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8/30/12 2:38 P

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And you are doing exactly the right thing. Showing by example as well as explaining has much more impact. It is totally normal for little ones to think only of themselves and what they can "get" or "what's in it for me" or "is it entertaining enough?" After all, we are hard-wired in our brains to learn survival for ourselves first and only when that is under our belts do we think of our societies. But that doesn't mean we don't teach wider motivations now. Just can't really expect it to come from them much, as a rule. I've met some really generous and helpful Brownies, but it is learned behavior. Her mother taught her to find joy in helping and giving, and it is a family trait with them. Everybody loves them. But I wondered sometimes if she leaned a little too much that way. You know, not meeting her own needs, too. So hard to keep things in balance. That's why I recommend we do teach our Brownies, as GS National desires, to be little vocal activists, because the world will desperately need more of those very soon. But keep it small and close to home, leaving the big projects and heavy involvement for when the girls are old enough to really understand and want to do it. Also old enought to help a lot. :)

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8/27/12 7:23 A

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Good points and lots of useful information! I know, she's not all that interested in earning badges, BUT I do want her to at least give some activities a try so that she has FUN and has an interest peaked so she can LEARN more about a topic. Plus, I'm really big on teaching her to be civic-minded so she doesn't stay my egocentric only-child :-) Some days it can be challenging!!! LOL But she really has a kind heart, just sometimes can be materialistic. And since going on a missions trip is not on our agenda at this point in time, I'd like us to be active doing things around our city where we can help others!

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8/26/12 5:47 P

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We can always find ways to tie almost anything into anything, because everything really is connected. If there are little girls there, she can tell them about Girl Scouting. It counts toward bridging when you look backwards and forwards at the program and share. She can tie it to Global Action or any "around the world"-type badges by talking about how hard it is for people with diabetes in underdeveloped countries to get the help they need, or even get diagnosed. She's walking instead of using a vehicle, and that's an exploration of natural energy and conservation. She will notice things as she walks, so it could be animals, buildings, plants, weather... anything she can make a list or take a picture of. She can "care and share", "communicate", "educate", "participate", and "take action" in everything from science to community. If she's into crafting, you could make little SWAPS to hand out to remind people walking of what they are doing or to thank them. And if she visits kids with diabetes, she could give one to them. Seriously, if you look through the badges, she could find herself, with your help reminding her, doing a part of a dozen different badges on one walk.

Of course, unless she's in a hurry, there's no need to turn any one activity into badge-gathering. But, if you get to know the requirements, you can turn even a trip to the grocery store into ways to fulfil requirements. It is not required to do just one badge at a time or even to count one activity for only one badge. She is not going to have to justify any badge with an oral or written test. Try-Its are basically participation badges, not proficiency badges. On the other hand, if she doesn't pay attention to the goal of the badge, what she's trying to learn or experience...uh...why do it? It would all turn into one badge: collecting. That's not the point of Girl Scouting. But if you or she enjoy earning badges, it is easy to find ways to do it with almost any activity.

Over the years I had nearly all the requirements for every badge at each level memorized. Not in detail, especially above Juniors, but it was easy for me to point out to the girls that they could also do something for (fill in the blank) on the same trip or outing. Now that the program's changed so much, I'll have to start learning the requirements all over again. Fortunately, there aren't as many. And the skills I learned over the year of thinking outside the tent are still useful.

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8/24/12 6:05 A

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Thanks, I will! I haven't had the chance to chat with her about it yet. I was going to last night, but we had a crazy evening with back-to-school night! It was sooo hard to get to bed at a decent time and Friday morning came way too fast!

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8/24/12 3:06 A

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Good luck! Let us know what she ends up doing!

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8/23/12 10:20 A

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Thanks for the answers! She does already have the philanthropy badge from last year's service project; but we will look into the fitness one!

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Absolutely!

The philanthropist badge would work. She could learn about the reasons for the walk and how people are affected by diabetes. She could make signs to help advertise the walk maybe she could go to a hospital or someplace where ther are children with diabetes that need extra care to visit with them Then the walk could be her act portion of the badge. Just remember, she can't raise money as a girl scout for another organization. She may choose to collect donations and such, but it would need to be her individually not representing girl scouts.

Remember, you need to complete the spirit of the badges. If there is a different tic that draws the girl's attention rework the badge for that interest. The original badge was written with more of a focus on food pantrys and thrift stores that support organizations. Use the intent from each step of the badge, but with your own focus.

Other badges that could relate to this too might be: my best self - healthy living or hiker - outdoors. I don't have those badge descriptions and they are the ones that come in the packages rather than singly.

There is always make your own badge also.

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8/23/12 8:16 A

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You could possibly have it work towards a fitness badge or a portion of a journey.

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I am considering taking up one of my in-laws on the offer of walking with her in the Juvenile Diabetes walk that will be held here in a couple of months. She is bringing her kids to it, and I was considering having my daughter come along. I didn't know if it is something that could potentially count toward any GS activities or badges?

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