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Once again, I follow the LEARN – SEE – DO model for the Journey. We learned about food, saw how it works in our community and did something about it.


We began with pulling out store ads and discussion the prices of food items and where they come from.
How did transporting food add to its cost?
How did processing detract from the nutritional content?
What items do we need to be processed and transported to be enjoyed in our area?
What is companion planting?
Can yo do container planting if you don’t have a garden plot?
Next we discussed gardens and why people have them. Some do it for enjoyment, others for health reasons and still others to save money. So why don’t more people grow them?
You might like this video someone pieced together for the Sow What Journey.
I cannot emphasize this enough, do not just take the word of what you find online when ti comes to modern farming. Recently movies have been made that are interesting, but you always need to gather your own facts. The best way to do this is to visit a farm for yourself. Visit a food warehouse or production plant. See for yourself what modern food techniques are being used.

Rent a community garden plot for the summer and grow their own garden.
Contact the local Cooperative Extension office and requested an expert gardener come speak to the girls. She can answer any questions and gave them a lot of advice for their first garden.
The girls will learn a lot over the next several months about responsibility (weeding and watering when it was their turn) as well as the frustration of a late summer, early frost and pests.
They could pick whatever was ripe on the day they worked and prepare it in some way for their family.

The end of the summer resulted in a family bbq where the girls prepared food from the garden and talked to the families about the benefits of gardening.
Donate their harvest to the local food bank or a needy family.
Harvest the seeds and share them with others for next year.


Another direction is to discuss how we need a variety of foods. Because food is easily transported, Americans have a tendency to eat the same foods all the time. Growing season exist so that we eat a large variety of foods at different times of the year.

What kids of foods have the girls never tried?
Visit local restaurants with authentic cuisine from other countries.
Have dinner parties to try making their own recipe.
Have an Iron Chef competition.
Learn about the new food guidelines and caloric intake recommendations.
Keep a food journal and discover if you are eating as well as you thought you were. What can you easily do to change your diet?n This site not only allows you to track your food, it monitors calories, nutrition, fat as well as exercise. You set up your program the way you want.
How does activity effect our overall health and our diet?
Have fun with food and try a progressive dinner. Will a local bakery allow you to come in to learn how to bake or decorate cakes?
How do food allergies affect everyone. This includes those without allergies that are limited in what they can bring to school.
Learn alternative ways to make a food that will cater to people with gluten allergies.
What careers are there i the food industry? Careers such as chef, line cook, rancher, farmer, agronomist, teacher, writer, food critic, food taster, food developer, television and photography.
What are common injuries in the kitchen and how do you treat them?
Are there local or state laws that affect privately owned gardens? For example, last year in the news a woman who used the front yard as a garden was told by her city she had to remove it.
What foods work best for hiking, camping or just a long trip?
What are good snacks to make when babysitting?
The Blue Ocean institute offers a brochure that lists seafood that is sustainable. You can email to request the brochure.
I cannot emphasize this enough, do not just take the word of what you find online when ti comes to modern farming. Recently movies have been made that are interesting, but you always need to gather your own facts. The best way to do this is to visit a farm for yourself. Visit a food warehouse or production plant. See for yourself what modern food techniques are being used.

How hard is it to find a variety of foods in your area?
When areas are hit with a natural disaster, how do they set up a food chain again? Does your local food bank serve fresh food?
What is gleaning and is there a local group you can go out with?
Encourage the next SU Thnking Day have Troops bring foods from the countries they talk about.
Is there a Meals on Wheels program in your area you can volunteer with?
Does your food have an emergency kit with adequate food for the entire family?
Is there a cooking club you can try out?

If you don’t have one of the groups mentioned above, see if you can help get one started. If they already exist, what can yo do to help promote them?
Can you get local stores to stock a wider variety of fresh fruits and vegetables?
What about getting your own family to change their eating habits and promote the results via the local newspaper.
Create a cookbook and sell it.

All badges require 5 activities and ones related to the Journey can be applied based on how the girls do them. Below are suggestions of other awards activities can be applied to for all levels, not just your Seniors.

Courageous and Strong
Responsible for what I Say and Do
Use Resources Wisely
Making Choices
Flower Garden Journey
Between Earth and Sky Journey

First Aid
Computer Expert
My Best Self
Household Elf
Product Designer
Wonder of Wow Journey

Simple Meals
First Aid
Staying Fit
Savvy Shopper
Agent of Change Journey

New Cuisines
First Aid
Eating for Beauty
Book Artist
Night Owl
Comparison Shopping
Media Journey

Behind the Ballot
First Aid
Women’s Health

Public Policy
Dinner Party
First Aid
Your Voice, Your World Journey




Girls learn about different animals, how caring for animals links with caring for themselves, make a lot of crafts inspired by nature but showing diversity among individuals, and do a take-action project that educates the community about an animal related issue.

