Girl Scout Sleeping Bags & 1 Hammock

  • The first official Girl Scout sleeping bag - with the GS mark, was 1938.

  • Sleeping bags without a GS mark are not listed here, even if they were carried in the catalogs.

  • The "head canopy" also worked as the carry bag.

  • Sometimes ONLY the carry bag had the GS mark.

  • Sometimes the identifying code number for a sleeping bag was used on 2 different style bags. I tried to make note of that below.

  • Amazingly, from 1996 until 2018 the GS catalogs either didn't carry sleeping bags OR the sleeping bags didn't carry a GS mark.

1938

What's the difference here?

  • 16-160 is larger and heavier

  • 16-160 sleeping bag has a full zipper and unzips completely, It could be used as a bedspread.

  • 16-161 only has a 36" zipper

  • 16-160 inner liner is flannel

  • 16-161 inner liner is drill (cotton twill)

1941

1944F

  • No known illustrations of 16-162

  • Unknown if the GS mark was used

  • Filling was wool - not Kapok ​. 

    • Kapok was not available during World War II​

1946

1951

1957

  • Filler is 100% grey goose down

1957

GS mark is on the canopy

The 1958 "Budget Bag" 15-225 was sold for several years, and apparently in different fabrics. The picture from the catalog (used for several years) show a plaid bag with a green inner liner - yet these photos from an actual 15-225 shows a green bag with a plaid inner liner. The Budget Bag was the only Girl Scout sleeping bag to use "CELACLOUD" acetate as a filler. 

1958

This bag has a canopy, but it isn't shown here

1963

1970

When first offered in 1963, this bag (red) used the same inventory number as another bag from 1957 

(shown above)

15-224

It wasn't until 1972 that it got it's own inventory number

12-2249

Neither of these plaid sleeping bags carry the GS mark, except on the label

  •  center of the daisies have a trefoil

1974

1977

1979

  • This bag carries the same inventory as a bag from 1951, but it's not like it's going to be confused with the other one.

1981

I've included all 3 catalog images (1982,1983, 1984) because they all look different. I have never seen this particular sleeping bag, so I don't know which image is correct.

The "camping emblem" is a familiar Girl Scout patch.

1994

1984

1995

2018

2019

2019

2020

Definitely not an outdoor bag for most climates! It's only rated to 55 degrees or warmer - more of a bag for indoor slumber parties.

2019

I believe this is the first official Girl Scout hammock. The GS mark is on the stuff sack.

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