A weekend campout is an excellent time to earn badges or journeys. But how do you do it without bringing extra bags of supplies or driving yourself nuts as a leader?
I’ll be honest. I’ve tried campouts where I brought every single potential thing I would need to earn xxxx badge or journey. It can make you crazy. Did we fully finish this requirement? Do we have space fore everything? I forgot the xxxx!
This year I tried something different. And I’m not going back.
Our Cadette troop recently attended a camporee with our service unit. I planned ahead and brought a bag of “stuff:” beads and threads for jewelery, bird book, orienteering supplies.
We touched none of it. We also accomplished far more than I ever thought.
The Secret? Read on.
I did two things to help my girls earn badges and service to Girl Scout hours during our campout:
I packed a folder with printouts of a few badges they could work towards. I may have referenced it once. I’ll keep this with me for future reference though.
The second step is far more important.
I wrote down everything those girls did that weekend. Helped work stations for camporee? Noted start and stop times. Taught a troop firebuilding skills? Check. Every detail I could remember, big or small, was written down on a sheet of paper.
When I returned home I cross referenced those tasks against my current and retired badge books and marked in the spreadsheet. It is that simple.
In a weekend, my Cadettes earned:
- All but one step of Girl Scout Way badge.
- A Canadian Girl Guide “Survivor Girl” badge (the only fully planned one we had wanted to do, thanks to a motivated parent)
- A troop’s own Songs badge we had ordered
- Parts of camping, public speaking, first aid and a retired advanced outdoor cooking badge (instead of simply doing New Cuisines)
- 8.5 hours toward the service to Girl Scouts award – all from things they stepped up to do.
The best part? I stressed about none of it.
Take notes. Enjoy the ride.