For the February Patch of the Month, Girl Scout Daisies through Ambassadors (grades K-12) will learn about African American history and the role citizens of North Carolina played in the civil rights movement. The Black History Month patch program was developed to inspire Girl Scouts to celebrate African American History Month while learning about African American leaders and how they have helped shape their nation.
The Girl Scout Promise challenges girls to serve their country, which requires that girls understand the historical events that have shape their lives and the growth of the United States. Programs like the Black History Month patch program help facilitate this growth by providing Girl Scouts with opportunities to learn more about local history and gain the skills to become their own personal historian. The program was designed for Girl Scouts to earn patches by exploring a wide variety of topics and completing activities in the categories of Discover, Connect, and Take Action, which are the three keys to leadership central to all Girl Scout experiences. Some of the requirements for earning the Black History Month patch include:
Girls will learn about outstanding African Americans in a variety of fields, including inventors, entertainers, doctors, and more.
Girls will then connect what they have learned to their own lives by studying Africa-American history in North Carolina. Activities involve visiting locations such as the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro and learning about the first African American Girl Scout troop.
The last step to earning the Black History Month patch is to take action. Girl Scouts can create a display about a famous African American woman and present it to members of her community or becomes pen pals with a Girl Scout in an African country.
Girl Scouts is proud to offer every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader) the opportunity to accomplish big things while developing important skills in a safe and supportive all-girl environment. Through opportunities like the Black History patch program, girls discover self-empowerment, adventure, and leadership all while going beyond their comfort zone to explore new interests and pursue their passions. Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines offers girls once-in-a-lifetime experiences all while having fun in a safe, girl-only, and girl-led environment. Girl Scouts is open to all girls in K-12. To learn more or join a local troop, visit www.nccoastalpines.org or call 800-284-4475.