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I, like many of you, am always looking for additional ways to complete additional parts of our scouting journey outside of our troop's formal structure, and today we have some resources to help with that.
Have a sick kid? A surprise snow day? A girl/parent team that want to do more!? A teacher strike? We've got you covered. :D
I and another leader have co-authored guides for Brownies and Juniors to complete real, official, front-wearable badges at home. And a resource for CSA scouts too!
How It Works
The badges listed in this packet are official, earnable, and front-wearable. They were originally designed by and produced for Girl Scouts of USA. GSUSA no longer produces them, but girls can still earn them.
You are welcome to alter the activities to your interest, abilities, supplies, time, etc. The official written requirements reflect the time in which they were developed. Some vintage badges use terminology or resources that are outdated or no longer exist. The activities below are only suggestions; feel free to modify these requirements and activities as you see fit – the spirit of the badge is what matters. Remember that the overarching goal of earning any badge is to be ready to provide service in that topic. You are NOT limited to these badges! While the ones chosen generally have good availability, there are always lots more available here at TBF!
Why vintage? Retired badges allow girls to take choose their own at-home scouting without the need to worry about how it would affect your troop’s plan. The activities included here can all be done by a single girl in her own home, often with the assistance of a parent. They’re written simply and clearly with minimal supplies, so any adult can just jump right in. Retired badges are also a great way for today’s girls to connect to yesterday’s GS traditions.
This attached packet includes instructions for seven easy-to-do-at-home Try-It badges for girls to earn at home. To earn Try-Its, girls complete any four of the listed activities.
This attached packet includes instructions for eight easy-to-do-at-home Junior Badges for girls to earn at home. To earn Junior badges, girls complete any six of the listed activities (or all if less than six).
I didn't write this, and I don't know who did, but it was recommended to me by Friend-of-the-Fairy Jen F.
Virtually badges has created a handful of virtual workshops for CSA scouts. Go check them out!