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Council Patch Programs

Introducing the 2016-2017 Business Initiative Patch Program

With a combined contribution of $120,000 to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, CPS Energy, H-E-B, Shining Star ENERGY, Valero Energy Foundation and Wells Fargo have taken the lead in supporting patch programs in each company’s area of expertise.

For today’s girls, reversing environmental threats and improving quality of life will be the work of their generation. CPS Energy’s Environmental Awareness and Energy Conservation Initiative combines environmental education and community action on a regional scale.

Girl Scout programs recognize that physical health, emotional health, and self-esteem are all connected. To further support the “whole girl,” 
H-E-B’s Healthy Living Initiative will give girls the skills they need to keep their bodies healthy, their minds engaged and their spirits alive.

For more than 100 years Girl Scouts has been preparing girls to become leaders.  More than 52% of women in business are Girl Scout Alumnae, so it’s clear our approach is working. Through Shining Star ENERGY's Entrepreneurship Program, Girl Scouts learn about the fundamental dynamics of business, the scope of planning and how to prepare for an enterprising future. Entrepreneurship creates unlimited opportunities as more young women become business leaders.  Will you be next? 

Valero Energy Foundation’s STEM Initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focuses on what girls need to thrive in a rapidly changing world. The nation’s need for STEM professionals is ever-growing, and Valero’s STEM Initiative will encourage girls to push boundaries, test limits and look at the world through inquisitive eyes.

90 percent of all women will have to be financially self-sufficient. The Wells Fargo Financial Literacy Initiative teaches today’s young entrepreneurs vital life skills, such as setting goals, budgeting and saving.

To order patches: Download the Business Patch Initiative Order Form.

CPS Energy - Environmental Awareness

Through environmental awareness programs, girls focus on the care and conservation of our planet. They play an important role in ensuring the well-being of our earth for future generations. Girls discover the connection between their everyday actions and the long-term effects, and how to  make those effects positive.

Girls/troops are eligible for the patch once at least six activities in their grade level booklet are complete. Patches will be given out free of charge to all GSSWT girl members. Please complete the Patch Order Form once you have finished the program. Girl Scout members from other councils may download the booklets and order patches for a minimal cost.

Please complete an evaluation for each program initiative completed and return to GSSWT.

HEB - Healthy Living

Through Healthy Living programs, girls focus on physical and emotional health. By participating in this initiative, girls learn the skills they need to keep their bodies healthy, their minds engaged and their spirits alive. This is the first step to helping every girl attain her personal best in life! By building strong, healthy bodies and learning problem-solving techniques, girls gain the self-confidence and skills needed to develop healthy relationships in which they give and receive the respect and trust every  child seeks. 

Girls/troops are eligible for the patch once at least six activities in their grade level booklet are complete. Patches will be given out free of charge to all GSSWT girl members. Please complete the Patch Order Form once you have finished the program. Girl Scout members from other councils may download the booklets and order patches for a minimal cost.
 
Please complete an evaluation for each program initiative completed and return to GSSWT.

Through our program experience and research, Girl Scouts has a unique understanding of the complex issue of healthy living and what motivates youth -- especially girls -- to adopt healthy lifestyles.

With more than 60 healthy living-related badges and a historic emphasis on health in the Girl Scout experience, girls are educated and empowered to take action to strenghten their physical and emotional health and positively impact their communities and the world.

Additionally, the Girl Scout Reseach Institute report, The New Normal? What Girls Say About Healthy Living, tell us that girls believe health combines good nutrition and physical fitness with emotional and social well-being.

Girl Scouts can provide valuable perspectives and counsel in shaping policies that address this and other serious children's issues.  GSSWT partners with other non-profits and health institutions to promote and research the physical activity of girls.

Wells Fargo - Financial Literacy

ells Fargo is focused on the Financial Literacy Initiative which will provide girls the resources and knowledge on how to set goals and become financially responsible when earning and managing money. Wells Fargo understands the importance of financial education for girls who will become productive citizens and already contribute to the economy.

