The World Trefoil Pin / Badge - Meanings

The following is a combination of how I learnt the meaning of the World Badge way back when I was a Guide (my first interest badge was my challenge badge which included saving up to buy a World Badge and learning the meanings of the different parts - I still wear that same World Badge today as an adult, even though I now live in a different country!), and, since the design has changed slightly since then, what I have learnt since.

The yellow trefoil on the blue background represents the sun shining over all of us, all over the world from a blue sky. We all share the same sun regardless of which part of the world we are in.

The three trefoil leaves represent the three parts of the Promise. Although each country in WAGGGS has its own version of the Promise, they all include the same three basic parts as laid down by our Founder, Lord Baden-Powell.

The two stars represent the Promise and Law. Every Girl Guide and Girl Scout in every WAGGGS country has a Promise and Law they do their best to try to keep.

The needle represents a compass needle showing us the way.

The flame or 'feu' towards the bottom of the trefoil represents the flame of the love of humanity.

The outer circle represents our world-wide Association. (I have heard that the circle isn't quite a complete circle to represent that we are always ready to welcome new members, however, I have not heard that from anywhere official so I do not know whether it is really correct or not).

Anyone who has made their Girl Guide or Girl Scout Promise can wear the World Trefoil Pin / Badge. It can be worn both in and out of uniform (check with your national rules and regulations on where to wear it on your uniform).

Contributed by:
Liz Watts
Tres Condados Girl Scout Council, California
Ex Guider and Adviser, England

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This page last updated June 4th, 1999