For the January Patch of the Month, Girl Scout Brownies through Ambassadors (grades 2-12) will learn about themselves in relation to North Carolina History. The My North Carolina Story patch program was developed in partnership with the North Carolina Museum of History and encourages girls to research their history through stories of family, community, and North Carolina as a whole.
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 My North Carolina Story patch 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 My North Carolina Story patch include:
Girls will research North Carolina history through a variety of sources including documents, artifacts, and maps and exploring both primary and secondary sources. Through these sources they will learn about what life in North Carolina was like during certain historical periods.
Girls will interview their own family members to make a family tree and a scrapbook full of stories from different generations. This lets them put their historical skills to the test by looking into their own history.
The last step to earning the My North Carolina Story patch is to take action. Girl Scouts will create their own museum exhibit on the subject that they wish to learn more about. This allows them to put all the new knowledge and skills they have gain into action and share that with other girls from their troop and in their community by bringing their knowledge to life.
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. Girls discover self-empowerment, adventure, and leadership all while going beyond their comfort zone to explore new interests and pursue their passions. And girls are in great company when they join the largest girl-led Movement in the world as half of all U.S. businesswomen were Girl Scouts, 75 percent of current female senators were Girl Scouts, and nearly all women who have flown into space were Girl Scouts.