14 retired Girl Scout badges
Did you earn a Magic Carpet or Puppeteer patch for your sash?
Top image: AP Photo/Barry Thumma
Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts of America in 1912, and much has changed over the century since their inception. As the times change, so do the activities of the Girl Scouts. Even their baked goods have evolved over the decades, as we examined in our post about the discontinued Girl Scout cookies we miss the most.
The Girl Scouts' badges had a few distinct phases in the 20th century. The sash patches were changed in 1928, 1938, 1963 and 1980 — both in design and subject. Over time, certain skills were phased out. There are dozens of Boy Scout merit badges that no longer exist, too.
Here are some interesting badges that have since been retired.
1. Magic Carpet
Alas, this is not literal. It had to do with storytelling and creativity.
The original action figure.
Hopefully they did not make girls hop trains with a bindle and a can of beans.
4. Pen Pal
We love the letter with wings. Maybe this is where AOL got the idea.
5. Good Grooming
Who needs fairies? All it takes is hygiene and a hairbrush to be like Cinderella.
Not to be confused with the Starfish and Genies badge.
Who would have thought that the telephone badge and the photography badge would one day merge?
9. Social Dancer
At first glance, it looks a bit like a carrot on a string.
10. Cat and Dog
If you got this one, would you need to get the rest?
Do you know what this symbol means?
Do any of you hat makers out there have one of these? It is worth a bunch of money today.
We love this peek at the evolution of the camera, from its earliest look on the lower left, clockwise to the 1980s.