Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Junior Girl Scouts Badge: Detective

Step 1:  Practice the power of observation.  We played the Tray Game at our Christmas Party this year to satisfy this badge step.  I provided a detailed description of this game in my post titled Christmas Party 2014.  Additionally, our Brownies were working on their Senses badge.  To meet the requirements of one of their badge steps, we talked about Braille.  We discussed the ways blind people can be observant even though they can't see and how those ways are similar and different from observation skills used by people without impaired sight.  You can read more about that meeting here

Step 2:  Communicate in Code. 
As mentioned in Step 1 above, the Brownies in our troop were working on the Senses badge.  Visit this post to discover how we used the same activity to help our Brownies satisfy Step 5 of the Senses badge and our Juniors meet the requirements of Steps 1 and 2 for the Detective badge.

Step 3:  Fingerprint for Fun.  When we had a few minutes to spare during one of our meetings, I had the girls use a thumb to stamp a fingerprint on a 1.5" square piece of white cardstock.  I happen to have ink pads in a variety of colors, so the girls had a choice when making the print.  Once the cards were dry, the girls inspected each fingerprint, noticing that every fingerprint is unique.  I collected the squares to be used for a craft during our Self Esteem Workshop that is scheduled for March.  Please check back to read more about that meeting.

 

Step 4:  Try Out Detective Science.  I love to scrapbook.  Years ago, I was really into writing titles for my pages.  I purchased a book called Love Your Handwriting by Heidi Swapp.  When I read one of the choices to satisfy this badge step was to examine different handwriting samples, I dug that book out of the closet and searched for the perfect activity.  I modified one of Heidi's exercises, creating a worksheet for our girls.  They were asked to write the word trefoil in a variety of different ways.  Once everyone had finished, the girls exchanged papers.  They examined the similarities and differences in their handwriting.  




Step 5:  Follow the clues to solve a real mystery.  During our Christmas Party this year (December 2014), we had a mystery party.  We solved the "Who Stole the Cookies" (mini version) that we purchased from Merri Mysteries.  Check out this post to read all about our party.  

As a leader, I loved this badge.  I thought we could have easily completed more than one of the choices provided for each step in the listed as badge requirements.  Even after completing all five steps, I know our girls would be interested in continuing their work on this badge.  Maybe they will decide to do Detective badge, Part 2 next year?  I'm sure it won't be difficult to order a detective or mystery-related fun patch for their vests.  Thank you for reading!

46 comments:

  1. jenefur@yahoo.comApril 21, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    We are working on that badge tomorrow. Do you have a printable download available for the handwriting that you can share?

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    1. Thank you for contacting me. I emailed the file to you last night. Have fun with your girls today!

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  2. could you email me your hand writing page as well? Hskadahl@gmail.com

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  3. Could you please email me your handwriting page as well? mae_bae72@hotmail.com
    That would be great to include tomorrow night!
    Thanks!

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  4. Hi there-- can you please email me this handwriting page as well? Thank you! Meeting is coming up! ericaruff@hotmail.com
    Thank you!

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  5. Would you mind sharing your handwriting page with me as well? nsewell@knology.net
    Thanks so much!

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  6. Would you mind sharing your handwriting page with me as well? nsewell@knology.net
    Thanks so much!

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  7. Hi! Could you please send me the handwriting page via email too? Thanks in advance and thanks for the tips! ramirezannette@gmail.com

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  8. Could you please email me the handwriting page too? Greatly appreciate the tips!. hac_wa@yahoo.com

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  10. Hi - I love your blog. Thanks for all the great ideas! Could you please email me the handwriting file - I'd love to use it for our junior detective badge. Thanks! juniorsmom1@yahoo.com

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    1. I just tried to email the file to you. I received a mail delivery error message (the email address listed above was not recognized). In any case, I will try again soon. Thanks!

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  11. Sorry - my email should work now.
    juniorsmom1@yahoo.com

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    1. I emailed the file to you, but I received the same error message.

