Badge and Patch Earning

There are tons of badges and patches out there - but how can you earn them? We're sharing ideas on how troops have earned badges and fun patches that might inspire your girls. Do you have ideas to share? Email the communications team.


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade fun patch

This year, Girl Scouts’ “Building a Better World” float will return to the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, where we’ll celebrate girls building a better world through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

Invite your girls to earn a FUN patch by filling out this questionnaire, turn it in to their leaders, and leaders can order patches from the Girl Scout store for all girls who complete the activity!

Tune in to the 92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, airing nationwide on NBC, Thursday, November 22, from 9:00 a.m. to noon across time zones.

Disability Awareness Badge

Today the Girl Scouts of the USA still offer participation patches for ability awareness and inclusion. The requirements vary from one local council to another, but they may be completed by scouts at all levels from Daisies to Ambassadors. Depending on their rank, the scouts must select up to 9 activities from a menu in order to earn the patch.

Some examples of these activities may be:

  1. Practicing person-first language

  2. Reading and discussing on-topic books

  3. Visiting public buildings and identifying accommodations for people with disabilities

  4. Identifying supports available to students with special needs at school

  5. Learning American Sign Language (ASL)

  6. Learning the braille alphabet

  7. Discussing the talents and compensation strategies of famous people who have disabilities, such as Juliette Gordon Low (founder of Girl Scouts), Stephen Hawking, Temple Grandin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Walt Disney, Helen Keller and Henry Winkler

  8. Practicing using a wheelchair, walking with a blindfold and/or communicating without words

  9. Visiting a social service agency that assists people with disabilities

  10. Interviewing a person with a disability and/or a person who works with people with disabilities

  11. Learning how to be a friend to a person with a disability


Flag Ceremony Service Patch

The Flag Ceremony Service Patch can be a great acknowledgement that your troop respects the American Flag. Especially appropriate for Flag Day activities or patriotic holiday events. 


  • Participate in a community flag ceremony (sign up now >)

  • Volunteer to plan and carry out a flag ceremony in your community. Some ideas are sporting events, political events, assemblies, dedications, town meetings, school events or service unit events


  • Participate in a community flag ceremony (sign up now >)

  • Participate in a Flag Retirement Ceremony

  • Learn how to respectfully retire worn flags. Offer to collect worn flags in your community and properly retire them.