also, if you group Journey badges on the left of the vest and proficiency badges on the right, and run out of room for proficiency badges, if is fine to place some on the same side as Journey badges.

Question: Where does the GS Way yellow triangle Brownie patch go on a Girl Scout vest?

Answer: GS Way is a Brownie badge, so it goes on the front of the vest or sash, along with other earned badges. Most Brownies like to start adding badges to the bottom hem of the vest, and add upwards, row by row. This will help maximize your available space for badges!

Question: Where do the Financial Literacy badges go on a Brownie vest?

Answer: The Brownie Financial Literacy badges include Money Manager and Philanthropist. They are triangular and are considered “skill builder” badges, so they go on the front of the vest with other Try-its. Some girls like to put all of their Try-it badges on the right side of their vest, starting at the hemline and working up, and their Journey badges on the left side of the vest. But most girls run out of room and will put Try-its on the left side below Journey badges as well as on the right side.

Question: Where does the Girlscout's Cadette Proud to Belong patch go?

Answer: This beautiful little patch is considered a “fun patch,” and so goes anywhere on the back of the vest or sash.

Question: Where does an encouragement patch get placed?

Answer: I think you are referring to the Raise Your Hand patch? If so, this patch goes anywhere on the back of the vest or sash. If it is not the Raise Your Hand patch but is some other type of fun patch, then it still goes on the back of the vest or sash.

Question: Can Juniors wear their Brownie bridging patch on their vest?

Answer: If your Junior earned the “bridge to Juniors” badge, it is worn on the front of the vest. It is arc-shaped (like a bridge) and there are specific requirements to earn it. Juniors may also wear their Brownie Wings on the front of their vest. The Girl Scout “bridge to Brownies” award stays on the Brownie vest.

Question: My daughter earned the “Girls, Science and Technology 15 years” badge. Does that go on the front or back of her Girl Scout Brownie sash?

Answer: I think I may be stumped! I haven’t heard of this particular badge and could not find it in the list of current official badges. But, could this be a Council badge, specific to your local Council? If it is similar in appearance - size and shape - to other earned Brownie badges, then it would go on the front. If it was completed as part of a Journey, place it on the (girl’s) left side of the vest with other Journey badges. If it is a skill builder badge, it would go on the right side of the vest. If the badge does not look similar in size and shape to other earned Brownie badges, then it is likely considered to be a fun patch, and so would go on the back of the vest or sash.

Question: Where does the "Clean up Crew" patch go on a Girl Scout sash or vest?

Answer: In general, “clean up” patches, like "Clean Up Crew," are fun patches and so go anywhere on the back of the vest or sash.

Question: Where do the "Cookie 500+" and "Cookie 2018 Bar" go on a junior vest?

Answer: They go anywhere on the back of the vest or sash.

Comments

KA Hanna (author) from America's Finest City on January 13, 2020:

Hi Heather, Wow! A special patch from the council CEO is a wonderful thing! There is no rule stating that such a patch must stay on a particular vest, so if your girl wants to move it to her Brownie uniform, I'd say go ahead and move it. She has a right to be proud of it!

Heather on January 13, 2020:

My girl got a special patch from our council's CEO last year and she really wants to move it over to her Brownie uniform. Is that something we could do or do we have to leave it on her Daisy vest?

KA Hanna (author) from America's Finest City on December 26, 2019:

Hi Roxanne, Thanks for your question! All product sales patches, like the Avatar patch, go on the back of the Daisy vest.

Roxanne on December 25, 2019:

Where do the daisy put their avatar patches they earned for fall products

KA Hanna (author) from America's Finest City on December 10, 2019:

I'm not familiar with any badge or patch called "Council Wide." Could this be a "Council's Own" badge or patch? A Council's Own badge is earned, and is unique to your particular GS Council. Councils may also have a patch program, with "fun patches" given for certain activities. The best thing to do is to ask the leader of your Brownie troop whether the patch/badge was an earned badge, which would go on the front of the sash (work from the bottom hem and move up); or if the patch/badge was a "fun" patch. If a fun patch, it can go anywhere on the back of the sash.

