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GSofSI 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. 

  To order a patch please use our 2019 Patch Order Form!

DISCLAIMER: Our patches will read "GSSI" until our supplies sell out. When new patches are ordered they will bear our official name "GSofSI". 

Patch Requirements

Asthma Awareness Patch

Girl Scouts who complete all the activities listed below will earn the GSofSI 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.
Bowling Patch

Girl Scouts who complete all the activities listed below will earn the GSofSI 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.
Camp Tour Patch

Girl Scouts who visit each camp property and complete the patch requirements will earn a segment with that camp’s name. You can substitute the optional photo activity for any of the questions or activities! 

Requirements:

Camp Tour Center:

  • Find out where each of GSofSI’s camps are located and make a plan to visit them.

Camp Torqua Log:

Optional: Gather your group around the bridge for a photo over Sugar Creek. Did you know that in 2008, Hurricane Ike’s remnant storms flooded this creek and washed away the road?

Questions:

  • What is the ranger’s name? 
  • What is his favorite thing about camp?
  • What are three activities you can do at camp?
  • What is one activity that requires a reservation?

Activities:

  • Visit Lisetta and Tuckaway. What is one difference between the units?
  • Take a walking tour of Lakota Cove. What does the word “Lakota” mean?
  • Find the pond at camp and look for animal tracks.
  • Name three animals you hear when you are visiting camp.
  • Talk to the ranger about completing a service project at camp.

Camp Chan Ya Ta Log:

Optional: Pose your pals on the levee and make your best fish face for the camera. Before city water was added, the lake was the source of drinking water!

Questions:

  • What is the ranger’s name? What is his favorite thing to do outside?
  • Estimate how far apart the archery range and the lake are.
  • See if you can find out what animal used to live at camp that needed a corral and a barn?

Activities:

  • Try one of the following activates: archery, canoeing, hiking.
  • Visit the Pines unit. Why do you think it is called the “Pines”?
  • Talk to the ranger about completing a service project.
  • Name three animals you saw at camp.
  • Find the trail that leads to the levee. 
  • Stand on it and estimate how far away the log is.

Camp Wassatoga:

Optional: Gather your troop at the chapel and take a picture of your group singing.

Questions:

  • What is the name of the lake that the camp is located on?
  • Who is the ranger at camp and how is this person different from the other camp rangers?
  • The lodge has an interesting name. What do you think it means? (Hint: Look at the way it is capitalized.)

Activities:

  • Find the chapel. Arrange your troop on the risers and sing a song. You can even take turns directing!
  • What are the tents made out of? Ask the ranger’s permission to look around inside. If it is dirty, sweep it out.
  • Walk to the dock. Estimate how wide the lake is at this location. What do you think the lake looks like from an airplane?
  • Talk to the ranger about completing a service project.
  • Name one animal you might smell at camp.

Camp Butterfly:

Optional: Calm your crew and take a photo of yourselves during one of Butterfly’s beautiful sunsets.

Questions:

  • What county is Camp Butterfly located in? (Hint: Watch for the sign on your way into camp on Hwy F.)
  • What are the names of the two lakes on Girl Scout property at camp?
  • What is the ranger’s name? What is his favorite color?

Activities:

  • Plan and take a hike around the units. Visit the cabooses. How do you think they got there?
  • Look at the solar showers. What time of day is the best to do this and why?
  • Hike to one of the following sites: Driftwood Cove, Dad’s Cabin, Stairway to
  • Heaven, Raccoon Cave, or the Old Farmhouse site.
  • Talk to the ranger about a service project.
  • At night, hike to the levee with your flashlights and do some star gazing. Name one constellation you saw.
Dance Patch

Dancing is an art form that provides creativity and exercise for all ages. Complete the following requirements to earn your patch.

Requirements:

  • Plan and carry out a dance session at a local dance studio.
  • What type of dance did you perform?
  • What did you learn about this type of dancing?
  • Research three other types of dancing. Which do you think your favorite will be
  • Learn about three professions that are related to dancing and the qualifications of each.
  • Learn about a professional dance troupe in your area.
  • If possible, visit one of their performances.
  • Learn three different dance steps or techniques through taking a class, looking at books, or watching videos on the internet.
Gymnastics Patch

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

Get healthy and fit this Girl Scout year! Complete 5 of the 9 activities listed below to earn the Healthy Living Patch. All activities are designed to encourage girls to be active, try a new activity or sport, eat healthy, and to have a well-balanced lifestyle.

Requirements: Complete 5 of the 9 Activities

  • Participate in a 5K walk/run
  • Take a 20 minute hike at any of the GSofSI camps
  • Attend a cooking class and learn one new healthy recipe
  • Take a self-defense or tae kwon do class
  • Take a dance, gymnastics, or aerobics class (including yoga, Zumba, Pilates, etc.)
  • Participate in a GSofSI outdoor program
  • Earn the First Aid Badge for your program level (Brownies – Ambassadors)
  • Earn the Gloria Petal-Respect Myself and Others (Daisies only)
  • Participate in one of the outdoor camp activities: archery, canoeing, geocaching, rock climbing, swimming, or sailing
Honoring Our Veterans Patch
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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.  Patch requests should be made using the patch order form located on the website.

