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Troop Crests

What is a troop crest and who uses them? 
 
Used by Girl Scout Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador level troops, troop crests are a symbol of a troop's goal or main interest. In the early days of Girl Scouting, they were used to identify a troop. As more girls became Girl Scouts and more troops were formed, people started using numbers instead of crests to identify each troop. Girls continued to choose crests for their troops. Which crest best shows the world what you want your group to stand for? 

There are sixteen (16) troop crests. What do these crests mean?
 
Arrow Girl Scout Troop Crest
Arrow

Arrows stand for action and moving forward, so this symbol shows you hope to do a lot to change the world.
Bee Girl Scout Troop Crest
Bee

Bees symbolize hard work and industry. This symbol could show that you want to work hard and inspire others.
Bluebird Girl Scout Troop Crest
Bluebird

Bluebirds stand for happiness and good fortune. Choosing a bluebird crest says you want to spread good cheer wherever you go.
Carnation Girl Scout Troop Crest
Carnation

The carnation was one of the first two troop crests. It stands for health and energy--sounds like the right symbol for friends who have tons of energy to make the world a better place!
Crane Girl Scout Troop Crest
Crane

The crane stands for strength and gracefulness in China and for honor and loyalty in Japan. Choosing a crane shows you want to live with strength and grace, always remaining true to your friends and values.
Eagle Girl Scout Troop Crest
Eagle

The eagle's excellent sight helps it see important details. With this crest, show that you want to bring focus and hard work to whatever you do.
Lei Girl Scout Troop Crest
Lei

The Hawaiian lei is a symbol of friendship, love, and peace. Choose it to share your wish to spread peace and goodwill in the world.
Lightning Girl Scout Troop Crest
Lightning

A bolt of lightning stands for inspiration and creative power. This symbol might be chosen by a group who seeks inspiration in their own lives and hopes to inspire others.
Nautilus Shell Girl Scout Troop Crest
Nautilus Shell

The nautilus grows into larger chambers throughout its life. There's a secret inside the shell--it's lined with mother-of-pearl. This symbol could show that you want to keep growing and changing--on the inside and the outside.
Pansy Girl Scout Troop Crest
Pansy

Pansies stand for loving thoughts and special friendships. This symbol could show the bonds you have with all your Girl Scout sisters.
Shooting Star Girl Scout Troop Crest
Shooting Star

Shooting stars are rare, unexpected, and beautiful! Choosing this symbol shows that you are like a shooting star--a team that lights up the world.
Sun Girl Scout Troop Crest
Sun

The sun represents warmth and life, and it helps plants and trees grow strong. Choose this crest to show that you want to spread good cheer, too, and help yourselves and others grow.
Trumpet Girl Scout Troop Crest
Trumpet

When a trumpet sounds, it announces that you're ready to march into action. You might choose this symbol to remind yourselves of your courage to take action to make the world better.
Unicorn Girl Scout Troop Crest
Unicorn

Unicorns are mythical creatures that are beautiful and courageous. With this symbol, show you have the courage to spread beauty with words and actions.
Waterfall Girl Scout Troop Crest
Waterfall

A waterfall is always in motion--but it always looks the same! Choosing the waterfall shows you want to stay true to what you believe even though the world is always changing.
White Rose Girl Scout Troop Crest
White Rose

The white rose stands for new beginnings--maybe that's why it was one of the first two troop crests. It's a wonderful symbol for girls who are starting out on an adventure.