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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 Programs

Strong Girls Patch Program

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

The Strong Girls Healthy Meeting Patch helps Girl Scouts make healthy habits become the norm during meetings and spread these habits to their friends, family, and community.

Strong Girl Patch Program guidelines [PDF]

Girl Scouts GCNWI Patch Programs

Patch Image Patch Program Guidelines Daisies
(Grades K–1 )
Brownies
(Grades 2–3)
Juniors
(Grades 4–5)
Cadettes,
Seniors,
and Ambassadors
(Grades 6–12)

Backyard Challenge

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.

Backyard Challenge guidelines [PDF]

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Building My Community Patch Program

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. 

Building My Community Patch Program guidelines [PDF]

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Barilla Girl Scout Food Camp

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.)

Barilla Girl Scout Food Camp resources [PDF]

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Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements and contributions of the African American and Black communities—a time (though not the only time!) for emphasizing the central role of this varied community throughout U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.

Black History Month guidelines [PDF]
Purchase the patch at the Girl Scout Shop »

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Chicago Neighborhood Walk: Bronzeville

Grab your camera and get to know the center of African American life and culture in Chicago. Bronzeville is historically known in the early 20th century as the “Black Metropolis,” rich in African American business and culture. Walk along the Bronzeville Hall of Fame, take a few selfies as you pose in front of the many beautiful murals and landmarks, and don’t forget to stop for some soul food and a sweet treat along your route.

Chicago Neighborhood Walk: Bronzeville guidelines [PDF]

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Chicago Neighborhood Walk: Pilsen (Photo Scavenger Hunt)

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

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

*These walk directions were created in 2019, pre-COVID, so all stops may not be available. We will soon be updating these requirements. If you have any issues, please share with programs@girlscoutsgcnwi.org.

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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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Earth Defender

Earth Defender Patch Program for Brownies and Juniors: 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 programs@girlscoutsgcnwi.org 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!

New Girl Scout Family guidelines [website]

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Girl Security

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.

Girl Security guidelines [PDF]

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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

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

Global Action Days guidelines [PDF]

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Good Vibes: Pass 'em On

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

Good Vibes: Pass 'em On guidelines [PDF]

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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
“¡Yo soy una Girl Scout!” Fun Patch

During Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15), we celebrate the countless contributions that Hispanic people and Latinos have made and continue to make in the United States. We honor the cultural richness of all people in the U.S. whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Girls and leaders have plenty of activities to choose from to earn this Fun Patch. And regardless of your specific ethnic heritage, you’re sure to learn interesting new things.

Download the guidelines [PDF]
Purchase the patch at the Girl Scout Shop »

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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.

Honoring our Veterans guidelines [PDF]

Share your story to earn your patch

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Most Extraordinary Girl Scout - MEGS

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

Most Extraordinary Girl Scout - MEGS guidelines [PDF]

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Native American Heritage Month Celebration
“I’m a Girl Scout!” Fun Patch

Throughout November, Native American Heritage Month celebrates the cultures, histories, and countless contributions that Native American communities have provided to the United States. We invite you to take this opportunity to learn more about the cultures of the Indian Nations in your state and across the country. We’ve got plenty of activities to choose from, so you can make new discoveries and have tons of fun learning while earning a fun patch!

Native American Heritage Month Celebration guidelines [PDF]
Purchase the patch at the Girl Scout Shop »

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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

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

Passport to Religions guidelines [PDF]

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Photo Scavenger Hunt: Downtown Chicago

Learn more about iconic attractions in downtown Chicago!

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Downtown Chicago guidelines [PDF]

Virtual Photo Scavenger Hunt: Downtown Chicago guidelines [PDF]

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Photo Scavenger Hunt: Chicago Sports

Visit sports attractions around the city of Chicago! 

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Chicago Sports guidelines [PDF]

Virtual Photo Scavenger Hunt: Chicago Sports guidelines [PDF]

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Save Our Energy

Explore ways to save energy and our planet!

Save Our Energy guidelines [PDF]

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Silver Linings Patch Program

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

Silver Linings Patch Program guidelines [PDF]

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Strong Girl Patch Program

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

Strong Girl Patch Program guidelines [PDF]

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Super Gold Power

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

Super Gold Power guidelines [PDF]
Addditional Resources [PDF]
Highest Awards Comic Book [PDF]

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Team STEAM

If you're a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) enthusiast, join Team STEAM to connect women in STEM careers and other girls who love STEAM.

Learn more.

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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