Glossary

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Action Steps:  Specific major segments of work necessary to achieve the annual operating objectives.  Action steps take at least 20 days to complete.
Ambassador Girl Scouts:  Girls grades 11-12 who are registered with GSUSA.
Annual Meeting:  Meeting of Voting Members to conduct business essential to the Council and elect the Board of Directors and Officers held each year.
Ashes Ceremony:  Ceremonial campfire at Girl Scout/Girl Guide gatherings.  Ashes from this fire are shared among the participants to be used at a future Ashes Ceremony.
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Baden-Powell, Lord and Lady:  He was the founder of the Boy Scouts and she was the first Chief World Guide of the Girl Guides.  Their joint birthday is on February 22nd.  
Badge:  Upon successful completion of certain GSUSA requirements, a Junior Girl Scout may earn a proficiency badge (notes for Juniors but is for all girls).  These are circular-shaped awards worn on the front of her sash/vest.
Bandana:  A multipurpose cotton square that girls wear as a scarf or use as a sit-upon, tote or potholder.
Blue Book of Basic Documents:  This publication contains the Congressional Charter, By-Laws and Constitution, procedures and policies of GSUSA
Board of Directors:  Elected volunteers who are the governing body of the Council.
Bridging:  Activities preparing troop/group members for the next Girl Scout age level.  The bridging troop frequently does an activity from the Girl Scout handbook used by girls in the upcoming age level and completes a project with them.
Bridging Ceremony:  A ceremony where a Girl Scout “crosses the bridge” from one age level of Girl Scouting to the next.
Brownie Girl Scouts:  Girls in grades 2-3 who are registered with GSUSA.
Brownie Girl Scout Pin:  Specific pin for the Brownie Girl Scout which has the basic trefoil shape with a “dancing” brownie-elf in the center.
Brownie Try-Its:  Try-Its are not earned, but are participation patches for Brownie Girl Scouts.  They are designed to offer a balanced program through “color coding” the borders to signify the area of interest for each Try-It.  They are won on the front of the Brownie sash/vest.
Buddy System:  A safety practice where girls always “buddy-up” or travel in pairs during any Girl Scout activity.  The system places girls of equal ability in the same grouping.
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Cadette Girl Scout:  Girls in grades 6-8 who are registered with GSUSA.
Camp Certification:  Training for adults who wish to take their troops camping.  A troop must have a Camp Certified person with them whenever they camp
Camp Inadwendiwin:  Council owned property (located in Tabernacle) open year round for camping and other programs
Camp Kettle Run:  Council owned property (located in Marlton) open year round for camping and other programs.
Camp Ranger:  Person who maintains the upkeep of the Council camps and assists guests upon their arrival and departure.
Camp Sacajawea:  Council owned property (located in Newfield) open year round for camping and other programs.
Camp Sheppard’s Mill:  Council owned property (located in Bridgeton) open year round for camping and other programs.
Consultant:  A member who provides direct assistance and support to leaders.
Council:  The entire body of registered girl and adult members in a given geographical area.
Council Headquarters:  Main Council office, located at 40 Brace Road in Cherry Hill, NJ.  Staff is available for assistance with many types of resources.  There is a store on the premises where leaders may purchase badges, patches, handbooks and other Girl Scout merchandise.
Council Performance Assessment:  Review of Council activities, programs, staff, volunteers, and other relevant performance information by GSUSA on a continuing basis to provide for renewal of Charter, every three years.
Council-wide Events:  A special event planned for all the Girl Scouts in our Council, usually planned by staff and volunteers.
Court of Awards:  Ceremony in which Girl Scouts receive recognitions such as badges, patches, membership stars and other insignia for their achievements.
Court of Honor:  The officers of a troop who meet periodically with the leaders for specific decisions or planning that will affect the whole troop.
Counselor in Training (CIT):  A qualified Senior Girl Scout who has taken a course to learn outdoor group leadership skills.
Cultural Awareness:  Sensitivity to cultural differences.
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“Daisy”:  Nickname for Juliette Gordon Low
Daisy Girl Scout:  Girls in grades K-1 who are registered with GSUSA.
