Four Reasons I Love the Council’s Own


©2014 Ann Robertson

I love Girl Scout Council’s Own badges. I love council Try Its and Interest Projects, too.

Why do I love them? Let me count the ways.

1. The Designs

Maybe it’s the smaller production runs, but Council’s Owns seem to be more brightly colored than ordinary GSUSA-issued badges. They’re just pretty, OK?


2. The Local Flavor

Council’s Owns celebrate local communities, highlighting regional attractions and resources. They feature local histories and traditions.


3. The Quirkiness

Council’s Owns also fill in gaps in traditional badge offerings.

No GSUSA archery badge? Troop leaders could satisfy their own budding Katniss Everdeens with programs developed by councils across the country.


I’m sad that GSUSA has narrowed the opportunities for councils to create badges in favor of back-of-the-sash patch programs.  There are so many patch programs and participation patches these days, especially compared with the limited number of badges introduced in 2011, that we may soon have girls with layers of patches on the back and empty real estate on the front of their vests.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not opposed to patch programs at all.  In fact, I’ve created two Hunger Games-themed patches and have more in development.

My patches based on the Hunger Games and Catching Fire books and movies.

My patches based on the Hunger Games and Catching Fire books and movies.

And the final reason I love the Council’s Own…

4. I Can Put Them on Pinterest!

I’ve put my Council’s Own collection up on Pinterest, with separate boards for Try Its, Badges, and IPs.  They are not exactly in alphabetical order, since Pinterest does not allow pins to be moved around on a board. Perhaps one day I’ll add links to requirements as well.

Pinterest Try Its

Take a look at my Council’s Own galleries.  I know there are more COs out there, and I will add pins when I can.  There are also a few that I need help identifying.



11 thoughts on “Four Reasons I Love the Council’s Own

  1. I seriously miss the wide variety of Council’s Owns as well. I think GSUSA should *always* have an official archery badge at every level (D,B can learn safety and throw non-sharp things at targets).

    Love your patches, Ann – suggesting them to the teen GS I know who are tiring of the official stuff.

    [ for Hunger Games/Catching Fire patch requirements]

    • Blank Troop’s Own badges aren’t shown in the GS catalog anymore. I think the Make Your Own Badge ( program is the replacement. While it is fun to design a badge, girls can only make one badge per year and they can’t order enough to share with their troop. Also, the make your owns are screen printed, not embroidered.

      • Sad. My first badge was “Our Troop’s Own Japan” badge (I was a GS through the “Troops on Foreign Soil” (TOFS) progam. In 2005 I took my GSCNC troop to Our Cabana and we did a Troop’s Own IP– pinning the Our Cabana pin to the blank IP patch. Good Times! 🙂

    • I have the Chicago badge, Try It and IP, but need to get them on the board. I’ve seen your Native American, but don’t know if it’s a Girl Scout badge or not.

  2. Ms. Robertson, Are you interested in some CO’s that you don’t have? I can get the requirements also.

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