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Patch Programs

Council Patch Programs

Patch programs enable girls to explore their interests, connect with their community, and take action on causes that they care about. Each patch program has a list of required activities girls must complete. Once they do so, they earn a patch that can be placed on the back of their uniform. 

Click the categories below to explore the many patch programs GSWCF has to offer. 

Girl Scouting

4 Family Patch - D, B, J, C, S, A

Girl Scouts love our families and want everyone to support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience beyond a troop meeting or Juliette activity.  Explore Girl Scouts with your daughter/s and earn a patch while doing so.  The adventure begins with you!  Complete the criteria and post a photo or video of you and your family engaged in one of the activities to social media using #GirlScouts4Family and tagging GSWCF.

Cost:  FREE while supplies last. Submit the request form after meeting the requirements. Limit two free patches per family.

4 –Her Patch - D, B, J, C, S, A

The best Girl Scout troops have support from families.  Girl Scout leaders are volunteers who take on a huge commitment to making sure the girls have fun and experience Girl Scouting at its best.  Help your leader by volunteering to support troop activities or specific needs in troop management.  When you support your daughter’s troop, you can help her earn a free patch!

Cost:  Free while supplies last to girls whose parents meet the criteria outlined in the 4Her guide.  Leaders request the patches and follow the steps outlined at 4Her Patch Request

Girl Scouts of Florida Fun Patch Challenge D, B, J, C, S, A

Girl Scouts of Florida challenge you to learn fun facts about Florida and more about the uniqueness of the six Girl Scout Councils in the state. PLUS complete one service project along the way!

Cost:  $3.00, Patches are available for purchase through the GSWCF Store.

Volunteer Toolkit Patchfor Adult Volunteers only (sorry girls!)

Volunteer Toolkit or VTK is a digital resource for leaders, parents and Juliette Girl Scouts.  Not only can you create plans for meetings, but you can communicate with your troop and find many ideas for activities.  The VTK can make the process of running a troop easier and more efficient.  It is fun and easy to earn the patch which will include additional year recognition.  Patch Requirements (only for Adult Volunteers).

Cost:  Free to volunteers who complete the scavenger hunt.

Physical, Mental, and Emotional Health

Be Smart Do Your Part Patch - D, B, J, C, S, A

Covid-19  has changed the entire world, and we are learning more about it every day. Be Smart and Do Your Part by learning what it all means, how to stay safe, and what you can do to help.  This patch program is designed for Girl Scouts of all levels and will guide girls in finding accurate, up-to-date information regarding Covid-19, walk you through how you can spread positivity to your community during this time, and show you new ways to be involved in Girl Scouts .

Cost:  $1.15, Patches are available for purchase through the GSWCF Store.

FARE Food Allergy Awareness Patch Program- D, B, J, C, S, A

Girl Scouts of West Central Florida 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. 

Cost: FREE while supplies last, Request Your Patch

Healthy Minds/Healthy Girls- D, B, J, C, S, A

Mental Health can affect many areas of children’s lives, including their happiness, physical health and academic performance. Children face a great deal of pressure between school, sports challenges at home and activity on social media. Simply Healthcare and the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) have partnered together on the Simply Healthy Minds toolkit. The resources paired with this patch program are to help girls navigate their way through life’s challenges while maintaining healthy and positive mental health. 

Cost: FREE while supplies last. Patches can be ordered directly through GSWCF by filling out the patch request form.

I am a B5 Patch - S, A

Establishing a growth mindset speaks to things such as perseverance in adversity, learning from criticism and embracing challenges. When we incorporate mindfulness, we bring awareness to the limiting beliefs about yourself.  When girls complete this patch program, they will learn to Improve their Mental Esteem and the value of the power of positive self-talk. This patch program is available to Girl Scouts Seniors and Ambassadors. 

Cost: Patches are Free and available while quantities last. Request your patch.

Mental Health Awareness Patch – D, B, J, C, S, A

The Mental Health 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. Through education we can change perceptions and reduce the stigma of mental illness. Patches are provided by the International Bipolar Foundation. 

Cost: FREE! Once you have completed the activities, send your completed packet to with “Mental Health Patch” in the subject line.

Environmental Stewardship and Outdoor Skills

Conservation Champions - B, J, C, S, A

Environmental stewardship and wildlife conservation education inspires girls to take leadership in their communities to promote a better world. The Conservation Champions patch encourages girls to explore how learning about the environment helps them to develop leadership skills, explore careers, discover how their actions can impact the planet, and learn how to identify and solve problems in their communities.

Cost: $2.00 each, GSWCF Store

Florida Manatee - B, J, C, S, A

Protecting our environment and preserving it for future generations is a duty we all share. Manatees, endangered marine mammals, will not survive without the concern and awareness of people who share their habitat. The purpose of this program is to inform and encourage public awareness of the dangers facing the Florida manatee.

Cost: $2.50 each, GSWCF Store

Fun with Knots Patch Program, B, J, C, S, A

Have fun and learn the skills needed to thrive in an outdoor environment using knots!  Learn how to tie knots, what to use them for.  Learn some games you can play, or knots for unique jewelry, plus try your hand at lashing. 

