Council Patches are great program opportunities that can easily be implemented by anyone! To earn these patches, girls complete exciting and educational activities related to a certain area of focus. Once the activities are completed, the patch may be purchased in one of our Council Shops. These patches can be added to the back* of your tunic, vest, or sash.

*Please Note: Although some of the patches are shaped like Try-Its, Badges or Interest Project Patches, they are not officially sanctioned by GSUSA. Therefore, Council Patch Programs cannot be used toward Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award requirements and the patches are worn on the back of the uniform.

GSHNJ Patch Programs


Everyone Belongs

Explore one of five broadly designated cultures: Asian, African, European, Latino, Native American or one elective culture.

Girls Go Green

Raise awareness and concern for the wellness of the planet.

Hearts of Service

The Hearts of Service program recognizes and tracks service hours that girls perform as Girl Scouts.

» GSHNJ Service Hours Form

GSUSA Patch Programs


Ban Bossy!

When a little boy asserts himself, he's called a “leader.” Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded “bossy.” Words like bossy send a message: don't raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys—a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead.

Together we can Ban Bossy!

Leader Tips! - How can you as a leader work with your troop?

Parent Tips! - Parents can make a difference too!

Girl Tips! - Girls,  this is for you!

Go to the full Ban Bossy website for  more on the Girl Scout  Ban Bossy initiative !


(For Daisies and Brownies)

GSUSA and Mattel partnered to create this fun career exploration opportunity for Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies. Download the activity booklet and have fun doing all the activities! You can even download your Barbie patch to iron on the back of your Girl Scout vest or sash! 

Be a Friend First

Be a Friend First (BFF) is designed to supplement the aMAZE! Journey. The aMAZE gives middle school girls valuable skills to develop healthy relationships, prevent bully behavior, and become peacemakers in their schools and communities. In BFF, girls get to explore thorny issues like peer pressure, stereotyping, gossip, and cliques through engaging role-plays, creative writing, games, and discussion exercises. They can also create and lead projects in their schools and communities to tackle bullying issues on their terms and turf! Healthy relationships are the solution to bully prevention. BFF inspires girls to lead one another—with friendship!

Free Being Me

Through a partnership with Dove and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), Girl Scouts of the USA launched Free Being Me, a global leadership initiative focused on helping girls better understand global definitions of beauty, define beauty for themselves, and boost their self-confidence in the process.
Girls must complete a minimum of one hour of activities to earn the badge. Badges are free and may be picked up at any of our Girl Scout Gathering Places using the order form below.

Healthy Habits

In partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Girl Scouts has developed three "healthy habits" booklets for volunteers to use in conjunction with their Journey Adult Guides. The booklets will help guide girls on their Journey as they learn to lead active, healthy lifestyles. Through the use of these resources for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors,  Girl Scout volunteers and families can guide girls in fun, easy ways to achieve "energy balance" through awareness of Energy In (the calories you get from eating and drinking) and Energy Out (the calories you burn from physical activities).