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  12. I would like a copy of the handwriting sheet if possible as well. Thanks

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    1. Hi, Karen. I would be happy to send you the handwriting sheet for the Detective badge. Would you please give me your email address? I visited your blog but didn't find any contact information. Thanks so much!

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  13. I love your ideas! Could I have a copy of the handwriting paper too please?
    tls4091@yahoo.com

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  14. could you please email me the handwriting paper?! my girls would love this! thank you :) Melis101386@aol.com

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  15. Hi Laurie - Could you please email me the handwriting sheet? We're working on the Detective badge this weekend. Thanks for sharing your great ideas!cmkrueger1@yahoo.com

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  16. Please email me the handwriting sheet if you can - love your blog. deanny@dyconcepts.com

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  17. This is great! Thank you! I'd also like a copy of the handwriting sheet if possible....kari.a.dickenson@gmail.com

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  18. This is awesome! Can you email me the handwriting sheet as well? igottadel@aol.com (thank you in advance!! great ideas!!)

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  19. Could you please email me the handwriting sheet also---I appreciate it. cathee.bruinsma@k12.sd.us

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  20. What a fantastic worksheet! Could you email me a copy of the file as well? dawnuwlax@yahoo.com
    Thank you so much!

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  21. Hi, Your handwriting sheet is a really cool idea, could I also have a copy of it for my Junior troop? My email is dionnepwiggins@gmail.com

    Thank You!

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  22. You have such great ideas! any chance you still have the handwriting file available to email? If so, would you mind sending it to kimi @ bluestraw . com Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Kim. You should find the file in your inbox. Have a fun year with your girls!

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  23. Hi, thank you for great ideas! Could you please email me the handwriting file? I'd love to use at our meeting next week. Thanks! tammy@nanradio.com

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  24. Can you please email me the handwriting file too. My email is jwilliams33@bellsouth.net. Thanks!

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  25. I would love the handwriting file! jendrop99@hotmail.com
    Thanks so much for the great ideas!

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  26. Could you also send me the handwriting file? RNCassie@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  27. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas. Could you please send me the handwriting file? jfk8676@yahoo.com

    Thank you!

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  28. Would you be willing to email the handwritting file to me
    Amunstis@gmail.com

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  29. Would you be willing to email the handwritting file to me
    Amunstis@gmail.com

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  30. We are working on that badge. Do you have a printable download available for the handwriting that you can share?
    gabbyrojas818@yahoo.com

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  31. Hi! We are working on the Detective badge and love your ideas! Could you share the handwriting file with us? Thank you! canbria@aol.com

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  32. I would love anything that you can email me with this badge!! I run an event every couple of years and looking to change things up this year!!
    My email is ames802@yahoo.com

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  33. I love all your ideas!!! Any chance you could email me the handwriting page as well? my email is bluethompson@gmail.com THANK YOU!!!!!

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  34. Great breakdown of the badge! Could you email me the handwriting sheet? Thanks juliefuqua79@gmail.com

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  35. Thanks for the inspiriting ideas! I'd love to use your handwriting sheet if you could please email it to me? Thank you - caroltshops@mac.com

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  36. Thank u Laurie for sharing your ideas. I too was reaching out in hopes to receive a copy of your Handwriting sheet. Thank u Luisa. luisa121874@gmail.com

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  37. Laurie - thank you for posting! Could I get a copy of your handwriting sheet? Thank you! sws194@gmail.com - Susan

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  38. Getting started for the year with my group of juniors and doing the Detective badge. I would be interested in your handwriting sheet as well. ann.henkhaus@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  39. Getting started for the year with my group of juniors and doing the Detective badge. I would be interested in your handwriting sheet as well. ann.henkhaus@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  40. Hi! If you are still checking this blog, I would love the handwriting worksheet.

    federerfamily@gmail.com

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    1. Hi, Jerri! I just sent you the file you requested. Have fun with your girls!

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