How to Apply Girl Scout Patches


Girl Scouts take pride in their vests, tunics and sashes. Each patch is a symbol of something new learned and invaluable experience. For the parents and guardians of the girls, the patches are a symbol of work. Applying each patch as it comes in might seem daunting to some, but applying Girl Scout patches is easy.

Things You'll Need

  • Iron
  • Lightweight cloth
  • Ironing board
  • Award patch

Preheat the iron and peel the backing off the patch. Use a dry iron. Do not use the steam setting.

Prepare the area where the patch will be placed by ironing it for 25 seconds. Refer to the official Girl Scout placement guide for an idea of where to put each patch.

Place the patch on the ironed section and cover it with a lightweight piece of cloth.

Iron over the cloth using a back and forth motion. Press firmly for 25 seconds, and do not iron the patch directly. Keep a barrier between the hot iron and the patch itself.

Turn the vest, tunic or sash inside-out and iron the back side, where the patch is located, for 45 to 60 seconds. Press firmly and use a back and forth motion.

Turn the vest, tunic or sash right-side out, cover the patch with the cloth again and iron the edges of the patch to ensure proper sealing. Cool completely before wearing the uniform.

Tips & Warnings

  • Fun patches and participation patches, which go on the back, generally still have to be sewn on.
  • Keep children away from the hot iron to avoid burns.

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