Finding requirements for retired badges and interest projects

It’s been four years since Girl Scouts unveiled its journeys and “Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting” programs. And I’ll admit, I still reach  back to the old favorites.retired badges requirements

My Junior Top Chef would be bored with Simple Meals. Instead I’ve reached back into my old Girl Scout badge book for a challenge. Instead of prepping a simple meal, my daughter planned a three-day, low-cost campout menu for our family vacation.

Instead of just one sports badge, our troop, a very sporty group of girls, has looked back to earn retired badges for Field Sports and Court Sports.

In our metro area camp, we earned Outdoors in the City. We learned from a local meteorologist to earn our Weather Watch badge. And it won’t be their last retired badge to earn.

I’ve heard from more and more leaders who want their girls to find badges that meet their interests. They’re not content to a few dozen options, or the vague and costly Make Your Own Badge. Instead, they’re turning to trading for retired and discontinued badges online.

There are Facebook groups to swap for retired and Council’s Own badges, patches and interest projects, however, finding requirements online for these older awards can be tricky. Here’s a tip: Resort to good-old paperback.

Our local library is more likely to carry old Try-It books than the new Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. Or check with your local service unit, or even your council’s history room. If you can’t find them there, I’d recommend hunting online for the original guides and badge books. Often you can get them for just a few dollars.

Here are some quicklinks to get you started. I appreciate any purchase through these Amazon links, as it helps support this site and my crazy ideas for my troop.

Books from the 2000’s

Try-Its for Brownie Girl Scouts (2000)

The Guide for Brownie Girl Scout Leaders (2000)

Junior Girl Scout Badgebook (2001)

Junior Girl Scout Handbook (2001)

Books from the 1990’s

Brownie Girl Scout Handbook (1993)

Junior Girl Scout Handbook (1994)

Cadette Girl Scout Handbook (1995)

Interest Projects for Girls 11-17 (1997)

Books from the 1980’s

More Brownie Girl Scout Try-Its (1989)

Girl Scout Badges & Signs (1980, includes Junior & Cadette badges)

Cadette & Senior Interest Projects (1987)

Cadette & Senior Girl Scout Handbook (1987)

You Make the Difference: Handbook for Cadette & Senior Girl Scouts (1980)

Books from the 1970’s

Worlds to Explore Handbook for Brownies & Juniors (1977) 

Brownie Girl Scout Handbook (1975)

Cadette Girl Scout Handbook (1975)

Cadette Girl Scout Handbook (1971)

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8 comments

  1. Glad I came across this. Was just speaking with my husband about how ‘lacking’ I find today’s brownies/girlscouts compared to how it was when I was a girl. I had the thought what if we did the old activities with our kids and hopped on google..which led me here. Thanks for posting the links, we will definitely be utilizing them.

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    • The old books were wonderful. They had everything in them. There are a small number of badges that were online only in the early 2000s but again the old books are comprehensive and terrific. My Cadette loves the book I used as a scout and we often do those!!

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