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Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Patch Program

Patch programs provide Girl Scouts an opportunity to enjoy a variety of activities while earning a fun badge.  Most patch programs are available to Girl Scouts of all grade levels, and some will list different requirements to complete the patch, depending on grade level. These programs can extend over multiple troop meetings and will cover a variety of subjects, such as healthy living, STEM, community service, and outdoor skills.  Completing patch programs will help your troop along their Journey, and may satisfy requirements for certain badges. 

Patch Requirements

Asthma Awareness Patch
Asthma

Girl Scouts who complete all the activities listed below will earn the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Asthma Awareness Patch.  This patch is to help girls and leaders learn about asthma and how to respond to an asthma emergency.

Requirements:

  • Learn about the respiratory system and how people breathe.
  • Learn what asthma is and the causes, or triggers, of an asthma attack.
  • Learn what are some signs and symptoms of an asthma attack.

Learn the procedure how to help someone who is having an asthma attack with the following steps:

1. Stay calm.
2. Ask the person if she/he has asthma. If so, help them with their
medication if they need help.
3. Notify a parent/guardian immediately.
4. Call 911 and follow the instructions from the 911 operator if emergency
help is needed.

Practice this procedure with other members of your troop using toy phones (do not call 911 unless it is a real emergency).

  • Learn lung-smart health tips.
  • Teach other people and Girl Scouts about asthma.
Backyard Challenge Patch
Backyard

Check out the requirements to earn the Backyard Challenge Patch!

Bowling Patch
Bowling

Girl Scouts who complete all the activities listed below will earn the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Bowling Patch.  

Requirements:

Learn about Bowling Scorekeeping:

  • What is a strike?
  • What is a spare?
  • What is a split?
  • What is a gutter ball?
  • What is a turkey?
  • How many frames are there in a game of bowling?
  • How many turns do you get to have each frame?
  • In the 10th frame, how do you get to have a 3 rd turn?

Learn how to keep score and keep track of your own score during the game.

Learn about Bowling Equipment:

  • Why do you have to wear special bowling shoes?
  • How many holes does a bowling ball have?
  • What is the surface of the lane made of?
  • What is a foul line?

Learn about Bowling Etiquette:

  • Learn 2 bowling etiquette practices.

Learn about Bowling History:

  • When did bowling begin?
  • What is the professional organization a female bowler can belong to?
  • Learn about three famous female bowlers.
  • What are the benefits you receive from bowling?
  • Plan and carry out a session at a local bowling alley.
Gymnastics Patch
Gymnastics

Gymnastics can be a fun exercise that your troop can participate in together.

Requirements:

  • Plan and carry out a gymnastics session at a local gymnastics studio.
  • Participate in a warm-up exercise before starting your gymnastics session. Learn why this is important.
  • Learn how to do a forward roll, walk on the balance beam, and swing on the uneven bars.
  • Learn about gymnastics.
  • Learn about four different gymnastic events.
  • Learn two safety practices in gymnastics/tumbling.
  • Learn about a famous female gymnast. Why is she famous?
Healthy Living Patch
HealthyLiving

Check out the requirements to earn the Healthy Living Patch!

Honoring Our Veterans Patch
HonoringVets

Girl Scouts throughout the State of Illinois have always shown their appreciation to our Military and Veterans who serve to protect our freedom.

Once girls complete 2 criteria from the list below, they will show their pride by receiving an “Honoring our Veterans” patch to wear proudly on their Girl Scout uniforms.  Please take photos commemorating your activities and share them with customercare@gsofsi.org

  • Complete a service project benefitting our Veterans

  • Visit a Veteran’s Home

  • Lead an activity with Veterans

  • Send cards of appreciation to a Veteran’s Home or overseas to active duty service members (a few links are included below):

https://amillionthanks.org/letter/

http://mollysadoptasailor.com/Adopt_Troops_Here.html

https://military-missions.org/care-packages/cards/

  • Visit a Veteran’s Association and learn about challenges that veterans face

https://amvets.org/nationwide-presence/ lists the locations of local AMVETS posts and the contact info of the commander.

  • Volunteer at a Veteran Program or event taking place at a local American Legion or VFW

  • Participate in an Honor Flight https://www.honorflight.org/tour-schedule/

  • Place flags in cemetery honoring veterans

  • Interview a Veteran and tell his/her story

  • Volunteer with a therapy dog organization that provides therapy dogs for Veterans

Night Hike Patch
NightHike

Take a night time adventure the next time you are on a Girl Scout trip! For more activities and fun, check out the Night Hike resource kit from the council office.

Requirements:

  • Play an outdoor game at night – flashlight tag, bat and moth, night watchman, wolf pack, etc. Was it more fun playing after dark?
  • Hold a flashlight on a light surface and see how many bugs are attracted to the light. Why do you think this is?
  • Go on a night hike and look for eye shine reflected back at you. (You can use the reflective eyes from the kit or make your own if you don’t think you’ll see any wildlife.) What makes an animal’s eye reflect the light? How does this help them see?
  • Turn your flashlight off, and sit quietly in the dark. Name an animal you hear. What do you think it is doing? What does it do during the day?
  • Check your vision by trying this activity: Pair up and focus on your partner’s face. You will notice your partners’ heads begin to disappear. Simply shift your eyes back and forth to make the head reappear. 
  • Your peripheral vision helps you navigate at night. What would happen if you walked down a trail and only focused ahead?

Try a few owl calls and see if you get a response! Three owls we have in our council are:

·     Great Horned Owl (Whooo’s awake? Meee Toooo)

·     Barred Owl (Who cooks for you, who cooks for you all?)

