Betty White Honored With Commemorative Girl Scouts Patch After Her Death

by Allison Hambrick
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 10: Betty White arrives for an evening with Betty White held at Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on May 10, 2012 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images)

Iconic actress Betty White is receiving yet another posthumous honor. The Golden Girls star is getting her very own Girl Scout patch, offered through an online program by Girl Scouts of Jersey Shore.

“We are truly saddened at Betty White’s passing, but the incredible response to the patch program is a wonderful tribute to her impact on women,” Heather Coburn, the Interim Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, told People. “She is a strong role model for girls — a feminist, civil rights supporter, animal activist, brilliant actress, and overall nice human being.”

According to Coburn, GSJS had intended to honor White prior to her death. The program is offered as part of their Amazing Woman of the Month series. Each month, the program recognizes an iconic woman and uses her story to empower young Girl Scouts. The idea was created by staffer Stacy Petit. Previous honorees include Eleanor Roosevelt, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Shirley Chisholm.

Prior to White’s death, the program had 712 people registered. Since then, the numbers have climbed to 2,059 and counting. Anyone can sign up for the program through the GSJS website for $10. Participants in the program will create their own game show, advocate for animals, build a pretend TV and learn about getting along with others. Upon completing the program, Girls Scouts can immediately begin displaying their Betty White badges.

Betty White’s Agent Told Her She Was Loved

After the actress’s death, her longtime agent and friend Jeff Witjas revealed that he reminded White how loved she was at every chance he got. Despite her immense fame, White was humble enough to question whether or not people cared about her.

“Even when she wasn’t working, I said, ‘Betty, millions of people out there are still asking for you. You’re getting your fan letters, I’m getting offers for you,'” he explained. “I don’t know if she ever embraced it, [or] really, really felt it. The extent of it. I really don’t.”

“I would always reinforce it with her,” said Witjas. “Because I always felt she should know that. I never wanted her to think while she was sitting at home, that the world has passed her by. It never did.”

It is truly heartwarming to know that White was aware of how beloved she was. After all, she was an icon who brought so much happiness to others.

“Betty lived a great life and she lived a life that she chose. She was happy. Every time I told her, ‘Betty, you’re loved,’ she would look at me with a wry smile and say, ‘Really?’ I hope she knew. I think she did. It was something beyond love,” Witjas concluded.