WAGGGS Pins & Patches
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
(WAGGGS) was formed in May of 1928 at the
5th International Congress in Pared, Hungary.
The WAGGGS badge (pin) design was adopted in 1948
at the 12th World Conference in New York for use by all
members, if they wished. The design was in use on the WAGGGS
flag since 1930. The design was crafted by Kari Aas of Norway.
Currently, the World Association pin is worn by all registered
members. The traditional blue and gold are familiar to all Girl Scouts.
The gold trefoil on a blue background represents the sun shining on children everywhere, the base gold stalk is the flame of the love of humanity, the upward pointing vein is a compass needle pointing the way. The two stars are the Promise and Law, the flowing line around the trefoil is for the worldwide movement.
In 1990 the WAGGGS symbol was updated.
Vintage WAGGGS pin
n/c 1956 to World Association Pin
1948 - 1989
Brownie World Association Pin
World Association Pin
Although the World Pin was technically first introduced in the Fall 1949 GS catalog, it was almost an afterthought. Only the 9-685 version was offered as a small insert on the page showing the pin and a brief description. Drawings of the proper placement of insignia did not show the World Pin.
In 1950 the World Pin was given prominence in the catalog and shown on the drawings on insignia placement. In 1950 Brownie Girl Scouts wore the World Pin along with Girl Scouts and adults.
In 1956 the name was changed to World Association Pin and a separate World Association Pin for Brownies (the 2 finger salute) was introduced.
"For Her World"
patch & pin
Vintage WAGGGS pin,
likely for decorative use
The pin shown is the "World Association Badge". Page 16 of the 1958 addition of the "Trefoil Around the World" book states that this pin or badge is worn only by members of the World Committee and its sub-committees, the staff of the World Bureau and its Branch Office, the Guiders in charge of the World Centers and others who carry out special duties for the World Association. The blue circle is a constant reminder that those who wear this badge work for the world and not only for their own countries. It was approved at the Seventh World Conference in 1932. There is a black and white drawing along side the information.
Sue and Joe Walters
Modern WAGGGS Charm
An interesting variation to the Africa Region, this one says Friends of Africa Region.
"girls worldwide say" was a WAGGGS slogan that started around 2007. Each region had a pin; Asia-Pacific, Arab, Western Hemisphere, Europe and Africa.
Region WAGGGS pins were offered after the "girls worldwide say" pins shown above; Asia-Pacific, Arab, Western Hemisphere, Europe (French version shown) and Africa. They were also offered in French.
Pins and Patches of the 5 Regions of WAGGGS
2 version of the modern pin
here is in the tiny
logo in the corner.
The left pin is older.
Older version of pin and patch
Newer version of pin and patch
No known pin or patches for the Arab Region of WAGGGS
Additional WAGGGS Pins and Patches
United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees & WAGGGS patch
United Nations International Year of the Refugee WAGGGS Pin
1993 WAGGGS Peace Pin
WAGGGS Our Rights, Our Responsibilities
Pin and Patch
1996 WAGGGS World Citizenship Pin & Patch
WAGGGS Globe Pin
Unknown WAGGGS Pin
WAGGGS World Association Pin from Costa Rica
WAGGGS 75th Anniversary Pin and
WAGGGS Brownie Challenge Pin
1996 WAGGGS World Citizenship Clipart
1993 WAGGGS Peace Clip Art
WAGGGS Action on Body Confidence patch program,current in 2018-2019
The WAGGGS patch program has greatly increased since around the year 2000 covering a wide variety of concerns for the modern girl of the world.
These programs will be explored on this website at a later time.
Also check out the Thinking Day Pins and Patches web page.
Generic Patch for WAGGGS (English) AMGE (French) and AMGS (Spanish)
WAGGGS World Conference Patches and Pins