·     Screech Owl (make a whinny through your nose like a horse)

One Match Club Patch
OneMatch

This is a club that is open to any camper (youth only) who can start a campfire and keep it going for at least 5 minutes with only one match and without the use of fire starters at a Girl Scout function (ie. Day Camp, Council, Troop, or Service Unit Campout/Program). Members will receive a patch to be worn to be worn proudly on the back of their vest or sash.

Requirements:

  • Light a campfire and keep it going for at least 5 minutes using only one match and without the use of fire starters.
  • Have two people witness your talent of lighting a one-match fire, one witness being an adult Girl Scout.
  • You may only receive this award once.
Outdoor Progression Levels
OutdoorProgress

Please visit our Camp + Tab to learn more about Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois' Outdoor Patch Progression Requirements!

Pillar Power Patch
PillarPowerPatch

We know that with everything going on it can be a little overwhelming to fit in badge work. Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois believe that through the four pillars of Girl Scouts we can find ways to continue being women of courage and confidence that make the world a better place. All it takes is making sure that we have a solid foundation to build upon.

The foundation of Girl Scouts consists of Life Skills, Outdoor, STEM and Entrepreneurship. As we are transitioning to spending more time virtually, it can be a challenge to experience activities in each pillar. To make sure you get to experience all that Girl Scouts has to offer, we are giving you this Pillar Power challenge.

To complete the challenge, all you need to do is consult our Pillar Power Chart of Activities and find a way to incorporate something from each pillar into your ongoing life. Below is a list of how many activites from each pillar your Girl Scout level must complete:

  • Daisy - Complete 1 activity from each pillar.
  • Brownie - Complete 2 activities from each pillar.
  • Junior - Complete 3 activities from each pillar.
  • Cadette - Complete 4 activities from each pillar.
  • Senior - Complete 5 activites from each pillar.
  • Ambassador - Complete 6 activities from each pillar.

    Pillar Power Activities Chart
Recycling Patch
Recycling

The purpose of the Recycling patch is to encourage girls to think about what happens to the trash that goes in the trash can. It inspires girls to reduce, reuse, and recycle trash and to teach others in the community how easy it is to “Save the Earth” and make the world a better place!

Requirements:

Visit a recycling center, watch a recycling movie, or read some recycling books to find out the answers to the questions below:

  • What happens to the garbage when it leaves your house?
  • What does the term biodegradable mean?
  • What do the “Three Rs” stand for? Which is the most important to you?
  • What do the numbers on the bottom of plastic containers mean?
  • Why is it important to recycle?
  • Can you recycle the same thing over and over?
  • Make something out of recycled materials – a model, a desk organizer, locker accessory, etc. Have a contest in your troop or service unit to pick the most colorful, most useful, most material reused, etc.

Complete at least one of the following six activities:

  • Make your own recycled paper from scrap paper that you have lying around.
  • Play a recycling game.
  • Make recycling posters to hang up at your home or school.
  • Do a comparison between a recycled product and a non-recycled product. For example, if you choose recycled paper, does it fold differently or look different when you write on it? Does it rip easier, or is it stronger?
  • Make your own traveling recycler for the next time you do an activity at a place that only has trash cans.
  • Do a trash hike, but sort the garbage into recyclables and non-recyclables (use gloves!), and then take the recyclables to a recycling center.
Roller Skating Patch
RollerSkating

Roller skating is a fun activity that helps girls stay fit and strong. Troop leaders are asked to adjust the activity for age appropriateness.

Requirements:

  • Plan and carry out a session of roller skating at a local skating rink.
  • Learn about different kinds of skates that are available.
  • Learn about the maintenance of a roller rink. What makes the floor so special?
  • Take an roller skating lesson.
  • Learn how to stop, go, turn, and balance on one skate.
  • Learn two skating etiquette practices.
  • Play a game while on roller skates.
  • Learn about the history of roller skating.
  • Learn some benefits you receive from skating.
  • Learn about some sports that take place on roller skates.
Self Defense Patch
SelfDefense

Knowing self-defense and tae kwon do are skills that will benefit all girls. They learn important skills while enhancing their confidence and self-esteem.

Requirements:

  • Plan and carry out a session at a martial arts school.

Self-Defense Portion:

  • Learn about the three most important weapons of self-defense.
  • Learn about other weapons on your body.
  • Learn about targets on an attacker’s body.
  • Practice three self-defense scenarios.

Tae Kwon Do Portion:

  • Learn about Tae Kwon Do. What is the meaning of it and the country of origin?
  • When did Tae Kwon Do first appear in the Olympics?
  • Learn three Tae Kwon Do kicking techniques.
Southern Illinois State Park Patches
StateParkTrio

Girl Scout's LOVE State Parks! Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois has three locations your troop can choose to visit and earn the State Park Patch: Giant City State Park, Cache River State Park and Beal Woods State Park. 

To Earn the Patch:

  • Visit one of the State Parks listed 
  • Go to the Visitor's Center and ask to check out a Girl Scout State 
    Park Patch Backpack (for free!) which will include everything you
    need for your adventure
  • Set off around the park and learn about the history, flora and fauna
  • Complete the Patch Guide and return it to the Visitor's Center
    to get a signature
  • You did it! Fill out the patch order form and your new badge
    will be shipped out to you!

State Park Patch Program Guides:

Giant City State Park Booklet
 Cache River State Park Booklet
 Beall Woods State Park Booklet