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The Council Own and National Earned Awards and patch programs are available to purchase online through the Girl Scouts of Northern California store. Please note that shipping and handling will be added to all online orders.
Members of Girl Scouts of Northern California will not be charged for shipping and handling if they use the GS NorCal Council's Own Order Formand have badges shipped to the closest GS NorCal store in their area for members to pick up.
Council's Own Update
There have been some changes to what we have known as our Council’s Own badge and patch programs. GSUSA has shifted their requirements for badges (per the Girl Guides to Girl Scouting) and is in the process of restructuring the Council’s Own program nationwide to reflect the new programming of Girl Scouts! We are very excited for this new development.
As we get ready for the release of the new Council’s Own Guidelines from GSUSA, we are phasing out the existing Council’s Own patch and badge programs that reflected the old program. There are still some Council’s Own patches and badges available online … at a discount!
Once GSUSA releases the new guidelines for the Council’s Own our Program Department will begin developing a brand new Girl Scouts of Northern California Council’s Own Badge Program.
Some of the legacy Fun Patches will continue to be sold through the GSNorCal Retail Stores, but they will no longer have “requirements”. Troops interested in earning the “California Missions,” “Walk a Mile,” and lots of other local interest fun patches can design their own activities for these. As Fun Patches are unofficial and should be worn on the back of the Girl Scout sash, vest or tunic.
Fish that live in the San Francisco Bay have adaptations (special body parts) that help them live in their watery world. Explore why fish are unique while earning the In the Bay Badge!
In the Flyway
Birds are everywhere! As you walk around your neighborhood, you may hear and see many different kinds of birds. The San Francisco Bay Area is home to thousands of birds. Begin to understand more about these amazing animals with the In the Flyway Badge!
In the Wind - Secret Lives of Ships
Water is beautiful and water can be fun, too. Water can also help us get things done because ships have always done a lot of work on water. They carry things to us and they take things we make to people far away. Children have often lived on ships. Let us see how you might live at sea by completing the In the Wind - Secret Lives of Ships Badge!
In the Bay
There are plants and animals in every body of water. Some are big and some are very small. But no matter their size, they are connected to each other through a food chain. With the In the Bay badge you have a chance to take a look at how food chains work and discover how you are connected to life in the San Francisco Bay!
In the Flyway
As seasons change, bird populations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area also change. San Francisco Bay is part of the Pacific Flyway. This is the major migratory path for birds, extending from Alaska to the tip of South America. Become a junior ornithologist (a person who studies birds) and keep track of who's coming, who's going and who is just staying put with the In the Flyway Badge.
In the Mud
What's so great about mud? Everything! San Francisco Bay's mud provides habitat, food and shelter for hundreds of species of plants and animals. Explore the mud, learn about the unique animals that call it home and find out why scientists are concerned with non-native species as you complete the In the Mud badge.
In the Wind - Secret Lives of Ships
Girls can do anything, of course. In the time of the great tall ships, many people thought girls and women should stay ashore and work. But some girls and women went aboard and worked and had fun, too. The In the Wind badge will ask you to imagine how you would use your skills, physical, mental and emotional to live an adventurous life at sea.
Heritage Discovery Patch Program -Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador
Do you wonder what it was like to be a Girl Scout in 1912, when Juliette Low started the first Girl Scout troop in the United States? Travel back in time with the Heritage Discovery Patch Program, available for all age levels, and experience what Girl Scouting was like when it started! Discover what previous uniforms use to look like, do an activity from an out handbook, visit the museum (now you can even do this virtually) or learn all about Juliette Low's story. Then connect with somebody who was a Girl Scout before you, learn an old song or game or maybe bake up a batch of old varieties of Girl Scout Cookies. Take Action by making a display of what you've learned, put on a fashion show of historic uniforms or teach something you've learned to other Girl Scouts. Check out the different requirements for your grade level. Click here to learn more about 100th Anniversary activity patches.
Lovely Llamas Patch Program - Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador
The purpose of Lovely Llama Patch Program is to provide the opportunity for girls to increase awareness of the breed and encourage interaction with the Llamas at Skylark Ranch Girl Scout Camp. Through participation in this patch program girls will learn how to handle llamas, and how to be comfortable around them.
The Girl Scouts Global Action award, developed in partnership with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), is an exciting and enriching way for Girl Scout Daisies to Ambassadors to participate in realizing the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which aim to reduce extreme poverty and impact major world concerns by 2015. There are requirements for every age level!
Each year on February 22, World Thinking Day, girls honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts by taking time to give thanks for their international friendships and remember that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community—one of nearly 150 countries that are members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). There is an award for each age level to help girls learn more about the World Thinking Day theme.