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Participation Patches & Pins

Supplementary insignia received by girls for simply participating in an event or activity. Commonly called “fun patches”. Girls wear participation patches and pins on the back of their Girl Scout uniform.

Pathways

The ways in which girls and adults experience Girl Scouting.  The most common are Troop, Camp, and Series, but also included are Event, Travel and Virtual.  

Patrol

A form of troop government in which the troop is divided into small group of girls that plan and carry out activities within the troop/larger group.

Permission Forms

Must be used any time girls will meet at a different time or different place than the regularly scheduled meeting place/time.  The Annual Permission Form may be used in specific situations specified on that form.

Policy

An established course of action that must be followed. 

Product Sales, Council Sponsored

Council wide program activities in which troops/groups may sell authorized, tangible products, such as Girl Scout Cookies® or Fall Products.

Program Aide (PA)

An 11-17-year-old girl who has been trained to assist younger Girl Scout groups with songs, games, crafts, ceremonies or skills. 

Program and Event Guide (PEG)

A yearly schedule of girl events and trainings offered by the Girl Scouts of Northern California. It is Available in print or on our website. 

Program Standard(s)

An established level of quality or achievement for measuring and judging a local Girl Scout council’s performance in delivering the Girl Scout program 

to girls. 

PSM

Program Support Manager.  Service unit volunteer responsible for ensuring that all program activities and events deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience benefits.