How to Earn Badges in Brownies

by Darby Stevenson

Girl Scouts is an organization for girls between kindergarten and 12th grades. The national organization is organized into local councils, which are then broken down into troops. Each troop is managed and directed by a trained troop leader. The Girl Scouts group for girls between the second and third grades is called Brownies. Brownies are eligible to earn a number of different badges, which are grouped into Journey Awards, Try-Its and Participation Patches.

Earn a Journey award. These are groups of patches, laid out along a linear journey of research, discussions and actions. Each journey award can be earned by earning the four badges that make up the stages of the journey. The Journey awards for Brownies are the It's Your World, Change It! award, the It's Your Planet, Love It! award and the It's Your Story, Tell It! award. Journey awards may be earned by working with an adult guide who has the necessary information and training to guide Brownies through that journey. Talk to your scout master to find an eligible guide to help you earn these journey award. These awards belong to the category or Grade-Level Awards.

Earn a Brownie Try-It award. There are 60 of these awards that require the completion of a specific activity or set of activities. There are 57 Try-Its and the requirements for each available in the official "Try-Its Handbook for Brownie Girl Scouts", but you can also find the requirements for some of these journeys online on the Girl Scouts website. For instance, to earn the Wave the Flag patch, Brownies must choose four of six suggested patriotic activities to participate in. These activities include creating a collage of pictures representing America, planning a Memorial Day party or doing a good deed for someone. These awards also belong to the category of Grade-Level Awards.

Earn Participation Patches. These patches are earned by completing a series of activities tied together by a single theme. Some of the activities may be done by meeting other Brownies Grade Level Award requirements. The Linking Girls to the Land Patch, for instance, requires girls to either earn a Grade-Level Award that is related to the outdoors, environment or science by working with a federal natural resource agency, participate in a Linking Girls to the Land project that can be found on the related website, interviewing and job-shadowing an individual working for a federal natural resource agency, visiting an environmental, science or outdoors related destination recommended by Girl Scouts, or demonstrating and teaching to others environmentally aware ethics as outlined by the Linking Girls to the Land Patch program. Some of the programs relating to these patches, such as the Linking Girls to the Land Patch, can be found online, for others you must contact your scout master.

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