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Patch of the Month Program

Patch programs provide Girl Scouts an opportunity to enjoy a variety of activities while earning a fun patch. Most patch programs are available to Girl Scouts of all grade levels, and some will list different requirements to complete the patch, depending on grade level. Completing patch programs will help your troop along their Journey, and may satisfy requirements for certain badges. It's not necessary to complete the patch programs in the months specified below. Patch programs can be completed at any time! Check back for more fun patch programs to be added in the future.


February: Weird Science
Bring out your inner mad scientist while you experiment with weird science and earn this fun patch! You will research weird science experiments you can do at home, get weird and start experimenting, and share your experiments with family and friends!   


January: Making Dollars and Sense
From setting up a savings account and having financial goals to outlining a simple budget to get you there, earning this Dollars & Sense patch will teach you the basics of personal finances. 


December: Reading
Reading can teach us something new, make us laugh, or transport us to other times and places! Whether you’re a book worm or a beginner, this patch will show you how to use reading to discover, connect, and take action in your community! 

January 2018: Scrapbooking

January: Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is a great year-round activity.

If you are unfamiliar with the term, scrapbooking is a form of preserving or documenting memories and goals. While the word may remind you of photo collages and craft supplies, scrapbooking can also be done digitally. In addition, scrapbooking is no longer only about preserving the past, it is about celebrating your future, too!

February 2018: The Art of Chocolate Making

February: The Art of Chocolate Making

Appreciating and experiencing chocolate is simple and unique to everyone. If you like to just pop it in your mouth and munch away, then we say “yum!” Or, if you enjoy letting the smooth chocolate slowly melt on your tongue, that sounds just as delicious!

But, chocolate must be made before chocolate can be enjoyed! 

March 2018: Knot Fun

March: Knot Fun

Ready to learn a really fun new skill?

Knot tying is fun, but can also be helpful in your everyday life. There are lots of reasons to learn knot tying.

There are practical reasons: To tie your shoes; to secure items and even a DIY leash for your dog. No matter what your situation, knot-tying is one sure way to “be prepared,” which is the Girl Scout motto.

April 2018: Girl Scouting for the Cure

April: Girl Scouting for the Cure

Cancer shows no prejudice, and it impacts all of us. Many people know more than one person who has battled the disease. This includes Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low, who died in her fight against breast cancer. This patch promotes cancer awareness and a healthy lifestyle.

May 2018: Duct Tape

May: Duct Tape Fashion
Duct Tape: It can be used for almost anything—including fashion!

June 2018: Sewing Fun!

June: Sewing Fun!
Feather. Blanket. Straight. Cross. Satin. Zig-zag. Chain. Running. Back. Whip. Slip. Knotting. These are not yoga poses! These are stitches that you can learn as you become a sewing master!

July 2018: Summer Reading

July: Summer Reading
Summer is a great time to kick back, relax and, read.
Research shows that reading throughout the summer can prevent learning loss and expand vocabulary skills, while increasing overall knowledge. Reading is also convenient—you can take a book with you just about anywhere like camping trip or a day at the beach.

August 2018: Diversity

August: Diversity
Focus on celebrating differences and sharing your differences with others. The goal of this fun patch is for you to learn more about what diversity is and to gain understanding of how diversity plays a role in your life, in the lives of other girls in your troop, and in the world around you. 

September 2018: Endangered Species

September: Endangered Species
How would you feel if you found out that your favorite animal—or another kind of animal or even a plant—could soon become extinct? Unfortunately, there is a long list of plants and animals that are considered endangered, which means the species is at serious risk of extinction. This patch will help you learn about endangered species and encourage you to start to think about how you can help.

November 2018 - Honoring Our Veterans

November: Honoring Our Veterans 
With nearly 22 million veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces living among us, it’s likely that at least one of these American heroes is a family member of your family or a close friend. Learn how you can discover, connect, and take action the Girl Scout way to earn this special patch. 

December 2018 - Pie-Making Fun

December: Pie-Making Fun
What’s your favorite kind of pie? Apple? Pumpkin? Steak and oyster? Pies have been around since the time of the ancient Egyptians—that’s why there are so many kinds! Learn how to earn the Pie Making patch the Girl Scout way!

January 2019 - Healthy Living

January: Healthy Living
A new year can mean new beginnings. New Year's resolutions are frequently about physical appearance, but there's more to living healthy. Being a healthy girl means so much more than that! Explore three areas that contribute to you being the healthiest girl you can be!

February 2019 - Senior Pals

February: Senior Pals 
Sometimes people living in nursing homes are far away from friends and family and can get lonely. You can make the world a better place and brighten the day of a senior citizen by earning the Senior Pals patch!

March 2019 - Maple Syrup

March: Maple Syrup
How did watery sap from a tree become such an important part of your breakfast? Through this patch, you’ll get a taste for how maple syrup gets from a tree to your table.

April 2019 - Sun Safety

April: Sun Safety
Why do we need protection from the sun? You can never be too safe so let's take a look at how to protect ourselves and help keep others safe from the sun, too!

May 2019 - Knife Safety

May: Knife Safety
Knowing how to handle and use knives is an important skill for girls to learn. It gives girls a sense of independence, ownership in tasks that require the use of knives, and necessary emergency skills and knowledge. 

June 2019 - Cast Iron Cooking

June: Cast Iron Cooking
Cast iron cooking is a wonderful Girl Scout tradition. For this patch, we’ll explore how to care for and cook with cast iron and how to share your knowledge with others.

July 2019 - Ice Cream Making Fun

July: Ice Cream Making Fun
July is national ice cream month, so it’s a perfect time to cool off with a scoop of your favorite flavor (or try a new, strange flavor). To earn this Patch of the Month you'll learn about the ingredients of ice cream, visit an ice cream shop or stand, and make your very own ice cream! 

August 2019: Explore the S'more

August: Explore the S'more
The delicious s’more is more than just a tasty treat, it’s a Girl Scout tradition that has been around since 1927. Explore the s'more by learning about the history of the s'more, trying new recipes, and sharing your love of s'mores with others.  

September 2019: Canning 101

September: Canning 101
Girl Scouts have been canning since at least as early as 1920 when the Canner badge was introduced. To earn the Canning 101 patch, Girl Scouts will learn about the different types of canning and materials you will need; decide how and what they want to can; and preserve fresh fruits, vegetables, and more!

October 2019: Apple Harvest

October: Apple Harvest 
Discover more about apples and the importance of apples in our lives. While earning this patch, girls will connect to local farmers and orchards and create ways to share what they learn with others. 

November 2019: Bird Conservation

November: Bird Conservation
Western Pennsylvania provides wonderful opportunities to see a variety of bird species, but natural habitats and open spaces are disappearing at an alarming rate. Learn how people can play a critical role in foresting healthy wildlife populations and communities.  



Annual Observance & Awareness Patches

Pennsylvania Paraoptometric Association - Vision Awareness Patch
Pennsylvania Paraoptometric Association (PPA) would like to offer Girl Scouts the opportunity to earn a Vision Awareness Patch. PPA is an association committed to enhancing the quality of eye care. PPA believe the activities required for the girls to earn this patch will make them more aware of the importance of eyesight and good vision care. The girls’ efforts may even spark an interest in Optometry or related fields. Check out the resource guide they've provided to help GSWPA Girl Scouts earn the patch. 

Program Partner Patches

Heinz Memorial Chapel Patch Program
To earn this patch, girls will discover the history represented in Heinz Memorial Chapel at the University of Pittsburgh, learn more about historical figures and neo-gothic architecture, and bring the knowledge she gains from this experience to other girls.