Cookies, Badges, and Pins, OH MY!

This year’s cookie season in Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta is quickly drawing to a close… Have you bought yours yet? Even if you can’t find a Girl Scout who’s still selling door to door, there’s still time to track down a booth! Visit HERE and enter your zip code in the “find cookies” box near the top of the page and a list of locations near you will pop up, easy as pie… er, I mean, cookies!

Yesterday, while browsing through the archives, I came across a super interesting find! A bunch of Junior/Intermediate badges in a baggie and a little typed note that said “Cookie Participatory Badge,” no other description, no date, no requirements, no information at all… 20150315_163911The image on the badge is a plate of various cookies and if you look closely, you can make out a tiny little “GS” in the center on what looks like a trefoil shaped cookie. I asked around if anyone knew anything about it, but so far I haven’t found anything. How exciting! This must be rare! Because of the fabric used in the production of the badge, it appears to date from anywhere between 1963-1974. Because the back is cloth, and not plasticized, I hesitate to date it any more recent than that, but I certainly welcome any more thoughts or ideas!

My original thought upon investigating this badge was that it was a Troop’s Own- a badge that was made specifically for a troop or Service Unit in our region- to be earned by girls as they learned the skills it takes to become a business woman and learn the ins and outs of cookie selling, much like the contemporary Cookie Activity Pin, first introduced by GSUSA in 1999 and available to earn every year. But, is it possible that this is a previously unknown Council’s Own badge from our days as the Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia, or even before that, when we were know as the Girl Scout Council of Greater Atlanta? Maybe, maybe not, but a fantastic find, none the less!

There are a very limited amount of these “Cookie Participatory Badges” available in the archives, but if you are interested in your troop earning a cookie badge, there are two awesome badges that are retired, but still available in some places: The Cookie Connection (with a Trefoil cookie on it) and Cookie Biz (with a Tagalong on it). Both are shown below:

Cookie Biz

Cookie Biz

The Cookie Connection

The Cookie Connection

If you’re interested in finding out the requirements for either of these retired badges, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Archives. Or you can make your own “cookie participatory badge” at If you do, we’d love to see them! Send us a picture in an email or leave it here in a comment! Good luck and happy Girl Scouting!


Posted on March 16, 2015, in Archives Acquisitions, Badges, Cookies and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Margaret Paschal

    Hi and good afternoon! This was definitely never an Our Own Council’s badge in the old Northwest Georgia Council; the label gives a clue that it might have been used as a troop or service unit award for girls who participated in the Cookie Sale Program but did not sell enough cookies to earn the cookie manufacturer’s award. This was common for a number of years.

    The Make Your Own badge is an official award that Brownies through Ambassadors may create and earn once a year; it’s a unique badge that teaches girls HOW to learn – borrow a Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for details! Only registered girl members may go online to design their badge, once they have completed the badge skill they set for themselves. Like the old Our Own Troop’s Badge, Make Your Own badges cannot duplicate an existing badge, and there are “Cookie Biz” badges for each grade level (even Daisies – they a Leaf!)

    Did everyone eat a GS cookie in celebration of the Birthday?

  2. I would like to know the requirements to earn the old badges.

    Date: Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:47:35 +0000 To:


    Maggie – How interesting. You sure are a history buff. Luckily, you are a Girl Scout, too, and like our history. Thank you. I always learn something from you. Loyally, Sue Belden

  4. What an amazing piece of Girl Scout history to come across! I can’t wait to find out the history behind this badge. Hopefully someone will read this exciting article & remember who created it & share it’s history.

    Thank you for always having the most interesting GS articles to read!!

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