Daisy Girl Scout Pin:  A specific pin worn by Daisy Girl Scouts.
Delegates:  Registered adults and girls (14 years and older) who are elected as representatives of a geographic region.  They vote on corporate matters of the Council.  The number of Delegates is usually determined by girl membership in each specific area.
Delegate Meeting:  Meeting of Delegates for the purpose of voting or discussing Council affairs.
Destinations (Formerly Wider Opportunities or “Wider Ops”):  Girl Scout activities that go beyond the troop/group.  They are often national and international events and lead to broader perspectives for individual members and enhanced visibility for Girl Scouting.  Girls and adults who have recently participated in a Wider-Op tell of their experience at a program called “Wider-Op Open House Overnight.”
“Dimes for Daisy”:  A national fund established in memory of Juliette Gordon Low.  The money raised goes to the World Friendship Fund, which furthers friendship among Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.  Traditionally Girl Scouts contribute in dime increments during a collection which usually takes place on February 22.
Diversity:  The state of being different or diverse.  When used to describe people and population groups, diversity encompasses such factors as age, gender, race, ethnicity, size, ability and religion, as well as education, professional background, and marital and parental status.
Dunk Bag:  A mesh bag with a drawstring, used to sterilize utensils and plates when washing dishes.
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Edith Macy Training Center:  A year-round professional training facility providing educational opportunities for Girl Scout adults.
Executive Director:  A professional staff member responsible for the total management and administration of Council operations.  The E.D. attends Board of Directors meetings and is accountable to the Board.
Extended Trip:  A trip lasting more than three nights.  This requires a health examination as well as a health history, local Girl Scout Council approval, and additional insurance coverage.
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First Aid Kit:  A basic First Aid Kit is part of every Troop Kit and is required at every Girl Scout meeting or function.  Refer to Safety-Wise for more information
First-Aider:  An adult who has taken local Girl Scout Council approved first-aid training from a nationally recognized organization.
Flag Ceremony:  A Girl Scout ceremony involving not only the U.S. flag, but flags of the troop, the Council, or of Girl Guide nations.
Fly-Up:  A ceremony in which a Girl Scout moves on to the next level.  There are activities prior to the event where the various levels of Girl Scouts work together on specific requirements in preparation for the advancement.
Founders Day:  A name for Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday, which is October 31st.
Friendship Circle:  Girls form a circle, cross their right hand over their left and clasp hands.  The circle represents the unbroken chain of friendship with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world
Friendship Squeeze:  A hand squeeze that travels around a Friendship Circle from one person to another.
Friendship Stick:  Small carved and painted “totem-like” stick, once made is given away.  The colors represent the races of the world.
Friendship Tie:  There are two versions of the tie.  Both are knotted and tied together to represent the Promise and Law.  Once made, the tie is given away as a gift.
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Girl-Adult Planning:  A basic part of the Girl Scout program where girls, through progression, take on more and more responsibility for planning, budgeting, and calendaring activities for the troop.
Girl Guides:  The term used to identify “Girl Scout” in many countries.  Agnes Baden-Powell, sister of the Boy Scouts’ founder, started the first Girl Guide troops in England.  
Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting:  A colorful, easy-to-use binder specially designed for girls at each level. The binder comes full of essential information and badge activities—plus girls get to customize their own experience by choosing and adding in additional badge sets. 
Girl Scout:  Any person – girl, woman, or man who registers annually with GSUSA.
Girl Scout Birthday:  March 12th, the date Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouting in 1912 in Savannah, Georgia
Girl Scout Catalog:  Yearly publication showing all official insignia, uniforms and related merchandise available for sale.  Many items may be purchased at a Girl Scout outlet in local stores or at one of the Council shops.
Girl Scout Gold Award:  The highest award in Girl Scouting.  Earned as a Senior Girl Scout, this award culminates her experiences in the Movement.
Girl Scout Handshake:  Girls shake hands with the left hand and give the Girl Scout Sign or Salute with the right hand.
Girl Scout Law:  This, along with the Girl Scout Promise, is the credo of Girl Scouting.  A girl lives the 10 parts of the Law to fulfill the Promise
Girl Scout Leader:  A registered Girl Scout adult and trained volunteer who meets regularly with girls to help them achieve the purposes of Girl Scouting.
