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Patch Programs

Patch Programs

Please bookmark this page! We regularly add new patch programs.

Patch programs provide unique learning opportunities that may not be available through traditional badge work.

They give troops and individual girls the chance to explore a wide range of topics, discover and cultivate their interests, expand their knowledge, and learn essential skills.

Certain patch programs:

  • Have level-specific requirements
  • May satisfy some badge prerequisites

NEW GSSEM Spirit Week Patch

Get ready to show off that incredible Girl Scout pride during GSSEM Spirit Week, October 17–22, 2022!

Spirit Week Activity Topics

  • Be a Good Citizen
  • Be Girl Scout Proud
  • Be a Helper
  • Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout
  • Be a Friend
  • Be a Go-Getter! (optional)


Next Steps
Once individual girls and troops* have completed the checklist, patches may be purchased for $2.50 each at the Clinton Twp Council Shop or via curbside at

Patches may be purchased until Thursday, December 1, 2022..

* Each troop member must complete the minimum of each activity listed on the checklist to earn their patch.

Spirit Week Activity Checklist Patch Program

Important Curbside Information
Once patches are available

  • On the curbside service order form, please open the grey dropdown bar at the top labeled "IMPORTANT! Order Pickup & Service Center Information."
    Please review the content before purchasing your patch(es).
  • You can find the patch under the Council's Own category or by searching "Spirit Week Patch."
  • After you've clicked "Add to Bag," please select the correct quantity (Qty) of patches before continuing to checkout.
Outdoor Skills Patches

The Outdoor Skills patch program makes it easy for girls to get outdoors and have adventures while learning a variety of important skills!

Once a Girl Scout learns and practices a particular skill, she earns the corresponding Outdoor Skills mini patch—which she can then add to the round base patch attached to her sash or vest.

Mini patches can be earned by attending Outdoor Skills Days, Outdoor Adventure Days, Outdoor Round-Ups, and other events!

Check for the event list for upcoming Outdoor Skills programs and events.

Patch Program PDF »


Outdoor Skills 1
Enjoy a fun day of outdoor games! Girls will learn how to always be prepared, understand water conservation and how to leave our world a better place with Leave No Trace!

Outdoor Skills 1

Outdoor Skills 2
Continue to develop amazing skills and up your outdoor game with team-building games! This level will cover packing for a day hike and navigating the trails with basic orienteering skills.

Outdoor Skills 2

Outdoor Skills 3
Get prepared for a basic camping trip at a campground or in your backyard! Learn about setting up a campsite, basic knots to get you through the night, and how to build a fire for warmth and cooking.

Outdoor Skills 3

Outdoor Skills 4
This is the ultimate Get Outdoors day! Eat your way through the day while learning to cook a meal using a stick, foil pack, and dutch oven techniques and enjoy the fruits (Starbursts) of your labors. Build a mini First Aid kit to have in your back pocket before a basic lesson on backpack fitting, packing, and trip prep.

Outdoor Skills 4


Discover hidden gems in your community at Outdoor Adventure Days! Earn mini patches for the Outdoor Skills Patch at these themed events that offer the opportunity to learn and practice new skills in the outdoors.

Offerings include canoeing at a state park, horseback riding workshops, fly fishing, archery, snow-shoeing, and bicycle tour events. There are different Outdoor Adventure Days for each Girl Scout level!

Event list »


Experience Council-wide events that offer a variety of outdoor adventures with sister Girl Scouts!

Event list »

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Audubon Great Lakes: Wild Indigo Patch

This program is a collaboration between GSSEM and Audubon Great Lakes to create opportunities for exploration in backyards across Michigan.

Many amazing things can be found in a simple square foot of nature. We encourage girls to look around at the many plants, birds, bugs, or even microbes around them and share the wonder of their world with us.

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Audubon Great Lakes: Wild Indigo Patch Program
Beekeeper Patch

To earn the Beekeeper patch, Girl Scouts need to complete a three-part process. They need to Discover, Explore/Connect, and then Take Action.

