These easy switches save $1 per girl per badge. That adds up to ... a lot! Scroll down for more suggested switches
Badges get tweaked, not removed
Every time that GSUSA updates their program (and there have been about six revisions so far), many badges are well-conserved from their previous issue. Sometimes the requirements are almost identical! Often the designs are similar too. Some get updated or added, but as I love to say, each revision ADDS TO (and not subtracts from) the entire library of available badges. This means swapping down or up between the generations gives you more choices of badges to earn.
Retired badges save you money!
Retired badges are $2.00 each in The Badge Fairy shop, and always have FREE full pdf printable requirements on the Badges pages.
Retired badges are better quality
Retired badges have real embroidery, fully stitched borders, and sturdy backing fabric that holds up to ironing and sewing. They are thick and strong. Many have iron-on backing, but just like with all things, I always recommend sewing everything - tips here, here, and here.
Retired badges are REAL badges
Retired badges are 100% GSUSA official, real, earnable, front-wearable badges with real requirements. They are not fake or alternative products, they are real badges. You just can't get them in GS shops any more. But that's what The Badge Fairy shop is for.
Here's a list of my TOP FIVE suggestions. To find more, you can compare any of the retired books (like this one) to what's on Badge Explorer. That's what I did, and here's what I came up with. But there are MANY possibilities, so keep looking and get creative! You can also see all my scanned reqs here.
BTW, Retired Brownie Badges (also called Try-Its) are choose any FOUR requirements of however many are listed to earn.
CURRENT > SWITCH TO
Brownie Girl Scout Way > Girl Scout Ways (shop / reqs)
Dancer > Dancercize (shop / reqs)
Celebrating Community > Citizen Near and Far (shop / reqs)
Computer Expert > Point Click and Go (shop / reqs)
Painting > Colors and Shapes (shop / reqs)
Here's my TOP FIVE suggestions. To find more, you can compare any of the retired books (like this one) to what's on Badge Explorer. That's what I did, and here's what I came up with. But there are MANY possibilities, so keep looking and get creative! You can also see all my scanned reqs here. Most Junior badges from the retired programs are choose any SIX requirements to complete, but some books vary.
CURRENT > SWITCH TO
Junior Girl Scout Way > Girl Scouting Around the World (shop / reqs)
Drawing > Drawing and Painting (shop / reqs)
Horseback Riding > Horse Fan (shop / reqs) OR Horse Rider (shop / reqs)
Jeweler > Jeweler (shop / reqs)
Simple Meals > Let's Get Cooking (shop / reqs)
What about Daisies?
Nothing from the Daisy program has been revised yet. They haven't been around long enough! But when they do, you can bet there will be retired versions!
What about CSA?
This an excellent opportunity for older girls to take charge! Get them a book and set them loose. They can compare what's on Badge Explorer to what's in the old books and figure out what they want to do themselves. Unfortunately, IPs (the retired versions of badges that all C/S/A scouts earned) are a bit harder to collect as their demand was a bit lower the first time around. But they are out there! Try Girl Scout Treasure Hunters on facebook.
Inspired to do more?
Your girls can always earn retired badges, even ones that don't match current programming. Go HERE FOR REQUIREMENTS and check out HERE FOR ALL SHOP.
Have you found any good matches or swaps? I want to hear about them! Please leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!
Our Badge of the Month series usually features one from our own collection, but this month I'm happy to welcome Terri Sanders as our guest BOTM host! She and I talked about how this badge came about. Please enjoy the highlights from our conversation! Order instructions and requirements are near the bottom of this post. :)
Each month, we highlight a badge from the Girl Scout program, with a FREE updated printable lesson plan. Get the badges in the shop, too!
Brownie - People of the World
Subscribe to BOTM updates
Get the next Badge of the Month sent straight to your inbox!
About Retired Badges
Once official, always official. Today's Girl Scouts have hundreds of options for earning badges beyond the 2011+ binder program. Brownies can earn and wear on the front of their uniform over 60 badges from the Try-It program, which was available in stores 1986-2011. Juniors have well over 200 options from as far back as 1913! That's over 100 years of badges to earn!! You can see requirements for many of the retired badges here and shop our inventory here. Enjoy!
You May Also Like:
Jennifer reached out to me on facebook after finding this adorable picture of herself in 1984, hoping that I could recreate her 34-year-old sash. Of course I can!
In my opinion, with few exceptions, the retired badges are much more interesting than the currently offered program. There is definitely much more variety among them, with over 60 badges that Brownies can earn, and over 200 that can be earned by Juniors! Brownie Try-Its (the name given to badges produced 1986-2011) can be earned and worn by today's Brownie Girl Scouts. Requirements for (almost) all of these badges are here and the badges can be purchased in the Badge Fairy shop.
I love my Try-It book as well! It's a gold mine of badge-earning ideas!