Community Service

 

Serving our local and global communities
is just another day in the life of a girl scout
.

 
Girl Scouts serve in order to help others - usually those who are struggling in a temporary or permanent situation where it is difficult for them to help themselves.
 
Community Service and Giving Back are an essential part of the Girl Scout Mission and help girls look beyond themselves and look deeper into the needs of their community!
 
  •  Providing Service

    Being of service to others means being helpful – doing the right and kind thing. That means feeding the hungry, clothing the homeless, or  helping a friend with a tough homework assignment. When you serve, you answer the most basic needs: food, clothing, shelter, and care. 

    Service makes the world better for some people “right now."

  • Taking Action

    When you move beyond immediate service to understand the cause of a problem, you move toward action. Action can happen in many ways – from fixing up an animal shelter to creating a center where children who need tutoring can always get it. 


    Taking action makes the world better for more people for a much longer time. 

Inchworm of Service Patch

The Inchworm of Service is a tool for encouraging girls to help others when help is needed and to provide service throughout their Girl Scouting experience. This program was introduced by the Girl Scouts of Nations Capital  in the mid 1980’s. Having proven herself popular for more than 20 years, she has inched her way to Central Florida to the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council.
 

How to earn a patch:

Service may be done as a troop/group or as an individual. We suggest starting a new set of Inchworm patches at each program level that the girl uniform changes. (The first patch earned is the head of the worm).
  1. Service hours must meet the following criteria:
  2. Service is to be provided when and where it is needed.
  3. Service at home should be on a very special project with no payment or allowance.
  4. Service at school may be counted as long as it is not also being used to fulfill a class assignment or requirement for graduation. Ask a teacher or school administrator for suggestions.
 
The following may not be counted as service hours:
  1. Regular household chores for which a girl receives an allowance.
  2. Participation in Girl Scout Product Sales.
  3. Attendance at troop meetings or events.
 
Because service hours may be counted toward many Girl Scout recognitions, girls will have to make a choice where they would like to apply service hours. Hours may not be applied toward more than one award. For example, hours completed as part of a Take Action Project connected to a Leadership Journey or the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award should not also be applied toward the Inchworm of Service patch.
 

How to record hours:

  1. Record service hours by the inch using the Inchworm of Service requirements . (1 hour=1 segment)
  2. You will automatically receive the head of your worm when you begin your Community Service Project

 

To be eligible to add the Inchworm of Service Patch segments, girls must earn the following:

  • Girl Scouts Daisy 5 hours = Head plus 5 segments patches
  • Girl Scout Brownie 10 hours = Head plus 10 segment patches
  • Girl Scout Junior 15 hours = Head plus 15 segment patches
  • Girl Scout Cadette 20 hours = Head plus 20 segment patches
  • Girl Scout Senior 25 hours = Head plus 25 segment patches
  • Girl Scout Ambassador 30 hours = Head plus 30 segment patches
  • Patches are in 1, 5, 10, and 15 increments
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