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Fay Gunn in uniform
Fay's Page:

My Life in Girl Scouts

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Sleeve and Badges Page

Fay camp counselor
This is an enhanced picture of the medal on Fay's pocket. While not great, you can get a good idea of the shape. It looks like it is on a ribbon of some kind. Perhaps some of you GS history sleuths can tell us what this is.
I can tell you what the medal Fay has on her uniforms is - the Medal of Merit. To quote from "Girl Scout Collector's Guide" 2nd edition, published 2005, "In 1922 the Medal of Merit was added to the requirements of the Golden Eaglet because it was felt that a great many girls who were capable of earning badges might be lacking in the attitude and character desired in a Golden Eaglet Scout."

Also, the uniform in the photo in the blog was the khaki uniform which was replaced in 1927 by the first grey green, but due to the Great Depression it was still being worn by some when I was a Girl Scout in the late 1930s. Hope this helps!! Joyce

Cindy Robinson
Director of History and Archives
Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee

As for the pocket medal, my best guess (without actually seeing it) is that it is a Medal of Merit. It's the right shape and size and correctly attached to a ribbon. As it was one of the prerequisites for the Golden Eaglet, Fay would definitely have received one... I wonder where it is?

Wish we knew!

The Girl Scouts of California's CentralCoast have offered to be a reference source for anyone who has historical GS questions.
Dear Sherrie and Tom,

Attached is paperwork that gives information about the uniform worn/made from 1919-1927. On this paperwork it shows placement of the various insignia that went on that uniform and other information regarding this particular uniform. This looks to be the uniform type that Fay is wearing in her photo. According to the insignia placement the metal she is wearing could be a Medal of merit or a life saving medal. Unfortunately I do not have any close-up pictures anywhere of insignia from that era so I am unable to pin down which one (if any) that medal could be in the picture of Fay on page 2 of your website.

We have a wonderful historical committee in our council that could possibly help you track down answers to questions regarding Fay’s uniform and insignia. I would be more than happy to put you in contact with them if you like. Let me know.

Thank you,

Alexandra Hamilton
Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast
Business Support/Shop Manager
T:800-822-2427 ext. 300

Uniform PDF

We may missing some of her badges. Obviously, some are attached with pins. This is her right sleeve (see picture on the top left). The First Class badge (the top one) with chevrons below was supposed to be worn on the left sleeve according to the book although we don't see them in the uniform picture. We don't know when the sleeve was removed from the uniform. She must have done that at some point. Our theory is that she donated the uniform during a scrap drive for WWII . Just a guess.

Her Golden Eaglet is shown by itself at the top right of the sleeve picture. The two stars on her sleeve were given to scouts that went a full year without missing a meeting. They have a brad like attachment that is bent to hold them in place.

We are going through a 1929 GS handbook (first edition 1920, rev. 1929 - not hers) and will list what each of the badges are. They came in square patches like you see to be sewn on the sleeve. This will take a while to get done. We will send out a notice probably once a week as we have a group posted.

The girl had to be a second class Girl Scout and pass the second class test before you could receive any badges.

Hi, again!

I hope you don't mind but I have identified all your aunt's badges except one, and will have to consult the badges and ranks booklet for that one.

It is a very impressive array! If you want to have the fun of identifying them yourself, just hit delete... no offense intended or taken! :-)

They are in order from the top, left to right:
First Class, Golden Eaglet
Canner, chevrons of ex-patrol leader, Scholarship (not a badge per se, but
an award for high scholastic achievement)
Woodcraft Girl Scout, membership star, Farmer, membership star, Dairy Maid
Flower Finder, Milliner, Photographer
(Scout Aide - but a later design than I have), Athlete, Signaller
Economist, Handy Woman
Scout Neighbor (it's upside down), Craftsman, Stargazer
Interpreter, Zoologist, Hostess
(unknown), Artist, Dressmaker
Health Winner, Citizen
Journalist, Scribe, Pathfinder
Pioneer, Health Guardian, Homemaker
Gardner, Cook, Laundress
Home Nurse, First Aid, Child Nurse

The Woodcraft Scout, Scout Neighbor, and Scout Aide are group badges,
meaning she had to earn four related badges to qualify for the group

Warm wishes!

Cindy Robinson
Director of History and Archives
Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee

Thanks to Cindy for saving us the work of identifiying the badges! Now can someone identify the "Unknown Badge"?

Hi, Sherrie!

I understand how easy it is to get caught up in the old handbooks! :-) I had one of those aha! moments, and looked in the Collector's Guide to see if I could find the mystery badge - it's the Scout Naturalist, another of the group badges. I'm familiar with most of the more common early badges, and some symbols are almost self identifying - but I must admit I did have to look up a few in the handbook from Fay's time period to be sure of them. I enjoyed doing it and hope it will be helpful!

Warm wishes!

Sounds like identifying the badges would be a great GS history game/project for some of the troops! - Sherrie

Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee

And, yes, we have a Girl Scout "museum" - we don't actually call it that though. The main section is the Josephine Holloway Gallery - it's a room with three glass fronted walls/display areas. In the front lobby there are three freestanding circular display cases. And down the first floor hallways of the two wings are glass fronted display niches inset into the "zipper" wall (the walls are kind of shallow angled in a zigzag). The flat faces of the walls have large display panels on each. All of the above are filled with historic artifacts and information. We are in the process of "refreshing" the building, so some things will get a new look!

Located at the main office in Nashville

Apparently Fay's uniform in picture top left is older than in the 1932 edition GS manual that we have.
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