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Both my older girls are in the Girl Scouts – one is a Daisy and one is a Brownie. I wanted them to be a part of the Girl Scouts because of the focus on community service. Unfortunately, I’ve noticed that  “serving your community” does not mean ironing the badges on your own Girl Scout vest.

This is Summer’s first year as a Daisy and I somehow managed to actually get to the Army Navy store to buy her blue vest. The great part about going to an Army Navy store is that while you are picking up your Girl Scout necessities, you can also buy a gun mug.


I love drinking my morning brew with a pistol grip.

I bought all the required patches and then I hit a standstill on the vest. While Dylan had a lot of badges from her previous year as a Brownie, Summer had a whole lot of nothing…

summer with no Daisy patches

She would go to Girl Scout meetings like this. It seemed a little sad.

I explained that it was a very clean, contemporary look. Wasn’t she excited to not have her vest all messed up with a bunch of patches like her troop number and other crap?!

She was completely unswayed by my “modern aesthetic” argument.

Finally, on Friday night, Rick and I watched “Pitch Perfect” for the first time while I ironed and ironed.

In fact, I accidentally ironed one of Dylan’s Brownie badges onto Summer’s Daisy vest. It’s not really my fault because the movie is pretty entertaining.

So back to the Army Navy store to get a new Brownie patch for Dylan. Plus a great opportunity to pick up a pair of camouflage short shorts for myself.


I finally finished Summer’s vest and as you can see, she is 100% satisfied.

summer with daisy patches

Pure joy.

Or maybe her expression is more, “Thanks for finally doing that mom but I really don’t feel like taking a photo right now because you’ll probably just put it on your blog. I mean, I don’t run around trying to take pictures of you in your camouflage short shorts, do I?!”

By the way, I just found out about Badge Magic that allows you to just stick on these patches. Please someone tell me if this stuff works.

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15 Responses to if you like to iron, join the girl scouts!

  • Hahahaha! It’s not every Daisy that is so overachieving as to already have a Brownie patch on her vest!

    And, yep, Badge Magic works. Like, so well that you could adhere Chase to the wall the next time you need to immobilize him. Or, you know, just adhere some patches to your daughters’ Girl Scout vests.

  • Julie says:

    Ironing is way easier than sewing a boy scout uniform. I spent three hours, while watching an equally entertaining movie, sewing badge after badge. I did such a bad job that my den leader insisted on resewing everything on my son’s shirt. She is now my Daisy troop leader. And yes, she scoffed at my ironing skills too. I ironed on the center of the flower crooked. Nature isn’t perfect either! Thanks for this post – it reminded me that I have petals to iron on before this week’s meeting!!!

  • You need to outsource. I sew for a living so several of the mom’s in our troop pay me $10.00 a year and I sew on all the girls badges as they are earned.
    There are a few moms who feel like outsourcing is cheating and they “should be able to get a few patches on their kid’s vest”. These are the kids who every meeting ask me why they don’t have all their patches sewn on like the other girls. I am a big fan of outsourcing!
    Another easy way to get them on is use a flat iron! Heats it from the front and the back, but make sure you use an extra piece of fabric to protect your flat iron if you have one worth protecting.

  • Congrats on the HerStories project!!!!

    I started out paying someone to sew on patches. Then I resorted to Badge Magic (didn’t work for me). Finally, I started glue-gunning them on or leaving them in the plastic bag and hoping the kids would forget about it.

  • Corey says:

    Badge Magic works for me, but I don’t trust it to hold up to the washing machine. So I make sure my girls take off their vests/sashes when cooking, eating, crafting, or anything that might get them dirty. We basically consider them ceremonial, like the sofa in grandma’s living room used to be (except when we forget to take them to the events in the first place).

  • What with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Civil Air Patrol, I am up to my ears in badges. I sew them; otherwise, removal becomes a problem. Because you have to change them, you know, if your kids change ranks or patrols or whatever. Gah.

  • Johanna says:

    Oh my gosh I’m laughing! I got suckered in to being the Daisy troop leader as no one else would do it and I wanted my girl to do it. So not only do I have to sew/iron on all those darn patches, I have to remind and force all the other parents to do it too!! Its brutal! I now know I can use tacky glue for those that aren’t iron on..works like a charm 🙂 good luck!

  • Jen M. says:

    I was the lucky girl in Girl Scouts whose mother safety-pinned her badges to her vest. Clearly I was scarred for life and have done my best to discourage scouting with my kids so I don’t have to show off my hereditary “World’s Okayest Mom” sewing skills!

  • Betsy says:

    Sewing is the best way to go. I iron the patches on for placement and then a quick sew around with the machine. Use a thread the color of the vest for the bobbin and a clear thread for the needle and you never have to change colors. My 8 year old now sews her own badges on if they are a rectangle shape.

    We learned the hard way. The petals from the Daisy vest used to peel themselves off while the vest was hanging in the closet. We just started sewing for the Brownie vest. Yes, it takes a little longer, but my daughter no longer leaves a trail of badges as she walks. (And I too am a leader, Brownies.)

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