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I think most girls enjoy animals so this legacy series is very popular to earn. It can be done easily in a multi-level Troop or just on an individual basis at home. Below are some suggestions for earning the various badges.

Masks or PetPuppetHeads to perform a skit
Glowing firefly from a pop bottle
Coloring Pages

Exotic pets are growing in popularity, but should people have them?
How does an animal get into a movie or tv show?
How does one become a service animal?
What are the laws in your state regarding service animals?
What animals are service animals and for whom?
How do you treat a service animal when you see one?
Who has a pet and how do you care for them?
What myths are there about various animals?
What invasive species have been released into your area? What has been the affect on native species?
What is your state animal? (pick just about any animal here because some states have a lot of state species.)
Learn to identify animal tracks
What are common injuries from pets or wild animals? What first aid would you use to treat them?
How do you prevent injuries from wild animals?
Do you have a local pest control board, and what do they do? For example, in my area they spray for mosquitoes every spring because they can become a major health problem around the lake areas due to their number.
What can you do at home to prevent pets and wild animals from making it THEIR new home?
How does the weather effect wild animals? How have natural disasters effected pet owners?
If you have a pet, does your family emergency kit include items they will need?
If there is an emergency, do you have a plan for your family pet?
How have people effected the habitats of local animals?
What animals are extinct or endangered?

Vet clinics
Animal rescue center
Local fair
Dog show
Pet store
Senior center / Assisted living facility / nursing
Aquarium – some places allow sleepovers.
Visit an airport, how do they deal with birds or other animals around the runway.
A natural history museum. Or even small local museums sometimes have animal exhibits.
Swim with dolphins.
Go snorkeling
GO fishing
Go on a hike and what animals do you see? Try one at night too.
Western University of Veterinary Medicine in Ramona California.

Charades with animals
Freeze tag with animals
Crab walk races
Animal Songs

Someone who has a service animal for vets for MS National Association
Some,one from animal control
Someone from a pest service
National Audubon Society – they can put you in touch with someone from your area.

Madagascar 3 – Discuss animal control, zoos, and circus and why they exist and if they are a good thing.
Dreamer – Horse racing, connection to animals
Quill Service animals
Flicka –
Finding Nemo – Sea life in general and the coral reef
Willie the Sparrow – Empathy and wild birds
Free Willie – Facilities like Seaworld
Lassie – Animal intelligence and connection to people
Benji – Homeless animals

Educate others on service animals.
Educate others on what you have learned about caring for animals and myths about animals?
Have an animal adoption day.
Raise food or other needs for a local shelter. Remember, you cannot raise money for another organization.
Visit a nursing home or senior center a pet for the residents.
The Great Backyard Bird Count – the next one is Feb. 15-18, 2013
Make bat boxes
Make butterfly boxes
Plant a butterfly garden
Make a bird house
Make a hummingbird feeder
Make a bird feeder. Could be something permanent or just birdseed on a pine-cone.
Is there a nearby area that had a disaster that could use help caring for their animals which have lost a home or need food?

The Costa Humane Society put together this 40 page PDF that has a lot of really great ideas.


All current badges require 5 activities to earn them If the girls do more than those 5 they can apply them to other badges. You cannot apply the same activity to 2 badges. However, I feel that a true Journey includes earning badges so I do apply an activity done towards a badge to the Journey as well because we do far more than those 5 to finish a Journey. Below are the awards the activities above could be applied to depending on how it is done.


Friendly and Helpful Peta
Considerate and Caring Petal
Respect Myself and Others Petal
Make the World a Better Place Petal
Count it Up Leaf
Making Choices Leaf
Three Cheers for Animals Journey


First Aid
Household Elf
Give Back
Quest Journey
Wow Journey

First Aid
Animal Habitats


First Aid
Night Owl
Think Big
Sow What Journey
Breath Journey

First Aid
Truth Seeker
voice for Animals


Public Policy
Firs Aid




Few things affect us so much, it is a 5 letter word and people hate to discuss it. The subject is very personal and for some who were never taught about it, quite embarrassing. It is money. Many kids today have no concept of where it comes from, much less how to manage it. This badge can start them on the process of learning so that when they have money of their own, they use it wisely and invest in their own future. You only need to do 5 activities to earn the badge, not every single suggestion.


All girls know what it means to trade. What child has not gone trick-or-treating and said “I’ll trade you my 2 Tootsie Pops for your Butterfinger”?

Hands on activity:

1.Chooses a craft or snack, it really does not matter what as long as it requires a lot of items or skill sets. Explain to the girls what they are going to make and be sure to show all the items or skills they need. Then sit them down in front of “their” supplies. Each girl will have something they need, but missing something else. Tell them they must trade with each other until they have what they each need and everyone is happy. Someone may have all the glue, while another girl may be the only one who knows how to write yet. Once everyone has what they need, they have learned the ancient system of bartering.

2.The story of Jack and the Beanstalk deals with bartering, money, wants versus needs, as well as stealing and might be fun to read with your girls. Older girls could even act out the story for younger ones.