Girl Scout Leader Day:  April 22nd is a day of appreciation for adult volunteers in Girl Scouting.
Girl Scout Motto:  “Be Prepared”
Girl Scout Promise:  This, along with the Girl Scout Law, is the credo of Girl Scouting.  This pledge binds members together as part of the Girl Scout Movement.  A girl must make the Promise to become a Girl Scout member.
Girl Scout Ring:  A circle formed by members of a Girl Scout troop/group for discussing troop business and planning activities.
Girl Scout Sabbath:  The Saturday in Girl Scout Week
Girl Scout Sign:  This sign (or salute) is made by raising the three middle fingers of the right hand; each represents one of the three parts of the Promise.
Girl Scout Slogan:  “Do a good turn daily.”
Girl Scout Service Mark:  This is composed of two parts: the symbol (the trefoil with three profiles) and the logotype (the words “Girl Scouts” along with the registration mark ®).  GSUSA owns the exclusive use of the Girl Scout Service Mark.
Girl Scout Silver Award:  The second highest award in Girl Scouting, earned by Cadette Girl Scouts.
Girl Scout Sunday:  The Sunday in Girl Scout Week.
Girl Scout Trefoil:  Official symbol of membership used by Girl Scouts.  The Service Mark incorporates a trefoil-shaped outline of three profiles, which represent the three parts of the Girl Scout Promise.  GSUSA owns the exclusive use of the Trefoil Design.
Girl Scout Troop:  A group of girls working at a specific age level on the Girl Scout Program; they meet at regular times with adult leaders.
Girl Scout Week:  The week in which March 12 falls; it starts on Girl Scout Sunday and ends the following Saturday or Girl Scout Sabbath.
Girl Scouts of the United States of America:  The official name of the national Girl Scout Corporation chartered by the U.S. Congress and incorporated in the District of Columbia.  The headquarters is in NYC and is often referred to as Girl Scouts of the USA or GSUSA.
Girl Scouts’ Own:  Special girl-planned, inspirational occasion held at troop gatherings when the girls express their deepest feeling about their Girl Scout ideals.  It is not a religious service, nor is it to be used as a substitute for a religious service.
Goals:  Statements that show the direction in which the Council wishes to go in the future.  The time span for achievement is 6 years.
GORP (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts): A favorite snack food of Girl Scouts especially when hiking.  Usually consists of raisins, M&M’s, edible seeds, nuts and other natural foods.  Sometimes called “birdseed”.
G.R.I.:  Stands for Girl Registered Individually.  An adult may also register individually as an “A.R.I.”  The term denotes membership outside a troop.
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Honor Guard:  A group who leads flag ceremonies.  The flag carriers wear red sashes across their chest and the “guards” wear a red sash around their waist.
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Insignia:  The umbrella term for U.S. Girl Scout earned age-level awards, religious and other awards and participation patches and pins.  Girls wear all insignia on the front of the Girl Scout uniform, with the exception of participation patches and pins
Interest Group:  A group of Girl Scouts exploring specific areas of mutual interest.
Interest Project Patch:  Rectangular-shaped awards earned by Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts for specific programs.
International Friendship:  Any programs or activities which promote the sisterhood of Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding around the world; an important part of the overall Girl Scout Program.
Investiture:  A special ceremony where girls and adults become Girl Scouts for the first time.  They make the Girl Scout Promise and receive their Girl Scout Pin.
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Juliette Gordon Low:  The founder of the Girl Scout Movement in the United States.
Juliette Gordon Low World Friendship Fund:  A GSUSA operated fund that supports educational programs, service projects, training, and international travel to foster friendship among girls from the 140 countries of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
Junior Girl Scout:  Girls in grades 4-5 who are registered with GSUSA.
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Kaper Chart:  A posted schedule showing rotations of temporary duties or responsibilities among individuals or groups in the troop.
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Leader in Training (LIT):  A qualified Senior or Ambassador Girl Scout who has taken a course to learn group leadership skills.
Leader’s Digest:  A blue book of documents, published by GSUSA, which covers all Girl Scout policies and procedures with excerpts from the Congressional Charter.
