In addition to patches, badges, and Highest Awards, there are other awards that girls can earn through Girl Scouts River Valleys, Girl Scouts of the USA, and community organizations. See a list below along with downloadable activity plans and resources to earn these awards!
|Badges, Patches, and Awards||Activity Plan(s)|
Breast Cancer AwarenessJunior–Ambassador
Girls learn about breast cancer, including prevention, risk factors, signs, symptoms, detection, and treatment.
Explore the rich diversity of various cultures in our world and your community and develop your appreciation of the uniqueness and commonalities of yourself and others.
Follow Me GirlsAll Grade Levels
Follow Me Girls patch offers troops or individual girls an opportunity to learn about the history of Girl Scouting in the USA and in Girl Scouts River Valleys.
Gold Award Centennial Patch ProgramDaisy–Ambassador
Think about all the good that the Gold Award has done in its 100 years of existence. Since it was first introduced, millions of Girl Scouts have positively impacted their communities and the world with their creative and sustainable Take Action projects. Learn more about the history of this award by completing the Gold Award Centennial Patch Program.
Leadership Patch ProgramJunior–Cadette
Explore what leadership is and how you can improve your leadership skills each and every day.
OTTERS (Outdoor Tips and Tricks for Environmental Resource Stewardship)Brownie–Ambassador
The OTTERs are a series of patches and fun nature exploration activities. These are currently being updated so please check back this spring.
Planning Guide PinsDaisy–Ambassador
Planning Guide Pins show that girls had a well-rounded Girl Scout year. Girls earn the Planning Guide Pin if they meet the following requirements:
Youth Event AssistantCadette–Ambassador
Youth Event Assistants (YEA's) help younger girls at River Valleys events. To earn the YEA patch, girls participate as a YEA at three council-sponsored events. Visit our list of YEA opportunities to find events that interest you. Each event you assist at will count as one session working with younger girls.
Prerequisite: In order to participate in events as a YEA, girls must first complete the program aide training. Program aide training can be completed at a council-led event or as a troop using the Program Aide Training Curriculum.
Community Service BarCadette–Ambassador
Community Service Bars are earned by making a difference in the community and practicing Girl Scout values. You and your girls should complete the Community Service Bar Project Application to receive approval before beginning your service.
Service to Girl Scouting BarCadette–Ambassador
Service to Girl Scouting bars are earned by volunteering at least 20 hours for Girl Scouts.
Medal of HonorAll Grade Levels
This award is given to a girl who has shown presence of mind and true Girl Scout spirit in an emergency.
Contact us with questions or to nominate a girl for this award.
Bronze CrossAll Grade Levels
This award is given to a girl who has shown extraordinary heroism or risked her life to save another's.
Contact us with questions or to nominate a girl for this award.
Safety AwardAll Grade Levels
Safety Awards are earned by following a five-step process for being safe, tailored for each grade level.
Cadettes receive their Program Aide award by earning one Leadership in Action (LiA) award, completing a Program Aide training at a council-led event or as a troop by using the Program Aide Activity Plan, and working directly with younger Girl Scouts at least six times (such as participating as Youth Event Assistant).
Volunteer in TrainingSenior–Ambassador
This award is earned by mentoring younger Girl Scouts outside of the camp experience.
Cookie Activity PinAll Grade Levels
All girls who participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program are eligible to earn the annual Cookie Activity Pin, which they earn by developing essential business skills.
World Thinking Day AwardAll Grade Levels
Girls earn this award by participating in globally themed activities and projects to honor Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries.
International Friendship RecognitionAll Grade Levels
Girl Scouts who live overseas can earn this award by doing activities that encourage international friendships with girls in their host country.
Young Women of Distinction AwardAmbassadors
Every year, 10 Gold Award recipients receive the Girl Scouts of the USA Young Women of Distinction Award. This includes an all-expense paid, special awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
My Promise, My Faith PinsAll Grade Levels
Girls can earn this award once each year by learning more about what their faith and Girl Scouting have in common, using the Girl Scout Law as a guide. Girl Scouts are encouraged to serve those in need, to help their communities, and grow in their faith.
Check out Girl Scouts of the USA faith-based awards for girls looking to put their spirituality into action in a familiar setting.
Allina Health Patches
Girl Scouts River Valleys is excited to partner with Allina Health to bring healthy living resources to girls. Through two Allina Health resources, Health Powered Kids™ and Change to Chill™, girls build skills to improve their overall well-being by keeping their minds and bodies healthy, creating and maintaining healthy relationships with others, and creatively expressing themselves and their ideas.
Change to ChillAll Grade Levels
Change to Chill is an online resource for girls in grades 6–12 that helps identify stress and its triggers, and provides techniques to manage stress and recharge.
To receive your Change to Chill patch, please fill out the Allina Health Patch Order Form.
The Chiller Challenge
Your girls can create their own chiller-visuals (photos) that help them slow down and step back from stress. Please submit your photos to the Chiller Challenge photo and video contest. Winning chillers will be featured on changetochill.org.
Lead your troop through each step of the Change to Chill Lead a Youth workshop to earn a free Change to Chill Patch!
Health Powered KidsAll Grade Levels
Health Powered Kids (HPK) provides activities and resources that are developed by industry professionals to help girls and to troop leaders work toward existing Girl Scout healthy living badges. After completing two HPK badge activities, girls can earn a free Allina Health patch!
To receive your Health Powered Kids patch, please submit our Allina Health Patch Order Form.