The GSCI Monthly Patch Program is for troops and girls who are interested in additional activities. A new patch program is offered each month, and includes the following:
When the patch program is complete, follow these three steps to obtain your patches:
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stacy Marksberry, at 888-623-1237 ext. 1303.
Summer 2015 Monthly Patch Program
Girl Scouting can be a year-round activity for girls. Just because school is out for the summer does not mean girls should not continue to grow as Girl Scouts. The summer months provide unique opportunities for Girl Scouts to participate in activities that require warmer weather or take longer to accomplish. This patch program is designed to recognize a troop’s or individual girl’s summer activities. For troops, the summer program should include the new girls who have bridged into your troop.
Ongoing Patch Programs
Presidents Volunteer Service Award
The Girl Scouts of Central Illinois have recently become a qualifying organization for the Presidents Volunteer Service Award. We want to be able to recognize the leaders and girls that we serve who are contributing to their community through service. If you are interested in working towards the Presidential Volunteer Service Award please contact Kelly Day. The website for more information can be located at http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/
Now, more than ever, service is necessary to tackle the most pressing issues of our times, and Americans are accepting the challenge. The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) recognizes, celebrates and inspires community service leaders and volunteers to lead the charge.
How it Works
Individuals, families and groups that meet the criteria are eligible for the PVSA.
Hours are measured over a 12-month period and awards are designated based on cumulative hours. The awards are offered in multiple levels and are designed to recognize each milestone of your service achievement. Levels include bronze, silver, gold and the highest honor, the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in their lifetime.
Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition, recipients will receive a personalized certificate, an official pin, medallion or coin, a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States and a letter from the President of Points of Light and the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Girl Scouts Mental Health Awareness Patch
With the increase in youth bullying, suicide and drug use, Girl Scouts are actively fighting to create change. Through a program written by International Bipolar Foundation to educate and reduce the stigma of mental illness, Girl Scouts can earn the Mental Health Awareness Patch developed by IBP for playing a positive role in their communities. With approximately 1 in 4 people in the U.S. diagnosed with a mental illness, awareness of those impacted is also growing. The opportunity to learn about mental health is consistent with the Girl Scout organization's dedication to the health and well-being of all girls. In earning the patch, Girl Scouts:
Learn how the brain impacts mental health
Complete the patch program and mail in the report to IPF and they will send you free patches! For IBF’s website please visit http://www.ibpf.org/
GSCI Camp Patch Program
Pack your bags and hit the road to discover all of GSCI’s Girl Scout Camps. This one-of-a-kind patch program gives you a few activities to complete at each camp. The unique patch will look great on your vest/sash or even on your camp bag! Collect all of them or just a few!
Free Being Me
Strong body confidence is an important step towards building self-esteem, empowering the leaders of tomorrow. But in societies all over the world, children and
young people list the way they look among their top concerns. They feel under pressure to change their appearance to fit in with society’s narrow image of beauty, which is presented in the media and idealized by their peers.
Global research shows that low body confidence holds young people back from reaching their full potential, with over 60 per cent of girls avoiding activities they love because they feel bad about their looks. This includes important life activities like trying out for teams and clubs, putting their hand up in the classroom, dancing and swimming, going to parties and even giving an opinion. When girls choose not to participate fully in this way, they are missing out on opportunities to grow and develop their capabilities in other ways, and we as a society miss out.
Free Being Me addresses this issue directly, helping you to support your group to become more body confident, and not let concerns about their appearance hold them back from becoming active, responsible and confident citizens of the world. Body confidence helps children and young people build the foundations they need to become role models and leaders in their communities.
Say No to Bullying and Yes to Friendship – GSCI Patch Program
Bullies and bullying are two of the biggest problems in our children’s lives today. help the girls in your troop complete this patch program and give them the opportunity to learn a few new ways to combat bullying or give them the chance to brush up some of their skills. Bullying doesn’t just hurt the person being bullied but also the community the child belongs to. Friendships, caring, sharing, compliments, courage, and honesty are all topics that the girls need to know about in order to help build a bully-free community. If your girls come up with an amazing way to spread the word on being bully free please share it with us! Patch is available year round.
The Uniquely ME! program offers an exciting and simple way to help enhance girls’ self-esteem. As girls practice the self-esteem building concepts within the different activities, they are working toward the Girl Scout Leadership Outcomes by discovering and developing a strong sense of self gaining practical life skills, connecting with other girls and developing healthy relationships, and taking action to help other girls by sharing what they have learned. Patches for this program are free to the participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please complete the Uniquely ME! Patch Program and return the order form to receive your patches.