Girl Guide & Scout World Trefoil
Eleanor Moninger

As Scout stamp collectors, we often see on stamps relating to Girl Guides or Girl Scouts a World Trefoil.  This is the symbol of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).  The first stamps to include it were those issued in Belgium and the Philippines in 1957.

Belgium 1957 #457 Philippines 1957 #637

The colors are a golden trefoil representing the sun in the blue sky, shining on all the children of the world.  The three leaves of the trefoil depict the three-fold Promise.
On my honor, I promise that I will do my best:
1. To do my duty to God and the Queen/my country;
2. To help other people at all times;
3. To obey/live by the Guide/Girl Scout Law.
Pakistan 1985 #641 Turks & Caicos 1985 #705

The two stars symbolize the Promise and the Law.  The center vein pointing upwards stands for the compass needle always showing the way.  The base of the trefoil is shaped like the heraldic "feu" and illustrates the flame of love of mankind.

Antigua 1981 #628 El Salvador 1982 #931 Belize 1987 #641

Any unit whose National organization is a member of WAGGGS may carry or fly a World Flag and display the Trefoil.


SOSSI Journal, VOL 40, No. 5, June 1991
Updates and Modifications by Keith Larson, 1999