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Patch Programs

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois offers girls many opportunities to take on new adventures while earning badges. Check out the patch programs available to girls and troops.

Monthly Patch Program

The GSCI Monthly Patch Program is for troops and girls who are interested in additional activities. A new patch program is offered each month for girls to be introduced to a new topic with little preplanning needed for leaders. Use the patch program as meeting filler, a pre-meeting activity for the month, or an at-home project.

When the patch program is complete, follow the link below to order the fun patch and complete an evaluation. Patches are $2 each and will be mailed the following month. Patches must be ordered by the 15th day of the following month.   

PLEASE NOTE:  Patches are ordered after registration has commenced. Once ordered, it takes around a month for the council to receive the patches. At that time, the council then ships the patches to the address used when ordering.

October 2020 Monthly Patch Program
October 1 - 31, 2020

Madame C.J. Walker was an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist. She is recorded as the first female self-made millionaire in America in the Guinness Book of World Records. Learn more about her in this monthly patch!

October 2020 Monthly Patch

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November 2020 Patch Program
November 1 - 30, 2020

Marjory Stoneman Douglas was an American journalist, author, women's suffrage advocate, and conservationist known for her defense of the Everglades against efforts to drain it and reclaim land for development.

November 2020 Patch Program

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Backyard Challenge
BYC Patch Small

Explore the Outdoors in Your Own Backyard Challenge

Cross off 15 outdoor activities  from this list—like fort building, learning about springtime flowers, playing with a pet outside, and so much more—to earn the Backyard Fun Challenge! And check out the spring list! Make sure to always follow the  Safety Activity Checkpoints when doing the challenges, and remember to wash or sanitize your hands after being outside.

The Backyard Challenge patch and rockers can be purchased in the GSCI Trefoil Boutiques.

Past Monthly Patch Programs

Below are the past Monthly Patch Programs featuring influential women. This is your opportunity to learn about famous women in history. Unfortunately, we are not able to order the individual patches for them.   

Suffrage Centennial Patch Program

Suffrage Centennial Patch Program
June 1 - September 15, 2020

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. The amendment granted American women the right to vote by including, “The right of citizens of the Unites States shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of gender.” It took decades of determined campaigning by countless women to secure equal voting rights under the law. The legacy of this group of determined advocates has positively impacted generations of Girl Scouts and we want to celebrate their achievement with this patch program.

Suffrage Centennial Patch Program

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Community Service Projects

Join Girl Scouts of Central Illinois in this themed service patch program! Complete crafting and cooking at the beginning of the Girl Scout year and donating and growing the second half of the year, for a full year of community service fun! Each patch is $2 and is its own stand-alone patch.

Crafting for Service 
Due May 15, 2021

Combine your passion for crafting and community service by creating items to donate. Bring your favorite craft projects and drop off at nursing homes for seniors, veterans homes or shelters. Grab your scissors and glue and begin creating joy through your projects!

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Growing for Service
Due May 15, 2021

Get outside and start growing for service! You could plant a garden for your neighborhood to enjoy, bring flowers to someone to brighten their day, grow fruits and vegetables to donate to a local food bank or plant a tree to promote reforestation. Growing for service is a great way to show the Earth we care!

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Donating for Service
Due May 15, 2021

Donating for service is a great way to declutter and give back at the same time! Do you have used books or toys you’ve outgrown that you could donate to a children’s hospital? What about coats you’ve gotten too big for that could help someone in need during the cold winter months? Donating can also include new items such as a back-to-school supply drive or donating Girl Scout cookies for Operation Cookie Share to support our military troops! With donating for service the sky is the limit on what you can do to help.

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On-Going Patch Program

GSCI offers on-going patch programs as activities for all grade levels.

GSCI Council's Own Badge - Land of Lincoln
Learn all about GSCI in the Land of Lincoln. Discover and walk where Abe Lincoln walked, trace your family tree, speak like Lincoln, and participate in a community service project.

Patches are available for $2.00 in GSCI Trefoil Boutiques.

Free Being Me - Leader Guide
Empowering girls through improving body confidence and self-esteem. Free Being me addresses this issue directly, helping you to support your girls to become more body confident, and not let concerns about their appearance hold them back from becoming active, responsible and confident citizens of the world.

Free patches are available in the GSCI Trefoil Boutiques.

Brownie Free Being Me
Junior Free Being Me
Cadette Free Being Me
Senior Free Being Me

uniquely ME!
This program offers an exciting and simple way to enhance girls' self-esteem. As girls practice the self-esteem building concepts within the different activities, they are working toward the Girl Scout Leadership outcomes.

Free patches are available in the GSCI Trefoil Boutiques.

Mental Health Awareness
The Mental Awareness patch objectives are to educate Girl Scouts about the brain and its influence on thoughts, feelings, and behavior, and through that knowledge, increase awareness and understanding of mental illness.

Contact International Bipolar Foundation for patch.

Girl Scout Ranger Patch
Girl Scouts are invited to earn a Resource Stewardship certificate by visiting and spending five hours exploring the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

To earn patch complete Activity Sheet and submit to Jared at National Park Service.