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These patch programs are unique to Suffolk County and were either designed by GSSC, a local Girl Scout or a troop from Suffolk County. Girl Scouts from all over the nation participate in these patch programs. 

Summer Bucket List Challenge 2022
Jump into the outdoors by participating in our Summer Bucket List Challenge! 

Complete 10 out of 20 summer-themed activities from the list below by August 31, 2022. Some activities may require adult assistance.

Purchase your patch at our Girl Scout Shoppe in Commack or Online for Pick-up.

  1. Have a backyard campout with your family
  2. Identify three types of birds in your neighborhood
  3. Make a “Beach-in-a-jar" keepsake (Instructions)
  4. Have a water balloon toss
  5. Participate in the Girl Scouts Love The Outdoors Challenge 
  6. Go on a hike and help clean up the trail by picking up litter
  7. Make a flower crown (Instructions)
  8. Visit a farm
  9. Watch the clouds and describe what you see with a friend (or family member) 
  10. Make a bird feeder from items in your home, get creative!
  11. Spot a firefly
  12. Read a book outside
  13. Go to the beach and create sand drizzle sculptures (Instructions)
  14. Throw a backyard movie night with your friends and/or family
  15. Make easy no-churn homemade ice cream (Instructions)
  16. Look for stars in the night sky and learn about constellations
  17. Go on a bug hunt and find a bug you’ve never seen before
  18. Do yoga outdoors
  19. Tie-dye something outdoors
  20. Do a cannonball in the pool, have a friend or parent film you, and rate your splash!
Girls in Government

The Girls in Government patch was created to encourage girls to interface with inspiring female elected officials and learn about career opportunities in public service.

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Centennial of Women's Suffrage in NY

Celebrating the 100-year anniversary of New York women gaining the right to vote—three years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Created in collaboration with the NYS Women’s Suffrage Commission, Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York and Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul’s Office.

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Girl Scouts Are Fit

Girl Scouts know that in order for our girls to have bright, healthy futures it is important for them to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. 

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Girl Scouts Support Our Troops

Offers Girl Scouts everywhere the opportunity to show their support for the brave women and men serving in our military. 

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Girl Scouts Are Prepared

Are you prepared for a natural disaster? You should know what your risks are and how to prepare to protect yourself, your family and your community. 

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Hear My Words

When you earn this patch, you will learn about the deaf cultures and the hearing impaired in your community. Created by Cadette Troop 1668. You can purchase the patch at our GS Shoppes.

Please complete 4 of the following 10 requirements:

  1. The Founder of Girl Scouts! Juliette Low, the founder of Girl Scouts, is connected very closely to the Deaf Community. ln your Junior Girl Scout Handbook, start learning about Juliette Low by reading page 3 in the Girl Scout Basics section. How do you think Juliette Low would've lived in the world today? What's out there that would've helped her now as opposed to then? Create a chart and compare/contrast things that were available then and things that are available now. Discover the universal Logo for the hearing impaired, what does it mean? Can you locate a hearing impaired logo in your neighborhood? 
  2. Let’s Chat! lf the Deaf can't listen with their ears, how do they communicate? With your group, explore at least three ways that the Deaf can communicate with others. Try at least one of these communication types for yourself. Would you be able to communicate with the world around you? 
  3. Deaf Events Research events happening in your area that relate to Deaf Culture. Go to your library, look on the computer, or ask someone who may know about an event. You can always check out some websites like:,,, or These are the websites of some Deaf organizations. Find and attend an event of your choice. Connect with a deaf person at the event you're attending. What do you notice here that's different from ordinary events? Discuss this with your group. Volunteer at a Deaf Event. Share your experiences with fellow Girl Scouts. 
  4. Techno YES Technology today brings new and exciting ways to communicate with others, including the Deaf. The following technologies bridge the gap between the two different worlds. Research and experience at least one of the following: 
    • Web CapTelRelay services (7-11, 4-11, etc.)
    • TTY (teletypewriter)
    • Closed captioning/subtitles
    • FM Transmitters
    • Bed Shaker alarm clocks 
    • Example: for closed captioning/subtitles, research the topic and watch part of a movie with the subtitles or captions on and no sound.
  5. Who Am I? There are two different categories of deaf people. Learn about the following:Aural/Oral DeafASL DeafWhat are the similarities? What are the differences? What's out there that could help each category? Come up with your own idea's to make your Community more accessible to the hearing impaired. 
  6. Nice to Meet You Living within the community, there are many Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (H/H). Statistically, one out of ten people are hearing impaired. Meet a hearing impaired person and ask that person some of the following questions: 
    • How do you watch TV? 
    • Do you go to the movies? 
    • Can you drive a car? 
    • Are your parents or other family members deaf also? 
    • What type of school did you go to?  
    • How long have you been deaf/hearing impaired?  
    • Ask some of your own questions, too. Find out what they do that's different than what you would do. 
  7. We <3 Music You know all of the popular music. Do deaf people? Pick your favorite song and perform a few minutes of it in a way that a deaf person would understand. 
  8. Off to the Movies Do the hearing impaired go to the movies? Go to to learn about Rear-Window Captioning and how it can help the deaf watch movies. Take a field trip to see a captioned movie. Visit or to find a theater and a movie near you that is using Rear-Window Captioning. When you get to the theater, Customer Service will help you set up the equipment - just ask. 
  9. Sign On Did you know that American Sign Language is starting to be taught in schools all over the country, like any other language? American Sign Language (ASL) goes back quite some time. With your troop, research the origins of ASL, where, when, and how it began. Learn the alphabet. Using your Junior Girl Scout Handbook, do the requirements on pages 74 and 75 in "How to Make a Difference". Try it yourself! Learn how to sign the Girl Scout Law and the Girl Scout Promise in the Disability Handbook. Sponsor a workshop at your local elementary school or local Library to teach basic Sign Language skills. 
  10. Hear Me Not What would it be like if you couldn't hear? You will learn that doing different tasks are not as easy as you think. Wearing a sound-proof headset or earplugs, each girl can experience how hard it is to understand what others are saying. What did you miss? How did this make you feel? Discuss this with your group. To be more considerate of a hearing impaired person, make a list of ways that you would include them in your activities. No one wants to feel left out, include actions that would hurt feelings. 

