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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!