The Girl's Guide To Girl Scouting
Frequently Asked Questions
As of July 1, 2011, the Girl Scouts of Nassau County Shop will not accept orders for retired Try-Its, Junior Badges, and Interest Project Patches. You may order directly through the Girl Scouts of the USA 1.800.221.6707 while their quantities last. The new "Girl Guide to Girl Scouting" will be available to purchase in mid September. It can be pre-ordered now to insure you have it on hand for the start of your Girl Scout Year. The new badges for all levels will be available in October.
What's happening with badges?
Skill-building badges remain an important part of the Girl Scout program. Girl Scouts of the USA is working on new badges for Brownies to Ambassadors, and new content for Daisies to enjoy as they earn their petals. The new badges will offer a great mix of tradition, variety, fun, and challenge.
What happens to the existing badges and other resources, like STUDIO 2B?
They are being retired on a phased schedule. The goal is for all members to be using the national program — Leadership Journeys and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting — by June 2012. As part of this process GSUSA will be reviewing the current offerings of Try-Its, Junior badges, and Interest Project Patches and will lower their stock levels.
GSUSA has announced its first phased retirement of existing badges and resources. Check out the list of retired badges for your planning. Although these items are being retired, GSUSA still has a limited amount of stock available and we strongly recommend that you order them now to insure that you have them for your end of year ceremonies.
How will GSNC handle this transitional period?
The current Brownie Try-It Book and Handbook, Junior Badge Book and Handbook, Cadette/Senior/Ambassador Interest Project Book and Handbook, Leader Guide books and their Try-It badges, Junior badges and Interest Project badges can no longer be exchanged.
We will also be limiting our stock levels on Brownie Try-Its, Junior badges, and Interest Project Patches, so you may find we have to place a special order on some items. Please plan your orders in advance to avoid any delays. These badges will be available to purchase until June 2011.
When will the new badges roll out?
The new badge activities will be published in The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, along with updated handbook information. Girls at each of the six Girl Scout levels will have their own edition of The Girl's Guide To Girl Scouting. These six publications will launch in September 2011, giving lift to the start of our 100th Anniversary membership year.
How will leadership journeys and the new badges work together?
Journeys engage girls in exploring Girl Scouting’s three keys to leadership. Badges provide skill-building opportunities in a variety of topics that are part of the Girl Scout legacy (like nature, art, cooking, sports, first aid and more) and topics girls love like photography, design, animals and car care. The new badges will have fun ideas about how earning them links to journey experiences (similar to the current examples highlighted on the journey route maps posted on www.girlscouts.org).