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Council Patch Programs

Girl Scout troops and individual girls can earn fun patches through curated educational and fun experiences called Patch Programs!

How to Participate

  1. Find a program that sounds interesting for your Girl Scout level. Our programs are open to Girl Scouts from ALL councils!
  2. Download the PDF of guidelines, and complete them with a group or on your own. Don't forget to have fun while doing it!
  3. Purchase the fun patches from our online shop or in-person at one of our  six shop locations near you! 
    Some of these awards are being discontinued, so make sure to contact your local shop to ensure that there are enough badges available for your group before beginning the program.
  4. Rock your new patch on the back of your vest or sash!

Featured Patch Program

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Downtown Chicago

Learn more about iconic attractions in downtown Chicago in this scavenger hunt which you can complete in-person or virtually!

Download in-person guidelines  [PDF]

Download virtual guidelines [PDF]

Girl Scouts GCNWI Patch Programs

Patch Image Patch Program Guidelines Daisies
(Grades K–1 )
(Grades 2–3)
(Grades 4–5)
and Ambassadors
(Grades 6–12)

American Cultural Heritage Series [PDF]

Explore cultures different from your own by choosing various activities that will explore a multitude of cultures in the Unites States.

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Backyard Challenge [PDF]

Get outside and explore your own backyard with our new Backyard Challenge Patch Program! Check out each season's list of activities to earn your rockers and complete your patch.

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Building My Community Patch Program [PDF]

The goal of this patch program is to bridge a relationship between your Girl Scout (or Girl Scouts) and your community. Open to girls of any age either in a troop or individually, this program aims to teach girls how to engage with their communities in a meaningful way. 

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Barilla Girl Scout Food Camp [PDF]

Understand how food impacts your life more than just nutrition! (We are currently out of patches for this program and are not sure when more will become available. PDF is still available.)

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Chicago Neighborhood Walk: Pilsen (Photo Scavenger Hunt) [PDF]

Get to know Pilsen, a neighborhood and its rich Mexican culture, including its great art, music, food & people. 

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Day of the Dead [PDF]

The Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died and help support their spiritual journey. You, too, can celebrate Day of the Dead at home. Use this guide to help you set up your own altar and celebration!

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Discover DuPage County

Explore what DuPage County has to offer with our guides!

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Discover Northwest Indiana

Learn more about Northwest Indiana while exploring the area using our guides!

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Coming Soon!

Earth Defender

Are you an Earth Defender? Learn about the impact of tobacco on our water, crops, and animals, and find out how you can help protect the planet. This patch program includes a free journal, cape, and patch. Reach out to for more information.

  Earth Defender guidelines [PDF]

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New Girl Scout Family

To help you and your family get acquainted with all that Girl Scouting has to offer, complete at least six (or all!) of the patch requirements and you’ll be eligible for the New Girl Scout Family patch! 


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Girl Security [PDF]

Learn more about national security while exploring a security policy that applies at the national and state levels (election security), discovering how women are shaping national security, and engaging as a global citizen.

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Global Action Award

Connect with the WAGGGS sisterhood by helping girls work together to make a difference on topics that affect girls and women all over the world. It’s an official national award, so you can wear it on the front of your vest or sash, just like a badge.

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Global Action Days [PDF]

Girls will work together and participate in Girl Scout programming that relates to different global issues affecting women and girls.

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Good Vibes: Pass 'em On [PDF]

Build a positive campaign or project to raise awareness and provide information and resources around Mental Illness. 

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Honoring our Veterans

Girl Scouts have always shown their appreciation to our military and veterans who serve to protect our freedom.

Working together with U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth—a Girl Scout alum and army veteran—we have developed this patch program for girls to connect with and honor our veterans.

Download the guidelines [PDF] »

Share your story to earn your patch »


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Most Extraordinary Girl Scout - MEGS [PDF]

Troops or individual Girl Scouts can earn a badge and bars annually as they explore everything that Girl Scouts has to offer!

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Nature Cat Explorer Patch

Are you curious and excited to get outdoors and have some fun? Team up with Nature Cat and his pals, as seen on the television program on WTTW Kids, earn the free Girl Scout GCNWI Nature Cat Explorer patch »

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Passport to Religions [PDF]

Explore your own religious traditions and learn more about others different from your own.


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Photo Scavenger Hunt: Downtown Chicago [PDF]

Virtual Photo Scavenger Hunt: Downtown Chicago [PDF]

Learn more about iconic attractions in downtown Chicago!

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Photo Scavenger Hunt: Chicago Sports [PDF]

Virtual Photo Scavenger Hunt: Chicago Sports [PDF]

Visit sports attractions around the city of Chicago! 

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Save Our Energy [PDF]

Explore ways to save energy and our planet!

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Silver Linings Patch Program [PDF]

Make new friends while improving the quality of life for residents of nursing homes, retirement communities, assisted living, and adult day care facilities. 

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Strong Girl Patch Program [PDF]

Energize your troop meetings while making them healthier and more engaging!

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Super Gold Power [PDF]

This Leader-led program includes fun, high energy games about the history of the Highest Awards in Girl Scouting.

Additional Resources [PDF]
Highest Awards Comic Book [PDF]

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Share Your Stories

We love hearing from Girl Scouts and volunteers about their experiences with our patch programs! When you share your story it might be featured in a Girl Scouts GCNWI publication or on social media!

Use a specific story submission form below, or share through our general story submission form.

Honoring Our Veterans - Story Submission Form