Cost: $1.15, GSWCF Store

GSWCF Pocket Knife Safety Patch Program – D*, B, J, C, S, A

Outdoor skills are an important aspect for girl leadership development, including how to safely use and care for a pocket knives or jackknifes.  Help girls learn these important skills with the GSWCF Pocket Knife Safety Patch Program.  Younger girls (second year Daisies & Brownies) will learn important progression safety skills.  Junior Girl Scouts & up will earn the patch and take the Girl Scout Pocket Knife Safety Pledge.  Girls will be required to carry their pledge cards with them for all Girl Scout activities when they are using their pocket knife. To work with girls on this patch program, adult members are required to have Pocket Knife Safety training from GSWCF per Girl Scout Safety Activity Checkpoints.    

*Second Year Daisies only. First year Daisies are not allowed to participate in this patch program. 

Cost: $1.15, GSWCF Store

Pollinator Patch Program - D, B, J, C, S, A

The Cabot farmers want to teach kids about the importance of pollinators in our communities and practical ways they can help protect and preserve pollinator populations. Kids will complete fun activities and learn what pollinators do, why they are important and how they can help protect pollinators!

Cost:  FREE Once your group has completed the activities, please fill out the online survey in order to receive your FREE patches and treat pack!

Rails-to-Trails Patch - D, B, J, C, S, A

Learn what it means to share the trail and to recreate responsibly whenever we spend time outdoors. In partnership with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Girl Scouts of West Center Florida has created this patch program to help you learn how to Share the Trails. 

Cost:  FREE while supplies last. Request Your Patch.

SUN Patch Program - D, B, J, C, S, A

Are you ready to learn more about solar energy and the positive impact it can have on the community and the environment? Solar United Neighbors has developed a SUN Patch Program for Girl Scouts of all ages where they can learn about how solar works, discover solar energy at work around them, and become solar ambassadors to help grow solar in their communities.

Cost: Patches are available for free from Solar United, while supplies last (not available through GSWCF Stores or Resource Center). Please follow the instructions at the end of the Patch Program to obtain your patches.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

Black History Patch Program – D, B, J, C, S, A

It is important to learn about different cultures. The purpose of the Black History Patch is to learn more about the history and culture of African American people. In 1926, Woodson proposed and launched the annual February observance of “Negro History Week,” which became “Black History Month” in 1976. It is said that he chose February for the observance because February 12th was Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and February 14th was the accepted birthday of Frederick Douglass.

Cost: $2.75, Patches are available for purchase through the GSWCF Store.

Girl Scouts Global Action - D, B, J, C, S, A

The Girl Scouts Global Action award is an exciting and enriching way for Girl Scout Daisies through Ambassadors to participate in realizing the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals which aim to reduce extreme poverty and impact major world concerns by 2015. The alliance between WAGGGS and the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals embraces WAGGGS’ mission of empowering girls and young women to develop to their fullest potential as engaged and responsible global citizens. The Global Action Award is an official national award, so you can wear it on the front of your vest or sash, just like a badge.

Cost: $3.00 each, GSWCF Store

Hispanic Heritage Month – D, B, J, C, S, A

During Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15), we celebrate the countless contributions that Hispanic people and Latinos have made and continue to make in the United States. We honor the cultural richness of all people in the U.S. whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Girls and leaders have plenty of activities to choose from to earn this Fun Patch. And regardless of their specific ethnic heritage, they’re sure to learn interesting new things.

Cost: $1.50, Patches are available for purchase through the GSWCF Store.

Hispanic Heritage Patch- D, B, J, C, S, A

Hispanics are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. Discover how many Hispanics are living in your county; learn about the Hispanic influence in Tampa and develop awareness and appreciation of diversity.

Cost: FREE while supplies last  Request Your Patch

Multicultural Patch Program – D, B, J, C, S, A

The  Multicultural Patch Program helps girls to discover new cultures while debunking stereotypes and celebrating the uniqueness of cultures around the world. Culture is the word we use to identify the behaviors and traditions certain groups of people share like recipes, traditions, language, music, clothing, and art. When we do not share somebody’s culture, it seems strange to us, but it is important to remember we share a lot more in common than we have in than what we are different.

Cost: $2.75, Patches are available for purchase through the GSWCF Store.

Life Skills

HART Transit Patch Program - D, B, J, C, S, A

How do you get around town? HART (Hillsborough Area Regional Transit) is helping girls discover available transit options in the community, experience how to connect with public transit, and become a transit advocate by sharing your experiences. This patch must be earned as a troop.

Cost: Patches are available for free from HART, while supplies last (not available through GSWCF Stores or Resource Center). Once your troop completes the program requirements, fill out the form on the last page of the requirements above, and submit to HART Community Relations to obtain your patches.

Make Freedom Count - D, B, J, C, S, A

Learn the history of voting in Florida and earn the Make Freedom Count Patch by completing at least two activities from Discover, Connect and Take Action.

Cost: $2.00 while supplies last, GSWCF Store

Reading Diva - D, B, J, C, S, A

Read more to earn more. How long will your caterpillar be? 

Cost: Head Segment/$1.25 each, Body Segment/$1.00 each, Set of 1 head and 4 body segments/$5.00 each, GSWCF Store