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By Tricia Andrews

 DEA Red Ribbon Week | October 23-31, 2013

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) created a Red Ribbon Week patch to encourage and support Girl Scouts as well as Boy Scouts who wish to learn about Red Ribbon and participate in local efforts to educate youth about the dangers of drug abuse.   Patches will be given to the first 15,000 qualifying Boy Scout and Girl Scouts.  Red Ribbon Week was established in memory of the sacrifices made to help keep our communities drug-free and encourage youth to lead healthy lives, free of drugs.  Observed annually from October 23-31, Red Ribbon Week is a national celebration to promote youth education on the dangers of substance abuse.    All Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are eligible to participate in the program.  To earn the DEA Red Ribbon Patch, complete the following:

  • Each troop or group must coordinate or support a Red Ribbon Week activity.
  • Each Girl Scout must attend a drug prevention education session.
  • Each Girl Scout must take a DEA Drug-Free Pledge.

Upon completion of the program requirements, the leader must submit electronically the Activity Report no later than Thursday, October 31, 2013.  The activity report and program information can be found on the DEA website,  For any further questions or comments about the program, please send your e-mail to or call our Red Ribbon Patch staff at 202-307-7936 as they will be happy to assist you.


By Schipper4
October 25, 2013 at 12:07pm
Troop 602 finished earning this patch. They loved this activity and said it was a lot of fun. I believe the parents even liked getting involved with this patch!
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