Learning Petals:  (also known as Daisy Petals) Awards earned by Daisy Girl Scouts. Each petal is a different color and represents one of the 10 parts of the Girl Scout Law. To earn a petal, a girl shows her Troop Leader she understands the corresponding part of the Law.
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Objectives:  Specific statements of attainable outcome developed annually to implement the goals of the Council.
Older Girl:  Refers to girls who are Cadette, Senior or Ambassador Girl Scouts. These levels work together.
One Member, One Vote:  A form of governance whereby every registered member of a council, over the age of 14 may attend council business meetings and vote on policy issues.
Organizer:  A Service Team member in a specific geographic region, who recruits leaders, organizes girls into troops, arranges meeting places, helps get parental assistance for the leaders, and sponsorships for the troop.  Most troop placements are made through the Organizer.
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Participation Patches and Pins:  Supplementary insignia received by girls for participating in an event or activity.  Girls wear participation patches and pins on the back of their Girl Scout uniform.
Patrol:  Small group of girls that plans and carries out activities within the troop/larger group.  Each patrol has an elected or appointed leader.
Patrol System:  A form of troop government composed of patrols and a Court of Honor.  Junior, Cadette and Senior Girl Scout troops often use this system.
Permission Slip:  An official form that is used for every girl in a troop whenever they do an activity outside of their regular meeting place.
Phone Tree:  A list of people and their phone numbers, arranged to facilitate a chain of calls in an emergency.  The person who gets the first call contacts a designated small group of people, who then call others on the list.  A good way to set up emergency notification for any troop trips or overnights or to let parents know that the girls will be late coming back from a trip.
Plan of Work:  A one year operational plan in which action steps are outlined in detail to implement the annual operational objectives.  An action plan for the year on which the annual Council budget of income and expenses are based.
Pluralism:  A system that includes individuals from groups differing in basic background experiences and cultures.  Pluralism allows for the development of a common tradition while preserving the right of each group to maintain its cultural heritage and implies mutual respect.
Policy:  Policy is an established course of action that must be followed.  The Council has a policy regarding Membership, Troop Funds, Trips, Money Earning, Troop Camping, Product Sales and Affirmative Action.  Each Policy is approved by the Board of Directors and must be followed by the membership.
Procedure:  Procedure is the means whereby each Policy is implemented by the membership
Product Sales Programs:  Annual Council-wide sales of magazine subscriptions (QSP) and Girl Scout cookies for the financial support of the Council. 
Proficiency Badges:  Emblems that are a part of the GSUSA program.  Recognitions earned by the Girl Scout indicate she is prepared to use this new knowledge and skill to serve and teach others.
Program:  Activities supporting the four fundamental goals and specifically designed for each of the Girl Scout levels.
Program Aide (PA):  A Cadette, Senior or Ambassador Girl Scout who works directly with a troop/group under the supervision of an adult volunteer.  The Program Aide is required to attend training sessions where she gains expertise in a particular field of interest, such as science, computers, or song leading.
Program Goals:  Four interrelated areas of focus in the Girl Scout Program defining what Girl Scouting strives to offer each girl.
Progression:  The rate at which Girl Scouts learn and grow with the Girl Scout program.  At each level the girls take on more responsibility for Troop Government and Girl-Adult Planning.
Promise Center:  Award earned by Daisy Girl Scouts.  A girl receives this ‘center’ patch, to go with the Learning Petals, after showing her troop leader she understands the Girl Scout Promise.   
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Quiet Sign:  Raising the right hand over the head to signal for attention and quiet at any Girl Scout gathering.  When the hand goes up, everyone joins in giving the Quiet sign until all are silent.
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Rededication Ceremony:  A formal troop ceremony in which girls and adults reaffirm their belief annually in the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
Registrar:  A Service Team member in a specific geographic area who processes membership forms of girls and adults in that Community.  These forms then go to the Council for submission to GSUSA.
Religious Awards:  Emblems that are presented by different religious groups to girls or adults who have qualified to receive them.  They can be worn as official recognition on the uniform.
