The Indy Greenways patch is a local patch program that teaches central Indiana Scouts about the Indy Greenways system. The intent of the program is to raise awareness and educate young kids on the design, function, and proper use of the Indy Greenways and to demonstrate the important role that the greenways play in connecting local communities. It is also intended to instill a level of ownership, responsibility, and stewardship for the greenway system. The patch program aims to achieve the following objectives:
- Raise awareness of the Indy Greenways system, what it is, and how it is used.
- Provide a basic understanding of Indy Greenways and how to use the trails.
- Provide a basic understanding of how trails and greenways benefit communities.
- Instill a responsibility for the ongoing stewardship of the greenways system.
- Instill a general interest on how the greenways can be a part of Scouts’ everyday lives.
The local patch program was designed to include three parts. The first part, Learn Indy Greenways is a troop-facilitated learning program that teaches Scouts about the history and development of the greenway system, how people use the greenways, and the benefits of greenways to the city. It includes map exercises and study questions designed to test Scouts’ knowledge of the program elements.
The second part, Explore Indy Greenways, includes a hike on one of the greenways to experience first-hand how the greenways function and how people use them. During this walk, Scouts document and record how the trail is used by residents.
The final part of the program, Stewardship, includes a community service project performed along one of the greenways. Scouts pick a greenway and a project to help demonstrate ongoing stewardship of the greenways systems.
Once a Scout has completed all three parts, they earn the Indy Greenways patch and an accompanying “stewardship” patch for their designated greenway where they completed their community service project. Scouts can earn additional stewardship patches for each of the greenways by completing additional community service projects on different greenway segments.
For more information or to download the program, visit the Girls Scouts of Central Indiana website at