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This program, designed by a Suffolk County Girl Scout, promotes learning about the fascinating histories of lighthouses.

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Statue of Liberty for Brownies

Learn about the history of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with this Legacy Patch.

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Liberty for Juniors

Learn about the history of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with this Legacy Patch. 

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Girl Scouts Love New York

As GSSC’s first patch related to September 11, this received unprecedented support from across the nation and was entered into the U.S. Congressional Record. Download Patch Requirements.

Girl Scouts Love DC

This patch was designed based on comments and suggestions from Girl Scouts across the nation after the release of the Girl Scouts Love NY patch.

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Girl Scouts Love PA

Created hand in hand with Girl Scouts Love DC, this patch fosters remembrance.

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Girl Scouts Love America

Celebrate American history, culture, and women who made a difference.

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Shooting Stars

Participate in media events such as press conferences, photo shoots, TV and radio programs and much more!

Receive the Shooting Stars patch and subsequent star patches for every event attended. 

Winter Games Patch
Get into The Athletic Spirit by Participating in Our Winter Olympic Games Patch Challenge!

The 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place from February 4-20. Watch the games, learn about the history & participate in our patch challenge.

Complete 10 out of 20 Olympic-themed activities from the list below by February 28. Some activities may require adult assistance. 

Patches will be available in mid-March. You can pre-order the patch online. (Patches can be picked-up at our shops OR mailed for an additional cost.)

  1. Name a Winter Olympic athlete that was a Girl Scout.
  2. What are 5 sports played in the Winter Olympics?
  3. What city is hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics?
  4. List 3 other countries other than your own that are participating in the 2022 Winter Olympics.
  5. Video yourself doing a 30-second victory dance that an athlete would do when they won their competition.
  6. Follow a recipe and cook a meal from a culture represented in the Winter Olympics other than your own.
  7. Name and learn about a winter Olympic sport that you’ve never heard of before. 
  8. Create the Olympic rings with only items in your house.
  9. Who is the official mascot of the 2022 Winter Olympics? Name 1 interesting fact about the mascot.
  10. Make a DIY Luge Course - Instructions
  11. Create your own mini magnetic ice skater - Instructions
  12. Decorate your own stuffed animal as an Olympic champion.
  13. When and where was the first Winter Olympics held?
  14. What year were women allowed to start competing in the Olympics?
  15. Which 2 animals once competed in the Winter Olympic Games?
  16. Name 5 female athletes competing in the 2022 Winter Olympics.
  17. Create a flag that would represent you if you were to compete in the Olympics.
  18. Which country has won the most gold medals in Winter Olympic history?
  19. Watch the Winter Olympic opening ceremony and tell us your favorite part of it.
  20. What is the proportion of female athletes competing in the 2022 Winter Olympic games?

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