Introducing the 2018 - 2019 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, Texas A&M San Antonio, The Tobin Endowment 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
Girl Scout programs recognize that physical
health, emotional health, and self-esteem are all connected. To
further support the “whole girl,”
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
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.
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.