Oriole Girls

 

The Oriole Girls of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints were remarkably similar to Camp Fire Girls in their early days, and more like Girl Scouts in their later days. I can find no indication that the Oriole Girls program continues today under the Community of Christ Church.

Emblem of the Oriole Girls

The symbol of the Oriole Girls  is a spreading tree, symbolic of service and beauty; orange on a field of black.

 

The Oriole Pledge

Trusting God for help

I will try to be true to my very best self,

always helpful to others and loyal to God and His church

and to the purpose of this circle.

 

 

 

An early newspaper clipping of the Oriole Girls




1925 Oriole Girls Handbook

 

Began:  April 1915

Sponsoring Organization: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - renamed

 Community of Christ Church in 2000. Oriole Girls no longer seems offered.

Age Level: (1938) Ages 12- 15 yrs. (1946) ages 11-16 yrs. (1950) ages 11-15, (1983) ages 9-11 yrs.

 



An early article on the Blue Birds Program for younger girls

Younger girls could join as Blue Birds or (1983) Skylarks

Oriole Girls are formed into "Circles"

Blue Birds or Skylarks are formed into "Bands"

A lone girl unable to join a circle is called a "Forest Oriole"

 

Uniforms of the Oriole Girls:

 




1940




1946

A rare example of Honor Badges tab worn hanging from the belt of the uniform. Most of the badges can be identified below, but not all, indicating it is older than 1983.

This Oriole Girls Honor Badges tab was recently seen on Ebay.

1983 Badge Program for the Oriole Girls:

 

Arts

Archery

Basic Aid and Safety

Birds

Boating

Book of Mormon

Campcraft

Canoeing


Christian Church History

Unknown

Child Care

RLDS Church History

Citizenship

Conservation

Cooking

Food Preservation

Crocheting

Cycling

Dramatics

Gardening

Home

Handcraft

Health and Fitness

Hostess


Interpersonal Relationships

Knitting

Media

Music

Nature Appreciation

Nature Craft

Needlework

Outdoor Cooking

Reading

Sewing

Scripture

Skating

Sports and Games

Stewardship

World Outreach
     

 

Handbooks of the Oriole Girls Program:

 



1940


1946



1983

 




This 1965 article notes that Oriole Girls and the younger Blue Birds earned Service Honors
 in the form of color-coded feathers

This 1966 article notes that Oriole Girls are an international program with groups in Germany,
Netherlands, Tahiti and other countries.

 

Ranks of the Oriole Girls:

                  

 

1940

 

Ranks: Pledge; Oriole Girl, Songster, Second Rank Builder, First Rank Builder
1946
Ranks:
Pledge; Oriole Girl, Songster, Second Rank Builder, First Rank Builder

 

1983
Ranks:
 Flight of the Spreading Wings, Flight of the Silver Wings, Flight of the Gold Wings

 

 

Oriole Girls Service Star pin