I have a very active Girl Scout troop, and they love getting a patch or pin whenever we complete a special project or go on a field trip. Sometimes, these are automatically included in an event, but most often, we need to purchase these patches for our troop. This is why its good to know what resources are available to get fun patches and help your troop save a little bit of money when you can.
All Girl Scout leaders know that you can purchase fun patches directly through GSUSA or from your local council service center. But, did you know there are a lot of resources online as well?
In preparation for last springs camping trip, I went online in search of a fun patch similar to one I saw at our local council shop. I was hoping to find ones that were equally as nice for less than $1.50 each (the price from council). Imagine my surprise when I found the exact same patches for sale from Snappylogos for half the price!
Snappylogos has an extensive catalog of patches and they all start at 76¢ each. From there, the price goes down depending on quantity. If you are ordering a lot because of multiple events, or for several troops, it is very easy to hit the 70¢-62¢ price points.
BCG Patches offers beautiful limited edition patch programs for $2 each. Her patches are beautifully embroidered and are visually appealing. They are often larger than other fun patches, and average 2.5″ in diameter. My Girl Scouts have loved the Super Scout Summer and Fall Frenzy patch programs. I love that each girl can customize her own experience to earn the patch. These fun patches are just $2 each, including shipping, which is on par with the cost of an earned award from GSUSA.
You read that right. Just like Facebook has become known for the local yard sale groups, it is also a great resource for Girl Scout leaders to find patches and other troop materials. These Facebook groups allow you to buy, sell, and trade patches, but each has its own rules and ways of doing business. My favorite is Girl Scout Badge Swap.