Irene Dornberger on December 07, 2019:

Where does 'Council Wide' badge/patch go on Brownie sash?

KA Hanna (author) from America's Finest City on August 17, 2019:

Congrats to your granddaughter, Suzanne! I'm presuming that what you are sewing on to the vest are fun patches, not earned badges? Fun patches can go anywhere on the back of the vest. Some girls like to try to group them together somehow, but most girls like the back of the vest to not be too fussy. You can simply start at the top and work your way down, row by row. Now, for earned badges, you'll sew them to the front of the vest. Place earned skill-builder badges along the bottom right side of the vest, going up in rows as more badges are earned. On the left side of the vest, place earned Journey badges along the bottom, going up in rows. The Journey badges that are sets will go more towards the center of the vest, on the left side. If you are ever unsure, you can use just a few stitches to hold the badges until you are certain of their placement, and then stitch them in more securely later. Happy Scouting!

Suzanne on August 17, 2019:

I’m sewing my granddaughter’s first badges on back of vest. Where should I begin to place them? Does it matter?

KA Hanna (author) from America's Finest City on April 30, 2019:

Hi Maria, Yes, bridging awards generally transfers to the new uniform. For example, Brownie "wings" or the Brownie Bridge arch will transfer to the Junior vest or sash. It will be placed below the Junior Bridge arch. When the Girl Scout moves up to Cadettes, she will move her Brownie "wings" or Brownie Bridge arch, plus her Junior Bridge arch to the Cadette vest. The Cadette Bridge arch will be placed above the Junior arch, which will be placed above the Brownie arch (or wings.) Then, you'll add the Senior Bridge arch and finally the Ambassador arch.

Maria on April 30, 2019:

Do the briging awards transfer from uniform to uniformn. From Brownies to juniors to cadets and so on?

KA Hanna (author) from America's Finest City on November 13, 2018:

Hi Trica, I think you must have the Pax pin that is given to those who visit in person, and is not available for purchase in the shop. If the pin was given as a keepsake only, then it goes anywhere on the back of the vest or sash. If it was given as a special recognition or honor, perhaps in exchange for service performed by the Girl Scout, or for completing any number of activities or tasks, then it is worn on the front of the vest or sash, below other GS awards and above skill-builder badges on the girl's right side. I'd probably place it near cookie pins, or at or below My Service My Faith pins.

Trica on November 12, 2018:

Hi! I asked about the placement of the Pax Lodge pin. It is the pin given at the pinning ceremony at Pax that both my daughter and I received last summer when we visited. At the time and for convenience (there were 15 of us in the group getting the pins), hers was pinned by the American flag patch on her sash and mine was put under my Appreciation pin. I hope this helps? I would attach a photo if I could!

KA Hanna (author) from America's Finest City on October 20, 2018:

The Girl Scout Way badge is a Brownie badge that goes on the front of the vest or sash. You can start placing badges on the girl’s right side of the vest, at the hemline, and work up. When you run out of room, you can place badges on the girl’s left side of the vest. Typically, Journey badges will go above skill-builder badges. The Power of GIRL patch can go anywhere on the back of the vest or sash.

Pat B on October 19, 2018:

My granddaughter has Believe in the PowerofGirl & GS Way patch

KA Hanna (author) from America's Finest City on October 03, 2018:

Hi breenyc, I think you are referring to the GIRL fun patch, which goes anywhere on the back of the vest or sash. Happy Scouting!

breenyc on October 03, 2018:

where do the "the place for every girl" patch go on the vest?

