Introducing the 2017-2018 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?
The Tobin Endowment introduces girls to all forms of art with an emphasis on education as part of its Arts Initiative. Its program will provide an in depth view of the arts in our community and its impact on personal development. Through the encouragement of artistic expression, girls improve their self-esteem, feel motivated to explore new interests and may even develop new talents in music, dance or visual arts.
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.
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.
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