Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Girl Scouts

The Girl Guides organization began in Great Britain in 1910. Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts in the United States in Savannah, Georgia, in 1912 (also called "Girl Guides" for the first year). Today, there are multiple levels of Girl Scouting around the world, including Daisy, Brownie and Junior.

These days, the beret is out of fashion with many of the Girl Guide Groups (I believe there is no hat whatsoever these days in the New Zealand groups). A good history of various berets though, with the Guides, the Scouts, the Brownies and all those other youth groups that (used to) dress in uniforms.

Personally, I never understood why people want to see children in a uniform to start with...

This Junior Girl Scout beret dates from the 1960s. It features a dark green trefoil-shaped patch with brown letters—GS—in its center. The beret has a red grosgrain facing band, a stiffening mesh inside band, red faille lining and eight tucks.Junior Girl Scout Beret

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