Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Junior Badge: Girl Scout Ways

We are spreading badges over a couple meetings these days, as that way we don't focus on one thing and get bored with it.

Junior GS Way was a lot fun and the girls were able to earn it in a couple meetings. As I said, we also worked on a few other things at the same time. We did Windows to the Past for the 2000s decade and worked on some Cookie "stuff".

Note: This is what WE did. It isn't gospel. It isn't the ONLY way. We adjust, improvise, and make the activities match our girls interests. It also helps that our troop is getting older and volunteering for stuff.

1. Match songs to an occasion.
Our troop is leading songs for a Service Unit event, so this tied in beautifully. I explained the event (Thinking Day), their responsibility, the ages of the girls in attendance, and let them go through the troop song book to select 4 songs. They actually decided four songs would be the perfect amount for the time we are allowed. They chose Alice the Camel, If You're Cheering for the Girl Scouts, Peanut Butter Jelly, and Mama's Soup Surprise. What can I say... my girls like singing fun songs. Ha! But, hey, it's girl-led and I know the other girls will love it, too.

2. Read the Original Girl Scout Story
I used the story in the Junior Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting. I read the story to the girls and we then did a crossword puzzle ( together to learn more about Juliette Low. I think they girls really did enjoy this activity, too. They perked up when they heard Ms. Low wasn't always the way people expected her to be and got in trouble in school. It's good for them to know that you don't have to be perfect in order to accomplish great things. I also stressed the importance to know that she is part of their history. She is the original Girl Scout sister, afterall!

3. Spread the friendship of Girl Scouts
This is where we tweaked a little. My troop LOVES (and I mean LOVES) making SWAPs... to keep... rarely sharing. We have Pen Pals, though. So, we made our pen pals cupcake perler beads SWAPs and are sending them with our letters to celebrate the Girl Scout birthday.

4. Leave a place cleaner than you found it.
Easy peasy!! I asked the girls to look around the place where we meet and think of things to do to clean, straighten up, etc. I need to figure out a way to tie this in to EVERY meeting, as they thought and did things that I wouldn't have asked them to do. They were shining the sink, wiping down all the window ledges, cleaning up the bathroom vanities. They were also very proud of their work, which they should have been. They did a great job.

5. Learn a tradition from the past
Again... thinking outside the box here. We did a couple different things. We made a swap holder where they learned the whip stitch. These turned out SUPER CUTE!!! See below for instructions. We also practiced some knot tying. Unfortunately, their leader was a slacker and forgot to sharpen her skills on knot tying before the meeting so we did overhand and square. That was it. But, they know how to do a square knot in their sleep now. That was an accomplishment, because we had tried that two other times and they didn't get it.

Girl Scout SWAP Holder

I ordered Girl Scout fabric off ebay. I originally collected the fabric for a quilt for my Step-daughter, which I did make and may talk about another time. But, I "collected" more than I needed... much more... so, crafty me sought to do something with it.

As mentioned, our troop LOVES SWAPs. The problem is, what do you do with all those SWAPs you make or collect?? I bought 12" wooden embroidery hoops, cut 15" square piece of fabric and came up with the plan.

1. Stretch the material tight inside the hoop.
    Wooden hoops like to slip and that would NOT be good when you are trying to pin SWAPs on to it, so...
2. Use crochet thread or embroidery floss to whip stitch around the the entire hoop. Tuck the excess fabric around to the back as your are stitching and stitch through both layers.
3. If you want, thread on beads between stitches.
4. Tie off with a knot.
5. Trim off excess fabric and you're done. Easy peasy.

* If you fabric is directional and you are OCD, make sure the screw tight pin is where you want it before you start sewing it together.


  1. Love the swap holder idea!

  2. Just so you know, it "voila" not "wah lah."

    1. Lol. Thanks for the tip. You'll find I tend to use a lot of laid back English and slang in my posts. Typically typing these up as I'm doing 5 other things.

    2. Lol. Thanks for the tip. You'll find I tend to use a lot of laid back English and slang in my posts. Typically typing these up as I'm doing 5 other things.



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