Girl Scouts offers many ways for our members to explore their world and serve their communities beyond Badges and Journeys. Through these opportunities, Girl Scouts can connect with their international sisterhood, celebrate history, tackle global issues, and more! Below you will find GSSNE specific patch programs, GSUSA and WAGGGS patches, religious awards, and National Leadership Awards.
Council patches may be purchased in the Girl Scout Shop located at the council office at 500 Greenwich Ave in Warwick, RI.
For her Silver Award Project, Jordan B. from Troop 602 in Newport/Middletown created a Bike History and Safety Patch Program! It is Jordan’s goal that, as you take on this patch program, you Discover, Connect, and Take Action with the history, safety, and benefits of the bicycle and go on to promote bike safety in your own community.
The Sarah Hazard Nomer Museum began in 1990 after the newly built House-by-the-Side-ofthe-Road opened. A Museum Committee was formed and tasked with the management of the collections and archive. Mrs. Nomer and her daughter participated in Girl Scouts in New York and Rhode Island.
1. A Look at Our Roots
2. People in Our Past
3. Our Council Attic: The Museum Collections
4. Our Camps
Purpose: To discover some history of the local Girl Scout organization, explore a Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England camp, and tour the Sarah Hazard Nomer Museum at Camp Hoffman, West Kingston, R.I.
The Camp S'more Troop Patch and corresponding segments are available for troops that have an interest in camping together.
The main patch and the first 3 segments are earned after the first troop camping experience. Additional segments can be earned as a troop samples the wider variety of camping opportunities available.
The states we live in are unique and exciting! But how much do you really know about where you live? Complete the steps in the My State patch program to learn more about your state!
You may use Rhode Island, Massachusetts, or Connecticut for this patch. Patches are available for all three states are available at the GSSNE shop.
Boston has the biggest population of any city in New England, is steeped in history, has great sports, and many exciting things to do. Complete the Best of Boston to learn more about the capital of Massachusetts.
Some special global badges must be purchased in the online WAGGGS shop.
We’re stronger together. By acknowledging the diversity, heritage, and contributions of our multicultural communities, Girl Scouts can find new ways to make the world a better place for everyone.
Now, Girl Scouts of all levels, your friends, and your leaders have plenty of activities to choose from to earn each segment of this fun patch. Whether they choose to do one or all of them, you’ll discover interesting new things about your neighbors—and yourself by earning the Multicultural Community Celebrations patches.
As Girl Scouts, we take pride in providing service to others and doing what we can to make the world a better place. To recognize older girls—Cadettes through Ambassadors— for their dedication and commitment to both their Girl Scout community and their own communities, Girl Scouts have the opportunity to be recognized for the awards listed below. You will find more information in the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting book for each age level.
When Girl Scouts make a difference in their community and practice the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law, they can earn this award while getting involved with a cause they care about.
Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts have the opportunity to earn their Community Service Bar. All members interested in earning the Community Service Bar may do so by volunteering at least 20 hours for one organization. Girl Scouts must complete training with the sponsoring organization regarding their specific job duties too. These hours may not be rolled over from one level to the next. However, Girl Scouts may earn all three bars by completing 20 hours of service at each level.
These service hours may not be applied towards any other Girl Scout award, Take Action project, or badge work. These hours must be documented and approved by an adult in charge of the service opportunity. Upon completion of the hours, completed the Community Service Bar Form, which will be submitted to the Program Team for approval.
This award is earned by volunteering at least 20 hours for the Girl Scout organization such as helping out with an event for younger Girl Scouts, assisting with council or service unit projects, or blazing trails at camp.
Recognizes Girl Scouts who act as leaders in their community after completing a Girl Scout Leadership Journey and serving for one full term in a leadership position at school, place of worship, library, community center, or similar organization.
Everything in Girl Scouting is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, which includes many of the principles and values common across religions. So while we are a secular organization, Girl Scouts has always encouraged members to take spiritual journeys via their faiths' religious recognitions. Additional information and resources can be found at girlscouts.org/faith.
Girl Scouts of all grade levels can earn the My Promise, My Faith pin, which complements existing religious recognitions and allows them to further strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouts. Once each year, a Girl Scout can earn the My Promise, My Faith pin by carefully examining the Girl Scout Law and tying it directly to tenets of her faith. Requirements for this pin are included in The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for all levels. Read more (PDF).
Created by national religious organizations to encourage the spiritual growth of youth members, religious recognition programs reinforce many of the values integral to Girl Scouting and help Girl Scouts grow stronger in and learn more about their chosen faith. To learn about religious recognitions, contact your local faith leaders.
Please note: Religious awards may not be worked on during meeting times. An additional time must be set aside to work on awards. Meeting prior to or after a regular meeting is acceptable.
Awards are presented to Girl Scouts by their own minister, priest, rabbi, etc. at a ceremony planned by/at the Girl Scout's house of worship.
For more information on the religious awards, visit GSUSA: Girl Scouts and Faith.
The Program Guide for Catholic Scouting (available at GSSNE and the Office of Youth Ministry) details all of the youth and adult awards available. Catholic Cadette & Senior religious awards are presented by the Bishop at a formal Scout Sunday Mass in March. For more details regarding the procedure for the Catholic Awards please contact GSSNE Customer Care.
God is Love (Grades K –1)
This National program helps students discover an appreciation that God created, cares for, and loves us all.
Family of God (Grades 2 & 3)
This National program’s purpose is to help the child explore a wide range of activities & discover the presence of God in their life as a member of their family & parish. Parents and adults serve as advisors to the child and help them grow in religious awareness by talking about the experiences that make up the program.
I Live My Faith Medal
This national award program enables the recipient to grow as a Christian person and to take their place as an active and responsible member of their family, parish, troop, and community.
The purpose of this national award program is to provide the recipient with a unique opportunity to develop new insights into themselves, friends, family, and the world around them.
This program assists Catholic high school-aged Girl Scouts in discovering how the Holy Spirit moves in their lives, calling them to greater participation in the Church's ministry.
Pillars of Faith Award
Girl Scouts who have earned the Family of God, I Live My Faith, the Marian, and the Spirit Alive Medals are eligible to be a recipient of this award.
Procedures for most other religious awards (not Catholic) are as follows:
1. Girl Scouts must obtain the specific booklet for their religion.
2. Parents/Caregivers should review the program guidelines.
3. Families should talk to their religious leaders and show them the booklet before beginning any program.
4. Girl Scouts must complete the requirements, obtain the proper signatures, and follow the instruction to order the recognition or pin.