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).
- Service hours must meet the following criteria:
- Service is to be provided when and where it is needed.
- Service at home should be on a very special project with no payment or allowance.
- 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:
- Regular household chores for which a girl receives an allowance.
- Participation in Girl Scout Product Sales.
- 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:
- Record service hours by the inch using the Inchworm of Service requirements . (1 hour=1 segment)
- 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