Bandannas are awesome! They can be used for so many different things that help Girl Scouts at camp!
1. keep hair out of your face when working with a campfire
2. protect your head from bugs on hikes and around camp
3. protect your nose and mouth from dust
4. be used like a sit-upon
5. clean your face in place of a napkin
6. be used as a sling
7. act as a bandage to cover a wound from dirt and help stop bleeding
8. wipe sweat or dirt off of your skin
9. cool you off on a hot day if they are damp
10. even be played with as dolls!
(Definition from dictionary.com)
Various uses of bandannas were common among Girl Scouts of earlier generations too.
From the mid 1950's Girl Scout Handbook: "Because a bandanna has many uses it is called the adventurer's friend. It can become a kerchief, potholder, bandage, signal flag, trail marker, or a bag in which to carry food or treasures."
While we wouldn't try to use one as a potholder today, we love the idea of a bandanna being called the adventurer's friend!
Here are 4 illustrations from the late 1950's Brownie Scout Handbook showing girls how to make a doll from a bandanna!