Download the booklet from TroopLeaderHub
Print out the booklet. Cut the pages along the dotted line the in center of the page. Staple on the left side.
Meet with your troop and go through the booklet to meet the minimum requirements of the badge!
Suggestions for Using this Booklet
For this badge it is recommended to get outside. Try to incorporate nature into your meeting. It may also be beneficial to go to a wildlife center.
To start off this badge, we have the girls reflect upon what makes a good friend. This is something you can even have them do pre-meeting as they wait for the entire Troop to arrive.
We want to prompt them a bit if they have trouble. Ask about what you like about their current friends? Why do they stay friends with them? When you want to make your friends happy, what do you do?
Have the girls share with the group and come up with some common attributes that all the girls can agree on.
Pair the girls up. Have them fill out the All About My Friend page about their buddy. Pair up girls who don't normally sit together or that you know aren't close friends. When all the girls are finished, have each girl share what they learned about their new-ish friend.
This is a great time to point out similarities. Which girls had similar answers? Try to find connections and point them out to the girls.
You can mention that when you know something about someone, it's easier to strike up a conversation. Now that I know Mary likes tigers, and I like tigers, I can ask her why that's her favorite animal and whether she likes the orange tigers or the white tigers.
There are many ways we can say hello to new people we meet. Some countries even have special cultural traditions around greetings.
For this activity you can have the girls use a pair of dice to "roll a greeting". Assign each box to a number (1-6 on the left and 1-6 on the right). Roll the dice and match the number to the physical greeting on the left and the verbal greeting on the right.
Have the girls share any other ways they know - either in the US or abroad - to greet others.
You can also show a video like the below showing different customs.
For this page we're sharing favorite things. It's another way for us the girls to share something about themselves and find commonalities with their fellow troop members. Have them work independently on their list.
Then have them share with the group. Ask one girl to share one activity they like. Then ask the troop if anyone else likes that too. Have the girls write down some activities their friends like on the right side of the page.
COMPROMISE - this is a tough one. Here we're going to talk about the importance of compromising. The grid will show the girls that in all but one scenario someone is unhappy.
Using the exercise from the last activity, pick two girls to role play compromising. Have them compromise on what they do after school. Try to pair up girls who have different favorite activities.
The last step is reflect. Have the girls think about how they'll be better friends and make new friends in the future. If they have trouble, just have them write down one thing they learned from the meeting.