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Patches are insignia that are worn on the back of the uniform. They can be official Girl Scout awards designed by GSUSA or the council, troops, or service units. Commercial vendors, such as museums, sometimes design them. Patches can be designated as earned awards with requirements or participation patches that are available to anyone attending an event and are worn on the back of the uniform.

Program level key: Daisy (D), Brownie (B), Junior (J), Cadette (C), Senior (S), Ambassador (A), All Ages (ALL).

Downloadable PDF files of GSCNC Patch Programs

African-Americans in Congress Patch
African-Americans in Congress - Challenges girls to explore contributions made to history by black leaders and to learn advocacy strategies in order to make a difference in their communites. (C, S, A)
*This program was made possible through a partnership with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and by generous donations from Dell computers and Faye Fields, Inegrated Resource Technologies, Inc. CEO.

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Be a PAL - Developed with the Food Allergy Network to raise awareness about food allergies. (J, C, S, A)

Be Prepared: Emergency Preparedness - Equips Girl Scouts with skills to protect their families, friends and communities when disaster strikes. (ALL)
*Be Prepared was made possible through a partnership with FEMA's Citizen Corps.

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CHICAS: Discovering Hispanic Heritage - Girl Scouts of all cultures develop an understanding and appreciation of the culture of Hispanic/ Latin Americans through Discovery, Connection, and Action. (ALL)

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Coles Trip Treasures - Explores the unique history and habitats at Camp Coles Trip and how camping habits minimize environmental impact. Program kit available at Camp Coles Trip. (B, J, C, S, A)

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Discover the Nation's Capital - Encourages girls to explore points of interest throughout Washington, D.C. This patch is the middle of the sampler and three segments are available to earn and wear around the center patch. (ALL)

Gardens Segment - Explores gardens throughout Washington, D.C.

Statuary Segment - Explores statues throughout Washington, D.C.

Transportation Segment - Encourages girls to learn about various modes of public transportation in Washington, D.C.

Gift of Trees - Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC) and the National Cherry Blossom Festival have developed the Gift of Trees patch program. Read More...


Grow Strong - Provides resources and activities that instill in girls the habits that will influence their emotional and physical health for the rest of their lives. (B, J, C, S, A)
*Grow Strong was made possible by a generous grant from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.

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GSCNC Summer Fun - Provides encouragement, structure and recognition to girls who do Girl Scout activities during the summer. (B, J, C, S, A)


Honor Troop - Earned annually by troops that meet specific requirements in the areas of membership recruitment and retention, adult leadership, girl program and financial management.

PDF Icon Download PDF: Honor Troop Application
Including ALL Girls - Educates girls about inclusion and how they can include girls with disabilities in all aspects of Girl Scouts. The patch program will heighten Girl Scouts’ awareness, understanding and acceptance of people’s differences and disabilities. (ALL)
*Including ALL Girls was made possible by a generous grant from Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation.

Intellectual Property Patch- With the help of partners like the Intellectual Property Owners Educational Foundation and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the council has created fun, accessible and interesting supplemental activities for girls and leaders about intellectual property.

Brownie IP Patch

Junior IP Patch

Cadette IP Patch

Senior IP Patch

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Potomac Woods RiverWalk - Educates girls on the importance of preserving and managing natural resources while inspiring them to spend time outdoors. (ALL)
*The Potomac Woods RiverWalk was made possible thanks to a generous gift by long-time Girl Scout members and volunteers Sarah Phillips and her daughter Dr. Barbara Sutton.

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Sun Safety - Promotes early learning about the steps girls can take to protect themselves from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays, and encourages them to pledge to educate others about practicing smart sun behavior and skin cancer prevention. (ALL) 
*Sun Safety was made possible thanks to a generous gift by the Gendell Family Foundation.


Super Service Unit - Earned annually by service units that meet specific requirements in the areas of recruitment and retention of service unit team members, support of troop leaders/advisors, support of the council's goals and financial management. 

PDF Icon Download PDF: Super Service Unit Application

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Your Own Sports Program - Sports Awareness - Designed to meet the interests and abilities of girls at all ages. (ALL)

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