Patch Program PDF »

Beekeeper Patch Program
Belle Isle Patch

We're incredibly lucky to have the largest city-owned island park in the United States in our backyard!

Belle Isle has so much to offer to everyone who visits, including a rich history. Whether it's your first time, or you frequent the park, make the most of your Belle Isle Adventure by following along in this activity booklet. You'll walk away learning more than you ever knew before.

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Belle Isle Patch Program
Bike Pro Patch

Learn all about biking before you GO! explore!

After earning every patch in this progressive patch program, Girl Scouts will be able to safely and confidently ride a bike for better health, having fun, and getting from one place to another.

Patch Program PDF »

Have you completed all the requirements for your level?
You may purchase your patch via our curbside service order form or in person at the Clinton Twp Council Shop.

Bike Pro Patch Program
Every Girl in a Tent Patch

We're celebrating Girl Scouts' 100-year-plus camping legacy and we want you to take part!

Challenge yourself to experience the outdoors by spending a night under the stars. Earn an exclusive glow-in-the-dark Every Girl in a Tent patch for any outdoor overnight stay in a non-permanent structure (think tent, hammock, or quinzhee) with your troop, family, or Girl Scout sisters.

Patch Program PDF »

Have you completed all of the requirements?
Patches may be purchased at

Every Girl in a Tent Challenge Patch Program
Great Lakes Patch

Living in this Council means that you get the opportunity to live near the Great Lakes!

While completing this patch program, you will engage in fun activities that allow you to learn more and gain a new perspective for these bodies of water.

Patch Program PDF »

Great Lakes Patch Program
Junior Hawkwatcher Patch

The Junior Hawkwatcher patch is a collaboration between GSSEM and the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA).

Girls will learn about raptor identification, behavior, and how to make migration observations.

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Junior Hawkwatcher Patch Program
Metroparks Explorer Patch

Connect with the Huron-Clinton Metroparks!

Girl Scouts will be introduced to different activities in which they may participate within the organization.

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Metroparks Explorer Patch Program
Pheno-Fun: Citizen Science Patch

Pheno-Fun is a four-part patch program for all Girl Scout levels!

Phenology (fee·naa·luh·jee) is the observation and measurement of events over time. While earning all four patches, girls will become citizen scientists and uncover the mysteries of Michigan's seasons.

Each season, girls may earn a patch by:

  1. Attending a virtual event -AND-
  2. Doing an on-your-own activity -OR-
    Attending a GSSEM-sponsored activity.

Pheno-Fun Seasonal Events:

All four, season-specific patches are sold as a set and available for purchase at

Pheno-Fun: Citizen Science Patch Program
Urban Explorer Patch

Discover special, nearby spaces outdoors!

While earning this patch, girls will become explorers and find out exciting activities they can do in their own backyard.

Patch Program PDF »

Urban Explorer Patch Program
Automotive History Patch

Our area has an extensive automotive history that's important for everyone to know about!

The auto industry has had a great impact on our community. Long recognized as the historic heart of the American automotive industry, Detroit took on the nickname "Motor City."

In the late 1800s, Flint was home to a booming carriage-making industry for horse-drawn buggies—which some say was the biggest in the entire world. Hence, Flint became known as "Vehicle City."

Henry Ford pioneered the use of the assembly line in manufacturing automobiles and provided the model for mass production that other industries later adopted.

Program Flyer PDF »

Automotive History Patch Program
Black History Month

February is Black History Month! Let's honor the extraordinary African American women and men who shaped U.S. and Girl Scout history.

This patch program is designed to help Girl Scouts of all backgrounds learn about and engage with the history of African Americans in the United States.

Patch Program PDF »

Have you completed all the requirements for your level?
In early to mid-February, patches will be available for purchase at the Clinton Twp Council Shop or via curbside service at

GSSEM Celebrates Black History Month Patch Program
Discover Detroit Patch

Detroit is the largest city in the state of Michigan and the largest American city on the United States/Canadian border—and there are so many things to see and do there!