  • 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

This patch kicks off November 11, 2019 and concludes September 1, 2020.  Patch orders for the Honoring Our Veterans patch will be accepted until September 30, 2020. The first 300 patches for girls are free and first come first served.  It is open to all girl levels.

Ice Skating Patch

Stay cool even when it’s hot out! This patch will teach girls all about ice skating while having fun. Troop leaders are asked to adjust the activity for age appropriateness.

Requirements:

  • Plan and carry out a session of ice skating at a local ice skating rink.
  • Learn about different sports that are based on ice skating.
  • Learn about the maintenance of an ice skating rink. How do they treat the ice for skating?
  • Take an ice skating lesson.
  • Learn how to stop, go, turn, and balance on one skate.
  • Learn two skating etiquette practices.
  • Play a game while on ice skates.
  • Learn about the history of ice skating.
  • Learn some benefits you receive from skating.
  • Learn about a famous ice skater, figure skater, or hockey player.
Night Hike Patch

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

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.
One Strike Club Patch

This is a club that is open to any adult Girl Scout 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). 

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 a fellow adult Girl Scout.
  • You may only receive this award once.
Outdoor Passport Patch

Outdoor Passport patch segments are available to anyone who does a selected outdoor program. Activities must have been completed at one of GSofSI’s camp properties to be eligible for the patch.

Requirements:

Complete an activity to earn the patch segment:

  • Canoeing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Archery
  • Hiking
Outdoor Progression Levels

Please visit our Camp + Tab to learn more about GSofSI's Outdoor Patch Progression Requirements!

Reading Rocks Patch

Reading is a fundamental part of our everyday lives and to help promote reading, we are offering and encouraging girls to participate in the “Reading Rocks” Patch program. This patch program provides an opportunity for girls who love to read.

Requirements:

All girls must complete the first requirement.

Read 5 books for your age level and complete a report on each. The reports should be a short summary of the book. The requirements for each age are as follows:

·     Daisies – write 1 sentence (an adult may write what you tell them)

·     Brownies – write 3 sentences

·     Juniors – write 5 sentences

·     Cadettes – write 7 sentences

·     Seniors & Ambassadors – write 10 sentences 

Complete three of the following twelve requirements:

  • Visit your local library and find out the following: how to get a library card, what a librarian’s job entails, how to find a particular book that you are looking for.
  • Visit a bookstore and find out about the different genres of books (mystery, biography, fiction, etc)
  • Learn about a famous author and write a short report about him/her. Read the report to your troop or a family member.
  • Make your own picture book or write a short story and share it with your troop.
  • Make your own bookmark and swap them with your troop members.
  • Read a book to a younger child or a senior citizen.
  • Donate books to a charitable organization.
  • Organize a book swap or start a book club in your troop.
  • Attend a book signing or an event that features a local author (check your local bookstores or libraries for these opportunities)
  • Learn to do storytelling and put on a storytelling workshop for younger girls.
  • Put on a play about a book that you have read as a troop.
  • Volunteer to work at your local library.
Recycling Patch

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

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.
Seasonal Camper Patch

The seasonal camping patch is made of four separate patches: one for each season. Complete the same requirements below for each season.

Requirements:

Attend a campout in each season of the year. (The equinox and solstice normally happen around the 20thof the month):

  • Winter (December – March)
  • Spring (March – June)
  • Summer (June – September)
  • Autumn (September – December)
  • Participate in a seasonal activity during your campout.

Answer the following questions about your campout:

o   Name three seasonal changes you noticed during your campout.

o  What kind of food did you make and how did you cook it?

o  What did you think of your stay at camp during this season?

Self Defense Patch

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.
State Park Patch Program

Girl Scout's LOVE State Parks! GSofSI has three different 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
Beal Woods State Park Booklet

Summer Fun Patch

The purpose of the Summer Fun patch is to experience camp from a new perspective. It offers the opportunity to learn new skills, build relationships, and improve the community. Leaders are asked to adjust the activity for age appropriateness and challenge level.

Requirements:

  • Plan and carry out a summer overnight with your troop at any camp, between May 1st and September 30th with a trained adult.
  • Cook at least one meal outside.
  • Take a summer discovery hike.
  • Make a list of at least three birds seen in the summer.
  • Observe two seasonal changes in nature and describe them.
  • Look for animal tracks and try to name the animal that made them.
  • Play an outdoor game.
  • Learn how the body reacts to heat.
  • Describe the symptoms and treatment for heat stroke.
  • Describe the symptoms and treatment for heat exhaustion.
  • Learn about animals that are active in the summer.
  • Do a good deed like clean up a path, sort recyclables, etc.
Tennis Patch

Leaders are asked to adjust the activity for age appropriateness and challenge level.

