Interest Projects

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IPs were fully introduced for Cadettes and Seniors in 1980 with the roll-out of the Worlds to Explore program. The 1979 Let's Make It Happen handbook had given a preview of the IP program with 22 available.

The 1983
Supplement to Let's Make it Happen added10 more IPs, followed by another 29 in the 1987 book, Cadette and Senior Interest Projects.

Initially known as I
nterest Project Patches, the first IPs had colored borders indicating to which world they belonged:

Blue: People
Purple: Arts
Yellow: Out of Doors
Red: Well-Being
Orange: Today and Tomorrow

A blank, yellow-bordered "Our Own Council's IP" was approved in 1980, along with a green-bordered "Our Own Troop''s IP," launching a wave of colorful, imaginative local programs. Both blank IPs had white backgrounds.

As the Worlds to Explore program phased out, IPs became formally
Interest Project Awards (IPAs) but the old abbreviation stuck. IPs switched to royal blue borders in the 1997 Interest Projects for Girls 11-17. Some old IPs were given new names or revised designs at the time, while 38 new IPs were added.

When the Ambassador program was introduced in 2006, these girls continued to earn IPs.

With the new GSLE program introduced in 2011, the "Interest Project" name was retired in favor of "badges." New badge shapes were introduced for Cadettes (diamonds), Seniors (rectangles), and Ambassadors (clipped squares.)