Patches and badges are what get Girl Scouts moving. They create opportunities for them to learn, play, and ask questions about a variety of topics. No matter their age or level, a Girl Scout can find a patch to work towards that inspires them. To earn a council patch, girls are asked to use their creativity and challenge themselves in a different way each time. Girl Scouts must complete a series of activities in relation to the patch to show they understand the importance of the topic it was about.
Each month during the membership year, our council highlights one or more Patch of the Month that can be beneficial to the Girl Scout experience. Check out this year’s patches below and visit our council’s Patches and Kits page for a full list of patches and to learn more about each of them.
October: Discovering Hispanic Heritage and Think Pink! (All Girl Scouts)
This patch program is designed to help Girl Scouts of all cultures develop an understanding and appreciation of the Hispanic/Latin American culture through Discover, Connect, and Take Action.
The second Patch of the Month is Think Pink! This patch program promotes breast health awareness among girls and young women. Girls will learn about the importance of breast health and healthy living by participating in activities and projects. They will also participate in service projects.
November: Girl Scouts Give and North Carolina American Indians (All Girl Scouts)
The first November Patch of the Month is the Girl Scouts Give patch program! Girls will learn ways to be a philanthropist, how to be a sister to every Girl Scout, why donating to Girl Scouts is important, and how to use things they’re doing every day to create good.
The second patch for November is North Carolina American Indians. This patch program honors the history of North Carolina American Indians and educates Girl Scouts of all ages on modern American Indians.
Terminology: A common question when learning about American Indians is “what is the proper term to use when talking about American Indians?” The state of North Carolina uses American Indians, and the term is accepted by most American Indian people in the state of North Carolina.
December: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Thrive Challenge (All Girl Scouts)
The first Patch of the Month for December is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. When girls have earned this patch they’ll have developed an appreciation of the uniqueness and commonalities of themselves and others, and the rich diversity of various cultures in their community and in the world. Girls will also deepen their understanding and respect for people who may be different from them and learn to better relate to others.
The second patch of the month is Thrive Challenge. The Thrive Challenge offers Girl Scouts of all ages the opportunity to learn about different people, cultures, customs, and more by completing challenges with their family or troop.
January: Different Shoe Day (All Girl Scouts)
Through this patch program, girls will complete activities that celebrate diversity while exploring new customs and ideas. Girls will also participate in Different Shoe Day!
February: Black History Month and Delta Dental Smile Squad (All Girl Scouts)
The first Patch of the Month for February is Black History Month. Girl Scouts will learn about African American history, culture, and notable contributions. The updated patch program requirements for this year will be posted closer to February.
The second patch this month is Delta Dental Smile Squad! Use your creativity and Girl Scouting skills to learn how your mouth links to your overall health and well-being. Review good dental habits, try an oral health experiment, discover how hidden sugars can damage your teeth, and more!
March: Girl Scout Birthday Week (All Girl Scouts)
The 110th Girl Scout birthday is March 12! The activities in this patch program have been inspired by many different facets of the Girl Scout organization, including the celebration of Girl Scout week and other Girl Scout traditions. Girls will demonstrate their pride in being a member of the world’s largest organization for girls.
April: American Patriotism (Brownies through Ambassadors)
In celebration of Month of the Military Child, the April Patch of the Month is American Patriotism. Girls will learn more about our national flag, our country’s freedom, and why we should be proud to be Americans. This patch will be updated before April.
May: Mental Health Awareness and Make Every Step Count (All Girl Scouts)
Girl Scouts will learn about the brain and its influence on thoughts, feelings, and behavior; and through that knowledge, increase awareness and understanding of mental illness.
The second patch of the month is Make Every Step Count. Girl Scouts will learn to make healthier choices through activities in physical fitness, nutrition, and overall wellness.
June: Sea Turtles (Daisies through Juniors) and No One Goes Hungry (All Girl Scouts)
This patch program teaches Girl Scouts about the sea turtles on our coast. Girls will learn about the habitat and homes of the turtles and ways to keep our beaches clean for them. Girl Scouts will also complete a Take Action project to protect local sea turtles.
Through the second Patch of the Month, No One Goes Hungry, Girl Scouts will learn about the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and food insecurity in their communities.
July: Camping Adventures and Not a Bummer Summer (All Girl Scouts)
This patch program encourages Girl Scouts to visit all four of our beautiful camp properties in our council footprint. Girls will spend at least one night at each camp property in any available sleeping accommodation on a troop camping trip. This can take place over a long period of time, but Girl Scouts are encouraged to begin planning this month!
The Not a Bummer Summer Challenge offers Girl Scouts of all ages the opportunity to expand their Girl Scout experience to enjoy some summer fun!
August: Exploring North Carolina (Brownies through Ambassadors)
This patch program is designed to increase girls’ knowledge of our state, its history, and its resources. It offers a variety of fun activities and travel opportunities across the state.
September: Hurricane Awareness (All Girl Scouts)
This patch program helps girls living along the coast to prepare for a hurricane or tropical storm while offering all Girl Scouts the opportunity to increase their hurricane knowledge and provide support to their Girl Scout sisters.
Learn more about all of our council patch programs and begin planning by visiting our Patches and Kits page!