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Council's Own Badges and Patch sites (a partial list)

Be sure to order your Council's Own patches or badges from each Council before doing any activities with your troop.


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When following any camping activity, (or others!) make sure to follow all your Council's rules and have all trainings and First Aid training too, before your troop goes on a campout, overnight, etc. There are procedures to follow to make sure your girls (and you) stay safe.

Not sure what your rules or paperwork entails? Contact your Council.

Stay safe - - and have fun...

Some background: Councils still have some badge and patch programs on their sites. These were written and designed by Girl Scout volunteers for their Council girls. Often these badge and patch activities have been opened to any Girl Scout girl from any Council. Sometimes Councils just want their own girls to use them.

Some Councils have decided to take their badges and patches OFF their websites. Some have decided to just have patches from now on. Others have not decided what they plan to do. Many are re-designing their badges to fit with the new GSUSA guidelines, which may include a local focus, new requirements, and a new shape.

So, if you like one of these Outdoor Activities, remember that each badge or patch program could be removed at any time, and may not have a replacement made. Be sure to order plenty of them from the Council sponsoring the activity, and have a copy of the requirements downloaded before your troop begins working on it. AND get permission from them to use their Council's Owns and/or patches. This will prevent problems later. Good luck. These valuable Outdoor activities look fun for the girls, so take advantage of them now!

This page updated Dec. 27, 2014.

NEW: Many councils are switching to the new GSUSA website format and may not have resources on the same pages. Please send your council's Council's Own page to lizann447 at yahoo dot com if you would like it here.

Strikethroughs are resources that are no longer available at the original site. If you have a copy you would like to share, send it to lizann 447 at yahoo dot com. Thanks!

Newly Reposted : This link from the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay has LOTS of Council's Own badges and patches.

NEW! Council's Own Patches from Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. Many are suited to the Outdoors, including Star Gazer, Eco-Hero, and Troop Camper.

Basic Outdoor Skills - All Grade Level Patch - from GS of the Chesapeake Bay - this is a download of a PDF file. You will need to make your own patch for this if you can't find copies of this original patch from the council.

GS of Eastern Massachusettts- Save the Trees - Spot Their Enemies

Geocaching Badge - from the Montana and Wyoming Council - for all levels - - you can download the requirements for this badge here.

GSCB Master of the Campfire Badge - for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors - - you can download the requirements for this badge here.

Council's own patches from GS of Northeast Texas - NOTE: These patches are ONLY available for girls from this council. These include a STEM patch and these other interesting patches: the Camp Project Partner Patch, GeoScouting Patch, Girl Scout Troop Camping Patch, Outdoor Program Progressive Patches, Polar Bear Awardm and the TLC Camper Patch .Questions, ask: You can see the patch flyer here and the requirements.Via Jennifer: The Totem Pole camping progression patch builds on itself, with different activities girls can do for each section: Cabin Camping, Tent Camping, Outdoor Cooking, Night Hiking, and Backpacking.

NEW GS of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois Council-Own Patches page -This council has Cave Explorer, and Fly Like an Eagle patches now, also a Laura Ingalls Wilder patch that looks very interesting. From the site: "Girl Scouts from other councils are welcome to participate in the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois council patch programs." Be sure to contact the council if you plan to do these patches in other areas.

Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania's Council's owns include a council patch and also an Explore Butler County patch.

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles patch programs page - this site lists Climate Connections, their Eight Basic Camping Skills patch, and a JPL/NASA EARTH Science patch program, a Marine Mammal badge for Brownies and Uniors, a Mission Trails badge for Juniors and a Starry Skies Patch program for Brownies.

Fairbanks Girl Scouts (Farthest North Council) Patches - this council has an Alaska Gold Panner's badge, an Alaska Heritage patch, Arctic Survival Skills patch, a Do-Dad patch (for men doing service for troops), a Dog Mushing badge, Traditional Food badge and Try-It, and a My Family Loves Girl Scouting patch. The requirements are at the web page.

Girl Scouts of Heart of New Jersey Geocaching Patch - requirements for this one are at the web page.

Council's Owns on Pinterest - these are posted here by Jennifer McNichols.

Council's Own Awards from Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana - This council also shares their awards and patches. They say, "Check out the following awards developed by our council staff or by girls working on the Gold Award. These awards are for any Girl Scout to earn, no matter to what council they belong. More will be added soon. Requirements are linked below." There are many awards and patches listed here. Ones that stand out for outdoor programming and more are: Daisies: B.F.I.T. - Be Fit, Global Action Award, Widen the Circle, Sisters in Scouting, Juniors: B.F.I.T. - Be Fit, Most Extraordinary Girl Scout, Discover Northwest Indiana, Discover Chicago, Disability Awareness, more. C/S/A: American Cultural Heritage Series, B.F.I.T. - Be Fit, Discover Chicago, Discover Northwest Indiana, Global Action Award, Paleontology, Sisters in Scouting, and Widen the Circle. Be sure to check out all their great offerings. And tank you, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, for being great Girl Scout Sisters and sharing your resources with all Girl Scouts across the country.

The Council's Own Wiki - check these out, as most are definitely old sites. But I think there may be good information here for others who want to research and report back to lizann 447 at yahoo dot com. Thank you ahead of time!

NEW - Are your girls ready to camp? From Palo Alto (This is another great file)

The Council's Own Awards, patches, or badges can generally be done from any location. But sometimes a Council will only offer a badge or patch for their location. (For instance, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas' Council can sell the patches only to girls in their own Council.) That's why it is important to contact each Council to find out more. You also may be able to take a program and use it for a guideline for your own troop patch.

Also be sure to check out the files section at the Outdoor Journey Facebook page for even more outdoor resources.

Here are former sites of Council's Owns that no longer have a page. They may have them relisted later as new patches, or may have taken these off their sites.

The Black Diamond Council has a big page of Program Resources to use in Outdoor Settings. Some are Council patch programs, others are kits and GSUSA links to Environmental projects and more.
Council's own badges and patches from GS of Arizona Cactus-Pine Council
Girl Scouts of Northern California Council's Own badges and patch programs
Council's Own badges list on Squidoo
Council's Own Try-its listed by Scout
The Eight Basic Camping Skills Patch- by the Mt. Wilson Vista Council The Girl Scouts of Maine Outdoor Skills Patch Program - this Council's Own is no longer listed, but if you live in this area, you can do the new Trail Master Program there.

Badge and Patch Placement

Badges go on the front of a badge sash, patches on the back. And if the shape is different, you may also want to use the back of the sash for these too.

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