For over a century, Girl Scouts have proudly worn distinctive uniforms that symbolize the high ideals for which the organization stands. Our uniforms have changed over the years and are in step with today’s trends and active lifestyles.

Girl Scouts at each level now wear one required element (tunic, sash, or vest) to display official pins, badges, and awards. The Girl Scout experience can be marked by a series of smaller awards earned through badge work. Girls must complete a series of activities and programs to earn badges. There are many opportunities to earn badges depending on the path a troop chooses to follow.

Badges, Journeys, and Patches – What’s the Difference?

Badges and Pins are symbols to mark learning a new skill. Topics of badges range from outdoor skills to civic engagement, and all GSUSA-approved badges and pins go on the front of your tunic, vest, or sash.

Journeys lead troops through a series of GSUSA-provided activities where girls identify a problem, come up with a solution, and take action together. Girls then earn Journey Awards that will go on the front of the uniform.

Council’s Own Patches are created by Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee and officially approved by GSUSA. All Council’s Own Patches go on the back of your tunic, vest, or sash. Visit our Council’s Own Resources page for a list of GSMIDTN patches and requirements.

Fun Patches are often received by participating in an activity or attending an event. All fun patches and pins must go on the back of your tunic, vest, or sash.

SWAPS also go on the back of your tunic, vest, or sash.

Check Out Full List of Insignia and Awards by Grade Level