Sunbeams

   Sunbeams are the junior program of the Salvation Army Girl Guards. Launched in 1921, their colors are grey and yellow. Generally the ages of Sunbeams were (and are) 6 -10 years old. The group is non-sectarian and open to all girls who accept the pledge and declaration of the Sunbeams.

1952 Uniform for Sunbeams

 Early Sunbeam badges were embroidered on silk-like fabric.

Reader badge

Patriotism badge

Weaver badge

Swimmer badge

Nurse's Aide badge

Bible badge

 

Sunbeam Pledge: I promise that I will try: To Love God, To be obedient, To be loving and kind to all, to be true to the Sunbeam Declaration.

 

Sunbeam Motto: "Do Right"

Sunbeam Declaration: I understand that as a Sunbeam I should: Pray morning and evening, Speak the truth, be kind to animals, never steal, swear, gamble or touch strong drink.

 

"Sunbeam" patch - beginner rank

"Do Right" patch - second class

"First Class" patch - first class

 

AYITA patch is brown felt with gold & yellow embroidery. Tiny pins are listed below.

The AYITA Camp Award may be earned each year that a Sunbeam attends divisional camp and completes the requirements of participation in the full camp period, engage in a Bible Class, pass one test, and make a craft.

The awards are:

1st year – Little Deer/white

2nd year – Busy Beaver/yellow

3rd year – Strong Bear/red

4th year – Swift Antelope/blue

5th year – Mighty Buffalo/green

6th year – Raccoon/purple

 

Sunbeam Flag

 

For many years Sunbeam badges have been grey felt with yellow and blue embroidery. Examples:

Salvation Army badge

Insect Study badge

Cooking badge

Patriotism badge

Friend to Animals

Sunbeam Pins are actually a "graduation" pin and is only worn on the Girl Guard uniform, not the Sunbeam uniform. Examples shown here show the variations of other countries.

older USA

modern USA, note that the "S" at the end has been dropped

United Kingdom

Sweden

Australia

 

 

1952 Edition of Sunbeam Handbook

Undated Test Helps for Sunbeam badges, likely 1970s.

 

1981 Sunbeam Handbook