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Council Patch Programs

In Girl Scouts, girls develop courage, character, and self-esteem. Through council patch programs, Girl Scouts follow requirements that link them with local organizations and resources, helping them develop a lasting sense of responsibility and accountability to their communities.

All patches are available for purchase in each of the three shops. 

Bullying: Take Control (all ages)
In this patch program, girls learn how to proactively address situations of relational aggression and tension. The program promoted bullying intervention and prevention in girls of all ages.

Coat of Many Colors patch (Brownie, Junior, Cadette)
This patch program is dedicated to Dolly Parton’s song “Coat of Many Colors” and the resilience and character it speaks of. You can complete all the activities, even if you’re not a Girl Scout!

Explore Jonesborough patch (all ages)
Visit and Explore Jonesborough - the oldest town in Tennessee – with a fun and hands-on experience in history, culture, arts, and more. Go back to the 19th century with a visit an old-fashioned schoolhouse, listen to nationally-known storytellers, or take a tour of the town with a fun character guide! You will Discover, Connect, and Take Action your way through this Storytelling Capital of the World.

Explore Knoxville patch (all ages)
Updated for 2017! Visit and explore Knoxville museums, historical attractions, and more! Choose from 11 area museums of all varieties to work towards completion of the patch.

Leave only Footprints (all ages)
Who owns Camp Adahi, Camp Tanasi, and Camp Wildwood? If you’re a Girl Scout – you do! By working together, we can makes sure our camps are wonderful places for girls for years to come!

The Needle and Thread patch (Junior, Cadette)
This patch program will introduce Juniors and Cadettes to fiber arts, embroidery, and handwork. They will learn about past and current textile arts, tools and techniques, and then do hands-on creation or embellishing! The seven steps can be completed on your own or with a group. Field trips to a museum or exhibit and to a store are included, with online options available.

Our Girl Scout Story patch (all ages)
This patch program was developed by the museum volunteers to help girls understand the first century of Girl Scouting. It uses a “wheelie” filled with materials for earning the patch at all levels. 


Raccoon Run patch (all ages)
Come enjoy the varying habitats at Camp Tanasi.  Use your eyes, ears, nose, and mind to become a discoverer on our trail. Your walk down the trail should bring you closer to the nature all around you and help you learn and remember things about the past.

Save a Bee patch (all ages)
New for 2017! In this patch program, girls Discover new things about honey bees and how they are important in ecosystems, Connect with others to share knowledge and ideas, and Take Action by spreading the word about how to stop the decline of the honey bee population. This program also has a Mentor Resource Guide.

Secret City Heritage patch (Brownie and up)
This new patch program was developed by Girl Scout Museum volunteers, for girls to learn about and explore Oak Ridge, Tennessee – the Secret City. It uses a packet of materials available for checkout from local service center shops, which includes games and other information.