Radio & Wireless Technology Patch Program
The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) has developed a special Radio and Wireless Technology Patch Program for Girl Scouts with assistance from members of Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains and Girls Scouts of Greater Atlanta (GSUSA). The Radio and Wireless Technology Patch Program will inspire girls to learn fundamentals of radio communication and wireless technology and to take action in their communities to apply communications to connect people, provide safety, and explore related careers. Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to learn about Amateur Radio (also known as “ham” radio) and do hands-on activities with Amateur Radio. They can also learn about broadcast radio, emergency and public service communications, and explore ways wireless technologies are used in everyday life and in the workplace. They will be encouraged to take on activities that engage, educate, and empower them and kindle an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects and careers. The program supports the Girl Scout Leadership Development Program by enabling the following goals for girls:
~ Discover — Explore the natural world to learn about radio communications and wireless technologies.
~ Connect — Use knowledge of wireless technology to understand its capabilities and its limitations. Be an informed citizen who understands how wireless technologies are regulated and used.
~ Take Action — Make a difference in their communities by making friends through radio contacts, providing public service and emergency communications, and raising awareness of career opportunities.
This program is designed for adult facilitators’ use with Girl Scouts at the Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador levels.
We encourage Girl Scout leaders to reach out to local Amateur Radio clubs in their communities for assistance with the activities associated with this patch program. The Amateur Radio community includes many individuals who have interests and careers in technology, and who, because of their interest in radio, will also have basic – and sometimes, very advanced – knowledge of electronics and other technology topics you might explore with your troop.
Adults should consult with Volunteer Essentials, Safety Activity Checkpoints, and Risk Management at Girl Scout Councils to ensure Girl Scout safety guidelines are followed when working with girls.
For more information please click Radio_and_Wireless_Technology_Patch_Program-1_30_17 for the PDF.
For supplies required please click Girl Scout Patch Class Supplies for the supply list
I want to thank Michelle, W5MQC for all her help with this information.