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Girl Scout Promise


On my honor, I will try

To serve God and my country

To help people at all times

And to live by the Girl Scout Law


Girl Scout Law


I will do my best to be

honest and fair

friendly and helpful

considerate and caring

courageous and strong

and responsible for what I say and do

and to respect myself and others

respect authority

use resources wisely

make the world a better place

and be a sister to every Girl Scout

Girl Scout motto: Be Prepared

Girl Scout slogan: Do a Good Turn Daily

Girl Scout sign:

The Girl Scout sign is made by holding up the middle 3 fingers
(the index, middle and ring fingers) and then folding in the pinky and the thumb so that they touch. Girl Scouts make the sign when saying the Girl Scout Promise or Law or giving a Girl Scout handshake.

Quiet sign:

The quiet sign is made by raising the right hand straight up with the hand open. This sign is used to get everyone's attention. Upon seeing the sign, a Girl Scout should immediately stop what she'd doing including talking and make the quiet sign. The quiet sign is typically held until everyone is making the sign and giving their attention to the leader.

Girl Scout handshake:

The Girl Scout handshake consists of making the Girl Scout sign with the right hand and shaking with the left.

Friendship Circle:

Girl Scouts form a circle then cross their arms--right over left--and take the hand of the persons on either side. One girl leads by squeezing the hand of one of the persons on either side and putting her right foot in towards the center of the circle. It is now the turn of the Girl Scout whose hand was squeezed. After the hand squeeze makes it back around to the starting point, Girl Scouts raise their arms and turn outward. Girls release hands and are dismissed.


Special Whatamacallits Affectionally Pinned Somewhere (SWAPS) are keepsakes the girls exchange at Girl Scout events. They typically will tell something about the giver. For example, at Thinking Day, girls usually make a SWAP representing their country and attach a tag with their troop number. The tradition of exchanging souvenir pins started at the Girl Scout Senior Roundups.