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National Girl Scout Patch Programs



Keep America Beautiful

Although the Keep America Beautiful patch had activities, it was unofficial and NOT worn on the front of the sash

The Ambassador and Ambassador Aide program was launched in 1975,
for Girl Scouts who move and for the new troop
that accepted the moved Girl Scout.
This brief program (gone by 1979) encouraged any
Girl Scout who moved to share
with her new troop something about her old community;
 local customs, unique celebrations, etc.
 This would qualify her to be an Ambassador.
The troop accepting the new girl
would share information about her new community.
 This would qualify them for the Ambassador Aide patch.
There is no indication in the October 1975 issue
 of the Girl Scout Leader magazine that this program
 was limited to any certain age level of Girl Scouting.

My Own Thing was a summer program
 for Girl Scouts from 1975-1978. The Nov-Dec 1975
issue of the Girl Scout Leader's Magazine:
This program encourages the use of outside consultants
 working directly with an individual girl
 on a specific interest she may have that the troop does not.
The program seeks to retain membership by involving girls
 in individual activities that run
through the summer and end in the fall.
When regular troop meetings resume again,
 girls report to the troop on their activities
 and are awarded the "My Own Thing" patch for participation.



The national Girl Scout "Action 70" program

 involved awareness of prejudices. 1970 era

This curious patch may have been for Action 70, or for the "My Own Thing" program or maybe a combination of both?

International Year of the Child 1979

United Nations proclamation

GSUSA noted the theme for Girl Scout Week 1979 was
 "Find The Gift In Every Child".
Celebration in 1979 as the International Year of the Child
 gives Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. a unique opportunity
 to focus attention on what Girl Scouting is all about
recognizing the potential in all children
 and providing opportunities for them
 to discover and express the gifts within themselves. 
Girl Scout Leader Mar/Apr 1979

Every council received a supply of buttons
 with the message "Find The Gift In Every Child"
along with their IYC task force kit.

This official Bicentennial patch
could be worn on the uniform from 1974-1975.
Girl Scouts were encouraged to find "hidden heroines"
in their communities,
 learn from them and then share what they have learned.

This official Bicentennial patch
could be worn on the uniform from 1974-1976.
The Girl Scout Bicentennial program was
officially recognized as part of the
 American Revolution Bicentennial program
 and allowed to use the Bicentennial symbol (the star).

Although the eco-action patch did not have a program requirement,
 the Girl Scout Leader magazine would print
 thought provoking short articles around the subject of ecology,
 encouraging girls to think for themselves
about their role in the ecology movement.

1972 - 1978


The badge and interest project patch weren't introduced until 1980.

Girl Scout Leader Oct. 1975 : 
The idea behind Horizons '76 is to encourage
grass-roots community programs
 to improve the quality of life on the local level.
Girl Scouts' special part of the program is dedicated
 to the involvement of significant women in America's future.

A continuation of the Bicentennial theme, unofficial
(not to be worn on the front of the uniform or sash).

Catalog No. 14-762, 50 cents


Contemporary Issues Patch program began in 1988



No patch offered, only certificates