Girls/troops are eligible for the patch once at least five activities in their grade level booklet are complete. Patches will be given out free of charge to

 all GSSWT girl members. Please complete the Patch Order Form once you have finished the program. Girl Scout members from other councils may download the booklets and order patches for a minimal cost.

Please complete an evaluation for each program initiative completed and return to GSSWT.

Valero Energy Foundation - Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

The need for skilled science, technology, engineering and math professionals is ever-growing. Though traditionally male-dominated, women are having a greater impact in these areas than ever before. In this initiative girls will push boundaries, test limits and look at the world through inquisitive eyes. Whether they’re building a robot, learning the needs of a car’s engine or creating a chemical reaction, girls are moving forward into the future.

Girls/troops are eligible for the patch once at least six activities in their grade level booklet are complete. Patches will be given out free of charge to all GSSWT girl members. Please complete the Patch Order Form once you have finished the program. Girl Scout members from other councils may download the booklets and order patches for a minimal cost.

Please complete an evaluation for each program initiative completed and return to GSSWT.
 
Shining Star ENERGY - Entrepreneurship

Shining Star ENERGY knows the challenges faced by female leaders in business and understands the importance of cultivating entrepreneurial knowledge and skills in young girls. Promoting the pillars of entrepreneurship in every girl changes the future. Girls will say, “I am a leader.” Girls can dominate the marketplace. Watch girls bring cutting-edge ideas to life as the leaders of tomorrow.  

Girls who earn the Shining Star ENERGY entrepreneurship patch will say, “I am a G.I.R.L. A go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader. I can do anything – blaze a trail to my own adventure, achieve my dreams, go beyond expectations. Watch me pioneer an industry, forge a future without boundaries, inspire others and make the world a better place!”

Shining Star ENERGY and Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas are proud to announce the Shining Star ENERGY I Am…I Can…Watch Me entrepreneurship patch partnership. Girls can work on a variety of projects, everything from designing an effective business plan to generating their own industry.


Council Patch Programs

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas Council Patch programs are unique to the Southwest Texas council and are written and developed by our very own girls, volunteers and staff. These patch programs provide the opportunity to explore topics beyond those in the handbooks and other GSUSA resources. Girls world-wide are invited to share in the fun of earning our council patches. Simply download the program of your choice or send a list of the program(s) desired, include $3 for the first patch program plus $1 for each program thereafter, and your mailing address to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas | Attn: Resource Center | 811 N Coker Loop | San Antonio, Texas 78216.

To order the patch or inquire about pricing, contact the Girl Scout Shop (210-349-2404/800-580-7247 ext. 244).

The Peace Patch

The Peace Pole at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center was planted in 2008 and dedicated at the Building Blessing ceremony on March 30. This patch program, created by Kaitlyn DeHaven as part of her Silver Award project, was developed in honor of the original Peace Garden in Hiroshima, Japan, which was built in 1958 in memory of 12 year old Sadako Sasaki. This original peace garden represents the beginning of the children’s movement for World Peace. The patch program encourages girls to learn about peace pole traditions, explore efforts for world-wide peace and acceptance, and inspires them to make a personal commitment.

Religions around the World
Historically, Girl Scouting has been committed to diversity and a rich tapestry of religious beliefs is reflected in the Girl Scout membership. Our organization continues to be enriched by members of all faith groups. The purpose of this patch program is to provide an opportunity for all Girl Scouts to develop an understanding and appreciation of different religions. Girls will be able to develop this understanding through participation in activities that explore the beliefs and practices of the world’s religions.
 

Exciting Updates to Council Patch Programs

In Girl Scouting, it’s not just “what girl’s do” but “how” they do it. The organization's focus is on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Through activities that are girl-led, encourage cooperative learning, and provide opportunities for learning by doing, girls discover and explore their unique strengths and abilities, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place. These three keys to leadership -– Discover, Connect, and Take Action -- are based on the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law. The activities in each key build upon the others to provide the foundation for girls of today to become the leaders of tomorrow. By involving these important elements, we can ensure program quality and promote the fun and friendship so important to Girl Scouting.

Interested in providing feeback? Need to order BPI patches? Download the Evaluation and BPI Form Here.