Free Being Me - GSUSA, in partnership with the World Association of Girl Guide and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and Dove has launched Free Being Me, a global leadership program developed to give girls a safe space to strengthen their self-confidence. Using the It's Your Story, Tell It! Journeys, together with the Free Being Me curriculum, girls explore issues of beauty and body confidence and build their leadership skills.
These exciting new activities center around a topic that girls are anxious to explore and are excited to Take Action on.
•Do you have an event coming up? Think about exploring issues related to body confidence utilizing these cutting edge activities!
•Do your girls love their It's Your Story, Tell It! Leadership Journey? They can take the themes of beauty and body confidence further through Free Being Me activities.
•Are your girls interested in exploring ideas of global beauty? Are they looking to make a connection with girls around the world? Girls around the world are participating in the Free Being Me activities, become a part of the movement!
Be a part of the 1.5 million US girls participating in FBM! Help us reach our goal by filling out the form on the right of this page to download the Free Being Me curriculum at no cost. Included in the download are:
•Activities for girls ages 7-14
•The Free Being Me leader guide
•A teaser activity to get girls engaged and interested in themes of global beauty
•Information on how to get the patch, available for girls who complete the Free Being Me activities and Take Action Project
Click below for the Volunteer and Appropriate Age Level Curriculum.
Keep the Promise - Live the Law - The Keep the Promise - Live the Law patch program explores the different parts of the Girl Scout Promise and Law. The program is designed to invite each girl to reconnect to the values that affirm the foundation of the Girl Scout program.Girls demonstrate an understanding of the Promise and the Law and their ability to incorporate them into their everyday actions. Click here to download the requirements to the Keep the Promise and Live the Law patches.
Blood Buddies - This patch program is designed to educate girls and adult volunteers about blood, its importance and the critical need for blood donations. The patch requirements help to ensure that our girls are aware of what a precious commodity blood is. Click here to download the requirements for the Blood Buddies patch program.
Be Prepared - This emergency preparedness patch program prepares Girl Scouts to identify local risks and potential emergencies, connect with local community service agencies, understand hazards and appropriate protective actions, learn local alerts and warning systems, prepare themselves and their family for emergencies, deal with emotional responses to an emergency, and discover how to get trained and become involved in community emergency planning. Click here to download the requirements for the Be Prepared emergency preparedness patch program.
In Her Honor - Established to honor our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, who died from breast cancer, this patch program is designed to promote breast health and cancer prevention. Girls will learn the importance of breast health by participating in games, crafts, research and other activities. All age levels are invited to participate in this program. Click here to download the requirements and activities for the In Her Honor breast health project patch program.
My Family Loves Girl Scouts - The My Family Loves Girl Scouts patch program was created to help families become more aware and involved in their daughter's Girl Scout experience. It will help you see first-hand how Girl Scouting gives your daughter tools for the future. We strongly encourage parents and other family members to become involved and have fun spending time with the special Girl Scout in their family. Click here to download the requirements for the My Family Loves Girl Scouts patch.
Take the 7 Day Screen Free Challenge - The average American kid between the ages of 6 and 18 spends six hours in front of a computer screen each day. TV and computers can be fun and educational, but it’s easy to spend more time in front of screens than we realize.Too much screen time can contribute to poor school performance, attention problems, and even obesity. Take the 7 Day Screen Free Challenge! Dim your screen for National Screen Free Week on Monday, May 4, 2015 – Sunday, May 10, 2015, or you can choose to do this patch program at any time with your troop or your family. Click here to download the requirements for the 7 Day Screen Free Challenge.
Healthy Eating - With the increasing rates of childhood obesity, it is now more important than ever to give our bodies the best foods possible. Much like fueling a car with good, clean gasoline, we need to fuel our bodies with good, clean foods. The Healthy Eating Patch is designed for girls to not only make healthy eating choices, but also to learn the reasons why eating healthy is so important. This patch program will provide girls with the knowledge to make good food choices, while teaching the girls that healthy foods are tasty and enjoyable. Girls will learn alternative, healthy options for some of their favorite food choices. Click here to download the requirements for the Healthy Eating Patch Program.
Media Savvy - Our fast-paced society requires world knowledge to be available with just a click of a button. The media serves us with this knowledge in a variety of ways. The Media Patch Program will get the girls involved in the many different outlets of media, including news media, social media, and radio. At the end of this program, the girls will understand the importance of the “me” in the word “media.” Throughout this program, you will meet local media “stars,” read a book that has been adapted as a movie, identify websites developed for girls only, cover a Girl Scout event as a news reporter, form an online book club, and much more. Click here to download the requirements for the Media Savvy Patch Program.
World Thinking Day 2015 - Each year on February 22, World Thinking Day, girls participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries. World Thinking Day is part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Global Action Theme (GAT) based on the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to improve the lives of the world's poorest people. Check back in January 2015 to find the World Thinking Day Patch Requirements for your age level.
Stockings for Children - The holidays are time for giving so others may receive. Girls are encouraged to fill stockings for children in need, children's pediatric units at hospitals, victims of natural disasters, etc. Contact your local hospital, Salvation Army, service organization or church to donate items. Fill stockings with personal items, small toys, candy, games, pencils, pens, jewelry, etc. Each girl who donates at least one filled stocking may purchace the Stockings for Children patch.
One Warm Coat - Have an extra coat in your closet? This is what One Warm Coat is all about – asking people to donate extra items to help someone in need. The goal of One Warm Coat is to provide any person with a warm coat, free of charge. Troops and girls are encouraged to make donations to local agencies who will distribute the coats, at no cost, to those in need. Each girl who donates at least one coat may purchase the Coat Drive patch.
Food Drive - Troops are encouraged to collect canned goods and other non-perishable food items for local programs and organizations that provide assistance to those in need. Troops should take donated items directly to the benefiting organizations. Each girl who donates at least two canned items may purchase the Food Drive patch.
Goodwill Service Project - Put your donations to work putting people to work. Every 72 seconds someone gets a job – and comes closer to achieving personal and financial independence – thanks to Goodwill and Girl Scouts. In February, Goodwill Industries will provide 6 imprinted plastic bags for each girl participating in the service project. The bags will be distributed to troops at the February service unit meetings. Girls are encouraged to distribute bags to friends and neighbors. Filled bags can be taken directly to a Goodwill receiving location or to one of the GSGMS scheduled donation sites (watch your eNewsletter for scheduled sites). Each girl that fills 6 bags will receive a Goodwill Good Turn patch.
Acorns & Oaks - The Acorns and Oaks program encourages Girl Scouts to provide service to senior members of the community. It provides girls with an intergenerational opportunity that will foster understanding of and support for senior citizens and adult care facilities. To earn this patch, girls can make cards, play bingo, sing songs, or simply visit senior citizens in the community, at nursing homes, at assisted living centers or adult daycare facilities. Girls who perform this service once will be eligible to purchase the Reaching Out to the Elderly patch. May is National Older Citizens Month.
Patches May Be Purchased At Your Local GSGMS Council Shop