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Parent's Guide 
To
Junior Girl Scout
Badges and Signs

CHAPTER 1
INTRODUCTION

Welcome to Junior Girl Scouts! Girl Scouting can be a rewarding, educational and fun experience for you and your Girl Scout. Girl Scouting emphasizes individual potential, development of values, relating to others, and good citizenship.

One of the ways to cultivate these goals in the girls is to encourage them to earn badges.

PURPOSE

This book was written as a guide to parents and guardians who wish to assist their Junior Girl Scouts to earn Junior Badges and Signs. This will be helpful for individually registered girls who have limited access to troop level activities. This will be useful for any girl who wishes to pursue more recognitions on her own which the rest of her troop may not have the desire or facilities to earn. Many troop leaders have found this book to be a helpful tool for girls who may have missed a meeting where some badge activity took place.

This book will assist you and your Girl Scout in planning, selecting and earning badges. This book is divided into four chapters. The first chapter is an introduction with general and background information. The second chapter offers advice in how to plan and select the badges that your Girl Scout would like to earn. The third chapter describes Junior Girl Scout Signs and other recognitions and how to plan and earn them. Finally, the fourth chapter contains a table listing all of the Junior Badges and important information about each badge. It also contains the Worksheets which will document progress on a badge.

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK

Once your Girl Scout selects a badge to work on, find the badge in the table in chapter 4. This will tell you how many activities are required for the badge and if it is applicable for a Sign. To document progress on the badge, use the appropriate Worksheet. There are separate worksheets for badges requiring 4,5,6,7 or 8 activities. The worksheets have been designed to be as generic as possible. To reduce duplication costs, only a single copy of each type of Worksheet has been included. You will have to get copies made for each type of worksheet.

HONOR SYSTEM

Badges performed at home are done on the honor system. Junior Girl Scouts are of an age when honor is a concept which is still being learned. You can help your Girl Scout learn about honor and honesty by regularly monitoring her progress and by insisting that she actually perform all of the activities which will be marked on the worksheet.

CHAPTER 2
PLANNING A JUNIOR BADGE

The first thing that you and your Girl Scout should do is to obtain copies of the Girl Scout Badges and Signs book and the Junior Girl Scout Handbook published by Girl Scouts of the USA. These books are relatively inexpensive and contain the information needed to earn badges. Please read the introduction in Girl Scout Badges and Signs entitled "My Book of Badges and Signs." It contains an excellent description of what badges are all about, and some really good advice about earning them.

Together, look through the Badges and Signs Handbook and decide on some badges that interest her or that present something that is new to her. Please note that there are four types of badges. Most badges are divided into the five Worlds of Girl Scouting. The five Worlds are the World of the Arts, World of Today and Tomorrow, World of People, World of the Out of Doors and the World of Well-Being.

Dabbler badges are for sampling a little bit of everything within a World and are not specific to a particular subject.

Badges with GREEN backgrounds are easier, and require less work. These are excellent for younger Junior Girl Scouts or for those who are new to Girl Scouting. The badges with a TAN background are more difficult and should be attempted by girls with some previous experience with badges. These can sometimes be quite challenging, so they are excellent for older or experienced girls.

There are also a group of badges which are found in the back of the Junior Girl Scout Handbook. These badges have a WHITE background and vary in difficulty. They do not belong to any particular world but are related to activities in the Junior Girl Scout Handbook.

Once she has selected a number of badges which interest her, your Girl Scout should next decide on which badge she should start with. It would be best to discuss your selection with the Troop Leader, before starting. The leader may be planning to do the same badge as a troop activity.

Some girls select their badges by first selecting a Sign. A Sign is a special recognition which requires more work than a single badge. Each Sign requires some badge work. This method simplifies the badge selection process. Selecting a Sign first also gives her a definite goal to attain rather than just accumulating random badges. The Junior Girl Scout Signs are described in the next chapter.

After selecting a badge, read through all of the activities listed for it in the Handbook and decide which activities are going to be performed to earn it. Some of the activities require interviewing adults. Other activities require that the Girl Scout invite an adult to a troop meeting. These activities MUST be coordinated with the Troop Leader, so that it doesn't interfere with a previously planned troop activity.

BADGE JOURNAL

Your Girl Scout should keep a journal to document all of the activities performed to earn each badge. She should write down anything that was done during the process of earning the badge. She needs to list names, dates, addresses and phone numbers of people and businesses contacted, places visited, and the reason for the visit or call. She also needs to write down plans, experiments, whether they succeeded or failed, and to include any photographs or drawings.

A journal will help her keep track of badge work in a convenient and organized way. By keeping track of contacts in one place, she will know who to go for help in the future and who to avoid. This is good information to share with her sister scouts. A journal is also a good educational tool. Keeping track of sources, taking notes and organizing work are skills which your Girl Scout will need as she progresses through school and college.

A sturdy three ring binder works quite well as a Badge Journal. It allows the flexibility of moving and reorganizing information easily. If desired, photo pockets, section dividers, page protectors and floppy disk pockets can easily be added. The binder would also be a good place to store extra copies of the worksheets.