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It has only been two weeks since we bridged and I still cannot turn off my leader brain! I think it is because my daughter found the old Junior Badge Book I bought and was so excited to look through it with me.
Since the book encourages girls to earn badges that interest them, my daughter wants to earn some of them on her own. I am going to have her pick three or four and buy the badges for her. This will give her something to do on the weeks when she is not attending day camp. Her twin brother can also join her on our summer adventures.
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I am also planning on emailing my moms and let them know that this is an option for them, too. If they want to buy them, the Junior Badge Books on Amazon. I will be making a form to attach to the email which they will have to fill out in order to get the badge. The form will include:
- Girl’s Name
- Name of Badge
- Page number of badge
- Date badge started
- Date badge completed
- The six activities done to complete the badge
I will provide the moms with links so they can buy the badge on their own.
There are many Council stores that still have the discontinued badges in their inventory. As time goes by, there will be fewer and fewer available. You can do an internet search for “discontinued Junior Girl Scout Badges” to find the ones you are looking for.
Since there is more work involved with earning a Junior Girl Scout badge, and my girls have so many other outside activities (and not to mention fourth grade homework), I think that asking them to do a badge on their own during the school year just won’t happen. Summer is a more relaxed time, and for at least some of my friends, they would welcome a structured activity sometime around August when the summer doldrums set in.
I also think that it would be cool to share what they did this summer with their new badges on their vests! It might encourage other girls to try.
As for my troop badges, I plan on purchasing them over the summer when I have a better idea of what I want the girls to do. We meet twice a month for less than two hours, and I do two service projects a year. I have to see what is feasible in my time frame.