KA Hanna (author) from America's Finest City on March 10, 2018:

Hi Sheila, How awesome that you are sewing your granddaughter’s patches onto her vest! I believe the Play Fair and Pets badges are Brownie Try-Its. Are they triangular? If so, they are definitely the Brownie Try-ITs, whcich go onto the front of the vest. With Try-Its, you can get a little creative! They can go on the lower edge, in a row, or you can make a pyramid with several of them, or you can place them so that they make a pattern of your choice. They can also go on either or both sides of the vest, just like the Juniors do, I recommend starting the badges close to the bottom edge of the vest and working up, so that you have room for other insignia or Journey badges that your Girl Scout may earn. Happy Scouting!

Sheila gaudette on March 10, 2018:

I'm a grandmother sewing my grandaughter's patches. Are the special placement for these badges such as: play fair and pet badge. Thank you

KA Hanna (author) from America's Finest City on March 06, 2018:

Hi GeorgeAllen123, Thanks for your comment! The unicorn troop crest goes on the front of the uniform, just above the troop numbers and below any Council emblem or flag emblem. If your troop does not use the Council or flag emblems, the crest still goes just above the troop numbers. The other two badges you mentioned sound like Brownie try-its, but I’m not certain. If they are triangular in shape, they are Brownie try-its and would go on the front of the Brownie vest. If they are round, then they could be Council badges, and would still go on the front of the Junior vest, along with other earned badges. If they were not earned badges, but were given as “fun” patches, they would go on the back of the vest. I hope that helps! Happy Scouting!

GeorgeAllen123 on March 06, 2018:

Where do the "sounds of music ", "Unicorn troop crest", and "working it out" badge go on the Junior girl scout vest?

KA Hanna (author) from America's Finest City on January 28, 2018:

Hi Thayne, That’s a really goodquestion, one that’s being asked a lot here in our SU as well! In some councils, girls have to earn the patch by completing requirements, but in others, it is givento the girls upon renewal of membership. The way we are handling it is this: it is a patch,and so goes on the back of a sash or vest.Certainly, though, if your Council calls it a badge and has requirements to earn it, your troop can agree to place it on front. Thank you so much for your question!

Thayne on January 27, 2018:

Where does the Power of Girl 2017 patch go on a Brownie vest? this one looks like a pocket flap

KA Hanna (author) from America's Finest City on November 13, 2017:

For lyn, I hope you see this! Investiture, JL bday patches, Be a Reader, and any fun patches generally go on the back of the sash or vest. I will also be updating this article to better cover the Journey badges! Stay tuned!

KA Hanna (author) from America's Finest City on October 02, 2015:

Tb trinity, I'm pretty sure it's correct! But you can certainly make your vest your own and come up with your own interpretation!

Tb trinity on October 02, 2015:

Thats not right i know because i am a junior and i wear a vest

KA Hanna (author) from America's Finest City on November 26, 2012:

Thanks LL!

L.L. Woodard from Oklahoma City on November 26, 2012:

You've provided useful information in a most interesting format. I'm going to share this hub with friends I know who have Girl Scouts in their families.

Voted up and Shared.

KA Hanna (author) from America's Finest City on November 20, 2012:

Thanks Kawi!

Kawika Chann from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place on November 20, 2012:

Nice work and layout - very very informative. I remember when I was a cub scout in grade school, and I was all proud of myself until I saw a brownie that had all these merit pins, bells, and whistles. I was all like, whatever - it did motivate me to accomplish more pins in the webelos scouts though. lol. Voted you up and useful. Peace. Kawi.

KA Hanna (author) from America's Finest City on November 14, 2012:

Thanks Jenna!

Jenna Estefan from Seattle, WA on November 14, 2012:

I like your layout, it's really easy to read and full of useful information. Congrats!

KA Hanna (author) from America's Finest City on November 07, 2012:

It can be quite confusing! But there are commonalities between program age levels as far as where badges and pins are grouped and placed. The big thing to remember that nobody will get too riled up if things aren't perfect. A parent or scout can also temporarily place badges with a stitch or two until she can get confirmation about placement, and then fuse them on once certain.

Jessica Peri from United States on November 07, 2012:

That's a lot of information! It's quite confusing where badges and things go; I was a girl scout for a little while and I remember my mom putting badges on my vest. Voted up!

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