In the early days of Girl Scouting, troop crests were used to identify a troop. The rapid growth of the movement soon made numbering necessary, but crests were kept as a symbol of a troop's goal or main interest. Today, troops should think carefully about the crest they choose. It should have a special meaning to them, one they can pass along to new members each year. The symbol can be used on a troop flag or to mark troop equipment. Every member should know what their crest is and what it means.
Crests are used by Junior, Cadette and Senior level troops.
A new crest is not chosen every year. Once chosen, a crest is used for the life of a troop. If a girl enters an established troop then she takes the crest of that troop. If an entire troop bridges to the next and forms a new troop they may either keep the crest from the previous level or select a new one. If part of a troop bridges and forms a new troop they too have the same option. The girls remaining behind should keep the old crest unless the flavor of the troop has drastically changed from the time the original crest was selected. When an entire troop bridges, the troop receiving their old number is considered a new troop and selects their own crest.
Lone Star Girl Scout Council * Austin, TX USA
Editor's Note: The GuideZone team does not know if these are official meanings for the troop crests, or simply meanings that these symbols frequently carry. When you are choosing a crest with your troop, it is acceptable to choose a crest for a meaning that your troop feels is important to your troop, for example, the pine tree because camping is their favorite activity.