Introducing the 2013-2014 Initiative Patch Programs
With a combined contribution of $150,000 to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, CPS Energy, H-E-B, SWBC, Valero Energy Corporation 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.
Valero Energy Corporation’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.
Soon 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
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. As Girl Scouting approaches its 100th anniversary, the organizations focus is on the new 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.
All Patch Programs
The following patch programs are unique to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. Copies of the patch requirements are available in the Resource Center and the patches can be purchased in the Girl Scout Shop.