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Celebrating Community Badge

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Ideas for Celebrating Community Badge

Requirements for earning badge:

1) Explore symbols

  • Go on a flag hunt
  • Draw your state's symbols
  • Find your town's symbols

2) Sing together

  • Sing three songs, either national songs, Brownie songs, or songs from a celebration

3) Follow the Parade

  • Join a parade
  • Learn to march
  • See a band review or field show

4) Be a landmark detective

  • Go on a hike and see at least 3 community symbols
  • Tour a landmark
  • Make a landmark map

5) Join in a ceremony or celebration

  • Join a flag ceremony or town event
  • Create your own celebration 

 

Activities

Type

Activity Descriptions

supplies

Badge

At home

  • Take your Girl Scout on a hike or tour of your local community. Identify and learn together about the
  • places, landmarks, museums, statues, plaques or gardens that make your hometown special.
  • Attend or participate in a celebration in your local community together, such as a parade, festival or a
  • grand opening ceremony.

 

Celebrating Community

Craft (20 min)

Community Collages

1. Ask the girls to define a “community” and to talk about what makes something a community. Instruct the girls to think of all the communities they are a part of.

Some examples may include Girl Scouts, schools, families, sports teams or recreation groups.

2. Pass out one sheet per girl and instruct them to create their own community collage by drawing one symbol or using one picture to represent each community of which they are a part.

Tip: Encourage girls to be creative—they can draw symbols, cut out and glue images from old magazines or create their own cut-outs from construction paper.

3. As girls finish, encourage them to share what they created with a partner or gather back as a large group to share.

From: Girl Scouts River Valleys

Plain paper and/or construction paper

Coloring utensils

Scissors

Glue

Old magazines that age appropriate

 

Celebrating Community 1

Song (15 min)

Singing Symphony Swap

Talk with the girls about how songs are ways communities celebrate who they are or make them unique and special from other communities. As a large group, ask the girls for examples of some songs that represent different communities. For example, “What songs do we sing in Girl Scouts?” Other examples include:

The National Anthem, Star Spangled Banner—represents the U.S.A.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game—represents an American Baseball tradition

2. After snack is finished, divide girls up into small groups and instruct them to brainstorm, teach each other and rehearse one song that represents a community. After 10 minutes, they will perform it for the large group.

If girls have a hard time getting started, ask them the following questions to help them get started:

o Are there songs only your class or school knows?

o Is there a special song a family member taught you?

o Is there a song or chant that you learned at a particular camp or activity?

Since each group will only showcase one song, tell the girls this may require one girl to teach the song to the rest of the group. Encourage the girls to be considerate and caring by allowing all ideas to be shared as their group chooses which song they will prepare and perform.

3. After 10 minutes, ask each group to share and perform their community song to the larger group.

From: Girl Scouts River Valleys

 

Celebrating Community 2

Game (25 min)

Brownie Pride Parade Party

1. Tell the girls that they are going to be a part of the Brownie Pride Parade and split the girls into small groups in separate corners of the room.

2. Instruct each group to determine a team name, which will be represented in the Brownie Pride Parade.

3. Tell the girls to choose one person in their group to be the parade walker. The parade walker will be dressed up by the other girls in her group. The remaining girls get to be the parade designers who create the parade walker’s outfit and get to watch the parade.

4. Next, the parade designers will create an outfit for their parade walker. The girls can use the paper and tape to create a fashionable outfit and accessories that represents their whole team. The parade walker will not participate in creating the outfit.

Example: The parade designers for the “Royal Queens” team may create a paper crown and a long robe for their parade walker.

Tip: Paper grocery bags can be crafted into a clothing item by cutting a hole for the head in the bottom of the bag and two arm holes on the sides.

5. Allow the girls to design and dress up their parade walkers for 15–20 minutes. Then, line up the parade walkers for the parade, and the designers along the parade walkway.

6. Play music (if applicable) and allow the parade walkers to march through and showcase their team pride through the parade route, tossing candy to the parade designers.

From: Girl Scouts River Valleys

Paper grocery bags

Large-roll sheet paper or newspaper

Scissors

Tape

Optional: Candy

Optional: Music playing device (iPod or CD player)

 

Celebrating Community 3

 

 

Outings and Visitors

Field Trip:

  • Parade
  • Walk through downtown Arlington (Art Walk from the library)
  • Walk on the Lexington Minuteman trail
  • Visit Saugus Iron Works
  • Visit Mill
  • Attend a town event  

 

 

Sample Meeting 1

 

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