Another Badge Update

Brownies can do anything

Anna’s Brownie badge progress has slowed up a bit since the start of school. We had to switch troops once again in October, but now we’re settled into an excellent troop with a great leader who also happens to be a very good friend. So it’s time to start ironing and sewing again …

Making Games (January 22).

Making Games (1/21/15).

Anna began this badge at a Girl Scout Halloween/Juliette Low Birthday Party last October. She created a party game called Pin the Hat on the Brownie Elf, a mystery touch-box game, and a find-the-differences picture game.

Then at our troop party in December, she taught everyone a variation of Four Corners called “Trefoil.” Instead of separating into four groups, the girls split into three. And instead of the number called being “out,” the other two are. The goal of the girl who’s it (Anna) is to eliminate everyone. The goal of the other girls is to be the last one left.

Finally, at our meeting last night, Anna introduced a brand-new sport she invented called “Cookie Relay.” The nine girls split into three teams and ran a relay. The first girl in each team had to pick out a cookie based on a description, the second girl had to make correct change from a collection of play money, and the third girl had to find an appropriate hello, thank you, or cookie description. The first team to finish (without making a mistake) wins. Everyone enjoyed the game and learned important cookie-selling skills too.

Computer Expert (1/22/15)

Computer Expert (1/22/15)

Anna started this one at the beginning of January and is all set to finish it tonight. The first step in this badge is by far the most important—reading and signing an Internet Safety Pledge. After that, she created a picture in a paint app on her iPad, looked up a bird she saw in our backyard and correctly identified it, and researched Brazil to prepare for World Thinking Day next month.

This evening, she’ll write  “thank you” emails for her birthday presents and assemble a five-song playlist to share at her next Brownie meeting. And that will complete her Computer Expert badge.


Brownie Quest badges

Brownie Quest (in progress).

Finally, there’s our current journey, Brownie Quest. The Brownies in Anna’s troop are working on this set of badges together. Last month, we completed the requirements for the first two keys—Discover and Connect—and last night we brainstormed ideas for a community service project to complete the third key. The plan is to pick a project next week and try to complete it before booth sales start.

Brownie Cookie Badges

Wait! I almost forgot about Cookie Badges!

Spreading Christmas Cheer

Anna in her vest and reindeer antlers.

Anna at her Girl Scout Service Unit’s Carol Sing

Each month, Anna’s new Girl Scout troop gives back to the community through a service project. This month we joined our local Service Unit at a local nursing home. The girls sang carols in the cafeteria during lunch time, and then each scout delivered a gift bag to a resident. It was a wonderful way to spread Christmas cheer.

All the participants earned a service patch, which our troop leader handed out yesterday at our Holiday Troop Party.

Nursing Home CarolingNext month, her troop will be delivering blankets and scarves to a local warming center. And in the meantime, Anna and her fellow Brownies are coming up with ideas for a project of their own to help fulfill the requirements of the Brownie Quest Journey they’re taking together.

Brownie Quest badges

Stay tuned …



Animal Diets Poster Project

GSOSW Zoological Brownie Badge

GSOSW Zoological Brownie Badge

In addition to her Oregon Trail Badge, which is nearly complete, Anna is also working on her GSOSW Zoological Brownie Badge. Yesterday, I shared her hippo habitat, and today I’m sharing her second activity— identifying herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores from a local zoo.  Anna chose Wildlife Safari as her “zoo,” and a poster-project made from her own photos as the second step toward her badge.

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A Stunning Hippo Habitat

Shoebox hippo habitat

Anna’s Hippo Habitat.

In addition to the Oregon Trail Badge, Anna is working on the GSOSW Zoological Badge. Her first project—study an animal’s habitat and build a scale model in a shoe box. Inspired by the two hippos at the Wildlife Safari, Anna chose to build a hippo habitat.

Our three steps in Anna’s own words.

First, we looked up hippo habitats. Next, we made the plans. Last, we made the hippo habitat.

We had a pretty good idea what we wanted to build from the hippo pen at the Safari, but we did some research online in case we missed something. Then Anna drew a picture of her habitat—a nice deep pond for the hippos to wade in, lots of grass to eat, and trees for shade and an occasional dessert of dropped fruit.

After that, she built the habitat. She used blue construction paper for the pond and green felt for the grass. She borrowed the palm trees and rocks from her dinosaur set, and the toy hippos from her grandma.

Stunned by hippos

Even Anna is stunned by this magnificent habitat!

Coming tomorrow, Part Two: Researching animal diets.