We are thrilled to introduce our new patch program, Girl Scouts @ Home! In a time of immense uncertainty, we hope this program will provide meaningful connections to the Girl Scout experience and community at Girl Scouts River Valleys.
The patch program is open to all Girl Scouts River Valleys members and can be completed individually or with your troop as a choose-your-own-adventure. It just takes three fun and easy steps:
- Attend a virtual event
- Choose at least three activities from a curated list
- Request the patch
Discover more information and guidelines in our Girl Scouts @ Home Patch Program news post.
How Can I Support This Patch as a Troop Leader?
As a troop leader, this patch program can be a great opportunity for your troop to stay connected and cheer each other on from a distance! Introduce this patch program to your troop for girls to do together, individually, or both. For example, maybe your troop attends a virtual event together, but girls complete the other three activities independently.
Once everyone has completed the patch program, you can hold a celebratory virtual meeting for each troop member to share what events and activities they participated in. There are so many ways to participate in this patch program and each Girl Scout in your troop can find something that meets their interests, schedule, and challenge level.
Don’t forget to connect your troop’s parents and caregivers to help them find the guidelines, deadlines, and processes for submitting a patch. This can be a great way to highlight the value and importance of Girl Scouts to families in your troop.
How Can I Support This Patch as a Parent/Guardian?
As a parent/guardian, Girl Scouts @ Home highlights all the meaningful and exciting activities to participate in at Girl Scouts River Valleys! This is the perfect opportunity to learn and explore the options your child can participate in. Is there anything new you can learn about your child’s interests? Are there opportunities at Girl Scouts River Valleys you didn’t know existed?
Explore together and discover new badges, patches, and leadership opportunities designed to enhance the Girl Scout experience and build a strong community of go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders.
As you support your Girl Scouts in the Girl Scouts @ Home patch, don’t forget to embrace one of the important pillars of Girl Scouts: girl-led. This patch is designed for your Girl Scout to choose her own path in how she earns it—watch the magic (and her independence) happen!
Grace Heneghan – Grace is a Program Resources Specialist at River Valleys. She earned her BA in Gender and Women’s Studies and minor in Environmental Studies from Northland College. Her background also includes guiding backcountry expeditions and teaching outdoor education to youth. In her free time, Grace enjoys reading, listening to music, cooking, and exploring the metro area. Three things she can’t live without? Pamplemousse La Croix, a canoe paddle, and a manicure.