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Patches and Projects

Want to participate in a community service project or try out one of our many patch programs? You’ve come to the right place! GSSI holds seasonal “Take Action” council community service projects, plus there are patch programs that girls can participate in throughout the year.


Everyone enjoys being recognized on their birthday and children who utilize food pantries and other family-serving organizations are no exception.

Set out with your troop, a parent or another trusted adult and/or a buddy to create Birthday Bags to give to your local food pantry or other family-serving organization. Birthday Bags should include items like: cake mix, tub frosting, birthday candles, disposable cake pans or cupcake wrappers, birthday-themed plates and napkins, party hats and horns, birthday card, and/or small gift. If including a gift, please indicate on the tag if the bag is appropriate for a boy or girl and an age range for the receiving child.

In order for your troop to be noted for participating in the Fall 2018 "Take Action" Project, all Participant and Patch forms must be turned in by December 3, 2018 to council.  Each patch will cost $2.00 and will be distributed at your local Service Unit Meeting.

We'd love to share your photos on our social media platforms! Be sure to include your troop number with your photo!

We have several exciting patch programs for girls to participate in, as well as some Council’s Own badges (Building Bridges, Southern Illinois Explorer and Archaeology in Southern Illinois). To see all available programs, as well as the requirements for each, visit our Forms section.

GSSI has several resource kits available. Troops or individual girls can check out the kits to help complete a badge, as a rainy day activity when at camp or as a service project to work with a younger troop or school group. Kits include almost everything you need to conduct the program; there are a few items that you will need to provide for your troop, and they are listed on the front page of each kit guide. Although some kits are created with one age level in mind, if your troop is interested in a subject that is in another age level, go ahead and check it out – the girls will still have lots of fun!

To check out a kit, contact us to make sure it is available. If possible, the kits can be delivered to you in a service unit meeting. Kits require a $20 deposit and a $5 fee. The deposit is refunded upon kit return and return of the pre and post evaluations (included in kit). Simply fill out the kit reservation form and send it or bring it in with your deposit and fee (separate checks). Kits are available for 2 week checkout windows (time can be extended with notice).