What You Need To Know About Girl Scout Patches
Girl Scout patches are designed and worn to show not only your membership to the Girl Scout organization but also the awards, recognitions, and accomplishments you or your daughters have earned. But more than anything else, these patches are great ways to accent a Girl Scout attire or uniform. They bring happiness and a sense of fulfillment and pride even for the little girls who wear them.
The different types of patches, badges, or insignia your Girl Scout could wear
When planning to adorn your girl scout’s attire with patches, you should take note that there are two general types of patches you could have or acquire; the official ones and the unofficial patches. Of course the official ones are the patches designed and awarded solely by the Girl Scouts of the USA or any other country. On the other hand, the unofficial ones like the Girl Scout fun patches are merely marketed by suppliers serving as colorful accessories and additional embellishments to the attire or uniform.
For the official badges and patches, they are usually classified according to the Girl Scout’s grade level:
- The Daisy Girl Scout patches are used and awarded to Girl Scouts or students under the K-1 or Kindergarten level.
- The Brownies patches are used and awarded for Girls Scouts or students under the Grade 2-3 levels.
- The Juniors patches are for the 4th to 5th graders.
- The Cadettes patches are for the 6th to 8th graders.
- The Seniors patches are for the 9th to 10th graders.
- And the Scout Ambassadors patches are for the 11th and 12th graders.
- All adults aged 18 and above who are member of the Girls Scouts also have their own patches or badges.
Girl Scout patches earned versus those acquired
So, will you just purchase a patch from the market or would you or your daughter work hard for it to acquire one? Basically, you can do both. You can always purchase the specially designed patches being marketed on shops and on the internet. But it is also important for you or your daughter to earn and receive the exclusive patches being given by the Girl Scout organization. If you or your daughter has earned these patches by completing the program requirements, it brings more joy and pride when wearing them.
How the patches are attached
Dependent on their make, patches for Girl Scouts can be fixed or attached to the uniform in two ways; either by sewing it or ironing it on.
Sew-on patches. Sew-on patches are usually the embroidered ones which don’t feature a back adhesive and can only be fixed by sewing it manually or mechanically to the attire or uniform.
Iron-on. The Iron-on patches on the other hand are the sticker type of Girl Scout patches. They feature a special kind of adhesive which can stick and get fixed to the uniform when the patch surface is pressed and heated by a flat iron.
Important note when attaching or wearing patches
You must note that the special or custom Girl Scout patches you buy or order should not be worn in front of your Girl Scout’s sash, tunic, or vest. These places are restricted or reserved areas for the official patches and badges earned. Additionally, the official patches should only be worn or fixed on the uniform when the Girl Scout has already completed the corresponding program.