Scout says winning patch contest is a badge of honor


North Riverdale Girl Scout Troop 1477 convenes every Friday at Riverdale Neighborhood House for a meeting. But last Friday, the girls gathered for a celebration.

Troop 1477 Girl Scout Jolee Caro, 10, won a contest to design the Bronx’s official 100th anniversary patch out of more than 100 submissions. Now, Girl Scouts from all over the country who travel to the Bronx will be able to purchase the patch she designed, which is a colorful depiction of a subway train passing in front of buildings. 

“My inspiration for my drawing was that when I think of the Bronx, I think of a lot of things, but one thing I think of the most is public transportation,” said Jolee.

Troop leader Karenbeatrice Porcher said Jolee winning the patch contest is especially an honor because the patches are collectible items. After attending an event or visiting a locale away from home, Girl Scouts purchase patches to iron on to the backs of their vests as a sort of souvenir. 

“All the girls from the Bronx are going to be wearing it. People will be wearing it from all over,” said Ms. Porcher about Jolee’s patch.

Ms. Porcher said Jolee is essentially the Girl Scout poster child. 

“She’s what any leader would call the ideal Girl Scout,” she said. “She really became more and more artistic as Girl Scouts progressed. She’s extremely intelligent and athletic, too.”

Troop 1477 has been together for five years and comprises fourth- and fifth-graders. “This is extra special because it’s from where I live and the artist is someone my age and even better, she’s my troop sister,” Girl Scout Marieteresa Porcher Allen said. “It’s like we all won.”