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Honoring Our Heritage Council Patch


The Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways Honoring our Heritage patch offers girls of all grade levels an opportunity to learn about the history of Girl Scouting in the USA and about GSNYPENN. A Treasure Chest and Leader’s Notebook with resource materials is available for loan from each of our service centers. 

Each chest contains vintage uniforms, games, books, semaphore flags, photos, and other items that can be used in fulfilling some of the patch requirements. Other age-appropriate books, reference books and materials may be used as additional resources.

Reserve the Heritage Trunk for your troop by looking up availabilities on Doubleknot for the Service Center's trunk you wish to reserve and submitting payment for the $20 fee.

Check each Service Center’s Heritage Trunk availability:

Cicero Service Center
Horseheads Service Center
Watertown Service Center
Johnson City Service Center
New Hartford Service Center

How to Earn the Heritage Patch
Girls earn the patch by completing the number of requirements designated for their grade level. Read the entire requirements description. At least one requirement must be selected from each of the program areas—Discover, Connect, and Take Action.

  • Daisy Girl Scouts (K–1): four requirements
  • Brownie Girl Scouts (2–3): four requirements
  • Junior Girl Scouts (4–5): six requirements
  • Cadette, Senor, and Ambassador Girl Scouts (6–12): eight requirements

Requirements may be modified depending on the ability of the girls. Keep in mind that girls can earn the Heritage patch again, with new requirements, at the next Girl Scout grade level. Requirements are described in the Leader’s Notebook contained in the Treasure Chest. Topics included in each program area are listed below.


  • Awards
  • Special Girl Scout Places
  • Special Girl Scout Days
  • Cookie History
  • Semaphore Flags & Morse Code
  • Juliette’s Pastimes
  • Looking Back at Girl Scout Games and Songs
  • Pathways
  • Discover the people of Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways


  • Interview
  • Fashion Show
  • Scrapbooks/Time Capsule


  • Tea
  • Service
  • History and Archives