Currency has its roots in Chinese history as far back as 1,000 BC. The first real coin did not come until about 600 BC in modern-day Turkey. Leather money came about 100 BC and it was not until 800 AD that money first appeared.

Hands on activity:

3. The girls might enjoy looking at library books showing ancient coins that have been discovered.

4.The Wampanoag Indian word for beads mad from whelk or clam shells was wampumpeag, from which the word wampum derived from. These rare shells were ground into cylinder shaped beads and then drilled with a hole to allow them to be strung as a necklace or woven into clothing. In 1637 the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared it was legal tender. Purple beads were worth twice as much as the white ones. This is an opportunity to have the girls make their own necklaces. Younger girls might use simple pony beads. Older girls can use thin wire to thread stones or wrap stones or shells and use as a pendant.

Juniors and up might like using magazine paper to create their own beads.


While the colonies were still under English rule, colonists would use English, French and Spanish money. When the American Revolution began the new nation needed to create its own currency and [ass the Coinage Act of 1793 which established the US Mint. About half of those denominations that were first designed are still used today. For many years banks were allowed to print their own currency as well until President Jackson decided we needed a single currency so as to establish a better economy.

Hands on activity:

1.Supplies Needed: Pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, Susan B Anthony, gold dollar, $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, magnifying glass, blindfold.
Spread the money on the table and discuss how they are similar and what makes them each different. For the coins you can show the name of various aspects.

Field – the blank background
Portrait – the face on the coin
Date – when the coin was produced
Mint Mark – under the date, identifies where the coin was produced.
Edge – the flat circumference of the coin. When coins were still made from precious metals, smooth-edged coins were less valuable as they allowed people to shave off metal. The ridges were designed to prevent that as it would become obvious when someone has attempted to do that. Today, different coins have smooth or ridged edges to assist the visually impaired to easily identify one coin from another.
Rim – the place where the field and edge meet.

Use the magnifying glass to closely examine the money. Hold bills up to the light and find which one has a bar in the paper and discuss why it is there. This is important for the girls to learn so that they accept only authentic currency. The blindfold is to see how many girls can recognize one coin or bill from another.

2. If you live in the right area you could get a tour of a mint. The rest of us can view a cartoon that shows the process.


I often hear “I need a coffee this morning” or “I need a new pair of shoes” As Christmas draws near it becomes “I want that!” SO what is the difference between a need and a want? We all NEED clothes, but do we need 3 winter coats? Do we NEED the $80 pair of jeans or would a $40 pair work just as well?

Hands on activity:
1.Have a place on the wall girls can come tape pictures. Give them magazines and newspaper ads to cut out pictures. Let them tape the picture to the side labeled NEED or WANT according to what they think it is. Discuss how they did. Now discuss what does the Troop NEED to do this year, versus what does it WANT to do this year.

2. Now that the girls have their wants listed, start looking at what it costs. For example, a Starbucks coffee will cost at least $3.50. some people have one every day, how much does that add up to in a year? $1,277.50!! What could the girls buy with that money? How could they use it to invest in their future instead?


I had just told my son I did not have the money for something and his first response was “well, write a check!” Now his younger sisters would say “Use your debit card” but the problem is the same. They did not understand that money does not just magically appear to be handed over to the cashier.

Because every Troop is different, this will be a unique discussion for your group. Are you just starting out and have nothing in the bank account, or do you have a lot of money left over from cookie sales last spring. Do you charge dues, or does your Troop have a sponsor? Once the girls earn the money, where does it go?

Hands on activity:
1.Visit a local bank. The girls especially love the vault. You could ask which girls have a savings account and try to go to the bank most use. Another option is to see if parents would all be willing to allow their child to open a savings account on your visit.

2.Older girls can learn how to use a register, and even write a check.

3.Older girls should speak with the loan officer about credit cards, business loans, personal loans and home mortgages. At this age it is hard for them to truly grasp that a frivolous attitude with money can hurt them for years to come and the people who deal with that on a daily basis just seem to make it sink in better. They can also talk about being careful online to protect their money and credit.

4.Have a jar labeled BANK and one labeled WALLET, put skittles in each one. . Have them tell you things they want to buy and figure out how much it will cost. As they “shop” allow them to eat the candy, and they choose which jar to take the money from. For some girls it may help to swipe your debit card on the BANK jar before removing the candy. Eventually the girls will want to buy something and won’t have enough “money” left to do so.

5.Have the girls choose 3 items they can buy locally from a weekly ad. Then ask them to do some research and determine if it is better to buy locally or shop online.

If the girls are considering a fund RAISERS, this can help them decide what they want to do.

Hands on activity:

6.A producer make an a good or service for the consumer. For example, Girl Scouts make cookies for friends and family to buy. Use the attached sheet to see if they can draw a line from the producer, to the good or service they provide and finally, link that to the consumer who needs it.