Requirements:

Tennis Basics:

  • Learn the five basic tennis strokes.
  • What does “love” mean in tennis?
  • What is the difference between game, set, and match?
  • What is a fault? What is a double fault?
  • What is an “ace”?
  • How many points do you need to score to win a game?
  • How many games do you need to win a set?
  • How many sets do you need to win a match?

Tennis Equipment:

  • Name three pieces of equipment you would use while playing tennis.
  • Describe three markings on a tennis court.

Tennis Etiquette:

  • Name two tennis etiquette practices.

Tennis History:

  • When did tennis begin in the United States?
  • What is the professional organization women tennis players can belong to?
  • Name three famous tennis players.
  • What are the benefits you receive from playing tennis?
Winter Fun Patch

The purpose of the Winter Fun patch is to experience camp from a new perspective. It offers the opportunity to learn new skills, build relationships, and improve their community. Leaders are asked to adjust the activity for age appropriateness and challenge level.

Requirements:

  • Plan and carry out a winter overnight with your troop at any camp between November 1stand April 30thwith a trained adult.
  • Cook at least one meal outside.
  • Take a winter discovery hike.
  • Make a list of at least three birds seen in the winter.
  • Observe two seasonal changes in nature and describe them.
  • Look for animal tracks and try to name the animal that made them.
  • Play an outdoor game.
  • Learn how the body reacts to cold.
  • Learn three safety practices and how to prevent cold related injuries during a winter camp out.
  • Learn about animals that are active in the winter.
  • Do a good deed while working on your Winter Fun Patch.
GSofSI STARS Troop Patch Program

GSofSI STARS (Super, Terrific, and Really Stupendous) 

TROOP PATCH PROGRAM

The Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois “STARS Troop” patch is to recognize those troops that go above and beyond.  To earn the patch, requirements must be completed within the Girl Scout year (Oct. 1-Sept. 30).  All troops are eligible to earn this patch yearly.  Troops that earn this patch will receive a coupon for 20% off a one-time purchase in the Girl Scout Shop!

To earn this patch, troops must complete all of the required activities (10) AND also complete 13 out of the 26 additional requirements on the list.

REQUIRED ACTIVITIES (must complete all of the following requirements)

1.    Troop participated in the Early Bird registration (unless new troop)

2.    At least one adult in the troop completed GSofSI Training requirements 

3.    Troop has completed at least one Journey of their current grade level

4.    Troop has participated in the Cookie Sale Program

5.    70% of girls were retained from previous year (unless new troop)

6.    50% of adults were retained from previous year (unless new troop)

7.    At least one adult is trained in First-Aid/CPR

8.    Girl/Adult ratios were met at all troop meetings and activities

9.    Completed the Annual Troop Financial Report, ACH Form, and Year End Evaluation and turned it into their Service Unit Manager by deadline

10.  All Girl Scouts (girl and adult members) know the Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES (must complete 12 of the following requirements)

1.    Troop participated in Early Bird registration with 50% of the troop registered online

2.    Troops participated in both door to door cookie sales as well as at least one cookie booth

3.    One registered adult in the troop has taken Camping IN and Camping OUT

4.    Troop lets girls decide the plan for the year (activities, journeys, snacks, field trips, etc.)

5.    Troop has participated in at least one Council Sponsored Community Service Project (see website) 

6.    Troop has participated in at least one Council Patch Program (see website)

7.    Troop has a representative at least 6 Service Unit Meetings

8.    At least one registered adult receives constant contact emails form GSofSI and share the information with the troop

9.    Troop participates in the fall Nut, Candy, and Magazine sale

10.  Troop participates in a Thinking Day, Girl Scout Birthday, or Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday activity

11.  Troop has visited and toured at least two GSofSI camp properties

12.  Troop has completed a Bridging activity (only for Bridging troops)

13.  All girls in troop have completed at least three Badges (Brownie-Ambassador troops only)

14.  All girls in troop have earned all the Daisy petals (Daisy troops only)

15.  Troop has attended at least two council sponsored events.

16.  Troop has checked out and used a GSofSI Resource Kit

17.  Troop has attended one Service Unit Event

18.  Troop has conducted one activity that involves the parents

19.  Troop has planned and participated in a GS Ceremony

20.  Troop has helped increase girl or adult membership by doing one of the following: 

a.     Added two girls to the troop
b.     Recruited a new leader (for any troop)
c.      Helped at a recruitment event

21.  Troop has at least 75% of active troop members participating in activities (SU/Troop/Council events, product sales, etc)

22.  Troop has participated in an Outdoor or Environmental Education activity

23.  Troop has participated in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activity

24.  Troop has participated in a Healthy Living activity

25.  At least 2/3 of the girls in the troop earned the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award (Junior-Ambassador troops only) 

26.  Troop travelled locally or beyond- Please list destination: __________________________________________