Speaking purely for my girls, I found that i have to change an awful lot of the Journeys to make them something my girls enjoy doing. Add in that we are a multilevel Troop and I have to tweak them even more. I find that doing activities the other levels can use for badges make sit even out pretty smoothly. If you too have a more than 1 level, at the bottom I will make notes of the badges that go well with this Journey.

I condensed the entire idea of the Journey into a 3 step process. LEARN-SEE-DO The first step is to learn about animals. The second step is to see what is going on with animals in your local area. The final step is to do something for or with animals in your area. This is your take Action project.

LEARNBirdbath Award – Daisies learn to care for animals and for themselves

Movies can be a fun family night and still be working towards your Journey awards. For example, Black Beauty can deal with animal treatment, while Dreamer connects people to animals. Madagascar 3 can lead into a discussion of zoos versus a circus and wildlife preserves.

Animal masks are a great way to play out a story or things the girls have learned about animals. If the girls create or find a skit they enjoy, let them play it for their parents at the next award ceremony. You can use paper plates and simply offer a bunch of items such as yarn, paper and glue and let the girls go crazy. or if your girls prefer an organized craft there are a few sites that offer some great ideas. A dancing bee mask ANIMAL MASKS

Maybe the girls would prefer to make puppets. You can do the classic style of putting images on a paper bag, using an old sock or even coloring a picture and glue it to a paint stir stick.

The AUDUBON SOCIETYy might have a local chapter that could come speak to the Troop.

Nothing beats visiting with real animals. There are lots of places to see them no matter where you live, you just have to plan ahead. Farms, shelters, circus, preserves and vet clinics are all obvious choices. But do you have an animal that passes through your area at a certain time of year? For example, the Monarch Butterfly has an established migrating route, as do whales and eagles. Visiting the local fair the girls can learn a lot from the 4H and FFA kids who are showing their animals. If it is too late for that, contact your local FFA or 4H office and see if a local member will invite them to their farm. Speaking of farms, don’t get bogged down with the idea of a simple dairy farm. Ask about cattle ranchers, sheep ranches and even a llama farm. The local aquarium can not only office a lot of information, many offer overnight programs where the girls sleep with the fish. Find out if someone who trains or uses a service animal will come to a meeting.

Local Library – National Geographic Explorer or Zoobooks and Micawber or Cat Rules and Dogs Drool flip book

SEERed Robin Award – Daisies use their new knowledge and creativity to teach others how to care for animals

Some of your girls probably already have pets of their own. Do a show and tell and have them describe their animal and what they do to take care of it. If your meeting place allows, bring the actual pet. If not, photographs can suffice.

After visiting the local dairy, try your hand at making butter or homemade ice cream.

What kind of injuries might you get from these animals and how would you treat them? How would you treat an injured animal?

How do we take care of ourselves in the same ways we take care of animals? horses need shoes, hair needs to be brushed, skin needs to be washed and doctors must be visited. The Crocodile and the Dentist deals with the fears the girls may have of visiting a dentist themselves. What would happen if the girls don’t take care of their teeth? What happens when they don’t take care of their pet’s basic needs?

Bees are absolutely needed for us to survive, are there any local bee keepers they can talk with? What about a local honey plant? Make a snack using honey.Use the opportunity to talk about first aid for bee stings and bug bites. Make a bee from a mustard bottle and coat hanger.

Garden Bee

What kind of wild animals might you see in your area, on a hike or camping? How should you react to them? How would you treat an injury from one? Teach the girls how to identify various animal tracks.

DOTula Award – Daisies gain courage and confidence in teaching others about animal care

At this age it is hard for girls to see what service they can do for animals in their area. As you go through the first 2 steps, be talking to the girls about things they see wrong, would like to change or simply to help with. Then when you are ready to discuss a project, they have something familiar to discuss rather than it suddenly being thrust upon them.

Volunteer at the local animals shelter. Or collect donations of food for them. Hold a pet adoption fair. Arrange for a local 4H dog club to hold a training lesson for the Service Unit. February is dental month for pets, create posters to place around town reminding them to take care of their cat or dog. Volunteer to walk dogs for local senior citizens. Bring in an approved service animal to the local nursing home and plan a day for the residents. Put on a petting zoo at the nearest animal store like PetCo. What kind of seeds can they plant to attract butterflies?

If you have done ay great TAPs for this Journey, please share and inspire others.

Keep in mind that many of your activities can be centered around animals and games are no exception. For example, play freeze tag but you must freeze as an animal. Charades are fun, again making the girls act out an animal. the classic game of memory has an animal version. or play BINGO using animal pictures.

Create a bird feeder. or make an edible nest. Save the netted apple bags and stuff them with items birds can use to build a nest in the string and hang them for a tree in your backyard. Participate in THE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT.

POSSIBLE BADGE OPPORTUNITIES – Depending on activities you do and how.

Friendly & Helpful Petal
Responsible for What I say and Do Petal
Respect Myself and Others Petal
Use Resources Wisely Petal
Make the World a Better Place Petal

First Aid

First Aid
Animal Habitats

First Aid
Animal Helpers

First Aid
Voice for Animals

First Aid