The Girl Scout Walk-Together patch for 2013-2014 is available for events starting in September, 2013. The patch design came from Sydney Vokes, troop #813, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Council. Debbie Kruep, President of the Illinois Trekkers Volkssport Club arranged with the Girl Scout council to hold the patch contest.
The Walk-Together Patch is not an award that people earn by walking for credit. It is a for-sale item. This means that Girl Scouts, girls and adults, who walk with AVA clubs at either a traditional event or a year-round/seasonal, may purchase the patch even though they walk for free or pay the non-IVV fee. They do not need to walk for credit to earn the patch.
If holding a traditional event, the patch can be ordered from AVA on consignment so clubs are not burdened with paying for patches they can’t use. Please be conservative with your patch orders. AVA must purchase the patches based on club need estimates. Last year, clubs returned several hundred of the patches so that this year HQ has reduced the number of patches purchased to 300 to prevent over ordering.
The AVA sends the patches with a Girl Scout Patches Consignment form. Clubs should return the form with the count of patches sold, and the unused patches along with the stamp for the walk. Patches are available on consignment for a scheduled group walk of a year round or seasonal as well. The AVA will bill the club for patches used. The price for the patch is $2 each. Call or email AVA national headquarters to order patches and indicate what walk they are for. If clubs want to have patches on hand for Girl Scouts who walk their events - traditional or year rounds/seasonals - they may purchase the patches ahead of time. Purchased patches may not be returned.
Please remember that unless the club is working with a local troop directly, Girl Scout councils need a great deal of lead time to publish events. It is still summer and most troops are not active until the fall. It would be a good time now for clubs to contact local councils about walks they might be planning for winter or spring. Also most Girl Scout councils are very large, so the Walk-Together activity may only be appropriate for a local area. Visit the AVA website under Special Programs/Youth Programs to see more information about Walk-Togethers. It includes a downloadable .pdf format copy of a Walk-Together brochure which explains the process of arranging for walks for Girl Scouts.