Resident Camp:  A local Girl Scout council-sponsored camp where girls attend for a week or more and stay over each night.  They live in units and plan programs with a staff of trained counselors.  
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Sash/Vest:  A part of the Girl Scout uniform where the girl may display her Girl Scout recognitions and insignia.
Senior Girl Scout:  Girls in grades 9-10 who are registered with GSUSA.
Service Center:  Offices located in Newfield, East Brunswick, and Cherry Hill, NJ.  Staff are available for assistance with many types of resources.
Service Project:  At all levels of Girl Scouting, the girls are urged to give of themselves to their community.  There are no remunerations for these projects.
Service Unit:  A group of Girl Scout Leaders and Service Team Members who serve a specific geographical area.  Regular meetings are held for members to obtain information and for educational and social purposes.
Service Unit Manager:  A volunteer appointed by staff to administer the Service Unit.
Service Unit Team:  A team of adult volunteers who provide direct assistance to the troops in their geographic area.  All team members must be registered with GSUSA.
Sit-Upon:  Soft, weather-proof cushion made by girls to be used at meetings, particularly at outdoor events
“S’MORES”:  A favorite campfire treat consisting of graham crackers, chocolate bars and toasted marshmallows.
Staff:  Personnel employed by our Council who work at one of the service centers or camps to provide assistance and support to the volunteer membership.
Standard:  An established level of quality for measuring and judging performance in delivering Girl Scout Program to the girls.
Studio 2B:  A contemporary way for teen girls to be involved in Girl Scouts.
Swaps:  Tokens exchanged at special Girl Scout/Girl Guide events that signify friendship.  These tokens represent the home location of the giver.
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Task Force:  A group of volunteers, assisted by staff, which work on and implement a short term assignment for the Council.
Tent Unit:  Each unit has platform tents, a wash house and toilet facilities
Thinking Day:  February 22nd is a day used by Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world to think of each other and exchange greetings learn about other countries and give to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund.  It is the co-birthday of Lord and Lady Baden-Powell.
Training:  Specific courses for adults and Older Girls where they are trained to carry out the Girl Scout Program according to Girl Scout Policy and Procedure.  Training is required for most positions.
Troop Camping:  When girls and their leaders camp as a troop.  It is Policy that at least one adult with the group has had Camp Certification.
Troop Government:  Methods by which the girls and adults together manage the troop in a democratic way.
Troop Trip Application:  A form to be used for every Girl Scout trip.  It is filled out in duplicate and submitted to your Consultant for approval.  The forms are kept by the Consultant and by the troop for their records. 
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USA Girl Scouts Overseas:  GSUSA’s overseas arm, which delivers the Girl Scout Program to American girls and girls attending American or International schools outside the continental US.  Formerly called Troops On Foreign Soil (TOFS
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Volunteer:  An adult who contributes her or his time to a Girl Scout Council without the expectation of compensation (other than reasonable reimbursement or allowance for expenses) or any other thing of value in lieu of compensation.
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WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts):  Set up in 1928, this voluntary educational organization is based on values and open to all girls without distinction as to creed, race, nationality, or other circumstances.  The World Association serves over 10 million Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in 140 countries.  The mission of WAGGGS is to enable girls and young women to develop to their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world.
World Association Pin:  Membership pin of WAGGGS worn by Girl Scouts (except Daisy Girl Scouts) and Girl Guides.  It is not earned, but given at a special ceremony such as Thinking Day.  The recipient should know what the pin symbolizes. 
World Centers:  Owned and operated by WAGGGS, these facilities are for the use of visiting Girl Scouts and Girl Guides.  They are known as: Olave House – London, England; Our Cabana – Cuernavaca, Mexico; Our Chalet – Adelboden, Switzerland; Sangam House – Poona, India.
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Year-End Reports:  These are forms filled out at the end of the year by troops.  They cover troop finances, demographics, trips and activities throughout the year.
Year Pins (or Membership Stars):  Awarded yearly to Girl Scouts.  The star represents each year in Girl Scouting.  The color of the disc behind the star shows the Girl Scout level when it was received.  There is also a 10 year pin for girls.  Adults receive year pins or numerals which are given in increments of 5 years.
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