Improving the Lives of Military Connected Children

Scouting Patch Program

Scouting Patch | A Program to Help Military Connected Children

scout with MCCG scout patch

Military Kids Move Frequently and Scouting Offers a Military Child Continuity. We decided to encourage this connection by developing a Scouting Patch program.

Most children’s organizations are unaware of the needs of children connected to the military or what a child’s home front is like. Military families are taught to be strong, resilient, resourceful and are unaccustomed to ask for help. However, they do need assistance when experiencing deployment, reintegration or transitioning out of military service. Today over 70% of military families are not living on a military base.

MCCG developed a meaningful scouting patch program for the Boy Scouts of America with children in Scouting, empowering Scouts to help support military families in their community.

Starting in 2014, MCCG partnered with Orange County Council Boy Scouts of America to develop a pioneering program to educate Scout leaders on ways to support children in scouting, and methods to engage military families by earning a Scout patch. The first “Proud to Support Military Kids” scout patch earning program is focused on supporting military kids and their families - a win, win for all!

In 2015, and 2016 MCCG presented multiple “How to Support a Military Connected Scout” webinars for Scout leaders. MCCG developed hard copy flyers for the Orange County Council to be distributed at the OCCBSA round table meetings. The webinar addressed what military connected children face, how Scouting can support these children, ways to support military kids in Scouting and military families in their community. Numerous Scout packs and troops participated, organizing upcoming community engagement Scouting programs.

MCCG attended and presented at a Round table meeting, sharing the needs of the child connected to the military and how the “Proud to Support Military Kids” patch earning program worked. MCCG also offered the OCC Boy Scout Resource Guide to “Children Connected to the Military”, created exclusively for Scout leaders needing resources for military families.

Scout patches are available for purchase at the OCCBSA Santa Ana, CA store. This program can be implemented in any location.

Military Childrens Collaborative Group Programs

Count Military Connected Kids

Count Our Kids

Our program is to engage states & counties to provide basic tools to facilitate voluntary child identification with the education & healthcare data systems.

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Military Boy Saluting

Salute Our Kids

Our program is designed to acknowledge military connected children for silently serving our Country in our schools and in our communities.

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Military Teenager

MilTeenChat App

The MilTeenChat App is designed to help military teens gain coping skills, socially connect with other military teens, offer peer-to-peer support, and more.

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Scouting Patch

Scouting Patch

MCCG developed this meaningful program for the Boy Scouts of America with children in Scouting, empowering Scouts to help support military families.

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Courage Coin Initiative

Courage Coin Initiative

Military Children's Collaborative Children’s Courage Coin was designed to honor military kids for their silent service.

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The Facts About Our System and Military Connected Children

Here at the Military Childrens Collaborative Group, we have several programs to provide assistance for children of those who serve in our armed forces. Each of these programs is designed to educate and support all children with loved ones serving our country. This includes those chidren who have parents or siblings on active duty, in the National Guard or Reserve, as well as children of military veterans.

Military Kids in a Classroom

Approximately 1.7 million military connected children are enrolled in our schools.

Very few teachers, counselors, or administrators have been trained on how military life can impact the child’s well-being and their success in school.

Two million children have experienced the deployment of a parent/guardian. Most of these children have experienced multiple deployments.

The Department of Defense and US Education have no method or system in place to identify where these children are enrolled in schools and exactly how many children are involved.

Most school districts nationally do not have student enrollment forms with questions requesting information on parents/guardian’s present military status.

Ready to take action and help us fund our programs as we improve the lives of children connected to the military?

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to questions you may have about the Military Childrens Collaborative Group’s Scouting Patch.

How can my troop earn a “Proud to Support Military Kids” patch?

We created suggestions for ways to earn a patch starting with Cub Scouts to Eagle.

MCCG and the Orange County Council Boy Scouts of America developed the first patch “Proud to Support Military Kids” patch program,

Can Girl Scouts participate in the program?

Yes! MCCG encourages Girl Scouts to earn a patch.

Where can I purchase the patch for my troop?

The Orange County Council Boy Scouts of America located in Santa Ana, CA.

How can my troop know who is a military connected?

On military holidays ask who is military connected? Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, Veteran and Fallen.

Once identified you can support the families and their unique needs.

Need more information?

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