Awards, Badges, and Other Insignia

Awards, badges and other insignia play an important role in recognizing girl’s accomplishments as they journey through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. The insignia on a girl's uniform are a record of her adventures and accomplishments as a Girl Scout. Insignia is the general term for all official items that girls and adults can wear on their uniforms.


Girl Scout insignia are broken into four categories:

  • Emblems: Girl Scouts of the USA, council, troop membership and identification insignia. Includes such items as Girl Scout Membership pins, the council identification strip and troop numerals.
  • Earned Level Awards: Earned by completing requirements or demonstrating understanding of a concept, as outlined in Girl Scout program books, including bridging awards, journey awards, and Daisy through Ambassador level awards. 
  • Additional Awards: Earned through requirements determined by GSUSA or by other organizations.  This includes the Girl Scout Gold Award, Silver Award, Girl Scout Life Saving Award, religious awards, and the President's Award for Community Service. 
  • Participation Patches and Pins:  Supplementary insignia developed at th enational or council level with a focus on participation.  Some come with a companion activity booklet.  This includesthe American Flag Patch, fun patches from organizations, the World Thinking Day patch and more.


Visit to see where to place insignia on Girl Scout Uniforms.  ​