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
We start the badge talking about what we as humans need to survive. There are basic needs that all humans need. They are:
Now we dive into Needs vs Wants. What do we need as humans and what are "nice to have" things? You can have the girls think of things themselves or you can read a list of items below and have them put the item in either the need or want column.
- Ice cream (want)
- Dry shelter (need)
- Breakfast (need)
- Trip to Disney (want)
- Winter jacket (need)
- Video games (want)
- Sleep (need)
Next we'll hear from an expert. You can invite someone to speak or you can play a video below. Some ideas for speakers include: soup kitchen or food bank volunteers, EMTs, Habitat for Humanity volunteers, local Goodwills or Red Cross organizations.
We need the girls to then understand when helping others is needed. Obviously there are the common donations - food drives, clothing drives, etc. But there are also events that occur that could use our extra attention. Go over some of the events that would necessitate community involvement.
For each of these events, have the girls think of ways they could help. There's no wrong answer here. But you can prompt them if they get stuck - think of doing meal trains, food donations/clothing drives, taking someone in if they don't have a place to live. Helping clean their house (gift of time and labor).
A great way to show the girls how they can help is to run a food or clothing drive. Whether or not you're able to do this, have the girls design a poster to use to advertise the drive. Have them think specifically about what type of donations they're looking for, where they will be collecting the donations, when they'll be collecting, and who will be receiving the donations.