What Are Facts About Girl Scout Uniforms?

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Although Girl Scout uniforms have been associated with the color green for many years, they were originally navy blue. Girl Scouts must wear a sash, vest or tunic with their pins and awards as part of any uniform. Each level of Girl Scouting has a different uniform. Uniforms have simplified over the years. Most girls now wear white shirts and khaki pants or skirts as the foundation of their uniform.

When the Girl Scouts organization was founded in 1912, the uniforms were based on those of Girl Guides in Great Britain and consisted of dark blue middy blouses and skirts. Early Girl Scouts sewed their own uniforms. By 1914, manufactured uniforms were available. The uniform color shifted to khaki by 1919, then it was changed to green in 1928. Girls were allowed to wear bloomers while camping but had to wear skirts the rest of the time.

Brownies got their own uniforms in 1927. The uniforms consisted of brown dresses worn with pixie-style caps. Brownie uniforms were changed in 1936 at which time they were given a choice of a beret. The Brownie beanie was introduced in 1941.

Mainstream designers created the designs for several Girl Scout uniforms as they changed through the years, including Mainbocher and millinery designer Sally Victor. Ties and badge sashes were added to the uniforms in 1963. Girls were first allowed to wear pants with their uniforms in 1973.