7. If the girls are the producer, what good or service can they provide that people would be willing to pay for?


Now comes the fun part, spending the money you just learned about. As a Troop the girls need to learn early that everything they do costs money. While they may not grasp the entire concept, they can understand having enough or not.

Hands on activity:

1. Bring in various items the girls can “purchase” Depending on your girls, this can be real or pretend. Tag everything with a price and give each girl the same amount of money. Allow them to peruse the store and decide what they can afford to buy. A real store might have fun pencils purchased at the Dollar Store, or even candy. A fake store could have a can of spinach, stuffed animals or even clothing. Girls can decide to pool their money for a big-ticket item they can share, such as a pizza, or cake. The point is to get them thinking about what they have to spend and the cost of items

2. Older girls can have a budget and be asked to look through a grocery ad and shop for a week’s worth of food. Again, they might decide to pool their money and split a package with someone else, or to be “room mates” and cook all their meals together.

3. A trip to a local thrift store gives practical experience in spending money. Each girl has $5 to spend and must put together an entire outfit for herself.

4. Pull these concepts together, and decide what the Troop can afford to do this year. If you have already done a money earning activity, discuss what you have for funds and what the girls want to do. If you have not yet earned your money for the year, discuss how important it is to set personal goals as well as a Troop goal. You can also decide if you need/want to do another fund-raiser to make up the difference.

5. Take the Troop to the store to shop for their next activity such as a craft or even a weekend camping trip.

6. Senior and Ambassador girls can make up their dream list. Put down the things they want to do or own someday. This could include college, trade school, trip to Paris, owning a fancy car or simply be a home owner. Then have them meet with a financial adviser to discuss what they can do to get there.


7. Make a piggy bank.


Now the girls have the chance to provide service to others. Depending on what they want to do, it may or may not cost money. The important thing is to connect their skill and knowledge to someone who needs help. This can be a simple act of service or a larger Take Action Project. If they have done a Journey this is a good time to connect what funds the girls have to the service project they want to do. Make sure they remember to save money for that project when they plan their fun activities.




After you have been in Girl Scouts a few years, this badge could easily get a little boring to earn. While I do go over the basics first thing every year for the new girls, I try to find a way to get the more experienced girls to have fun and learn something as well. I think this is a really good badge to start the year as it is a refresher for past members and a welcome for the new ones. Many activities are things we do almost every meeting so even girls who may miss a night will make them up.

The experienced girls teach many of these activities to the younger girls. Since we are a multi-level Troop I have the advantage. If you are not, the girls can make a video to share with new leaders or posters new troops can use.

Girl Scout Handshake: This requires shaking with your LEFT hand while the right hand is raised with the Girl Scout Sign It should be used every time you hand out awards.

Girl Scout Sign: This is holding up your right hand with an open palm facing out. It is used when saying the Promise and the Law as the 3 fingers stand for the 3 parts of the Promise.

Girl Scout Quiet Sign: When you need the room to quiet down you hold it up and as girls see your hand up, they will hold up theirs and be quiet. The proper way is to use the open hand, however many learned to use the Girl Scout Sign. Ultimately whatever gets the girls to quiet down is what you use, but be aware some leaders have very strong opinions on the matter.


Sing Law


We always do some sort of craft to reinforce the Law to the girls. An item they can take home and use to remind them of what Girl Scouts is all about. We have done bookmarks, bracelets, necklaces, water bottles and bandannas.

Color Guard: How the flags are presented to a group.

Plan Investiture – How new girls are welcomed into Girl Scouts.

Sit-Upons: An item intended to…..well…..sit upon. There are 3 basic types. The bucket version, the newspaper version and the pocket version. You can use them at meetings or send them home with the girls. The tradition goes back decades and started with the Brownies.

Levels: As I run a multi-level Troop it is important the girls understand who is in which level and why. For the older girls, I also make sure they understand the opportunities they will have that the younger do not.

Founders Day – Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scout in March of 1912 and her birthday was on Halloween so this is a good time for the girls to learn about her and plan a party. Or they can take part in a Service Unit or Council event that does.

Friendship Circle: A traditional way to close a meeting by holding hands in a circle and singing Make New Friends.

SONGS;There are many songs that were written just for Girl Scouts but there are also many we sing simply because they are fun. We try to do at least 1 a meeting and the girls can take turns leading it. I have a large selection if they want to try something new. Of course, we also sing Make New Friends in the friendship circle.

CLEANUP All girls must help with cleanup at every meeting. This includes things that may have been a mess when we arrived. We do not have to pay for where we meet and this is how we say thank you. When the weather is nice we might even do a litter patrol outside.

The girls also begin voting on activities for the year. This leads into the financial badge, but they need to understand this is THEIR Troop and we do what THEY want to do as long as we can afford it.

Finally, we vote on positions within the Troop.

It can seem to be the same badge year after year, but I believe as long as we change how we learn those subjects and the older girls begin to teach them to the younger ones, they have fulfilled the requirements for this badge. The idea is for them to feel connected with Girls Scouts past and present in a way that if fun.