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A Quick Guide to Girl Scout Badges and Patches

September 29, 2014

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

Girl Scouts can earn Badges (front of the uniform) or Patches (back of the uniform).

Girl Scouts can earn Badges (front of the uniform) or Patches (back of the uniform).

“The symbols which you wear on your sleeve mean that you have an intelligent interest in the subjects you have chosen, understand the principles of them, and can give reasonable, practical proof of this.” – Scouting for Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts, published by The Girl Scouts, Inc., 1920

The great news is many new members join our movement each year. And any experienced Girl Scout knows there’s a lot to explore – and learn – in Girl Scouts, especially the many types of badges and emblems that decorate Girl Scout sashes and vests.

So what’s it all about?

The most important thing to know is that all badges or patches earned in Girl Scouts are meant to show a girl’s achievement and are most meaningful when a girl can clearly articulate what she has achieved. For those of you who don’t know a patch from a petal, here’s a quick guide.

BADGES

Badges” refers to Girl Scout’s National Proficiency Badges, which are worn on the front of the uniform. They have a distinct shape and color that corresponds to each grade level. For example, Girl Scout Brownie badges are triangles, Junior badges are circles, and Cadette badges are diamond-shaped.

Badges have five steps with three different options for each step, and once completed, a girl should be able to demonstrate skill or knowledge of that topic. There’s a handy pull-out chart for all available badges, including the Skill-Building badges for in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.

And coming soon is our very own “Council’s Own Badge” program that provides girls with a unique, local opportunity that they cannot experience anywhere else. It is an award developed according to our national Girl Scout Leadership Experience guidelines, and can be worn on the front of the uniform. Only girls from Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines can earn one of our 10 Council’s Own badges. Stay tuned for more information our our council’s badge program, which is getting refreshed and updated as we speak!

Girl Scouts can also choose a “Make Your Own” badge! Girl Scout Brownies through Ambassadors can develop their own badge once a year, following particular guidelines of course.

What about our youngest Girl Scouts? Our Daises Girl Scouts (grade K-1) earn “Petals” that represent the 10 parts of the Girl Scout Law. Those petals are placed around a daisy center on the front of a smock or vest. In addition, Daisies can earn Financial Literacy “leaves” and Journey award patches.

PATCHES

“Patches” are fun ways to document a council or local area event. They are always worn on the back of the uniform. All patch programs include content from the National Leadership Journeys to provide girls with meaningful experiences on their path to leadership. Some patches unique to our council include the Hurricane Awareness patch which was introduced as a Patch of the Month this summer. Going forward, our council will be featuring one Council Patch each month, where girls across our 41 counties can explore and learn together.

My final words to live by, at least when it comes to badges and patches are “Educate, don’t decorate.” It’s not a competition for which troop has the most. It’s about exploring new things, discovering new skills, building skills for leadership, and having fun!

What badges or patches are your favorite or most meaningful, Girl Scouts? Tell us in the comments below! 

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5 Great Things about Joining Girl Scouts!

September 22, 2014

By: Keli Diewald and Meta Trombley, Membership Executives

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines Troop

Every Girl Scout can give you 101 reasons why you shouldn’t wait to join Girl Scouts! If fun, new outdoor adventures, exploring the arts, science and technology, and spending quality time with your girl aren’t enough, here are 5 great things awaiting you at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines:

1. Life Long Friendships. Through your troop activities and individual experiences you will find friends who share your interests, passions and desire to make the world a better place. Many of our Girl Scouts connect in Kindergarten and even as Graduating Seniors stay together. We have Alumnae who gather together to celebrate on a yearly basis their adult lives!

2. Real Life Skills. Whether attending council sponsored events, going on a camping trip, or selling cookies, girls develop skills that will help them throughout life. How many people can say they had a business when they were five? Our Girl Scout Daisies can! Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program our girls learn skills including Money Management, Business Ethics Goal Setting, Decision Making, and People Skills.

3. Scholarships, Awards and More! At each Girl Scout level, girls are investigating ways to impact the community around them from our Girl Scout Daisies’ engaging in a community service project to Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors receiving their Girl Scout Gold Award. Girl Scouting opens a world of opportunities for girls as they continue into higher education. Did you know that there are colleges and universities that give Gold Award Recipients between$1,000 and $6,000 per year in scholarships? You can be that girl!

4. New Experiences. Imagine hitting the waves at Girl Scout Surf Camp, climbing a 50 foot tall Alpine Tower, or filming a public service announcement about issues affecting girls today. Live one of our greatest traditions in Girl Scouts – having new experiences. Girl Scouts can do anything!

5. Making Memories that will Last Forever! You will have adventures that will last forever! Just ask any Girl Scout Alumna and she can tell you an awe-inspiring story that starts – “This one time in Girl Scouts…”

Get started on your Girl Scout story today. Join us for the journey of a lifetime! Use event code 367F22 when registered to be entered to win an iPad!*

*First time, new members only. Must register by 9/30/14.

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