Girl Scouts from any council are welcome and encouraged to participate in Girl Scouts OSW's council patch programs. For a listing of available patch programs, view the Council Patch programs summary or browse the page below.
To purchase patches, contact any GSOSW shop »
If you have questions, contact the Girl Leadership Experiences team at (800) 338-5248.
Council's Own Patch Programs & Backpatches
The Golden Trefoil
Due June 30
The Golden Trefoil Program was established for Girl Scout troops whose girl and adult members have worked together to maximize their Girl Scout experience. Excellence as a group requires a shared goal, achievements along the way, teamwork and laughter. With common objectives, troops stand to gain the most Girl Scouts has to offer! All program levels are encouraged to strive towards this recognition. Download the application »
Troop's Own Awards
Girls in the troop pick a topic, name the recognition, come up with the activities needed and design the patch. Before getting started be sure the subject is not the same as any other earned award.
How do we start?
Make sure the topic is in keeping with the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
Find out if the topic can support the right number of activities for the Girl Scout grade level.
Make sure all the girls in the Girl Scout troop/group want to explore the topic.
How should we structure the requirements?
Look at the contents and anatomy of a Try-it, Badge or Interest Project Award. A Troop's Own Award should follow the same guidelines.
Do we need approval?
Yes. Contact your the Girl Leadership Experiences team for approval.
How do we create the activities?
The Girl Scout troop brainstorms a list of possible activities. Then review the list and ask:
Are the activities safe?
Are the activities original?
Can all the girls in the Girl Scout troop do the activities? If not, can they be adapted?
Are there people in the community who can help with the activities?
Are the activities fun and interesting?
Are there enough options so that everyone’s interests and talents can be explored?
Are the activities affordable or free?
Are the activities challenging?
Will all of the girls have enough time to complete them?
Do the activities show respect for all kinds of people?
Will the girls learn or do something new?
Is a community service activity included?
How do we get the patch?
The program specialist you received approval from will let the Girl Scout store know that you are ready to create your patch. The Girl Scout store staff will then get you in touch with a patch company that is an approved Girl Scout vendor. Having a small quantity embroidered can be quite expensive, so consider ordering blanks and creating your own design with fabric paint.
Program Partner Patches
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