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.
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 $3 each and will be mailed the following month. Patches must be ordered by the 15th day of the following month. Late patch orders will be accepted until the 20th of the month with a $.75 late fee accessed.
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.
For late patch orders please contact Customer Care at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-623-1237.
February 2024 Monthly Patch Program
February 1-29, 2024
What is World Thinking Day and how did it become a part of Girl Scouts? Find out while earning this patch.
March 2024 Monthly Patch Program
March 1-31, 2024
Learn all about Girl Scout symbols and insignias.
April 2024 Monthly Patch Program
April 1 - 30, 2024
Badges, journeys, and patches will shape your skills and show yourself and the world what you are capable of accomplishing. You earn Girl Scout badges when you try your hand at a new skill. You could build a robot, learn photography, camp with your troop, or write a book of short stories and so much more.
Celebrate the power of giving back with GSCI's Community Service Patch. All Girl Scouts, helping others an dmaking a positive difference in our communities is one of the most important things we can do. From giving back during holidays, to helping our furry friends, to even just making someone's day a little brighter, you are sure to make the world a better place by completing this line-up of service projects.
For each community service activity there is a charm that goes with the completion of the community service. Links are provided below with each activity. There is also one patch that can be purchased to hold the charms.
Give Back to Animals - October 1 - November 30
Volunteer at an animal schelter, collect donations for your local animal shelter, volunteer to walk local dogs, read to animals, make toys or bake treats for shelpter animals are just a few of the activities you may do.
Order Charm 1 - Give Back to Animals (registration closes December 15, 2023)
Give Back for the Holidays - December 1 - January 31
Christmas toy drive, write Christmas cards for local nursing homes, go caroling in a nursing home, stuff stockings, host a coat drive are just a few of the activities you may do.
Order Charm 2 - Give Back for the Holidays (registration closes February 15, 2024)
Give Back and Make Someone's Day - February 1 - March 31
Create birthday kits for local food pantries, write birthday cards for orphanages, collect toys for homeless children, create birthday-in-a-bag kits for a nursing home, make b;essing bags are just a few of the activities you may do.
Order Charm 3 - Give Back and Make Someone's Day (registration ends April 15, 2024)
Give Back to the Earth - April 1 - May 31
Clean up a park, set up a recycling program, make a video about recycling or composting, plant trees, plant native flowers, create a community garden are just a few of the activities your may do.
Order Charm 4 - Give Back to the Earth (registration ends June 15, 2024)
Give Back to Those Who Serve - June 1 - July 31
Make cards for veterans, participate in a wreath laying ceremony, educate others on how to properly retire an American flag, write letters of thanks to EMTs, firefighters and police officers are jsut a few of the activities you may do.
Order Charm 5 - Give Back to Those Who Serve (registration ends August 15, 2024)
Give Back to Children - August 1 - September 30
Host a diaper drive, toy drive or school upply drive, work with a lcoal foster closet, donate books to a lcoal little free library, make blankets for Project Linus are just a few activities you may do.
Order Charm 6 - Give Back to Children (registration ends October 15, 2024)
Earn your backyard challenge patch and rocker by completing the number of activities required by age level listed. - like fort building, learning about springtime flowers, playing with a pet outside, and so much more—to earn the Backyard Challenge patch! Make sure to always follow the Safety Activity Checkpoints when doing the challenges, and remember to wash or sanitize your hands after being outside.
Discover how you can give back to make your community - and the world a better place.Girl Scouts always step up to do what they can to improve their communities and the world.
All across our country and our world, Girl Scouts are leaping to the aid of others by engaging in wonderful acts of service and kindness. Whether by writing letters to senior citizens, honoring first responders, taking part in a citizen science project, or promoting voting and democracy, now your troop can get involved in these unique Girl Scout activities too. Click here to learn more about the National Girl Scout Service Projects.
Girl Scout Tree Promise
Planting trees is a great way to become a steward of the environment. You and your troop can be a part of the Girl Scout Tree Promise, an initiative to plant five million trees in five years.
Honoring our Everyday Changemakers
Small acts of kindness and gratitude can have an incredible impact on your community! Girl Scouts can pay it forward by recognizing the people in their communities who have supported them in finding their unique paths.
More than 50 million adults, kids, and families in the U.S. are experiencing food insecurity, a number that has only increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Girl Scouts can make a big difference in their communities— and for children around the world—by supporting hunger relief efforts.
Promote the Vote
Voting is arguably our most important civic duty—but barriers still exist. In many parts of the country, voting laws and protocols make it difficult for many people, especially people of color, to cast their votes in elections. There’s work to be done—and girls can play a part!
How can you play a part in solving some of the biggest problems facing our planet? Enter citizen science, where volunteers help scientists collect data for their studies and experiments. Anyone can be a citizen scientist—all you need is curiosity and a willingness to help!
The idea is simple: girls write letters to people in nursing homes, senior residences, and assisted living facilities, including the dedicated staff and caregivers. This longdistance hug is a way to share your good thoughts with these vulnerable and loved community members.
Cupid Crew Cards for Valentine's Day
Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity for you and your troop to reach out and show others that you care— especially those who may be alone on a day that’s all about connection!
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.
All About Girl Scouts
Women in History
Girl Scouts of Central Illinois has partnered with Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) to offer the Food Allergy Awareness Patch Program. FARE is the world’s leading food allergy advocacy organization and the largest private funder of food allergy research. Its mission is to improve the quality of life and health of individuals with food allergies and provide them hope through the promise of new treatments
The Food Allergy Awareness Patch Program requirements give Girl Scouts the opportunity to learn about life with food allergies, with an emphasis on raising awareness of the public health issue, which impacts 32 million children and adults in the United States.
Girls must complete 5 out of 10 activities. Before you begin, learn the basics of food allergies by reviewing FARE’s Food Allergy 101 web page!
Once you have completed your activities complete the information on the activity sheet and return to email@example.com. Once your patches are ready you will be able to pick them up at your designated area. Special accommodations will be made for troops in the Quincy area. Due to a limited number of patches available this patch will only be offered to members of our council.