Detroit is a major port located on the Detroit River, one of the four major straits that connect the Great Lakes system to the Saint Lawrence Seaway. It has a diverse population and culture. New hotels, scenic and social parks, public transit, bike lanes, and the walkable riverfront are redefining Detroit.

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Discover Detroit Patch Program
Diversity Patch

The values and behaviors of any one group are only different, not superior, to those of any other group of people.

Remember, this is a sensitive issue, and discussions on this subject can be uncomfortable. When you're a Girl Scout, you do great things. You believe in taking action and righting wrongs.

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Diversity Patch Program

The Donate Life patch program was created by Gift of Life Michigan and is intended for all Girl Scout levels.

While earning the patch, girls will learn how to make a difference in their communities by advocating for organ, eye, and tissue donation.

There are more than 100,000 people awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant and hundreds of thousands in need of corneal and tissue transplants. Girl Scouts across the country show a commitment to make the world a better place every day.

Learning about and promoting donation education is just another way for Girl Scouts to do what they do best—change the world.

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Donate Life Patch Program
DTE Electric Hazard Awareness Patch

During this patch program, Girl Scouts will learn about electricity and how to recognize energy risks.

Electricity is amazing and plays a significant role in our lives. However, it's important to learn how to be safe and aware of energy hazards indoors and outside.

To earn the patch:

Have you completed the requirements?
You may purchase a hard copy of the activity book and your patch via our curbside service order form or in person at the Clinton Twp Council Shop.

DTE Electric Hazard Awareness Patch Program
GSSEM History Patch

Much of the history of GSSEM and all Girl Scouts exists in the memories of our elders or lies hidden between the pages of family albums, historical documents, museums, and diaries.

By exploring these buried treasures, girls can gain a greater appreciation and understanding of our history and take these lessons to connect the past with the present through shared experiences. Our sisterhood is full of traditions!

Patch Program PDF »

GSSEM History Patch
GSSEM Perseveres: Mars Rover Patch

NASA has sent a spacecraft carrying a new rover, named Perseverance, to Mars.

Perseverance will land in February and will roam around Mars, collecting samples and sending information back to scientific teams on Earth.

Patch Program PDF »

Complete the number of points to earn our limited-edition 2021 Mars Rover patch!

Have you completed all the requirements for your level?
Patches may be purchased at

GSSEM Perseveres: 2021 Mars Rover Patch Program
Hispanic Heritage Patch

During this patch program, you'll discover Hispanic heritage, culture, and diversity!

"Hispanic" refers to people, cultures, or countries related to the Spanish language, Spanish culture, Spanish people, or to Spain in general. The term commonly applies to countries that were once colonized by Spain in the Americas.

Patch Program PDF »

Hispanic Heritage Patch Program
People Mover Patch

Earn this patch by riding the People Mover in Detroit!

The Detroit People Mover (DPM) is a fully automated light rail system that operates on an elevated single-track loop in Detroit’s central business district.

Launched in 1987, the system’s 13 stations provide quick connections between districts. Service is frequent and unencumbered by vehicle or pedestrian traffic—and at just 75 cents per ride (as of 2019)—it’s the best bargain in town!

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People Mover Patch Program
Precious Medals P.I. Patch

Become a Precious Medals private eye!

Discover and explore some of the mysteries regarding the Girl Scout High Awards, Bronze, Silver, and Gold.

Patch Program PDF »

Precious Medals P.I.
Troop CFO Patch

CFO stands for Chief Financial Officer. Girl Scouts learn skills and earn money through the Product Program sale of candy/nuts and cookies.

In a girl-led environment, your troop makes decisions on how money is spent. This money can be used for supplies, badges, field trips, or other things you may need. Your troop should set goals for a possible camp experience, traveling, or other opportunities you decide on for the future.

Your troop leader oversees the money by keeping it an approved bank account. Each year, their responsible for reporting on how much money your troop earned, how much was spent, and how much is left.

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GSSEM Troop CFO Patch Program